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The Nose
3.96
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
 
Hallucinations
3.78
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
3.56
"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
...more
Oct 25, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
 
The Monk
3.78
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
...more
Feb 05, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
 
The Call of Cthulhu
4.05
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
...more
Jul 26, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
 
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
4.33
(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
...more
Mar 04, 2011
Jan 03, 2010
 
The Day of the Triffids
3.97
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
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Dec 13, 2010
Dec 10, 2010
 
Ethan Frome
3.30
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 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.82
***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
...more
Nov 03, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
 
Lucky Jim
3.80
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
3.91
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
 
The Mount
3.72
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
4.06
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
 
Solaris
3.94
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
 
Dhalgren
3.82
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
...more
Mar 20, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
 
Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So
3.64
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
...more
May 03, 2011
Oct 19, 2010
 
The Stand
4.32
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 Difference Engine
3.39
Reading this alongside The Bride of Science: Romance, Reason, and Byron's Daughter.

Also: Lovelace and Babbage! <-- This needs to be a book already!
...more
Oct 02, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
 
The Mind's Eye
3.85
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
 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
4.05
Part of my May/June British Invasion.
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Five stars to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, four stars to Through the Looking Glass, because I j
...more
Jun 29, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
 
The Surgeon of Crowthorne
3.84
Part of my May/June British Invasion theme.
Also titled "The Professor and the Madman" in the US.
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What a weird and fascinating story!
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Jul 2010
Oct 09, 2009
 
Under The Dome
3.89
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
 
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I (Book #1)
4.43
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
 
Things Fall Apart - Classics in Context (Heinemann African Writers Series)
3.56
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
4.10
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
...more
Jun 23, 2011
Nov 15, 2010
 
The Purloined Letter
3.76
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
4.24
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
...more
Aug 21, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
 
Kindred
4.12
I switched the shelf on this one from "sci-fi" to "spec-fic." The time travel is ancillary to the story, but the mechanism isn't the focus. Like Time ...more
Jan 10, 2011
Sep 04, 2010
 
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
3.97
"Odours have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions or will. The persuasive power of an odour cannot be fended off, ...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
 
Beggars and Choosers (Beggars Trilogy)
3.84
Part of my "Finish the series already!" month.
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I really, really loved this book! I don't use love very often with books - partly
...more
Jul 11, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
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