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The Circle
While I share Eggers' deep skepticism about our social media and tech-obsessed culture and its potential dangers that represent the main premise of Th ...more
Oct 17, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
Fables, Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover (Fables, #13)
Fables is one of the few comics that survived the Great Pull List Purge a couple of years ago, and it's been consistently great since halfway through ...more
not set
May 16, 2010
The Martian Tales Trilogy (Barsoom, #1-3)
I'm not quite sure how I'd never read any John Carter stories, not even the comics, nor do I remember exactly what prompted me to pick up this collect ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Dec 27, 2011
You Are Not a Gadget
YOU ARE NOT A GADGET is the 21st Century's AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH, shining a bright light on the dark side of Web 2.0, "open culture" and the dehu ...more
Mar 11, 2010
Dec 22, 2009
Dreadnought (The Clockwork Century, #2)
Everything that made Boneshaker such a great read -- intriguing setting, multiple storylines, engaging characters -- is weaved seamlessly into Dreadno ...more
Mar 20, 2011
Aug 03, 2010
The Automatic Detective
This was an unexpected disappointment; it's not a terrible read, but Martinez may have been a little too impressed with the presumed "cleverness" of h ...more
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
I absolutely LOVED this book. It's a laugh out loud funny, poignant, and heart-breakingly heartwarming coming of age story in which Alexie nails the 1 ...more
Nov 04, 2011
Nov 02, 2011
The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories
"People have always wanted to in some way inhabit the stories that move them. The only real variable is whether technology gives them that opportunity ...more
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
A Wish After Midnight
Genna Colon, an ambitious half-Black, half-Panamanian 15-year-old, inadvertently wishes her way out of modern-day Brooklyn and into the middle of Civi ...more
Jun 04, 2011
May 29, 2011
Control Point (Shadow Ops, #1)
What if the X-Men were a branch of the military and there was no Professor X? That's effectively Myke Cole's premise in Control Point, and not only do ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
The Shadow Conspiracy II
Another enjoyable collection from Book View Café, though I'm not sure if it's better than the first one or I've just gotten more comfortable with eboo ...more
Apr 22, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
Children of the Shaman
Back in 2003, before I realized I actually liked the fantasy genre, I went looking for an interesting read to get my feet wet, and after an hour scour ...more
Jan 2003
Aug 04, 2009
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
The Lottery is one of my all-time favorite short stories, but I'd never read any of Jackson's other works. We Have Always Lived in the Castle has a si ...more
Jan 16, 2011
Jan 11, 2011
The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir
I've been a fan of Ta-Nehisi Coates via his blog at The Atlantic since '08, and fully expected to enjoy this memoir just based on the commonalities I' ...more
Mar 14, 2011
Mar 13, 2011
[4.5 stars, actually] Alex Sheikman has crafted a visually stunning (props to Joel Chua for his outstanding color work) sci-fi spaghetti western that ...more
Jan 15, 2007
Oct 19, 2010
Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)
Years from now, when she's retired and far enough removed from Hearst to comfortably lift the curtain on an impressive career, Cathie Black has the po ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Nov 10, 2010
Poke the Box
Poke the Box should have been titled Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us - The Remix as Godin brings nothing new to the table other than a relationship wit ...more
Mar 15, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
The Left Bank Gang
The Left Bank Gang's premise -- positing Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound and James Joyce as struggling cartoonists in 1920s Paris -- ...more
Jul 26, 2006
May 06, 2012
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller
I was lucky enough to get a signed copy for my son at ALA this past weekend, and devoured it on the plane before handing it to him today, noting Vaund ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media
"We get the media we deserve," declares NPR's Brooke Gladstone in her excellent The Influencing Machine, an insightful graphic manifesto that sits com ...more
Jun 06, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
The House of Dies Drear
It's been a while since I've finished a book in 24 hours, but Virginia Hamilton's The House of Dies Drear moves quickly, almost every chapter ending w ...more
Mar 12, 2011
Mar 11, 2011
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
I'm not one to abandon a book lightly, but around 150 pages in, I was ready to drop this one because I'd lost all interest in the story, and had spent ...more
Nov 10, 2011
Nov 05, 2011
Bait Dog
This is where a star rating system fails, because I'd probably give Bait Dog four stars on purely objective measures, as Chuck Wendig delivers an enga ...more
Oct 12, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education
"Because we are all citizens of this democracy, because we will all be voters, we must all be educated for our responsibilities." --Diane Ravitch

A sob
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
The Shadow Speaker
In The Shadow Speaker, Nnedi Okorafor spins a wildly imaginative, entertaining and nicely balanced coming of age tale unabashedly set in a fantastical ...more
Aug 11, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
"There it is."

Karl Marlantes juggles a large, diverse cast of complex characters (that sadly narrows over time), while deftly exploring one of America
Jun 29, 2011
May 28, 2011
Ganymede (The Clockwork Century, #3)
Loved it! Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century setting is a fascinating place; a more appealing Americanized flavor of Steampunk, and the addition of New ...more
Oct 22, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
Right State
A tense political thriller set in the near future, as the US's second black President faces a divisive re-election campaign (is there any other kind t ...more
Oct 07, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
The Half-Made World
I. Loved. This. Book!

Some writers are great at building intriguing worlds, and others excel at creating fascinating characters, but Felix Gilman pulls
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
Tales of the Far West
Gareth-Michael Skarka has assembled a solid mix of storytellers to shed light on his intriguing new setting, Into The Far West, a Spaghetti Western/Wu ...more
May 06, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
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