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Variable Star
This is my third reading of Variable Star by Robert Heinlein and Spider Robinson. I enjoyed it immensely, and it in the three years since my last read ...more
Feb 28, 2014
Feb 16, 2010
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Moon is one of my favorite of Heinlein's novels. It is a near-future story where the moon has become a penal colony. Harsh survival conditions grow an ...more
Nov 24, 2014
Oct 13, 2009
The Pillars of the Earth
I hesitate to put any novel in my shelf "books everyone should read" but I will this one. It isn't because it is my favorite novel, though it is in th ...more
Sep 26, 2014
Jan 16, 2010
Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger is one of my favorite novels. In addition to being a gripping page-turner, it opens a lot of questions on the nature of love, family and huma ...more
Oct 17, 2013
Oct 24, 2009
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
This installment of the Harry Potter saga, while still fantastic, is just a bit dark for me. On the plus side, it has some of my very favorite moments ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Nov 20, 2009
Rocket Ship Galileo
This is one of my favorites among the juveniles. It is often the Heinlein novel that I suggest to someone new to him. One trait I've noticed several t ...more
Dec 02, 2013
Jan 23, 2010
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is set in a 22nd Century Earth that has suffered invasion by aliens. Having repelled the invasions, Earth is preparing ...more
Jan 24, 2013
Aug 03, 2009
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
This book was every bit as charming and lovable as I remember and custom doesn't stale its infinite variety. Surprises included how child-like it is n ...more
Dec 18, 2013
Nov 20, 2009
For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs
This is Heinlein's first stab at a novel. Though written in the late 30's, it was published posthumously. It is a fairly standard utopian novel though ...more
Jun 19, 2014
Oct 07, 2009
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
The Prisoner of Azkaban is one of my favorites in the series, perhaps along with The Goblet of Fire. This is the first book that gets a bit more compl ...more
Jan 04, 2014
Nov 20, 2009
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
I think my reaction to this book varies from the vast majority of people from which I've heard comments. People seem to love it because it is some sta ...more
Feb 15, 2007
Aug 15, 2009
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
Again, I was surprised this book could make me all weepy. It wasn't at that major event that famously occurs in this installment. It's at the very end ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Nov 20, 2009
Double Star
Unusually for Heinlein, he starts with a rather undesirable character and writes a convincing arc where he rises to greatness. In this case, it is a r ...more
Jun 25, 2014
Jan 01, 2010
Good to Great CD: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Other's Don't
I guess I can only recommend this book to people who are at least a little interested in business, but that's probably close enough to "everyone" amon ...more
Oct 12, 2011
Jan 03, 2010
The Gentle Art Of Verbal Self Defense
This is one of the most profoundly helpful books that I've ever read.

The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense analyzes verbal attack patterns in English
Nov 24, 2007
Nov 24, 2009
The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
I enjoy this book on so many levels.

First and foremost, it is a well-written autobiographical story of someone who lived interesting experiences. I al
Feb 07, 2014
Jan 24, 2010
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand
2012 Reading
It was a delight revisiting this book. It has been a long time since I've methodically considered all of Objectivism straight through. I w
Apr 24, 2012
Jan 11, 2010
Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)
This book starts the Robert Langden trilogy that received so much hype with The Da Vinci Code. The world seems to polarize into those that think these ...more
Mar 15, 2007
Aug 20, 2009
Citizen of the Galaxy
This is another of my favorite Heinlein novels. It has characteristics of the juveniles, centering on a young man coming of age, but has more of the p ...more
Dec 04, 2013
Oct 13, 2009
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
This is such a great end to the series. These young heroes really sharpen at the end. The culmination of the main conflict is positively epic. In seve ...more
Apr 19, 2014
Nov 20, 2009
I don't know if I'll ever get tired of reading Friday. Other than perhaps Minerva, I find Friday the most appealing female character Heinlein created. ...more
Jul 03, 2014
Jan 03, 2010
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
I think the Goblet of Fire is my favorite of the novels. Certainly, re-reading them in 2013, my enjoyment is greater with each book I read, but I thin ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Nov 20, 2009
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
I was still able to enjoy re-reading The Chamber of Secrets. These books are delightful.

2013: I read this during the holidays last year and am going t
Dec 22, 2013
Nov 20, 2009
Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long
Heinlein's rambling stories collected under auspices of memoirs of Lazarus Long remains one of my favorite bits of literary comfort food. Except for o ...more
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Feb 15, 2010
Digital Fortress: A Thriller
This book isn't quite the page turner that Dan Brown's other novels are. He clearly knows a lot less about technology than about his other backdrops. ...more
Apr 15, 2007
Sep 22, 2009
The Green Hills of Earth
This is a fantastic short story. I came to love "Noisy" from his appearances as a minor character in other Heinlein stories, but this this short piece ...more
Jul 19, 2013
Oct 19, 2009
Life of Pi
I loved this novel more the second time than the first. The story has a major and surprising twist near the end and I wasn't sure how it would read th ...more
May 07, 2010
Nov 01, 2009
Game Theory: A Nontechnical Introduction
This book does an excellent job of outlining the basics of game theory. The job is sufficient to allow someone with a grasp of algebra to do real anal ...more
Mar 10, 2007
Aug 10, 2009
Deception Point
I enjoyed this book at the time, but when it came around in the queue again, I realized I had no desire whatever to re-read it.
Feb 27, 2007
Sep 30, 2009
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Sep 13, 2007
Dec 19, 2009
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