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The Name of the Rose
4.11
did not like it
What a didactic, tedious, prolix piece of trash! Eco writes whole paragraphs in Latin and then leaves them untranslated, because he's such an awesome ...more
Feb 2010
Apr 27, 2010
 
The Wall
3.98
it was ok
The plot is essentially that of Robinson Crusoe, albeit more boring and with a more back-to-nature theme. The protagonist becomes isolated in an islan ...more
May 11, 2009
May 11, 2009
 
Odd Interlude #1 (Odd Thomas, #4.1)
4.10
did not like it
I found myself delayed in the airport with all of my books exhausted and was forced to buy a book in the terminal. These are the options I had: Michae ...more
May 22, 2013
May 26, 2013
 
iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It
3.82
really liked it
Wozniak is one of my favorite people, so I'm biased. Yes, the book sounds as if it has been transcribed directly from Steve talking in a slightly ramb ...more
May 11, 2016
May 11, 2016
 
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
3.84
it was ok
Man Booker notwithstanding, this isn't good. There are bits of brilliance throughout and I think a decent editor might be able to tease a good novel f ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
 
His Master's Voice
4.12
liked it
This is a worthwhile read, but definitely not for everyone. It's very cerebral science fiction. The beginning is very slow to get to the point and the ...more
Jun 2013
Jun 03, 2013
 
Chaos: Making a New Science
3.98
did not like it
Do you like math books with no math, books that pretend to be deep and recondite while actually being facile and having the nutritional value of cotto ...more
Mar 04, 2011
Mar 21, 2014
 
Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People
3.57
it was ok
I had some issues with this book. Firstly, there is a typesetting problem. There are many photos of pages of text that are clearly meant to be read, b ...more
Aug 22, 2016
Aug 22, 2016
 
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1)
4.00
it was ok
The NY Times likened this to Arthur C. Clarke, which is exactly the problem. The science is more interesting than the story. The best part is actually ...more
Dec 20, 2016
Dec 20, 2016
 
Hardware Implementation of Finite-Field Arithmetic
4.17
liked it
Overall, this is a decent book on a complex subject. Admittedly, Galois arithmetic is a hard subject to make clear, but I thought a lot of the book co ...more
Feb 05, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
 
The Woman Upstairs
3.31
really liked it
I am not a 42-yr-old single schoolmarm, but somehow I really sympathized with the seething anger of the protagonist. Some have question the sanity of ...more
Feb 03, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
 
The River Why
4.24
it was ok
There is a good book hidden inside The River Why, though I couldn't call it a good book. It's a bit of a mess, all over the map. In the afterword the ...more
Jul 06, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
 
A Farewell to Arms
3.79
it was amazing
I just reread this novel, and even though I knew what was going to happen, the ending still got me. Hemingway purportedly wrote about forty endings; f ...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
 
Daddy-Long-Legs (Daddy-Long-Legs, #1)
4.09
really liked it
Are there no other male readers of this book? Isn't it more of a male fantasy than a female one? (Manufacture the perfect girl!) And this book is funn ...more
Jun 10, 2013
Jun 10, 2013
 
The Martian
4.39
really liked it
I have a lower bar for SF, and this definitely rates high in that category. I'd almost hesitate to call it SF because it's just barely speculative--it ...more
Mar 14, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
 
Random Harvest
4.08
really liked it
I wanted to read more Hilton after reading "Lost Horizon" and this book did not let me down. It's written in a great style. Normally changing narratio ...more
Jan 25, 2017
Jan 25, 2017
 
The End of the Affair
3.96
really liked it
What a sad tale! One particularly melancholic passage describes Maurice (a thinly-veilde Graham Greene) finding a book owned by his ex-mistress when s ...more
Apr 23, 2016
Apr 23, 2016
 
The Fountains of Paradise
3.95
did not like it
Arthur C. Clarke is a brilliant man of science but a pretty weak author. How did this win a Hugo Award? Is SF that bad that this book can win one of i ...more
Feb 14, 2014
Feb 27, 2014
 
Breakfast at Tiffany's
3.89
really liked it
I just reread this wonderful book. First, let me lament the disappearance of the novella. A good story, told concisely, is always better than a good s ...more
Apr 20, 2013
May 26, 2013
 
Kiss Me, Deadly
3.69
it was ok
I read this in German, in which it was called Rhapsodie in Blei, which is a pun in German, as "Blei" means "lead". Having seen the movie, I was a bit ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 27, 2010
 
Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961
3.71
liked it
Like most biographies, this is too long and full of details the reader could care less about with some sections more appropriate for a master's thesis ...more
not set
Oct 16, 2012
 
This Brutal World
4.22
really liked it
This is a great book of B&W photos of brutalist architecture. I believe all of the photos were taken by the author (it's not entirely clear), alth ...more
Oct 07, 2016
Oct 07, 2016
 
The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue
3.98
really liked it
Great autobiography. This guy can write, and has some interesting stories to tell. He grew up in England during the war, spent a lot of time abroad as ...more
Mar 29, 2016
Mar 25, 2016
 
Portnoy's Complaint
3.69
it was ok
I wasn't a great fan of this book and found it overly ribald and onanistic, but I did sympathize with the narrator when he had to dump the Monkey, his ...more
May 15, 2013
Jun 10, 2013
 
Simulacron 3
3.96
liked it
It's interesting to read past predictions of the future. This author thought that in 2034, records would still be stored in file cabinets but scientis ...more
May 2017
May 01, 2017
 
Red Harvest
4.00
it was ok
I'm of the school who prefers Chandler to Hammet, but I still enjoy his work. This isn't one of his best, but it's still a good and pretty quick read. ...more
Apr 12, 2009
Apr 12, 2009
 
Ballerina: Sex, Scandal, and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection
3.51
liked it
This is well-researched, but a little dry in spots. The range may be too encompassing. I found the second half, about the travails of the modern balle ...more
Feb 05, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
 
Error Control Coding: From Theory to Practice
2.00
it was ok
This book is more concise than most on the subject, but I can't recommend it highly. Admittedly, most technical books are pretty poor at getting their ...more
Apr 24, 2015
Apr 24, 2015
 
Error Control Coding
4.19
liked it
I know this is probably the most common reference in the field, though I've never been overly fond of it. To be fair, there are few textbooks I like. ...more
Apr 23, 2016
Apr 23, 2016
 
Algebraic Coding Theory
4.00
really liked it
There's some good stuff in here, and still relevant today. I learned a sweet trick to do square roots in a Galois Field with just a simple matrix mult ...more
Apr 08, 2015
Apr 08, 2015
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