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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
4.07
really liked it
This is a great book, by a liberal from a military family. Throughout, Maddow treats the military with the respect it is due, but calls out numerous p ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
Tarnsman of Gor (Gor #1)
3.40
really liked it
Ah, yes... the Gor series. At first it was just sort of Nietzchean-Burroughsian sword-and-sandal escapism with an overtone of sexist-pigotry, but then ...more
not set
Apr 18, 2009
 
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem
3.30
it was amazing
I admit that I gave this memoir five stars instead of four because I know the author, though only distantly. I admired her writing early in her career ...more
Mar 25, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
 
Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series
3.57
it was ok
Near the end, I finally had to abandon this too-long, too-slow, too-discursive "biography" of Jewish gangster Arnold Rothstein. Rothstein is a fascina ...more
Jul 18, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
 
Fairies: Real Encounters With Little People
3.64
really liked it
This is a curious little book. After reading it, I am not sure what the author believes. I found that her speculations taken on the tone of belief whe ...more
May 21, 2009
May 21, 2009
 
After the Arab Spring: How Islamists Hijacked The Middle East Revolts
3.56
really liked it
The premise of After the Arab Spring is that the West has, overall, grieviously misunderstood the meaning of the movement. Because of language barrier ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
 
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
4.22
it was amazing
Exhaustive account of the 1953 coup that deposed nationalist Iranian Mohammad Mosaddeq, who was anti-British but mildly pro-American, in order to inst ...more
Jul 24, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
 
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
3.98
it was amazing
I love this classic collection of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology. It has many negatives, but I still have an affection for it because I read it dur ...more
not set
May 04, 2009
 
War Child: A Child Soldier's Story
4.02
it was amazing
An at-times horrifying read, but in the end a truly inspiring biography and a great portrayal of the awful ways war affects children and young adults. ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Aug 03, 2011
 
Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy
3.27
really liked it
I love this disarming, straightforward memoir of what it's like to be young, female, and working for the CIA. At times the author seems sort of frivol ...more
Aug 14, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
 
Cockfighter
4.09
really liked it
On pure technique, writing style and ability to portray a culture, this book should get five stars. But while the shop talk about cockfighting is amaz ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
 
Sick Puppy
3.88
liked it
I haven't read any Carl Hiaasen in about ten years. It's worth saying that based on his first 5 books, his investigative reporting and the fact that h ...more
Aug 11, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
 
Inside the CIA
3.39
it was ok
From a purely informational and documentary perspective, this book is useful. However, it's just too kissy-assy from a journalist who clearly thinks t ...more
Oct 21, 2009
Aug 16, 2009
 
Memos from Purgatory
4.00
it was amazing
I feel somewhat goofy giving this book five stars, because it's far from a perfect book. But I read it at EXACTLY the right moment in my life. Somethi ...more
Jul 25, 1986
Jul 25, 2010
 
Fright (Hard Case Crime #34)
3.72
it was amazing
This one seems to have gotten crappy reviews from other readers, but I thought it was brilliant. This is the first Cornell Woolrich I've read unless y ...more
Jun 26, 2010
Aug 03, 2009
 
Black Livingstone: A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth-Century Congo
3.52
it was amazing
I love this story of William Sheppard, an African-American Presbyterian missionary in the Congo who was the first to expose the atrocities being commi ...more
Jun 04, 2009
May 26, 2009
 
The Complete Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist
4.11
really liked it
Okay, so apparently I'm not supposed to like Hothead Paisan, partially because Diane DiMassa is reported to be transphobic. I guess I can see that, pl ...more
Jan 2000
Apr 18, 2009
 
Idaho Falls: The Untold Story of America's First Nuclear Accident
3.75
did not like it
William McKeown's "Idaho Falls, about the Idaho Falls SL-1 reactor incident in 1961, may be the most awful non-fiction book I have ever read -- and be ...more
Dec 31, 2012
Dec 31, 2012
 
Classical Mythology
4.26
really liked it
I love this 24-lecture series about Greek and Roman mythology. What is most helpful to me is the overview of what the actual sources are, whereas I mo ...more
Jul 07, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
 
The Star Mill (The Cosmic Kalevala, #2)
3.40
it was ok
I really wanted to like this book because Emil Petaja seems like a way cool dude -- a friend of luminaries like Ray Bradbury and Clark Ashton Smith, a ...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 10, 2009
 
Big Boy Rules: America's Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq
3.80
really liked it
Despite having written one novel (partially) about a mercenary who served in Iraq, and despite having an abiding interest in PMCs, in the Middle East, ...more
Feb 24, 2016
Feb 24, 2016
 
Cropper's Cabin
3.53
it was amazing
This is not a popular book among Thompson readers, probably because it's really, really not a crime novel and certainly not a thriller. But I thought ...more
Jul 25, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
 
Three Empires on the Nile: The Victorian Jihad, 1869-1899
3.73
it was amazing
In keeping with a piece of advice from Ray Bradbury that has been making the rounds, in which he suggests that writers must have a slightly creepy lov ...more
Jun 06, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
 
Fifty-to-One (Hard Case Crime #50)
3.82
it was amazing
I just can't say enough nice things about this clever, fast-paced novel from Hard Case Crime publisher Charles Ardai. The concept is irresistible: for ...more
May 12, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
 
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
4.28
it was amazing
I was prepared to dislike this somewhat enormous 2004 book on the CIA's involvement in Afghanistan, mostly because many other writers of books in this ...more
May 12, 2012
May 13, 2012
 
Damnation Alley
3.56
liked it
The novella this novel is based on is one of the best action-adventure stories ever written. I had always resisted reading the book because expanding ...more
Jun 18, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
 
Gun Work (Hard Case Crime #49)
3.62
it was amazing
I avoided writing anything about this book when I read it a few months ago, because I was so spun out by it and not sure what I wanted to say. I'm sti ...more
May 16, 2009
May 12, 2009
 
DC Comics Covergirls
4.08
really liked it
This is a fascinating collection of female heros on covers from DC comics over the ages. Supergirl and Wonder Woman have interesting and checkered his ...more
Jul 11, 2009
Jul 11, 2009
 
Blade Runner: A Movie
3.56
really liked it
Pretty much totally incoherent in narrative terms, like some notes toward an apocalypse written on the back of a cocktail napkin. But has lots of utte ...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 12, 2009
 
Made in Hanford: The Bomb That Changed the World
4.03
really liked it
Hill Williams is the son of the guy who ran the local paper in Hanford, WA during the Manhattan Project. That makes for a pretty interesting insider's ...more
Oct 02, 2015
Oct 16, 2015
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