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Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia, 1992-1995
4.27
Really bad things happened in Bosnia and dumb-asses like me read about it in a comic book. I shrink in shame.

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WEF GN
Apr 2008
Apr 09, 2008
 
Grendel
3.68
Every once in a while a book comes along that is so beautifully written it shames me to think I should ever consider putting verse to paper. This is o ...more
May 2008
Aug 09, 2007
 
The Turn of the Screw: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, Essays in Criticism
3.45
This book was excruciatingly verbose -- the story could have been told in 30 pages. Other than that, not a bad tale.
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Mar 2008
Mar 18, 2008
 
The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
4.02
I would not call myself an atheist, but a some of what is collected in this book rings true to me. However, like most atheist philosophy there is much ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 17, 2007
 
Programming Collective Intelligence: Building Smart Web 2.0 Applications
4.05
**spoiler alert** If it works, it's not AI.

Segaran's book is getting a lot of buzz right now and for good reason. It's a great survey of some common
...more
Feb 2008
Feb 17, 2008
 
Why Orwell Matters
3.91
Why does Orwell Matter? Because Christopher Hitchens says so!

No really, he practiced intellectual and journalistic honesty.

How quaint.

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May 26, 2008
May 19, 2008
 
The Bad Popes
3.73
This book gets a lot of flack for reading like a text book. I wish my text books had read like this. I was riveted. Why only 3 stars? Well, after the ...more
Apr 2008
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Ghosts of Virginia
3.95
This was a nice book with some interesting local flavor. Based solely on this book you would expect ghosts to be a common occurrance in the Commonweal ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 30, 2008
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.00
Finally, another good zombie book. It has a nice angle to it and really, the "oral histories" contain so many aspects that whole books could be writte ...more
Jan 2008
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Road
3.94
4.5 stars really. This book could fit perfectly in Ballard's post-apocalyptic works, although his were never written this beautifully.
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Jun 2008
Mar 11, 2008
 
The Day of the Triffids
3.98
This book was written soon after WWII and laid the groundwork for countless post-apocalyptic garbage fiction.

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Aug 23, 2008
Aug 16, 2008
 
Fight Club
4.19
A generation of kids wish they had written this book in college.
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Jul 2008
Jul 01, 2008
 
Childhood's End
4.07
Not bad. A bit disjointed. Pink Floyd wrote a song about it.

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Jun 2008
Aug 09, 2007
 
Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #3)
3.87
Expertly utilizes the worm-boy archetype.
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Jun 08, 2008
May 20, 2008
 
Go, Dog. Go!: Book of Things That Go
4.06
A fun book about filthy filthy dogs.
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Aug 2007
Aug 30, 2007
 
Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
3.82
There are very few books that can motivate me to read every single word of text.
Regardless, tend to not take points off of a book if I find that I am
...more
May 13, 2008
Apr 10, 2008
 
No Country for Old Men
4.11
**spoiler alert** Minor Spoilers Below

This is a book about Sheriff Bell. You may read it and instead gather that it is about Llewelyn Moss or perhaps
...more
Jan 2008
Jan 14, 2008
 
Blake: Poems
4.04
An interesting thing happened during this reading. Once, a long time ago, a younger Fogus read this book and loved the "Songs of..." collections. Howe ...more
Jan 28, 2008
Jan 11, 2008
 
RESTful Web Services
3.84
REST REST REST. Everyone is talking about RESTful webservices, and there is some merit to the discussion. This was a very well thought out book and pr ...more
Mar 2008
Feb 29, 2008
 
Night Shift
3.92
I recall reading this perhaps when I was 12, but I only took a general impression of it. A few notes based on my old-man's view:

- How the eff did the
...more
Sep 2008
Aug 25, 2008
 
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
4.10
I was luke-warm to the previous Ellison collection From the Land of Fear, but after reading IHNM&IMS, I finally see why this man (i|wa)s revered. ...more
Dec 11, 2008
Dec 04, 2008
 
My Inventions
4.02
I think it's fair to say that it was *not* shocking whatsoever that Tesla was OCD, suffered from temporal hallucinations, and was a precocious child.
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Dec 15, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
 
Algorithmic Information Theory
3.71
Dec 19, 2008
Dec 19, 2008
 
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
4.54
Absolutely stunning. After 2000+ pages of the first two in the Song of Fire and Ice, GRRM manages to somehow top even those two great novels. This boo ...more
Feb 2008
Dec 10, 2007
 
The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1)
3.94
As I get older I find that the comedies of my youth no longer cause the side-splitting laughter they once did. Maybe it's a bout of old-fogeyism kicki ...more
May 2008
May 13, 2008
 
The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley
3.56
**spoiler alert** This book was OK. It was surprisingly dated in it's spproach. That is, it seemed to be a snapshot of Silicon Valley between 1995-199 ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 17, 2008
 
Apple I Replica Creation: Back to the Garage
4.00
I believe that I would have liked this book better had it been about, I don't know, building an Apple I replica. Instead, there is some stuff about ba ...more
Feb 2008
Jan 28, 2008
 
Why I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects
4.03
How does one derive what this book is all about? The formula is actually very simple:

(( Richard Dawkins + Christopher Hitchens)/2) - Bluster = Bertr
...more
Apr 2008
Dec 12, 2007
 
Ubik
4.09
This is *almost* a perfect scifi novel, but loses points for the unforgivable deus ex machina. Otherwise, this is (IMO) what scifi should be... one cr ...more
Jul 2008
Aug 10, 2007
 
Joel on Software
4.09
Really 2.5 stars.

I like most of what Joel says about the management/developer schism... however, there are times when he says some truly cringe-worth
...more
Jul 2008
Jun 20, 2008
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