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Thinking, Fast and Slow
In the last few years I have had two books that took me FOREVER to get through. The first was Daniel Dennett's "Darwin's Dangerous Idea" and the secon ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
I rate this a five in spite of some legitimate reservations, too well expressed by too many people to bear repeating here.

The things I liked:
1. Bril
Oct 2006
Mar 05, 2008
Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson
What is it they say? "History is written by the winners."

That is unless you're Howard Zinn ("People's History of the United States") or Jennifer Mich
Aug 2007
Mar 05, 2008
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
As I neared the end of my second month of slogging through this book, I asked myself, "What keeps you going? Each night you read a page or two, re-rea ...more
Apr 2009
Sep 10, 2009
The Ox-Bow Incident
In the heat of the 2012 Presidential battle, mired in debates with Libertarian friends, I sought a good read about justice, society, responsibility an ...more
Oct 28, 2012
Oct 28, 2012
The Wordy Shipmates
I cannot pass up a Sarah Vowell book. Her quirk fits mine, and I usually learn something and snicker alot at her dry humor. Every book so far has at l ...more
not set
Nov 23, 2008
A thoroughly engaging read, complex psychological profiles for all characters, and a fairly deep and unresolved foray into the meaning of life, reveng ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 05, 2009
Danny the Champion of the World
I picked up Danny, the Champion of the World on the recommendation of a respected friend, who said it was his favorite book as a child. Having never h ...more
Feb 12, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
One Dead Ranger
I may not be the fairest reviewer of this genre, or this specific book. Pot boiler, Western detective novels are rare on my bookshelf (or Kindle), and ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
This brilliantly written book is aimed/dedicated toward dealing with the claims of creationists and "intelligent design" advocates, that there is no e ...more
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 12, 2009
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
I started to give this book four stars, as I had some kind of better feeling about it, in comparison to "The Hunger Games." But then I asked myself, w ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
A Tale of Two Cities
There are books which everyone says, "You simply must read this in your lifetime," and when I got a Kindle I found many of them available for free, in ...more
Nov 2010
Jul 08, 2011
The Bullpen Gospels: A Non-Prospect's Pursuit of the Major Leagues and the Meaning of Life
I idolized different "heroes" than Dirk Hayhurst growing up, and yet it became clear midway through this 340 page romp of a book that he and I were ex ...more
May 20, 2010
May 21, 2010
Why Evolution Is True
Look, I'm sympathetic with the author. I'm a person who views the world without need of putting a "God" filter in front of my eyes to explain it, and ...more
not set
Mar 05, 2009
Broken April
After spending 7 days in Albania with my brother, I wanted (needed?) to understand this odd culture a little better. Specifically, what's up with the ...more
not set
May 21, 2010
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
As I contemplate the futility of writing the 41,190th review of this book,I think I hear the Mockingjay sing "Poo Tee Weet". And so it goes. Collins h ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
I fear I'm becoming a Dahlcoholic. I've seen Matilda on Broadway twice this year (also read the book for comparative notes), am in the middle of "Dann ...more
Feb 2015
Feb 04, 2015
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
To quote Tim Minchin's "White Wine in the Sun", "I don't believe that just because ideas are tenacious that it means that they're worthy." And thank g ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
A bird yammers outside my window as I write this review. Perhaps it is a mockingjay? I started reading this book on the heels of my son discovering it ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
When a friend recommended this graphical story with Bertrand Russell at its heart, I anticipated some discussion of his very public atheism, with whic ...more
Dec 20, 2009
Dec 20, 2009
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Apparently, judging by the reviews on this site, if you've read Hamlet, you don't like this book. Thankfully I haven't read Hamlet, and I can proceed ...more
Nov 23, 2009
Nov 20, 2009
Assassination Vacation
If you only know of Sarah as the voice of "Violet" in the Incredibles, or from her uniquely voiced contributions to "This American Life," then this bo ...more
not set
Nov 24, 2008
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party
A solid examination of the mentality behind slavery, eloquently spoken by the characters. The book reminded me of an unattributed quote I heard some t ...more
Aug 21, 2008
Aug 06, 2008
Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, #1)
As I write this review, I am about 10% into the third book of this trilogy. And when I say book, I mean volume... there are three (3) roughly 1000 pag ...more
Feb 10, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
The God Delusion
Amazing... I search for "The God Delusion" on this site and I get 24 books preceding this one, all dedicated to "refuting" or opposing the ideas in Ri ...more
Jan 2007
Mar 04, 2008
Bleak House
The title, "Bleak House" sounds somewhat off. As the main character is eventually named as the Mistress of Bleak House, she is very happy. Perhaps at ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
The Road
How good is a book? What makes a good book? I employ a number of different criteria for different types of book, and this one I will rate based on the ...more
Jan 2007
Mar 04, 2008
The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)
After seeing the new Peter Jackson Movie, which only covers the first 5 chapters of the book, my son was anxious to read ahead and see where the story ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 03, 2013
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
It is not right to have to list "the date I read this book" and then only be allowed to choose 1 year. I have re-read this book approximately 15 times ...more
Jan 1985
Mar 04, 2008
Probability of God
When a friend asked me to read and review “The Probability of God,” because he knew my position on the topic (0.000000000001%), I thought I’d try to g ...more
Jun 20, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
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