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How to Become Ridiculously Well-read in One Evening: A Collection of Literary Encapsulations
3.46
Funny synopses/alternate versions of classics everyone "should" read/know.
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I had to give up on this on...more
May 17, 2010
Jan 11, 2008
 
Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity
3.67
I don't know how I feel about this book. It was a math-related book, which is good (Math! Yay! Fun!), but... I just ... It wasn't as good as other mat...more
Dec 28, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
 
Triphammer
4.00
I could not believe that the guy who wrote Bluebird Canyon wrote Triphammer. The Triphammer character in Canyon is often written in such a crass tone,...more
Sep 17, 2010
Sep 06, 2010
 
Frankenstein
3.69
I know people often say that the book is nothing like the movie, but in my defense, I've also never seen the movie. So, with that said, let me add to...more
May 06, 2011
Aug 10, 2007
 
Foucault's Pendulum
3.88
Well, the first 200-or-so pages were good, the last 100 pages were good, it was just the 233 in the middle that weren't as good. Not that they were Ba...more
Sep 17, 2013
Jul 01, 2007
 
The Crack-Up
3.93
This book reminded me of a Norton Critical Edition, but without the main story. It has a couple of little essays that FSF wrote, notably "The Crack-Up...more
Sep 23, 2013
Jul 01, 2007
 
Only Revolutions
3.19
10/24/11: I'm reading Only Revolutions: not sure how i feel about the text, but the physical book is amazing -- colors, page texture, upside-down, rev...more
Oct 25, 2011
Jul 01, 2007
 
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
3.90
*sigh* Vonnegut and I were just not made for each other. I mean, his books are tolerable, but I don't love them. I wouldn't even choose to pick one up...more
Oct 14, 2008
Aug 10, 2007
 
The Broom of the System
3.81
My first proper David Foster Wallace book. I used to have a friend who LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED Wallace, to the point of incorporating many of DFW's wri...more
Feb 24, 2012
Aug 10, 2007
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.01
Ermmm.... Kurt Vonnegut and I still aren't friends. But EVERYONE says what a great (groundbreaking, influential, amazing) book this is, and it's on th...more
Oct 09, 2011
Aug 10, 2007
 
Six Tales of the Jazz Age (and Other Stories)
3.81
I really, really like Fitzgerald's writing style, especially in his short stories. I think Fitzgerald could be the Great Find of my adult years (Amazi...more
Nov 25, 2009
Jul 01, 2007
 
The Love of the Last Tycoon
3.64
I never had to read any F. Scott Fitzgerald in high school, and all I knew about him was that he wrote The Great Gatsby. In an English class in colleg...more
Jun 2008
Jul 01, 2007
 
Typee
3.50
This edition is a wonderfully comprehensive version. The text used here is based on Melville's original, unexpurgated version (i.e. not the version wh...more
Apr 15, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
 
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
3.65
Well. Ummm... Hmmm.... So....

I've noticed on Goodreads that people tend to fall into either the "Oh my God! I LOVE this book!" camp, or the "Oh my God...more
May 19, 2011
Jul 01, 2007
 
Mrs. Dalloway
3.76
The book's description says this is the story of one day in Clarissa Dalloway's life, as she's preparing to throw a party, but really, it follows not...more
Mar 11, 2011
Aug 10, 2007
 
What Maisie Knew
3.46
2.5 stars.

I read this book because I liked so many of James' short stories, but... I don't know. It just wasn't as good as the other stories I've read...more
Nov 18, 2010
Jul 03, 2007
 
Me Talk Pretty One Day
3.94
Oh so long ago, I asked my now-ex-boyfriend to make a list of books I should read. On the very long list of books was "Anything David Sedaris Has Writ...more
Apr 25, 2009
Aug 09, 2007
 
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: A Literary Reference
3.94
Good history of The Great Gatsby and its legacy.

- Fitzgerald's manuscript pages and proofs
- reviews from 1925
- correspondence between Fitzgerald and...more
Jul 23, 2011
Jul 01, 2007
 
The Art of the Infinite: The Pleasures of Mathematics
3.79
Man, I used to consider myself decently intelligent when it came to math, but I'm telling you, some of these mathy books I've read this year and last...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 03, 2007
 
Postmodern Pooh
3.84
2.5 stars

Maybe I just hold Winnie the Pooh too dearly, but I couldn't completely enjoy the things that were written in this book. I do see the satire...more
Mar 13, 2010
Jul 03, 2007
 
Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem
3.85
Math geekiness -- yum! This was a nice history of what's been dubbed "Fermat's Last Theorem" (that x^n + y^n = z^n ONLY works for squares) and the 199...more
Oct 29, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
 
To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite
3.76
A discussion of the mathematics/discoveries of infinity, and how the concept of infinity has affected religion, art, music, and science. Being me, I e...more
Dec 17, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
 
The Exploits of Arsene Lupin
4.02
This is a great book! It's a nice, quick read, but very intellectual. The stories aren't Whodunnits, but How'dhedunnits - we know (or, we can pretty w...more
Jun 2007
Jun 24, 2007
 
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
3.93
The book begins as a history of the number zero (or the lack of it in early cultures), then moves into how zero relates to science (physics, black hol...more
Dec 10, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
 
e: the Story of a Number
3.87
This book talks more about the history of math than it does specifically about the number e, but that was just fine with me. The downside, though, was...more
Oct 25, 2011
Jul 03, 2007
 
The Sun Also Rises
3.82
A good book ... I don't quite get what all of the hubbub over this book is about, but maybe if I'd read it in its own era I'd get it better... Maybe t...more
Nov 11, 2009
Jul 03, 2007
 
Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel
3.88
A decent book, even though some of the math of it went over my head. Luckily (or not), there wasn't actually that much discussion of math in the book....more
May 2012
Jul 03, 2007
 
The Pat Hobby Stories
3.63
Poor Pat Hobby. He's not only a down-on-his luck writer, but he's just plain unlucky.

These are great short stories. You often can't help but feel sad...more
Aug 14, 2009
Jul 01, 2007
 
The Labyrinth of Solitude
4.11
Erm, 2.5 stars. It definitely had interesting moments and really insightful parts, but it just seemed so dense and long in places. But still, good ess...more
Sep 15, 2011
Jan 11, 2008
 
A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory
3.76
New Criticism and moral formalism; Russian formalism; reader-oriented theories; Marxist theories; Structuralist theories; Poststructuralist theories;...more
Jul 30, 2010
Jul 01, 2007
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