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The Best American Travel Writing 2012
3.56
Overall, a very good collection. I'm surprised, actually, because I'm ranking this as highly as I ranked the 2008 edition, which I also just read and...more
Sep 08, 2013
Sep 05, 2013
 
The Best American Travel Writing 2013
3.68
No surprise that Elizabeth Gilbert and I don't really have overlapping styles - I preferred Vollman's choices last year, but my favorite so far were B...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
 
Holy Bible: King James Version
4.39
Too long, too preachy.

Seriously though, here's an atheist's perspective: I grew up on the Bible, as I was born Catholic, and I have a certain amount o...more
Sep 02, 1999
Sep 02, 2012
 
Different Seasons featuring The Shawshank Redemption
4.31
Okay, in order, I think I liked the Shawshank Redemption best, followed by the Breathing Method, followed by the Body, and then by Apt Pupil.

It was a...more
Nov 02, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
 
Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity
3.61
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Generally I don't like list books, for the reason that I usually disagree with the list and want my...more
Oct 19, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
 
American Supernatural Tales
3.99
Pretty awesome. There are naturally a few stories that are a little bit "meh," (Washington Irving's was probably my least favorite, which was a bummer...more
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, #1)
3.93
So this is the LEAST impressive of the Alan Moore books I've read, so I'm giving it 5 stars. I originally read it like, 5 or 6 years ago and it went c...more
Nov 19, 2013
Nov 09, 2013
 
And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft and the Industry
4.06
The most surprising thing about this book is how many amazing writers this guy got to talk to him... it's like a who's who of humor writers. The inter...more
May 13, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
 
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
4.25
God, I love Lovecraft. Sure, he's a racist, sure, he has a weird thing about "ancient lore" and genealogy, and sure, he tends to rely on the same basi...more
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
 
The Best American Comics 2010
3.68
I'm a fan of the Best American Travel Writers series, and I've read a few of the other collections, but I feel like this - while possibly the coolest...more
Apr 08, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
 
The Lovecraft Anthology, Vol 1 (Eye Classics)
3.95
For a guy who envisioned creatures that the human mind can't comprehend - let alone visually depict - Lovecraft translates pretty damn well into comic...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
 
Tenth of December
3.93
I'm giving this five stars mostly on the basis of the story "Escape from Spiderhead," which I absolutely loved. There were a few other ones - "Sticks,...more
May 02, 2013
May 02, 2013
 
Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide, #5)
3.93
**spoiler alert** I don't really know how to feel about this one... it kinda felt like an ignominious end for Arthur Dent, but I read the Quintessenti...more
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
 
On Booze
3.48
I feel like this was a good idea that was told to some publishing exec who thought they could make some quick money on it so pushed it through before...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
 
Ecstasy
3.54
The stories get progressively better. The first story reminded me of a post-Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk book, where he's basically trying to shock you,...more
Dec 06, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays
4.12
Hitchens is, as usual, all sorts of awesome. This is a great book mostly because it gives you a glimpse into Hitchens just before he became known as a...more
May 08, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
 
I Can Make You Hate
4.03
It's Charlie Brooker, so of course it's good, but this book isn't anything more than the sum of its parts: it's just all of his old columns. Which is...more
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
 
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide, #4)
4.05
I think it was probably about time that Arthur Dent achieved some measure of satisfaction after the events of the first three books, so in that sense,...more
Jan 06, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
 
The Graphic Canon, Vol. 2: From "Kubla Khan" to the Bronte Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray
3.88
Just as good as the last one. This covers probably my least favorite era in literature - the 18th and 19th centuries - but it still has a few really b...more
Apr 13, 2013
Oct 02, 2012
 
The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
4.01
Ugh. I wrote an entire review and then it got deleted before I could save it.

Okay, quick points then:

First: This volume and a lot of the other work of...more
Mar 08, 2013
Apr 02, 2012
 
The Graphic Canon, Vol. 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest
3.78
Unfortunately, I thought this series got progressively worse. The first had a lot of full stories - the Arabian Nights, the Native American "How the C...more
Aug 10, 2013
Oct 02, 2012
 
The Walking Dead, Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters
4.35
Really, I just don't get tired of this series. It feels like they are constantly shitting on the characters - and it's a George R.R. Martin level of "...more
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
 
Action Philosophers!: the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust
4.17
The easiest thing to do here would be to get nitpicky with who they chose to focus on: too little Foucault, too much Ayn Rand, not enough Socrates, to...more
Nov 18, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
 
The Best American Travel Writing 2008
3.80
Pretty decent collection of travel writing. I picked this mostly because of Bourdain, and I know he doesn't have much patience for flowery bullshit. T...more
Aug 30, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
 
Sin City, Vol. 6: Booze, Broads, and Bullets (Sin City, #6)
3.87
I think Frank Miller's one of those guys who is great if you just kind of ignore the somewhat sadistic and misogynistic basis of all of his Sin City b...more
Apr 05, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
 
Swamp Thing, Vol. 2: Love and Death
4.37
I'm ranking it slightly ahead of the first volume, because I picked up a little bit more of the classic Alan Moore style, but it still isn't as amazin...more
Oct 22, 2013
Oct 22, 2013
 
Between the Assassinations
3.28
Kinda like the White Tiger if the White Tiger was broken up into a bunch of short stories and had none of them had the same catharsis at the end. It w...more
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 09, 2013
 
The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something to Fear
4.28
**spoiler alert** SPOILERS: Actually, this was a fairly good entry into the Walking Dead series, but I have to give it two stars because I was kind of...more
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
 
Small Gods (Discworld, #13)
4.24
A really awesome book. I tried to read The Color of Magic a year or two back but gave up about halfway through. This was a much better starting point,...more
May 21, 2014
May 18, 2014
 
Swamp Thing, Vol. 3: The Curse
4.32
Easily my favorite of the series so far. The character finally interested me, the episodes were fun and interesting, and I finally got the Alan Moore...more
Oct 31, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
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