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From Hell
4.15
I don't really know how to review this book, but I feel I need to. First off, it's the first thing I've read since Salem's Lot at age 13 that gave me ...more
Jun 12, 2013
Apr 16, 2011
 
American Sniper
3.96
I can't claim to know what exactly Chris Kyle went through, or what type of person he was in real life. But Kurt Vonnegut wrote, "We are who we preten ...more
Apr 23, 2015
Apr 23, 2015
 
Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1: Broken Bat
4.07
I'm a person who came into Batman from the TV shows and movies, rather than from the comic books - which makes a pretty huge difference. In the movies ...more
Apr 30, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
 
The Best American Travel Writing 2012
3.62
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
 
Batman: The Killing Joke
4.36
I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 just because it didn't connect with me like I thought it would. It's possible that's because I'd seen the Nolan Batma ...more
Apr 2011
Mar 31, 2011
 
From "Kubla Khan" to the Bronte Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray (The Graphic Canon #2)
3.89
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
 
Swamp Thing, Vol. 4: A Murder of Crows
4.36
I just can't get enough of Alan Moore. I've never read anything of his that hasn't changed my world. From Hell is still probably my favorite, but Watc ...more
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 09, 2013
 
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
4.25
The art's obviously really good, and I'm not a lifelong reader of Batman comics, so how this compares to other story arcs, I really can't properly say ...more
Aug 2013
Dec 04, 2011
 
The Best American Travel Writing 2013
3.73
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
 
Batman: The Long Halloween
4.26
This is my favorite Batman comic - even above the Killing Joke or the Dark Knight Returns. The Killing Joke was good, but was one of my least favorite ...more
Oct 02, 2013
Nov 04, 2012
 
Saga, Volume 1
4.32
Amazing. Like Avatar but not shitty. I usually don't notice this as much with comics, but I LOVE the art as well.
Mar 05, 2015
Mar 04, 2015
 
Neonomicon
3.42
Not too bad... not what I expect from Moore, but it definitely did some cool stuff with the Lovecraft universe. There IS a pretty strong undercurrent ...more
Oct 14, 2014
Oct 14, 2014
 
Thank You, Jeeves (Jeeves, #5)
4.26
Silly and fun. The whole blackface thing is a bit cringeworthy in retrospect, but hey, it's hardly surprising.
Jun 03, 2015
Jun 03, 2015
 
The Golem and the Jinni
4.08
It's a well-written book, but it didn't really excite me in any way... the middle third of the book isn't that well-paced, and the end didn't really w ...more
Jan 02, 2015
Dec 14, 2013
 
Swamp Thing, Vol. 6: Reunion
4.32
I was a little bummed by the final volume in Alan Moore's Swamp Thing. Not that it isn't still head and shoulders above most other comics, but after t ...more
Jul 25, 2014
Jul 25, 2014
 
Bruce
3.94
Obviously, if you're reading this, you're going to be a fairly huge Bruce fan, so in that sense, it's hard to really dislike this. That said, I found ...more
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
 
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
4.27
So this was very good, but I think I'm keeping it down at four stars for a number of reasons (And yes, there are some spoilers in here):

First, I like
...more
Feb 28, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
 
Alan Moore's the Courtyard
3.48
I got SUPER psyched when I heard that Moore had done stories based on Lovecraft, and I suppose this didn't disappoint - I'm still planning on reading ...more
Oct 13, 2014
Oct 13, 2014
 
The Glass Castle
4.21
Really incredible. It was incredible how deftly she portrayed the switch between believing in her father and the tall tales he told, the magical world ...more
May 30, 2014
May 30, 2014
 
On Bullshit
3.49
A somewhat interesting meditation on bullshit. His main point is that bullshit isn't concerned with truth, it simply exists to service the ego and adv ...more
Sep 19, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
 
Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
4.30
I initially started reading this because I absolutely love Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" speech in the first chapter. And I still do. Perhaps this book ...more
Mar 16, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
 
The World Without Us
3.79
Pretty good. He takes his premise and carries it pretty much all the way to the end, which, as long as you can handle some of the minutia he goes into ...more
Mar 10, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
I don't know how to feel about these books. I love the genre, and I enjoy the reading, but I find the premise and execution silly and heavy-handed som ...more
Dec 21, 2012
Dec 21, 2012
 
The War of the Worlds
3.76
Awesome book. Glad I finally read this. I'm on a bit of a classic sci-fi kick, so I read this right after reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and I ...more
Oct 08, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
 
Different Seasons
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
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.00
As a consumer of zombie literature, I think I can safely say that, with the possible exception of "The Walking Dead" comic series, this is the best zo ...more
Nov 24, 2011
Nov 23, 2011
 
Holy Bible: King James Version
4.41
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
 
Super Sad True Love Story
3.44
I'm a little torn about how I feel about this. I heard about the book by looking at the "dystopian" category on Wikipedia, and it sounded good. I wasn ...more
Sep 19, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
3.97
I'm not entirely sure how to view this one. First off, it's beautifully written. I'd definitely like to read more by this guy. And I never quite got t ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
 
Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3)
3.95
I really hope she keeps churning out books like these. This ranks in second place so far, right behind In the Woods, but you don't really need to read ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
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