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The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
3.95
I really loved this book, the first of the Bartimaeus Trilogy.

It's tempting to compare the book to the Harry Potter series. Young boy. Magic. Sneaking...more
Nov 2007
Nov 18, 2007
 
Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet
4.04
I was doubtful at first -- Armstrong seemed to be biased too much in the other way (i.e. going out of her way to portray Islam in a good light to coun...more
May 2007
May 07, 2007
 
Love in the Time of Cholera
3.86
I had mixed feelings about this book. The theme of love manifesting itself in physical ways, like a disease akin to cholera, was interesting, and I li...more
Aug 2007
May 13, 2007
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)
4.57
7.21.07
Perhaps this review comes too soon after finishing the book, but for now, I am amazed. I waited - senselessly, thanks to Harvard Sq hoping to c...more
Jul 2007
Jul 20, 2007
 
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
3.82
This book is absolutely fantastic. It's history, but it reads like a thrilling novel, and it's incredibly well written.

The book centers around the ki...more
Aug 2007
Aug 09, 2007
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.70
My first impression of the book was one of annoyance at the superfluous use of parentheticals and analogies. I know the style was supposed to be a con...more
Nov 2007
Oct 01, 2007
 
The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
4.20
The Race Beat tells the story of the press, its coverage of the civil rights movement, and its importance in effecting change by bringing to the natio...more
Nov 06, 2007
Sep 28, 2007
 
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
4.01
My initial impression upon reading the Introduction was, whoa, HOLD it there, those are some bold claims you're making. The author's essential thesis:...more
Sep 2007
Aug 09, 2007
 
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
4.05
After months of reading, I finally finished Dower's Pulitzer Prize winning _Embracing Defeat_. At times I felt Dower's different tangents did not conn...more
Jul 2007
May 08, 2007
 
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
3.90
This is the best book I have read all year -- and I've read some good ones since starting on my reading binge. The characters are absolutely wonderful...more
Jul 2007
May 13, 2007
 
The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
4.35
At first, I was afraid the book might be a victim of 20/20 hindsight, but the author dispelled those fears with this well-researched, well-argued piec...more
Dec 2007
Oct 01, 2007
 
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
4.20
This book is simultaneously inspiring, discomforting, moving, and disturbing. I laughed and cried and smiled and exclaimed, "Paul Farmer must be God o...more
Jul 2007
May 13, 2007
 
Foundation (Foundation, #1)
4.04
I loved the ideas in this book (my first exposure to Asimov). The concept of the Foundation, of psychohistory, of Seldon crises -- it was all incredib...more
Aug 2007
Aug 10, 2007
 
The Painted Bird
3.94
This controversial book is not for the faint of heart. And it's definitely not a 'holiday season' read. The crude coupling of the young, innocent prot...more
Sep 2007
Aug 31, 2007
 
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
3.60
The story was compelling and the writing was good, but something about the way author Kim Edwards dwelled on certain themes bothered me. Fluidity in t...more
Sep 2007
Aug 09, 2007
 
Winkie
3.07
I picked up the book randomly because it had an interesting premise -- the gov't picks up an old teddy bear on charges of terrorism, etc. In the hands...more
Aug 2007
Aug 09, 2007
 
Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial & America's Continuing Debate Over Science & Religion
3.86
Well-written, interesting narrative history on the famous Scopes trial, containing fascinating tidbits on everyone's favorite characters (Darrow and W...more
Mar 2007
May 08, 2007
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.92
A time travel love story. It seems like such a hokey premise, but Niffenegger pulls it off both tastefully and beautifully. The characters are rich an...more
Jul 2007
Jun 29, 2007
 
War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War
4.02
A well-argued, well-written treatise on the use of race in WW2 propaganda (by the U.S. and Japan). Contains a great section of political cartoons from...more
Feb 2007
May 08, 2007
 
The Namesake
3.92
There was nothing special about the actual writing -- it was readable, but not particularly subtle. The story was what really resonated with me. A fun...more
May 2007
May 08, 2007
 
Alchemist
3.75
I'll save my impressions/thoughts on this book for the first meeting of my book club.

But let's just say... I've found my Personal Legend, and it is to...more
Nov 2007
Jul 12, 2007
 
The Black Man's Burden: Africa and the Curse of the Nation-State
3.74
Whatever the author had to offer from the book was lost on me. Fighting to stay awake through the dry, boring prose was an uphill and, ultimately, los...more
Mar 2007
May 07, 2007
 
Prelude to Foundation (Foundation: Prequel, #1)
3.93
This book seemed slow and aimless, but it all tied together in the end, more or less. I kind of didn't like how the Foundation series tied into the Ro...more
Sep 2007
Sep 17, 2007
 
Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism
3.79
For a book with such a title, it didn't really contribute much to my understanding of either fundamentalism or evangelicalism.
Feb 2007
May 08, 2007
 
Brave New World
3.92
As far as dystopian future books go, I liked 1984 better, and I much preferred Atwood's Handmaid's Tale.
Jul 2007
Jun 29, 2007
 
Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus, #3)
4.22
Really, really fantastic.

This puts the Bartimaeus Trilogy over the Harry Potter series in my book.
Nov 2007
Nov 18, 2007
 
Foundation's Edge (Foundation, #4)
3.99
I liked Golan Trevize a lot.

But I was expecting better from some of the other characters.
Oct 2007
Sep 17, 2007
 
Lolita
3.85
Nabokov writes beautifully, and Humbert Humbert's observations are often hilarious.
Jul 2007
Jun 29, 2007
 
Running with Scissors
3.65
Hilarious at times, disturbing at others. Most of all, bizarre, but a very fun read.
May 2007
May 08, 2007
 
Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2)
4.17
I love the Mule. I can't help loving the Mule. This is a series for the Converted.
Sep 2007
Aug 16, 2007
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