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Holidays on Ice
3.95
did not like it
I keep trying to like David Sedaris but I just don’t find him that funny or entertaining. Three books in, he’s like the sad-sack but reasonably witty ...more
Jun 06, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
 
Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It
3.67
it was ok
In a way, I'm surprised I bothered to read this book. I have really played role-playing games since the 80's when I was in high school. But in the las ...more
Mar 05, 2015
Feb 02, 2015
 
Vertical: The Follow-Up to Sideways
3.46
liked it
Read this in January on my trip to St. Paul. Vertical is a passable sequel to Sideways - which I admit to not reading. Like most, I saw the film and l ...more
not set
Mar 25, 2012
 
The Keep
3.43
liked it
Jennifer Egan really caught my attention with her virtuoso writing in A Visit From The Goon Squad so I was excited to try her earlier work. The Keep r ...more
not set
Mar 25, 2012
 
The Princess Diarist
3.67
liked it
**spoiler alert** I'm definitely giving this an extra star out of nostalgia and grief over her recent passing. In the end, it's not that good, but hea ...more
Dec 30, 2016
Dec 30, 2016
 
Ticket to Carcassonne: 21st Century Tabletop Games
3.50
it was ok
Passable primer for newbies

This rambling overview of modern board games is an OK introduction to the hobby for people that don't really know it very w
...more
Oct 16, 2016
Oct 15, 2016
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.64
really liked it
Thanks to the Pulitzer Prizes for drawing my attention to the talented Jennifer Egan. Good Squad is a wonderful mess of a book with shifting perspecti ...more
Jun 04, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
 
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
3.78
No Tina Fey, or Amy Poehler or even Mindy Kaling

All those brilliant comics made me think reading this book would be satisfying. It wasn't. Where Fey
...more
Dec 11, 2016
Dec 04, 2016
 
How Music Works
3.95
really liked it
Such a wonderful book. While I'd be inclined to agree with some criticism of the book (notably, that it could have been better as two separate volumes ...more
Mar 05, 2015
Feb 02, 2015
 
Bossypants
3.94
liked it
An amusing light read that provides a little background on the funny and delightful Tina Fey's life and work. I chucked at how frequently she joked ab ...more
May 25, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
 
How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
3.95
liked it
Amusing but not as funny as the best Oatmeal comics. He keeps to the theme but the single-joke premise that cats are just jerks covered in fur wears t ...more
not set
Dec 30, 2015
 
Star Wars: Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir (2014) #2 (of 4)
4.03
it was amazing
Awesome

When darth maul was captured in the clone wars cartoon, I was disappointed that they did nothing with it, but this comic is the story behind it
...more
Jan 18, 2016
Jan 18, 2016
 
Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs
3.87
really liked it
Excellent book but I'm going to get a physical copy of the revised edition for all the helpful checklist. Also, Dharmesh and his buddy both improperly ...more
May 11, 2015
May 06, 2015
 
Microserfs
3.87
liked it
Not the best of Coupland's books (Gen X or Life After God) but still an amusing tale of working for Microsoft in the early Nineties. He captures the m ...more
May 22, 2011
Apr 18, 2007
 
Inherent Vice
3.71
it was ok
More Tom Robbins than Thomas Pynchon, I found the book rather boring other than the amusing character of Bigfoot Bjornson. It felt like a book I've re ...more
not set
Oct 11, 2014
 
Bleeding Edge
3.56
really liked it
Certainly enjoyed Bleeding Edge a great deal more than Inherent Vice. Pynchon remains magnificently weird even in his late seventies and this daring v ...more
Jan 12, 2015
Oct 11, 2014
 
The Pillars of the Earth
4.29
liked it
Rather a soap opera but a fun yarn.
not set
Oct 31, 2010
 
The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club
3.79
liked it
Fairly interesting companion to 24 Hour Party People

In case you wondered if the excellent film got the facts straight, you can read Hooky's account. T
...more
Feb 10, 2017
Mar 20, 2015
 
Fury
3.29
liked it
Fury is an interesting book in that it explored something that always fascinates me - a moment in someone's life when something unthinkable pops into ...more
May 2007
May 28, 2007
 
Timequake
3.71
liked it
I am currently re-reading this novel in honor of Vonnegut. It certainly is not his finest book but it was his last novel-thing (I say that since it is ...more
Jul 2005
Apr 18, 2007
 
Ready Player One
4.31
liked it
Great idea, some fun details, but not very well written or implemented. Long, boring bits to fill out what is probably going to be a solid screenplay. ...more
not set
Oct 19, 2013
 
Cat's Cradle
4.18
it was amazing
My favorite Vonnegut novel and one strange piece of writing. I wish Vonnegut had been in my karass.
Sep 1992
Apr 18, 2007
 
Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
3.81
it was amazing
Read #2 of this monumental book on games
Jun 25, 2016
Jul 01, 2015
 
The Taming of the Shrew
3.82
it was amazing
None
not set
Aug 19, 2007
 
Class: A Guide Through the American Status System
3.96
really liked it
None
not set
Apr 18, 2007
 
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
3.95
it was ok
None
not set
Aug 19, 2007
 
Ubik
4.10
really liked it
None
Jul 27, 2015
Jul 22, 2015
 
The Ophiuchi Hotline
3.88
liked it
None
not set
Aug 19, 2007
 
Second Foundation (Foundation #3)
4.23
liked it
None
not set
Aug 19, 2007
 
Invisible Cities
4.19
it was amazing
None
not set
Aug 19, 2007
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