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Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt
4.31
it was ok
I feel deeply ambivalent about this book. I am less interested in the details of either Goodreads's acquisition by Amazon, or the policy dispute betwe ...more
Nov 14, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
 
Goodbye to All That
4.05
liked it
The strength of Robert Graves' autobiography is that it provides sharp and illuminating observations on: the culture of the British school system and ...more
Nov 22, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
 
Long Day's Journey Into Night
4.07
liked it
Don't read this play if you or your family have a history of drug addiction and/or alcoholism and you don't want to be reminded of it. This play is ab ...more
Jun 30, 2017
Nov 16, 2010
 
Secret Kingdom
4.07
really liked it
This is a book Pat Robertson wrote long before he lost his sense of judgment and ran for president of the United States. It delineates a number of law ...more
Jun 1996
Dec 01, 2008
 
Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It)
3.93
This book approaches Christian evangelism strictly from one angle: the awfulness of God's wrath and unbelievers' need to avoid it (by repenting of the ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
 
Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape This Book
3.88
did not like it
I saw this in a college bookstore, and groaned. Fanboy foolishness often makes me laugh, but this example is not funny. Comics books being studied in ...more
not set
Aug 24, 2011
 
Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto
3.84
it was ok
This was the most disappointing book I've read this year.

It's not that I disagree with any of what it has to say; it's that what I read, I already kne
...more
May 04, 2015
May 05, 2015
 
The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing
3.74
it was ok
This is a nuts-and-bolts, explicitly formulaic manual on writing a novel and getting it published. It is just as explicitly geared toward writing and ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 11, 2012
 
The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge
3.82
it was ok
I have been an admirer of Calvin Coolidge (as was President Reagan) for several years, and have not found anything negative to say about him. (No, poo ...more
Aug 13, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
 
The Way Things Ought to Be
3.53
liked it
I've listened to Rush Limbaugh (usually "Rush" to me) regularly since my dad introduced me to him about twenty years ago, and I've owned copies of bot ...more
Jan 1996
Oct 01, 2014
 
All the Pain Money Can Buy: The Life of Christina Onassis
3.74
did not like it
I noticed this book at some point when I worked in a library; probably attracted by the title, I briefly looked through it and became aware of Christi ...more
Jun 12, 2012
May 18, 2012
 
Oh, the Things I Know!
3.35
it was ok
Having recently read a very strange conversation between Franken and journalist Bernard Goldberg (in Goldberg's book 100 People Who Are Screwing Up Am ...more
Jun 2008
Sep 13, 2008
 
Freedom of the Will
4.33
really liked it
This treatise is highly insightful, and stimulated me to consider ideas that had not occurred to me. However, due to the now-archaic language combined ...more
Jun 02, 2016
Jul 28, 2016
 
Wuthering Heights
3.82
liked it
So far, Wuthering Heights is much more accessible, readable, than I expected. It's a vivid book. It makes me feel like never reading another Henry Jam ...more
Jun 02, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
 
Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows
3.75
really liked it
This book tells several stories:

-Jim Bakker's Praise the Lord ministry and its downfall, from his son Jay Bakker's viewpoint.

-Jay's life after the end
...more
Mar 27, 2013
Dec 05, 2012
 
Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes
3.41
it was ok
I have generally found the Philosophers in 90 Minutes series very informative, but this is the first volume in the series that failed for me. Reading ...more
Mar 02, 2015
Mar 01, 2015
 
The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure
3.94
it was ok
Interesting, but relatively disappointing. Kevin Williamson's thoughts on the state of America and the possible future are much more analytical than p ...more
Sep 14, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
 
The Day of the Locust
3.78
liked it
This satire of Hollywood hangers-on and wannnabes (not celebrities) could be depressing because it's so ugly; but since my physical and spiritual life ...more
Jan 2003
Aug 03, 2012
 
The Jungle
3.78
really liked it
It's a tearjerker. I didn't actually cry, but I love sad stories. More objectively, it's a classic of American muckraking. Specifically, the muckraki ...more
Jan 1996
Oct 15, 2008
 
Billy Budd, Sailor
3.09
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This is a review only of Billy Budd, not this entire collection of stories.

I just read Billy Budd for the first time since college.
...more
Jan 2006
Apr 21, 2017
 
Doctor Who: Infinite Requiem
3.13
it was ok
This was the first new Doctor Who: New Adventures novel I had read in a couple of years, but regrettably, it will not be one of the few I keep on my s ...more
Apr 05, 2014
Apr 05, 2014
 
Lord of the Flies
3.64
liked it
Lord of the Flies was the first novel to impact my psyche. It introduced me, long before I became a Christian, to the idea that human nature is inhere ...more
Jan 1994
Jul 12, 2012
 
Combat Faith
3.78
liked it
From the rarity of reviews, I assume this book has been largely ignored. My library had a copy, but purged it from circulation long before now. If it ...more
Dec 23, 2016
Dec 15, 2016
 
DISNEY. The Mouse Betrayed. Greed, corruption and children at risk.
3.40
liked it
Since I read this book circa 2001, I have never watched another Disney movie or bought any Disney merchandise again.
Jan 2001
Jul 17, 2012
 
Dandelion Wine (Green Town, #1)
4.08
liked it
Dandelion Wine is a collection of related vignettes that support and periodically return to one plot thread, or a short novel interrupted by many rela ...more
Dec 26, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
 
Hegel in 90 Minutes
3.14
liked it
This book gives you the bare basics on Hegel's philosophy, which may be all you need to know. From what this book says, Hegel is obviously a philosoph ...more
Sep 21, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
 
The Ball and the Cross
4.01
liked it
**spoiler alert** This is a book whose premise, and beginning, you need to be Roman Catholic in order to fully appreciate. Since I'm Protestant, I was ...more
Feb 2016
Nov 14, 2015
 
Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers
3.43
it was ok
As you can guess from the jacket description, and as the tone of this book will indicate, this book was written with middle-schoolers' parents in min ...more
Jul 29, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
 
The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas
4.05
it was ok

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Feb 28, 2015
Feb 25, 2015
 
Marx and Satan
3.93
really liked it
This was probably the most interesting book I've read this year.

It should actually be titled Marxism and Satan, not Marx and Satan, because it is more
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Jul 15, 2015
Jul 13, 2015
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