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The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation
I found this book revelational. Broken down into chapters named after passages of the Gettysburg Address, the book covers much more than the titular s...more
Dec 07, 2013
Nov 19, 2013
The Moth
I'm a big fan of The Moth . Ever since a friend introduced me to the podcast in May 2012, I've listened to every show and attended every local event I...more
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death (Machine of Death #2)
I was hooked on the first Machine of Death anthology and wasted no time picking up the sequel. I enjoyed these tales as well, from the first one that...more
Apr 03, 2014
Feb 06, 2014
Chrono Trigger (Boss Fight Books, #2)
This book isn't just better than its intolerably terrible predecessor, EarthBound , but is a satisfying read in its own right. The author dissects the...more
Apr 24, 2014
Apr 05, 2014
Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
Billy Crystal seems to be one of the few upright, sincere, and trustworthy celebrities in Hollywood. He had led an incredible life without being sensa...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
The Geek's Guide to Dating
Dating is hard, no matter what your demographic, but geeks have some negative stereotypes to overcome. I picked up Eric Smith's book to see what advic...more
Feb 21, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
When I Feel Worried
I loved the art style in this book and the choice of guinea pigs for the main characters, which shifts the focus away from body type or other identifi...more
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 21, 2013
Liver Transplant: My Story
Let me start by saying that Bernice Berger Miller — "Binky" — is a brave individual to have undergone a liver transplant and to have maintained her de...more
Nov 05, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
The Book Thief
I rarely read historical fiction, but I'm glad I made an exception for The Book Thief. The perspective from which the story is told was completely une...more
Dec 2013
Nov 17, 2013
After reading Robopocalypse last summer, I suspected Extinction might be too similar, too soon. It proved to be quite different: rather than an antho...more
Apr 19, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
**spoiler alert** The conclusion to the Hunger Games trilogy was the weakest of Collins' three books, due primarily to the unsatisfying role and evolu...more
Feb 25, 2013
Feb 22, 2013
This is Not My Hat
In This Is Not My Hat, Jon Klassen tries to recapture the magic of his original hit, I Want My Hat Back . But the sequel falls short for two reasons....more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 27, 2013
Have a Little Faith: a True Story
I enjoyed Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie but was disappointed by his next two books, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and One More Day; both works of...more
Dec 04, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
These Days
I am seldom a reader of fiction that is not rooted in fantasy or science, so books set in our modern world are foreign to me. So I was pleasantly surp...more
Jun 07, 2013
Jun 01, 2013
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
**spoiler alert** A year after reading the first Hunger Games book, I was ready to return to Collins' dystopian future. I found this book much more th...more
Feb 21, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness (Scott Pilgrim, #3)
Wow! Now here's a book that's almost nothing like the movie. When Scott starts fighting vegan Todd in the alleyway, they take a break and reconvene la...more
Dec 2011
Dec 01, 2011
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
I'd never read anything by John Scalzi, who comes highly recommended, so I chose to start with Old Man's War, which proved an easy and entertaining en...more
Dec 13, 2011
Dec 07, 2011
Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together (Scott Pilgrim, #4)
Interesting — even though the details of the film's fight between Ramona and Roxie were lifted from the book's fight between Ramona and Envy, Roxie is...more
Dec 02, 2011
Dec 03, 2011
The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War, #2)
This book was a great follow-up to Old Man's War. It prominently features, but does not star, Lt. Sagan of the Special Forces, who played a pivotal ro...more
Mar 04, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
Day of the Vipers (Star Trek Terok Nor Book 1)
Day of the Vipers, part one of a trilogy, is a prequel to the opening of my favorite Star Trek series, Deep Space Nine. This book addresses the questi...more
Mar 14, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
Countdown to Darkness
I expected Countdown to Darkness to feature more of the characters and settings from the film Into Darkness, but it was a prequel in only the slightes...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
Concrete Volume 1: Depths
This B&W graphic novel collects the first several issues of the early 1980s comic book "Concrete", about a political speechwriter whose brain is t...more
Nov 03, 2011
Nov 02, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Set in a post-apocalyptic United States, 24 teenagers have been sent into the wilderness with the understanding only one can come home. Who will win t...more
Feb 04, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
I first heard about World War Z upon its release six years ago. Since then, its name has continued to pop up, including last year when it ranked #54...more
Oct 28, 2012
Oct 19, 2012
GalaxyQuest was a funny movie for a general audience and hilarious for lovers of Star Trek. Conversely, I can't imagine anyone but Trekkies who will a...more
Jul 02, 2012
May 24, 2012
Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School
Most humor books are lost on me, especially those written by stand-up comedians who think that their delivered lines will work just as well in the wri...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
Rise Like Lions (Star Trek: Mirror Universe)
"Rise Like Lions" ties together the many short stories, novels, and DS9 tie-ins that have been set in the Mirror Universe over the past few years. Som...more
Dec 22, 2011
Dec 15, 2011
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4)
Genly Ai has made First Contact with an alien race and, after working within a single country's government for two years, is ready to invite them into...more
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 13, 2011
Burning Dreams
Although I enjoyed getting to know the previous captain of the Starship Enterprise a bit better, some aspects fell a bit flat. The author makes a poin...more
Feb 16, 2013
May 06, 2011
Gods of Justice
Gods of Justice features ten stories, each by a different author and set in its own universes, giving diverse experiences at the applications and impl...more
Nov 30, 2011
Sep 15, 2011
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