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Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls
4.27
I'm so angry with Matt Ruff and/or his editors. This novel could have been genius if someone, anyone, would have identified the disaster that Part Ten...more
Aug 23, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
 
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
3.89
I considered for the first time that teaching a child religion might be a form of child abuse. I learned that there might be bio-evolutionary reasons...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jul 21, 2009
 
De eeuw van mijn vader
4.02
By watching Mak's family deal with the enormous changes the 20th century brought to the Netherlands, I understood much more about the national charact...more
Apr 30, 2007
Jan 26, 2009
 
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
3.85
In short, I enjoyed this book enough while I was reading it; I was glad when it was over; I hardly can remember anything about it now.

It's a bit like...more
Feb 10, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
 
God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist
3.87
The debate would appear to be settled. There is no God. Now, perhaps we can all get on with the business of building as just a society we can in a wor...more
Mar 13, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
 
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution & Future of the Human Animal
4.02
It's impossible to write a fair review of the contents of a 20+-year-old popular science book. There are more up to date, and just as easily accessibl...more
Jan 04, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
 
Jnana-Yoga
4.45
I didn't really enjoy reading this book. I suspect it's really only interesting as a historical document of the lectures Swami Vivekananda delivered....more
Jun 28, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
 
In the Name of Sarah Pogford
4.45
Well, I was kind of the first person to read this book, wasn't I? (I'm the author, of course I LOVE it.) I couldn't resist putting it on my list.
Jul 15, 2008
Jan 19, 2009
 
On Being Liked
4.38
A brief book about the danger of continuing the theological lie that gay people are actually defective heterosexuals.

Quite a bit of the book is specif...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
 
Ship of Theseus
3.77
Any review of Ship of Theseus will necessarily be a review of the effectiveness of the narrative convention that's used: faux marginalia and ephemera...more
May 12, 2014
May 13, 2014
 
A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation
3.85
Disclaimer: As a very young man, I worked with Ben-Ami as an Urban Fellow during his time with the City of New York. I bought this book because of my...more
Dec 12, 2012
Dec 14, 2012
 
Bad Science
4.08
Goldacre has written an amusing, easily read, and slightly terrifying book about science illiteracy in popular culture. If you have an interest in hea...more
Nov 14, 2009
Nov 15, 2009
 
The God Delusion
3.89
I hesitate to post anything regarding this book because of the strong reactions provoked by any discussion of the validity of religious claims. It's j...more
Jul 08, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
 
Silence
2.29
Silence is the story of several people in a small New Hampshire town mostly during one summer. The main stories are those of a young woman who runs aw...more
May 12, 2009
May 14, 2009
 
Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life
4.25
I'm not a scientist, so I feel like I don't have the background to assess the validity of the points set out in this book. However, the authors seem t...more
Nov 23, 2009
Nov 22, 2009
 
All The Fun's In How You Say A Thing: An Explanation Of Meter & Versification
3.84
This is a book I've returned to and read a second time just for the pleasure of it. Steele presents just about everything you can imagine on how meter...more
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
 
The Joy of Being Wrong: Original Sin Through Easter Eyes
4.29
I wouldn't dare analyse the intellectual arguments of someone who learned from Jesuits. Yikes!

What I can say is that this book left me feeling sad for...more
May 21, 2013
May 21, 2013
 
The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery
3.58
A thriller? Really? I guess different things count as thrilling in different parts of the world. I'll give it "suspenseful," but I think "thriller" is...more
Dec 2013
Dec 20, 2013
 
The Selfish Gene
4.12
This isn't really the sort of book that I can imagine falling in love with. Nonetheless, it was an interesting look at how genetic information is favo...more
May 26, 2010
May 27, 2010
 
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
3.94
Let’s get one thing straight: as far as novels go, Ishmael is not great. The story is basically a teacher teaching an adult pupil about “how we got to...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 27, 2012
 
Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
4.21
When most people hear the term "justice" they probably bring to mind "criminal justice." However, the vast majority of concerns over right and wrong a...more
Dec 23, 2009
Dec 24, 2009
 
The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh
3.62
I always used to say that The Mysteries of Pittsburgh was one of my favorite novels; yet, I had read it only once, in the summer of 1989, when I was 2...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 28, 2009
 
Calculating God
3.83
Let me review this book on 3 levels:

1) Narration of the audiobook. Jonathan Davis is an excellent reader. No complaints there.

2) As a work of fiction,...more
Jul 12, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
 
A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story
3.80
An excellent history of Christianity from the perspective of people practicing the faith for the past two thousand years. Bass writes with a breadth o...more
not set
Jan 11, 2013
 
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
3.86
I think it would be hard to actively dislike The Five People You Meet in Heaven. It's a charming story, easy to read, with a lot of beautiful turns of...more
Dec 30, 2012
Dec 30, 2012
 
The History of Now
3.54
The History of Now was a delight for me to read. From the moment I started, I could hardly put it down. It was a near perfect balance of philosophical...more
Jun 02, 2009
May 27, 2009
 
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
3.90
A few ideas I take away from reading this book (for the second time):

Greenland Chiefs (like those of us in the Post-Industrial World) secured for them...more
Apr 18, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
 
Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform
3.85
I'm not sure the question the title asks is ever answered. This isn't a sociological look at internalised homophobia. It's a collection of stories abo...more
Oct 16, 2013
Oct 27, 2013
 
Augustine: A New Biography
3.54
Whoa! What an amazing work of scholarship and what a joy to read. Once I started reading excerpts to my partner while he was driving, I didn't know wh...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jan 19, 2009
 
Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions
4.19
According to Dr. May, we define ourselves by our addictions. From a spiritual perspective, addiction (which intersects with physical or psychological...more
Oct 14, 2013
Oct 27, 2013
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