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The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13)
This is really my review of the whole Series of Unfortunate Events, not just The End, because I couldn't read just one of them and altogether they rea...more
May 02, 2011
May 02, 2011
Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training
The tone changes from sentence to sentence, from insensitive meathead ("...if you insist on using [gloves], make sure they match your purse") to PhD a...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All The Wrong Questions, #1)
So clever. Very much in the same style as A Series of Unfortunate Events with smart children, dumb adults, mysterious organizations, clever references...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 05, 2013
I'm pretty sure the author of this book is the guy who was in my History of Creativity class in college who, for his final project, built a boat out o...more
Aug 18, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett And I Built Our Company
Incredible little book about what was once one of the best places to work. I might have been brainwashed by the old-time HPers that I used to work wit...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 30, 2011
Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive
I was excited to read this book by the legend himself ( The ideas are important, but it felt like death by examples rea...more
Jul 2012
Jun 19, 2012
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
Do not read this book.

Apparently a lot of people loved it and thought it was the "Best. Book. Evar!" It is not. It might be the case that I had the wr...more
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection
This was my second attempt at "checking out" an e-book from the Salt Lake County library system. I wasn't sure it was going to work, so I just picked...more
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1)
Attempting to keep up with what my 11-year old boy is reading again. This book was a quick read and surprisingly entertaining. My first impressions wa...more
Nov 2011
Nov 24, 2011
A World Without Heroes (Beyonders, #1)
Keeping up with what my kids are reading again. Man, this book was hard for me to get into. Someone that works in a bookstore told me the Beyonders se...more
Sep 16, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
Chasing the Prophecy (Beyonders, #3)
The beginning of the book is a lot like the first two. It's getting a little old, can't anything just be straightforward? Do we have to journey to som...more
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
Tentacles (Marty and Grace, #2)
My 10-year old picked this up at the school book fair and it was a fun suspense/action/adventure book, kind of Clive Cussler for kids. My 10-year old...more
Jun 02, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
Hooligan: A Mormon Boyhood
My wife stumbled upon this book at the local library here in Salt Lake City, UT. It's written by Douglas Thayer, who gew up in Provo, UT during the gr...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
Hard Magic (Grimnoir Chronicles, #1)
I almost didn't want to admit to having read this. It's not literature, but it was way fun. There were some bad words and some very vivid descriptions...more
Nov 16, 2013
Nov 25, 2013
The Invasion (Animorphs, #1)
My 9-year old son has been devouring these books, about one every two days. When I saw the cover and thickness of each I figured they were typical chi...more
Mar 16, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Science Reporters always make me nervous, and that's just what the author of this book is. It wasn't too bad, though. Blink explores the way we make d...more
Nov 2009
Dec 16, 2009
The Tale of Despereaux
We listened to this while we drove around Florida on vacation. It was surprisingly (to me at least) really, really good (and almost nothing like the m...more
Feb 23, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
Ender's Shadow (Ender's Shadow, #1)
Wow! I avoided this for a while, thinking that it might be a little boring to read the same story just from another character's perspective. It's not...more
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 17, 2013
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)
I read the Percy Jackson series to see what my 10-year old was reading. They were pretty fun to read. Very action packed, with hardly any chance to ca...more
Jan 03, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #3)
Still trying to keep up with what my 10-year old is reading. This may be the best book in the Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy. It's more concise t...more
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)
I recently re-read The Lord of the Rings and really enjoyed it. Hungry for more, checked out The Silmarillion from the library and started reading. It...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
Why do self-help books all have to be the same? Large print, chatty conversational writing style, and the author (or authors), instead of refraining f...more
Aug 30, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
The prose was full of innovative metaphors, original allusions, and clever haiku even, but when it came time to state that characters engaged in physi...more
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Sep 21, 2011
Thud! (Discworld, #34)
So hard to describe the Discworld novels. On the surface they are hilarious parodies set in a zany fantasy world. It seems like the the more recent on...more
Jul 2009
Jun 27, 2009
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
First of all, I think this was incredibly well written. Despite the upfront warnings about its tragic ending, I completely got caught up in the excite...more
Oct 29, 2009
Oct 23, 2009
The Gate Thief (Mither Mages, #2)
Continuation of the first. I kind of wish books like this didn't get divided up into three. I really enjoyed this. Not at first, I had to take a break...more
Apr 15, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey, #1)
Such a classic, referenced so often in society of today, you are missing out if you haven't read this. I attempted to watch the movie as a kid, but I...more
Oct 20, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
Black Hawk Down
There is lots of information about this book online, how it's a true story, and how it came to be written. It is, however, utterly unbelievable. I cho...more
Jul 21, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
Agent to the Stars
For a free book (you can get it from the author's website), this was surprisingly good. It's sort of a comedy science fiction book. It's about a junio...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
I was asking around for books that people recommended for a 10 (almost 11) -year old and this one came up. It was a fun read. Lots of entertaining lit...more
Jul 2011
Jul 03, 2011
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