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Sophie's World

For the most part, the history of philosophy offered in Sophie’s World is sound, though of course often overly simplified. Such simplification is expe...more
Aug 25, 2007
Aug 21, 2007
Man, Play and Games
Building off of Johan Huizinga’s account (read my review), Roger Caillois, in Man, Play and Games, introduces an expanded and more exhaustive account...more
Feb 17, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon, #2)
I really enjoy Silva's Allon novels: exciting, intelligent spy thrillers. They have well-drawn characters and unpredictable twists. That said, the the...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
The Chairman (Christian Gillette, #1)
A solid thriller. Took a little bit, but sucked me in. Many of the characters were a little too stereotypical; from central casting for wall st types....more
Jun 05, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
Prince Of Fire (Gabriel Allon, #5)
The more of the Allon series I read, the more I like it. It is a good balance of action, behind-the-scenes spy-exploits, and character development. Al...more
Feb 08, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
Is elite athletic performance the result of nature (our genes) or nurture (environment and training)? Yes, according to David Epstein’s The Sports Gen...more
Jan 24, 2014
Oct 04, 2013
Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot
This is the third Ace Atkins Spenser; and it may be the best one. Atkins does a great job of mimicking Parker’s style and pacing, but adds some depth...more
May 15, 2014
May 14, 2014
Bad Deeds (Dylan Hunter, #2)
I loved Bidinotto’s first novel, Hunter, but Bad Deeds just might be better. It’s hard to put my finger on precisely why. It is exciting and well-plot...more
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It
I figured Fantasy Life would be funny, but I had no expectation of just how funny and how interesting it would be. The mixing of Berry's autobiography...more
Aug 25, 2013
Aug 17, 2013
Stranger in a Strange Land
What a strange and unique book. I've never read a book quite like it, and it is not easily characterized: it deals with religion, politics, sexuality,...more
Jul 16, 2010
Mar 21, 2007
iCon: Steve Jobs, the Greatest Second Act in the History of Business
The first part of the book was more in-depth and interesting than the latter half. There is less detail in Jobs’ return to Apple and the “comeback” ye...more
Jan 08, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
The Naked Sun (Robot, #2)
The first book takes place in a cave. The second is about the hero struggling to discover the truth, freed from the cave and out in the naked sun. I a...more
May 29, 2012
Mar 21, 2007
The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century
**spoiler alert** If Friedman is right about his forecast, it will be an interesting future indeed. More than likely, though, it will be even far more...more
Jan 16, 2011
Jan 11, 2011
The Haunted Mesa
This was not what I expected at all, but I really enjoyed it. I picked this up because I enjoy western films and wanted to read some westerns. I've re...more
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 02, 2014
Robert B. Parker's Wonderland (Spenser, #41)
I like what Ace Atkins is doing. He is staying true to the characters, the style, and the overall feel of the Spenser series, but he is also nudging t...more
Jun 07, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
Francona: The Red Sox Years
The first few chapters, dealing with Francona’s early life and path to the Red Sox job, were much more engaging than the rest of the book. I didn’t kn...more
Feb 24, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
The Man in the High Castle
This is an intriguing book; a fantastical premise combined with compelling characters. Ultimately, though, I felt a little let down at the end and not...more
Feb 02, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
The Gift of Asher Lev
The strength of Potok is the honesty and depth to his characters and their communities. In his stories of the Ladovers there is beauty and love, anger...more
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel (Spencer, #42.5)
As a longtime fan of Spenser, I always enjoy returning the world and characters Parker created for his readers. Parker was working on Silent Night whe...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
A Conspiracy of Paper (Benjamin Weaver, #1)
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It is like Jewish Spenser meets Sherlock Holmes. The mystery is well-crafted, with many unexpected twists. The writin...more
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
Hyperion is an epic sci-fi novel; it has everything one is looking for: space battles, time travel, a background future-history, a boogeyman (and boog...more
Oct 08, 2013
Sep 28, 2013
Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn't Want to Be One
A quick, but interesting biography of Hank Greenberg--the first major Jewish baseball star. The book focuses quite a bit on the contrast of Greenberg’...more
Mar 23, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
Robert B. Parker's Killing The Blues (Jesse Stone, #10)
No one will mistake Brandman with Parker. Ace Atkins, the author conintuing the Spenser series, captured Parker's voice at least partially. Atkins got...more
Jun 07, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment
Ben-Shahar presents the reader with a straight-forward, quick book that lays out the highlights of research into happiness and into what make us happy...more
Jun 03, 2014
May 15, 2014
Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
I am deeply interested in the concept of “play.” I think it is important as a practical matter for children and adults to engage in play; and I think...more
Jan 08, 2013
Dec 18, 2012
Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
The most surprisingly thing about this book is that it is many ways a self-help book. It discusses games in the context of how game-playing (and under...more
May 14, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
A Death In Vienna (Gabriel Allon, #4)
The previous two Allon novels and this one sort of form a trilogy with a focus on the Holocaust. The complicity of the Swiss and the Church are the fo...more
Sep 09, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
There were parts of book three that dragged a little, several hundred pages of characters wondering around in Westeros with not much development. But...more
Jun 28, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
Moonlight Mile (Kenzie & Gennaro,#6)
Thought it is not Lehane best work, it was interesting to revisit Patrick and Angela. The story grabbed me and held me; though the main characters wer...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
Free Market Fairness
When Tomasi’s book first came in 2012, it got a lot of attention in libertarian circles. He challenged a lot of preconceived notions about libertarian...more
Jun 11, 2014
May 15, 2014
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