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Gravity's Rainbow
4.03
it was amazing
Advice for a first time reader of Gravity's Rainbow:

Gravity's Rainbow is a book you either love or hate, and if you hate it it's probably because you
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Aug 1992
May 16, 2007
 
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
4.24
it was ok
Coming in a close third after Immanuel Kant's Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics That Will Be Able to Come Forward As Science and Beeban Kidron's T ...more
Jan 2001
May 17, 2007
 
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.93
liked it
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy has acquired the reputation of being a sort of Narnia for Atheists. This reputation is, at least by the en ...more
Jan 2004
May 17, 2007
 
V.
3.97
it was amazing
Between the extended novella The Crying of Lot 49 and the sprawling behemoth Gravity's Rainbow lies V, a book that's neither long nor particular ...more
Jan 1991
May 17, 2007
 
How to Breathe Underwater
3.95
Julie Orringer lived down the hall from me my junior year at college. She had a big fuzzy white bathrobe and one of those Danish office chairs you kne ...more
not set
May 29, 2007
 
Calculus, Volume 1: One-Variable Calculus with an Introduction to Linear Algebra
4.33
My two volumes of Apostol originally belonged to my father. Once when I was about twelve I tried to learn the sigma summation notation from the beginn ...more
Jan 1984
May 29, 2007
 
Infinite Jest
4.32
it was amazing
You either love him or you hate him, and if you love him this book is his best. Virtuoso prose style, inventive structure, jokes that are not just lau ...more
Jan 1996
May 31, 2007
 
Pontypool Changes Everything
3.33
it was ok
In an afterword to the reissued edition of Pontypool Changes Everything, Burgess says that his novel was a private sketchbook never intended for an au ...more
Aug 25, 2013
Aug 25, 2013
 
Empirical Linguistics
4.00
liked it
Part nuts-and-bolts computational linguistics articles and part cri de coeur from a researcher who is exasperated at the hand-wavy route much theoreti ...more
Jan 2004
May 29, 2007
 
Calculus, Volume 2: Multi-Variable Calculus and Linear Algebra with Applications
4.34
My two volumes of Apostol originally belonged to my father. Once when I was about twelve I tried to learn the sigma summation notation from the beginn ...more
Jan 1984
May 29, 2007
 
Philosophical Investigations
4.23
liked it
In one ear and out the other. Each individual paragraph is quite lucid, but I can never keep enough of them in my head at once to follow the thread of ...more
Jan 1997
May 29, 2007
 
Programming Python
3.91
it was ok
O'Reilly is usually so good, but I found this book disappointing. It's too long and scattershot, and I end up never looking at it. I much prefer the ...more
not set
May 29, 2007
 
Jasmine
3.38
liked it
Bharati Mukherjee's 1988 short story "Jasmine" is a gem. It tells the story of Indian woman from Trinidad who enters the U.S. illegally and ends up wo ...more
Jan 1992
May 17, 2007
 
The Catcher in the Rye
3.79
really liked it
I reread Catcher in the Rye a few years ago and was struck by how old the book is. During my first time through I was so busy empathizing with Holden ...more
not set
May 29, 2007
 
Lexical-Functional Syntax
3.00
really liked it
This is a textbook introduction to the Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG) syntactic framework. that would be accessible to any linguist with a general f ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 06, 2007
 
Literary Theory: An Introduction
3.93
liked it
If you only read one book about literary theory...well, who would blame you? Still, the educated layperson who wants to bump their understanding of co ...more
Jan 1993
May 17, 2007
 
Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics and Speech Recognition
4.13
really liked it
Highlights of this book are a good intuitive description of smoothing and an excellent exposition on the Early parser...This book and Foundations of ...more
not set
May 17, 2007
 
Writing Solid Code
4.05
it was amazing
The best book about the craft of programming I have ever seen. Maguire discusses the crucial human factors that are essential to producing good code-- ...more
Jan 1997
May 29, 2007
 
Syntactic Theory: A Formal Introduction
4.24
it was amazing
This is the standard textbook for learning Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG). If you're interested in a formally rigorous (in the mathematic ...more
Jan 2003
May 17, 2007
 
Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists and Mathematicians
4.25
I bought this for a dollar at a used book sale because I wanted a basic reference on graph theory. "Looks exciting," said the woman who sold it to me. ...more
not set
May 29, 2007
 
Vineland
3.66
really liked it
A friend of mine gave up on Vineland about halfway through, and the only thing she could remember about the book was wondering to herself, "Where did ...more
not set
May 29, 2007
 
Hopscotch
4.25
I love tricky experimental books, but I get impatient with authors who portray bohemian self-indulgence as anything deeper than a big party. So I gues ...more
not set
May 29, 2007
 
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
4.28
liked it
This is a thoroughly accessible account of the history of cryptography. Its coverage of the evolution of ever more sophisticated pre-twentieth century ...more
Jan 1998
May 16, 2007
 
Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing
4.17
it was amazing
This is the standard book on using probabilistic methods to analyze natural language. It has clear discussions of such core areas as N-gram language m ...more
Jan 2002
May 16, 2007
 
The Untouchable
3.96
liked it
An acidic roman à clef about a Cambridge art historian who, despite tepid ideological convictions, is recruited to spy for Moscow. Banville's novel is ...more
not set
May 17, 2007
 
Natural Language Understanding
3.93
I purchased this more at less at random when I was first investigating the field of natural language processing and haven't looked at it much since. T ...more
not set
May 29, 2007
 
The Annotated Lolita
3.88
it was amazing
About the book itself I have nothing to add. It's reputation as one of the finest novels in the English language is well-deserved. I do want to recomm ...more
Jan 1989
May 16, 2007
 
El Aleph
4.39
I bought this because I enjoy reading Borges in English and thought I could improve my Spanish by checking him out in the original. My Spanish ability ...more
not set
May 29, 2007
 
The Mezzanine
3.91
it was amazing
For my money, Nicholson Baker is more interesting when writing about the minutiae of office supplies than the minutiae of sex, because everyone obsess ...more
Jan 1993
May 29, 2007
 
The C Programming Language
4.40
it was amazing
With scripting languages replacing C as the easiest entry into the programming world, that big blue-on-white sans-serif C may not be as iconic as it o ...more
not set
May 29, 2007
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