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Rif Saurous rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Choosing Health by Rebecca  Hazelton
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Same old same old.
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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
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I read this because my friend Laura gave it five stars, but I forgot the part of her review where she wrote that not everyone else would like it. The world-building was great, but as she said in her review, not much happened. I started reading this e...more
Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth by Diane Wolkstein
" Basically this book is about the most awesome woman who ever lived. One day she was leaning against a tree and she looked down at herself, specifically her genitals, and said, "Wow, I am amazing." So she decided to go visit the God of Wisdom, who... " Read more of this review »
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Math Bytes by Timothy P Chartier
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I wanted it to be Good, but it was Not Good. I felt like the treatment of all the topics was pretty facile, and the connection between the math and the "applications" was often weak. I skimmed the back half. I can't recommend.
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Momo by Michael Ende
Momo
by Michael Ende
read in June, 2014
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Early novel by the author of the Neverending Story. Basically delightful in a late 1970's trippy young adult kind of way. I want to see the movie now!
Rif Saurous rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Visual Group Theory (MAA Classroom Resource Materials) by Nathan Carter
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Delightful introduction to group theory. Heavily designed around using pictures [Cayley diagrams, Hasse diagrams, multiplication tables] to build intuitions. The presentation is pitched somewhat lower than a first serious abstract algebra course; man...more
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Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
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Gods, magic, business, law, mystery. Excellent and fabulous. Couldn't put it down. Favorite book of the last year.
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The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Golem and the Jinni
by Helene Wecker (Goodreads Author)
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Meh. Too long by half. I didn't put it down, but kind of wish I did. Sort of a poor man's Tim Powers meets a very poor man's Michael Chabon. Nothing really gripping or compelling about it. Nothing awful either. I did get through it.
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Joining by Jock Mckeen
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Being by Bennet Wong
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