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Saiyuki, Vol. 1
4.15
it was amazing
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This manga has... absolutely everything I have ever wanted in published fiction. Awesome characters, gorgeous art,
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not set
Aug 15, 2007
 
Havemercy (Havemercy #1)
3.65
really liked it
Well-written, unusual, and entertaining, with a really well-fleshed out world and some really neat POVs and writing styles. On occasion the writing st ...more
Oct 2008
Aug 20, 2008
 
Batman: Harley and Ivy
4.00
it was ok
The good: some really fun bits here, Harley and Ivy are awesome, and Bruce Timm's art totally rocks.

The bad: the art in the painted story was terrible
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Feb 2009
Feb 12, 2009
 
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)
4.04
it was ok
This wasn't bad, it just... wasn't fun, either. The main reason I liked the first book was the fun! But this one felt like long stretches of Murphy's ...more
Aug 2008
Jan 20, 2008
 
Dramarama
3.44
really liked it
I think I might have given this three stars if the ending hadn't kicked me in the heart so bad. It wasn't super-depressing, really, it just hit a litt ...more
Mar 2009
Feb 14, 2009
 
The World Without Us
3.79
really liked it
A little more shallow but way more interesting and wide-ranging than I expected. Depressing, though. Not sure I've ever spent so much time seriously c ...more
Sep 06, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
 
The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray
3.98
really liked it
I had a lot of issues with the writing here, but the story itself was interesting and novel enough that I really enjoyed it! Didn't hurt that I loved ...more
Jul 2008
Jun 10, 2008
 
Extras (Uglies, #4)
3.59
really liked it
Scott Westerfeld's writing and ideas are really engaging, and thanks to that this story stands really well on its own. I really like how he pulls off ...more
Oct 2008
Aug 09, 2008
 
Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence
3.71
it was ok
Bill James has read a lot of true crime books, and he has Opinions about them. Why he's read so many is a little puzzling, since he has nothing good t ...more
Sep 20, 2016
Feb 25, 2016
 
Sunshine
3.85
liked it
I feel like I would have appreciated this a lot more if I'd read Twilight first! But I pretty much flat-out refuse to go anywhere near Twilight, so. E ...more
Jul 2008
Apr 20, 2008
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
liked it
**spoiler alert** There were some really cool ideas here, and I especially enjoyed the commentary about reality TV shows, though I've always found the ...more
May 2009
Feb 01, 2009
 
Luck in the Shadows (Nightrunner, #1)
4.08
liked it
There was a lot to like here: interesting, fun characters, lots of intrigue and theft and stealing and disguises. The plot suffers from some major pac ...more
Aug 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
The Men Who Stare at Goats
3.58
it was ok
Partway through this book, Ronson quoted an urban legend as fact. It was a minor thing, but knowing that he hadn't bothered to fact-check that one thi ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 09, 2009
 
Never Cry Wolf
4.19
liked it
The story Mowat tells here is beautiful and moving. His love for the landscape and the animals is there in every word he writes. Reading this made me ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 17, 2008
 
The Obesity Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health
4.05
liked it
The first part of this book is really, really important: Campos' discussion of the flawed and misleading scientific research concerning obesity is log ...more
May 2013
Sep 10, 2009
 
Solaris
3.97
liked it
Really interesting ideas, and there's the potential here for a really terrifying psychological horror story, but the translation/writing is stiff, poo ...more
Jun 26, 2015
Jun 25, 2015
 
The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
4.19
really liked it
Excellent. As soon as I'd finished this, I went out to buy a copy for my sister, who lives in the city, because this book made me realize something I' ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 17, 2008
 
The Burn Journals
3.84
it was ok
On the one hand, I enjoyed the brutal honesty, particularly in the afterword. On the other hand, definitely hard to sit through and a bit repetitive. ...more
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 22, 2013
 
Notes of a Sniper
4.04
it was amazing
Fantastic war stories, and lots of great info about what's involved in being a master sniper. I read this carefully, knowing Zaitsev's status as a fig ...more
Apr 07, 2016
Apr 07, 2016
 
The Mad Trapper of Rat River: A True Story of Canada's Biggest Manhunt
3.75
liked it
Can't really recommend this -- while the story is interesting, the author spends too little time on the event itself and way too much time on his own ...more
Apr 23, 2015
Apr 23, 2015
 
Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door
3.33
it was ok
The first half of this book really is a treat. Truss laments the state of manners while discussing their history, raising excellent questions about wh ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 25, 2008
 
Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon
3.92
really liked it
Really, really good. Dolnick does a great job of distinguishing the cast of characters and letting each of them have his own voice. The author serious ...more
Sep 02, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
 
Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games
3.62
liked it
A little dry and repetitive, and I wish it covered more than just the Nosenko affair, but there's some really interesting detail here about defections ...more
Aug 29, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
 
Wicked Gentlemen
4.01
it was ok
I don't quite know what to say about this! The storytelling wasn't very good, and quite a few of the descriptions were awkward and clunky, but I liked ...more
Jan 2009
Aug 18, 2008
 
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
3.80
liked it
I liked how in-depth this was, and the specific suggestions about how to use 'nudges' for good decision making on a personal and an institutional leve ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
 
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
3.67
did not like it
Garbage. Some worthwhile information in here about what goes into processed food, but the rest is a useless, offensive recipe for self-hate and disord ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
 
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
4.02
liked it
It seems that all this time I was looking for some fun urban fantasy with magic and detective work and gangsters and hardass cops, all I was really lo ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 20, 2008
 
A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper, #1)
4.08
really liked it
The villains were a little too ridiculous to be more than a little funny, and the ending was kinda anticlimactic and a little predictable, but overall ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 06, 2009
 
Moral Combat: A History of World War II
3.98
it was ok
I don't normally review books i couldn't finish, but this was such a disappointment I had to say something to try and warn off others. This is a broad ...more
not set
Sep 02, 2014
 
Night Witches: The Amazing Story of Russia's Women Pilots in WWII
4.14
it was amazing
Really excellent, though the author's ingrained sexism and focus on the women's physical appearance is frustrating.
Feb 14, 2016
Feb 14, 2016
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