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Agents of Artifice (Magic: The Gathering: Planeswalker, #1)
Agents of Artifice is a book made of win and awesome and you should all go buy it.

I’ll elaborate. I’m not a big Magic: The Gathering player, so I am n
Feb 05, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
This book bent my brain.

I chewed it up over a 3-day period and it proved to be one of the first books in a long time that forced me to go back and re-
Sep 11, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
Pathfinder Player Companion: Orcs of Golarion
Alright, this gets complicated.

For folks whose fantasy starts with Tolkien, Orcs are the villainous barbaric race. As a result, there's a whole host o
Aug 02, 2010
Aug 01, 2010
The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk
This book was five stars until I read the editorial.

I really enjoyed the entire story and even the flip of the general Hulk conceit that Bruce Banner
Mar 02, 2010
Feb 27, 2010
Sherman's March
Like so many of the narrative histories of the Civil War I've read (Part 1 of Shelby Foote's trilogy, Gods and Generals), this was a quick and very en ...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
The Castle of Otranto
One of the challenges of working back to the primary sources of gothic fiction is that, in finding the source from which so much else you have read wa ...more
Jan 13, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 3: Year of the Bastard (Transmetropolitan, #3)
Warren Ellis comes up with more weird brilliance in a six-issue series of comic books than most of us will come up with in our lifetimes. In "The Year ...more
May 30, 2014
May 31, 2014
Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News
This book comes out one star higher than Eric Alterman's response, What Liberal Media, largely on the strength of the writing. Goldberg's critique of ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
What Liberal Media?: The Truth about Bias and the News
Eric Alterman provides the leftist response to Bernard Goldberg's book, Bias, with his own mish-mash of personal vendettas and semi-sourced claims. Hi ...more
Aug 29, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and the Government Bailout Will Make Things Worse
The Austrian School of Economics is a strange sort of fundamentalist sect of the free-market religion. Thomas Woods (who is listed as a "fellow" of th ...more
May 28, 2009
May 03, 2009
Hulk, Vol. 1: Red Hulk
And thus does my brief lover affair with Hulk Stories come to a crashing halt. Jeph Loeb gives us a terribly commonplace Hulk tale - it's odd to say t ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Mar 21, 2010
Atlas Shrugged
**spoiler alert** I have gone around several times trying to articulate my feelings about Atlas Shrugged. On the one hand, I think Ayn Rand says a gre ...more
Dec 2012
Nov 30, 2012
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
Patrick Rothfuss writes an old story with some new elements, driven largely by his choice of narrators. We are in awe of many of the sorcerers of fant ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Dec 29, 2012
Global Issues, Local Arguments: Readings for Writing
This book presents itself as a text for stimulating thinking. I think it's closer to say it's a book for stimulating certain modes of thinking. While ...more
not set
May 03, 2009
Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
As far as I know, this is Hunter Thompson's first major book and I can now completely understand how it made him such a sought-after writer. You enter ...more
Apr 12, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
It has been a long time (several years, I should think) since I sat down on a day and just inhaled a book, devouring it cover to cover. Today, I read ...more
Jun 08, 2014
Jun 08, 2014
The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)
Where to begin...

I'm an Arthur Fan and a Fantasy nut. I also appreciate good characterization and new perspectives on mythological tales. I should rea
Aug 29, 2011
Jul 04, 2011
Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy
I gave this book five stars, despite the fact that there are parts of it I found to be problematic. I gave it five stars for the value it has as a tea ...more
Mar 21, 2013
Mar 03, 2012
Don't Vote, it Just Encourages the Bastards
As has been noted in other places, this rant of P.J. O'Rourke's is not as entertaining as Parliament of Whores, but I think it is indicative of a chan ...more
Dec 31, 2010
Dec 25, 2010
The Goblin Corps
I cannot tell you how desperately I needed this book. A fantastically entertaining fantasy story that only loses a fifth star because the ending felt ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Jul 16, 2011
Amber Diceless Role-Playing: Diceless Role-Playing System
One of the more radical RPGs out there, if for no other reason than its utter rejection of any sort of random result-generating mechanic. Like an RPG- ...more
Apr 1994
Feb 23, 2010
Power Girl, Vol. 1: A New Beginning
I really love the straightforward nature of this volume: there are villains and Kara is here to punch them. It's refreshing to see a story unafraid to ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 02, 2013
The Great God Pan
Delving into the background of the Weird Tale led me to Machen and his famous novella. Well-written and full of good development of the oncoming horro ...more
Jun 12, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
Niall Ferguson gets five stars from me for a book that ought to be the starting point for a lot of our discussions about finance in America and around ...more
Nov 2011
Jun 18, 2011
When Money Dies: The Nightmare Of The Weimar Hyper Inflation
A fascinating and horrifying look at what happens when economic illiteracy collides with geopolitics. Adam Ferguson lays out the story of the Weimar R ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 16, 2011
Rogue Trader: The Game Master's Kit
One of the most exceptionally disappointing game supplements I have bought this year. It is an exact replica of the Dark Heresy GM screen, with Weapon ...more
not set
Mar 07, 2010
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
It took me a little while to get used to the mildly stilted phrasing Burroughs uses, but this book was all I would hope for from the pulp genre. Notin ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
On Liberty and Other Essays
An excellent collection of Mill's essays on relations of government to people and vice versa. It loses one star for the unfortunately naive line: "The ...more
not set
May 03, 2009
Scion Companion
This is really four mini-books in one. Stay for the new Pantheons (Tuatha de Danaan, The Celestial Bureaucracy, and the Devas). You can take or leave ...more
not set
May 03, 2009
Thud! (Discworld, #34; City Watch #7)
Terry Pratchett has delighted me (Hogfather), disappointed me (Lords & Ladies) and left me truly moved (Night Watch, The Wee Free Men). Thud goes ...more
Nov 22, 2009
Dec 10, 2009
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