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Discount Armageddon (Incryptid, #1)
3.86
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)
3.55
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
 
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve
4.06
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
 
When It's A Jar
3.61
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
 
The Cypher (Guardians Inc. #1)
3.82
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
 
Greek Religion
4.09
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 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
 
Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft
3.72
I'm not the intended audience for this book. I'm too old and male. I read it because I was attracted by the title, for I was looking for something lig...more
Feb 09, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
 
Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)
3.73
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is for you--whatever age you happen to be. Read it when you are ten. Read it again when you are fifteen. Read it again when...more
Jun 16, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
 
Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are
3.74
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
 
Wicked Bronze Ambition (Garrett, P.I., #14)
3.92
I was glad to see another Garrett novel, but this one just wanders around a lot without much happening.
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
 
Crimes Against Magic (Hellequin Chronicles, #1)
3.99
The characters all behave like imbeciles.
Jan 08, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
 
The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us
3.73
If you know nothing about sociopathy, this book will teach you things you should know for your own self-defense. If that is your situation, by all mea...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
 
Very Hard Choices
3.61
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
 
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
4.55
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is a solid fantasy novel. I suppose the sub-genres to which it is closest are heroic fantasy and wizard's app...more
Oct 17, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
 
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1)
4.01
As of this writing, I've read the first three Stephanie Plum books. This is a brief review of all three.

My primary impression is that they are funny....more
Nov 15, 2009
Nov 14, 2009
 
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
 
A Kiss Before the Apocalypse (Remy Chandler, #1)
3.59
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
 
Broken Homes (Peter Grant, #4)
4.11
This one takes a while to get going. It starts out by laying down a bunch of threads that eventually come together. If it were the first volume in the...more
Feb 10, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
 
Throne
3.28
The writing, in the sense of putting words in a line, is competent enough, but to my taste, the author is too in love with his descriptions and simile...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
 
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
3.88
I don't really see what the frame story has to do with the main point of the book, but it's pretty good in itself, so who cares? The writing is humoro...more
Jun 07, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
 
The Fabulous Clipjoint
3.89
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 Full Facts Book of Cold Reading: A Comprehensive Guide to the Most Persuasive Psychological Manipulation Technique in the World
4.03
Learning how cold reading is done could save one a lot of grief, and this book is comprehensive. It is especially useful for those who are naturally a...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
 
The Great God Pan (Creation Classics)
3.87
I read this because Stephen King highly recommended it somewhere on his site. My reaction was more meh.
Jan 2009
Aug 03, 2012
 
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
 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
3.74
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
 
Steal This Book
3.64
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
 
The Decoy Princess (Princess, #1)
3.69
**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
 
The Way of the Shaman
4.00
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
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