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Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health
2.31
it was amazing
Reading it made me high.
not set
Jan 16, 2008
 
Sunset Song (A Scots Quair, #1)
3.91
it was amazing
This book was included in the 100 Best Scottish Books (Willy Maley and the Scottish Book Trust and others in 2005), and according to the Wikipedia art ...more
May 23, 2008
Dec 27, 2007
 
On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious
3.90
it was amazing
Made me high reading it.
not set
Jan 01, 2008
 
Jane and Prudence
3.87
it was amazing
It took a while for me to stop making comparisons with Patrick Hamilton (as there are some similarities I suppose) but I am now appreciating Barbara P ...more
Jan 30, 2009
Jan 01, 2008
 
Foundation (Foundation #1)
4.12
liked it
Couldn't believe all that smoking in the future.

Totally inconsequential but this book and the previous one that I read, The Driver's Seat, both make m
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Jan 11, 2009
Nov 27, 2008
 
The New Buddhism: A Rough Guide to a New Way of Life
3.65
it was amazing
Very inspiring book. Very convincing, very well researched (at least I thought so anyway—I learned a lot).

I'm new to Buddhism and this book has appri
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May 28, 2008
 
Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power
4.34
it was amazing
The first part of the book about the Highland Clearances had me, as a sassenach, feeling slightly uncomfortable. Also I'm too much of a rationalist to ...more
not set
Feb 01, 2009
 
Eunoia
4.13
Until now, not that I'd thought of it much, it had never been clear to me why anyone would want to write a novel without any e vowels in it (or was it ...more
not set
Jan 24, 2009
 
The Driver's Seat
3.64
did not like it
Intrigued about this book from other's comments and reviews. This is where GR comes into its own.

At least it's only 100 pages long. Miss Spark has a c
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not set
Dec 24, 2008
 
Living My Life
4.28
really liked it
At the Martha Rosler library until 9th November whenever I'm down Cockburn Street. Actually it's a two volume Dover edition.

The library is open until
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Aug 16, 2008
 
The Last Temptation
4.14
it was amazing
A very vivid retelling, reimagining of the story of Jesus of Nazareth. I found the approach Kazantzakis took, where there was a great deal of uncertai ...more
Dec 15, 2008
Oct 09, 2008
 
Zen for Beginners
3.59
really liked it
As good as anything else out there I suppose. More slanted toward Rinzai Zen. A quick, fun read.
Jul 27, 2008
Jul 27, 2008
 
The Mermaids Singing (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #1)
3.98
it was ok
Grisly, but otherwise uninteresting.
not set
Dec 30, 2007
 
Granny Made Me an Anarchist: General Franco, The Angry Brigade and Me
4.05
really liked it
The story of a young Scot who wishes to do something to settle Franco's hash. Franco, after all, was the last of the Axis fascist dictators who someho ...more
not set
Jul 19, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
4.44
did not like it
Actually I did buy this book for my goddaughter and she enjoyed it and went on to read the whole series.

One can reasonably doubt that "Harry Potter a
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not set
Jan 27, 2008
 
Buddhism: A Short History
3.16
it was ok
This is a very short history indeed. 2500 years in 125 pages. I need to read more about Buddhism in China during the Tang dynasty I think.

Although th
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Sep 30, 2008
Jun 22, 2008
 
Black Watch
3.76
it was ok
I heard a performance of this play on BBC Radio 3 last year and it came across as a powerful piece. The play has toured the world (or at least the US ...more
Sep 06, 2008
Jun 14, 2008
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.89
it was amazing
Confederacy of Dunces: A Virtual Tour

A Confederacy of Dunces

British performer and writer Stephen Fry was at one point commissioned to adapt Toole's bo
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Feb 08, 2008
Dec 25, 2007
 
Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into Civilization's End
3.30
really liked it
Entertaining and scary. It mostly focusses on science, some of it is not mainstream although seemingly reputable.

Got me wanting to find out more abou
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not set
Jun 16, 2009
 
Naming Infinity: A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity
3.71
it was ok
It's more a history of certain people in the Moscow School of Mathematics, which was interesting enough I suppose.
May 04, 2009
May 02, 2009
 
The Mouse and His Child
3.97
it was amazing
Just before I got to the end of this novel I read The New Buddhism in its entirety. Imagine my surprise when I completed The Mouse and his child, whic ...more
Jun 02, 2008
Dec 27, 2007
 
Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye
4.05
really liked it
Brad does a good job of showing why a Soto Zen practioner should make the effort to read the Shobogenzo.
May 25, 2009
May 18, 2009
 
Paradise Lost
3.80
really liked it
I'm listening to the Naxos audio book production which is being broadcast for the Milton 400th anniversary by BBC Radio 3 over the festive season. The ...more
not set
Feb 03, 2008
 
Bigger Deal: A Year on the New Poker Circuit
3.42
liked it
Holden becomes disillusioned about Poker in the 21st century. BFD!
Apr 02, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
 
Things The Grandchildren Should Know
4.26
really liked it
Brilliant, and not just eels fans would find it so, I'm sure. I thought the bit where Mark, at the end of a week long meditation retreat, saw a newspa ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2008
 
Chronicles, Vol. 1
3.98
it was ok
Two stars means it was ok but apart from the opening and closing sections (the 60s) I didn't really like this. Theme Time Radio Hour works well and gi ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Aug 16, 2008
 
Quine: A Guide for the Perplexed
3.58
This is ahead of me completing the book. I intend to go through this book very slowly because it's been a long time since I read anything like this. I ...more
not set
Nov 09, 2008
 
A Hero of Our Time
4.11
Lermontov had Scottish forebears (Learmonth).

This book is a model for Pnin.

The innovative structure of the novel is very modern, and has inspired seve
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not set
Jan 29, 2008
 
Some People Are Crazy: The John Martyn Story
3.84
did not like it
It's poorly written especially after reading Joe Boyd. I did read up to Solid Air and have decided that great song (and songs from the album) though t ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2008
 
The Idler 36:  Money Madness: Your Money or Your Life?
3.86
it was amazing
Has a short interview with Corrine Maier.

The Idler is an example of a mook (a hybrid of a magazine and a book; ie a thick, well-bound, in-depth, illus
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Jan 23, 2008
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