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The Mote in God's Eye
4.06
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle wrote a number of science fiction novels which I fondly remember. The Legacy of Heorot tells the sto ...more
Jun 02, 2008
Apr 17, 2008
 
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
4.01
it was amazing
Author Charles Mann's purpose is to debunk three commonly held ideas about the Americas before Columbus: that the continents were sparsely populated, ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 02, 2008
 
Our Man in Havana
3.94
really liked it
Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana is a delightful farce that manages to be serious and laugh out loud funny at the same time. It follows the unfortuna ...more
Aug 03, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
 
The Meaning of Night
3.70
it was amazing
Michael Cox's The Meaning of Night is fantastic. It mixes the Victorian novel with the noir crime thriller to make for a completely engrossing reading ...more
Apr 21, 2008
Apr 03, 2008
 
Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power
3.93
really liked it
Robert Kaplan is the anti-Thomas Friedman. Where Friedman bounces around the globe looking at globalization and spins visions of future wonder, Kaplan ...more
not set
Feb 18, 2011
 
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
4.12
it was amazing
I can't decide whether this book is the best nonfiction I have read all year, or whether it is the best in the past few years. This is the sort of boo ...more
not set
Mar 18, 2012
 
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
4.16
really liked it
I used to think that I could not be shocked by tales of celebrity shenanigans. Well, I was wrong. After a few recommendations I read The Dirt, the sto ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 03, 2008
 
Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920's
3.90
it was amazing
I have a bias against older nonfiction books as I don't think they age well. The evidence gets old, the arguments get settled or the style becomes out ...more
Sep 26, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
 
The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War
3.56
it was ok
James Bradley's The Imperial Cruise is a book that could have been quite good, and perhaps even important, but it isn't. Instead it is a maddening, bi ...more
not set
Jan 20, 2010
 
From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776
4.12
really liked it
Well, I wrapped up the epic From Colony to Superpower, George Herring's epic one volume history of American Foreign Policy. It is a the only thematic ...more
Oct 29, 2009
Aug 25, 2009
 
Deathride Hitler vs. Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945
3.48
liked it
John Mosier's books follow a basic formula. What you thought you knew about conflict X is wrong, what really happened is Y. Here he aims to say that t ...more
not set
May 09, 2011
 
Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945
4.31
it was amazing
Oh no, another single volume World War 2 book. Not just the European theater but the Pacific as well? In 600 odd pages? Before you groan and turn away ...more
Apr 30, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
 
The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy
4.40
it was amazing
h my, Adam Tooze's Wages of Destruction is quite a book. It an economic history of Nazi Germany and it provides economic reasons for Nazi policy makin ...more
Sep 03, 2008
Apr 17, 2008
 
Tree of Smoke
3.57
it was amazing
There are Tree of Smoke lovers and haters. Count me on the side of the lovers. The time shifts in the first section might make you think you are in fo ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 02, 2008
 
All the Light We Cannot See
4.31
it was amazing
A really great novel. Doerr takes a chance by setting up his climax in the first few pages. We don't fully see it until half way through as he alterna ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 07, 2014
 
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
3.76
really liked it
This was a lot of fun. Winters tells the story of a dedicated policeman, so dedicated that he continues to investigate a possible murder despite the f ...more
Aug 04, 2013
Jul 24, 2013
 
Drowning Towers
3.84
really liked it
Me oh my oh, the Australians know how to show the slow slide into apocalypse. Mad Max shows a world not too different from our own, but terrible in it ...more
not set
Oct 22, 2008
 
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
4.17
it was amazing
Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma is a compelling, rich study of how America gets its food that blends a John McPhee like personal journey with prob ...more
Dec 2007
Feb 02, 2008
 
The Post-American World
3.86
really liked it
Fareed Zakaria's new book, the Post-American World is a book I hope both presidential candidates read. It is a brief book that tells Americans we need ...more
not set
Jun 12, 2008
 
The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (World War II Liberation Trilogy, #2)
4.33
it was amazing
If you read books about the Second World War, put Rick Atkinson's The Day of Battle at the top of your pile. If you don't, this is a great place to st ...more
Oct 2007
Feb 03, 2008
 
Dark Avengers, Volume 1: Assemble
3.90
really liked it
When I was but a wee lad, I read a lot of Justice League of America. Looking back, sure the stories are goofy, but my own kids love them now, so I sup ...more
not set
Jan 17, 2010
 
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
4.32
it was amazing
This is an excellent, but brutally difficult book to read. The thesis is that Hitler and Stalin existed in a terrible symbiotic relationship that enab ...more
not set
Feb 27, 2013
 
The Execution Channel
3.44
really liked it
An unpleasant parlor game is to wonder what the world would be like if all the nasty trends of the day were to persist into the coming decades. If thi ...more
not set
Feb 16, 2008
 
Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex (and How Complex Things Can Be Made Simple)
3.23
it was ok
In the late 80s, James Gleick wrote Chaos: Making A New Science, an entertaining book that described the rise of the study of chaos. The book also hel ...more
not set
Jul 03, 2008
 
Saints at the River
3.78
really liked it
I read Rash's excellent Serena a year or so ago and was both excited and wary about his earlier books. He is a wonderful stylist, but I worried about ...more
not set
Jan 05, 2011
 
Blood's a Rover (Underworld USA, #3)
3.90
it was amazing
So I've finished Blood's A Rover and I am happy to say that my initial enthusiasm carried throughout the entire read. I was so sad to see it finish, w ...more
Oct 28, 2009
Oct 14, 2009
 
First Among Sequels (Thursday Next, #5)
4.00
really liked it
If I have ever read a more raucous and joyful ode to reading than Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, then I have long forgotten it. Set in a fantas ...more
not set
Jul 24, 2008
 
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
3.88
it was amazing
This is a great music memoir about Carrie Brownstein's journey from suburban kid to (indie) rock star. Reflective and open throughout, it tells the st ...more
Dec 08, 2015
Dec 03, 2015
 
Ready Player One
4.31
really liked it
This is a great, exciting fun read, especially for people who grew up on the Atari 2600, with early computer RPGs, any pen and paper RPG and with 80s ...more
not set
Aug 21, 2012
 
Winterbirth (The Godless World, #1)
3.35
really liked it
Well, I have been away from great big fantasy novels for awhile, but this volume sat on my shelf looking so forlorn, that I just had to read it. Maybe ...more
not set
Jun 24, 2011
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