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The Blue Death: Disease, Disaster, and the Water We Drink
3.82
it was amazing
A good introduction, though perhaps with alarmist undertones, to the past and present difficulties of maintaining pure water supplies. It is broken in ...more
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Apr 30, 2008
 
Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking
3.92
really liked it
This book tells the tale of fusion research, describing the convoluted path researchers have taken to get to our present point, and highlighting how t ...more
Jan 04, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
 
Free: The Future of a Radical Price
3.83
really liked it
Bits (electrons) are the currency of much of todays information and entertainment--including software, music and literature. The costs of bits are tre ...more
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May 23, 2010
 
The Graveyard Book
4.12
really liked it
A Newberry medalist, his book is billed as a kids book. It is not for children prone to nightmares.

The book begins with the somewhat disturbing murde
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May 23, 2010
 
Delta Force: The Army's Elite Counterterrorist Unit
4.05
Another personal version of Delta Force told by the founder, Charles Beckwith.
not set
May 20, 2008
 
Killing Rommel
3.91
it was amazing
Having read another book using historical facts to write a fictional account of WW II I was intrigued by this title. I was more than pleasantly surpri ...more
not set
Jan 09, 2009
 
Born To Run: The Rise Of Ultra Running And The Super Athlete Tribe
4.28
really liked it
My first glimpse into the sport/hobby of ultra running. Along the way the author discusses a number of interesting topics centered around running: the ...more
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Jun 29, 2012
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
4.39
really liked it
A memoir laregly about Louie Zamperini detailing the depths of human endurance and the atrocities suffered by POW's in the Pacific conflict of WW II. ...more
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Jun 28, 2014
 
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
4.40
really liked it
A rare viewpoint of an infantryman (60mm mortarman to be specific) of the Pacific campaign of WWII. It serves as a thoughtful and horrific reminder of ...more
not set
Jun 16, 2014
 
Claws That Catch (Looking Glass, #4)
4.14
it was amazing
Another entertaining tale of craziness and mayhem aboard the reconstituted Vorpal Blade-- a one time submarine converted to a spaceship. If you like y ...more
not set
Nov 23, 2008
 
Rescue Mode
3.59
really liked it
This novel imagines how a trip to mars might play out in the relatively near future. The story unfolds in small diary-like chapters, switching between ...more
not set
Jul 10, 2014
 
The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain
3.41
liked it
A fascinating memoir that lends some credence to nature versus nurture while highlighting the neurotic behaviors that are evident in all of us to some ...more
not set
Jun 22, 2014
 
Group Theory in the Bedroom, and Other Mathematical Diversions
3.76
really liked it
This is a book of essays reprinted with additional commentary by the author. The topics are diverse, but center to a large degree on computing, mathem ...more
not set
May 27, 2009
 
Chimera: A Jim Chapel Mission (Jim Chapel, #1)
3.75
it was ok
A war hero is sent on a secret mission only to be manipulated by those same super secret echelons of the CIA and the military who brought him in to cl ...more
not set
Jun 22, 2014
 
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
3.96
really liked it
I am always enamored by bibliographical stories. In this case I have developed an interest in ultra runners and what drives them to run 100+ miles. Mo ...more
not set
Jun 29, 2012
 
Beyond the Internet: Successful Research Strategies
3.50
I read the book out of curiousity. I was interested in how others, outside of the sciences, do research. Her book highlights the present limits of the ...more
not set
Jul 13, 2009
 
Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages
3.70
really liked it
I don't know why, but I'm a sucker for the oddball biographical book. In this case, one Ammon Shea has written a short book about reading the OED (Sec ...more
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Dec 06, 2009
 
Locked On (Jack Ryan Universe, #14)
4.00
really liked it
Four stars for the paranoid, action packed entertainment that it is. Clancy's Jack Ryan character has a son, who has followed in his footsteps and is ...more
not set
Jun 29, 2012
 
Ingenious: A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America
4.03
really liked it
When you build something, especially a complicated something, to fulfill a practical need or prove a point, the result is a sense of accomplishment th ...more
not set
Apr 01, 2014
 
A Canticle for Liebowitz
3.98
it was amazing
It's about time I read this book, having seen it as a child on my parents bookshelves and never quite feeling ready to read it. It is a post apocalypt ...more
not set
Jun 29, 2012
 
The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, #1)
4.03
did not like it
Well worth skipping. Yet another story of an impending apocalypse and the poor behavior of the survivors. Maybe it would have been interesting as a si ...more
not set
Aug 08, 2013
 
Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches #1)
4.00
really liked it
Eskarina would like to be a witch and a wizard. The problem is that "the lore" strictly forbids women to enter Unseen University or is it simply that ...more
not set
Jul 17, 2009
 
The Rising Tide (World War II: 1939-1945, #1)
4.08
it was amazing
I read this book back in 2007 and the rest of the trilogy is now available. It's an excellent example of well told fiction based on historical facts. ...more
not set
Jan 04, 2010
 
Robogenesis (Robopocalypse, #2)
3.68
really liked it
It stands to reason that machines inherit the attributes of their makers-the violence, the creativity, the ingenuity, the empathy. This is one machine ...more
not set
Oct 20, 2014
 
Still Alice
4.30
it was amazing
Though a work of fiction, this appears to be a well researched story told from a uniquely first person point of view, of the inevitable dismantleing o ...more
Aug 07, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
 
Prey
3.73
really liked it
Science gone amok, this time in the form of man-made moecular clusters (nano-particles) programmed to solve problems. Is that a cloud of dust or a swa ...more
not set
Jul 17, 2009
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.82
really liked it
I believe this book is best rated historical fiction. It is a fascinating look into pre-WWII (Nazi) Germany from the eyes of the Ambassador Dodd and h ...more
not set
Feb 05, 2014
 
The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance
3.36
it was amazing
Who better to write a book about running (mechanics and science) and the envornement (both travelog and sustainable living) than an ultramarathon runn ...more
not set
Aug 08, 2013
 
Tyrannosaur Canyon
3.79
Apollo 17, an alien virus, a couple of sociopaths, the NSA, some scientists who feel slighted by the system, and canyons galore. What fun!
not set
Jul 30, 2017
 
Robopocalypse (Robopocalypse, #1)
3.67
it was amazing
A diary of a possible human-machine clash. I such a clash inevitable? Will it bring us full circle to a leaner, greener, civilization?
not set
Sep 25, 2012
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