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Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
4.37

The choice of listing this on my "superheros-supervillains" shelf as well as the generic "read" one is not capricious.

Although I haven't been personal
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Nov 08, 2013
Nov 08, 2013
 
The City & the City
3.90

The City and The City is the first book I’ve read by China Mieville. Over the past few years several people I follow have written up various books of
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Oct 2013
Aug 05, 2009
 
Cat's Cradle
4.18
Ah, “Cat’s Cradle”, once again a fellow goodreader has reminded me of a book I read back in the time when pterodactyls flew. During and after the age ...more
not set
Nov 23, 2012
 
Doomsday Book
4.04

The Doomsday Book is an ambitious “soft” SF novel that borrows its title from the famous “Domesday Book” completed in 1086. Despite sharing names, the
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Jun 18, 2013
Aug 24, 2009
 
Let Me In
4.06
This is a great book. I selected it by an almost-random process. (The non-random bit being the Scandinavian origin of the author. I had to leave some ...more
Aug 31, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
 
Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone
4.05
I considered it an act of Divine Providence that propped up on a shelf for the entire world and I to see “Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone ...more
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
 
Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
3.96
“Space Chronicles”.

I like the topic. I like the author. I like his style, his insights, his humor (most of the time), and his enthusiasm for what lies
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Aug 29, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
 
My Year of Meats
3.90

So perhaps I am a bit late to the party, but My Year of Meats is an engaging and compelling read.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but that is often
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Dec 09, 2013
Oct 24, 2009
 
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
4.18

The Sparrow is my first encounter with the author’s work. I placed it on my TBR list years ago after seeing several GR friends add it or give it a hig
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Nov 19, 2013
Sep 30, 2009
 
Spider
3.77
This is the author’s second novel and third book (following on the collection “Blood and Water and Other Tales” and his debut novel “The Grotesque”). ...more
Sep 28, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
 
The Drowning Pool (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
4.02
More Ross Macdonald. More Lew Archer. More great American crime/detective writing.

I've read three novels and a collection of short fiction my Mr. Macd
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Sep 15, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
 
The Prefect
4.12
Alastair Reynolds is what I call a “heavyweight” Science Fiction author. His stories are deep, thoughtful, and have complex characters that inhabit hi ...more
Aug 10, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
 
Flowers for Algernon
3.98
"Flowers for Algernon" is one of the most powerful stories ever written.

You can compare it to "literary fiction" (examples: Graham Greene's "The Thir
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not set
Sep 16, 2012
 
House of Suns
4.14
This book is a bit different than most of the others that inhabit the “Revelation Space” universe. While it is a common backdrop to several books, the ...more
Aug 18, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
 
Round the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages, #7)
3.58

The review from afar – No. 26

Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:
Since emulating a yo-yo, I continue to rely on the old-style Kindle 3G for a
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Nov 2014
Jan 01, 2015
 
Robur the Conqueror
3.49

The review from afar – No. 24

Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:
Since emulating a yo-yo, I continue to rely on the old-style Kindle 3G for a
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Oct 2014
Jan 01, 2015
 
Michael Strogoff
3.81

The review from afar – No. 23

Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:
Since emulating a yo-yo, I continue to rely on the old-style Kindle 3G for a
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Oct 2014
Jan 01, 2015
 
The Exploration of the World (Celebrated Travels and Travellers Part I)
3.88

The review from afar – No. 27

Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:
Since emulating a yo-yo, I continue to rely on the old-style Kindle 3G for a
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Dec 2014
Jan 02, 2015
 
White Fire (Pendergast, #13)
4.05

White Fire is the newest book about the ever-intriguing Special Agent Prendergast.

I received a copy of White Fire from the publisher via the good gra
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Dec 28, 2013
Dec 30, 2013
 
The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
3.94

This turned out to be a great follow-up to Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book.
(view spoiler)
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Jun 26, 2013
Aug 24, 2009
 
South of the Border, West of the Sun
3.86
Over the years, I’ve read and liked several of Murakami-san’s books. I remember buying a couple of paperbacks in a small bookstore in Roppongi in the ...more
Oct 27, 2012
Oct 28, 2012
 
Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time
4.17
Although I’ve read many other accounts of Einstein’s life and his contributions to physics, I wanted to see how physicist Michio Kaku wrote about him. ...more
Oct 20, 2012
May 28, 2009
 
How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions
3.60

In the back of my mind, I have been thinking that this book might spark controversy as the story about the people living on Pitcairn Island did. (Not
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Jan 2014
Jan 04, 2014
 
How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew
3.50

I’m sure (and I’ll check once I’ve written this review) that I “discovered” this do-it-yourself guide via one of my Goodreads friends. I probably did
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Aug 29, 2013
Oct 24, 2009
 
Ashes to Dust
3.63
I’ve read a few Nordic-authored novels in the past year or two (although not the Steig Larsson series, yet.) I don’t intend any criticism but (and I a ...more
Sep 03, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
 
Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3)
4.28
Once bitten, it's so hard to be circumspect: get this book and read it.

As I wrote in my review of "The Inimitable Jeeves", the tales of Wooster and Je
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Mar 08, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
 
From the Earth to the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages, #4)
3.76

The review from afar – No. 25

Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:
Since emulating a yo-yo, I continue to rely on the old-style Kindle 3G for a
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Nov 2014
Jan 01, 2015
 
Bat Wing
3.15

The review from afar – No. 16

Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:
Since emulating a yo-yo, I continue to rely on the old-style Kindle 3G for a
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Aug 2014
Dec 30, 2014
 
Fire-Tongue
3.02

The review from afar – No. 15

Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:
Since emulating a yo-yo, I continue to rely on the old-style Kindle 3G for a
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Sep 2014
Dec 30, 2014
 
The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu
3.62

The review from afar – No. 10

Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:
As I emulate a yo-yo, I continue to rely on an old-style Kindle 3G for any n
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Jun 2014
Aug 18, 2014
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