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Out of Oz (The Wicked Years, #4)
After the third book, I did not have high hopes for the end of the series. The previous books had left too much unfinished - too many characters had d ...more
Nov 07, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
As soon as I started this book, I knew I was going to hate it. The second-person was constantly grating, the "self-help" introductions to each chapter ...more
Jun 09, 2014
Jan 07, 2013
Sag Harbor
It's been a couple years since I read this, but this book still brings back memories every time I see it, and I felt it was time to come back and give ...more
Oct 02, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
Kat Kong
A purrfectly pleasant tale of kitty dominance -- I am pawsitive that this is the best book about a giant cat I've read all year!

Jun 11, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
"Time travel novel." Sounds cheap, right? Some genre hack writing a dime novel that fuses a shoddy theory with poor characterization and thoughtless p ...more
Dec 26, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco
Living in a city can be done in two ways; first, you can merely co-habitate with it. Sure, the city is part of your address and you can find the neare ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
The Story of English in 100 Words
Enjoyable little book about the history of the English language and all of its many sources. An incredibly informative work for those who enjoy readin ...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
American Elsewhere
I'm still not sure what drew me into this book -- that's always the fun, right, those random books you just feel like you MUST read, for no reason at ...more
May 27, 2013
May 23, 2013
The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
From beginning to end, I was impressed by the Diamond Age. Stephenson seemed prescient at times (about everything except tape drive storage) and his w ...more
May 22, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
I believe there is such a thing as being "too close" to the subject material to enjoy a work of fiction, and if that has ever been true for me, it is ...more
Nov 03, 2012
Aug 03, 2012
Station Eleven
This is my favorite post-apocalyptic novel, bar none.

In fact, it felt like this book was written just for me. The characters were lived-in and three-
Sep 13, 2014
Apr 29, 2014
If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript
A unique genre, all it's own: literary programming books.

Here we have a survey of 25 authors, along with a JavaScript programming problem written usi
Oct 29, 2014
Oct 24, 2014
The San Francisco Earthquake
Easy and engaging read about a difficult time period. Not the most comprehensive or unemotional guide to the earthquake, but one based in personal ane ...more
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency
Slack caught my attention mostly due to proximity: it happened to be sitting nearby when I had a few spare minutes. Reading the flap, the main argumen ...more
Jan 31, 2014
Dec 27, 2013
Designing for Emotion
Fantastic short book on the importance of emotion in design. While I've always been a big fan of design, this book helped me think about it in the con ...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 22, 2014
This book has been quite a disappointment. In essence, this is a Tom Clancy novel, but with the interesting Clancy-esque details removed, and tedious ...more
Aug 13, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
American Gods
What does it mean to live in America? What lies at the soul of this country? What are our values? Gaiman’s answers to these questions – profound, arti ...more
Aug 2014
Jan 09, 2011
The Girl With All the Gifts
I’ve often wondered what is so appealing about apocalypses. How can someone be sufficiently satisfied with the human experience that they desire to de ...more
Sep 04, 2014
Jul 07, 2014
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
I have not read a book with such an emotional intensity in a long time. The premise I found rather tired at first -- the whole "walking journey" thing ...more
Jan 2013
Jul 09, 2012
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
One of the best and most original sci-fi books I've read this year. While it seems at first like a very Groundhog Day-esque plot (which, in a way, it ...more
Aug 09, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
The Slow Regard of Silent Things
The writing is beautiful and it's all very lyrical and atmospheric, but not enough happens here, we don't learn or experience enough, to get more than ...more
Dec 29, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
This book was recommended to me from a whole bunch of people, so I couldn't not read it eventually.

I'm impressed how fresh the series seems, despite
Jun 09, 2012
Feb 16, 2011
The Chemickal Marriage (Miss Temple, Doctor Svenson, and Cardinal Chang, #3)
At long last, the saga concludes.

I had been waiting for this ever since the indeterminate ending of book 2 -- could that volume have really been the e
Feb 22, 2013
Jul 02, 2012
Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) (Wool, #1-5)
It's a pretty big jump across the fiction spectrum to go from Carlos Ruiz Zafón to Hugh Howey. I think it's a testament to the strength of the Howey's ...more
Apr 12, 2013
Nov 28, 2012
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
This is a beautiful book. Even in translation, the skill and care that went into every sentence is obvious. The book was able to wring out so many emo ...more
Apr 07, 2013
Jul 04, 2012
Night Film
This was a fantastic read -- very happy I picked it up!

As a fan of Pessl's first book Special Topics in Calamity Physics, I was eager to get my hands
Jun 23, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
The Crying of Lot 49
Since my only other experience with Pynchon was his epic Against the Day, something like five times as long as this, I was unsure what to expect from ...more
Jan 12, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
High Performance JavaScript
A disappointment, but mostly due to its age. When a book features performance testing of Google Chrome versions 1 and 2, you know something's off. Fin ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jun 18, 2012
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower, #4.5)
My 2005 was largely occupied with the reading of Stephen King's Dark Tower series. While it weakened near the end, the series is still one of my favor ...more
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
For a long time, people have always been surprised that I've read none of Neil Gaiman's works. My excuses, "I haven't had time!", or "There's always s ...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 02, 2013
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