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Through Alien Eyes
3.77
On the whole, I'm going to have to say that this book rates a "meh."

I don't usually buy fiction (especially sci-fi) unless I'm familiar with the auth
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May 2008
May 28, 2008
 
Indiscretion
3.86
I admit it - I'm a total geek for Jane Austen and similarly-styled romances, and while most authors stumble in their attempts to recreate that style, ...more
Apr 2008
Aug 27, 2007
 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Extraordinary Voyages, #6)
3.82
Well, this isn't the exact edition I read (mine was a Signet classic paperback) but... what does that really matter, in the end, so long as it's not a ...more
May 2008
May 23, 2008
 
The Hitchhiker's Trilogy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1-5)
4.39
This is the second time I've read the whole trilogy, and I have to say, in a lot of parts I was more happy with it than I remembered, but in large oth ...more
Jan 2008
Apr 16, 2008
 
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
3.81
Mary Roach at her unfailing, unflinching best. This woman takes diligent research to a personal level, and brings a dry, sarcastic sense of humor to e ...more
May 2008
May 23, 2008
 
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
3.64
Exactly what I expect from Peggy Orenstein - this was fun, clever, and well-researched (with plenty of end-notes and citations for me to go through at ...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
 
All Clear (Oxford Time Travel, #4)
4.04
I was tempted to go for 5 stars here, in part because of how nicely some of the more confusing aspects of book one were resolved here, but I still fee ...more
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
 
Blackout (Oxford Time Travel, #3)
3.81
100% pleased with the historical details and overall feel of the book, probably about 75% happy with the plot, which seems to drag at times in an endl ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
 
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
4.05
Okay, not exactly "recent," but I wanted to make sure that this one made it onto my list. I read this for a class called Comparative Study of Death (n ...more
Jan 2006
Apr 16, 2008
 
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
4.27
I haven't been reading all that many novels lately, but this one was more than worth my time. Follett may be known for his war-time thrillers, but in ...more
Jan 2008
Mar 14, 2008
 
I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away
3.89
This turned out to be a collection of newspaper columns that Bryson apparently wrote during the first three years after he returned to the U.S. after ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 20, 2007
 
The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Ancient Pleasure District
3.80
An interesting book with aspects of the travelogue, memoir, and, most importantly for me, a legitimate and very educated ethnography. Brown doesn't sh ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 09, 2008
 
Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe
3.91
Not the most well-written book in the world, but it preceded the current hullabaloo about civil unions for same-sex couples in medieval Europe by... o ...more
Apr 2007
Sep 04, 2007
 
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
4.27
This book is Sagan at his clever, coherent, inspiring best. I can't think of anything more witty to say about it at the moment, but I passionately lov ...more
Jan 2007
Mar 14, 2008
 
Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States
3.87
Bryson is good as always, particularly on the subject of the English language. I missed his usual knack with anecdote in this story, however... it's m ...more
Jan 2007
Aug 21, 2007
 
Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax"
4.04
Mostly stuff that I learned in my astronomy classes at the UW, but some other good new stuff. Not brilliantly written, but decent and pretty fun. Good ...more
Jan 2008
Apr 16, 2008
 
Sham: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless
3.52
Moderately interesting, a few fun anecdotes and studies, not particularly worthwhile for anyone who already thinks the Self-Help movement is bunk.
Jan 2008
Apr 16, 2008
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