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Willy Brandt, 1913-1992: Visionär Und Realist
After nearly three months I finished the Willy Brandt biography, and I'm quite proud of this accomplishment. That is, the accomplishment of finishing ...more
Oct 14, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris
I emigrated in 2007 to Germany, and I read this after I had been here less than a year. Though the cultures are really quite different her description ...more
May 14, 2008
Jun 12, 2011
Celtic Fairy Tales
Should any one decide to read this book from 1892 I recommend reading the notes either before or concurrently, instead of after like I did. It's inter ...more
Jun 09, 2010
Jun 11, 2010
Fibromyalgie: Heilung Ist Möglich ; Alles Über Entstehung, Diagnose, Schulmedizinische Therapien ; Schmerzfrei Durch Neue Behandlungsformen
I don't know how to rate this book. It's about magical surgery to cure fibromyalgia by removing a glassy substance from certain acupuncture points. On ...more
Feb 06, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
Everything Is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma
What a dreadful disaster. In addition to covering Cyclone Nargis, Ms. Larkin (not her real name) talks about the history of Burma, the monk's uprising ...more
Dec 27, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
How to Read a Balance Sheet: The Bottom Line on What You Need to Know About: Cash Flow, Assets, Debt, Equity, Profit... and How It All Comes Together
This book was a good starting place, but it wasn't really that illustrative. In trying to be easy to understand it was a bit too simplistic, at least ...more
Jan 17, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
The Hearing Trumpet
I can't recommend this book enough! It's written from the point of view of a senile old woman in a care facility filled with other old, senile women. ...more
Jan 19, 2011
Dec 30, 2010
What to Expect When You're Expecting
Partially informative, partially prudish. I don't understand how a book about pregnancy and labor can be so timid when talking about bodies and bodily ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Oct 29, 2012
The Enchantress Of Florence
I didn't like this book, but the writing was interesting enough (especially his use of alliteration - it was some of the most delicate, effective usag ...more
Jun 16, 2011
May 23, 2011
Cat's Cradle
I want to record my immediate response:
Having just finished The Canterbury Tales (a book that took me months to finish and that I didn't like) I was s
May 08, 2013
May 02, 2013
The Perfect Heresy: The Revolutionary Life and Spectacular Death of the Medieval Cathars
The Cathars are a fascinating subject that, going in, I didn't even know existed. However, this book is just not written in a way that sustained my in ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 23, 2010
The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean
The snippet that convinced me to buy this book said "If you are looking for one history book to read this summer, this is it". I suppose they meant th ...more
Aug 12, 2012
Jul 25, 2012
The Survivor
I found this book on one of my dad's bookshelves and read it when I was about 10. I loved it, especially the part when they escape from the submarine, ...more
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Sep 27, 2010
Cruel Justice (Ben Kincaid, #5)
This book is filled less with characters as with caricatures. The poor black people talk like poor black people, and even the black doctor speaks a bi ...more
Mar 29, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
A Confusion of Princes
The problem with science fiction (and fantasy) is that often the numbers are unbelievable. An empire with 17 million systems? Seems unlikely. (The fan ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 28, 2012
I've read this book a couple of times - it always alarms me, and gets the "Oranges and Lemons" song stuck in my head. It was apparently supposed to be ...more
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Jun 01, 2010
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
An oddly Ameri-centric book. It was very chatty (for example, the word "sigh" in italics) and simplified to the point of confusion. If someone is read ...more
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
An interesting tale of how people became so convinced that the solution to determining longitude involved lunars and sextants that they were willing t ...more
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Jun 01, 2010
Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World
Is it just because I studied chemistry? I don't know, but this account of how modern chemistry became an industry is fascinating, and really well writ ...more
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Jun 01, 2010
The Limehouse Text (Barker & Llewelyn, #3)
I wish there was a way to not have my rating count towards the total. I don't like historical fiction, but this one was good enough that I'll read the ...more
Oct 07, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms, #3)
I loved the first book but found the villains in the second book to be one dimensional and just "evil" whereas in the first book they had motivations ...more
Mar 08, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
The Invisible Man
I liked this book, and I remember it being quite short. That's really good because it's really, really disturbing. The moral and mental questions of b ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2010
Getting Started in Value Investing
The first 8 chapters were interesting, but I felt like I either already knew what he was saying, or was being convinced of a theory to which I already ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld, #38; Tiffany Aching, #4)
It occurred to me, while reading this book, that if you didn't like Terry Pratchett books you would really take issue with the 5 stars I give this boo ...more
Oct 18, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)
This is not an easy read, but I'm amazed at just how talented J.R.R. Tolkien was. I haven't read The Kalevala yet, which apparently was a great influe ...more
Aug 23, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
A History Of The World In Six Glasses
It could have been better written or edited, but this is one of my favourite books for the information it provides!
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Dec 30, 2010
The Angel's Game
I finished this book in a single day - Zafon can really keep my attention. If you enjoyed, as I did, The Shadow of the Wind, this one will also be to ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Jun 04, 2010
The Enchanted Ring: The Untold Story Of Penicillin
This ended up being more of a memoir than I had expected. Sheehan was the chemist who came up with the synthetic route, and this is very much his stor ...more
Jun 27, 2013
Apr 22, 2011
A Venetian Reckoning
**spoiler alert** I really like the Commissario Brunetti books, but could he, just once, "win"?
May 31, 2012
May 31, 2012
The Power of Gold: The History of an Obsession
This, despite its attempts, is not a microhistory on gold. The first third attempts to be just that, but the first section is by far the weakest part ...more
Dec 21, 2014
Nov 19, 2014
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