Ben Babcock’s Profile

Ben Babcock
981 ratings (3.16 avg)
966 reviews
Goodreads librarian

#27 top reviewers
#24 best reviewers
Sign in to Goodreads to learn more about Ben.

Love and Math: Th...
Rate this book
Clear rating

Work Done for Hire
Ben Babcock is currently reading
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

  (page 304 of 304)
May 28, 2015 07:54PM

The Android
Ben Babcock is currently reading
by Katherine Applegate (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

May 27, 2015 06:50PM


Ben's Recent Updates

Ben Babcock is now friends with Ellen
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Ben Babcock and 1 other person liked Ellen's review of The Three Musketeers:
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
"I admit that the reason I picked up this book was because of the BBC series, and an off the cuff line from Endeavour, but what I found completely surpassed my expectations. It has stayed with me for weeks and weeks and I find myself thinking about..." Read more of this review »
The Secret by Katherine Applegate
" We see Visser Three. It’s pretty bad.

This book reminds me of filler episodes in long-running TV shows like TNG. Applegate is like, “Uh … I need a book
...more "
Ben Babcock rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Secret by Katherine Applegate
The Secret (Animorphs, #9)
by Katherine Applegate (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2015
Rate this book
Clear rating
So we begin the Second Age—dare I say, the Silver Age?—of Animorphs with The Secret. Applegate combines one of the ongoing themes of environmentalism with a personal look at the tolls this secret war takes on Cassie, the most empathetic of the Animor ...more
The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan
" Thanks, Louise. I’m glad you found my review helpful! "
Ben Babcock and 2 other people liked Rob's review of Silent Spring:
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
"...After more than half a century it is always easy to poke holes into the scientific knowledge of the day. Not everything that Carson claims in her book is correct and not every solution she proposes works. That being said, the book put a subject..." Read more of this review »
Ben Babcock rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Eating Animals
by Jonathan Safran Foer
read in May, 2015
Rate this book
Clear rating
Last week’s Last Week Tonight (at the time when I wrote this review, though it will be last last week’s Last Week by the time you read this) had a segment on chicken farming, and specifically the impact that corporate-controlled factory farming has o ...more
Ben Babcock started reading
Love and Math by Edward Frenkel
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ben Babcock wants to read
How to Clone a Mammoth by Beth Shapiro
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Ben's books…
Christopher Moore
“Shylock repointed his twitching, accusatory digit at his daughter. “You do not say such things in my house. You—you—you—you—” “Run along, love, it appears that Papa’s been stricken with an apoplexy of the second person.”
Christopher Moore, The Serpent of Venice

Nick Harkaway
“Mercer,” Polly says, “we are now going to hug. As a group. The experience will be very un-English. It will be good for you. Do not speak, at all, especially not in an attempt to diffuse the emotional intensity of the situation.”

They hug, somewhat awkwardly, but with great feeling.

“Well,” Mercer says, after a moment, “that was certainly—”

“I will hit you with a shovel,” Polly Cradle murmurs.”
Nick Harkaway, Angelmaker
tags: humour

Neil Gaiman
“Grown-ups don't look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they're big and thoughtless and they always know what they're doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren't any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.”
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Christopher Moore
“Latin, Greek, and English, plus a smattering of Italian and fucking French.” “Fucking French, you say? Well . . .” “Oui,” said I, in perfect fucking French.”
Christopher Moore, The Serpent of Venice

Lisa Randall
“Despite my resistance to hyperbole, the LHC belongs to a world that can only be described with superlatives. It is not merely large: the LHC is the biggest machine ever built. It is not merely cold: the 1.9 kelvin (1.9 degrees Celsius above absolute zero) temperature necessary for the LHC’s supercomputing magnets to operate is the coldest extended region that we know of in the universe—even colder than outer space. The magnetic field is not merely big: the superconducting dipole magnets generating a magnetic field more than 100,000 times stronger than the Earth’s are the strongest magnets in industrial production ever made.

And the extremes don’t end there. The vacuum inside the proton-containing tubes, a 10 trillionth of an atmosphere, is the most complete vacuum over the largest region ever produced. The energy of the collisions are the highest ever generated on Earth, allowing us to study the interactions that occurred in the early universe the furthest back in time.”
Lisa Randall, Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World

12897 The Alternative Worlds — 141 members — last activity 1 hour, 27 min ago
A private group focusing on thoughtful, engaged discussions of speculative fiction. Author members are welcome but please be aware that this is a prom ...more
1 Goodreads Feedback — 17508 members — last activity 50 minutes ago
This is a place to give feedback about Goodreads. Feature ideas, bugs, or any other suggestion for improvement. The Goodreads staff monitors this grou ...more
1865 SciFi and Fantasy Book Club — 13919 members — last activity 3 hours, 48 min ago
Welcome to the SciFi and Fantasy Book Club! Czar: Kim Czarina: Penny Founder: Nick PLEASE NOTE: From now on we will delete any post from an author wan ...more
220 Goodreads Librarians Group — 50257 members — last activity 1 minute ago
A place where all Goodreads members can work together to improve the Goodreads book catalog. Non-librarians are welcome to join the group as well, to ...more
147285 Crack'd from Side to Side! — 5 members — last activity Nov 27, 2014 08:21AM
A very private group to talk about fantasy literature, science fiction, and other fun stuff in ways both intellectual and humor filled. This group is ...more
More of Ben’s groups…
Dan 1.0
2,388 books | 1,678 friends

445 books | 134 friends

2,424 books | 330 friends

1,303 books | 405 friends

2,096 books | 236 friends

604 books | 55 friends

1,575 books | 139 friends

4,919 books | 317 friends

More friends…
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin MoranCracked Up to Be by Courtney SummersCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
115 books — 15 voters

2013 Reading Challenge
Ben Babcock
Ben Babcock has completed his goal of reading 140 books for the 2013 Reading Challenge!
view books »
2012 Reading Challenge
Ben Babcock
Ben Babcock has completed his goal of reading 120 books for the 2012 Reading Challenge!
view books »

Quizzes and Trivia

questions answered:
302 (0.1%)

205 (67.9%)

147 (32.7%)

64480 out of 3334514


best streak:

questions added:

Polls voted on by this member