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A War of Gifts (The Ender Quintet, #1.5)
3.64
I first read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card when I was twelve or thirteen. It’s the story of a young kid who is taken to Battle School (where soldie ...more
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Aug 06, 2008
 
Cell
3.59
Stephen King has re-written The Stand. The upside is story moves faster, starts quicker and is about 500 pages shorter. The downside is the characters ...more
not set
Aug 06, 2008
 
The Christmas Sweater
3.77
Glenn Beck is a laughably poor writer. I haven’t read his non-fiction stuff, but it sells pretty well. I cant imagine it’s this hard to read, or else ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 10, 2009
 
Shooter
4.31
David Kennerly is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Shooter is a biography that covers the first thirty years of his life. It's not a straight bi ...more
Aug 07, 2008
Aug 06, 2008
 
The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)
3.83
Another book set in a post-apocalyptic future, I can’t get enough of them. Jeanne DuPrau sets the scene in a brief prologue. Something major is about ...more
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Aug 06, 2008
 
Umbrella Academy, Vol.1: The Apocalypse Suite
3.96
I didn’t realize until I was finished with it that this series is written by Gerard Way of the band My chemical Romance. Not that it suddenly makes it ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 10, 2009
 
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
3.91
Ruth Reichl is the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and the former restaurant critic of the New York Times. In this book she covers the period of h ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 26, 2009
 
The Alcoholic
3.73
Jonathan Ames writes this graphic novel about his struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. The illustrations are simple and clean. I can sum it up pr ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 10, 2009
 
Midnight Nation
4.09
J. Michael Straczynski (the writer on a bunch of television shows movies, as well as Spider-Man) writes this graphic novel about a man trying to recla ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 10, 2009
 
A People's History of American Empire
4.13
Howard Zinn is the author of the excellent People’s History of the United States, and this is a graphical adaptation of much of the material in the bo ...more
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Aug 06, 2008
 
The Kite Runner
4.21
The Kite Runner is pretty amazing. I’m not sure why it took me so long to find it. I kept seeing it pop up on people’s favorite books lists and it was ...more
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Aug 06, 2008
 
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
3.85
At age ten Steve Martin started working in Disneyland , a first selling programs, then moving on to what he thought he’d like to do for th rest of his ...more
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Aug 06, 2008
 
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
4.19
Jane Mayer, a writer for the New Yorker, examines the effect 9/11 and the Bush administration have had on how we gather information for the war on ter ...more
Oct 2008
Nov 06, 2008
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.40
Suzanne Collins has written a bunch of sci-fi novels previous to this one that frankly look pretty bad from the descriptions. This one was good enough ...more
Feb 04, 2009
Oct 30, 2008
 
The People of Sparks (Book of Ember, #2)
3.62
Jeanne DuPrau continues the series started with City of Ember with the second book in the series, People of Sparks. it includes many of the characters ...more
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Aug 06, 2008
 
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
3.81
Bonk:The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex is a history of scientific studies. The fact these studies are all about sex does make it less dry than y ...more
Sep 04, 2008
Aug 07, 2008
 
The Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World's Top Shooters
4.06
Joe McNally is one of my favorite photographers. He’s shot covers for National Geographic, Newsweek, Time and Life Magazine. Though you may not recogn ...more
not set
Aug 06, 2008
 
The Film Club: A Memoir
3.16
In this memoir, a former film critic and novelist David Gilmour, makes the decision to allow his teenage son, Jesse, to leave school in the tenth grad ...more
not set
Aug 06, 2008
 
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food
3.59
Jennifer 8 Lee is a writer for the New York Times that decided to investigate the history of Chinese food in America. As a Chinese-American, she was a ...more
Dec 10, 2008
Nov 06, 2008
 
The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War, #2)
4.07
This is the sequel to the excellent book I read last week by John Scalzi, Old Man’s War. And like that, this one was so good I was immediately ready t ...more
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Aug 06, 2008
 
Resolution (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch, #2)
3.91
Another western by Robert Parker, and this one is almost as fun to read as Appaloosa was. It has the same two great main characters. Virgil who doesn’ ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 27, 2008
 
Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper
3.52
Juno was one of my favorite movies last year, so seeing her name under the title was enough to get me interested. This was written a few years ago, lo ...more
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Aug 06, 2008
 
Appaloosa (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch, #1)
3.94
Robert Parker is one of my favorite authors, and though he's stumbled a few times, Appaloosa isn't one of those. Most of his fiction are crime stories ...more
Aug 31, 2008
Aug 21, 2008
 
Family Honor (Sunny Randall, #1)
3.79
Sunny Randall is a former cop who has become a private eye. She’s left her husband and is in the process of getting a divorce. Her husband is a member ...more
not set
Aug 06, 2008
 
World Made by Hand
3.64
In James Howard Kunstler’s book, the United States has collapsed around 2015. Major oil producing nations have run out of oil to send to the United St ...more
Oct 15, 2008
Oct 10, 2008
 
Peeps (Peeps, #1)
3.77
Britnie recommended this book by Scott Westerfeld. She also recommended a Stephanie Meyer book, which I threw on the floor in disgust at how bad it wa ...more
Sep 06, 2008
Sep 11, 2008
 
Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter
4.14
Robert Rummel-Hudson does a great job describing what it is to be an early parent. I imagine many parents are like me, wondering if their kid is ok, w ...more
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Aug 06, 2008
 
Of Mice and Men
3.79
John Steinbeck’s book is frequently on the top ten list of books that close-minded people try to ban, so I thought it was fitting to read it this week ...more
Jan 2008
Oct 05, 2008
 
Trouble In Paradise (Jesse Stone, #2)
3.92
Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels are some of my favorites. They’re mystery novels with many of the same characters. The good guy always wins, and the ...more
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Aug 06, 2008
 
The Good Guy
3.79
I used to read a lot of Dean Koontz in junior high and High School. I haven't read his stuff in a while, and reading The Good Guy makes me wonder if I ...more
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Nov 15, 2008
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