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History of Rome by Michael Grant
History of Rome
by Michael Grant
read in July, 2015
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It's not easy to pack the entire history of Rome into 440 pages, after all, Rome wasn't built in a day (thanks, I'll be here all review, and don't forget to tip your waiter), but Michael Grant attempts to do that here.

While I am not a Roman historia
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The Making of Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon
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Meh. I was expecting a lot more as I really liked Hemon's first novel, The Lazarus Project, but as for this book, well, I'm not 100% sure why it exists.

It's kind of not really all there and it takes way too long to develop any kind of almost plot a
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Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
Cosmicomics
by Italo Calvino
read in February, 2015
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I'm not sure what to make of this strange, somewhat otherworldly piece of fiction. The book is a series of short stories/fables about the creation and evolution of the universe but all told as part of mythical, almost what seems like Native American, ...more
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The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
The Periodic Table
by Primo Levi
read in December, 2014
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Just read this book.

I could review it and tell you it is a series of biographical stories by chemist/writer Primo Levy where in each chapter he links an element in the periodic table with his life leading up to and through the holocaust and he does
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Grant by William S. McFeely
Grant: A Biography
by William S. McFeely
read in May, 2015
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This is a fantastic biography and not just because Grant led a bizarrely incredible life but because of the author's not well hidden disdain for Grant (no really, he kind of hates the guy). Even so, it is exceptionally well written and focuses more o ...more
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A Little Lumpen Novelita by Roberto Bolaño
A Little Lumpen Novelita
by Roberto Bolaño
read in February, 2015
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A hauntingly good short novel by Bolano that draws you in from the opening line: "Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime."

The novel is about how an orphaned girl (and her brother) learns to survive after her p
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What If? by Randall Munroe
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Answer: Dubliners, Naked Lunch (twice), Gravity's Rainbow, and What If.

Question: What are the only four books I have ever started and not finished. So congratulations Randall Munroe on joining an esteemed list of authors.

To say I hated this book woul
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The First Bad Man by Miranda July
The First Bad Man
by Miranda July (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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Brilliantly quirky and bizarre. There really is no other way to explain this book. Miranda July is so uniquely out there and funny and unafraid of violating any kind of social norms that you just have to enjoy this for what it is. She's like a modern ...more
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Missing Person by Patrick Modiano
Missing Person
by Patrick Modiano
read in December, 2014
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This book reads like a movie script and that's not a bad thing. It's short, terse, and compelling. Modiano writes sort of like Hemingway meets Hitchcock meets Sartre (though as the book is translated from French, I am sure some of the style/language ...more
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Rubicon by Tom Holland
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This is a lot of history crammed in to a short book but as far as I can remember this is the first book I have read on ancient Rome, so I guess I'd rather have more than less.

Overall it's a decent enough read about the intrigue, infighting, expansion
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