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Elantris
4.17
really liked it
A very impressive debut novel.
Mar 27, 2016
Aug 27, 2015
 
The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)
4.18
it was ok
Tough call on this one between two and three stars.

Butcher receives points for the unique physical conception of his world with the spires, ethersilk
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May 12, 2016
Apr 27, 2016
 
At the Mountains of Madness
3.93
it was ok
I missed the boat on this book. Perhaps I should have chosen something different as my introduction to Lovecraft.

While his writing is excellent, I was
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Sep 17, 2016
Aug 27, 2016
 
Swann's Way
4.14
it was ok
I gave this an honest effort but could only complete 6/18 audio CDs. The writing is very detailed but the stream of consciousness style is just not ea ...more
Dec 03, 2015
Nov 17, 2015
 
Murder on the Orient Express
4.15
it was amazing
What a fantastic novel! Part of my admiration is due to Dan Stevens' excellent narration; his performance of various characters is spellbinding.

I am
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Apr 2016
Jan 14, 2016
 
The Count of Monte Cristo
4.21
it was amazing
Easily a top-five novel for me. Finally got around to reading the unabridged version. One day I will read it in French too. Also, this Penguin edition ...more
not set
Jan 02, 2011
 
The Count of Monte Cristo
4.21
it was amazing
Unbelievably narrated by John Lee. I am going to seek out other Audiobooks he has contributed to. He is completely engrossing.
Jun 2015
Aug 12, 2015
 
The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep
3.38
it was ok
The premise is noble enough...purposeful relaxation techniques and focused emphasis on certain words to promote sleepiness. Overall, this book just do ...more
Jan 02, 2016
Jan 01, 2016
 
On the Genealogy of Morals
4.09
it was ok
Harder to trudge through than the rest of his corpus. Too much on cruelty and the master-slave dialectic. He is at his best with Thus Spoke Zarathustr ...more
not set
Jan 09, 2011
 
God Bless the Crimson Tide: Devotions for the Die-Hard Alabama Fan
4.00
really liked it
There are many people who take their sports too seriously and it can interfere with other aspects of their lives. This book is nothing pretentious. It ...more
Apr 2014
Dec 15, 2015
 
Anathem
4.18
really liked it
So...picked this up on a whim. Hadn't read any Stephenson previously. Holy cow! This dense tome has a lot lurking within. Brave it if you don't mind d ...more
Jan 10, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
 
Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction
3.75
liked it
not set
Jan 10, 2011
 
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design
4.08
it was ok
Read for a college course (Science v. Religion). I am convinced of evolutionary biology's main tenets, so his writing is off-putting to me because it ...more
not set
Jan 02, 2011
 
H Is for Hawk
3.74
it was ok
Needless to say, I am very disappointed in how unfocused and meandering this memoir turned out.

The premise had so much promise and I understand the b
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Jun 28, 2016
Dec 15, 2015
 
Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West: A Novel
3.43
did not like it
Just not funny in the least. Listened to about 1/3 of the audiobook, Frakes did fine but the writing was crass and there was no subtlety. I guess I sh ...more
Oct 15, 2016
Oct 15, 2016
 
The Hangman's Daughter (The Hangman's Daughter, #1)
3.71
liked it
Pretty solid historical fiction. The afterward by the author regarding his family history moved this to a solid 3.5 for me. Some of the writing has so ...more
Feb 03, 2016
Dec 18, 2015
 
The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth
4.17
really liked it
Indispensable. Marry it with online resources such as the Encyclopedia of Arda and you'll be well-equipped to plunge into Tolkien full bore.
not set
Jan 02, 2011
 
The Passion
4.12
really liked it
Lush and engrossing. I have not read much magical realism, although I keep thinking I would enjoy more. This seems like a great gateway to it.
not set
Jan 02, 2011
 
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
3.88
it was ok
DFW's more-vocabulary-than-thou postmodernism just isn't for me. I enjoyed a couple of these "stories" but thankfully, it was a short volume overall.
Oct 22, 2016
Oct 20, 2016
 
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
3.87
liked it
Great concept and debut. Beautiful layout and very original design. Loses steam about 60% in, however, and never seems to recover.
not set
Jan 09, 2011
 
Dune (Dune #1)
4.19
it was amazing
A masterwork. Genre-defining (and bending).
not set
Jan 02, 2011
 
Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)
4.26
liked it
Combines good elements of other young adult dystopian novels such as Brave New World and The Hunger Games. The author deserves much credit for world-b ...more
Jan 21, 2016
Dec 15, 2015
 
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
4.14
really liked it
Memoirs usually don't appeal to me much, but I am big fan of Felicia's corpus. This is a solid work, covering her roots, her successful career and, mo ...more
Jan 06, 2016
Dec 12, 2015
 
Calvados: The Spirit of Normandy
4.60
really liked it
Very comprehensive and satisfying treatise on Normandy's pomme-culture. There were more than a handful of typos which brought the star rating down to ...more
Feb 21, 2016
Jan 23, 2016
 
Angelmaker
3.94
really liked it
Very well-crafted. This was the first piece of writing of Harkaway's I have read. His prose and descriptions are often some of the best I've read. The ...more
Dec 31, 2015
Sep 17, 2015
 
The Bunnicula Collection (Bunnicula, #1-3)
4.20
liked it
Good narration by Garber. I had read these in elementary school and it was nostalgic to dive back into them.
Feb 10, 2016
Jan 07, 2016
 
Breakfast of Champions
4.08
liked it
Tucci's narration is very succinct, a perfect fit for Vonnegut's biting satire. I just felt this book didn't have much momentum. Very humorous at time ...more
Aug 10, 2015
Aug 12, 2015
 
The Wealth of Nations
3.87
it was ok
Tedious. Most of his ideas get rehashed by John Stuart Mill and others, later.
not set
Jan 10, 2011
 
The Pythons Autobiography by The Pythons
4.09
really liked it
There is so much here! A great coffee table laden swallow.
not set
Jan 02, 2011
 
The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
4.39
None
not set
Mar 13, 2016
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