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The Ultimates
**spoiler alert** I've been going through the most well-reviewed limited-run graphic novels lately, and this was one of Marvel's alleged best. The Ult...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture
I wasn't expecting much from this book. I thought the title alone was problematic: it seemed like another intentionally incendiary title along the lin...more
Aug 28, 2013
Feb 24, 2010
Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth
I'm a huge fan of Bart Ehrman. I've learned more from reading his pop-history books than the work of any other individual author, and I've found him t...more
Sep 24, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts
"97 Livejournal Posts: Collective Suggestions from 20 Experts You've Heard Of And 77 Random People"

This is a book with 97 tips for programmers, each t...more
Jul 28, 2012
Oct 11, 2011
Algorithm Design
It's an Algorithms book. So I know what you're thinking "why would I read this book, when the standard text on Algorithms is CLRS, which is in fact so...more
Feb 15, 2012
Apr 14, 2011
Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith
Richard Carrier presents a very small book focused on a very narrow, specific issue. Rather than addressing all of religion, or theology, or the conce...more
Jan 13, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development
Don Reinertsen's book is somewhat difficult to review. There are two aspects to a book: the information it contains, and the way in which it is presen...more
Mar 31, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Not what I was expecting. It's my own fault, my knowledge of the "Days of Future Past" storyline came from the version in the X-Men cartoon from the 9...more
Apr 02, 2013
Apr 03, 2013
Operating System Concepts
It's a textbook on Operating Systems. There's not really all that much to say about it beyond that, so instead I will compare it to two other OS textb...more
Jan 29, 2012
Oct 11, 2011
Age of Ultron

I read this when I heard the title of the new Avengers movie. Whedon has said that he would be giving Ultron a new origin, so it would devia...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
This was my fourth attempt at reading Breaking the Spell. Back when I first got interested in nonbelief, it was one of four books I purchased physical...more
Apr 30, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices
This book covers a great deal of material: Martin talks about the basic practices of agile software development, the principles of good object-oriente...more
May 05, 2010
Dec 05, 2008
Writing for Computer Science

As a Computer Science PhD candidate, I was absolutely shocked to see a book like this even exists - it seems so specific, but writing in...more
Jun 29, 2012
May 15, 2012
Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless
"Why Are You Atheists So Angry" is a very well-argued book, but not a particularly well-written one. This is frustrating, because it diminishes the im...more
May 03, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
The Art of Deception is one of two books by famous hacker Kevin Mitnick, the other being "The Art of Intrusion". Intrusion focuses primarily on physic...more
Jan 08, 2010
Sep 26, 2008
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
There is a movement brewing in the world of professional software development. This movement is concerned not merely with writing functional, correct...more
Apr 22, 2009
Oct 03, 2008
At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA
This book starts as a simple biography of George Tenet, director of CIA during part of the Clinton and Bush administrations, but it becomes much more....more
Oct 13, 2008
Sep 26, 2008
Batman: The Killing Joke
**spoiler alert** Disappointing.

Hot off the heels of reading The Watchmen, I decided to pick up another Alan Moore book, The Killing Joke. I had read...more
Apr 06, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
Superman: Birthright
Had a really tough time getting into this. With the first two issues having Clark, pre-Superman, sort of traveling the world and helping people, I was...more
Jul 21, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
Absolute Batman: Hush
**spoiler alert** I've always heard amazing things about Hush, the story arc that ran in Batman issues #608 to #619. In all honesty, I found it a bit...more
Jan 08, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err is Human
Bozo Sapiens bills itself as a book that is about the science behind the many ways that humans make mistakes. Unfortunately, what it turns out to actu...more
Mar 21, 2010
Mar 05, 2010
Identity Crisis
The plot of Identity Crisis is that Sue Dibny, the Elongated Man's wife, is murdered. Pretty much every DC hero then tries to solve the mystery of her...more
Jul 30, 2013
Aug 01, 2013
Y: The Last Man
No capes, no tights, no superpowers. A true graphic novel, not really a "comic book".

The story is simple: every man on Earth suddenly dies except for...more
Jun 25, 2013
Jun 16, 2013
Apprenticeship Patterns: Guidance for the Aspiring Software Craftsman
Think of Apprenticeship Patterns as a bugfixing patch for Pete McBreen's "Software Craftsmanship"

While reading McBreen's book, it becomes clear after...more
Jul 26, 2012
Aug 04, 2010
The Age of American Unreason
For a book that laments the decline of reason in American culture, this book sure does manage to avoid it's use when making arguments.

Essentially the...more
Sep 30, 2008
Sep 26, 2008
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
This is a classic book, so I won't bother saying much in my review, as it's all been said before.

What I want to mention is simply that this book is of...more
Dec 02, 2010
Jun 14, 2009
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
I've always heard that The Dark Knight Returns is one of the best comic books of all time. My understanding is that it breathed new life into the indu...more
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 09, 2012
Deadpool, Vol. 3: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Been on a real Deadpool kick lately, really enjoying this run. This time around, Deadpool realizes he's been having his organs harvested, and tracks d...more
Jun 09, 2014
Jun 12, 2014
Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick
Sex Criminals may be the funniest comic book I've ever read. The premise is cute on its own, but really the genuinely awesome writing is what keeps th...more
Mar 19, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
The Pro
A book like this is teflon from a critical standpoint. If I say I didn't like it because of the way it used comic book tropes, you'll accuse me of not...more
Mar 24, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
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