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Rising Phoenix (Mark Beamon, #1)
3.79
I started this in preparation for a plane trip -- and tossed it. It all seemed too heavy handed and predictable. Have read other Mills books, and stop ...more
not set
Jan 04, 2010
 
The Art of Reading
3.25
Some good bits, but the breathy narration and convoluted lit-crit speak limited my enjoyment. The author refers frequently to other books he wrote, al ...more
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 26, 2013
 
The Typewriter Is Holy: The Complete, Uncensored History of the Beat Generation
3.91
The Beat Generation is over when the hippies came in. After reading this and the Harvard Psychedelkcs, I'm glad. Drug and alcohol infused creativity a ...more
May 2014
May 10, 2014
 
On the Water
3.72
Thin book about two young rowers, one from the "wrong side of the canal" and the other apparently rich and Jewish. They are coached by strange German ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 12, 2011
 
Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning
4.24
Good. My edition was Kindle. No pics, no index, and there's not strong organization to the book, so one finds repetition and some frustration. But the ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 01, 2011
 
Bury Your Dead (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #6)
4.33
This book is closely linked to Brutal Telling, its predecessor. Read that one first. Bury links stories of de Champlain and old Quebec, as well as Thr ...more
Sep 15, 2013
Sep 21, 2013
 
Hit Me (Keller, #5)
3.73
Another satisfying Keller the stamp collector cum hit man novel. Light hearted amidst its murder and mayhem. These aren't really mysteries, and certai ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
 
The Son
3.97
Some call this book of the year, others a potboiler. I am thankful it was a library copy, that I wasn't stuck on a long flight with it as my only choi ...more
Jun 2013
Jun 17, 2013
 
Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance, #2)
3.95
Simple stuff, good airplane fare on Kindle, all law except for some stock (mostly drunk or curmudgeonly) characters and "asshole" opposing attorneys. ...more
Nov 13, 2013
Nov 10, 2013
 
The Late Middle Ages
4.27
Since I'd listened to Early and High (rather than Middle Middle) series, I am finishing it up. The post-Roman to before Renaissance period was always ...more
May 2011
May 15, 2011
 
Stone Cold (Joe Pickett, #14)
4.10
Familiar characters. A little less of the anti-something rants that populate other books in the series. Leaves some things unexplained and has some we ...more
Apr 03, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
 
A Study of Taijiquan
4.21
Historical reference. Somewhat difficult to get much out of it. "The arm appears bent but is not bent; it appears straight but is not straight." The p ...more
Jan 2012
Oct 12, 2012
 
Requiem
4.05
I liked this book. No need for spoiler alert -- there isn't much plot, or overt conflict, no big surprises or catharsis. This book is a travel across ...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
 
Attila the Hun
3.43
I can't recommend it. The narrative doesn't hold together well. Most critically, where there are descriptions of "treasure" and Hun archery, wouldn't ...more
Jan 07, 2015
Jan 02, 2015
 
Dead or Alive (Jack Ryan Jr., #2)
3.74
The political side is a little too "know it all" and painting those liberals with a broad brush. All the heroes are really heroic. Obviously not great ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 27, 2011
 
Zen in Motion: Lessons from a Master Archer on Breath, Posture, and the Path of Intuition
4.00
Brief, but interesting if you are a practitioner. Not zen in the art of archery or a path to wisdom sort of book; it's more about alignment. Motion is ...more
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 10, 2012
 
Bad Country: A Novel
3.75
Excited to see a new voice in Western mystery, but this book didn't grab me. The author can write; this isn't cliches and fluff. The setting was done ...more
Nov 30, 2014
Nov 18, 2014
 
Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion
3.87
Interesting chronological walk through of Esalen. Lots of familiar names like Al Huang, Capra, Perls, Rolf, George Leonard, Maslow, Gia Fu Feng, along ...more
Aug 15, 2014
Jun 02, 2014
 
Starting out in the evening
3.51
I'm sure the writer hates the comparison, but it's Philip Roth -- New York Jewish writer, not very successful, and a young woman writing her thesis on ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Dec 14, 2008
 
The Troubled Man (Wallander, #11)
3.95
Last in Wallander series, as he faces "age" at 60, memory lapses, and considers his past, while solving a mystery that seems to coincide with that oth ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 14, 2011
 
París
3.88
I gave up. The turn of 20th century Paris stuff and WWI is ok, but the lookback to earlier time aren't, and I just don't care who has "noble" blood an ...more
Aug 24, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
 
Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body: Chi Gung for Lifelong Health (Tao of Energy Enhancement Series)
3.85
Guy has a detailed bio of long training sessions. Can't expect "five minutes to peace, flexibility, and super strength here." It's worth taking some t ...more
not set
Jun 12, 2009
 
The Paris Wife
3.76
Seems like a watered down version of movable feast, with lots of name dropping, and female emotion larded on. Picked it up because I saw Midnight in P ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 10, 2011
 
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work
3.72
OK. I can't disagree that being a motorcycle mechanic might be a good thing, and that the decline in school shop and the general attitude steers peopl ...more
not set
Dec 28, 2009
 
Mind Over Water: Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing
3.64
It is indeed about rowing in an 8. Enjoy the pace and style of the book. Rowing is the amateur, untelevised sport, mostly about training. In 8s, it is ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 14, 2011
 
The Turnaround
3.66
Positive: I liked the DC and environs setting. GP writes with skill.

Negative: I could take the whole monkey dance/drug culture theme.

Don't think I'l
...more
Sep 2011
Sep 27, 2011
 
Fat Ollie's Book (87th Precinct #52)
3.70
Put this in "tried to read". It was mentioned in a book on detective fiction some borrowed a copy. Not for me. I've never finished an 87th precinct bo ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 10, 2012
 
The Modern Scholar: Detective Fiction: From Victorian Sleuths to the Present
3.42
Can't recommend it. It seems like a catalogue of books and authors. Lots of categories and definitions. I feel like I should be taking notes for a qui ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 02, 2012
 
Emerson�s Transcendental Etudes
3.79
Expected something readable. I am reasonably familiar with Emerson, and with original philosophy. Perhaps I am less familiar with books about philosop ...more
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 26, 2013
 
Prayer of the Dragon (Inspector Shan, #5)
4.20
Interesting, atmospheric story set in Tibet, and yes, it seems a little like Hillerman writes again. But it is slow going and the hardcover (and its p ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 21, 2011
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