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The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, #7)
4.27
WARNING! THIS REVIEW IS FULL OF SPOILERS, ONCE YOU GET PAST THE PART "THE ENDING:". DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU WANT IT SPOILED FOR YOU! YOU WERE WARNED ...more
Jan 31, 2008
Aug 30, 2007
 
1984
4.14
it was amazing
Any book or movie that has created a cultural point of reference is worth a look, by my estimation anyway.

For those of you who've heard the phrase "O
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Jan 2006
Aug 23, 2007
 
Zen in the Art of Writing
4.12
If you're looking for the book that finally teaches you everything you ever wanted to know about writing - the book that will finally give you the key ...more
Aug 23, 2007
Aug 16, 2007
 
Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (Christ the Lord, #2)
3.81
Anyone audacious enough to attempt to write a narrative version of the life of Christ is bound to get themselves into hot water. Anne Rice, of "Vampir ...more
Mar 24, 2008
Mar 13, 2008
 
A Concise History of the Catholic Church
3.71
At first glance, you may think this book large, cumbersome and too heavy a read for the Summer or any other time of the year, but I found it strikingl ...more
Jan 2007
Aug 16, 2007
 
Casino
4.02
The true story behind the movie "Casino", this book of the same title goes into far more detail about the rise and fall of Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. As ...more
Jan 2007
Aug 16, 2007
 
The Dead Zone
3.90
The Dead Zone, one of Stephen King's earlier classics, follows one Johnny Smith, a regular guy with an amazing talent, a type of psychic ability that ...more
May 22, 2008
May 01, 2008
 
Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)
4.10
really liked it
I wasn't worried never having read The Shining. I've seen both adaptations and was familiar enough with the story to assume I could navigate this book ...more
Mar 15, 2015
Jul 15, 2014
 
The Devil and Sonny Liston
3.85
I have to say that this book was something of a slight disappointment to me. That's not to say that I didn't learn things about Sonny Liston that I di ...more
Feb 07, 2008
Aug 30, 2007
 
The Road
3.95
The Road is by far the darkest, bleakest book I have ever read. I don't recall ever reading a novel before that could darken my mood like this one. No ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 06, 2007
 
The Christmas Sweater
3.79
"The Christmas Sweater", the first novel from conservative radio talk show host Glenn Beck, (partially based on and inspired by real events) starts of ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2009
 
Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession
3.59
"Called out of Darkness: A spiritual confession" chronicles the well-known author's return to the Catholic Church after a decades long absence.

The on
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not set
Jan 27, 2009
 
Misery
4.11
really liked it
I'd never read "Misery" before, and one a whim one night I picked it up from the bookshelf (this is why we have used book sales, folks, always have bo ...more
not set
Mar 07, 2009
 
Atlas: From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man
4.09
really liked it
Fans of boxing should know who Teddy Atlas is. Even if you don't recognize his face or know much about his career, you should know his voice. His thic ...more
Nov 23, 2009
Nov 18, 2009
 
The Grammar Plan Book: A Guide to Smart Teaching
3.78
really liked it
Constance Weaver is known for her work and research on grammar and grammar instruction. The Grammar Plan Book is part review of basic grammar concepts ...more
Mar 20, 2013
Mar 13, 2013
 
Teaching English by Design: How to Create and Carry Out Instructional Units
3.93
really liked it
Teaching English by Design is a good book about designing units from back to front with the end results, i.e. the instructional goals for the students ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
 
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
4.09
really liked it
Sherman Alexie may not be for everybody. He is unapologetically critical of American culture, religion, and politics. He tackles issues like domestic ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Dec 26, 2014
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.05
it was amazing
Slaughterhouse Five is probably Vonnegut's most famous book, and rightly so. It is as brilliant as it is crazy - a poignant anti-war book while at the ...more
Nov 17, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
 
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
3.69
In "The Audacity of Hope", then Senator Barack Obama lays out his ideas for a better America in an accessible, easy to read style with a balanced appr ...more
not set
Nov 02, 2008
 
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
4.20
really liked it
If you are anything like me, and for your sake, I hope you're not, you often regard the fabled "bestseller" rack with a mix of curiosity and disdain. ...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
it was amazing
World War Z is at once brilliant and terrifying, zombie horror on a geo-political scale and yet retaining enough humanity through its personal stories ...more
not set
Oct 12, 2011
 
The Crusaders: The Struggle for the Holy Land
4.12
A balanced and informative book about the Crusades, more about the people of the time, their lives, and the impact of the Crusades on them. Worth read ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 09, 2007
 
Drood
3.48
it was amazing
"Drood" is a fantastical account of a real life incident in the latter years of famed author Charles Dickens life, fictionalizing the Staplehurst disa ...more
Jun 15, 2009
May 09, 2009
 
Don Quixote
3.85
I had always wanted to read Don Quixote, but for some reason or the other, never quite got to it until now. All things in their time, I suppose, and I ...more
Feb 18, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
 
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
4.26
Lamb is everything you'd gather from a first glance at the local bookstore. Irreverent, silly, and foolish. But at it's it's core is a heart and a few ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 13, 2007
 
Ilium (Ilium, #1)
4.01
I picked this book up on a whim. I had a couple extra bucks on me and I was feeling experimental. For a supposed fan of Science Fiction, I don't actua ...more
Jan 2005
Oct 06, 2007
 
Carrion Comfort
3.89
it was amazing
"Carrion Comfort" is a Dan Simmons classic and one I only just recently got around to reading. And while it is very long, I am glad I did. The book is ...more
Nov 09, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
 
Reservation Blues
3.98
really liked it
As a teacher who has taught Alexie's "Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" twice now, I wish I had discovered "Reservation Blues" earlier. The n ...more
not set
Dec 26, 2014
 
East of Eden
4.35
Considered by many (most notably the author himself) to be Steinbeck's finest work, "East of Eden" is at once shocking, violent, sorrowful and poignan ...more
Sep 23, 2008
Aug 30, 2007
 
The Historian
3.77
This novel is the author's first, and while that is not reflected in the quality of writing by far, it very well may be evident in the overall pacing ...more
Oct 2007
Aug 20, 2007
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