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The Illustrated Theory of Everything
I should probably give this four stars, as it's an impressively broad amount of cosmological knowledge condensed into a very thin book, but I can't he ...more
Aug 16, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians
Bought a copy for this to keep around for nature trips. So now when my daughter captures a frog (or maybe that's a toad?) we can try to figure out wha ...more
not set
Jul 03, 2012
Japan Unbound: A Volatile Nation's Quest for Pride and Purpose
Published in 2004, this is a quick read with a good overview of the recent state of affairs in Japan. It allows the Western reader to begin to grasp t ...more
Aug 06, 2010
Jul 29, 2010
100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith
This is a pretty quick read; I got through it in merely 0.000054 of the days it suggests I may have in this life. She spends a few chapters quickly go ...more
not set
Oct 28, 2011
A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy
Perhaps 450 years ago this was an impressive work, but other than for the value of reading a classic old world text, this book is mostly a waste of ti ...more
Feb 09, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships
Goleman, a science writer for the New York Times, does a great job of making accessible the impact of neuroscience research on modern understanding of ...more
Jun 09, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home
I really enjoyed his previous book, and this has been recommended to me by two friends recently. There were good parts to this, but it spent too much ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Oct 25, 2010
Strange Attractors
Neat concept, and decent exploration of it, but it could have been better written. A Neal Stephenson version would have been way better. I liked the c ...more
not set
Oct 19, 2014
The Game : Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
This was the most entertaining thing I've read in awhile, I could hardly put it down.

That said, I'm just going to plagiarize Amar's reveiew:

This book
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 13, 2011
Mathematics 1001: Absolutely Everything That Matters in Mathematics in 1001 Bite-Sized Explanations
Checked this out of the library and flipped through it. Seriously considering purchasing a copy so I can read it cover to cover and then just to have ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
Hgiyiyi (Hgjhjh, Hjhk)
While the use of a restricted alphabet may bring to mind the avant-guard delight of Ella Minnow Pea, I found this ham handed effort to be stifling and ...more
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Dec 20, 2010
The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs
I've always been aware of some of the DARPA history just from being aware of the beginnings of the ARPANET (now known as the Internet) and I knew they ...more
Feb 10, 2010
Dec 30, 2009
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
Enjoyable and accessible book that ranges between moderately deep discussions of neural anatomy to musical theory analysis and tidbits of personal int ...more
Dec 25, 2013
Feb 23, 2012
The Dervish House
McDonald fabricates a fascinating tale that is as audacious as Brasyl but much more coherent. The story, set in Istanbul in 2027, is even more exotic, ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Dec 03, 2010
The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age
I take a near-future Peak Oil scenario as a serious possibility. This book makes an excellent analogy that likens our multi-generational ride on the w ...more
Nov 12, 2008
Nov 02, 2008
Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information
If you want a coffee table book on data visualization that is heavy on aesthetics and philosophical noodling, but light on practical value, then this ...more
Jan 08, 2013
Oct 19, 2012
This is a wild, ambitious novel that focuses on two of my favorite things: Brasil and Quantum Physics. I would like to give it 4 stars because I enjoy ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 06, 2010
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
I could hardly put this book down. It's a must read for anyone who has both a personal interest in the ocean and also an interest in scientific explor ...more
Dec 04, 2010
Sep 19, 2010
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
I don't read a lot of fiction and when I do I want the quality level of Don DeLillo, Dave Eggers or Marshall Moore. David Mitchell was unknown to me b ...more
Nov 07, 2010
Aug 04, 2010
Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions
As a non-neuroscientist lacking any formal academic background in chemistry or biology, this was a difficult book due to the technical depth involved. ...more
Sep 24, 2011
May 24, 2011
The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories
This book goes over a lot of recent phenomena of which I was moderately aware, so it was nice to get some details, but overall I didn't get as much ou ...more
Apr 25, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
This book has led to such disappointment, starting with the book itself and then ending with the TV series.

There is the moderate entertainment value a
Feb 26, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
Please, Sir: Erotic Stories of Female Submission
I once volunteered as an extra in a photo shoot with the model on the cover, Mischa. I'm a fan of hers, and I always liked the stuff from the old nerv ...more
Aug 19, 2012
Dec 15, 2011
The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook: More Than 50 Irresistible Recipes That Will Get You High
This is, perhaps surprisingly to some, a sober and sophisticated cooking book. Given the quasi-legal status, medicinal quality and mostly unknown culi ...more
Jun 07, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimizing the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs
Pretty much what the title says. An actual expert scientific investigation of alcohol/drugs and drug policy without a bunch of misleading morality-bas ...more
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Nov 24, 2013
Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
I didn't know there was a word for this, but wabi-sabi is exactly what I like in life.

It's a small quick read.

Sen no Rikyu, the highest wabi-sabi auth
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and U.S. Policy
Fairly comprehensive overview, and I actually enjoyed the dry style. In fact I found it annoying whenever some editorializing creeped in. Hardly anyth ...more
Sep 11, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
The Shadow Elite: The New Agents of Power and Influence Who Are Undermining Government, Free Enterprise, and Democracy
I found this book to be unfortunately written in a style that was boring me to tears. I think she has an interesting story to tell, but she is not a g ...more
May 04, 2010
May 04, 2010
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
I wasn't too intrigued by this at first. It seemed obviously heading down the familiar "avoid carbs, eat green leafy vegetables" road. It turned out t ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
Despite being over 15 years old by the time I read it, it holds up well compared to more recent books covering similar ground. This is a testament of ...more
Mar 20, 2012
Jan 20, 2012