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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
really liked it
The subtitle is "The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." Aslan's depiction of the life of Jesus is (and can only be, by his own admission) conjectur ...more
Aug 12, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
liked it
This is the way the world ends. Not with a whimper, but a bang.

And then 800-whatever pages later, after vast swaths of clinically descriptive prose a
Aug 05, 2015
May 19, 2015
The Martian
it was amazing
Okay, so the prose isn't full of lyrical, sweeping majesty. It's still a rollicking good adventure, one where the book doesn't go into overwrought dig ...more
Aug 12, 2015
Aug 06, 2015
really liked it
Reading a lot of Stephen King is like watching someone blow up a balloon. Sometimes they begin with a huge breath that fills it up most of the way, fo ...more
Dec 2014
Nov 19, 2014
The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3)
liked it
At the end of the previous book, our heroes saved the world, only to be set with the worst possible outcome: 240 pages of a catalog of everyone's real ...more
Jul 26, 2016
Jun 27, 2016
Lovecraft Country
really liked it
I picked up this book because it's slated to be an HBO Series produced by Jordan Peele and JJ Abrams (and also it was a dollar on Amazon that particul ...more
Oct 17, 2017
Oct 01, 2017
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
liked it
You know how some combinations, like chocolate and peanut butter, are better than the sum of their parts?

Fantasy and noir isn't one of those combinati
Jan 19, 2018
Jan 17, 2018
The Goldfinch
really liked it
The Goldfinch is a wonderful tale of intrigue in the art world, punctuated by long passages of the main character feeling sorry for himself over the c ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Dec 13, 2013
Gone Girl
really liked it
If you really would have liked The War of The Roses (the Michael Douglas / Kathleen Turner tale of what marriage can become) but thought it was too op ...more
May 15, 2014
May 02, 2014
The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
liked it
You know the way Empire surpasses Star Wars, the way Spider-Man 2 surpasses Spider-Man? The Twelve doesn't do that.

At the same time, the book's got so
Jan 10, 2013
Dec 22, 2012
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
it was ok
Eh. I know people who love this series, but this probably pulls in as my least-favorite Stephen King book.

I'm told that later the series gets into so
Jan 02, 2018
Dec 26, 2017
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Two things disturbed me about the book:
1. Early on, Robin complains that she breaks a fingernail. The number of things wrong with th
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)
really liked it
If you crossed X-Men with Harry Potter with Men in Black with Ghostbusters with Memento, you'd get close to the sum of the influences of The Rook. Wai ...more
Sep 07, 2013
Aug 28, 2013
Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)
really liked it
When I started Doctor Sleep, I figured it would be like a lot of King's work: three-quarters of a fantastic book, wrapped up with an ending that didn' ...more
Oct 2013
Sep 24, 2013
Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0, #1)
liked it
Clever premise put off by too little dialogue in the first few chapters (the author has a gift for witty repartee, but the setup for the story smacks ...more
Apr 04, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
The Unknowns
really liked it
If you imagine Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy, only with an actual nerd as the protagonist instead of Ben Affleck, and a much more nuanced and less chauvin ...more
Jul 22, 2013
Jul 17, 2013
That is All
liked it
I ended up listening to the audio version of this; several hundred pages of fake trivia wears thin after a while and it's hard to maintain enthusiasm ...more
Dec 24, 2012
Nov 02, 2011
it was amazing
All the build-up tension and terror of your normal Stephen King novel, with an ending that doesn't involve a Deus Ex Machina of space aliens or psychi ...more
Apr 29, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
Saga, Vol. 1 (Saga, #1)
really liked it
It's always hard to rate graphic novels--do you compare them to other graphic novels (this is light years ahead of your ordinary "let's solve our prob ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 31, 2014
The Sellout
it was amazing
Man. This is Mark Twain / Jonathan Swift-level satire. Ambrose Bierce walking back in from the Mexican desert, taking a look at contemporary society, ...more
Aug 02, 2016
Aug 03, 2016
X-Men: Days of Future Past
it was ok
The book comprises several stories: 1. The entire history of the X-Men from inception to the 1980s, which is unnecessary, repetitive, and culminates i ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 06, 2014
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
really liked it
It's interesting to see themes as complex as media culture, propaganda, and commercialism put into a young adult novel. It's not perfect, but in terms ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
really liked it
You can see Terry Pratchett's fondness for Mel Brooks on every page. Not sure where he and Douglas Adams got the "funny turn of phrase" book genetics, ...more
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
The Elementals
really liked it
Growing up in Mobile in the 1970s and '80s, I'd see this book on the shelves of the supermarket paperback racks and along the horror section of the ma ...more
Nov 27, 2016
Oct 30, 2016
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
it was amazing
Not many books leave you feeling both smarter and wildly entertained. And if a book makes you smarter, then you by definition become a better person f ...more
Sep 15, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
really liked it
You know how in Michael Crighton's work, there's a cool (if implausible) scientific setup, a load of action set pieces, and then towards the end a com ...more
Dec 22, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
it was ok
In which Dan Brown teaches us the heartwarming lesson that even people with severe mental disabilities can become professors of symbology at Harvard.
not set
Apr 16, 2009
The Orphan Master's Son
it was amazing
By turns horrific, hilarious, and profoundly moving, The Orphan Master's Son is both an expansive novel of adventure and a meditation on the transfor ...more
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Ruhlman's Twenty: 20 Techniques, 100 Recipes, A Cook's Manifesto
it was ok
For the last ten years or so, Michael Ruhlman has written the same book like four different times. Because people keep buying them as presents, or buy ...more
Mar 22, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day
How do you rate a cookbook? I haven't yet cooked anything from it, but almost everything looks like it's delicious and terrible for you. There's a Tak ...more
Sep 19, 2016
Sep 13, 2016
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