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Discount Armageddon (Incryptid, #1)
3.84
Imagine you are a trained and experienced fighter being attacked by snake men. You know that if you lose, the scaly creatures are unlikely to be merci ...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
 
The Alchemist of Souls (Night's Masque, #1)
3.54
This is a combination fantasy and alternate history. The setting is Elizabethan England, but in addition to American Indians, the New World is the res ...more
May 28, 2012
May 28, 2012
 
Steal This Book
3.63
Steal This Book is a self-righteous manual about theft, vandalism, exploitation of the charitable, and even murder. When I read this book out of curio ...more
Dec 2005
Feb 04, 2010
 
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve
4.08
I've read three other, much shorter, biographies of Heinlein. Two were hatchet jobs, and the third misinterpreted the man and his work. To my knowledg ...more
Aug 31, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
 
The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity
3.85
I have been looking for a book like this one for over twenty years, an account free of religious doctrine of the historical Jesus and the earliest day ...more
Jun 19, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
 
Pride and Prejudice
4.23
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is better than I expected. I can't say that it has leaped into the ranks of my favorite novels. I found most of the ...more
Oct 24, 2009
Oct 24, 2009
 
Greek Religion
4.12
Greek Religion by Walter Burkert is not a book I can recommend to the casual reader. Assuming he doesn't have to read it for school, the potential rea ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Nov 07, 2009
 
The Cypher (Guardians Inc. #1)
3.83
I picked this novel up for free on Amazon. On the good side, the book has some interesting ideas, including a somewhat different take on elemental bei ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 01, 2013
 
Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction
3.62
I wanted an introduction to the kabbalah that was written by an authoritative non-crank. This book served that purpose.

The author mostly confines his
...more
Aug 05, 2012
Aug 05, 2012
 
When It's A Jar (YouSpace, #2)
3.60
At first glance, When It's a Jar looks like a screwball comedy fantasy, and it certainly can be read that way. But it goes deeper than that. It also t ...more
Dec 27, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
 
Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are
3.77
I've now read three books about the Five Factor (a.k.a. Big Five) Personality Model. This one is by far the least dry and most readable.

I also like th
...more
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
 
Crimes Against Magic (Hellequin Chronicles, #1)
3.99
The characters all behave like imbeciles.
Jan 08, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
 
A Kiss Before the Apocalypse (Remy Chandler, #1)
3.58
For a novel that's given the trappings of a fantasy detective mystery, the main character is strangely ineffectual and passive. The big clue that crac ...more
Sep 28, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
 
Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1)
3.66
First off, this isn't a bad book. I would give it two-and-a-half stars if I were able. It does have some weaknesses. The biggest problem is that the c ...more
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
 
Very Hard Choices
3.64
I'm having trouble thinking of a way to describe this book without giving away too much of the storyline. One thing I can say, despite the title, I do ...more
Sep 16, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
 
Fretboard Logic SE - Special Edition The Reasoning Behind the Guitar's Unique Tuning + Chords Scales and Arpeggios Complete (Volumes I and II Combined) (Fretboard Logic Guitar Method Ser)
4.21
I've since reached the age where I probably have more years behind me than ahead of me. Enduring my "middle years," I have accumulated some regrets, a ...more
Jan 28, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
 
The Fabulous Clipjoint
3.88
I recently read the classic mystery, winner of the Edgar award for best first novel, The Fabulous Clipjoint by Fredric Brown. The writing is superb. T ...more
Jul 28, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
 
The Autobiography of Jack Woodford
3.67
Jack Woodford, the pen name of Josiah Pitts Woolfolk, is known today, to the extent he is known at all, as the author of how-to-write-fiction books. H ...more
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 30, 2014
 
Right Hand Magic (Golgotham #1)
3.53
Before reading Right Hand Magic, the only other novel by Nancy A. Collins I had read was Sunglasses After Dark, which is dark, edgy, and good. It is o ...more
Feb 03, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
 
Dirty Magic (Prospero's War, #1)
3.75
This is bad.

A ploy that is important to the plot never would have worked. The author tries to sell it; nevertheless, the criminal in question would si
...more
Nov 24, 2014
Nov 24, 2014
 
Territory
3.75
I had this book for a while, but I didn't read it because I'd read somewhere that it ends on a cliffhanger, so I wanted the sequel available before I ...more
Mar 11, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
 
Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax, #1)
3.75
The premise of the novel is interesting: What happens when we meet a Neanderthal man from a alternative timeline wherein Homo neanderthalensis has sur ...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
 
Humans (Neanderthal Parallax, #2)
3.79
The straw men are dishing up copious amounts of leftist swill in this one. Mr Sawyer was manifestly uninterested in providing a competent defense of n ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
3.76
Ten years in the writing, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke is a masterpiece. It is one of the finest fantasies ever written. It is ...more
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 10, 2009
 
The Way of the Shaman
4.02
I found The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner on Amazon. I don't remember how I found it, but I do know that I didn't go looking for it in particula ...more
Dec 08, 2009
Dec 08, 2009
 
Blood Engines (Marla Mason, #1)
3.47
I went and judged a book by its cover. You see, Blood Engines by T. A. Pratt (also published as Tim Pratt) has a cover by Daniel Dos Santos. Dan Dos S ...more
Jul 16, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
 
High Five (Stephanie Plum, #5)
4.15
The Stephanie Plum books remain funny. Funny makes up for a lot, and they should be considered primarily humor rather than mystery or detective fictio ...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
 
Sweet Blood of Mine (Overworld Chronicles, #1)
3.89
Ignore the lousy cover. I almost didn't read the book because of it. It makes the novel look like a paranormal romance. It is not. Yes, romance makes ...more
Jul 22, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
 
The Decoy Princess (Princess, #1)
3.70
**spoiler alert** The cover of the book is designed to scare off men, and it would have worked in my case if I hadn't known Dawn Cook is the same pers ...more
Jan 11, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
 
Oedipus Rex
3.64
I found three different online translations of Oedipus the King and read them in parallel to help assure I was getting most of the nuances. Hmmm. When ...more
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
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