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Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories
3.67
it was ok
Over hyped, over rated, did not live up to my expectations.

Every one of the 8 very short stories in this collection has a wonderful premise -- vampire
...more
Apr 28, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
 
Blueprints of the Afterlife
3.72
it was ok
This book started so well. It was a coherent, if a bit wacky, story with a strong protagonist, Woo-jin Kan, that seemed to be going somewhere what wit ...more
Apr 02, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
 
Mink River
4.14
it was amazing
I resisted this book. Everyone raved about it, it was on everyone's best books of 2011 lists, the book is about a place where my family is from, where ...more
May 29, 2012
May 22, 2012
 
The People of the Abyss
3.98
liked it
I read this as a companion piece to "Wolf", the recent biography of Jack London. He was a lifelong socialist and this was a subject he was passionate ...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 05, 2010
 
The Panopticon
3.62
it was ok
*Sigh* Another book pushed at me and pushed at me and pushed at me and, well, I just didn't get it. The protagonist is a young girl, drug addicted, be ...more
Sep 05, 2013
Aug 06, 2013
 
The Monkey Wrench Gang (Monkey Wrench Gang, #1)
4.09
liked it
I put this on my reading list because it's ground zero of the Earth First! environmentalist movement, the vandalism as civil disobedience. And I am no ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 03, 2010
 
The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains
3.72
really liked it
It's a huge book that begins with the idea that humans passed an important milestone for civilization when we begin to treat our dead compassionately, ...more
Apr 16, 2016
Jan 11, 2016
 
People of the Deer
4.05
really liked it
Twenty-first century man doesn't goes out into the wilderness without a flight plan, GPS, satellite phones, emergency SOS beacons, a corporate sponsor ...more
Apr 19, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
Snowdrops
3.26
really liked it
It is only by accident that I read anything off the Man Booker Awards, winner or short list, because they go for Literature with a capital L, difficul ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
 
Luminous Chaos (The Mysteries of New Venice, #2)
3.76
it was amazing
I am just a sucker for this series of book -- in fact, I pre-ordered this one last year. They are beautiful, well-thought out stories. They're true to ...more
Nov 03, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
 
Innovating Women:  The Changing Face of Technology
3.89
it was ok
I'm really not sure who the intended audience for this book is. I've been an engineer in Silicon Valley for 30 years, but I'm not it. (1) This is like ...more
Apr 25, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
 
Spooner
3.63
it was ok
The back cover of this book promises so much: vitality, funny, anecdotal, profound. And yet, it failed to charm me. Kindergartners expelled for gettin ...more
Feb 11, 2010
Feb 06, 2010
 
Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill
4.10
it was ok
There's a point where you're reading a biography that you don't like and can't figure out whether it's the author or the subject that is annoying you. ...more
Mar 27, 2016
Mar 20, 2016
 
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
4.47
really liked it
I believe the struggles of the last few years -- the Occupy movement, the success of Bernie Sanders -- is the beginning of a conversation about how we ...more
Jul 02, 2016
Jun 26, 2016
 
Lulu in Hollywood
3.96
liked it
So, here's a woman, a jazz age baby, with the bob and dark eyes, who flees Kansas at 15 to study dance with Martha Graham, dances in the Follies, work ...more
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
 
Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism
3.70
did not like it
It's hard for me to put my finger on why I disliked this book. There was a whole attitude of, well, I lived in Paris for years, I went to Angkor Wat r ...more
Jun 07, 2014
May 19, 2014
 
The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy
4.09
liked it
A bit dry, more of a history book with dates and documents and a hundred Russian names that are difficult (for me) to remember and track, rather than ...more
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 01, 2010
 
Eye of the Whale: Epic Passage From Baja To Siberia
4.40
it was ok
I read this book because I'm headed to San Ignacio next week and hoped to learn more about the whales. But this book is about the humans, about how th ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
 
The Face of War
4.30
really liked it


When I started this book, I was amazed and astounded. I flatter myself that I write this way, or maybe it's better to say that I aspire to write this
...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
 
Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2013
3.83
it was amazing
This isn't a collection of stories from Ferlinghetti's life. You won't walk away feeling that you've got insight into his beliefs and motivations, of ...more
Oct 2015
Sep 13, 2015
 
Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul
3.61
really liked it
Prostitution is a tricky subject. It can be both about the empowerment of women and their terrible degradation. But the reformers and the missionaries ...more
Feb 27, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
 
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
4.25
it was amazing
It's easy to grow up in the West, in California, and not know where your food comes from, where your electricity, where your water comes from. It's ea ...more
Aug 31, 2013
Aug 17, 2013
 
Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird, #2)
3.31
it was amazing
After all the lackluster press about this book and friends who'd read it, dissing it, I was unprepared to enjoy this book. It's well written with memo ...more
Nov 26, 2015
Nov 25, 2015
 
The Colossus of Maroussi
3.97
really liked it
I have to admit that previously I've tried to read one of Henry Miller's "Tropics of…" and failed because it felt so dated. Yes, I know he was doing l ...more
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
 
Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
4.11
it was ok
I find the subject of what and how animals think fascinating, but the author is not a very good writer. She's boring, she breathlessly covers informat ...more
Feb 06, 2014
Feb 01, 2014
 
Tenth of December
3.95
it was ok
Yet another volume of short stories that was pushed at me and pushed at me and pushed at me. And frankly I didn't get it. They're all vague stream of ...more
Feb 14, 2015
Feb 13, 2015
 
The Flame Alphabet
2.88
it was ok
When I first heard about this book, it sounded like such a potentially rich story. The post apocalyptic tale where the end of the world is brought on ...more
Oct 14, 2013
Oct 13, 2013
 
The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime
3.80
liked it
While the cover blurbs on the book promise another "Prefect Storm" quality reading experience, it's a fine read, but it's not quite that good. The boo ...more
May 30, 2010
May 28, 2010
 
All the Birds in the Sky
3.58
really liked it
Everyone has gushed over this book and told me, in no uncertain terms, that, as a geek / nerd, I would love this book because it's about nerds and sci ...more
Jul 10, 2016
Jul 07, 2016
 
The Sugar Frosted Nutsack
2.92
liked it
This book started out so wonderfully with a wild riff on the introduction of this pantheon of Gods spilling off the bus from spring break to create th ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
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