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83
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
3.54
Not bad, but Roach reveals her limitations in this book; namely, she writes mostly to entertain. She spends most of her time making fun of mediums fro...more
not set
Jun 16, 2008
 
247
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.81
I also thought this book was tremendously overrated. In the past, I loved Didion because she was a great stylist and a brilliant structuralist. The ti...more
Jan 2001
Jun 21, 2007
 
377
We Did Porn
3.77
When considering how to review this book, I immediately thought of the competition in writing about porn. Aside from Jenna Jameson’s utterly forgettab...more
Feb 09, 2011
Jan 14, 2011
 
528
Gaming Matters: Art, Science, Magic, and the Computer Game Medium
3.20
After a little frustrating throat-clearing ("We're telling you what argument we're going to make, but some arguments we refuse to make, because... wel...more
Jun 19, 2012
May 14, 2012
 
437
Blues for Cannibals: The Notes from Underground
3.96
"Torch Song" (published as a separate essay in The Best American Essays 1999) alone makes this book worth it, as it is arguably one of the best essays...more
not set
Jan 02, 2008
 
488
Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
3.74
As a history of comic books, Supergods does an excellent job of surveying the past 70 years (although the lack of footnotes or endnotes is enraging, a...more
Dec 20, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
 
507
Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy
3.62
I could claim that I read for this research... which isn't really true (although I did get a great David E. Kelley quote out of it). Alas, this reads...more
Feb 12, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
 
550
The Russian Jerusalem
4.29
The historical portraits of Soviet writers are great, and very economical and moving, but the poetry that is interspersed is sadly lacking, consisting...more
Sep 18, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
 
381
Half Empty
3.77
I’ve read Rakoff before, and usually his deadpan humor tempers his morbid anxiety and makes the depressive, bitter, or caustic sentiments fairly nimbl...more
Feb 07, 2011
Dec 08, 2010
 
287
A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius
3.65
Almost gave this book 4 stars based on the brilliance of the first half, but the relentless I-I-I-I-I got kind of claustrophobic in the second half. O...more
Jan 2001
Jun 26, 2007
 
628
Moth; Or How I Came to Be with You Again
4.31
Thomas Heise's "Moth" partakes of Borges's sacramental quotidian, the dazed certitude of Raymond Carver, and the pellucid melancholy of Chekov's flash...more
Mar 03, 2014
Dec 21, 2012
 
22
Thirty Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D Retrospective)
3.68
Sigh. This is mainly a corporate history of TSR, combined with a bit of marketing. There are some "remembrances," but mainly it's intended to introduc...more
Dec 20, 2008
Sep 24, 2007
 
472
The Best American Essays 2011
3.77
Some great essays, but all over the place in terms of quality. Felt like some of them were tendentious, and did not fulfill their own ambitions, endin...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 10, 2011
 
426
Diaries: The Python Years, 1969-1979 (Palin Diaries, #1)
3.96
Great brain to spend time with, but Lord, this book is long (600 odd pages).
Jan 2007
Aug 20, 2007
 
560
Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult
4.04
None
Dec 16, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
396
Monster in a Box
3.99
None
Jan 1998
Jun 22, 2007
 
286
Gray's Anatomy
3.97
None
Jan 1997
Jun 22, 2007
 
395
It's a Slippery Slope
3.78
None
Jan 1998
Jun 22, 2007
 
289
Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry
4.26
None
Jan 1999
Jun 23, 2007
 
248
Skipping Towards Gomorrah
3.78
None
Jan 2002
Jun 25, 2007
 
249
Autobiography of a Face
3.94
None
Jan 1999
Jun 25, 2007
 
401
Seek: Reports from the Edges of America and Beyond
3.89
None
Jan 2001
Jun 25, 2007
 
288
STRANGE GOOD FORTUNE: ESSAYS ON CONTEMPORARY POETRY
4.16
None
Jan 2000
Jun 25, 2007
 
402
Oblivion: On Writers & Writing
4.07
None
Jan 1998
Jun 25, 2007
 
403
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
4.36
None
Jan 1992
Jun 25, 2007
 
398
Sex and Death to the Age 14
4.13
None
Jan 1997
Jun 22, 2007
 
302
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction (Everyman's Library)
4.46
None
Jan 2006
Jun 26, 2007
 
250
Miami
3.69
None
Jan 1989
Jun 26, 2007
 
251
Political Fictions
3.82
None
Jan 2001
Jun 26, 2007
 
354
After Henry
3.83
None
Jan 1998
Jun 26, 2007
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