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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
4.16
My favorite Heinlein novel - a great revolution story, a great AI story, and a great Hard Sci-Fi, if the science in question is political.

What I lear
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Jan 1992
Jul 16, 2007
 
Arslan
3.38
**spoiler alert** What can I say? It opens with the brutal rape of two children, and ends with the probable extinction of the human race, and somewher ...more
Jan 2004
Jul 18, 2007
 
Norstrilia
4.08
What I learned from this book:

1. Inflation has its uses.
2. Sometimes the best computer for the job is the laminated brain of a mouse . . .
3. The econo
...more
not set
Aug 08, 2007
 
Bull Cook and Authentic Historical Recipes and Practices
4.07
How to begin? This is possibly the most incoherent, bizarre, misinformed, misanthropic, and unintentionally hilarious cookbook ever written . . . inso ...more
not set
Jul 14, 2007
 
The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases
3.71
This is probably the paradigmatic example of the category I call "unreliable reference" . . . Jeff Vandermeer and his circle of weirdos got together a ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 14, 2007
 
Areas Of My Expertise Cumbersome Audiobook Version
3.80
This is definitely a case where shelling out for the CD edition pays off. Hodgman's deadpan, uber-serious vocal style transmutes his wickedly funny pr ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 17, 2007
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.43
Got this book from my cousin Philip. So far, I'd agree with his description - better than average sword-and-sorcery, riffing on the history of Scotlan ...more
not set
Jul 14, 2007
 
Snow Crash
3.99
This book is candy. It's popcorn. It's fluff. It's popcorn coated in candy-fluff, but every carefully spun polysaccharide is cunningly laced with a hi ...more
not set
Jul 14, 2007
 
Collectanea Chemica: Being Certain Treatises on Alchemy and Hermetic Medicine
4.00
A.E. Waite, co-creator of the standard Rider-Waite Tarot deck, has compiled an excellent collection of alchemical literature, all helpfully rendered i ...more
Jan 2004
Jul 17, 2007
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
4.58
----SPOILER FREE REVIEW----

Read this in under 48 hours, and wow. I mean, wow. I really don't see how Rowling could've ended this better. I won't discu
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not set
Jul 21, 2007
 
The Hashish Man & Other Stories
4.18
Lord Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Baron Dunsany (or Lord Dunsany, if you haven't got all day) is like Charlie Parker - a much-imitated, never-eq ...more
Jan 1999
Jul 15, 2007
 
Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare
4.08
Stephen Greenblatt daringly takes us beyond the text of several of the giants of the English Renaissance, exploring the context that informed their wo ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2007
 
The Smoke Ring (The State, #3)
3.72
This is the sequel to Niven's The Integral Trees, which established one of the most daringly inventive natural environments in all of speculative fict ...more
not set
Jul 21, 2007
 
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
4.03
The partnership between Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean is one of the most fruitful collaborations I have ever seen, and this book is a delightful example ...more
Jan 1999
Jul 26, 2007
 
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
4.29
Others on this site have praised this book more eloquently than I can, so let me just say this; Hofstadter is that most rare and precious of teachers ...more
not set
Jul 17, 2007
 
Chinese Handcuffs
3.96
Chinese Handcuffs is admirable for the way it unflinchingly deals with very dark themes, including suicide, drugs, sexual abuse, and the evil and good ...more
not set
Jul 17, 2007
 
The Dark Lord of Pengersick
3.56
This book is a competent quest/coming-of-age fantasy, but more importantly it is a marvelous introduction to the great pre-Roman holy sites of Western ...more
not set
Jul 30, 2007
 
The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle, #5)
4.15
The Dispossessed is

A. An exploration of the limits of an anarcho-syndicalist non-state.

B. A thought experiment in politics and physics.

C. A coming o
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not set
Jul 15, 2007
 
The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden
3.99
A fascinating peek at Christian works rejected or ignored by the Church Fathers. From "The Letters of Herod and Pilate" to the multiple suicides of Ad ...more
Jan 2002
Jul 16, 2007
 
Coraline
3.99
I think the wholly deserved popularity of this book demonstrates two facts: first, that dark, creepy, subversive fiction is exactly what kids want and ...more
not set
Jul 26, 2007
 
McBroom's Zoo
4.22
What I learned from this book:

An unusual meteorological method for preparing ketchup.

Proper pasturage for the Wrong-Legged Sidehill Gouger.

The strange
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not set
Jul 21, 2007
 
The Divinity Student
3.88
Best . . .

.. . opening scene .. .
. . . amazing city . . .
... man who walks into town . . .
.. . use of formaldehyde in fiction . . .
... EVAR.
not set
Jul 14, 2007
 
The High Crusade
3.88
I gave this an "amazing" rating mostly for sheer chutzpah. It's the story of an encounter between a hostile alien spacecraft and a medieval English ma ...more
not set
Jul 23, 2007
 
The Mote in God's Eye (Moties, #1)
4.05
Best. First-contact story. Evar.
not set
Jul 18, 2007
 
Murasaki
3.21
If you're looking for The Tale of Genji, you'll be disappointed; this has nothing to do with the author of the world's first novel. What it is is actu ...more
not set
Jul 23, 2007
 
Collected Poems, 1948-1984
4.14
Dense and luminous.
not set
Oct 05, 2009
 
Hart's Hope
3.44
When the author signed my copy, he wrote "For Dan: a tale of sweetness and light".

He didn't mean it.

This is possibly the darkest, bloodiest, most un
...more
not set
Jul 18, 2007
 
Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
4.15
This was a gift from my first girlfriend - she got me an autographed copy. While some love obviously fades, I will always love this book for the follo ...more
Jan 1996
Jul 17, 2007
 
The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art
3.99
Viva Sofanisba!
Feb 05, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
 
The Cheese Plate
4.02
This book is an elegant, if somewhat elitist, introduction to the world waiting beyond cheddar, mozzarella, and jack. This is not a cookbook - don't e ...more
not set
Jul 14, 2007
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