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Being and Nothingness
3.91
I picked up this book in the summer of 1985. Over the next three years I read and reread it seven times. Once I realized it was going to be a multiple...more
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Feb 17, 2012
 
Paradise Lost
3.77
I have read this book at least 10 times. Oh, I've read it more times than that. I was introduced to "Paradise Lost" by the professor of my Sophomore l...more
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Jan 29, 2012
 
The Lord of the Rings The Collector Edition
4.43
I have read this at least 13 times. My first time was in middle school during the 70s. My friends kept talking about "The Lord of the Rings" and "The...more
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Jan 29, 2012
 
The Atlas of Middle-Earth
4.11
It is hard to believe that I haven't written a review of this wonderful book. The "Atlas of Middle-earth" is one of those resources that help to open...more
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Jan 24, 2012
 
The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)
3.79
I have read this book at least 6 times.

I had been avoiding it since it came out in 1977. I always really wished Tolkien had written more. But, I coul...more
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Jan 29, 2012
 
Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-Earth
3.92
There is more going on in this book than merely showing the reader that J.R.R. Tolkien's Christianity is present in The Lord of the Rings. I read this...more
Mar 31, 2013
Feb 07, 2012
 
Walden
3.77
I think I had to read this 6 times before I came to love it. I believe I have read it around 11 times.

"Walden" was required reading in 12th grade Ame...more
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Jan 23, 2012
 
Tales from Shakespeare
3.92
The tales in this volume are written for children and have become literature in their own right.

Writing the stories was a project for Mary Lamb while...more
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Feb 29, 2012
 
The Naked Communist
4.12
Ha! I found this piece of 1950s propaganda in the Bartlesville public library during the 1990s. It is pretty jingoistic and a product of its time.
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Feb 20, 2012
 
The Loom of Language: An Approach to the Mastery of Many Languages
4.25
This book is a product of its time. The author was multilingual but not a linguist. The book was written right after WWII. The author's purpose was to...more
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Feb 07, 2012
 
The Return of the Shadow: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part One (The History of Middle-Earth, #6)
3.96
Reading "The History of Middle-earth" books make me think of the commentary and 'special features' on DVD movies. The difference is that the writer/di...more
May 31, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.40
This is an excellent book for long time Edgar Rice Burroughs fans. It isn't that I see an influence. I don't. What I see is that same ability to tell...more
Mar 17, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
 
Think on These Things
4.36
I believe liberal arts colleges should be giving copies of this book to every prospective student they come into contact with. One of the many things...more
Jan 18, 2013
Mar 07, 2012
 
Autobiography of a Yogi
4.18
This is my second time through this book. I love it.

I read this book because Paramahansa Yogananda refers to it often in "Essence of the Bhagavad Gita...more
Mar 13, 2013
Mar 13, 2013
 
Bhagavad Gita
4.06
I read this for the first when I was in high school. I have no idea how many times I have reread it over the years. It always seem so right. And, it i...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
 
Silmarillion
3.79
7th or 8th time to reread this book. It is more beautiful each time I read it.

It shows a world in which the power of evil appears to be all powerful....more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
 
Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson’s Dictionary
3.77
Hitchings' book is as much a promotion of Johnson's dictionary, as a piece of literature to read, as it is a biography of Dr. Johnson. It does both we...more
Mar 04, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
 
On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason
3.89
I have just finished reading both titles in this hideous volume that I bought through Amazon books titled "On the Fourfold Root of he Principle of Suf...more
Mar 08, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
 
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
3.40
It amazes me to think that this book went essentially unread during Melville's life, after he had already experienced literary celebrity for earlier w...more
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Feb 03, 2012
 
The Basic Formulas of Fiction
4.25
This book is both a sleeper and also an important book for explaining the craft of writing fiction. I say it is a sleeper because it is easy to dismis...more
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Mar 07, 2012
 
Republic
3.85
It has been a few years since I have read a translation of Plato's "The Republic". I picked up the Reeve translation in a university bookstore while I...more
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Jan 23, 2012
 
You Can't Win
4.39
This is a fun book. It reads like an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, which makes sense because it was first published in 1926. It presents itself as an ev...more
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Jan 27, 2012
 
The Laws of Plato
4.08
"The Laws of Plato" translated by Thomas Pangle is a difficult but amply worthwhile read. The volume contains a lengthy "Interpretive Essay", by the t...more
Oct 28, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
 
The Grifters
4.02
"The Grifters" is my favorite Jim Thompson novel. This superably crafted book is character driven, provides a riveting plot, and gives us a rich pictu...more
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Feb 03, 2012
 
Mixing Tracks
4.71
This is what I was hoping for when I gathered the work of Jan Steckel. I am a Thomas Pynchon fan and some of Steckel's poetry that I read on line caus...more
Aug 08, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
 
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
4.17
I picked this up because it is small and had an endorsement on the cover that said it was among the top 10 most important Christian books to read from...more
Mar 29, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
 
China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
3.99
"China Road" would fit comfortably on the shelf with John Stienbeck's "Travels with Charley" and "Earth Odyssey" by Mark Hertsgaard. In "China Road" t...more
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
 
Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)
4.02
The book is about the only professional wizard in the United States. Essentially he is a private investigator. It takes place in Chicago during our pr...more
Mar 16, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
 
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base
3.68
A reader who is interested in the role of Area-51 to conspiracy theories about the alien wreckage from Roswell, New Mexico will be able to add this bo...more
Oct 27, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
 
Ruse, Vol. 1: Enter the Detective
3.84
Things I liked about this graphic novel: The idea of a Sherlock Holmes type with a beautiful assistant. She was doing all of the right things as far a...more
Mar 05, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
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