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The Moth
liked it
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 ...more
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation
it was amazing
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 Geek's Guide to Dating
liked it
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
This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death (Machine of Death #2)
really liked it
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
Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
really liked it
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
Rainbows End: A Novel With One Foot In The Future
it was ok
Vinge's vision of the future may be more realistic than most, but his characters and plot drag. The first chapter is a bait-and-switch, introducing us ...more
Jun 16, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
The Book Thief
it was amazing
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
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
really liked it
I read the individual issues of this comic as they were published and recently re-read the first five in this TPB for a book club. It's a melancholy e ...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
Chrono Trigger (Boss Fight Books, #2)
liked it
This book isn't just better than its intolerably terrible predecessor, EarthBound , but is a satisfying read in its own right. The author dissects th ...more
Apr 24, 2014
Apr 05, 2014
it was ok
The first 50 pages of this book really pulled me in: it starts with a great action sequence and an interesting mythology. But after that, it just plod ...more
Jul 22, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Gender Inclusive Game Design: Expanding the Market
really liked it
What a breath of fresh air! In an era of emotional, anecdotal narratives where I cringe to read the comments and tweets sure to follow, along comes Sh ...more
Aug 26, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
When I Feel Worried
liked it
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
it was ok
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
it was ok
After reading Robopocalypse last summer, I suspected Extinction might be too similar, too soon. It proved to be quite different: rather than an anth ...more
Apr 19, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
liked it
**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
it was ok
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
liked it
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
liked it
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)
really liked it
**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, Volume 3: Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness
liked it
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
Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun
really liked it
I was drawn to Bad For You, released in 2014, because it appeared to be about the exact topic of my 2001 thesis: moral panics over youth culture and j ...more
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
really liked it
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, Volume 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together
really liked it
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)
really liked it
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)
really liked it
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
it was ok
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
Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog
liked it
Anyone familiar with the nearly century-old story of Hachiko will know that two of book's characters die. The book doesn't really explain what what th ...more
Dec 18, 2015
Dec 18, 2015
Concrete, Volume 1: Depths
really liked it
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)
really liked it
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
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)
liked it
Great characters, but too many threads and too little resolution. I realize it's only the first book in a trilogy, but my favorite trilogies have firs ...more
Jan 05, 2017
Oct 17, 2016
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