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Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #3)
3.85
The Dune series is remarkable in that each sequel gets progressively worse until it's unreadable.

The first book is truly excellent. It's mantra on fe...more
Mar 03, 2000
May 06, 2008
 
God Created The Integers
4.03
I only understood half of the original texts. However, I am convinced that in the event of a zombie apocalypse I will risk my life to ensure that this...more
Apr 21, 2008
Apr 23, 2008
 
We the Living
3.85
If you ever want to acquire a keen appreciation for food, read any story about the USSR. History or fiction, doesn't matter. Mildewed millet and one l...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
 
Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, #2)
4.09
Richard: we've gone from children being brutalized to the very depths of psychosexual sadism and perversion, including copropilia and yes, a little bi...more
May 08, 2008
May 04, 2008
 
Prodigal Genius: The Life of Nikola Tesla
3.96
I find it curious how much time and energy is devoted to debating questions of primacy with the discovery of theories and machines. I've read biograph...more
Oct 12, 2011
Mar 31, 2011
 
The Illustrated A Brief History of Time and the Universe in a Nutshell
4.26
Stephen Hawking is a brilliant man whose greatest contribution to society is not his science, but his ability to write about difficult concepts in sim...more
Mar 03, 2002
Apr 23, 2008
 
Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained (Signet Classics)
4.06
As Blake said, "The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels & God, and at liberty when of Devils & Hell, is because he was a tr...more
Feb 02, 2000
Apr 24, 2008
 
The Thousand Names (The Shadow Campaigns, #1)
4.06
The muskets-and-cannons military realism of The Thousand Names works for me! Much of the book reads like historical fiction, or a colorful biography o...more
Dec 28, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
 
Bhagavad-Gita As It Is
4.06
I'm surprised at the extreme hostility to atheism in this text. Hinduism is certainly on the same level as Christianity in regards to its vicious hatr...more
Jun 22, 2009
Jun 15, 2009
 
Les Misérables
4.09
As long as The Count of Monte Cristo, and almost as good, this is one helluva story. I admire Hugo's method of spending 100+ pages meticulously detail...more
Apr 04, 2006
May 06, 2008
 
Holy Bible
4.39
Interesting note, of all the people I know who have read the Bible in detail from cover to cover, the majority are atheists.

The King James version is...more
Jan 1998
Apr 23, 2008
 
A Pride of Princes (Chronicles of the Cheysuli #5)
4.00
The Chronicles of the Cheysuli series is the first fantasy epic I read. In fact, it's one of the few series I read repeatedly, likely due to my young...more
May 05, 1995
Apr 24, 2008
 
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
3.95
As a child, I would spend hours imagining the cost accounting of merchandise. I didn't think of it in those terms, of course, but I would calculate th...more
Jul 10, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
 
Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time #13)
4.39
Robert Jordan gave Brandon Sanderson a series of plot cannons and a pile of cannonballs, and by the end of this book nearly all of the guns are firing...more
Feb 05, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
 
Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10)
3.79
Update November 2013: Now that the series is finished, I'm going to read the whole thing all the way through. Whee!

It feels weird that the three key c...more
Nov 05, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
 
The Last Ringbearer
3.48
Great idea and concept. Using the saying "history is written by the victors" as a starting point for fan-fic is a solid base. This is a fun read if yo...more
Mar 2011
Mar 25, 2011
 
Frankenstein
3.70
What a surprise this book was! It's not a bit like the Hollywood films of the same name. Frankenstein's monster is a sensitive, massively intelligent,...more
May 28, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
 
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
3.24
The Cthulhu Mythos vibe surprised me here, but it added a charming element of terrifying mystery to some of the strange monstrosities. It cast the abs...more
Mar 12, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
 
Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, #11)
4.07
This is the first new Wheel of Time book for me! I'm no longer re-reading something I read back in high school :D

It's also the last book by Robert Jor...more
Dec 06, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
 
Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
4.08
Fun and quick to read! I love the examples and lists of movies, even though I think Memento was awesome and Snyder disagrees. Snyder has a clear focus...more
Dec 14, 2013
Dec 18, 2013
 
Way of Warrior Trader: The Financial Risk-Taker's Guide to Samurai Courage, Confidence and Discipline
3.38
This book is fun just for the anecdotes peppered throughout it. Each chapter is bookended by a samurai story at the beginning and an anecdote about st...more
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 22, 2009
 
A Primer of Infinitesimal Analysis
4.00
This book has the word 'primer' in the title so I thought it would be a good starting place for learning calculus. Turns out this is a primer for some...more
Sep 11, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
 
Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8)
4.27
Deja vu! This book seemed very familiar as I read it, but I didn't have it on my bookshelf (I checked before I bought it). And yet, the plot stirred m...more
Sep 22, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
 
Rites of Passage: A Warmachine Anthology
4.00
From a Warmachine fan or a business perspective, it's pretty cool to see these new characters being introduced across fiction, source books, tabletop...more
Mar 05, 2014
May 21, 2014
 
Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever
3.77
This book cites a lot of recent medical studies, and it's heavy on specific numbers and sciency talk. I particularly like the run-down of what the ess...more
Apr 22, 2009
Apr 09, 2009
 
The Bellmaker (Redwall, #7)
3.90
The Redwall books ought to be a perennial children's favorite. They are simple and formulaic, but it's a good formula! Jacques has a real gift for dia...more
Jul 07, 1996
Apr 24, 2008
 
The Confessions (Christian Classics)
3.82
I wrote in the margins on just about every other page. Augustine is a clever writer, and provocative. His formal training as a rhetorician shines thro...more
Feb 19, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
 
Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies
3.76
This is the first book I've read that is targeted at corporate workers. Its main thrust is about how to take advantage of social media to expand the s...more
Apr 20, 2010
Apr 09, 2010
 
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
4.38
One of the best swords and sorcery fantasy works out there!

I particularly like how the author opens each chapter with a brief excerpt from an unexplai...more
Jul 18, 2010
Jul 21, 2010
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
Brilliant. If you haven't read this book, then you are not prepared. You safety, and the safety of those you love, is worth the time taken to read thi...more
Dec 10, 2006
Apr 23, 2008
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