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Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
I read Alinsky for the first time in graduate school, and pulled his books off the shelf again upon hearing that Barack Obama studied and was influenc ...more
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Jan 18, 2009
The Birthday of the World and Other Stories
Ursula Leguin is a genius at speculative fiction. What she does is create worlds like little tiny machines, with something at the heart of them that d ...more
Nov 03, 2008
Oct 31, 2008
A fast-paced noir detective story, this one boils along nicely with a confused and haunted narrator who's trying to escape a murder that he is unable ...more
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Feb 20, 2010
Millennium Snow, Vol. 2 (Millennium Snow, #2)
I do kind of wish long-running shojo manga series didn't tend to rely on the trope of constantly adding new potential love interests for the heroine ( ...more
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Apr 18, 2009
De Profundis
Written from Reading Gaol, Wilde's thoughts on society, sorrow, and religion make for fascinating reading. You can see his moods and reactions shiftin ...more
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May 21, 2009
Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul
A fun read. Some the essays are mostly discussions of classical philosophical issues with bat-metaphors crammed in ("How does Batman know his batarang ...more
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Dec 15, 2009
Millennium Snow, Vol. 1
The premise of the manga is appealing--vampires must choose a human to be their source, granting them near-immportality. But the vampire Toya hates th ...more
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Apr 17, 2009
36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan
I read this book when we first moved to Japan, about 9 years ago. I decided to re-read it and see if it still seemed insightful to me. It's aged very ...more
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Nov 16, 2008
The Diaries of Jane Somers: The Diary of a Good Neighbor and If The Old Could
These are two novels by Lessing (first published pseudonymously) with the same main character, packaged together.

I much preferred "Diary of a Good Ne
Jan 25, 2014
Sep 06, 2010
Rogue of Gor (Gor, #15)
This book goes through bad and comes out the other side into INSANELY AWESOME. And then keeps going and ends up at...really, really bad. A convoluted ...more
Oct 27, 2008
Oct 11, 2008
The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4)
I ended up very torn by this book, a memoir of the author growing up in Iran during the 1980s and returning (after living in Europe) in the 1990s. It' ...more
May 25, 2010
May 21, 2010
Wings of Fire (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #2)
Second in the detective series about Ian Rutledge, the shell-shocked WWI veteran. There's a beautiful period mood about these books, and Todd has a gi ...more
Jun 03, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
Armies of Light and Dark (Babylon 5: Legions of Fire, #2)
**spoiler alert** It's good to fill in the missing time in the history of the Babylon 5 television show, but I don't like David's take on Vir or on wh ...more
Apr 16, 2010
Mar 28, 2010
Robots and Empire (Robot, #4)
I've chewed through a re-reading of the first four Robot novels in the course of a few days; I would say this review applies to the series as a whole, ...more
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 23, 2014
Pale Kings And Princes (Spenser, #14)
A book so late in the Spenser series might not have been the best to start with, but I was rushed for time and the library had this one. So I don't ha ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
Silver Diamond 20
This review is going to stand in for the whole series, since I gobbled it up all in one gulp and thus have no clear way to divide out the individual c ...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
This is a book I expected to find precious and overly high-concept and ended up enjoying immensely, and thinking about for a long time after I was don ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 01, 2013
Yotsuba&!, Vol. 07 (Yotsuba&! #7)
I recently finished the first seven volumes of this manga series in one delicious giggly bite, so will let this review stand in for all of them. Yotsu ...more
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Sep 06, 2010
Form Line of Battle (Richard Bolitho, #11)
This book in the Bolitho series has its advantages, especially in the beginning, with well-written battle series that don't stint on how random and go ...more
Feb 12, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
When flying across the Pacific Ocean, weary from jetlag and the frenzied pace of modern life, I find the perfect reading to be a book where a characte ...more
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Sep 19, 2010
Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, #4)
It's not often I'd criticize something for being too realistic, but as this series developed, it had a very odd split personality. On the one hand, it ...more
Sep 05, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
My experience of this book was greatly enhanced in some ways by reading an ebook and thus not getting a description of the plot on the back cover, whi ...more
Nov 22, 2013
Nov 21, 2013
Use of Weapons (Culture, #3)
A good example of non-linear storytelling that works, in my opinion. "Use of Weapons" traces the life of its protagonist forward and backward in time ...more
Jul 05, 2011
Jul 02, 2011
チーズスイートホーム 4 (モーニングKCDX (2286))
It might just be that I'm enjoying finally finding a manga I can read in the original Japanese (the target audience is small children, so it's not tha ...more
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Aug 23, 2009
God Save The Child (Spenser, #2)
Spenser's long-term girlfriend makes her debut in this fairly straight-ahead story of a kidnapping and murder. I'm sure she can get quite annoying, bu ...more
Oct 29, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
Too Much Happiness
Something about Munro's writing style really hooks me. It's very clear, lucid prose, free of embellishment, describing things that seem at first very ...more
May 26, 2011
May 23, 2011
Spock, Messiah! (Star Trek Adventures, #3)
A rather ludicrous story seriously marred by painfully outdated attitudes toward gender (a long-running subplot is all about a prim new scientist on t ...more
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Sep 10, 2009
Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps
I love professional wrestling and professional wrestling memoirs for an almost-anthropological glimpse into a world very foreign to me. The world of w ...more
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6)
Figures, I pick up a random book by Raymond Chandler for my first, and discover after finishing it that it's his last book. As a result I appear to ha ...more
Apr 05, 2010
Apr 03, 2010
The Best American Humorous Short Stories
Another fascinating exercise in changing standards, this book was compiled early in the last century. That means some of the stories are still funny, ...more
Apr 03, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
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