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The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't
3.96
really liked it
The book is a very approachable discussion of statistics and probability, or more precisely, their meaning. Nate Silver has a knack for describing wha ...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
 
Batman: Earth One, Volume 1
4.06
it was ok
It was a very interesting take on the Batman origin, but not much more than that. I don't know if this is supposed to be the official back-story for t ...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
 
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
3.91
liked it
Yet another light non-fiction book basically centered around making new observation from gathered data.

I actually enjoyed the book, but there wasn't m
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Jun 14, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
 
Last Call (Fault Lines, #1)
4.08
it was ok
Although I found the ideas and characters interesting, I just could not get into this book. Perhaps I just wasn't in the proper frame of mind to appre ...more
Feb 06, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
 
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy
3.65
it was ok
Judd Apatow has been fascinated by comedians from a very early age. As a high schooler, he wrangled his way into interviews with many comedians in ord ...more
Jan 20, 2016
Dec 16, 2015
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.04
did not like it
At 400 pages of this 725 page novel, I realized I didn't care about any of the characters, nor what happened to them. I slogged on for another 40 page ...more
Oct 15, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
 
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
3.95
liked it
I'm just going to copy my review of Freakonomics here as well to save space. I liked them both the same, but perhaps because I read this one first, it ...more
Jul 25, 2010
Jun 19, 2010
 
The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home
3.99
liked it
I enjoyed this book, but not nearly as much as I liked his previous work, Predictably Irrational. I think this one had fewer ideas in it, and also it ...more
Nov 07, 2010
Oct 01, 2010
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.30
liked it
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
3.87
liked it
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
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Feb 04, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
 
The Death-Ray
3.84
it was ok
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
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.10
it was ok
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
4.27
liked it
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
3.69
liked it
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
3.55
liked it
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
4.18
liked it
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
4.13
really liked it
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
 
Watching the Watchmen: The Definitive Companion to the Ultimate Graphic Novel
4.04
liked it
A good coffee table book that discusses the creation of the famous The Watchmen graphic novel. Dave Gibbons offers a lot of great insights about the i ...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
 
The Monster of Florence
3.72
really liked it
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
 
Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson
3.72
it was ok
An unusual tale with wonderful artwork, the book had several things going for it, but unfortunately it balanced that out with just as many things agai ...more
May 04, 2014
May 06, 2014
 
The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!
3.98
liked it
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
 
The Underground Railroad
4.04
really liked it
A powerful and sometimes harrowing story of life and slavery in an alternative antebellum South.

I've seen people refer to this book as science fictio
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May 31, 2017
May 15, 2017
 
The English Girl (Gabriel Allon, #13)
4.08
liked it
As far as pop fiction goes, I've read worse. This is my first experience with Gabriel Allon, the main character of apparently quite a lot of books. He ...more
not set
Sep 08, 2015
 
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
3.99
it was ok
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)
3.93
liked it
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
 
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1)
4.19
it was amazing
Really fantastic. Many review blurbs on the cover likened it to A Game of Thrones in space, and I can certainly see the comparison. It's not quite as ...more
Mar 04, 2017
Feb 21, 2017
 
The Last American Man
3.79
liked it
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
liked it
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
4.17
really liked it
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
 
The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father . . . and Finding the Zodiac Killer
3.58
liked it
A very fast-reading story of an orphaned man whose search for his biological father leads him to believe he's uncovered the infamous Zodiac killer.

The
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Jul 11, 2014
Jul 09, 2014