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Angels & Demons  (Robert Langdon, #1)
3.80
This was Brown's book before the infamous "The Da Vinci Code." In many ways, this book was like a rough draft for "The Da Vinci Code", same character ...more
May 2007
Oct 22, 2007
 
Wuthering Heights
3.79
I have a confession: I never read this book in high school, so this is the first time I’ve read it.

This is a stellar book. Heathcliff is a ‘moral pois
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Jan 2006
Oct 14, 2007
 
Dandelion Wine (Green Town, #1)
4.06
Recently while moving bookcases, books and furniture around, I came across my copy of Dandelion Wine .

I had read it once, years ago, during my own pe
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Sep 2006
Oct 16, 2007
 
Jane Eyre
4.07


I commenced reading this novel with the idea that I had read this before fixed in my mind. It is in my nature to re-read books, so I thought nothing o
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May 2006
Oct 14, 2007
 
Cryptonomicon
4.24
**spoiler alert** Arrgh! I don't remember a book that I both liked and didn't like this much!

Alright, a quick intro snipped from Amazon:

"Cryptonomicon
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Aug 2007
Oct 16, 2007
 
Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero
3.73
Thackeray's opus is a wonder. Long, yes, but so very good in so many ways.

He's part Oscar Wilde, part Jonathan Swift, with a dash of Dickens, but all
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Feb 2007
Oct 22, 2007
 
The Divine Comedy
4.04
T. S. Eliot: "Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them, there is no third."

Dante's magnus opus exceeds my weak grasp to illuminate.
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Oct 2009
Oct 09, 2009
 
She
3.60
This is my third Haggard novel I've read, and it's a top notch, ripping yarn. Although similar to other Haggard's creations, (such as lost civilizatio ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 14, 2013
 
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess
3.81
Ah Chess. The game of Kings, and king of games.

A game that I, sadly, haven't really touched since high school.


I had played the game in middle school a
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Oct 2007
Oct 22, 2007
 
How to Think Straight: An Introduction to Critical Reasoning
3.67
This a great introduction to critical reasoning and thinking.

Get this book. Just like "What the Numbers Say", this is a stellar teaching tool.

I was sh
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Jan 2007
Oct 18, 2007
 
The Histories
3.95
I found this book to be totally fascinating. It was wonderful. Herodotus wasn’t just the father of history, but one of the best raconteurs of the anci ...more
Sep 2007
Oct 23, 2007
 
The Basic Works of Aristotle
4.15
I only read Ethics and Politics from this book. If you want to understand Western thought, read him, Plato and Socrates. Aristotle is the least exciti ...more
Dec 2008
Jan 10, 2009
 
Robur the Conqueror
3.50
Of Verne's stories that I've read, they tend to consist of two major elements, some science fiction and a travelogue. These elements contributed to hi ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 26, 2012
 
The War of the Worlds
3.75
The book, as it is in many, many cases, was better than the movie.

Except for the movie's Death Ray. The book the Martians used a Heat Ray thing. Think
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Feb 2006
Oct 14, 2007
 
The Oresteia
3.96
I had in my mind that the these plays were full of mythology of the pantheon of Greek gods.

There are gods, yes, and other mythological creatures like
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Mar 2007
Oct 22, 2007
 
Stumbling on Happiness
3.77
This book is fantastic! It's one of those that totally makes me think, opens up the mind, and challenges the way I thought about a few things.

So what
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Mar 2008
Apr 18, 2008
 
Awake in the Night Land
4.41
I read the reviews of this on Amazon and thought I have to read it for myself, I figured if it was half as good as they were saying it would be a good ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 30, 2014
 
The Odyssey
3.68
The Odyssey went by much quicker for me than the Iliad. It picks up with Odysseus, hero, king, cunning, quick witted and all around favored by the god ...more
Feb 2005
Oct 15, 2007
 
Ethan Frome
3.30
Although it is a tragedy like "Tess of the d'Urbervilles", it's not the same slow, exquisite train wreck that Tess was.

Wharton's classic is more spars
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Apr 2007
Oct 22, 2007
 
How to Lie with Statistics
3.85
I'm just going to quote the Amazon.com review:

"There is terror in numbers," writes Darrell Huff in How to Lie with Statistics. And nowhere does this t
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Sep 2007
Oct 23, 2007
 
The Merry Wives of Windsor
3.56
Shakespeare, at the request of the Queen, revisited his character Falstaff. The rogue is now older, fatter, low on cash, and concocts a plan to get ac ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 31, 2012
 
Memoirs of a Geisha
4.04


It was decent book, a fairly interesting look at the life of geisha, the characters were developed well enough that they all had distinctive voices an
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Jan 2006
Oct 14, 2007
 
The First Men in the Moon
3.67
I liked the first three-quarters of the book. The science is all wrong, of course, but this is a fine example of a scientific romance. Wells does char ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 23, 2013
 
The Iliad
3.79
The Iliad was a slow read for me. I don’t know if it was because of the translator, or the story, or a bit of both, but I just seemed to slog along in ...more
Feb 2005
Oct 14, 2007
 
Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State
4.04
The thing that impressed me most about this book, aside from Chesterton's genius at writing with paradoxes, was how relevant it still is. The problems ...more
Aug 2013
Aug 19, 2013
 
Peter Pan and Wendy
4.10
Brilliant, magical story for children that all adults need to read. Barrie's way with words is enchanting, and he has a way of turning a sentence into ...more
Oct 2009
Nov 02, 2009
 
The Book of Tea
3.84
More like a long essay than a book, nevertheless it was a delight to read. The author span both his native Japanese culture and Western culture, refer ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 07, 2013
 
Meditations
4.15
This book enthralled me, I have never encountered an Emperor like Aurelius. It was a joy to read him take his personal philosophy of Stoicism and make ...more
Mar 2009
Apr 06, 2009
 
Manalive
4.26
"Man found alive with two legs."

This is the first Chesterton book I've read, and despite it's shortness, vivacity and apparent simplicity of plot, I h
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Apr 2011
Apr 07, 2011
 
Light Infantry Tactics: For Small Teams
3.48
I picked this up on a whim. The author writes in a clear style, not relying on a lot of military jargon or acronyms, even working in some humor.
I was
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Sep 2013
Sep 20, 2013
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