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This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It (John Dies at the End, #2)
What ever I am reading on October 2 will be put aside for the day and a half it will take me to read this.

A more mature (well, relatively), and theref...more
Oct 21, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
The Old Man and the Sea
"But a man is not made for defeat," he said."A man can be destroyed but not defeated."

It seems a common thing to do on Goodreads to slag on classics....more
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)
I generally agree with my kids on reading material. I love reading the Percy Jackson series with Sean. Annika and I look forward to each new Tiny Tita...more
Aug 27, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
The River Why
"And so I learned what solitude really was. It was raw material- awesome, malleable, older than men or worlds or water. And it was merciless -for it l...more
May 04, 2010
May 06, 2010
The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914
Anniversaries of historic events are great for history buffs. The 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War has already seen at least thre...more
Feb 03, 2014
Oct 25, 2013
To an American boy in the early 1970s, Evel Knieval was a member of the Trinity. He, along with the Fonz and Steve Austin (the six million dollar man)...more
Feb 16, 2012
Dec 04, 2011
I truly did not know until the very end how I would feel about this work. It was at times difficult, compelling, frustrating, and beautiful. I now fee...more
Jan 20, 2010
Dec 09, 2008
DMZ, Vol. 1: On the Ground
The series illustrates (literally I guess) the power and relevance of the graphic novel. The set-up is that while the US military is occupied overseas...more
Mar 30, 2009
Apr 03, 2009
Letter to a Christian Nation
“While believing strongly, without evidence, is considered a mark of madness or stupidity in any other area of our lives, faith in God still holds imm...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
Carrier Battles: Command Decision in Harm's Way
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the sinking of Britain's most powerful surface units in Asia and the occupation of the Philippines, the Japanese Imp...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
Not a bad read (I did finish it after all), but I had a lot of problems with it. It is obviously derivative of a lot of stuff, handily listed in many...more
Jul 15, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant, #1)
I have been sort of aimless in my reading habits of late. I picked up Alan Bullock's dual bio of Hitler and Stalin that I have been working on for som...more
Nov 09, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
Picked up a copy at the International Studies Association conference. Love the Penguin booth!

I found the book's argument compelling, if a bit simplis...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940
For what it is, a narrative history of the 108 day Winter War, this book is fine. It is well written (but for some curiously archaic language such as...more
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
Juliet, Naked
I hope my reviewing abilities are better than Duncan's!

Among many things he does in this book, Nick Hornby captures the experience of midlife very we...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 08, 2009
The Heart of the Matter
“Pity smouldered like decay at his heart. He would never rid himself of it. He knew from experience how passion died away and how love went, but pity...more
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
Spies of the Balkans
A decent entry in Furst's series. The book gets by more on character than on a solid plot. The lead character, Costa Zannis is a special detective in...more
Sep 02, 2010
Aug 29, 2010
Rough Weather (Spenser, #36)
"[The school:] occupied all of a big Civil War-era estate in Ashfield. Which is not too far from Deerfield, where there had been a massacre once. It w...more
May 17, 2009
May 18, 2009
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1)
It took my suspension of disbelief a while to kick in to fully appreciate the book, but once I did, I was sufficiently intrigued by the mystery of Are...more
Apr 05, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
The Thirty Years War
A top-notch narrative history, this book is compellingly readable. While the new Wilson history has much more detail, background and analysis, Wedgwoo...more
Feb 15, 2010
Feb 01, 2010
Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness
Just won this from a Goodreads first-reads give away. Kidder is local and gave the commencement speech at my university graduation.

This is a remarkab...more
Jun 2009
May 15, 2009
Robert B. Parker's Lullaby
Two reasons for this: curious to see how the new author does with a series I have always enjoyed and need a quick read to make my Goodreads goal for t...more
Dec 25, 2013
Dec 22, 2013
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
In Mayflower, Philbrick did a brilliant job bring to life the Pilgrims who settled in Plymouth and the Natives with whom they came into contact. He at...more
Aug 03, 2010
Jul 23, 2010
Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909-1941
In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Japanese naval leaders debated the allocation of their resources between airpower and surface ships. In the end, th...more
Jun 13, 2011
May 24, 2011
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
During the 2011 International Studies Association meeting, I attended a session on International Relations and the Zombie Apocalypse. This book was th...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time #13)
Honestly? I really enjoyed this and was sad when I finished. Now I have to wait 6 months for the final volume in the series. When Robert Jordan died w...more
May 31, 2012
May 31, 2012
Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
A triumph of self-publishing (though I had not heard of this until it popped up as a recommended on Amazon after being picked up for retail distributi...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 16, 2013
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
In the late 1970's, baseball geek Bill James devised a statistical model, called sabermetrics, for examining the performance of players and teams in b...more
Mar 2004
Jan 24, 2009
Black Star, Bright Dawn
I read this with the kids. The author is more well known for Island of the Blue Dolphins, required reading for most grammar school kids in the US. Bla...more
Mar 08, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
Take Time for Paradise: Americans and Their Games
"To know baseball is to continue to aspire to the condition of freedom, individually and as a people, for baseball is grounded in America in a way uni...more
Jun 20, 2011
May 17, 2011
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