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The Martian
4.40
really liked it
There are plenty of things one could complain about here: the prose is artless, comparable to a speculative Reddit comment. The premise is most likely ...more
Jan 10, 2015
Jan 06, 2015
 
Steve Jobs
4.10
liked it
This is an important book, because it contains unique information about Steve Jobs, and quotes from him. It's also rather bland and uninspired. It's n ...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
 
The Design of Everyday Things
4.18
really liked it
DoeT isn't the world's best written book—Norman's style is too often kvetchy-casual, sounding more like a modern-day ranty blog post than a classic of ...more
Jul 2014
Apr 29, 2014
 
Rama II (Rama, #2)
3.67
it was ok
If you liked Rendezvous with Rama, skip this unless you're the world's biggest fan of Gentry Lee. An almost completely unrelated book, this is filled ...more
Dec 21, 2009
Dec 20, 2009
 
Stories of Your Life and Others
4.26
really liked it
Chiang's thinking is superbly clever, and his writing is solid. While the stories here don't have much in the way of plot (excluding two), they're fil ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Dec 12, 2014
 
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
3.76
Couldn't finish it. It's like hanging out with a stoner friend—it's kinda fun, he's a good friend, but eventually it's 4 AM and you gotta drop the arm ...more
Dec 31, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
 
Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
3.68
it was ok
I dreaded writing this review.

Douglas Hofstadter is among my favorite writers, and I usually name his 'Gödel, Escher, Bach' as my favorite book of all
...more
May 30, 2013
Apr 23, 2013
 
Kings in Disguise: A Novel
3.84
really liked it
This is more of a 3.5 for me but I feel bad beating up on a book that's made professionally and sides with the angels. It's a rambling, disjointed acc ...more
Sep 04, 2013
Jul 03, 2012
 
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
3.98
really liked it
A good overview of a subject that's both frustratingly vague and undeniably crucial to our age. The closing, which refers to that age of ours, rang a ...more
Jan 31, 2013
Sep 03, 2012
 
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
3.84
really liked it
Gosh, I hate to nitpick a rating, but this is anywhere between 3 and 5 stars depending on how much you're willing to forgive or overlook.

This book fe
...more
May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016
 
Beauty
4.01
it was amazing
Like 'Beautiful Darkness', this is a very clever reworking of the classic fairytale format. However, it's more than that—it's also a multigenerational ...more
Aug 29, 2016
Aug 29, 2016
 
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned (Y: The Last Man, #1)
4.11
really liked it
Seems like the start of a very good series. The ideas are smart, the writing mostly good, with some shaky spots. Excellent art - clear, expressive, an ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
 
Riddley Walker
4.02
liked it
A frustrating book. A postapocalyptic "story" mainly concerned with language: the broken, caveman-like English of its world; the way today's words mor ...more
Jan 31, 2015
Dec 16, 2014
 
A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches
4.23
it was amazing
If you've heard anything about this, you've probably heard that it's a funny, edgy cookbook. Like Thug Kitchen or something—except that's garbage, and ...more
Dec 14, 2016
Dec 14, 2016
 
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
3.81
liked it
Deservedly a classic of popular mathematics, Flatland makes the problem of multiple dimensions into a comprehensible adventure of sorts. It's a great ...more
Oct 23, 2010
Oct 21, 2010
 
The Birth Caul
3.71
liked it
Eddie Campbell's visualization of a poem Alan Moore read in a pub after the death of his mother. It's a slightly depressed look at a human life - pres ...more
Apr 04, 2011
Apr 02, 2011
 
Beautiful Darkness
3.85
it was amazing
A masterpiece of creepy fairytale comics. Like the best of Japanese horror manga, it's unsettling and disturbing in a way that made it very uncomforta ...more
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 27, 2014
 
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
4.04
liked it
I remembered this being better than it seems now that I've re-read it. It's still a rather fascinating book, if not one that's easy to read or deeply ...more
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 04, 2011
 
The Atrocity Exhibition
3.82
really liked it
An impossible book to recommend, yet I'm sure I'll remember it (and on several levels, appreciate it) for a long time. Its vile imagery and opaque str ...more
Nov 27, 2015
Oct 01, 2015
 
Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women
4.18
liked it
A well-written book on a fascinating subject. While it's not Ricky Jay's fault that the sources on stories included herein are scarce and untrustworth ...more
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
 
Angel Catbird, Volume 1
2.77
it was ok
This is embarrassing.
Jan 14, 2017
Jan 14, 2017
 
Jerusalem
3.97
it was amazing
This is simply too large and complex a book for me to write a meaningful review of, so I'm just going to say that it's a blast to read, and it's loade ...more
Nov 2016
Sep 14, 2016
 
The Acme Novelty Library #19
4.45
it was amazing
An amazing story somewhat burdened by moments of discomfort and sheer misery. I'm sure Ware achieves exactly what he aims to, but I'm still wondering ...more
Jan 11, 2011
Jan 11, 2011
 
Middlesex
3.98
really liked it
Not what I expected - a cross-generational story of Greek immigrants undergoing the American experiment, punctuated just slightly with gender identity ...more
Nov 05, 2009
Nov 03, 2009
 
Forwards Always
4.57
it was amazing
A beautiful, funny, endlessly charming little book. It combines clever wordplay with lovely illustration and design, plus it's all just so… nice.
Jun 08, 2017
Jun 08, 2017
 
When the Wind Blows
4.22
it was amazing
One of the best comics I've read. Perfect in every way.
Nov 05, 2016
Sep 22, 2016
 
The Sot-Weed Factor
4.08
it was amazing
Where to begin describing—let alone commenting on—this postmodern take on the 18th-century farce novel. It is, on its surface, an old-fashioned tale o ...more
Aug 28, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
 
Room
4.04
liked it
Emma Donoghue does a good job with the hard part of this novel: capturing the voice of a five-year old who has spent his whole life trapped in one roo ...more
Nov 15, 2015
Nov 15, 2015
 
How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them—A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide
4.02
really liked it
Sharp, concise, and hard to argue with. Kudos to the authors for opening with an explanation of purpose that outlines how they intend to suggest and a ...more
Feb 23, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
 
The Star Diaries: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy
4.28
it was amazing
From outrageous, Jack Handey-esque farce to the meditation on the human condition you can see in Solaris, this is Lem at his most eclectic. The philos ...more
Nov 14, 2016
Nov 11, 2016
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