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The Death-Ray
3.81
I don't understand what all the hype is about. The story had some interesting moments, but overall I never found it particularly innovative or compell...more
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 26, 2013
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
Another thrilling adventure with Hunger Games victor, Katniss Aberdeen. For some reason, I tore through this one much more quickly than I did the firs...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
 
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
3.83
A self-confessed "stickler" takes a light-hearted look at the history and future of punctuation.

Overall, I found the book amusing but not great. It re...more
Feb 04, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.06
While it was definitely an interesting book with some unique ideas, overall I wasn't that impressed. Yes, there are some patterns that emerge from loo...more
May 17, 2009
May 09, 2009
 
Wolverine: Old Man Logan
4.19
An entertaining "What if..." story in which the villains of the Marvel universe work together to beat all the superheroes. The story itself is set abo...more
Aug 20, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.67
Certainly an enjoyable read, but nothing ground-breaking. The premise was interesting and the story was well-written. I think I just preferred The Am...more
Jun 23, 2008
Jun 14, 2008
 
Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth
3.49
The first third of this book seemed a little silly. "Plenitude" was mentioned so often, with a sort of vague definition, that it sounded like a sidesh...more
Apr 06, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
 
Anathem
4.16
Fun in parts, but overall disappointing.

I've read several of the other reviews, and they've captured my thoughts much better than I could (or even fee...more
Jan 14, 2009
Dec 22, 2008
 
The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War
4.09
An incredibly well-researched and brisk history of the battles of World War II that illustrates how personalities impacted the outcome as much as plan...more
Sep 18, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
Liberation: Being the Adventures of the Slick Six After the Collapse of the United States of America
3.62
I don't remember where I read that this was one of the better science fiction books of last year. If that's truly the case, then I feel sorry for anyo...more
Jul 05, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
 
The Monster of Florence
3.67
A fascinating investigation into a series of murders in Florence in the 1980's. The book is divided into two distinct parts. The first deals with the...more
Mar 05, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
 
The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!
3.99
This large book is full of beautiful art from an often forgotten period of comic history. The accompanying text is not as good. Each chapter is more o...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 18, 2013
 
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
3.96
I don't consider myself a fan of fantasy, although apparently I've read a lot more than I thought I had. I really like J. R. R. Tolkein and George R....more
Nov 30, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
 
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
3.86
I really enjoyed the application of micro-economics to real world situations. The books is very easy to read, and I really liked the basic premise tha...more
Jul 27, 2010
Jul 25, 2010
 
The Last American Man
3.77
Eustace Conway, the titular subject of this book, is a very interesting and unique man. He has amazing stamina and mental acuity that allows him to be...more
Aug 20, 2010
Aug 11, 2010
 
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Green Town, #2)
3.95
An entertaining and nostalgic fantasy tale about two young boys and their adventures dealing with an evil carnival.

The book paints a vivid picture of...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
 
Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted
4.18
I haven't read comic books for a really long time, but I enjoy picking up the trade paperback collections from time to time. I chose this one because...more
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 26, 2013
 
No Country for Old Men
4.09
An excellent book that was followed very faithfully (although not exactly) by the movie.

I've really come to love McCarthy's writing style. I've only r...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
 
The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-Line Pioneers
3.80
Another shallow, quick, interesting read. I enjoyed this light history of the telegraph, and there certainly were interesting parallels with the Inter...more
May 19, 2009
May 18, 2009
 
Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
3.92
This is a collection of several different issues/stories from the Batman comics. Overall, I found them to be very refreshing and creative. Without giv...more
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
 
My Friend Dahmer
3.83
Everybody knows the old time-travel question: if you could go back in time, would you kill Hitler? Would it be your moral duty to do so? Or should you...more
Sep 08, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
 
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story
3.83
This was a very interesting tale of the investigation and capture of the Green River Killer, who was a prolific serial killer in the Seattle area in t...more
May 24, 2013
May 31, 2013
 
Comic Book History of Comics
4.38
When I saw the premise for this book, I was immediately excited. A history of comics done as a comic book is perfect! It would allow the writer to sho...more
Dec 18, 2013
Dec 18, 2013
 
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again
3.18
I remember reading this when it first came out, and like almost everyone I was very disappointed. There was just no way it could compare with the amaz...more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
 
Feynman
3.85
Richard Feynman was such a fascinating character and scientist that nearly any book about him is going to be worth the read. This particular work has...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
 
Batman: Hush
4.26
I was surfing around the web looking at lists of "Best Graphic Novels," and this one came up frequently so I thought I'd give it a try. I didn't reall...more
Aug 11, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
 
Digital Barbarism
3.03
Mark Helprin is a novelist who wrote this screed in defense of copyright. His style is excessively erudite and pompous, with almost as many commas as...more
Jul 05, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
 
Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures
4.24
An amazingly clear, concise, informative, and entertaining overview of the history of economics (and really, the economics of history). Goodwin has qu...more
Nov 02, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
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