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The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty
3.63
I can't really review this book, for the simple reason that I do not trust it, and am simply unsure what to believe and what not to. Perhaps my attitu ...more
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
 
Malignant Sadness: The Anatomy of Depression
3.68
Interesting, but ultimately not a particularly satisfying read. I think in this instance I'll just bullet point my +/-

• He quotes Bruno Bettelheim as
...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
 
Lonely: A Memoir
3.31
Most interesting of all: the reactions this one generated in me. At page 25 I would have cheerfully hit the author offside the head with a 2x4; what w ...more
Jun 12, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
 
The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-Made Epidemic
3.69
My sympathies are to a certain extent with the authors of this this book, but for better or worse they fail to offer enough evidence to convince me of ...more
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
 
The New Gods
4.19
At present, to think of this book is to give myself a screaming headache. I certainly hope to provide a more coherent review someday, but that day is ...more
Feb 19, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
 
The Athena Project (Athena, #1)
3.71
Charlie's Angels meets Delta Force and blah, blah, blah. You know the drill in a a book like this: Men are REAL men, women are REAL women and drug ove ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family, #1)
3.50
I've written some rather silly to the point of sarcastic reviews of de la Cruz's Blue Bloods books, but I think I've made my peace with her style and ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
 
The Half-Empty Heart: A Supportive Guide to Breaking Free from Chronic Discontent
3.52
Yet another book that gave me headache when I thought about it afterward. As a descriptive work of issues raised by those who suffer chronic disconten ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
 
Autism All-Stars: How We Use Our Autism and Asperger Traits to Shine in Life
3.25
I'm honestly pulled in so many directions over this short book I'm unable to review it coherently. Yet I did want to say at least something so here's ...more
Apr 06, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
 
Fatal Freedom: The Ethics and Politics of Suicide
4.12
If Dr. Szasz is extreme in some of his views -- a point upon which I am still undecided -- he certainly logically consistent, looks at empirical facts ...more
Jul 15, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
 
Green Hell
3.62
The hyperbole in this book was so over the top I ultimately found myself unable to take Milloy seriously. Still, the examples he cites of "Greens" on ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
 
The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy
3.95
A few interesting points but the non-stop drumbeat of America on the road to fascism as planned and executed by Bildebergers, CFR members and a cast o ...more
Feb 08, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
 
Fight Club
4.19
Each time I re-read this one I like it more and more. Go figure.
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
 
A Walk Among the Tombstones
3.92
Not a review, just a random thought...or two

Okay, okay..gotta admit the 4 star rating is how I remember this book being the first time I read it, not
...more
Jun 13, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
 
The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)
4.46
Was I entertained? Yup. And that is the primary litmus test I apply to any work of fiction I read these days. To say nothing of the fact that I suppos ...more
Mar 16, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
 
A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War
3.94
Quite interesting, if also more than a bit frustrating. To truly do justice to this book I should be citing the passages that intrigued me, as well as ...more
Sep 15, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
 
After a Parent's Suicide
3.00
I'm still a bit agog (or is it "a-gag") at the nonsense this book burbled forth, like some sort of overflowing toilet with a broken shut off valve. Th ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
 
Man's Search for Meaning
4.31
The first part of this work, it almost goes without saying, has become a classic. Frankl survived under the most horrible of conditions, and seamlessl ...more
May 20, 2011
May 20, 2011
 
Send in the Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism
3.70
Some people on the ASD fail. Some succeed. That's about as profound as this one gets.

And quite frankly too little time was spent on any one character
...more
Dec 2011
Dec 01, 2011
 
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
4.02
I guess a very good writer can find a way to be profound, annoying, interesting, tedious, whiny, in dire need of a 2 x 4 across his forehead and also ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 01, 2011
 
Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
3.76
Very well written, very well researched but, boy was I glad it was so short. Absolutely depressing as hell.I'd like to say my BS antenna was quivering ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
 
Don't Spend a Dime: The Path to Low-Cost Computing
3.20
I think the best part of this book is simply that it might induce a bunch of people who would have never considered freeware to take a hard look at so ...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
 
Revelations (Blue Bloods, #3)
3.89
**spoiler alert** Too silly by far, but, as I've always noted as I sit in the balcony snickering, weirdly compelling. At least this time around there ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
 
How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities
4.03
Bowing and scraping before the altar of orthodox Keynesianism to an embarassing degree does not make you wrong. Nor does it make you right. It simply ...more
Sep 02, 2010
Sep 04, 2010
 
Suicide A Sociological and Statistical Study
4.00
Amazing how much things have changed since this was written, all for the worse. This is the work of someone attempting a scientific approach, not a qu ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
 
You Can Write A Novel
3.67
Yes, this book was published way back in the mists of time in 1983. (Or to put it another way, when I was a senior in high school. Ahem.) So, certain ...more
May 24, 2013
May 25, 2013
 
The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
3.93
If the authors of this work did go slightly overboard in their description of Israel's behavior or show some bias contra-Israel, I'm afraid my respons ...more
Sep 14, 2010
Sep 14, 2010
 
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall
3.48
**spoiler alert** Decent enough end of the world thriller, but c'mon, if the whole Gaia Hypothesis isn't an utter load of tripe, well, what are its em ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
 
Fool's Paradise: The Unreal World of Pop Psychology
2.55
There were certainly some interesting tidbits in this book, but if it had any particular central thesis that eluded me. Which is a problem for me: wit ...more
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
 
Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy
3.85
The author interjected his opinion far too often into the text, especially the last 50 or so pages, for me to really trust both his conclusions and hi ...more
Sep 27, 2010
Sep 27, 2010
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