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The Ashley Book of Knots
4.67
The "big mamma" of knot books. More a history of different knots and their uses than how to actually tie them. Most other books of knots are based on ...more
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Jan 27, 2009
 
The Magic Mountain
4.12
To say that this book drags a little bit through the middle while the characters talk philosophy is a real understatement. It drags a whole lot. Lucki ...more
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Jan 27, 2009
 
The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden
3.71
The author and his wife decide to design a garden... Hilarity ensues. From the beginning, the garden's fraught with disaster, from "Superchuck," the u ...more
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Jun 03, 2009
 
MAKE: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery
4.26
It's the best intro to building with electronics that I can imagine.

My only frustration has been adapting one of the circuits to a breadboard version
...more
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Apr 09, 2010
 
The Stranger
3.92
About a man who becomes increasingly separated from what makes him human, walking the line between a normal life and complete estrangement. He tries a ...more
Feb 20, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
 
Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take it Back
3.93
Rushkoff writes about two things that bother him:
1. That he got mugged and the people in his neighborhood worried more about the bad publicity reducin
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Oct 05, 2009
Oct 05, 2009
 
Vanity Fair
3.73
Protagonist Becky Sharp exemplifies a brand of ambition that's particularly disgusting: get ahead solely by putting others behind you.

The reader spend
...more
Jan 1998
Mar 14, 2009
 
Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public
3.56
Helen Thomas is that wizened old lady you can see at the White House press corps meetings (usually asking the best questions).

The book does exactly wh
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May 18, 2009
May 08, 2009
 
Zero Days: The Real Life Adventure of Captain Bligh, Nellie Bly, and 10-year-old Scrambler on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.43
It's an enjoyable book about a family who hikes the Pacific Crest Trail together.

I think it was enjoyable because it deals with hiking, adventure, and
...more
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Jun 07, 2009
 
Foundation (Foundation, #1)
4.05
It's about the relationship between science and power, including how Asimov seems to view scientists and their control of technology affecting power. ...more
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Feb 02, 2009
 
Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--And More Miserable Than Ever Before
3.57
it’s about the self-esteem movement, and how it’s affected people born after about 1975:
-Shift from conformity to individual whims
-From rewarding succ
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Jul 29, 2009
Jul 25, 2009
 
Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do
4.23
This book is fantastic. Terkel interviews people from many different jobs about their experiences. The reader gets to learn all about how the world wo ...more
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Jan 27, 2009
 
The Morrow Guide to Knots: For Sailing, Fishing, Camping, Climbing
4.16
Part of my quest to find a good book on knots. This one features a funny looking guy in a black turtleneck who demonstrates each knot in photos.

Maybe
...more
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Feb 02, 2009
 
Universal Principles of Design: 100 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach Through Design
4.16
Universal Principles of Design reminds me of a book I had when I was younger that had different letters of the alphabet and big, glossy pictures of th ...more
Jul 19, 2010
Jul 20, 2010
 
The Organization Man: The Book That Defined a Generation
3.65
Today, students graduating go work for organizations. Whether you're an engineer, a teacher, or even a doctor, you usually join some kind of company.

T
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Jan 27, 2009
 
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)
3.86
Usually the book version of a story tells more than the movie version. In the case of Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the opposite is true. The movie version ...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
 
Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur
3.74
Pam Slim writes this book on making the switch from a desk job to entrepreneurship.

I didn't find it very helpful, because it's more about the emotiona
...more
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Oct 06, 2009
 
The Handmaid's Tale
3.98
Riveting science fiction.

A future distopia about a world where people have roles assigned by the government. These roles are mostly designed to make s
...more
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Jan 27, 2009
 
Don Quixote
3.82
The story of Don Quixote -- a guy who in his heart of hearts thinks he's doing noble work, but really is just messing up lives (and often injuring oth ...more
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Feb 02, 2009
 
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
3.78
Ben Franklin was the original "lifehacker." He works every day to make his life better. His main goal, and the main topic of the book - is to always a ...more
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Jan 27, 2009
 
Access All Areas: A User�s Guide to the Art of Urban Exploration
4.08
A first-hand account of urban exploration. The first night after I read this, I had a dream that I was recruited as an urban explorer, and had to go c ...more
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Jan 27, 2009
 
BSD Hacks
3.81
I have a deep appreciation for books that take an abstract, technical topic and describe it in a way that makes complete sense. In BSD Hacks, Dru Lavi ...more
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Feb 02, 2009
 
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
4.07
An absolute page-turner. Preston's not the best writer on the planet, but he tells a convincing (true) story that will leave you thinking.
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Jan 27, 2009
 
The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey
4.17
This is the most wonderful book for hacker-types ever. It's essentially 20 years of 2600 magazine bound as a book. Not to be missed.
not set
Jan 27, 2009
 
Letters from a Stoic
4.27
From out of the past, BC, come these letters.

It's well written and well translated. Fundamental parts and pieces of wisdom.

not set
Jun 23, 2009
 
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
3.93
I couldn't get past Sobel's language when talking about how great all the authority figures were.
Mar 2009
Mar 14, 2009
 
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
3.56
Not sure why I seem to like this book so much, but I've read it three times, and still like it.
not set
Jan 27, 2009
 
Galactic Pot-Healer
3.61
This review is about the audio book version.

Very well performed science-fiction audiobook.
not set
Jan 27, 2009
 
117 Days Adrift
3.85
A young couple shipwrecks and has to live in a liferaft for 117 days. They survive off of turtle blood and fish.

not set
Jan 27, 2009
 
Plague Wars: The Terrifying Reality of Biological Warfare
3.45
Same material's better covered elsewhere.
not set
Jan 27, 2009
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