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The Nose
3.91
it was amazing
Some people take Gogol too seriously. Me? I just apply duct tape to the edges of my nose to make sure it won't get up and walk away. It seems to be a ...more
May 28, 2011
May 28, 2011
 
The Complete Kāma-Sūtra: The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text
3.50
liked it
"Get a bigger flute!" "Increase ur Size! 6" "Don’t walk with tail between your legs." "V|agr.a, C|a.li5, and Phen.term.|ne CHeep!!"

Was the Kama Sutra
...more
Oct 25, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
 
Hallucinations
3.87
it was amazing
Two weird things happened while I was reading this book. I had been having some bad insomnia, so I took a little something-something to help get to sl ...more
Dec 16, 2012
Nov 06, 2012
 
The Monk
3.80
it was amazing
O Father Ambrosio, stop Monking around!

This book was quite a surprise. Yes, there are all sorts of hypocritical Monk-y debauchery and lustful, euphemi
...more
Feb 05, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
 
Solaris
3.98
really liked it
Thanks to a smart GR friend, I recently found out that Solaris was made into a movie long before the 2002 George Clooney/Soderburgh release. And it wa ...more
Dec 09, 2010
Sep 08, 2009
 
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
4.28
it was amazing
(I thought it would make sense to start this while I'm still reading Gone With the Wind.)

This isn't a straight-up biography of Lincoln. And it's certa
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Mar 04, 2011
Jan 03, 2010
 
Ethan Frome
3.37
it was amazing
I read this last night in an insomniac fit. It was cold and dark and rainy, and I was alone. I can't think of a more fitting setting for reading this, ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 03, 2011
 
The Call of Cthulhu
4.04
it was amazing
First rule of Cthulhu: No one knows about Cthulhu.

Except, of course, all fans of SF/F should read the original Cthulu short story that is still inspir
...more
Jul 26, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
 
The Day of the Triffids
4.00
it was amazing
Wow! This is easily in the top 10 best books I've read in 2010.

It's the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic story that most modern ones wish they could be. I
...more
Dec 13, 2010
Dec 10, 2010
 
The Mount
3.70
really liked it
Such a funny little book. I bought the book partly because of the cover. I was expecting something more grim. Also, I'm labeling this one as YA, even ...more
Mar 2011
Dec 12, 2009
 
Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So
3.73
liked it
A book with no segues.

I'm not sure if it's just Mark Vonnegut's style, or if this indicative of someone living with mental illness, but the writing h
...more
May 03, 2011
Oct 19, 2010
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.86
really liked it
***Goodreads swap from 10/09 at Vroman's. Thank you anonymous swapper!***

What an achievement to write a book that steps into the mind of an autistic t
...more
Nov 03, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
 
Dhalgren
3.79
liked it
I just don't know.

So, picture Lost meets Burning Man. Seriously. Imagine a bunch of bohemian hippie types having lots of sex in a weirdly cut-off plac
...more
Mar 20, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
 
Lucky Jim
3.79
really liked it
Jim Dixon is like a cross between Holden Caulfield and Adrian Mole. Maybe just ever so slightly smarter than either, but just as cynical, aloof, and f ...more
Sep 11, 2009
Sep 08, 2009
 
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
4.30
it was amazing
This is a *must* read before reading Cryptonomicon. Or maybe after, like I did.

If you at all feel uncomfortable in your knowledge of one time pad cyp
...more
Aug 21, 2013
Jun 13, 2013
 
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
3.94
it was amazing
Packing for Mars is like Bonk, Stiff and Spook (her three previous books) but in space. Awesome! Everything is better in space. And hilariously entert ...more
Aug 25, 2010
Jun 17, 2010
 
Prodigal Summer
3.99
really liked it
Barbara Kingsolver has this ability to set a scene, and make it feel so lush. She really hits on all the senses, and that just pulls me right in to th ...more
Aug 12, 2010
Dec 12, 2009
 
Narrative of Sojourner Truth
4.11
really liked it
Sojourner Truth had to be one of the most charismatic people ever to walk the Earth.* Charisma is hard to convey in any mode that's not face-to-face. ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
3.87
liked it
Hey, I'm a smug 21st century reader! The bends are bad; Antarctica is a continent; coal doesn't come from volcanoes; submarines are not silent.

The end
...more
May 05, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
 
The Difference Engine
3.41
liked it
Reading this alongside The Bride of Science: Romance, Reason, and Byron's Daughter.

Also: Lovelace and Babbage! <-- This needs to be a book already!
...more
Oct 02, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
 
The Stand
4.34
liked it
I really want to give this two-stars. Why? It utterly fails the Bechdel Test. You'd think after 1153 pages King could have two women interact with eac ...more
Apr 05, 2011
Oct 18, 2009
 
The Surgeon of Crowthorne: a tale of murder, madness & the love of words
3.84
really liked it
Part of my May/June British Invasion theme.
Also titled "The Professor and the Madman" in the US.
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What a weird and fascinating story!
...more
Jul 2010
Oct 09, 2009
 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
4.07
it was amazing
Part of my May/June British Invasion.
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Five stars to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, four stars to Through the Looking Glass, because I j
...more
Jun 29, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
 
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
3.92
really liked it
July 1, 2011 Big Read selection.

5-stars for the first third, 3-stars for the middle section, then 4-stars for the end bits. In all, a 4-star read. I r
...more
Jul 21, 2011
Nov 15, 2010
 
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I (Book #1)
4.49
it was amazing
Whatever you do, read Hound of the Baskervilles. Holy cow, that's now one of my favorite books. The short stories are fun, but some are better than ot ...more
Feb 12, 2014
Oct 10, 2012
 
The Mind's Eye
3.90
it was amazing
Mind's Eye is classic Sacks. It's a collection of essays with a focus on case studies. This time they were loosely based around the theme of the Mind' ...more
Nov 15, 2010
Sep 18, 2010
 
Blindness
4.09
really liked it
I can't quite figure out what to say about Blindness. I totally loved aspects of the book, and really loathed others.

Things I loved: the writing, the
...more
Sep 27, 2010
Sep 18, 2009
 
Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessons for the New Naturalization Test, 2009 (With Audio CD)
4.22
it was amazing
I'm giving this 5-stars in case USCIS reads Goodreads. (I'm really not that paranoid. Or am I?)

But seriously, how much do you love that the gov gives
...more
Mar 03, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
 
Under The Dome
3.90
liked it
Whelp! This kept us entertained on a very long roadtrip. We had to read some while we were at our destination to speed things up. But this wasn't exac ...more
Jun 17, 2013
Apr 07, 2011
 
Playing God
3.56
it was ok
It's the future, and an alien planet needs our help. The Dedelphi are a maternal/sister-based family race who live on a planet of islands and archipel ...more
Sep 24, 2010
Dec 09, 2009
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