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Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
3.48
did not like it
This is another of those books that was a fun read when I was a teenager, but I just couldn't re-read it a decade later because of the horrendous writ ...more
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Dec 05, 2008
 
A Forest of Stars (The Saga of Seven Suns, #2)
3.88
it was ok
Yawn. I made it through the first, but...

I brought the second with me on a trans-pacific flight for entertainment during the 15 hours in the air. I w
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Aug 03, 2009
 
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
4.09
did not like it
(If you don't know the story of Magellan, there are spoilers here.)

Where to begin? This book was terrible. The story of Magellan is interesting, but t
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Apr 05, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
 
Lab Girl
4.04
it was amazing
I loved this memoir! I received the Advanced Reader Copy in the mail on a Monday afternoon, started it after dinner, and had finished the 282-page boo ...more
Sep 21, 2015
Sep 26, 2015
 
Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1
4.14
liked it
This book made me wonder whether the author seriously believed he was speaking with God, whether he thought that maybe, possibly he was speaking with ...more
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Dec 04, 2008
 
The Black Stallion (The Black Stallion, #1)
4.18
really liked it
I don't know how good I would consider this and the subsequent books now, but I read nearly every one when I was eight or nine and loved them. I think ...more
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Dec 01, 2008
 
Time Traders, and Other Works
4.05
it was ok
I was quite disappointed in this book. Part of it is that I can't stomach nationalism and this was written with a "red-scare" attitude prevalent among ...more
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Oct 22, 2012
 
Zoo City
3.64
liked it
It's readable, but not particularly gripping. The ending just sort-of jumped out at me, there were unresolved threads that left me wondering if there' ...more
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Apr 25, 2011
 
The Left Hand of Darkness
4.05
it was ok
Ugh. I realize that Le Guin was going for something out-of-the-ordinary here, with respect to gender roles and etc., but I just didn't care for any of ...more
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Oct 22, 2012
 
The Universe: 365 Days
4.53
it was amazing
Some of my work is in here, so of course it's an excellent book.

3/11
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6/06 (I didn't make this image, but a similar one is in my dissertation.)
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Nov 23, 2008
 
The Complete Stories and Poems
4.37
really liked it
Edgar Allan Poe's work is definitely strange. This book collects all of that strangeness into one place, making it perfect for when you're in the mood ...more
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Dec 01, 2008
 
Anansi Boys
4.00
really liked it
Interesting read, even if it was sometimes predictable. I found myself wanting more... There's too much story here to leave to a single book, but---as ...more
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Jan 05, 2009
 
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
4.23
liked it
Fun, fast, movie-script-like, but not especially interesting or compelling. This is the kind of book I read on a summer afternoon when I don't want to ...more
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Apr 25, 2011
 
The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century
3.82
liked it
A decent read about what will happen when the era of cheap energy comes, but nothing terribly profound. Many of the author's points are based on somew ...more
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Dec 01, 2008
 
About a Boy
3.79
really liked it
This is a fun, quick read about a selfish man who is befriended by a young boy. Behind its facade is hidden some interesting commentary on bachelorhoo ...more
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Dec 01, 2008
 
The Windup Girl
3.74
it was ok
Meh. It took more than half the book to get to the titular character and then she wasn't very interesting and was even less believable. Much of the st ...more
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Apr 25, 2011
 
Sphere
3.77
it was ok
One of his better movie plots turned into novels. Don't ask me why I read them. Probably because they're like movies but with the ability to pause whe ...more
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Nov 30, 2008
 
The ultimate book of number puzzles
3.50
it was amazing
This is a great sudoku-precursor book. My 6-year-old loves the book, and I love that he loves it; it helps him to practice his mathematical logic...
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Nov 23, 2008
 
The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)
3.87
did not like it
Yawn. I love The Trilogy, but this book is just an accounting of what came before. No story, no character development, just names and dates.
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Dec 01, 2008
 
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
3.84
really liked it
Good start to a good story. This book has the most sci-fi of the series; they're mostly a political/psychological story.
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Nov 30, 2008
 
Bill, the Galactic Hero (Bill, #1)
3.58
it was ok
Was disappointed. The Stainless Steel Rat series were fantastic, but this book was just plodding, cynically-bitter, and disjointed.
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Oct 22, 2012
 
Survival in Auschwitz
4.27
liked it
How do you rate a book that's very well written but is about a topic that is extremely painful even to consider?
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Dec 04, 2008
 
Cryptonomicon
4.25
it was amazing
A great historical fiction mixed with interesting science fiction. Stephenson is wordy, but this time it works.
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Nov 23, 2008
 
Maelstrom (Rifters, #2)
3.82
really liked it
Unfortunately, I read this book before reading the first in the series. Now I need to go back and read both...
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Dec 01, 2008
 
Footfall
3.89
liked it
Aliens invade earth. Stuff ensues. Decent, fast book, nothing terribly inventive or original here.
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Nov 22, 2008
 
Contact
4.11
it was amazing
If you've seen the movie, read the book. It's (as always, right?) much better and tells a better story.
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Nov 30, 2008
 
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
3.86
it was ok
When a book whining about grammar has grammar problems itself, it's difficult to take seriously...
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Dec 04, 2008
 
Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #5)
3.96
liked it
It was clear that by book five of his trilogy, Adams was becoming bored with the story.
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Nov 30, 2008
 
Dune (Dune #1)
4.19
it was amazing
Dune and the second book are good. The third is okay. The rest are a waste of trees.
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Nov 30, 2008
 
Childhood's End
4.09
liked it
Interesting premise, interesting story, but somewhere something just...fell out from under it.
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Oct 21, 2012
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