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The Case for God
Wonderful work of scholarship, as usual, from Karen Armstrong; very well-written, interesting and enjoyable. Armstrong is no longer the skeptic that s ...more
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Jul 05, 2014
The Social Conquest of Earth
I've been reading a bit about the huge controversy over kin selection vs. group selection. Wilson is receiving harsh criticism over his apparent defec ...more
Dec 09, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
Fatal Conceit (Butch Karp, #26)
I've enjoyed the earlier books in the Butch Karp series -- pure entertainment. Tanenbaum had a formula that was fun to follow despite much repetition ...more
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Aug 20, 2014
The Last Detective (Peter Diamond, #1)
Just started this one. So far, so good.

Finished it -- pretty good. There's a whole series with this detective, and I'm thinking they'll be good as no
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May 08, 2013
The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)
Tana French is a fabulous writer. Great characters, compelling story. Very well done. I was riveted. Must say that the ending threw me for a loop, how ...more
Sep 18, 2014
Sep 07, 2014
Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
Far too tedious, incoherent, and pretentious to finish. The author would like to suggest that he has found a way to replace the positive aspects of re ...more
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Oct 06, 2014
Just One Evil Act (Inspector Lynley, #18)
E. George has written a HUGE book this time, and I loved it. There's only been one in this Inspector Lynley series that I did not really like; this on ...more
Nov 02, 2013
Oct 28, 2013
Lone Wolf

Enjoyable primarily because of the fascinating parts about wolves. Wondering how accurate the information about their social/pack interactions might
May 07, 2012
May 04, 2012
Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality
If I could give it 1.5 star(s), I would. I kinda liked parts of it but not much. The author is not a very clear or effective writer. The entire book s ...more
Nov 04, 2013
Oct 28, 2013
Free Will
This is really more an essay than a full book-length treatment of an extremely difficult problem in neuroscience and philosophy. Harris' perspective i ...more
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Aug 08, 2013
A Killing in the Hills  (Bell Elkins, #1)
This novel was good enough to keep me reading through to the end, but there were several times when I nearly put it aside. The protagonist is a prosec ...more
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Sep 30, 2014
Rage Against the Dying: A Thriller (Brigid Quinn, #1)
Especially for a first novel, but regardless of that -- I Ioved this one. Masterman is a very good writer and she's created some great characters -- i ...more
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Jun 22, 2013
The Beggar's Opera
Not a very good writer, at least from what I saw of the first of this novel. I'm posting this review to remind myself that I've already tried this one ...more
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May 08, 2013
The Bodhisattva's Brain : Buddhism Naturalized
It's good: A dispassionate analysis of Buddhist philosophy and practice and its connection (or not) to happiness; this requires, of course, extensive ...more
Apr 03, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
The Professionals (Stevens & Windermere, #1)
Not very good. The author has a good idea for a story but he's just not a very good writer. Character development was lacking and the book failed to h ...more
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Dec 01, 2013
A Dangerous Fiction: A Mystery
I enjoyed this one. Pure entertainment, well-written, interesting characters. Will look for more of her novels.
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Nov 16, 2013
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
I love this book! His earlier one (The Happiness Hypothesis) was very good, too, but he really hits it out of the park with this one. He effectively r ...more
Apr 30, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
The Yellow Birds
Just started reading this one. So far -- excellent. I've been disappointed, so far, at the quality of novels written by veterans of our wars in Iraq a ...more
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Dec 11, 2012
Diamond Mind: Psychology Of Meditation
One of the best books out there for those who want to start and sustain a meditation practice. I first read it about 10 years ago and just recently pi ...more
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Jun 22, 2013
May We Be Forgiven
This is a strange book. I don't much like it, but there's something about it that keeps me plugging along. The story has strange and improbable twists ...more
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Jun 13, 2013
God's Funeral: The Decline of Faith in Western Civilization
Excellent book. Brings to life the 19th century thinkers -- the writers, philosophers, teachers, priests, and politicians who found themselves unable ...more
Dec 07, 2013
May 01, 2012
Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain
Very good -- especially the first half or two-thirds. I read the first of Damasio's series of books (Descarte's Error) quite a long time ago, and gave ...more
Aug 22, 2013
Apr 21, 2012
The Investor's Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between
Everyone should read this. Do you have a "financial advisor"? Do you know how much money your financial advisor is getting for his/her services? Do yo ...more
Oct 07, 2014
Sep 14, 2014
Other Clay
The recent D Day anniversary prompted me to do some reading about WW II. I picked out a few books to read; this memoir is the first of them that I've ...more
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Jun 08, 2014
Without a Paddle: Racing Twelve Hundred Miles Around Florida by Sea Kayak
It's a well-written story; the author competed in an astonishingly difficult 1200 mile small (and unmotorized) boat race around FL in a sea kayak. Hav ...more
Nov 11, 2013
Oct 09, 2013
Critical Mass (V.I. Warshawski, #16)
I've very much enjoyed most of the books in this series by Paretsky. As to this one -- it has a complicated story line with multiple unattractive and ...more
Nov 07, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller, #5)
This guy is not a great writer but he's good, and best of all -- he tells a good story and his stories and his writing reflect the fact that he's a tr ...more
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Jan 02, 2014
Still Midnight (Alex Morrow #1)
I loved Denise Mina's Paddy Meehan series. Realized I have missed some of her other novels, so I tried this one (also the first of a trilogy, I believ ...more
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Nov 18, 2012
A Nearly Perfect Copy
Very good. Gets a little tedious and slow in spots but all in all it's very enjoyable. Good character development, and the story kept me wanting to co ...more
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Dec 02, 2013
How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #9)
I loved this one. I have read every book in this series, and as I recall there was only one of them that I thought was less than wonderful. There are ...more
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Oct 05, 2013
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