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The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God
4.30
the following quote best represents this excellent read:

"... What we need is a honing of the skills of explanation, of dialogue, of what used to be ca
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Mar 24, 2014
Jul 05, 2012
 
Fledgling
3.91
a rather promising start to what should have been an awesome take on a genre of fiction that has recently been mass exploited (to some good and some v ...more
Jul 26, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
 
Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
3.94
RARELY to never do I 1) give a book 5 stars after reading less than the first 100 pages and 2) absolutely recommend it to EVERYONE I know (and I mean ...more
May 10, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
 
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
3.71
**spoiler alert** Tana French appears to be very familiar and most convincing with the portrayals of the unique psychologies of children and of psycho ...more
Nov 29, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
 
This is Not a Game (Dagmar, #1)
3.76
unfortunate cover images... and catchphrase... but hey, i'll give a shot at a book following the folly of rich white ARG (alternate reality game- for ...more
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
 
Life of Pi
3.87
Really engaging read that speaks to the powers of tolerance and of knowledge. Sat well with my inner biology-geek and gave a rather sensible view on t ...more
Nov 16, 2010
Nov 06, 2010
 
I, Lucifer
3.65
this book is bad ass. Glen Duncan is a bad ass. Duncan's Lucifer is similar but much grittier and realized, much less fantastical than Lucifer Vol. 1: ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 27, 2011
 
Amnesia Moon
3.49
more like a 3.5 rating, in between 'liked it' and 'really liked it'

nice read with fantastical-dream elements good for if you're waiting for a flight o
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Nov 07, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
 
Holy Fire
3.71
a very well-developed and convincing work highlighting how likely it is that the future will most certainly be shaped by the exponential development o ...more
Apr 09, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
 
Slow River
3.84
you know when your high school English teacher hands you a stack of books? traditionally in American culture this would mean anguish and laborious sig ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
Parable of the Talents (Earthseed, #2)
4.18
this duet of books highlights the very best and the very worst of modern society - how easily it can be torn down and how real of a struggle it would ...more
Aug 14, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
 
Batman: Dark Victory
4.11
In all honesty I think I enjoyed this book better than The Long Halloween - despite the fact that we included The Long Halloween on the Batman as Amer ...more
Jan 2008
Nov 06, 2010
 
Lilith's Brood: Contains the complete series Dawn, Adulthood Rites and Imago (Xenogenesis, #1-3)
4.27
highly emersive sci-fi - scientifically and sociologically comprehensive while still being accessible to those with only basic knowledge of biology.

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May 18, 2011
May 03, 2011
 
Kindred
4.13
simple premise; powerful storytelling

Butler was able to skillfully narrow the distance between modern day and the slavery-driven history of America -
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Aug 04, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Caught Stealing (Hank Thompson, #1)
4.06
Great read - finally, a crime novel with its head on straight and not all into glamoring the shit out of being a bad ass (but don't get me wrong, the ...more
Feb 20, 2010
Nov 29, 2010
 
The Player of Games (Culture, #2)
4.24
hey look! a review without spoilers or plot summary: this title is a very enjoyable and brain-tickley read. easy to digest -
and I don't mean that in a
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May 10, 2014
May 01, 2014
 
Bastard Out of Carolina
4.06
damn. this book is HEAVY. but powerful... and moving.

it's not a nice read (as in, not for those who are looking for happy endings, or at least even cl
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Aug 14, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
 
The Contortionist's Handbook
4.01
there's a quote on the front cover from Chuck Palahniuk: "I swear to God this is the best book I have read in easily five years. Easily. Maybe ten yea ...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
 
Already Dead (Joe Pitt, #1)
3.79
Vampire. Pulp. Noir.

Those are the three words one needs to consider when deciding to read the Joe Pitt series. If they spark your curiosity- well then
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Apr 24, 2010
Nov 29, 2010
 
Devil in the Gateway
4.05
this stands in for the rest of the Lucifer series as well: definitely nudges more towards 4.5 out of 5 than Sandman.

I realize it's vastly different in
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Oct 2010
Aug 05, 2011
 
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1)
4.13
scary real - Octavia always hits close to home and spares no punches, this novel is no exception. she's always been my favorite dystopian writer in th ...more
Aug 13, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
 
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories #1)
4.01
I remember checking this book out from my elementary school library an uncountable number of times and giving myself nightmares about being skinned al ...more
Jan 1994
Feb 29, 2012
 
Day by Day Armageddon (Day by Day Armageddon,#1)
4.02
I was hanging out at my best friend's house yesterday and picked up this book on his coffee table. Less than 24 hours later, here I am about to tell y ...more
Jun 26, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.83
Good introduction to Autism for those who don't really know anything about it and perhaps who hold negative stereotypes. That being said, this book do ...more
Aug 2010
Nov 06, 2010
 
My Dead Body (Joe Pitt, #5)
4.06
Soooo very good. Vampires, man. Might as well be real considering how convincingly Charlie Huston writes them!

Just go out and read this series alread
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Sep 02, 2010
Nov 29, 2010
 
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
4.11
so bizarre you'll think it's fiction, but so true you'll know it can be nothing other than real life.

maybe pushed the envelope a bit on degree of corr
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Jan 25, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
 
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
3.76
Not only demonstrates that Barak is a human like you and me (for better or for worse) but it brings forward to the general public the experience of gr ...more
Jun 2008
Feb 16, 2012
 
Fieldwork
3.58
so amazing.

not sure if knowledge of the basic cultures of the UC Berkeley campus, of anthropologists, or of foreigners living abroad is prerequisite,
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Apr 24, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
 
The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)
4.34
{ this is for the entire series }

it's AWESOME

it's A LEGENDARY BENCHMARK in comics

it's IMAGINATIVE AND DEEP in unexpected ways

HOWEVER

it can also be ve
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Jan 2005
Aug 05, 2011
 
A Dangerous Man (Hank Thompson, #3)
4.07
Deliciously satisfying and moving conclusion to the Henry Thompson series.

By this point I recall being very enamored by Charlie Huston's writing; his
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Mar 17, 2010
Nov 29, 2010
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