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Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace
I'm really conflicted about this book. The bulk of it is just David Foster Wallace talking, and those parts are great. So many of DFW's essays are con...more
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Jun 19, 2010
Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality
I was telling Joanna about this book, and she said something about how ugly the cover was. And it's true, the cover is terribly designed.

In the final...more
Jul 24, 2008
Jan 12, 2008
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
4.5 stars

So apparently I'm a fantasy fan now? I spent most of my life thinking fantasy was a lousy genre that was inferior to sci-fi. Steven Brust, A...more
Dec 03, 2012
Apr 13, 2012
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Compared to other Vonnegut books, this one just doesn't work as well. The writing style is clearly Vonnegut, but it lacks a compassion for its charact...more
Nov 06, 2009
Nov 06, 2009
Let's All Find Awesome Jobs
UPDATE - April 29th, 2010: I was unemployed when I bought this book, now I have a job. It's not a coincidence.


I had quite a conundrum rating thi...more
Apr 12, 2010
Mar 09, 2010
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
I'm at a loss at how exactly to review this one. When I first read it, I thought it was pretty good, but when I read the Rothfuss Reread, my mind was...more
May 24, 2012
May 02, 2012
Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)
I picked this up to read with Milo, and I was bit wary because the father of the main character dies in a car crash in the first few pages. Milo did n...more
Jan 30, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower, #4.5)
This is the best Dark Tower book. It's like now that Stephen King has finished the main plot, he can now relax and just tell some good stories and hav...more
Feb 24, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
Batman: Year 100
Really disappointing. Batman is hands-down my favorite superhero, and Paul Pope is one of my favorite artist/writers, so I expected this to be an inst...more
Feb 06, 2010
Jan 29, 2010
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2)
On the whole, this is much more readable than The Gunslinger. King wrote the Gunslinger over a long period, and it shows. The first few parts of The G...more
Nov 2008
Nov 03, 2008
Prep is a coming-of-age story told from the viewpoint of an adult narrator. Several times when discussing her teenage years, the narrator makes refere...more
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Jan 19, 2011
Absolute Promethea Book Two
I don't know what I think about Promethea. As a story, it's only OK. The characters are bare bones and the dialogue is occasionally stilted. Character...more
Jan 17, 2014
Jan 13, 2014
The Invention of Everything Else
Sometimes when reading this book, I wanted to pause and write down an excerpt, just because it was so beautifully written... which is something I neve...more
Apr 13, 2010
Mar 31, 2010
Superman: Earth One
I was surprised at all the negative reviews on this one. This is the first Superman book I've enjoyed in a long time.

Superman is usually so boring to...more
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Sep 14, 2014
The Son
This book tries to be an epic, which is its problem. So many of the blurbs call it a "Great American Novel," but instead of being great, it's bloated....more
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Mar 18, 2014
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
I had to return this to the library before I was done reading it because there was a hold on it. I was more than halfway done, but I don't think I'm g...more
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Mar 07, 2011
Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry
I can't accurately rate this one. I skimmed the whole thing after reading a couple chapters. Basically, the author was preaching to the choir, so I wa...more
Mar 29, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
The Twelve is the second book in a trilogy, so it suffers a bit from being the middle of a story. It's not as exciting as the first book, and while th...more
Jan 23, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
DMZ, Vol. 1: On the Ground
This is the first book in a series, so I'm not sure if I'm into it yet. It's too soon to tell if I'm going to love the stories and characters. I'm als...more
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Jul 30, 2010
The Invisibles, Vol. 2: Apocalipstick
Man, Grant Morrison is so crazy.

I don't know what to say about this one. The Invisibles is too weird for me to recommend it to my friends, because it'...more
Apr 26, 2010
Apr 23, 2010
Gone Girl
When I first read the description for this book, I was worried. A couple with marital troubles that turn to murder? For some reason, I expected the co...more
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
Batman Incorporated
I'm starting to suspect I'm not a fan of Grant Morrison, or at least his superhero books.
May 03, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
The Invisibles, Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution
I first read this back in high school, and I'm surprised to find that it still holds up. A completely insane and surreal blend of conspiracy theory an...more
Apr 23, 2010
Apr 23, 2010
Lost Girls
Two and a half stars, maybe. Moore tries to take the classic stories of Alice, Dorothy, and Wendy and make them about sexual awakening, but he tries a...more
Feb 07, 2010
Jan 29, 2010
I read this with Milo. We read a couple chapters every day, and he really loved it. It was also fun for me because I got to do different voices for ev...more
Jan 23, 2013
Dec 03, 2012
The Westing Game
I'd like to say that if I read this as a kid I would've liked it more, but I don't think that's true. In fact, I tried to read it a few times when I w...more
Mar 30, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
Three and a half stars.

This is the worst book so far, but that's not really a surprise. While writing this book, Martin realized it would be too long,...more
Feb 07, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
I like John Scalzi, but his books are a little light for me. The characters don't seem fully fleshed. Which is weird when there's actually a character...more
Feb 02, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)
A couple things:

1) I was surprised by how fun and pulpy this was. I've read Iain Banks more literary stuff, and some of it is dark and serious. So I e...more
May 23, 2014
May 05, 2014
Athyra (Vlad Taltos, #6)
Athyra may be my favorite Vlad Taltos book yet. At first I thought I was going to hate it because it's told in the third person. All the other Taltos...more
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Feb 11, 2011
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