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Xenocide (The Ender Quintet, #3)

I grudgingly give this book a 3, based only on my affection for the characters and the creativity of the story. Most of the book suffers fro
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 28, 2009
Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2)
Less episodic than the first (Foundation), which was a plus. But it makes all the more apparent Asimov's complete inability to create memorable or sym ...more
Nov 15, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Sophie's Choice
I stuck with it out of curiosity, not so much to find out what her choice was, but because this is supposedly an important American novel and I kept w ...more
Jun 09, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
Children of the Mind (The Ender Quintet, #4)
Wraps up the series neatly enough . . . until you stop to think about how ridiculous the entire premise is or how annoying it is that everything seems ...more
Jul 2009
Jun 30, 2009
The Human Condition
This is a difficult read, although initially more frightening than it ends up actually being. Arendt's intellect is intimidating to say the least, and ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 21, 2009
The Closing of the American Mind
This is the best argument for conservatism I've ever read. To be fair, it's also the only one I've ever read, outside of the occasional David Brooks c ...more
Jun 30, 2010
Jun 10, 2010
The Culture of Make Believe
Wow, one of the more intense books I have ever read. If you're prone to depression, I recommend taking this one in very small amounts, maybe a chapter ...more
Sep 05, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
On Revolution
As difficult as The Human Condition (see my review), and it takes longer to pick up steam. Luckily though, Arendt keeps the momentum building until th ...more
Oct 12, 2009
Oct 04, 2009
The Quiet American
Contradicting its title, this novel is at once surprising and disquieting. Despite its understated language and supremely "British" tone, it's quite a ...more
May 08, 2014
Jul 14, 2013
You Are Not a Stranger Here
Wow, this is one of the best books of short stories I've ever read. Top 5 for sure. I loved four of them -- "Notes to My Biographer," "The Beginnings ...more
Jan 31, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
Jesus' Son
The only thing I could think of while reading this is that its what that sensitive druggie high school dropout I always wondered about finally did wit ...more
Jan 13, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
The Golden Argosy: A Collection of the Most Celebrated Short Stories in the English Language
Stephen King called this basically the best short story collection ever and that was enough for me. I've been searching it out since, figuring somethi ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Oct 12, 2014
Democracy in America: Specially Edited and Abridged for the Modern Reader
Caveat: I read the 320 page abridged version, so some of my complaints may be simple misunderstandings due to ignorance.

I'll start by saying that I'm
Oct 24, 2009
Oct 16, 2009
La fiesta del chivo
(Crítica en español primero, English review second)

Como la única otra novela de Vargas Llosa que he leido, The War of the End of the World, esta fue u
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 11, 2014
The Adventures of Don Quixote
I don't feel qualified to substantively comment on this world classic. I didn't study it in a university course or have an expert explain it to me. I ...more
Aug 21, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
Endgame, Vol. 2: Resistance
Finally someone has put these thoughts into coherent arguments. Better than Volume 1 (because it deals more with action -- see my review here) Volume ...more
Sep 12, 2009
Sep 12, 2009
The Devils (Penguin Classics)
It's amazing that such a long, boring book without any main characters -- or any sympathetic characters at all, aside from the suspiciously reasonable ...more
Mar 13, 2010
Mar 02, 2010
The Power That Preserves (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, #3)
My reviewing vocabulary is not the strongest. Is it considered "overwritten" when an author takes way too long building up every plot point while simu ...more
Feb 22, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
The Maltese Falcon
The obvious comparison is with the only other classic noir I've ever read, Chandler's The Big Sleep, and the difference in them is striking. Though on ...more
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
Interpreter of Maladies
They don't quite do it for me, these quiet, mundane episodes of Indian-Americans in varying stages of missing their cultural homeland. Which is not to ...more
Jan 22, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
Journey to the End of the Night
Like a cross between Orwell's non-fiction, Kafka, and John Fante, as told by Camus's narrator from The Fall, it should surprise nobody that Bukowski c ...more
Aug 31, 2014
Aug 27, 2014
Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey Into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism
Wow, I have rarely seen such an arrogrant prick writing so lazily. If the subject matter hadn't been absolutely fascinating, It would have gotten 1 st ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Nov 11, 2008
A Voyage to Arcturus
This book is far from perfect. The writing is clumsy, the character development is implausible and often non-existent (leading to confusion over their ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
On Human Nature
Disappointing. Wilson uses very dry language throughout, which makes it difficult to stay interested. And while the subject might have been groundbrea ...more
May 10, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena
Who would have thought a book about pyschic phenomena -- an otherwise fascinating topic -- could be so boring and tedious? As a compelling argument fo ...more
Mar 13, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
Open Society and Its Enemies. Volume 2: The High Tide of Prophecy: Hegel, Marx, and the Aftermath
Not nearly as engaging as Volume I. It might be because the material of Hegel's and Marx's philosophies are necessarily more complex than that of Plat ...more
Nov 11, 2009
Nov 07, 2009
501 Minutes to Christ: Personal Essays
There is something about Ballantine's style that is so honest and refreshing. These essays get repetitive, and tend to blend together, but they are go ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
First of all I have to say that I was somewhat reluctant to even add this book to my list, just because if you're even partly convinced by its content ...more
Dec 22, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
The Elementary Particles
Most of the top reviewers on this one have largely missed the point (more on that below).

I have done something while reading this book that I very sel
Apr 02, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
Vida De Don Quijote Y Sancho/ the Life of Don Quijote and Sancho (Letras Hispanicas / Hispanic Writings)
(Español primero. . . English below)

Esto fue un libro sumamente difícil de entender, no solo porque lo leí en mi segundo idioma, pero también por los
Aug 22, 2014
Jul 14, 2013
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