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Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Zarathustra, the character through which Nietzsche vicariously spews forth his world-view, is a pompous, narcissistic, ego maniac that is so obsessed...more
May 14, 2009
Nov 18, 2008
Gravity's Rainbow
Hundreds of unimportant characters, dozens of instances of pedophilia, unending passages that ramble on and on with no actions or information of conse...more
Nov 26, 2008
Nov 17, 2008
Lost Cat
Part detective mystery, part science-fiction, Jason's Lost Cat is at heart a tale of loneliness and lost love. Drawn in Jason's usual sparse manner, h...more
Jul 25, 2013
Jul 25, 2013
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
With this book I've come to despise Bella Swan. Sadly, she has become a role-model of sorts for young women and I don't see any reason that Edward or...more
Jul 03, 2009
Jul 03, 2009
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
As I found with the first book, Breaking Dawn is pretty boring for the first three-quarters, with almost nothing happening. Meyer seems to have felt c...more
Jul 11, 2009
Jul 11, 2009
Rules of Engagement
While occasionally funny, the characters felt more like caricatures and less like real people. Everyone in this story is beautiful and apparently unem...more
Apr 10, 2009
Apr 09, 2009
Fight Club
Having seen the movie first, I had pretty high expectations from the book. I must say, I wasn't disappointed. Palahniuk has a great sense of pacing an...more
May 10, 2011
May 07, 2011
Franny and Zooey
Salinger seems to be a bit hit and miss with me, and Franny and Zooey managed to land somewhere in the middle. First, let me start off with what I lik...more
Aug 11, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
A slight improvement in story over book 2, I kind of enjoyed this book. Meyer still isn't that great of an author, with the twists and turns visible f...more
Jul 05, 2009
Jul 04, 2009
The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom, #3)
John Carter returns to rescue his wife from her horrible fate. In disguise, Carter infiltrates the enemy where he witnesses some sort of injustice, to...more
Sep 20, 2013
Sep 13, 2013
Black Hole
Simply, but beautifully drawn in stark black and white, the images in this book are incredible. The story, while allegorically complex, is not up to t...more
May 18, 2010
May 07, 2010
Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition
Filled with action, adventure, humor, and a level of historical detail that adds depth to the story, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo is an entertaining tal...more
Dec 06, 2011
Dec 03, 2011
The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
Having expected a book filled to the brim with Phi related information, I feel let down by the end result. Livio's book covers a broad history of math...more
Dec 09, 2008
Nov 18, 2008
Pudd'nhead Wilson/Those Extraordinary Twins
Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson is another excellent work and captures the spirit of the little town of Dawson's Landing. It's full of interesting char...more
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I didn't want to like this book when I started it. The idea seemed dull and the "collection of letters" method a bit trite. But in the end I liked it...more
Jun 03, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
Nine Stories
After reading Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye," I had high expectations for this book. For the most part, it fell short. While I was surprised by the e...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
There and Back Again. The Hobbit is the introduction to the world of Middle Earth and is the beginning of one of my favorite series (including the LOT...more
Apr 30, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
Meet Your Match
While sticking with the same type of formulaic characters used in her first book, Meet Your Match still manages to be funnier and slightly better than...more
Apr 15, 2009
Apr 15, 2009
Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History that Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons & the Great Pyramids
An interesting look at secret societies, Jim Marrs' book has a few problems that keep it from being a good work. First of all is the order in which Ma...more
Jul 15, 2009
Nov 18, 2008
Peepshow: The Cartoon Diary
Joe Matt's Peepshow is a very intimate, autobiographical comic strip that looks at the musings and insecurities that many of us feel, but are afraid t...more
Aug 07, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
Pirate Latitudes
While not nearly as disappointing as his previous novel, Next, this is one of Crichton's weaker novels. Pirate Latitudes has a very Pirates of the Car...more
Nov 29, 2009
Nov 25, 2009
Spyderco Story: The New Shape of Sharp
I've always been interested in Spyderco knives as well as their company. So it was with great excitement that I began this book which details their hi...more
Sep 10, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
Anumal Empire: Lazarball
An interesting concept and lots of fun, but unfortunately weighed down by an ending that didn't feel like an ending as well as a few ideas that felt u...more
Aug 28, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
While a moderately entertaining book of short tales, since it's being included in the "Harry Potter" canon of works, I had to give it one less star th...more
Dec 11, 2008
Dec 05, 2008
John Adams
I went into this book knowing virtually nothing about the man John Adams and emerged a more enlightened citizen. McCullough is a master of the biograp...more
Jan 22, 2011
May 23, 2009
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
I'm a big Brian Greene fan and eagerly anticipated reading this book. While most of my high expectations were met, there were a few unavoidable downsi...more
Mar 12, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
An in-depth look into Lincoln's life, this book revealed the difficulty of leadership and showed the humanity behind those who lead. Many people have...more
Feb 28, 2009
Nov 18, 2008
To Kill a Mockingbird
I missed reading this oft-required novel in school, so I decided it was high time to correct this oversight. While I've seen the movie before (it's ha...more
Aug 05, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
Athos in America
Let me preface my rating by saying that I'm a huge fan of Jason, owning almost every single one of his books; from his early work in "Pocket Full of R...more
Mar 24, 2012
Dec 04, 2011
The Diaries of Adam and Eve and Other Stories
The title stories were pretty interesting, but short. I would have very much liked to have seen them expanded upon with further character development...more
Sep 11, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
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