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The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
4.02
Me: "I wish I could give this book less than one star."
Glader: "Well you can't."
Me: "Is there a reason?"
Glader: "Maybe."
Me: "No, but seriously. I'd li
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Sep 28, 2014
Sep 09, 2014
 
Never Let Me Go
3.79
Ooof. Based on some of the reviews, I had medium-to-high hopes for this book. Maybe it's worth two stars - maybe - but my initial impressions are... e ...more
Mar 16, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
 
The Martian
4.35
What a fun, enjoyable, interesting read.

The majority of the reviews panning this seem to be upset that it's not melancholy or a downer and doesn't ta
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Dec 25, 2014
Dec 22, 2014
 
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
3.95
A thought-provoking criticism of sociology/culture. Not exactly sure how many stars I'll give it in the end; for now, 4 is a decent starting point.

For
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Feb 15, 2011
Feb 09, 2011
 
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
3.95
I'm teetering on giving this book 5 stars. Gonna let it settle first.

A sweet, simple story about life in a small town out on the Colorado plains. The
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Jun 18, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
 
War
4.21
Last spring, I had the good fortune of watching "RESTREPO" at a film festival. Tim Hetherington (who partnered with Sebastian Junger through this proj ...more
Feb 09, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
 
The Gate House
3.67
Golly. What a poor book. And what a let down of a sequel.

The original "The Gold Coast" had the right mix of fun, intrigue, a glimpse into a world we'r
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Mar 05, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
 
Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2)
4.18
An enjoyable second installment of the "Foundation" series.

Always interesting to see how Asimov weaves in historical events as the basis for his stor
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Dec 2011
Nov 22, 2011
 
East of Eden
4.32
timshel -- thou mayest love this book.

I did.
May 08, 2014
Aug 12, 2012
 
Tesla: Man Out of Time
3.77
Subject matter? Fascinating.
Actual writing? Marginal at best.

While certainly one of the better Tesla biographies out there, the quality of the book it
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Dec 11, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
 
The Plot Against America
3.65
Wow. What an awful(ly boring) book.

When I dislike and am so disappointed by a book, I'm torn between wanting to explain why I had such an issue with i
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Jul 19, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
 
Guide to the John Muir Trail
3.40
Aside from a compass, this is about the only thing you need to hike the JMT. Brought a copy along for the ride back in 2004, and was overly pleased wi ...more
Jan 2004
Jul 09, 2009
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.38
Diving headfirst into this book, I found myself reminded quite regularly of JUNO.

Problem: I hated Juno. That may come as sacrilege to many, but (the
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Nov 14, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
 
The Light Between Oceans
3.95
So very disappointing.

Stedman has a way with words; there is no doubt of that. The story flows along. The world comes to life with beauty. (This is w
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Apr 15, 2015
Jul 09, 2013
 
The Geography of Bliss
3.81
Fun & somewhat informative, this is certainly an enjoyable read and is closer to a four-star book than a two-star waste of time.

Good stuff: the au
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Jul 09, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
 
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
4.13
A fascinating tale lost amongst a sea of bad editing.

In an attempt to tell a riveting story, the author deems no factoid too trivial, no marginalia to
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Mar 31, 2015
Feb 12, 2015
 
The Blind Assassin
3.93
The wearyingly boring tale of an aging woman who never does much of anything, telling the story of her youth where she passively never does much of an ...more
Dec 04, 2013
Jun 03, 2013
 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4.16
The overwhelming majority is a fun take on the fledgling years of the comic book industry. Satisfying and engaging. I'm eveb not a comic book enthusia ...more
Jan 24, 2011
Oct 12, 2010
 
Winter's Tale
3.54
I was in a rush to finish in time for book club, so I resorted to ingesting this wonderful book on audio while running. What a fortunate choice.

The au
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Feb 05, 2013
Aug 12, 2012
 
Hunger
4.10
Proof it's possible to not enjoy a book while still really appreciating it and being quite happy your book club had a chance to dig through it.

Can't d
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May 20, 2015
Jun 22, 2011
 
Foundation (Foundation, #1)
4.06
Oooh. Great sci-fi. Not quite up to the "Enders Game" standard, but certainly up there. A good mix of past-meets-future, with what I'd call "entry lev ...more
Nov 07, 2011
Jul 10, 2009
 
Siddhartha
3.95
Well, it's a classic.
And nice & quick.

Siddhartha is a lyrical parable (often quite poetic) about a preternaturally wise Indian boy and his lifelo
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Jul 12, 2011
Jul 26, 2010
 
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
4.01
I gotta thank my friend Brandon for the recommendation.

Having devoured the bulk of Ian Flemming's Bond books last year, this proved a gritty take on
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Feb 04, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
Wow. A lot going on here. A lot to mull over -- and glad we get to discuss this in our book club. Will have more to say then.

... but for now: This is
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Sep 20, 2011
Jun 09, 2011
 
Night Probe! (Dirk Pitt, #6)
3.88
Not bad. A bit of a knockoff as Cussler attempts to rope James Bond into things -- the secret agent is now retired, approaching 70 and under an assume ...more
Dec 20, 2011
Dec 01, 2011
 
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
4.22
After a few months of dour (though certainly good) books on rather dark (yeah, just dark) subject matter, our book club found itself reading The Shado ...more
Sep 28, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.63
I know I'll have a better appreciation for all that's packed in here after my book club discusses it, but for now, I'll simply say that GOON SQUAD was ...more
May 02, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
 
Second Foundation (Foundation, #3)
4.20
The original is still the best, but the 3rd installment of the series is pretty darn good.
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 01, 2011
 
The Daughter of Time
3.97
OK, it's not strictly nonfiction per se... But it's as close to a true crime novel as you'll get.

Our book club searched for the best mystery novels of
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Feb 05, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
 
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
3.31
Ugg boots.
Poor effort and poor results from Sedaris this go-around.

Having loved several of his books in the past (especially "Me Talk Pretty"), this
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Jan 25, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
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