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Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
4.07
it was ok
Stuart Sinek gave a really great TED Talk that summarizes the argument of this book: when we get caught up in the details of HOW and WHAT we are worki ...more
Aug 05, 2010
Jul 30, 2010
 
As a Man Thinketh
4.29
did not like it
"Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force." This is the basic idea behind all of James Allen's sugary half-truths. When I found an ...more
Oct 13, 2010
Oct 13, 2010
 
The Te of Piglet
3.81
did not like it
The Fèn of Eeyore.

One day I was walking through the bog, gazing wistfully at the muddy water, when I came across Eeyore in his den. A lovely smell was
...more
Apr 29, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
 
Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio
4.10
it was amazing
This is the kind of book that, when read carefully, can transform the English reader from perfect ignorance of Chinese culture to nerd-like engagement ...more
Apr 2008
Jul 30, 2010
 
The Glass Palace
3.94
it was ok
“But you could come to Singapore with us first; you could probably get a ship there. It might even be easier.’
Dinu paused to think. ‘You may be right.
...more
Feb 03, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
 
The Sandman, Vol. 4: Season of Mists
4.54
it was ok
"But even if Destiny could tell you, he will not. Destiny holds his secrets. The Garden of Destiny. You would know it if you saw it. After all, you wa ...more
May 31, 2010
May 31, 2010
 
M. Butterfly
3.93
really liked it
Song Liling: Under the robes, beneath everything, it was always me. Tell me you adore me.
Rene Gallimard: How could you, who understood me so well, mak
...more
Jun 04, 2010
Jun 06, 2010
 
Promethea, Vol. 1
3.87
it was amazing
If Prometheus, the man who stole fire from the gods and gave it to men, figures technology, then Promethea must figure the imagination. In Alan Moore’ ...more
Dec 26, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
 
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
4.00
it was amazing
Jimmy and Crake graduated from Helthwyzer High on a warm humid day in early February. The ceremony used to take place in June; the weather then used t
...more
Oct 12, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
 
Samuel Johnson's Insults: A Compendium of Snubs, Sneers, Slights and Effronteries from the Eighteenth-Century Master
3.84
really liked it
Johnson, this idler, this coxcomical bellygod. Perhaps every man has, some time in his life, an ambition to be such a wag as Johnson. He was never mor ...more
Apr 24, 2010
Apr 24, 2010
 
Native Son
3.96
really liked it
Native Son readers cannot decide whether to pity or to condemn Bigger Thomas, but flip-flop in ethical limbo as each new event unfolds. There are the ...more
Sep 29, 2016
Sep 29, 2016
 
Marigolds
3.31
liked it
Miss Lottie's marigolds were perhaps the strangest part of the picture. Certainly they did not fit in with the crumbling decay of the rest of her yard
...more
Mar 04, 2015
Mar 03, 2015
 
MaddAddam (MaddAddam, #3)
3.98
liked it
“Fuck lived in the air and flew around like a bird, which was how he could be with Zeb one minute, and then with Crake, and then also with Snowman-the
...more
Mar 25, 2015
Mar 25, 2015
 
Make Me (Jack Reacher, #20)
3.95
liked it
We read Jack Reacher novels for these sentences:
His standard procedure, such as it was, based on what had worked, for a right-handed person facing a
...more
Dec 2015
Dec 06, 2015
 
The 48 Laws of Power
4.18
it was amazing
Adam was irritated that this rather "cynical and contradictory" work has captured my attention the last few days. It was a joy to read, and Adam is co ...more
Jun 2017
Jun 05, 2017
 
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
3.85
it was ok

Africa is all too unusual as a setting in fiction, and Africa as setting of science fiction and fantasy is practically unheard of. My family, especial
...more
Aug 15, 2016
Sep 29, 2016
 
The Year of the Flood  (MaddAddam, #2)
4.05
liked it
Getting to know Toby, Ren, Amanda and Adam One was...thought-provoking, funny, at times grave and awe-inspiring. Atwoods talent for writing in the lan ...more
Feb 10, 2015
Mar 06, 2015
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.05
really liked it
I looked at this once before, years ago when my mother took a class on women's writing, but it was interesting to review the novel after getting into ...more
Feb 24, 2015
Mar 06, 2015
 
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
3.61
it was amazing
On second reading, I find this work incredibly effective. I didn't remember that for well over half the story, there is no imperialism; things have no ...more
Jan 31, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.05
it was amazing
Compared to Slaughterhouse-Five, many another book is going to seem a weak, thin, thing, pallid as the kind of underfed and introverted teen boys from ...more
Jan 21, 2015
Jan 22, 2015
 
Between the World and Me
4.40
it was amazing
Ta-Nehisi Coates is not an optimist. He writes out of fear and anger, having woken up (and still constantly waking up) to institutional racism. It's a ...more
Aug 12, 2015
Aug 12, 2015
 
Lotus
3.61
really liked it
Early in *Lotus,* the novel’s main character, Bing, thinks to himself, “Commercialization and modernity had eaten away China’s romantic edge.” Local a ...more
Jan 10, 2017
Apr 19, 2017
 
Critical Theory Since 1965
4.14
This book covers 18 theorists, 1965-1986, with an appendix of 12 great theorists of past times. I first encountered the collection in my first-year se ...more
Dec 21, 2012
Jul 07, 2010
 
Sands of the Well
4.20
really liked it
And then
once more the quiet mystery
is present to me, the throng's clamor
recedes...
-"Primary Wonder"
Are some intricate minds
nourished
on concept,
as e
...more
Dec 21, 2012
Dec 21, 2012
 
The Way Things Are: The De Rerum Natura
3.96
it was amazing
People have the right
To think whatever they please of earth and heaven,
To tell themselves these rest forevermore
On sure foundations. But sometimes
...more
Dec 05, 2014
Dec 04, 2014
 
Richard II
3.76
it was amazing
April 15, 2015

The best verse can describe the most execrable persons — nothing proves that more than Richard II. The sheer arbitrariness of the Englis
...more
Mar 31, 2015
Apr 14, 2015
 
The Sound and the Fury
3.86
it was ok
my mouth said it I didnt say it at all

"Great read," goes one comment on a Chinese link to the .epub file of this book. Well, bully for them, but I the
...more
Mar 05, 2014
Mar 05, 2014
 
The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles & Their Secret World War
4.08
liked it
Fidel Castro died in November 2016, just when one of my US history classes was scheduled to start talking about the 1960s. By chance, I was just readi ...more
Nov 20, 2016
Dec 12, 2016
 
Face the Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-Winning News Broadcast
3.37
really liked it
Schieffer’s account of Face the Nation interviews from the McCarthy years to 9/11 shows what an important place the Sunday news shows have had in Amer ...more
Apr 06, 2017
Apr 06, 2017
 
The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia
3.55
it was amazing
Baron Ungern battled against the Bolsheviks during the Russian revolution, siding with the White Russians, Cassocks, Tibetans, Buryats, Mongols and an ...more
Sep 16, 2016
Sep 15, 2016
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