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Between the World and Me
it was amazing
It would be so easy to read this book and think this is just about other people, not about myself. I worry, as it's a bestseller, that many are doing ...more
Aug 13, 2017
Jul 09, 2015
Journey to the West (4-Volume Boxed Set)
it was amazing
2/6/15 - Finished Volume 1 (of 4). This is a fascinating mythic journey so far. This first volume is almost more of a prologue, for those wondering ho ...more
Apr 28, 2015
Sep 10, 2007
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
really liked it
I read this book in the sixth grade, and I remember it distinctly. I tore through most, if not all of the series, and loved them all at the time. Late ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 02, 2007
Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog (Sister Pelagia Mysteries, #1)
really liked it
I first picked up one of Akunin's novels because I needed a book to read, and one of the cover blurbs referred to his character Fandorin as a Russian ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 30, 2007
Portrait Of An Artist, As An Old Man
it was amazing
The more I read of Heller the more I come to feel that the popular wisdom, which says that he only wrote one good book, Catch 22, is incorrect. Portra ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 24, 2007
The Bafut Beagles
did not like it
This is a difficult book to review. On it's surface, and I'm sure at the time it was written it was received this way, it presents itself as a charmin ...more
Jan 23, 2016
Jul 01, 2015
The Just City (Thessaly, #1)
really liked it
One of my favorite things about studying classical and renaissance authors was the degree to which it felt like they were in dialogue with those who c ...more
Dec 03, 2016
Jan 27, 2015
Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation
liked it
This book may be the most deserving of the term "Pop History" of any book I've read. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but it's hard to avoid sensing that issu ...more
Jul 30, 2013
Jun 01, 2012
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
really liked it
There were moments when reading the poems in this collection when I had to stop and start over, sounding the poems out with my mouth, because it was c ...more
Dec 28, 2017
Dec 21, 2017
Life on Mars
really liked it
There's a very present feeling to these poems. The best poems in this collection feel confidently present in the world, in the USA. Unwilling to hide ...more
Sep 25, 2017
Aug 27, 2015
The Goblin Emperor
really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, and also found it deeply frustrating. It's a rich, well-designed fantasy world, the characters are interesting and the eve ...more
May 06, 2016
Mar 20, 2014
The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood
it was amazing
I finally read this book after years of having it on my list of books I intend to read, and he's announced as a MacArthur Fellow on the day I finish i ...more
Sep 29, 2015
Aug 07, 2008
Richelieu and His Age: Assertion of Power and Cold War
really liked it
This is a detailed look at Europe during Richelieu's most active period, with a significant emphasis on events in England and Germany and the history ...more
Jul 04, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
Notes from the Divided Country: Poems
it was amazing
I would write about this excellent collection in my own words, but I'm not that eloquent, so instead I'm going to quote a bit that stood out to me fro ...more
Feb 09, 2017
Oct 08, 2015
really liked it
Spain Rodriguez' telling of the life of Che Guevara is poignant and effective. While it is clear that Rodriguez admires Guevara, he works actively to ...more
Sep 14, 2008
Sep 14, 2008
A Walker in the City
it was amazing
Kazin writes about growing up in a Jewish community in Brooklyn before the depression. As a New Yorker, and a lover of New York history, this stood ou ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 22, 2007
Poems of the Late T'ang
really liked it
This is an excellent collection of Chinese poetry from the late T'ang dynasty. Although I still think that Li Po is my favorite poet, I was introduced ...more
May 13, 2010
Jul 25, 2008
The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)
really liked it
My feelings about this book were a bit mixed all told, but I can't deny it's quality. I enjoyed roughly 8/10ths of it.

The description of space travel
Dec 27, 2012
Aug 08, 2007
Three Kingdoms: Classic Novel in Four Volumes
it was amazing
My responses to the individual volumes of this edition are below, but the highlight is, this is a phenomenal work, full of scheming, heroism, tragic f ...more
Jun 09, 2017
Aug 14, 2015
Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow
it was ok
I'm fascinated by Satchel Paige, and I had high hopes for this. It was good, but not as good as it could have been. The framing device is a fictional ...more
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
it was amazing
I'm half tempted to add this to my "philosophy" shelf on goodreads, but have decided against it at the moment.

I remember thinking, when I read Crypto
Jun 21, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress
it was amazing
Jan Morris is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Her prose is so charming that I've found myself frequently texting short passages of this book ...more
Jul 08, 2017
Jun 29, 2014
The White Donkey: Terminal Lance
really liked it
This is a moving and exceedingly well-crafted graphic novel. In his afterword Maximilian Uriarte discussed how he put this together as if he was produ ...more
May 14, 2016
Apr 25, 2016
it was amazing
I loved this book so much, even factoring in the high expectations that I started with.

This is a masterful comic novel, it manages to be cutting, insi
Apr 18, 2016
Jul 01, 2015
Snow Country
really liked it
I can see how Kawabata won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The four stars I've given this represent the power of the writing, and the amount of mental ...more
Sep 12, 2015
Jul 01, 2015
The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
really liked it
If the purpose of a biography is to produce an honest, interesting account of a life, then this succeeds very well. For those hoping for a book primar ...more
Jan 17, 2013
Sep 19, 2011
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
liked it
In her afterword, Rachel Hartman mentions Lois McMaster Bujold as an influence, and I can see how that is the case. Hartman combines a fantasy story w ...more
Jun 09, 2016
Sep 03, 2015
Travels in Manchuria and Mongolia: A Feminist Poet from Japan Encounters Prewar China
liked it
This is a surreal travelogue, Yosano Akiko seems for the most part to be traveling in a peaceful dream with occasional frissons of tension just strong ...more
Jun 17, 2017
Sep 13, 2016
Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota, #1)
really liked it
I probably still need to chew over this novel a while before I can really sum up my thoughts about it. Ada Palmer has built a fascinating, complicate ...more
Aug 17, 2017
Jan 10, 2017
really liked it
A travelogue in poetry form, paired with some simple drawings by artist Kate Delos. The book is a charming object, obviously put together with great c ...more
Jun 25, 2016
Jun 11, 2016
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