The Soft Machine (The Nova Trilogy #1)
3.46
liked it
This book forever burned the words "rectal mucus" into my psyche. Carbolic acid and rectal mucus. Thanks BB!
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Jun 29, 2007
 
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
3.87
it was amazing
After a mysterious blight literally wipes out global populations, one economically/socially/intellectually prominent family manages to survive and per ...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
The Body Has a Head
4.47
it was amazing
This is my all time favorite poetic rendering of the human machine, inside and out from top to bottom. It generously extrappolates on the body mechani ...more
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Oct 30, 2007
 
The Making of a Country Lawyer: An Autobiography
3.85
liked it
this is a surprisingly good book written by a pretty remarkable man
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Jun 30, 2007
 
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
4.01
it was amazing
This book offers a riveting look at how the Americas really may have existed pre European exploration. There are many surprising and counter-intuitive ...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
The Master and Margarita
4.32
it was amazing
One of my absolute favorite books of all time. Strangely, this Russian author is not stark, nor will he confuse his reader with an infinitude of names ...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
The Foundation Trilogy (Foundation, #1-3)
4.39
it was amazing
Such an amazing, visionary, epic work of science fiction! This work takes the reader through a universal plot to save humanity from itself, full of po ...more
not set
Jun 29, 2007
 
The Republic
3.90
really liked it
hard to get into, but definitely worth the time--particularly if you want to better understand the power structure and philosophy of a republic. Also ...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
A Scanner Darkly
4.04
really liked it
It has been a long time since I first read this, but it was such a rich and engaging story, one in which neither the reader nor the protagonist can di ...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
4.08
really liked it
This book broke my heart over and over...in spite of Kundera's blatant misogyny, this book is true to the confusing and misguided nature of the human ...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience
3.69
really liked it
Who knew that Hitler was a vegetarian, environmentalist, animal rights proponent? The Nazi movement was one of the "greenest" political movements in h ...more
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Oct 30, 2007
 
Tao Te Ching: A New English Version
4.31
it was amazing
This book basically kept me going through my freshman year of highschool.

I believe this should be a cornerstone of every conscious person's library.
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Jun 30, 2007
 
The Environmental Policy Paradox
3.41
did not like it
Poorly written and badly edited. Save your money and check out Norman Vig's "Environmental Policy: New Directions for the 21st Century" instead.
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Oct 30, 2007
 
Stranger in a Strange Land
3.90
liked it
After my dad sent me a copy of this book, insisting he had recently re-read it and just was totally bowled over by it all over again, I read it.

It st
...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.89
it was amazing
This is really one of my all-time favorite books. I read it again and again, and I still laugh outloud every time. I have laughed until I cried at Ign ...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
Blindness
4.07
it was amazing
Slightly painful to read, this soon-to-be film (and oh how they will screw it up) is an apocalypse of terrifying proportions: one wrought not of envir ...more
Jun 2008
Jul 06, 2008
 
The City: A Global History
3.39
really liked it
This is a pithy historical account the life and death of cities (and their respective empires) throughout the duration of civilization. Fascinating, a ...more
Jan 2007
Jun 29, 2007
 
The Road
3.95
liked it
Intense, dark, hopelessly grim. Strangely beautiful in spite of an overwhelming hopelessness. I'm not sure how to recommend suck a stark and bitterly ...more
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Sep 22, 2007
 
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
4.00
really liked it
Fun, slightly zany depiction of an apocalypse created by a future mankind too dependent on technology to extricate themselves from its stranglehold.

A
...more
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Jul 06, 2008
 
Smilla's Sense of Snow
3.73
really liked it
A heroine's heroine, I love Smilla so much. The descriptions of snow and ice are heartbreakingly beautiful, and the one graphic sex schene will burn i ...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
Dune (Dune #1)
4.19
really liked it
I read the majority of this book in Mallorca, where it was blisteringly hot and hostile outside. I recommend reading this book in such a place, or dur ...more
not set
Jun 29, 2007
 
The Wasp Factory
3.85
really liked it
I have trouble understanding how much people seemed to recoil from this book. Perhaps they are missing the point that the writing and content is in fa ...more
not set
Jun 29, 2007
 
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1)
4.04
it was amazing
One of my all-time favorites. America has lost one of it's finest writers of childrens' fiction, although I would recommend this to anyone at any age. ...more
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Sep 22, 2007
 
A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1)
3.97
really liked it
The story starts off a little slow, but really picks up speed, and had me aching for the next chapter whenever I had to put it down.

It explores theme
...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.04
it was amazing
One of the most gorgeous books ever written, in my humble opinion. A fantastical chronology of a family wherein magic, love, strife, and disillusion a ...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
3.97
really liked it
From the opening paragraph, I knew that I held in my hands the work of an artist; a real wordsmith. Reading this tale was like eating a perfect creme ...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
The Physician (Cole Family Trilogy, #1)
4.35
it was amazing
I am not a big historical fiction fan, but this book really takes you there and then some! I have rarely been as engrossed with a story as I was with ...more
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Jul 11, 2007
 
The Accursed Share 2-3: The History of Eroticism and Sovereignty
4.15
it was ok
Nowhere near as incisive as "The Accursed Share" this book I picked up and put aside so many times that when a junky stole it I was relieved to no lon ...more
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Jun 29, 2007
 
Gone with the Wind
4.28
really liked it
Have you ever loved a book so much that when you got to the end you wept bitterly because it was over, and you just wanted it to end some other way ev ...more
not set
Jun 29, 2007
 
Green Architecture
4.01
really liked it
The pictures should be bigger. I really mean that. Nevertheless, this is a gorgeous book of sustainable architecture all over the world, from airy ear ...more
not set
Oct 30, 2007
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