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Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
4.10
This book is adorable, I’m not gonna lie.

Wealthy white teenagers having first-world problems.

Anna, the valiant, is plucked from Georgia and “abandon
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Nov 30, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
 
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
4.56
**spoiler alert**
I'm going to have to be the sole voice of dissent.

I found Kvothe profoundly annoying.
Here's an excerpt of his typical storytelling,
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Mar 19, 2011
Aug 21, 2010
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.02
There are some terrible reviews of SH5 floating around Goodreads, but one particularly awful sentiment is that Slaughterhouse-Five isn't anti-war.

This
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Jun 16, 2012
Aug 21, 2010
 
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
3.46
The story of a quasi-sociopathic high school cretin who mouth-breathes his way into an exclusive fantasy club of anhedonic wizards - replete with bad ...more
Sep 06, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
 
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
3.88
 ***Warning: this review is not for the fainthearted.*** 

A video recently went viral of a Texas judge savagely beating his disabled teenage daughter w
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Nov 02, 2011
Nov 01, 2011
 
The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1)
4.15
**spoiler alert** The Way of Shadows is so laughably bad, I thought it was satire. Let me give you an example. So, near the end of the book, the prota ...more
Apr 2010
Aug 21, 2010
 
Armor
4.11
Even before I finished Armor by John Steakley this morning, I began to laugh a maniacal laughter from the very depths of me.

Armor is utterly modern a
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Nov 20, 2010
Nov 15, 2010
 
Battle Royale
4.24
I read the first hundred pages of Battle Royale and fell asleep. That night I dreamt that I was in The Program. (I remember fleeing a pretty intense g ...more
Feb 06, 2011
Nov 12, 2010
 
Snow Crash
3.99
Written in the present tense, which is awkward and unengaging, brimfuls of technological deus ex machina remove all tension from an already slow plot- ...more
Feb 09, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
 
Jurassic Park
3.89
Science-at-the-brink-of-chaos fiction. Nonlinear dynamics had barely been invented, and yet here it was, gracing each chapter with a foreboding messag ...more
Jan 31, 2011
Aug 21, 2010
 
A Monster Calls
4.27
And now it’s time to hand the baton on to you. Stories don’t end with the writers, however many started the race. So go. Run with it.

Make trouble.



Almo
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Nov 17, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
 
In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks . . . And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy
3.71
Some of Adam Corolla’s anecdotes are pretty amusing. For instance, the way he used to unplug the fuel line from his truck, so when it gets stolen the ...more
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
 
Stories of Your Life and Others
4.35
Story of Your Life

Told from the perspective of a mother remembering her child. Absolutely heartbreaking. And it was only 50 pages.

The mother, a lingu
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Dec 17, 2011
Nov 16, 2010
 
The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)
4.21
An unedited preview of the first 5500 words of the Republic of Thieves can be read here. Publication has also been pushed back to September, 2013.

I'm
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Oct 2014
Aug 21, 2010
 
Watchers
4.14
Unputdownable, with surprisingly deep characterization, and a super-smart dog that runs around adorably.

+ a nightmarish monster that escapes a labora
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Oct 27, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
 
The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
4.14
One of the greatest opening lines of all time:

"There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is
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not set
Mar 24, 2011
 
Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1)
4.10
One of the best action sequences in modern scifi:

Sarah was turning her aim on the figures beyond the wall when the second commando of the night appear
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Aug 24, 2010
Aug 21, 2010
 
Free Will
3.80
"You are not controlling the storm, and you are not lost in it. You are the storm." - Sam Harris

"It’s true that human persons don’t have contra-causal
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Mar 24, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
 
I Want My Hat Back
4.38
I love how the description for I Want My Hat Back is longer than the book. Nevertheless, this is one of the funniest children's picture books ever. I ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 15, 2011
 
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
4.06
Really bloody good. Epic fantasy told through a love story. Do not be too hasty to dismiss this book based on the silly blurb. There is magic in Laini ...more
Oct 30, 2011
Oct 28, 2011
 
Look To Windward
4.10
Say hello to Kabe (pronounced Ka - beh), a tripedal, three-and-a-half meter tall triangular bulk of politely plodding philosophical awesomeness, who c ...more
Nov 09, 2011
Sep 23, 2011
 
Halting State (Halting State, #1)
3.78
+1 to the list of notable books written in second person, which is only slightly longer than the list of notable books written solely to criticize the ...more
Nov 13, 2011
Nov 01, 2011
 
Blindsight
3.95
Why do putatively brilliant scientists insist on explaining simple shit to one another? Their sole purpose appears to be strolling out at key interval ...more
Jun 19, 2012
Jun 16, 2012
 
Excession (Culture, #5)
4.17
I love these books, but if you don't, I would totally commiserate. The series' uniqueness is both awesome and offputting; the sort of stuff you wish p ...more
Feb 23, 2012
Oct 10, 2011
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.31


Oct 09, 2011
Oct 08, 2011
 
Three Men In A Boat (Book & Cd)
3.92
The funniest book of all time. That is all.
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
 
Harrison Bergeron
4.25
There are two paths to equality: elevating some people, and breaking others. Actually, ignoring for a moment the second option (which is the theme of ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 04, 2013
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.38
Basically a copycat of Battle Royale for children. Well written and exciting. It's a shame the other two books in The Hunger Games series are such utt ...more
Aug 25, 2010
Aug 25, 2010
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.70

This is an excerpt of what is apparently Blue's father speaking:

"Always have everything you say exquisitely annotated, and, where possible, provide st
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Sep 04, 2010
Aug 30, 2010
 
Bossypants
3.93
Tina Fey's hilariousness:

On anti-intellectual Politicians:
"Politics and prostitution have to be the only jobs where inexperience is considered a virtu
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Nov 11, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
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