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The Nose
Some people take Gogol too seriously. Me? I just apply duct tape to the edges of my nose to make sure it won't get up and walk away. It seems to be a ...more
May 28, 2011
May 28, 2011
Two weird things happened while I was reading this book. I had been having some bad insomnia, so I took a little something-something to help get to sl ...more
Dec 16, 2012
Nov 06, 2012
The Complete Kāma-Sūtra: The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text
"Get a bigger flute!" "Increase ur Size! 6" "Don’t walk with tail between your legs." "V|agr.a, C|a.li5, and Phen.term.|ne CHeep!!"

Was the Kama Sutra
Oct 25, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
The Monk
O Father Ambrosio, stop Monking around!

This book was quite a surprise. Yes, there are all sorts of hypocritical Monk-y debauchery and lustful, euphemi
Feb 05, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
(I thought it would make sense to start this while I'm still reading Gone With the Wind.)

This isn't a straight-up biography of Lincoln. And it's certa
Mar 04, 2011
Jan 03, 2010
Ethan Frome
I read this last night in an insomniac fit. It was cold and dark and rainy, and I was alone. I can't think of a more fitting setting for reading this, ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 03, 2011
The Call of Cthulhu
First rule of Cthulhu: No one knows about Cthulhu.

Except, of course, all fans of SF/F should read the original Cthulu short story that is still inspir
Jul 26, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
The Day of the Triffids
Wow! This is easily in the top 10 best books I've read in 2010.

It's the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic story that most modern ones wish they could be. I
Dec 13, 2010
Dec 10, 2010
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
***Goodreads swap from 10/09 at Vroman's. Thank you anonymous swapper!***

What an achievement to write a book that steps into the mind of an autistic t
Nov 03, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
Lucky Jim
Jim Dixon is like a cross between Holden Caulfield and Adrian Mole. Maybe just ever so slightly smarter than either, but just as cynical, aloof, and f ...more
Sep 11, 2009
Sep 08, 2009
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Packing for Mars is like Bonk, Stiff and Spook (her three previous books) but in space. Awesome! Everything is better in space. And hilariously entert ...more
Aug 25, 2010
Jun 17, 2010
I just don't know.

So, picture Lost meets Burning Man. Seriously. Imagine a bunch of bohemian hippie types having lots of sex in a weirdly cut-off plac
Mar 20, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
Thanks to a smart GR friend, I recently found out that Solaris was made into a movie long before the 2002 George Clooney/Soderburgh release. And it wa ...more
Dec 09, 2010
Sep 08, 2009
Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So
A book with no segues.

I'm not sure if it's just Mark Vonnegut's style, or if this indicative of someone living with mental illness, but the writing h
May 03, 2011
Oct 19, 2010
The Mount
Such a funny little book. I bought the book partly because of the cover. I was expecting something more grim. Also, I'm labeling this one as YA, even ...more
Mar 2011
Dec 12, 2009
Narrative of Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth had to be one of the most charismatic people ever to walk the Earth.* Charisma is hard to convey in any mode that's not face-to-face. ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
Prodigal Summer
Barbara Kingsolver has this ability to set a scene, and make it feel so lush. She really hits on all the senses, and that just pulls me right in to th ...more
Aug 12, 2010
Dec 12, 2009
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Part of my May/June British Invasion.

Five stars to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, four stars to Through the Looking Glass, because I j
Jun 29, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
The Stand
I really want to give this two-stars. Why? It utterly fails the Bechdel Test. You'd think after 1153 pages King could have two women interact with eac ...more
Apr 05, 2011
Oct 18, 2009
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I (Book #1)
Whatever you do, read Hound of the Baskervilles. Holy cow, that's now one of my favorite books. The short stories are fun, but some are better than ot ...more
Feb 12, 2014
Oct 10, 2012
The Mind's Eye
Mind's Eye is classic Sacks. It's a collection of essays with a focus on case studies. This time they were loosely based around the theme of the Mind' ...more
Nov 15, 2010
Sep 18, 2010
The Surgeon of Crowthorne
Part of my May/June British Invasion theme.
Also titled "The Professor and the Madman" in the US.

What a weird and fascinating story!
Jul 2010
Oct 09, 2009
The Difference Engine
Reading this alongside The Bride of Science: Romance, Reason, and Byron's Daughter.

Also: Lovelace and Babbage! <-- This needs to be a book already!
Oct 02, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Hey, I'm a smug 21st century reader! The bends are bad; Antarctica is a continent; coal doesn't come from volcanoes; submarines are not silent.

The end
May 05, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
Under The Dome
Whelp! This kept us entertained on a very long roadtrip. We had to read some while we were at our destination to speed things up. But this wasn't exac ...more
Jun 17, 2013
Apr 07, 2011
Blindness (Blindness, #1)
I can't quite figure out what to say about Blindness. I totally loved aspects of the book, and really loathed others.

Things I loved: the writing, the
Sep 27, 2010
Sep 18, 2009
Things Fall Apart - Classics in Context (Heinemann African Writers Series)
Fascinating. I was mourning the end of this book - that I would no longer get to spend time with the Igbo people of Umuofia. Then I discovered that Ac ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Nov 16, 2010
Les Misérables
April 1, 2011 Big Read selection.

I'll have to think about whether I want to write a full-on review for Les Mis. I do want to quickly mention that my r
Jun 23, 2011
Nov 15, 2010
The Purloined Letter
This is a detective story - don't believe the book description. "Suspense, fear and the supernatural" really have very little to do with The Purloined ...more
Sep 17, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
This is a *must* read before reading Cryptonomicon. Or maybe after, like I did.

If you at all feel uncomfortable in your knowledge of one time pad cyp
Aug 21, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
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