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Wizard of the Crow
4.15
This is a fantastic piece of satire. If you enjoyed The Master and Margarita or Gulliver's Travels, you're almost certain to appreciate this book. O ...more
May 2007
Jul 13, 2007
 
Good Calories, Bad Calories
4.17
I read Good Calories, Bad Calories over several months. This book is incredibly well researched (Gary Taubes says he's spent over fifteen years resear ...more
Jan 07, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
 
Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World
3.63
I really enjoyed this book. While this book is essentially several extended blog posts strung together, Frauenfelder is a capable writer. He knows how ...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jul 09, 2014
 
The Case for Working with Your Hands: Or Why Office Work is Bad for Us and Fixing Things Feels Good
3.74
This is a book of two intertwined parts. The author has a background as an academic, but now prefers to work as a motorcycle mechanic. This book refle ...more
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Feb 20, 2014
 
You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible Of Bodyweight Exercises For Men And Women
3.98
I'm two weeks in to this book, so I can't speak to the overall results.

Nevertheless, this seems very much like the strength training plan I was lookin
...more
Mar 15, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
 
Neuro Web Design: What Makes Them Click?
3.77
This is a decent introduction to persuasive web design. If you've already read anything about persuasive technology, any recent pop psychology books o ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Sep 23, 2010
 
The Name of the Rose
4.08
Simultaneously an education in 14th century politics and an engrossing detective story. Very few people could make this work, but Eco pulls it off wit ...more
Dec 2006
Sep 14, 2007
 
Creating symbol fonts
3.75
I needed to get up to speed quickly with symbol fonts, and this proved the perfect resource. In clear and straightforward language Brian Suda takes yo ...more
Jan 31, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
 
Barefoot Running Step by Step: Barefoot Ken Bob, The Guru of Shoeless Running, Shares His Personal Technique
3.81
This is an inspirational and quirky introduction to barefoot running. Ken Bob Saxton is a purist, so this is a great book if you're looking for a book ...more
Oct 16, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
 
1Q84: Book Three
3.84
**spoiler alert**

“According to Chekhov,” Tamaru says early in Book Two when Aomame asks him for a gun, “once a gun appears in a story, it has to be
...more
Jul 17, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
 
The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few. James Surowiecki
3.76
While this book is full of interesting anecdotes and research, it feels a bit thrown together.

Some of the research seems to contradict his main thesis
...more
May 2008
May 11, 2008
 
Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art
4.20
I've always had a bit of a thing for tricksters. My favorite Greek myths always seem to involve Hermes, and I love a good coyote tale.

Trickster Makes
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Aug 2008
Aug 23, 2008
 
The World Without Us
3.79
The notion of looking at what would happe to the world if human beings were to disappear from the face of the earth is brilliant. It allows Weisman to ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 02, 2008
 
The Secret Life of Trees
3.96
This is a fairly comprehensive overview of the trees of the world and trees in the world. It is divided into four sections.

The first is a general intr
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Oct 2007
Jul 07, 2007
 
Three Musketeers (Penguin Classics)
4.03
**spoiler alert** The Three Musketeers feels like the template for most Hollywood action movies. The heroes are flawed, but we root for them nonethele ...more
Jul 2008
Mar 11, 2008
 
In the Beginning...Was the Command Line
3.79
I'm not a huge fan of Stephenson's fiction, but I enjoy his explanations of complex technical ideas that he sprinkles liberally through his novels. He ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 09, 2008
 
The God Delusion
3.89
Despite the fact that while I read this book I was ranting and raving to my wife and anyone else who listened, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I do no ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 13, 2007
 
A Fraction of the Whole
3.98
There are times when it feels as if A Fraction of the Whole is trying very hard to be the Great Australian Novel (if there is such a thing). There are ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 23, 2008
 
Sex, Science and Profits
3.33
Kealey's main argument is that science works better when it is privately funded. He has been making this argument for over ten years, and as a result ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 14, 2008
 
Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives
3.95
This is a fascinating history of the relationship between food production and the city by Carolyn Steel, an architect. At times, the book is a bit Lon ...more
Jun 2008
Aug 23, 2008
 
Destination: Void (Destination: Void, #1)
3.60
This is an exploration of what define consciousness. A small crew of clones has been sent into space and been given the challenge to create a consciou ...more
Jun 30, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
 
The Planets
3.61
This is a whistle-stop tour of the planets of the solar system. It's not a comprehensive guide. Instead, it focuses on interesting aspects of the scie ...more
not set
Feb 20, 2014
 
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
3.36
A decent short book on making the most of your mornings. It has a some concrete and useful tips, but I found it most useful for the inspiration it pro ...more
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Mar 13, 2013
 
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom
4.04
This is one of the best popular science books I've read in a while. It is an explanation of Evo Devo and the contributions the discipline has made to ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 11, 2008
 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
3.97
September 11th forms the backdrop for this honest examination of love and loss. In the case of many contemporary novels, that last sentence would have ...more
Mar 2008
Feb 09, 2008
 
Falling Man
3.18
I was profoundly disappointed by this book. I suppose I expect a lot from DeLillo. White Noise captured the ridiculousness of American academia. Under ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 30, 2007
 
The Long Tail: How Endless Choice Is Creating Unlimited Demand
3.83
I'm not entirely sure that this needed to be a book. The original article was interesting. Anderson gave a name to a phenomenon that a lot of people i ...more
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Sep 13, 2008
 
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
4.02
This is Styron's story of his descent into depression. It is a harrowing yet familiar journey for anyone who has suffered with the disease. For anyone ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 25, 2007
 
The Great Food Gamble
3.73
A few years old now. It is a decent enough review of intensive agriculture and its alternatives in the UK. By and large, Humphrys is fare and balanced ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 05, 2008
 
The Fatal Shore
4.04
A history of the convict transporation system. It gives a good understanding of how and why the system came about; how it contributed to and the influ ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 07, 2007
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