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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.42
Teen melodrama set against the backdrop of an evil, fascist state in which children are tortured and forced to kill for the entertainment of the masse...more
Mar 03, 2012
Mar 12, 2011
 
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
3.82
This might be one of the most important books I've ever read.
Apr 05, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.43
Quit after reading 20%. I knew I was in trouble when I read the first two sentences:

"The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hint...more
not set
Jul 02, 2007
 
Bad Boy
3.71
Thompson earned money to go to college by selling bootleg whiskey for Al Capone's network.

Take THAT, Don Fucking DeLillo.
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
 
Aspects of the Novel
3.79
Like many exponents of "literary" fiction, Forster has no appreciation for the craft, difficulty, and art of story. Consider this ridiculous observati...more
Aug 23, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
 
The Legal Analyst: A Toolkit for Thinking about the Law
4.12
Most lists of "What to Read the Summer Before Law School" are bullshit. One's concerns the first year are overwhelming practical -- Am I cut out for t...more
Jan 06, 2009
May 30, 2008
 
Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars
3.89
Reading this book brought home how terrible visual arts education is in our public school system. I'm guessing that due to our Protestant heritage --...more
Nov 03, 2012
Oct 16, 2012
 
Contracts: Cases and Materials (University Casebook Series)
2.76
A solicits a price quote from B via mail. B faxes one to A. A mails an order that includes an arbitration clause and asks for delivery on the January...more
May 12, 2008
Aug 01, 2007
 
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
4.02
If Taubes is right we should all be very, very angry.

He makes two basic claims:

1. The calories-in, calories-out theory of fat regulation is entirely...more
Jun 2012
May 31, 2012
 
What Are You Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event
3.82
I tried reading Freud's "Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious" a couple months ago b/c I was interested in an analysis of what makes comedy wor...more
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
 
Good Calories, Bad Calories
4.17
Lots of good and fascinating information, but not high on the readability index. Taubes is trying to overturn common wisdom so he builds his case very...more
not set
Oct 27, 2007
 
Happy Days Were Here Again: Reflections of a Libertarian Journalist
4.02
This guy was once the standard-bearer of the conservative movement. Now people look to the likes of Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter. Too bad.
not set
Feb 20, 2007
 
Paideia Program
3.68
If someone would only give me, say $100 million, I'd put Mr. Adler's program in to practice.
not set
Feb 24, 2007
 
The Ultimate Resource 2
4.37
The magnum opus of one of the great contrarians.
not set
Feb 14, 2007
 
The Wire: Truth Be Told
3.72
The Wire is over. Long live The Wire.
not set
Feb 15, 2007
 
Hollywood Station (Hollywood Station, #1)
3.66
I cannot improve on the blog post that prompted me to read it, so I'll repost a lengthy excerpt: http://www.2blowhards.com/archives/20...

Which brings...more
not set
May 27, 2008
 
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
3.81
My copy of this book says to file it under "economics." This is an error. This is a wonderful work of psychology and philosophy, a modern exposition o...more
Apr 15, 2012
May 17, 2007
 
Rosa Blanca
3.75
It's no wonder to me why this is out of print because it's the worst novel I've ever read. First, the flat, stock characters -- the noble Indian and h...more
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Mar 10, 2010
 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
3.96
Parts I and II get 2 stars, while parts III and IV get 4 stars. The story takes far too long to get going, but picks up quite nicely when the fair ope...more
not set
Jul 06, 2009
 
In Praise of Commercial Culture
3.53
Essential reading for arts-and-humanities types. The commercial/economic context in which art is created is every bit as important as the intellectual...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
 
BJs on the Roof
4.33
Mortensen has a real knack for mixing corporate satire and sweet romance. Like her novel "Can Job" (which you should get if you enjoy this short story...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
 
Culturematic: How Reality TV, John Cheever, a Pie Lab, Julia Child, Fantasy Football . . . Will Help You Create and Execute Breakthrough Ideas
3.43
A handbook for DIY cultural innovation that will appeal to artists, designers, and creative people of all kinds. Reading Grant's work always gives me...more
May 02, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
 
Somebody Owes Me Money
3.76
A wonderful novel that would make a great movie. The mob, gambling, crime, late 60s-early 70s NYC low lifes, and a genuine mystery that isn't solved u...more
Jul 07, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
 
The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy
4.15
I'm only a middling sports fan, know little about the NBA or basketball, yet I couldn't put this down. Worth it for the footnotes alone. Are his Page...more
not set
Dec 03, 2009
 
Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder
3.62
Apparently, since this book's initial publication, Hodel's theory has been discredited. Ellroy no longer believes and others have poked too many holes...more
May 27, 2009
May 16, 2009
 
My Sister's Keeper
4.02
Too melodramatic for me, particularly the ending. Although her motivation makes sense by the end of the book, I had a hard time buying the premise tha...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
 
Weird California: Your Travel Guide to California's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
4.12
Great book, but would be more useful if it was organized geographically instead of thematically. Also, directions to every site would be helpful.
not set
Jul 05, 2009
 
Torts: Cases and Materials
3.20
Bea is driving a manual transmission car (for which she has no license, in violation of a state statute) when she loses control and crashes into a fir...more
May 14, 2008
Aug 01, 2007
 
The Big Butt Book
4.47
The, uh, essays -- yeah, the ESSAYS -- were excellent.
not set
Nov 20, 2010
 
Secret Societies...and How They Affect Our Lives Today
3.46
I already have a Sylvia Browne book in my "This is Bullshit" category, but I saw this at Borders today and couldn't resist adding it.

Ms. Browne, she...more
not set
Sep 25, 2007
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