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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
3.99
it was amazing
"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
 
A Short History of Nearly Everything
4.19
really liked it
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
 
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
4.25
really liked it
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
 
The Devil's Dictionary
4.13
really liked it
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
 
En attendant Godot
3.81
really liked it
ACT III

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
 
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
4.15
it was amazing
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
 
Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
4.31
it was amazing
Off-Topic

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
 
Charlie Hebdo - Journal Irresponsable (#1178)
4.18
it was amazing
A question that's been bothering me all morning is whether I have a moral right not to order a T-shirt with an offensive cartoon of the Prophet Muḥamm ...more
Mar 09, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
 
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
3.83
really liked it
(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
 
Pale Fire
4.19
it was amazing

I liked² this book³, especially the poem.
____________________________________

When I use the first-person singular pronoun, I am here referring to my
...more
Jan 1998
Nov 20, 2008
 
Exercices de style
4.09
it was amazing
Meta

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

Snobbish

Needless to say, I am reading the original F
...more
Feb 03, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
 
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
4.17
it was amazing
Q: What would happen if every geek in the world received a copy of What If tomorrow morning?

A: Actually, less than you'd think.

First, a little backgro
...more
Sep 16, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
 
Soumission
3.62
really liked it
This week, on Dystopia! Michel Houellebecq discusses the future with Robert Heinlein

- Good evening, M. Houellebecq.

- Bonsoir, M. Heinlein. Alors, plea
...more
Feb 08, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
 
A Dance to the Music of Time: 1st Movement (A Dance to the Music of Time, #1-3)
3.94
it was amazing
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
3.95
liked it
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
 
2016 on Goodreads
4.25
really liked it
Okay, it's that time of year again. Here are my prizes for books first read in 2016, split up by category:

New languages

I thought I'd see if I could re
...more
Dec 11, 2016
Dec 07, 2016
 
Wall and Piece
3.83
it was amazing
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
 
The Blind Assassin
3.94
really liked it

- 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
 
The God Delusion
3.89
really liked it
I must admit that I was somewhat taken aback when Donald Trump suggested the US should deny entry to Muslims and require them all to carry ID cards. B ...more
Sep 2006
Jan 19, 2016
 
Alice Through the Looking-Glass
4.06
it was amazing
TrumptyDumpty

"But are you really pro-life?" asked Alice. "Because you know, I've heard pro-life people talk before, and they sound quite different."

"When I use a
...more
Jan 1966
Apr 07, 2016
 
What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations
4.05
it was amazing
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
 
The Arabian Nights
4.06
it was amazing
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
 
Critique of Pure Reason
3.91
it was amazing
Thesis

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

Proof

As Einstein exasperatedly said: if Kant had only been able to stop pontificating abou
...more
Dec 29, 2013
Nov 30, 2013
 
Candide
3.75
it was amazing
- Bonjour, M. Candide! Bienvenue au site Goodreads! Qu'en pensez-vous?

- It's OK, we can speak English. Pour encourager les autres, as one might say.

-
...more
Jan 1997
Nov 20, 2008
 
Infinite Jest
4.32
it was amazing
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
 
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
3.88
liked it
As people who read books on evolutionary theory will know, mice sometimes exhibit bizarre behavior, fearlessly walking into the waiting jaws of cats. ...more
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 24, 2014
 
The Trial
3.98
really liked it
The tortured bureaucratic world described in The Trial always strikes me as startlingly modern. I wondered

How The Trial might have started if Kafka ha
...more
Aug 10, 2006
Dec 20, 2008
 
Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality
4.12
really liked it
"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
 
Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
3.76
really liked it
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
 
A History of Western Philosophy
4.05
liked it
There's a throwaway remark in this book which has haunted me ever since I read it some time in the mid-70s. Russell is talking about Socrates, and he ...more
Jan 1975
Nov 23, 2010
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