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Sh*t My Dad Says
This is a book based on a twitter feed that also spawned three-quarters of a season of prime time television. This was never anything but opportunism,...more
Feb 21, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
This is an ambitious attempt at iconoclasm from a world-class iconoclast that is absolutely undone by the author's style of writing. From the overly c...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans and Heretics
This is a purely scholarly work, so it is dense and tightly-focused, giving it the feel of being both slight and overwritten. Gauge your expectations...more
Jul 17, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2)
I enjoyed The Way Of Kings, but this follow-up is much stronger. It builds and broadens the world and the magic of this universe, but it feels more fo...more
Apr 23, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
I've read an awful lot of historical Christology, but Aslan managed to surprise me on a couple of fronts. Notably, the first and last sections of this...more
Aug 11, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands
Without question, this book is fluff. I feel guilty rating it as highly as I did, but the book is such well-executed fluff that it's difficult to put...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
At the age of forty-three, Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a tragic stroke that left him completely paralyzed except for some movement in his head. In a...more
Feb 25, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
The Moan For Bigfoot Anthology, Volume 1 (The Monster Menage Series)
I realize the bar is low for stunt-erotica, but this was pretty terribly written. The hero, named Portia--inexplicably spelled "Porsche"--goes on a ca...more
Jan 16, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
This is a weird one, even by Vonnegut standards. As a meditation on loneliness, it's somewhat interesting, and it contains some fun running gags ("Why...more
Jan 24, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
I read this in junior high and didn't really understand it. I mean, yes, "Holocaust = Horrific", that message came through. But the subtler notes were...more
Jan 22, 2014
Jan 22, 2014
Next of Kin
I'm a huge fan of this series and excited for its continuation. This teaser was a pleasant appetizer, but not altogether satisfying on its own. It ope...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
Groovy Programming: An Introduction for Java Developers
Despite its subtitle, this reads a lot more as an introduction for people who aren't familiar with Java at all. Most of the book is spent introducing...more
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 20, 2014
For Want of a Nail
Rava is a wrangler for Cordelia, the ship AI that records her family as it travels for generations through space. While trying to fix something, she d...more
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Jan 13, 2012
A Christmas Carol
I had never read this before, but I knew the story pretty well already, because I've been alive in the last... ever... If you've been living under a r...more
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Dec 28, 2011
The Bully Vaccine
Useful information, especially as someone who was bullied as a child and has a child entering the school system in the next few years.

I wish it didn't...more
Jan 04, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
Atheism 101: Answers, Explanations and Rebuttals
I have to give this a resounding "meh". It does exactly what it claims: provides one-off rebuttals to several of the more popular Christian derisions...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
33 Movies to Restore Your Faith in Humanity: Ebert's Essentials
I checked this out from the library with a few other really short titles to cleanse my palate before leaping back into 800 page epic fantasy tomes. I'...more
Feb 27, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness (Scott Pilgrim, #3)
This book had a better sense of itself than the first two, but it suffers from some storytelling deficiencies. The first fourth is pretty difficult to...more
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Sep 13, 2012
21 Reasons You Think You Don't Have Time to Write
I'm torn. There are a few bits of really useful information here, but the book badly, BADLY needs an editor. There was no organization and points were...more
Jan 03, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
A Study in Scarlet  (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
Surprisingly readable for its age, and helped by its brevity, this book introduces us to Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one of the best-known characters in mode...more
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Apr 27, 2011
The Emperor's Soul
A short book, compared to most of Sanderson's ouvre, but it contains the same fully-developed magic and world-building that fans of his have come to e...more
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 25, 2012
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Fair warning, this review will contain spoilers for the previous two books.

The revolution has begun and Katniss is the face of the rebellion. Peeta is...more
May 03, 2012
May 01, 2012
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Help, where am I? How did I get on this bandwagon?

Not much to say about this book except that it is completely as-advertised. It's a tautly-paced YA n...more
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 21, 2012
The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: the 34 days that decided the election: Playbook 2012 (POLITICO Inside Election 2012)
I've really enjoyed this series. While the election has largely taken place in public, the Playbook 2012 books have been an engaging look under the wa...more
Jan 08, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
Red Rabbit (Jack Ryan, #2)
It's an engaging read, but with some serious narrative flaws. For one, too much time is spent campaigning against socialized health care, especially s...more
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Jun 29, 2010
Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics)
About halfway through, C.S. Lewis talks about Sigmund Freud's brilliance as a psychoanalyst and idiocy on the subject of linguistics. He argues that i...more
Jan 06, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
A brief, poignant insight into the mind of a man facing the impending end of his life. Hitchens chronicles his world in the wake of a cancer diagnosis...more
Jun 16, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
Catch Me If You Can
There's enough chauvinism in Frank Abagnale's criminal memoir to make you think it has to be true, because no editor would let that fly in a work of f...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Playbook 2012: Inside the Circus--Romney, Santorum and the GOP Race (Politico Inside Election 2012)
I love what Politico is doing with their coverage. Rather than a retrospective at the end of the election, they're releasing episodic mini-ebooks at r...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
Are You My Mother?
If Fun Home was a voyage of self-discovery, Are You My Mother? feels like a voyage of self-indulgence. It's a book that's almost painfully aware of it...more
Jun 04, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
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