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Mikey rated a book 4 of 5 stars
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
recommended for: lovers of language
read in March, 2004
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A Clockwork Orange is an exercise of style over substance. In terms of its plot, characters, and themes, this is pretty ordinary dystopia stuff, with little to distinguish it. What does distinguish this book, however, is that Burgess writes entirely ...more
Mikey rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Kingdom Come by Mark Waid
Kingdom Come
by Mark Waid
recommended for: art lovers, really
read in July, 2001
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Kingdom Come could be about pretty much anything, and it would get a good review solely on the strength of its artwork. It's that good. Alex Ross is the best in the business, and his watercolors bring the story to life. About that story: Kingdom Come ...more
Mikey rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Batman by Frank Miller
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
by Frank Miller
recommended for: comic enthusiasts
read in March, 2002
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Hailed as Frank Miller's masterpiece, and one of the great graphic novels of all time, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a bit overrated, in my estimation. The artwork isn't much to speak of, and the the book takes a bit too long to develop its them ...more
Mikey rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Ulysses by James Joyce
Ulysses
by James Joyce
recommended for: intellectual readers
read in August, 2004
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One of the most challenging, intellectual, moving, and rewarding reads I've ever had, Ulysses succeeds on every level. The characters are believable and are people that we might know, the plot is universal and easy to relate to, and Joyce's style is ...more
Mikey rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Pro Basketball Forecast by John Hollinger
Pro Basketball Forecast
by John Hollinger
recommended for: basketball fans, sabermetricians
read in October, 2005
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The final installment of the Pro Basketball Prospectus/Forecast series before the whole operation went online on ESPN Insider, the 2005-06 edition is the best that Hollinger's come up with. The most notable improvement is a huge revamping of the simi ...more
Mikey rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Pro Basketball Forecast by John Hollinger
Pro Basketball Forecast
by John Hollinger
recommended for: basketball fans, sabermetricians
read in October, 2004
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With a year of writing under his belt, Hollinger makes some serious improvement the 2004 edition of the Prospectus. Gone are the team-inspired essays before every chapter. He moves those to the front of the book, and instead gives a detailed summary ...more
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Pro Basketball Prospectus by John Hollinger
Pro Basketball Prospectus
by John Hollinger
recommended for: basketball fans, sabermetricians
read in October, 2003
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This is the first edition of John Hollinger's seminal Pro Basketball Prospectus/Forecast series, and it's an awesome first entry; every bit as insightful as its baseball counterpart. Hollinger's Player Efficiency Rating (PER) is not perfect as a meas ...more
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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
recommended for: everyone
read in June, 2004
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The date above is from the last of four times that I've read this book. Forget Romeo and Juliet, Rhett and Scarlett, and everyone else: this is the greatest romance of all time. More than that, this is the story of how pain and suffering from one gen ...more
Mikey rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
Xenocide (Ender's Saga, #3)
by Orson Scott Card
recommended for: ender fans
read in August, 2000
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Not as exciting as Ender's Game or as focused as Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide is a pretty solid effort that keeps the Ender cycle moving along nicely. Card does a nice job of (sort of) combining the stories of the previous two books and developing ...more
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Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #2)
by Orson Scott Card
recommended for: those who liked ender's game
read in July, 2000
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A much more slowly-paced and subtle novel than Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead is a more philosophical work than its predecessor. The novel finds Ender struggling to find a world in which he can coexist with a race other than his own, and the stor ...more
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