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Euclidean & Non-Euclidean Geometries: Development and History
4.31
This book is packed with information. I found some initial, minor organizational choices odd, but I think this is really a symptom of just how much co ...more
Sep 2009
Feb 27, 2011
 
Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science
3.73
Skip this one. I am biased in favor of the overall thesis, but the presentation is exceedingly dry. The authors are aping the puffed up language of th ...more
Mar 16, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
 
Ark
3.82
Depressing and brilliant. Heavy spoilers follow.

The sequel to Flood is better than its predecessor. It begins with much the same feel of the first boo
...more
Apr 25, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
 
Coalescent (Destiny's Children, #1)
3.73
There is a big spoiler ahead. It's not fully revealed until late in the book, but it is also revealed on the dust jacket, and so maybe it isn't such a ...more
Nov 29, 2014
Nov 29, 2014
 
The Road to Serfdom
4.16
Reviewing such a well-known book is beyond my abilities. Impressions follow.

It is very apparent that many people who vehemently proclaim their agreeme
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Apr 03, 2014
Apr 16, 2014
 
The World of Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1-2)
4.41
It's a classic. Read it. Spoilers follow.

I was a little surprised how the broad outlines of most of the stories were still rattling around in my head
...more
Aug 06, 2014
Aug 16, 2014
 
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
3.95
Taleb is (or comes across as) an abrasive, self-important, name-dropping, self-contradictory asshole, but this is book is definitely worth reading.

The
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Nov 11, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
 
The Richest Man in Babylon
4.17
The premise of this book (to present financial advice as a series of parables from ancient Babylon using pseudo-Biblical language) is pretty hokey. Th ...more
May 02, 2014
May 03, 2014
 
Geisha
3.94
It seems odd to have a spoiler alert at the beginning of a discussion of a nonfiction book. Nonetheless, spoilers are ahead.

At the risk of reading too
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Apr 20, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
 
Them: Adventures with Extremists
3.92
Disarmingly engaging. Ronson is very good at playing the fool, lulling you along with his self-denigrating observations, his simple sentences, and his ...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
 
Axiomatic
4.23
There is a lot of good stuff in this collection. Read it. Spoilers follow.

For the majority of the stories, the premise alone justifies the reader's ti
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Apr 28, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
 
Bureaucracy
3.95
This is an excellent book, but it does get tedious.

One of its main theses is that American governmental bureaucracies could not be different than they
...more
Jun 05, 2014
Jun 08, 2014
 
Homage to Catalonia
4.14
Orwell's memoir is a mandatory read. It paints a gripping picture of life as a twentieth century soldier (far more of his day-to-day thoughts were dev ...more
Feb 2014
Feb 05, 2014
 
House of Leaves
4.15
This is less a review than some notes to myself. Moreover, I am sure I have missed a lot, so take all that follows with a grain of salt.

Spoilers ahead
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Jul 06, 2014
Jul 12, 2014
 
Long Fuse, Big Bang: Achieving Long-Term Success Through Daily Victories
3.56
This follows the usual business-self-help-book model of interesting anecdotes that are supposed to support some broad, but usually ill-defined, thesis ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Apr 07, 2011
 
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
4.05
This is a fun read. Ariely talks about quirks of human nature such as the way we can be primed to either pay more or ignore the costs of certain choic ...more
Mar 07, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
 
God and the State
3.87
It is probably unfair to say this based on an unfinished work from which fragments are missing and that I am reading in translation, but Bakunin rambl ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 29, 2012
 
A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, #14)
4.48
Spoilers follow.

Sanderson has again proven himself a worthy successor to Jordan. The book is, of course, a build up to the final confrontation, so it
...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
 
The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #4)
4.13
Mild spoilers follow.

I was very disappointed by the end of the series. There was little of the adventure that made Endymion fun, there was significant
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Aug 14, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
 
Hyperion Cantos: Hyperion / The Fall of Hyperion
4.37
This is a single volume that contains both Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion.

The former is an incredible achievement. The universe Simmons created is,
...more
Jul 02, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
 
Dynamics of Faith
3.94
I first heard of Tillich in a conversation where he was presented as an example of a reasonable voice in a debate where the loudest voices are anythin ...more
Oct 06, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
 
The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
4.03
This is an audacious book, and a daunting read. Despite the months I spent working my way through it, I feel I barely scratched the surface, and I'm i ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
Spoilers follow.

The book is an amazing accomplishment. The intricate nesting structure is executed flawlessly; it is repeated in miniature within the
...more
Feb 24, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
 
Anna Karenina
3.99
My favorite aspects of this book are (i) the hundreds of little observations Tolstoy makes in passing about what it is to be human and (ii) all of the ...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
 
The Help
4.44
This review is going to sound more negative than I really mean it to, but it is difficult to avoid the feeling that Stockett is putting words in the m ...more
Dec 26, 2011
Dec 29, 2011
 
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't
3.93
I approached this book a bit fearfully. One television personality, while plugging Silver, recently described his work as a triumph of arithmetic, and ...more
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
The Light of Eidon (Legends of the Guardian-King, #1)
3.88
I had a hard time caring about the main character. It's clear that his Ben Hur story arc and his macho transformation are supposed to be the stuff of ...more
Apr 04, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
 
No More Wacos: What's Wrong With Federal Law Enforcement and How to Fix It
3.91

This book is a carefully researched analysis of the 1993 Waco siege. The authors have explicit opinions concerning the appropriate lessons of that eve
...more
Jan 07, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
 
Silas Marner
3.53
I liked the book, but I have a hard time putting my finger on why exactly that is the case. The characters are not easy to identify with, the plot is ...more
Nov 24, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
 
The Little Red Schoolbook
3.97
The book is an attempt to communicate to teens advice that they are unlikely to hear from other sources. The topics include education, sex, drugs, and ...more
Oct 08, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
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