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The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)
There are some days when I actually think that the humble Hobbit is superior to it's bohemoth brother, The Lord of the Rings . It's a much tighter sto...more
Jan 08, 2008
May 26, 2007
Auralia's Colors (The Auralia Thread, #1)
I actually bought this book on accident. I ordered a signed copy of Through a Screen Darkly, Jeffrey's reflections on films and movie-going (very high...more
Apr 21, 2008
Feb 05, 2008
The Arm of the Starfish (O'Keefe Family, #1)
Really good young adult fiction here. Goes up on the list with Z for Zachariah, Ender's Game, and Feed as one of my favorite books written for young p...more
Nov 2007
Nov 04, 2007
Anansi Boys
Even though I consistently enjoy him, I'm quite convinced that Gaiman is one of the most consistently overrated authors writing now. I somehow think t...more
Jul 2007
Jul 03, 2007
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
This book was a wonderful read from beginning to end. It's huge, over 800 pages, but the action and wonder just holds you into it and it never feels l...more
Jun 2007
Jun 11, 2007
Till We Have Faces
This book was amazing. A couple things I particularly liked:

The change that Orual goes through. Some of the realizations she makes near the end are ju...more
Aug 2007
Aug 09, 2007
The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles
I started out really liking this book, but about a quarter of the way through it began to bore me to tears. I think that it was Twain who said somethi...more
Jan 2006
May 25, 2007
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded
I was a bit worried about this book from the copy on the back. It tries to sell the Krakatoa explosion as a primary cause behind the current global ph...more
Jun 2007
May 24, 2007
This is the most disturbing book I've read in years, probably since I read the absolutely sick The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. Which is not necessaril...more
Aug 2007
Aug 27, 2007
The Road
Cormac McCarthy is probably my favorite author these days, and this book is one of the best I've read of his. The plot is very simple, America is dead...more
Jun 2007
Jul 02, 2007
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
This is an excellent young adult book about a girl named Tally in a society where, on their 16th birthday, everyone undergoes plastic surgery to becom...more
Aug 31, 2008
Aug 21, 2008
This was a fabulous read, probably the best book I've read this year. It starts in London, and quickly moves into a London of some alternate plane of...more
Sep 14, 2008
Sep 02, 2008
Took a backpacking trip this weekend and I needed something light and short to entertain me on the ride back. I picked up Stardust simply because it w...more
Jun 2007
Jun 26, 2007
Transmetropolitan V. 1-10
This is a filthy book that is disgusted by itself. It depicts a society that has gone off the rails to an almost comical degree, yet which is disturbi...more
Jul 2008
Aug 02, 2008
Why We're Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be)
Since I've started reading about the emergent church, I've approached it with a mix of interest and hesitancy. One problem I've always had has been th...more
Jun 30, 2008
Jun 30, 2008
Midnight Over Sanctaphrax (Edge Chronicles)
This was a pretty decent little YA fantasy title, very imaginative and boasts some quality influences, notably Miyazaki and China Miéville. I was cons...more
Nov 2007
Nov 22, 2007
Jamaica Inn
Clearly I am not the target market of this book, but I have seen it on a lot of lists of "Books young people are likely to like to read" and I've had...more
Jan 2008
Jan 04, 2008
Why Don't Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom
Better than any of the books that I had to read for my certification classes. Challenges a lot of "common knowledge" myths of teaching.
not set
Jul 20, 2009
Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim's Progress
This is perhaps my favorite children's book and may be the book the has had the greatest influence on my taste in artwork and design. On a purely lite...more
not set
May 25, 2007
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
I love Michael Chabon's works. I read Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay back in college and since then have followed his work. There are two asp...more
Jul 2007
Jul 14, 2007
Lord of the Flies
When I read this book the first time, in high school, it was soon after I had finished Heart of Darkness, and I found Golding's book to be simply a pa...more
not set
May 25, 2007
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
This book started out amazing, but just seemed to disintegrate as it got further in. Sure, the writing mirror's the narrator's state of mind as he tri...more
Jan 08, 2008
Nov 25, 2007
This is one of the great Christian classics, as far as I'm concerned, and yet it is deeply skeptical of Christianity's ability to conform to a culture...more
Jan 2005
May 24, 2007
Fifty Great Short Stories
The best collection of short stories I've ever read. It focuses mostly on modern, Western, fiction, but within that there is definitely plenty of vari...more
Jan 2007
May 25, 2007
City of the Beasts (Eagle and Jaguar, #1)
One the whole the book was OK, but I was a bit unnerved by the way the book slowly moved into the magical realism that is Allende's trademark. The in-...more
Dec 2007
Nov 22, 2007
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
This memior of a girl growing up in Zimbabwe during the African rebellion against the white minority rule is fascinating and hillarious. Also somewhat...more
Jan 2006
May 25, 2007
Heart of Darkness
I just re-read this book for a class I'm teaching. I'd forgotten how evocative the imagery was and how powerful the themes are. What I didn't notice w...more
Jan 1998
May 24, 2007
A Briefer History of Time
Really good, but I could do with another read to get it all I think. I also would do better to actually read it rather than listen on audiobook.

Most i...more
Jun 25, 2008
Jun 22, 2008
All the King's Men
An amazing political novel about a man's fall and stuggle for redemption. Not at all like the movie. Contains some of the best descriptive language an...more
Jan 2007
May 24, 2007
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
Better than Order of the Phoenix. Great start and end, and the middle was alright too :) I do love it when the end of a book makes you re-examine the...more
Jan 2006
May 25, 2007
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