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The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea
it was ok
First, let me say that this book should probably mention Moby Dick in the title, as nearly half of the book is about Melville's white whale. Now, I do ...more
Apr 25, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
it was amazing
I grabbed this book mostly so I could see what the fuss was about before I watched the series, and I must say, I was blown away. It might have somethi ...more
Jul 29, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
The Greater Good: How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy and Can Save Capitalism
liked it
This is a good introduction to philanthropy and raises some interesting points about how it works in America. I do fear, however, that it is a little ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Jun 06, 2011
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
it was amazing
This book pretty much has all of my favorite things in it. Early cinema, train stations, magic, robots... can you get any better? I don't need much to ...more
May 22, 2008
May 19, 2008
American Gods (American Gods, #1)
liked it
This is a tricky book to review, probably because it is such a big book with so much going on. Too much going on, probably. The book definitely has a ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
The Art of Fielding
it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It is the sort of modern book that can't help but be compared to Franzen, which isn't a bad thing. This book has a charm a ...more
May 03, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
How We Decide
liked it
I like a good popular science book now and again, and I decided to check this one out after hearing Lehrer a couple of times on WNYC's Radiolab. The g ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 03, 2010
True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society
liked it
Very interesting book, although Manjoo was really just preaching to the choir with me. It certainly gets the wheels turning though, and I would recomm ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao
really liked it
This book is worth it just for the many great New Jersey/Rutgers/Dorkdom references. Aside from that, its a good story, and the writing is at times ve ...more
Jun 02, 2008
May 23, 2008
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
liked it
OK, so I don't want to be a hater, but I didn't love this book. There is no doubt that it is a really fun, really absorbing read. You can't help but b ...more
Jul 10, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
Super Sad True Love Story
liked it
Good but not great. There was just something about this book that prevented me from totally getting into it. Essentially, I liked the sci-fi/dystopia ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 05, 2012
A Visit from the Goon Squad
it was amazing
You get all that hype for a reason, I reckon. This is a really good book. The short story bounce around technique works nicely here. The story just fl ...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
A Drink with Shane MacGowan
really liked it
I'm big into Shane MacGowan's music, and I figured that this book would either make me completely obsessed with the man or disillusion me and make me ...more
Apr 28, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
really liked it
A book about exploring a completely uncharted river in the Amazon is cool. There is drama surrounding the survival of the expedition, sociological for ...more
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 02, 2010
Oryx and Crake
really liked it
I was really into this book and ate it up pretty quickly. Sometimes the whole dystopia sci-fi thing can get a little lame for me when real world refer ...more
Oct 03, 2010
Oct 04, 2010
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
liked it
Good book, for sure, but I can't really say that I "really liked it" to give it the four or five stars. I was drawn to this as a fan of Flannery O'Con ...more
Aug 07, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
it was amazing
I came into this without having read the Corrections, so I tried not to get bogged down in all the hype. I actually didn't really know what to expect, ...more
Jan 13, 2011
Dec 21, 2010
Cloud Atlas
it was ok
So I didn't love this book. I wanted to, and I definitely found plenty of things to like about it, but overall I just couldn't buy into it. My biggest ...more
Nov 28, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
What Technology Wants
liked it
This was a tough book. It is a super interesting topic, and there are some really fascinating ideas in here, but overall, it was just difficult to rea ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Sep 21, 2010
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
really liked it
This is a very good and very important book. The basic premise is that throughout history every new "information empire" - telephony, film, radio, and ...more
Mar 16, 2011
Dec 12, 2010
1861: The Civil War Awakening
liked it
This is more like a three and a half. I listened to the audiobook, and sometimes with a book like this, the audio is tough as the mind tends to wander ...more
Aug 10, 2012
Dec 07, 2011
The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
liked it
This was a little bit of a tough one to get through for me. To be fair - I listened to the audiobook, and I think it was a little too easy for my mind ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Sep 26, 2011
A History of the World in 6 Glasses
liked it
Perhaps not exactly a "history of the world," but something more like "lots of fun facts" about beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. Fun to rea ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
The Foundation: A Great American Secret; How Private Wealth is Changing the World
liked it
Good overview of foundations and their impact on philanthropy in America. Aside from providing some background the book makes a pretty strong plea for ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
Men and Cartoons: Stories
it was ok
I'm a fan of Lethem's novels, but I found this collection of short stories a bit disappointing. It has most of the ingredients that make his novels gr ...more
Dec 2010
Nov 07, 2010
Tree of Smoke
really liked it
This is something. This is a long book that moves very quickly. It is full of ideas and literary flourishes, and I would say that it is much more abou ...more
Feb 02, 2013
Dec 28, 2012
The Ask
liked it
So when I read a review of this book and learned that it was about someone who lived in Astoria and worked in a development office at an Art and Desig ...more
Mar 19, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
really liked it
Good stuff. Hits all the right mystery/psychological thriller notes, without too much genre cheesiness. The writing is solid, and can at times be very ...more
Apr 19, 2013
May 25, 2013
Post Captain
liked it
This is my second foray into the Aubrey/Maturin world and I really am loving it. I'm definitely getting better at understanding what is going on in te ...more
Apr 05, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
liked it
A very fun read, but one that could definitely be frustrating at times. I'm usually quite good at suspension of disbelief, and I won't quarrel with th ...more
Sep 16, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
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