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Four Fires - MP3 Edition
I believe that Four Fires by Bryce Courtenay is a phenomenal book all by itself. It is not, however, a book I probably would have gravitated to nor en ...more
Jan 04, 2011
Dec 30, 2010
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
Wow, did I ever have a time with this one. It was a love-hate-love relationship. At first the book drew me in with the language. I am almost always ab ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Nov 08, 2011
House of Suns
I am always on the lookout for new SF authors. I have read most if not all of Hamilton, Clarke, Vonnegut, Wells, Simmons, Asimov, and Herbert among ot ...more
May 13, 2012
Jun 01, 2012
Children of God (The Sparrow, #2)
Confusing disconnect and mixed-feelings:

There were many parts in Children of God during which I found it hard to believe this was the same author as T
Dec 20, 2011
Dec 20, 2011
Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson
Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson is a book that is basically just that. It was in the early 70’s that I ...more
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
I just realized that my last three books had to do with memory: Remembrance of Things Past, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Moonwalking wit ...more
Aug 02, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
Cat's Cradle
To say that I worship at the alter of Kurt Vonnegut would be more mawkish than overstated. He is and will probably always remain one of my all-time, f ...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 01, 2012
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
“Well, this is a story about books."

“About books?"

“About accursed books, about a man who wrote them, about a character who broke out of the pages of a
Nov 08, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
As intimidating as he can be, I love Shakespeare and have since I first read Romeo and Juliet. While I have felt I never really understood all of his ...more
Nov 14, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
The Persimmon Tree
This is another one of those times when I agree with both the positive and negative reviews of a book. With a greater than 4 star rating, clearly the ...more
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization
I read/listened to this book at roughly the same time as God Is Not Great. In the latter, Christopher Hitchens ruminates about the disparaging influen ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 25, 2011
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
You’re presented with three doors. Behind one door is a car and behind the other two doors are goats. Sound familiar? It is. You pick door number one. ...more
Feb 21, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
I have read a number of books on native peoples and it’s always rewarding when they are somewhat balanced. For example, books by Joseph Marshal III co ...more
Sep 21, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Just goes to show you that all the positive reviews does not a good book make. I just finished another terrible selection, Storm Front and it too had ...more
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
I sometimes find a book that is so eloquently written, I enjoy reading it even if the concepts are too far beyond me to fully comprehend what the word ...more
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Aug 19, 2010
After a number of unspecified decades, I reread this classic and moved it from 4 to 5 stars. I do not even remember this book being as great as I now ...more
Aug 03, 2012
Dec 28, 2011
Gateway (Heechee #1)
After a rather long hiatus from writing reviews, one would think that I would return with one about a well received book. Unfortunately, this is not t ...more
Dec 05, 2013
Dec 06, 2013
Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future
Reset offered a new way for me to look at the Middle East. The book makes an argument that partnering with Turkey and Iran makes the most sense for he ...more
Jan 07, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
From Here To Infinity: An Exploration of Science Fiction Literature (The Modern Scholar)
This is another wonderful installment in The Modern Scholar series in general, and another great installment by Michael Drout. I have read / listened ...more
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 01, 2012
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
When I read/listen to a book this long, I feel compelled to contribute something back if with nothing else: a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. So many of the ...more
Oct 2010
Dec 30, 2010
The Hobbit
I finished listening to the book and watched the new movie on the same day. They were both great. That is now through three different media that I hav ...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 15, 2012
American Gods
Reviewers have recommend that newcomers to Neil Gaiman not read American Gods first. I would agree. Not that this book might not be his best but it is ...more
Apr 2011
Dec 30, 2010
Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack, #2)
Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, this is one of my all-time favorite audiobooks. It is an audio book at its best. This is a performance and not just a ...more
May 29, 2011
May 29, 2011
Snow Crash
A few years ago when I had become interested in the virtual reality of Second LIfe, a friend recommended Snow Crash to me. I had not heard of the book ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
I've mentioned in these reviews that I think that a narrator, especially one who is also an actor, can make a good book seem better; a bad narrator ca ...more
Dec 26, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
The Once and Future King
When I read reviewers write, “the best book I have ever read,” I thought yeah right! ‘must not have read many books. Well, I have read a fair bit myse ...more
Dec 13, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
The Stand
There are a number of popular writers out there that I have not had much contact with but for whom I have felt the need to become more acquainted. Ste ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Dec 16, 2011
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
So you've read Bertrand Russell's 1927 essay Why I Am Not a Christian and you're wondering why read Hitchens? It's more than cold, hard logic about on ...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 25, 2011
The Time Traveler's Wife
Ordinarily, I would not write a negative review unless there are many positive ones. With so many positive reviews, I feel it necessary to offer some ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 22, 2011
The Woman in White
This was a hard book to put down once I got into it. It did take a bit to get into but not too long. Collins has been compared to Dickens and that see ...more
Aug 26, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
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