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Towing Jehovah (Godhead, #1)
3.91
By the time I’d finished this book, Morrow had become one of my favorite writers. The philosophy he espouses in his writings is perfectly in tune with...more
not set
Dec 21, 2008
 
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
4.43
I read a lot of this while I was down with mono. And it was the omnibus illustrated hardback edition of LOTR, which in my weakened state I had to heft...more
not set
Dec 20, 2008
 
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
3.70
Although I understand the need to give a lot of page-space to the life of Galileo’s daughter, whose letters contribute much of the narrative of the bo...more
Apr 2003
Dec 20, 2008
 
A Study in Scarlet  (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
4.13
The first Holmes. I was half expecting the character, as presented in his original form, to be the cartoony “elementary, my dear Watson!” shorthand we...more
Aug 2005
Dec 20, 2008
 
John Adams
4.12
This book kick-started an enthusiasm for the American Revolution and the early days of the Union. I can’t believe that I never had much interest in th...more
Oct 2004
Dec 20, 2008
 
A Touch Of Frost (Inspector Frost, #2)
4.07
I started reading these after seeing the David Jason adaptations on TV. The TV version fell pretty far from the tree, as these books are raunchier, fu...more
not set
Dec 21, 2008
 
His Excellency: George Washington
3.91
Whereas David McCullough’s 1776 is effused with the idealism that drove the “spirit of ’76,” Ellis casts a more pragmatic light on the life of Washing...more
Jan 2005
Dec 20, 2008
 
A Killing Frost (Inspector Frost, #6)
4.14
Sad to think that this is the last Frost we're going to get. Like the other Frost books, this one lessens my enjoyment of the TV adaptations a little...more
Jul 02, 2009
Jun 20, 2009
 
The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)
3.94
The story is bookended by scenes of Holmes smacking up with cocaine solution, hence a slightly more relaxed Holmes than in Study in Scarlet. It was ea...more
Jan 2006
Dec 05, 2008
 
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
4.05
So many facets of current evolutionary thinking are explored in this book. Dennett provides mental tools for thinking about evolution as a process of...more
Jun 2005
Dec 20, 2008
 
A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey
3.80
Murphy’s love of movies has inspired me to try to see more this year. I’ve decided that, as supremely funny as Murphy’s cohort Mike Nelson is, I actua...more
Feb 2004
Dec 20, 2008
 
The Selfish Gene
4.12
My first real study of evolution, and my first intro to Dawkins, and I’m better for both. Like most people, I always felt that I “got the gist” of evo...more
not set
Dec 20, 2008
 
Titus Groan (Gormenghast, #1)
3.91
I’d never heard of Peake when I found this in a bookshop in North Carolina, while visiting a friend. I seriously couldn’t believe what I was reading....more
not set
Dec 21, 2008
 
The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity
3.97
A pretty stodgy study of what should have been a very interesting topic. Russell at times sounds like he’s on the verge of preaching to us on the exis...more
Apr 2004
Dec 20, 2008
 
Benjamin Franklin
3.66
Interesting that Franklin is considered the “first American”, considering he held onto his dream that the colonies would remain tied to England until...more
Apr 2005
Dec 20, 2008
 
1776
4.06
McCullough has officially become my favorite writer of history. Here he tells the story of Washington’s campaigns against the British during the fatef...more
Sep 2005
Dec 20, 2008
 
The Philosopher's Apprentice: A Novel
3.42
Morrow's novels satisfy on pretty much every level - wrestling with big questions while keeping you entertained with his sharply written and wonderful...more
Apr 19, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
 
The Eternal Footman (Godhead, #3)
3.74
I read a lot of this in an airport. I’d like to reread it, as my memory of it isn’t as strong as for the previous two books in Morrow’s Godhead Trilog...more
not set
Dec 21, 2008
 
Blameless in Abaddon (Godhead, #2)
3.95
This book was my first exposure to the idea of “theodicy,” defending God’s goodness in the face of the “problem of evil” seen throughout the world he...more
not set
Dec 21, 2008
 
The Devil Rides Out (Duke de Richleau, #6) (Black Magic, #1)
3.83
Wheatley is turning into a guilty pleasure. Hokey, occult-based action, with liberal helpings of Wheatley’s infamous jingoism scattered throughout. Wh...more
not set
Dec 20, 2008
 
The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of the Scientific Age
3.48
Although primarily a vehicle for Horgan’s belief that science, with Darwin and Einstein behind us, has reached the point of diminishing returns and is...more
Jan 2006
Dec 05, 2008
 
The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop
3.37
Read half of this on my honeymoon, after we raided a very cheap used bookstore in a small Maine town. Came out with so many books we had to buy a piec...more
Jan 2006
Dec 05, 2008
 
Wodehouse: A Life
3.81
Almost didn’t pick this up, since I’ve already read Frances Donaldson’s Wodehouse biography, but I’m glad I did. Noticed a few contradiction in McCrum...more
Jan 2006
Dec 05, 2008
 
Winesburg, Ohio
3.83
Assigned to me by my sister, who needed a topic for a school paper. I never feel qualified to critique this kind of “classic” fiction, but I did enjoy...more
not set
Dec 20, 2008
 
A Devil's Chaplain: Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love
3.96
Great read, as Dawkins always is, and as a collection of short pieces it’s much more readable than most of his other books, which tend to be in-depth...more
May 2004
Dec 20, 2008
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.71
Interesting but dodgy historical tidbits, wrapped in a piss-poor “Three Investigators” type action plot. I guess I’m for the DaVinci Code’s popularity...more
Jul 2005
Dec 20, 2008
 
Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, Behind the Texts
3.83
You could see the seams between the sections written by Crossan (the Jesus historian), and the more tedious sections written by Reed (the archaeologis...more
Jun 2003
Dec 20, 2008
 
Dracula
3.94
I’d read this in my teens (along with Frankenstein), but I didn’t remember much of it, and I thought re-reading it around the Halloween season would b...more
not set
Dec 20, 2008
 
The Avram Davidson Treasury: A Tribute Collection
4.24
Davidson wrote some of the richest and most satisfying stories I’ve ever read. It’s shameful that he’s not given the renown he deserves, probably beca...more
not set
Dec 20, 2008
 
The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-first Century
3.53
Wonderful narrative approach to the history of the western world. Takes the history of humanity, from the first stirrings of life in the primordial so...more
May 2004
Dec 20, 2008
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