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Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick
really liked it
Pretty hilarious, fun concept, worth all the awards? Not sure. The guy at the comic book store upsold me on the second one, claiming it would be impos ...more
May 10, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
Spiders of North America: An Identification Manual
really liked it
Pretty much the authority on North American spiders. It's not a field guide, just a collection of keys, but the keys are mostly excellent, with ample ...more
not set
Dec 18, 2008
Theme Park
Heard this guy on TTBOOK, had some interesting things to say about how theme parks mess with our notions reality and simulations.

not set
Jul 16, 2012
Cerebus (Cerebus, #1)
it was ok
I've always wanted to like the Cerebus series, and I've definitely read a couple of these phone books, but they never really seem to go anywhere. Sim' ...more
not set
Jul 08, 2010
Reinventing Nature? Responses To Postmodern Deconstruction
Apparently there are some responses here to the "post-modern" reconception of nature as a human construction presented by Changes in the Land: Indians ...more
not set
Aug 12, 2011
Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)
liked it
I won't lie, I read through this at the speed of rapt enjoyment, so you can just discount the rest of my harping right now. Ok? Onward. This book is p ...more
Mar 22, 2017
Feb 21, 2017
Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 (Attack on Titan, #1)
it was ok
If you've watched or read pretty much any amoral-giants-and-the-people-who-fight-them-style Japanese fiction, from Ultraman to Evangelion, there is ex ...more
Oct 2015
Oct 23, 2014
Introduction to California Soils and Plants: Serpentine, Vernal Pools, and Other Geobotanical Wonders
liked it
Adequate for what it is, perhaps, but disappointingly introductory for me. I wanted more about the actual chemical interactions that connect rocks to ...more
Jun 30, 2016
Jun 15, 2016
Plants of the San Francisco Bay Region: Mendocino to Monterey
really liked it
This is the best reference I've found for plants in the Bay Area, and it's pretty much always in my hiking bag from February to June. It has some colo ...more
not set
Apr 27, 2010
liked it
Having read the first part of this in trade form I was hoping the full work might address its early flaws: merely serviceable plot, characters under-d ...more
Dec 26, 2013
Dec 25, 2013
Dreamtime (ElfQuest Reader's Collection, #8a)
really liked it
Like the Hidden Years collection, this is a beautiful little interlude between the original 8 books and the largely non-Wendy works that follow. Where ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2010
The Incal
did not like it
Complete waste of a hardcover binding. Moebius's art might earn this 1.01 stars. Might. In lieu of a review, I think I will simply list non-character ...more
Sep 03, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
it was amazing
An exceptional field guide. Layouts and illustrations are clean and consistent, every species account includes multiple plumages (if relevant), maps, ...more
not set
Apr 16, 2010
Daisy Kutter: The Last Train
really liked it
Old review from 2005

An excellent graphic novel by Kazu Kibuishi. It’s a sort of a space western featuring Daisy Kutter, a former outlaw of mythic repu
Apr 12, 2005
Aug 19, 2009
The String Quartet: A History
This was referenced in a lecture on / performance of Dvorak's string quartets I attended. Not really sure I'll ever get to it, but thought I'd jot it ...more
not set
Apr 04, 2010
liked it
Honestly picked this up because it was used (read: cheap) and I thought, from the cover, that it was some kind of light YA bildungsroman. It's not! It ...more
Dec 25, 2016
Nov 20, 2016
The Rabbi's Cat
really liked it
A wonderful, meandering read that doesn't quite stop meandering by the end, sadly. Nevertheless, the rest of the book is a platter of fine writing and ...more
Nov 22, 2008
Nov 22, 2008
Eastern Pacific Nudibranchs: A Guide to the Opisthobranchs from Alaska to Central America
really liked it
I think this is the only field guide exclusively dedicated to the opisthobranchs of the nearshore Eastern Pacific, so I guess we should be grateful th ...more
not set
Dec 16, 2009
The Far Side of the World (Aubrey/Maturin, #10)
really liked it
Yet another pleasant journey across the high seas with Jack and Stephen. This is the book from which the bulk of the movie was drawn, so it was intere ...more
Feb 24, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe
really liked it
Read this quite some time ago, in college, I think, but I enjoyed it immensely. The authors essentially argue against the famous Drake equation, claim ...more
not set
Jun 30, 2010
Titus Groan (Gormenghast, #1)
Painfully boring for the first 70+ pages, too painful to go on. No doubt wonderful things start happening on page 100.
not set
Aug 20, 2013
Hawaii's Sea Creatures: A Guide to Hawaii's Marine Invertebrates
it was amazing
This is one of the best field guides I own. "Marine invertebrates" encompasses an enormous number of species, but Hoover strikes the right balance bet ...more
not set
Jul 21, 2009
Fables & Reflections (The Sandman, #6)
it was amazing
It doesn't get much better than this, even within the world of Sandman. Emperor Norton! A deadly chorus of singing severed heads! Baba Yaga! The Deser ...more
not set
Jun 29, 2010
Castle Waiting: Lucky Road
it was ok
Castle Waiting is frequently mentioned in the same breath as Jeff Smith's Bone series, so I've always wanted to check it out. Like Bone, it's kid-orie ...more
Jul 03, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
liked it
Lo recommended this to me like a year ago, and I finally got around to it. Surprisingly good, but definitely one of those comics that desperately need ...more
Dec 16, 2014
Dec 17, 2014
Stories of Your Life and Others
really liked it
A great pleasure. I'm ashamed to admit it took watching (and enjoying) the movie Arrival to finally get this book into my hands despite having it in t ...more
Jan 15, 2017
Dec 26, 2016
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
really liked it
I read this back in school, and there's no written record. The only point I can remember is the argument that continents that are longitudinally wide ...more
Jan 2001
Jan 19, 2009
Planet of Exile
liked it
More than any of the other Hainish books, this one seems like a wheel spinner for Le Guin. I think there's a lot of potential in the idea of a strande ...more
Sep 02, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
it was ok
Ugh, this was definitely one of those situations where the book and I failed each other, so much so that I was going to write this review in the form ...more
Mar 21, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States
really liked it
I got this to help ID some wildflowers I photographed during a recent vacation back East. While I was there I relied mostly on the Peterson and Audubo ...more
not set
Jul 24, 2010
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