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Microcosmic Tales: 100 Wondrous Science Fiction Short-Short Stories
This is the ultimate waiting room material--a book that carried me through the tedious moments of jury duty. It's a collection of short-short science...more
Jan 2003
Nov 23, 2013
Blood Rites (The Dresden Files #6)
When I started this book, I was tempted to think that this was the volume in which The Dresden Files jumped the shark. I mean, really, Mr. Butcher--a...more
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
After the Dancing Days
This one's a tale of the aftermath of World War I. The war is over and Annie Metcalf's father--a doctor--has just returned home. Moved by his experien...more
May 26, 2008
May 24, 2008
Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (Dear America)
One of the Dear America books, Standing in the Light is written as the diary of a young Quaker girl in 1763 Pennsylvania. After a few entries setting...more
Jan 31, 2007
Sep 03, 2008
Weird Heroes Volume 1
Back in the seventies, Byron Preiss tried to recapture the magic of the pulp magazines of the thirties, commissioning authors and artists to create ne...more
Sep 22, 2013
Nov 23, 2013
Made You Look: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know
Made You Look is Advertising 101 for kids. It draws the reader's attention to this industry that pervades our environment and examines how it attempts...more
Mar 27, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
Houdini: A Pictorial Life
The child borrowed this book for a research paper. It was sitting around and I picked it up and ended up reading it through. 'Tis a heavily illustrate...more
Sep 10, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
The Purgatorio (The Divine Comedy, #2)
This is the second volume of Dante's Divine Comedy. (Technically, I don't know if the Comedy is really a three-volume work or if that's just how Pengu...more
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 29, 2013
Curious Notions (Crosstime Traffic, #2)
This one's an okay book about a father and son who set up shop in an alternate reality where the Germans won the first World War. The authorities star...more
Jul 10, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
The Westing Game
This one's a cute little mystery, played out amongst an odd collection of characters. A self made millionaire, Samuel W. Westing has died, and instead...more
Oct 13, 2006
Sep 24, 2008
Winston Churchill: Soldier, Statesman, Artist
This one's a nice little biography of the former Prime Minister of Great Britain and only honorary citizen of the United States. It's written for kids...more
Apr 22, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
Re Entry
We got this book as a parting gift from our agency. 'Tis a book giving advice for former lao wai who now have to face the task of returning to live in...more
Aug 10, 2007
Feb 08, 2008
Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century
This one took forever to read, almost three months. That's what happens when you pick up another book before finishing the first. Anyway, the book is...more
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Sep 11, 2007
Kirk: The Star to Every Wandering (Star Trek: Crucible, #3)
This is the third novel of the Crucible trilogy; the shortest and the most straightforward. For me, it was also the least enjoyable. Which is not to s...more
Dec 2007
Dec 27, 2007
The New Nation (History of Us) Vol. 4
Book 4 of A History of US (or, as they say in Britain, A History of THEM) looks at the United States from 1789 through 1850. Ms. Hakim covers the deve...more
Sep 05, 2008
Aug 26, 2008
The Street Lawyer
This is a tale of a mid-life crisis come early, but since it's a John Grisham novel, it's also a tale of crime, corruption and legal shenanigans. The...more
Jul 18, 2007
Mar 10, 2008
The Summons
If I ever travel to Mississippi, or maybe even Memphis, I have a sneaking hunch I'll be reminded of China. Not that there's any real connection betwee...more
Mar 07, 2007
Aug 22, 2008
Growing Up Protestant: Parents, Children and Mainline Churches
This was a pretty interesting read, though my wife enjoyed it much better than I. Ms. Bendroth takes a look the the role of home and family in the mai...more
Jun 2008
May 10, 2008
A Blazing World: The Unofficial Companion to the Second League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (The Unofficial Companion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, #2)
Hey, I have the second volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, so I had to go and read Jess Nevins' companion volume, right? I mean, LOEG II...more
May 28, 2009
May 30, 2009
Escape From Warsaw
This one's a bit odd. It's the story of three children who are "orphaned" in World War II Poland. Their father is carted off to a work camp and months...more
Oct 2007
Oct 23, 2007
Calvin and Hobbes: There's Treasure Everywhere
There is a number of shticks I associate with Calvin and Hobbes--Spaceman Spiff, meetings of G.R.O.S.S., conflicts with Roslyn the babysitter--but it...more
Dec 2007
Dec 24, 2007
Home Sweat Home: A For Better or For Worse Collection
If you've been reading my reviews of the latter For Better or For Worse collections, you've probably caught my subtle hints that I've been increasingl...more
Mar 28, 2009
May 09, 2009
When Holidays Attack! (Sluggy Freelance: Book 3)
In the thirdSluggy Freelance collection we're treated to the first Hallowe'en sortie against Torg by the denizens of the Dimension of Pain, a flashbac...more
May 12, 2014
May 13, 2014
Graduation: A Time For Change (For Better Or For Worse, #19)
Despite having an extensive collection of For Better or For Worse books, I don't know if I can really call myself a fan. In recent years I have been d...more
Apr 26, 2008
Apr 22, 2008
The Breadwinner (The Breadwinner, #1)
Parvana is a girl living in Kabul, Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban. In a society where grown women are held prisoner to repressive rules of...more
Nov 2007
Nov 28, 2007
DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 2
To repeat what I said about Volume 1:
New Frontier was a six-issue miniseries set in the "Silver Age" of DC Comics, from the mid 1950s through the 1960...more
Jul 11, 2007
Mar 12, 2008
Heart Strangely Warmed: The Life of John Wesley
This one was a surprise--a book used in the Sonlight curriculum that's bad. I mean, it's not burn-this-book bad, but it is pretty poor waiting room ma...more
Mar 20, 2007
Aug 22, 2008
Breakthroughs (Great War, #3)
This sucks! No, not the book. The book is quite well written and interesting. In it, Mr. Turtledove wraps up the First World War. Well, the first worl...more
Aug 23, 2007
Feb 08, 2008
Worship the Comic (Sluggy Freelance: Book 2)
The second Sluggy Freelance collection is slightly less brilliant thanthe first, but it made me giggle just the same. In this book Torg first encount...more
May 11, 2014
May 13, 2014
The King's Fifth
This book is a tale about "gold fever", the malady where one becomes so obsessed with obtaining gold that one loses all sense of morality and common s...more
Dec 23, 2006
Sep 24, 2008