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A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
This was extremely readable, verging on simplistic. Fine points about what really matters in our lives and times, and Pink delivers on his "whole brai...more
Sep 03, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
Harbinger (Star Trek: Vanguard, #1)
Well David Mack, you've got something here, but it isn't a novel. Harbinger reads like a fantastic new Star Trek TV pilot. There's plenty to hook view...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
The World Without Us
Post-apocalyptic... non-fiction! Amazing. I thought this would be more of an ecological treatise, but instead Weisman and a cast of scientists tackle...more
Dec 30, 2011
Dec 15, 2011
PLUTO: Naoki Urasawa x Ozamu Tezuka, Band 001 (Pluto, #1)
My first graphic novel! I'm aware that it's a weird choice. Consider me a reluctant reader in this medium - I just am not a visually oriented person....more
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
Yesterday's Son (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #1)
I'm totally enjoying all my tie-in-novel episode rewatches. (Largely because it makes even the most plot-hole riddled books shine in comparison!) This...more
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
Mr. Toppit
I heard so much buzz about this book. I was skeptical. A post-Harry Potter commentary on literary fame! With dysfunctional families and dry British ma...more
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel)
This was never a childhood favorite exactly. More like it worked its way into my brain and deposited all these bits I'm frequently tempted to referenc...more
Apr 04, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
The Sorrows of Empire (Star Trek: Mirror Universe)
So, I rewatched Mirror, Mirror to brush up before reading this. First of all, the actress portraying Marlena in the episode strikes me as pretty kicka...more
Mar 06, 2011
Feb 17, 2011
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
This is such an eye-opening, myth-busting look at real life space travel. Disclaimer: Previous to this I pretty much knew exactly enough to teach a sp...more
Jun 30, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
I’m in awe of Boyce's storytelling. He voices honest and hilarious characters and works them into the most imaginative plots. Liam's larger-than-life...more
Dec 08, 2011
Jan 06, 2009
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Never Ending Sacrifice
Most of all, this is a beautifully crafted novel. I was so moved by the thoughtful exploration of family and by the symmetry of Rugal's journey. Almos...more
Mar 11, 2011
Oct 15, 2009
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
I wasn't sure the two Wills thing would work for me, but their teenage voices are just so spot on. It's hard to put my finger on. The way they're all...more
May 22, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
Catalyst of Sorrows (Star Trek: The Lost Era, 2360)
I can see where MWB and this whole "lost era" series are trying to go. Give some love to underused characters, link the generations and shows without...more
Jul 20, 2011
Jun 12, 2008
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
This was on EVERYONE's best of 2010 list. For good reason, it turns out. Wow. The intersection of sensitive writing, stranger-than-sci-fi story, and m...more
Apr 2011
Mar 17, 2011
Hmm. On one hand, the writing is truth and beauty. All the bigness and smallness of humans that literature could ask for. But there was no crying in t...more
May 06, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
This book teases out Malcom's evolving place in American and global politics, and Marable has also been lauded for his investigation into the assassin...more
Nov 10, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
Hard Love
Angsty teen poetry in faux handwriting font on notebook paper! Carphones! AniDifranco! Wait... where are you going??? Guys? For real, this book is sho...more
Jun 12, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
The Children's Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy
I was kind of skeptical that my memory of enjoying this as a child was accurate, but it ended up being extremely engaging, for any age I think. Love t...more
Feb 14, 2011
Feb 03, 2011
The Sisters Brothers
This book is pure page turning enjoyment. (Though I don't know that it lives up to the hype in any kind of lasting, prize-winning way.) The narrator's...more
Dec 25, 2011
Nov 11, 2011
Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory
Peter Hessler is brilliant. He has this perfect comic timing for revealing slice after slice of absurdity. But the humor never comes at his subject's...more
Feb 25, 2011
Dec 27, 2010
Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs
Oh Ken, I never actually saw you on Jeopardy, but I officially love you and everything about your book. You had me at the Richard Dawson reference on...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
This was more fun than I expected! I wouldn't say Westerfeld is the most creative dude to ever pick up a pen. (Uglyville and New Pretty Town? Those we...more
May 28, 2011
May 15, 2011
Gang Leader for a Day: Gang Leader for a Day
Let's ignore the terrible title. This is super compelling. Maybe the best perspective on segregation in Chicago that I've read. I have to say that so...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
Best Food Writing 2010
Favorites this year are confessions of professional foodies humbled by an elusive genius and a toddler, respectively. The Perfect Chef by Todd Kliman...more
Mar 14, 2011
Jan 16, 2011
What can I even say about this book? This is definitely one where I just kept stopping to stare at the seemingly magical ability some writers have to...more
Mar 06, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Oh dear. I should not have read this in one sitting. It's just wonderful, but whoa. The war. Is bad. Am traumatized now.
Jan 10, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
True Grit
Not to write a movie review, but Portis' narration just has more grit than either of the young actresses could muster up. Also, he used the word beeve...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
The Last Dragonslayer (The Last Dragonslayer, #1)
Eh. It's not so much that I minded the fantasy aspects of this (see comments.) The story was charming enough, but there's not much to it. It reminds m...more
Jul 05, 2011
Dec 13, 2010
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Amy Chua is pretty fierce, guys. And funny.
May 30, 2011
May 27, 2011
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
I didn't review this when it was fresh in my mind, not knowing where to begin to explain all the ways it failed. Basically, I picked it up for the set...more
Dec 15, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
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