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All Those Things We Never Said
3.83
did not like it
Writing level at "learn to become a writer at home" quality and the plot twist is rather absurd.

I hate it when I accidentally stumble into Harlequin t
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Oct 20, 2010
Nov 01, 2010
 
Smiley's People
4.25
it was amazing
Just re-read this one after many years. I forgot how awesome this book is. Le Carre was at the top of his game.

First, there's Smiley, his heavy-lidde
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Jan 1979
Oct 26, 2011
 
The Best Laid Plans
3.88
really liked it
Ah, I loves me some Canadian political satire. Don't think I've had this much fun since King John of Canada (Scott Gardiner - go read it).

A young poli
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Aug 25, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
 
Stone Mattress
3.93
really liked it
Sharp. It's a word that gets used a lot in association with Atwood. Not sure I can describe precisely how her writing is "sharp", but it is. The chara ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 11, 2014
 
New Earth (The Grand Tour, #21)
3.31
liked it
Great idea for a story, and with typical Bova treatment, we see all of the good and the bad that might be if humans do come in contact with aliens.

Ear
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Aug 2013
Aug 31, 2013
 
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
4.29
liked it
I'm fascinated by the history of encryption, so this book was up my alley. Singh traces the evolution of encryption techniques using stories from hist ...more
Jan 2014
Feb 16, 2014
 
The Love Monster
3.66
really liked it
Once again, I find a wonderful first-time novel. I should get paid for my radar.

Margaret H. Atwood (no, not that one) is in a rough patch. Her loveles
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Aug 2012
Aug 12, 2012
 
Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large
3.80
liked it
Shatner rules. Yes, he does. And he's really very sure that George Takei really dislikes him, though he claims to not know why. You can hear the someh ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 24, 2012
 
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
4.28
it was amazing
Great science writers make me so happy (and jealous). Quammen explores what we know so far about zoonosis (infectious disease transmitted between spec ...more
Jan 2014
Feb 01, 2014
 
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
3.98
it was amazing
I wrote a more complete review on my blog.

As with Chaos, Gleick displays a mastery and a passion for the history of ideas while creating new connectio
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Apr 17, 2011
May 01, 2011
 
The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A True Story of Resilience and Recovery
4.34
really liked it
This book is hard to read. Not because it's written poorly, but because the subject matter is hard to face.

Westoll, who has a background in primate an
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May 2013
May 28, 2013
 
White Devils
3.28
liked it
Quite a good book. I read it on the heels of Atwood's The Year of the Flood, which provided an interesting context.

Without giving too much away, an ar
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Oct 03, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
 
Mars Life (The Grand Tour, #17)
3.72
really liked it
I like this one enough to review it on the blog.

Due to global warming and the decimation of resources, arid areas have become floodplains, the prairie
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Aug 02, 2009
Sep 06, 2009
 
All the Broken Things
3.76
really liked it
Bo lives in a rental house with his Mom, Rose, with sponsorship from a church and a group of people who helped them when they escaped VietNam after Ag ...more
Jul 2014
Aug 31, 2014
 
The Girl with All the Gifts (The Hungry Plague, #1)
3.93
it was amazing
I'll tread carefully since this is such a new release. First off, getting a book jacket testimonial from Joss Whedon: booyah!

Melanie knows the routine
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Jul 2014
Aug 10, 2014
 
In the Skin of a Lion
3.88
it was amazing
Still my favourite Ondaatje.

Toronto. 1920s. Bloor Street Viaduct is being built, and the immigrants are the unseen forces of work and power.

Patrick L
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not set
Apr 19, 2009
 
The Rude Story of English
3.43
really liked it
There are two problems with the story of the English language, according to Howell: no hero, and not rude enough.

Then he sets off to remedy both.

Follo
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Nov 2013
Dec 07, 2013
 
Such a Long Journey
3.95
liked it
Bombay, India in the 1970s. A man tries to keep his family going but things start to fall apart. Plus, the neighbours are all a little crazy.

The long
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not set
Apr 19, 2009
 
The Empathy Exams: Essays
3.63
it was ok
I had to take a step back to decide what I really thought of this collection.

There are moments of strength and narrative awareness. But in the end, I
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Sep 2014
Oct 11, 2014
 
Armageddon Science: The Science of Mass Destruction
3.52
liked it
What can I say? More apocalypse porn.

Clegg goes through the list of things that might kill us from the likely (climate change) to the absurd (the LHC)
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Mar 2011
Aug 01, 2011
 
Bossypants
3.94
liked it
It should be no surprise that Tina Fey is good at writing the anecdote. But the book club was not convinced this was a "memoir" in the classic sense.

T
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Jun 2011
Jul 30, 2011
 
Lock In (Lock In, #1)
3.86
really liked it
On his first day at work as an FBI agent, Chris and his partner catch a murder. It's complicated.

Chris grew up as the poster boy for Haden's (or rathe
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Sep 2014
Oct 11, 2014
 
The Brothers Karamazov (Landmarks of World Literature)
4.40
liked it
This is Dostoyevsky's final novel and the one that lots of people see as his best.

A father dies and we see and hear how each of his sons were part of
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not set
Apr 19, 2009
 
Notes From a Cold Case (Missing And Exploited Suspense Series, #1)
3.84
liked it
First off, the title wouldn't be my choice. Gives it a pulp series feel and I don't really think it's that.

I love Holborn's characters, and there are
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Nov 2015
Dec 21, 2015
 
For Today I Am a Boy
3.73
really liked it
Another awesome debut novel.

Peter is the son that arrives at last in a family of daughters, the awaited "king" in his father's mind, as revealed in hi
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Mar 2014
Mar 29, 2014
 
Shovel Ready (Spademan, #1)
3.46
liked it
In this near future, the rich people stay tapped in to the high test matrix full time, with servants and nurses to care for their withering bodies. Ev ...more
May 2014
May 18, 2014
 
As She Climbed Across the Table
3.67
really liked it
I have a bit of a crush on Lethem's brain. He makes a love story out of a self-deprecating academic in love with a physicist, with a null space (known ...more
Jun 2014
Aug 08, 2014
 
The Monster's Daughter
3.72
really liked it
Tessa is born as part of a genetic experiment in South Africa near the turn of the 20th Century. Alet is a cop who messed up her chance to be in the e ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2016
 
The Grand Design
4.01
really liked it
Hawking and Mlodinow take on the big questions: Why are we here? How did we get here? What is the nature of reality? Do we need a god to explain how i ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 11, 2012
 
Joe Gould's Teeth
3.45
liked it
I'm surprised I had never heard of Joe Gould - friend/pest to ee cummings, Ezra Pound, WC Williams... and the subject of 2 famous profiles by Joseph M ...more
Jun 2016
Jun 24, 2016
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