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Blood And Gold (The Vampire Chronicles, #8)
Not the worst (see 'Memnoch' for that) but certainly the most boring of all the Chronicles so far. I pretty much gave up on the series after 'Queen', ...more
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Jul 29, 2011
Media Culture: Cultural Studies, Identity and Politics Between the Modern and the Post-Modern
This would otherwise be a great introduction to critical cultural studies, but the examples are hopelessly outdated. None of the current cohort of my ...more
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Jul 29, 2011
Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A Pelican Introduction (Pelican Books)
I am not an expert in the field, but I find it curious that the (mainstream) history of revolutionary Russia has been completely monopolised by right ...more
Feb 25, 2015
Feb 25, 2015
The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present
It's a BIG book that took me quite while to finish, but worth all the effort. The contemporary American essays were my favourites, mostly because I'm ...more
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Jul 29, 2011
The End of History and the Last Man
Prophecy is a tricky business. In the 20+ years since the publication of The End of History, liberalism has managed to become (or more accurately, has ...more
Oct 03, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain
A fierce, fantastic book. Based on solid ethnographic work, yet personal and written in an accessible way. Some will decry it as political. Well, hell ...more
Mar 23, 2015
Mar 09, 2015
What Should We Tell Our Daughters?: The Pleasures and Pressures of Growing Up Female
A very important topic and a promising title and cover blurb. However, the book reads like a 300-page academic literature review. If you've ever read ...more
Dec 27, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
Mikä vasemmistoa vaivaa?
Todella kummallinen kirja. Hyvin kirjoitettu ja symptiseeraan kirjoittajaa motivaatiota kirjan kirjoittamiseen. Mutta... Suurin osa tekstistä menee se ...more
Feb 20, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
Äärioikeisto Suomessa: Vastarintamiehiä ja metapolitiikkaa
Hyvä peruspaketti, joka tarkastelee radikaalin oikeiston ilmiötä kansainvälisesti--oikea näkökulma sosiaalisen median ja verkostoituneisuuden aikakaud ...more
Jun 30, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music around the World
I devoured this in three days which says a lot about the fascinating cases and arguments in this book. Yet, I felt it didn't quite deliver what I expe ...more
Aug 15, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
Tulevaisuuden politiikkaa - Kuinka lisätä vapautta ja toimia toisin
Hyvää pohdintaa kansallisesta politiikasta osana eurooppalaista ja globaalia politiikkaa. Mutta kovin ovat varovaisia Patomäen poliittiseen taloustiet ...more
Oct 27, 2013
Oct 29, 2013
Rethinking History
Interesting brief--some would say revisionist--take on the question 'what is history'. For a sociologist with an interest in history a lot here seems ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
Vihreä politiikka
Ristiriitainen lukukokemus. Kaupunkiasioissa Soininvaara on vakuuttavimmillaan eikä perustulokaan kuulosta huonolta. Häiritsevää kuitenkin on yhtäältä ...more
Nov 17, 2013
Nov 17, 2013
What Is Constructionism? Navigating Its Use In Sociology
This is a lucid introduction, but problematic in several ways. First, the author's guiding idea of contrasting 'Objective Social Constructionism' and ...more
Oct 19, 2013
Oct 19, 2013
Rotten Rejections
Big disappointment. I'd read quotes from this book elsewhere and thought it would be fun. Yes, it is to a point, but when you realise that 85% of the ...more
May 07, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
Comrades: Communism   A World History
Interesting. I thought Service's biographies of Lenin and Stalin were very good, putting the personalities in the context of their times, as an academ ...more
Sep 08, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune of 1871
Merriman's succinct history focuses on the defence of Paris during the fateful weeks. Mini-biographies of participants, both working class and the bou ...more
Jan 20, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
Academic Writing and Publishing: A Practical Handbook
This would be more appropriately called the handbook of academic writing research. The advice is backed with solid research evidence (most of the time ...more
Jul 08, 2013
Jul 07, 2013
The Many Altars of Modernity: Toward a Paradigm for Religion in a Pluralist Age
I always felt disappointed that Berger simply renounced his version of the secularisation thesis back in 1999, without actually reflecting on the theo ...more
Jan 20, 2015
Jan 09, 2015
The Noise Of Solemn Assemblies Christian Commitment And The Religious Establishment In America
For the record: the book is written by Peter L. Berger, not 'Gerger'. It's his first written book, although The Precarious Vision was published earlie ...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
Developing Research Questions: A Guide for Social Scientists
There's far too little attention paid to the formulation of research questions in most of the over-saturated research skills literature. I think White ...more
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Jul 29, 2011
Capitalism: A Very Short Introduction
Fulcher takes the historical approach, which makes the short book very readable. Like with many other topics in the series, being published in 2004 ma ...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
The Islamist Phoenix: The Islamic State (ISIS) and the Redrawing of the Middle East
Based on mostly journalistic accounts and clearly written with a sense of haste (understandably), this is nevertheless an important summary of the eme ...more
Jan 11, 2015
Jan 05, 2015
The Paris Commune: A Revolution in Democracy
Written from a Marxist perspective, the book is sympathetic to the commune and scathing about the atrocities committed by the Versailles government. A ...more
Sep 11, 2013
Sep 04, 2013
The 32 Stops: The Central Line
I see people moaning about uninspired writing here. Well, this is different from the other books in the series. 'Hard facts' don't easily translate in ...more
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
The Dracula Tape (Dracula Series, #1)
The basic idea is intriguing, and after having read quite a bunch of bad vampire fiction lately, I looked forward to reading this a lot. Well, it turn ...more
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Jul 29, 2011
Conspirator: Lenin in Exile
'Conspirator' has two interesting aspects: First, it's a good guide for staking out Lenin's haunts around Europe. Second, and more importantly, it shi ...more
Oct 31, 2013
Oct 13, 2013
Mao: The Unknown Story
The first sentence of the book tells us that Mao was responsible for 70 million peacetime deaths during his reign--more than any other 20th century le ...more
May 21, 2013
May 01, 2013
Revan (Star Wars: The Old Republic, #1)
Sorry. Not good. Obviously the author's hands were bound by the game framework and people are bound to be disappointed by the portrayal of characters ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
To the Devil a Daughter (Molly Fountain, #1) (Black Magic, #4)
This was plain awful, even by Wheatley standards. Not even the anachronistic sexism, racism and commie-baiting was remotely interesting this time. It ...more
Dec 03, 2012
Jul 29, 2011
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