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Whitechapel Gods
I honestly picked this book up because of the cool cover. It got my attention. It didn't take me long, though, to realize that the cover was all this ...more
not set
Apr 11, 2008
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass  An American Slave
It is a credit to Frederick Douglass's keen perception that a book written over one hundred and seventy years ago about the evils of slavery can be pe ...more
Aug 12, 2008
Mar 01, 2008
The Federalist Papers
It's an understandable shame that more people don't want to read this. True, it's not all that entertaining. At times, it feels like reading the most ...more
Feb 11, 2011
Jun 05, 2009
The Best American Short Stories 2008
What I like most about this collection is the variety. There are some insanely dark stories, and some happier stories, some rigidly realistic stories, ...more
Jan 28, 2009
Dec 25, 2008
Modern Liberty: And the Limits of Government
I recommend this book to anyone who is fed up with partisan squabbles that prevail in modern political debate and wants to step back and look at the b ...more
Dec 03, 2010
Nov 16, 2010
Mormon's Codex: An Ancient American Book
I've always been uncomfortable when people justify their belief in the Book of Mormon by saying that Joseph Smith couldn't have written it himself bec ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Sep 15, 2013
How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion
As the book itself says, when the robot uprising starts, it will be too late to memorize the advice and tips it contains. The time to read this book i ...more
Oct 15, 2008
Oct 12, 2008
Red Harvest
I always love the tone of a good hard-boiled mystery from the golden days of pulp fiction. This book delivers plenty of short, biting dialog and cold, ...more
Oct 21, 2008
Oct 16, 2008
Life of Pi
This book was not what I expected. I thought it would be far more surreal and outright philosophical (something like The Alchemist). Instead, I got a ...more
Sep 12, 2011
Mar 31, 2010
The Book Thief
It's hard to adaquately explain what I loved so much about this book. It a book that I wanted to come back to day after day, not because I was revited ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Oct 05, 2009
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
For the first few chapters of this book, I was only thinking that I'd read most of the stuff that these two editors talk about before. I wasn't all th ...more
Aug 06, 2008
Jul 03, 2008
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
If this was simply a story of a man who competed in the Olympics after training for his event for only a few years, it would be worth reading. If it w ...more
Jun 03, 2012
May 15, 2012
I always love reading anything by David McCullough and this is no exception. McCullough deftly narrates the life of Harry Truman and gives the reader ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Dec 30, 2013
Gilead (Gilead, #1)
What a beautiful little book this is. It is a celebration of a simple and good life. It is about what sons owe their fathers and what fathers owe thei ...more
Jun 23, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash
For those of you who don't know, the film "A Christmas Story" is based on parts of this book. The story arch follows Ralph as an older man, returning ...more
Jan 05, 2009
Dec 25, 2008
The Chicago Way
I'm a big fan of noir fiction, so I'm not mad that I read this one, but I didn't especially love it either. I liked the tone of it, the terse, cynical ...more
Feb 12, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
Contemporary Fiction 50 Short Stories Since 1970
This book is probably the best deal I've ever gotten. One book, fifty stories by fifty writers. While none of the stories in here blew me away, all of ...more
Dec 23, 2008
Apr 01, 2008
Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart
This book shows very powerfully how the United States has tried to be all things to all people and is now starting to feel the consequences. We've dem ...more
Jan 27, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
What Is the What
I've always wanted to be a writer and lately I've tried to come up with a way that I could use this talent to help others. I thought that I would find ...more
Jun 05, 2009
May 17, 2009
The Case for Christ
This book seems to imply that it is a completely impartial investigation into Christianity's claims. It isn't that. What it is, though, does have some ...more
Jun 12, 2013
May 25, 2013
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
I'm happy I read this book even though it has some major flaws. The author even says that her experiences can't be taken as universal, but I fear that ...more
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
Spook Country (Blue Ant, #2)
I got the sense that every paragraph, even every sentence, of this book was engeneered to confuse the reader. I know that there can be good confusion ...more
Jun 07, 2009
Jun 05, 2009
No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith
I should start by saying that I am a Mormon. If that makes me biased in your eyes, then so be it.

This is the first book-length text that I've ever re
Feb 07, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
There is so much to love about this book: a mystery surrounding an author whose books are beeing systimatically destroyed, a dark and mutilated figure ...more
Aug 14, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
About a Boy
This was a fun book. Light enough be a quick, enjoyable read, but truthful enough to be literarily satisfying. I, like other reviews, like the ending ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
The greatest thing about this book is that it asks unusual questions, questions that most others wouldn't bother to ask, such as "why do drug dealers ...more
Aug 23, 2010
Aug 11, 2010
Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine
This is the kind of book that I want everyone to read, and it is straightforward and easy enough to understand for everyone to read it. Beck has a kee ...more
Jul 19, 2009
Jul 12, 2009
Mein Kampf
I watched a documentary last night called Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed that brought up some interesting information about Hitler and the Third Re ...more
not set
Dec 17, 2008
Who Can Save Us Now?: Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories
I got this book because I wrote a short story about a super hero -- well, about a normal person's relationship to a super hero who has failied him -- ...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 11, 2009
Hitler's Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State
You don't know much about the Nazis. That's because we don't get much about the Nazis in school and most of the "common knowledge" about them is wrong ...more
Dec 21, 2009
Dec 03, 2009
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