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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
"Good gracious!" said Alice, "I do believe I'm inside a review!"

She turned to the Hatter and the March Hare.

"Well, let me see. Here is the title, and...more
Jan 1966
Apr 14, 2009
Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt

Available in hyperlinked PDF form from this Lulu page for $0.99. The Creative Commons license means you're legally allowed to make copies and share it...more
Nov 03, 2013
Nov 02, 2013
The Devil's Dictionary
goodreads, n. Website designed to prevent people who enjoy books from finding time to read them.

review, v.i. Demonstrate, through a short essay, appre...more
Jan 2006
Dec 20, 2008
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
I somehow ended up reading them both simultaneously. So I couldn't help wondering

What Madam Bovary Might Have Thought Of Good Omens

Three days later, a...more
Apr 2010
Mar 30, 2010
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
(Joint review with JORDAN, who's actually finished the book)

- George?

- Mmm?

- Don't go to sleep.

- Mmm.

- You are going to sleep!

- Mm-mm.

- George, tell m...more
not set
Jun 06, 2009
A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Goodreads

Surveys show that nearly 40% of all Americans believe the history of literature started in 2007, when Amazon sold the firs...more
Jan 05, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
En attendant Godot

VLADIMIR: They've called us back.

ESTRAGON: For an encore?

VLADIMIR: No, we're supposed to say what it means.

[A pause]

ESTRAGON: What what means?...more
Jan 1992
Dec 20, 2008
Pale Fire (Twentieth Century Classics)

I¹ liked² this book³, especially the poem⁴.

¹ When I use the first-person singular pronoun, I am here referring to...more
Jan 1998
Nov 20, 2008
Wall and Piece
Everyone in Britain knows Banksy, but I'm often surprised to find that my US friends haven't heard of him. He's one of the funniest artists around, an...more
Jan 2006
Mar 26, 2009
Exercices de style

From what point of view should I review the book? Evidently: from all possible points of view.


Needless to say, I am reading the original F...more
Feb 03, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
Infinite Jest
I've finally reached the end of this amazing book. It's not an easy read, but after a while you discover that there are good reasons why it has to be...more
Jan 24, 2009
Dec 10, 2008
What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations
Praise for What Pooh Might Have Said To Dante:

"...would make a great present for somebody who's never heard of GoodReads before, like maybe a caveman...more
Feb 2012
Mar 12, 2012
A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement
I've been meaning for some time to post a review of Dance to the Music of Time, which is pretty much my favorite book ever, but it's hard to know wher...more
Jan 1987
Nov 17, 2008
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
There's a debate I keep getting into about the difference between atheism and religious belief: someone claims that atheism is just another faith, and...more
Jan 2007
Jan 05, 2009
The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights
Ah, if only I could write like the late Sir Richard Burton! Normally I dislike translations, but to refuse to read The Arabian Nights on those grounds...more
Sep 16, 2013
May 12, 2013
Disney's the Little Mermaid


This much-loved story by Hans Christian Andersen a team of anonymous Disney screenwriters tells how a beautiful young mermaid falls in love with a hum...more
Jan 1993
May 26, 2011
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
This is a remarkably good book, and anyone who's remotely interested in claims that there might be inherent differences in mental function between men...more
Aug 16, 2013
Jul 13, 2011
Les Trois Mousquetaires
This is a kick-ass novel, and I am indeed kicking my own ass for not having read it earlier. I'm ashamed to say that I thought it was a children's boo...more
Feb 28, 2010
Jan 30, 2010
Critique of Pure Reason (Penguin Classics)

Turgid, dogmatic, overrated and well past its sell-by.


As Einstein exasperatedly said: if Kant had only been able to stop pontificating abou...more
Dec 29, 2013
Nov 30, 2013
The Picture of Dorian Gray
"My dear Jordan!" said Lord Rayner expansively, as the butler discreetly closed the door behind his young visitor. "Really, it is too good to see you...more
Aug 18, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
The Blind Assassin

- So are you still trudging through the Margaret Atwood?

- George, you should stop being so dismissive! Have you ever read it?

- Well, I think I got a...more
Feb 14, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English
A fantastic book! I have not come across anyone, not even Steven Pinker, who does such a good job of showing you how exciting linguistics can be. His...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 25, 2010
Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
94. Goodreads

Goodreads combines many of the things white people like. They can hang out on the internet, talk to people who have similar views on Sara...more
Aug 09, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
This is so much fun. I want to play too! And, as it happens, I have a surprisingly good opening. So, with the usual perfunctory apologies, may I prese...more
Nov 13, 2010
Apr 18, 2009
The Sirens of Titan
I'll start with a roundabout introduction. Garry Kasparov was not just one of the best chessplayers of all time, he was also one of the best analysts....more
Jan 1974
Nov 20, 2008
In which the animals meet a Hostile Reviewer, and Pooh invents a New Breakfast

One morning, Pooh and Piglet were walking through the Hundred Acre Wood,...more
Jan 1965
Nov 25, 2008
The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
Many of my all-time favourite books make the list because they show you what it's like to be inside the mind of an extraordinary person. While you're...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jun 17, 2009
A Short History of Nearly Everything
It's easy to nitpick A Short History of Nearly Everything. Bryson, by his own cheerful admission anything but a scientist, makes a fair number of mist...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
"Aaargh! No! Make it stop!"

That's my girlfriend, who's just been unwise enough to let me read her a paragraph of this book. But our guest K, a local n...more
Feb 22, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
The History Boys
IRWIN: So, what do we think of The History Boys then?

RUDGE: It's a classroom drama, sir. Set in Yorkshire during the early 80s. Features a clash betwe...more
Jan 2006
Dec 06, 2008
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