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Why Switzerland?
3.58
liked it
The answer, it turns out, is "because Switzerland".
not set
Jan 06, 2013
 
The Deadman's Pedal
3.97
it was amazing
First can't-put-down read-walking-along-the-street of the year
not set
Jun 29, 2012
 
Never Let Me Go
3.80
it was ok
Fundamentally implausible; violates human nature as we know it almost as much as does Left Behind.
not set
Jan 02, 2011
 
The Book of Strange New Things
3.66
liked it
I never want to read the word "bosom" again
not set
Feb 06, 2015
 
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
4.29
it was amazing
This was the second book I bought from Amazon when it launched in the UK: has taken me a decade (and a philosophy degree) to finish it.

It's not a qui
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not set
Aug 13, 2011
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
liked it
Buying a book with a dragon on the front, full of swords of power and wyrd sworcery, took some doing. I did it, because too many people I agree with t ...more
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 24, 2011
 
Halting State (Halting State, #1)
3.79
liked it
You don't like second-person unless it's in the hands of Ron Butlin, and you especially don't like shifting characters all in second person.

You also
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not set
Aug 08, 2011
 
A la Mod: My So-Called Tranquil Family Life in Rural France
3.57
did not like it
I was sure I would like this, but 23 chapters of "I hate animals and my family make me have lots of animals", a chapter of "I hate camping and my fami ...more
not set
Mar 14, 2014
 
Show Stopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft
4.11
liked it
This cast of unpleasant, hypercompetitive, aggressive, unfeeling sociopaths working at BigCorp goes a long way to explaining why Windows NT (later XP) ...more
not set
Feb 06, 2011
 
Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
4.03
it was ok
For a story that hinges on fights over the product, Twitter itself is almost invisible here.

EG The war over the API and third-party tokens gets barel
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not set
Nov 17, 2013
 
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
4.10
did not like it
Three editors are thanked in the acknowledgements. This could have done with three more, with redder pens. World-building isn't story telling, especia ...more
not set
Aug 08, 2011
 
Dead Like You (Roy Grace, #6)
4.08
did not like it
Airport churn-a-lot that tries more with format than yr usual potboiler. So why's the editing so bad? Stray words at the end of sentences, dialogue ou ...more
Jan 28, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
 
Funeral in Berlin
3.98
really liked it
‘You live only once,’ said Stok. ‘I can make once do,’ I said.

Drier wit and none of the technological digressions that mar other Deightons; avoids the
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not set
Jul 19, 2010
 
The Privileges
3.26
liked it
You know those authors who can't ever live up to their spectacular first novels? This book can't live up to its first chapters.
not set
Nov 24, 2013
 
We
3.95
really liked it
Unlike Brave New World and 1984, there are flashes here of why you'd want to live -- and how you could survive -- in a dystopia.
Oct 2009
Feb 01, 2010
 
Oil!
3.66
really liked it
Read it as though Sinclair was ambivalent to Communism and you get a nuanced look at a naïf; Dad becomes the tragic hero.
not set
Aug 13, 2011
 
The Nimrod Flipout: Stories
4.00
really liked it
Some killer; some filler; but the killer is (Everything I Do) I Do It For You-smash material.
not set
Feb 03, 2013
 
Juliet, Naked
3.48
liked it
Read on recommendation of friends, who were right that he finally has the hang of writing women.
not set
Jan 02, 2011
 
The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories
3.86
really liked it
Super Sounds of the Short Story weekend continues. This guy is smart and funny.
not set
Feb 04, 2013
 
Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin
4.03
liked it
Made me think of Vodafone in a whole new light. And want to play Elite again.
not set
Aug 30, 2011
 
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1)
3.97
really liked it
This is the London I want to live in; of pizza and quirk.
not set
Jan 02, 2011
 
The City & the City
3.91
really liked it
What if the Berlin Wall was in your mind?
not set
Jan 02, 2011
 
Being Geek: The Software Developer's Career Handbook
3.67
did not like it
Or Nerds: Why They Are All Special Snowflakes.
not set
Jan 02, 2011
 
The Ice Palace
3.97
liked it
Coldly beautiful, filled with snow.
Nov 2009
Feb 01, 2010
 
Attachments
3.95
really liked it
Pitch-perfect newsroom emailing.
not set
Nov 10, 2012
 
Train Dreams
3.88
it was amazing
The great American novel doesn't need to be 900 pages. Here's the proof.
not set
Sep 29, 2012
 
Kraken
3.60
liked it
Crackin
not set
Jan 02, 2011
 
Reamde
3.96
did not like it
By listening to his critics -- now the info dumps are cloaked in dialogue, the characters are given back stories, there's an ending -- he has lost the ...more
not set
Oct 02, 2011
 
One Day
3.76
it was ok
As much as I wanted to hate their perfect looks and charmed relationship, in the end I'm the same sucker for nicely-pitched pathos I always am and fel ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
 
Sanctus (Sancti Trilogy #1)
3.81
it was ok
A Dan Brown who can write, and boil pots. But why is this Turkey a land where everyone speaks English, even to one another? Well, except that one guy ...more
not set
May 03, 2011
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