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Stranger in a Strange Land
3.87
I always heard that this was one of the top classic sci-fi books of all times, but it took me a while to get around to reading it. What a total waste ...more
Oct 1998
Sep 11, 2007
 
Ideas Behind the Modern Chess Openings
3.50
I don't really play chess, so I don't know why I enjoy reading books about chess strategy, but I do.

This book was ok. It stressed the London System fo
...more
Feb 03, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
 
Watchmen
4.32
Let me begin by saying that I've never been able to get comics or graphic novels. Everyone swore by Sandman, so I tried it. Ugh, what a piece of c*#p. ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
 
A Long Rainy Season: Haiku and Tanka
4.33
Very good book on modern female Japanese haiku/tanka poets. It gives a short bio and a sample of 10 or so poems from each. It was nice to experience t ...more
Sep 02, 2009
Aug 30, 2009
 
The Woman in the Dunes
3.91
I think the book is really 5 stars, but the translation is only 4 stars. It feels like something is missing a little in the translation. Maybe because ...more
not set
Jul 24, 2013
 
Rework
3.93
An interesting book. I liked the format - 1 and 2 page blurbs on what to do and what not to do when starting working for yourself or starting a small ...more
May 15, 2010
May 14, 2010
 
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
4.17
I remember that I read this book a long time ago, and I remember that I liked it but I didn't like it like it.
May 02, 1998
Feb 07, 2008
 
Hal Leonard Guitar Method, - Complete Edition: Books 1, 2 and 3 Bound Together in One Easy-To-Use Volume! [With CD's]
3.96
Look at me! I'm learning to play a real guitar! With strings! No Guitar Hero for me!
not set
Dec 30, 2008
 
Everything Was Fine Until Whatever
4.01
Just not my cup of tea.

When I read flash fiction, I can't help but think of Palm-of-the-Hand Stories by Yasunari Kawabata (Palm-of-the-Hand Stories,
...more
Apr 20, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
 
Mr Palomar
3.88
Another excellent book by Calvino. I think it should get 4-1/4 stars or so. The book is about a guy, Mr Palomar, who waxes philosophic on a number of ...more
Jan 02, 2009
Dec 19, 2008
 
Snow Crash
3.99
Stay away if you like don't like crappy books that are poorly written.
not set
Aug 23, 2007
 
Lolita
3.86
Whoa. That was a good book.
Jun 13, 2012
May 19, 2012
 
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
3.85
People read this crap?
not set
Aug 23, 2007
 
1000 Poems from the Manyoshu: The Complete Nippon Gakujutsu Shinkokai Translation
4.22
I've gotten through all the intro text and I'm into the actual poetry now. It's amazing that this poetry survived as long as it did and it really give ...more
not set
Sep 18, 2007
 
Wide Eyed
4.00
This is probably going to be the book that gets me interested in so-called Small Press books. I got this one in the Small Press section recommended by ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 16, 2007
 
Under the Jaguar Sun
3.75
Probably my least favorite Calvino book, and the reason for it, which I found out about halfway through, is that this was an unfinished work. Calvino ...more
Jan 07, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
 
The Ballad of a Slow Poisoner
4.15
Bizarre. That's the actual sub-genre of small press that this book belongs in. Just to give you a taste of the book, the main character is Millford Mu ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 01, 2007
 
Never Let Me Go
3.79
3 or 4 stars. I couldn't decide. It was a good book. It definitely hooked me at the beginning, but it slowed down towards the middle. It was an intere ...more
Jun 20, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
 
The Secret Language of Children: How to Understand What Your Kids Are Really Saying
3.25
This is how I think this book came into being:

Larry's friend: I bet you $20 that you couldn't write a book on parenting where you use the phrase 'secr
...more
Aug 2007
Sep 02, 2007
 
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
4.11
Very good book, though I'm guessing for younger, less experienced readers that it might be even better. I also felt that the author really rushed the ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
 
Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child
4.13
Fantastic theory of how to raise an emotionally healthy child. Openly discussing and being accepting of children's emotions is one of the most healthy ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 05, 2007
 
Killshot
3.68
Disappointing. The cover says "bone-chilling" and "page turner." This book was neither. Killshot is supposed to be Leonard's best book? Ouch. At best, ...more
Dec 29, 2010
Dec 19, 2010
 
Severance: Stories
3.66
"It was ok" is the definition of 2 stars, and that's about right. This book is a bunch of short stories that represent the last thoughts of people who ...more
May 08, 2009
May 01, 2009
 
Einstein's Dreams
4.08
UPDATE: I started rereading this book. I'm a bit disappointed at how similar this book is to Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. It's hard to believe ...more
Oct 1996
Aug 27, 2007
 
The Chrysalids
3.91
Post-apocolyptic, dystopian, scifi-ish novel from the 70s. It reminds me a bit of the White Mountains (from what I remember about it), though of a hig ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
 
The wandering heron: Haiku
4.50
Wow, I'm impressed that Goodreads has this book in its database. There were only 150 copies printed up, and they were all bound by hand.

This is one of
...more
Jun 13, 2008
Apr 04, 2008
 
Buttercup's Lovely Day
3.67
This is one of the best children's books I've ever read, and I've read a lot of them. The poems are so well written and so touching that it brings a t ...more
Jul 13, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
 
Dangerous Laughter
3.80
I think the group-think review for this book is just right - 3.71 stars (so I rounded up). It's an interesting book, with short stories loosely groupe ...more
Dec 06, 2009
Oct 15, 2009
 
Asterios Polyp
4.17
Now that is my kind of graphic novel! No superheroes. No mutants. No blood splattering the pages. The fantastic graphics worked with the excellent wri ...more
Apr 09, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
 
The Boy Detective Fails
3.91
Excellent book. It really crushes you at the beginning, but slowly and surely it builds back up. I would recommend this to anyone who likes odd books ...more
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
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