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How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
3.78
it was ok
This was not the book that I'd hoped for. The focus is more on accumulation of the right supplies than skill acquisition and mental/emotional prepared ...more
not set
Jun 12, 2010
 
The Lottery and Other Stories
4.06
did not like it
Many people have spoken on the chilling qualities of Shirley Jackson's work. Myself, I just don't see it. I'll confess to being predisposed away from ...more
Aug 13, 2009
Aug 13, 2009
 
The Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society
3.15
it was ok
While this book covered some interesting history, it really wasn't my cup of tea. There were numerous references to the rituals of the masons, but no ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2010
 
Seven Laws of Money
3.53
liked it
I've got mixed feelings on this book. In a lot of ways it reinforced the views I already had on money, so I suppose on that end it qualifies as encour ...more
Sep 13, 2009
Sep 14, 2009
 
Level 7
3.90
really liked it
Level 7 isn't truly a book that I just read. It's a book that I've just re-read, which is a bit different. With over 25 years since the first reading, ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
 
The Swiss Family Robinson
3.92
really liked it
This is one of a great many classic books that I'd always meant to read but never found the time. Now that I've spent the time, I can't say that I fee ...more
not set
Sep 09, 2010
 
Organic Chemistry I For Dummies
3.70
it was ok
I'm a big fans of the For Dummies series. I can't say that I much like the titles themselves, since I think Organic Chemistry I Made Simple would appe ...more
not set
Jul 14, 2009
 
Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance
4.21
really liked it
This book took an approach to instruction that was both clear and entertaining. It addresses a great many nuances of country life, from building a sto ...more
not set
Jul 12, 2009
 
Physics for Dummies
3.61
it was ok
Sometimes the For Dummies books are wonderful, sometimes only so-so. I'm afraid that this is one of the so-so ones. It would be a wonderful book for s ...more
not set
Aug 04, 2009
 
Claws That Catch (Looking Glass, #4)
4.13
it was ok
The humor that was notable in the previous books of the series overflows here. It was over the line for me, becoming both unbearably silly and distrac ...more
Oct 08, 2010
Oct 14, 2010
 
The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World
3.85
liked it
Ever feel like there's more to life than wage-slavery? Bored with life? This book might be worth reading, then. Drawn from the real-life experiences o ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2011
 
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
3.35
did not like it
First off, I'll say that G.I. Joe was a big part of my childhood. This isn't it. There aren't even that many points of resemblance between the two, be ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 01, 2009
 
The Good Booze: Recipe And Cookbook
4.00
liked it
A simple, basic book on fermentation and distillation of spirits. It's very brief and to the point, with just a few anecdotes sprinkled in here and th ...more
May 12, 2010
May 22, 2010
 
The People of Sparks (Book of Ember, #2)
3.65
liked it
I regret to say in this case the sequel doesn't quite measure up to the original, but The People of Sparks was still a pretty good read. The main char ...more
not set
Aug 13, 2009
 
Tom Swift and His Airship (Tom Swift Sr, #3)
3.72
liked it
I never got to read Tom Swift when I was younger. This was the first of his books that I've read. It's too bad that I didn't get there sooner, really, ...more
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Sep 09, 2010
 
Arcadian's Asylum (Deathlands, #92)
3.72
liked it
Sadly, this was not the best of the series, the premise of a baron running a ville dedicated to a variety sociological/biological experiments being a ...more
not set
May 25, 2010
 
There Are No Electrons: Electronics for Earthlings
4.09
really liked it
This book is a marvelous introductory guide to basic electronics. I wish I'd read it years ago, since I'd already learned most of the content the hard ...more
not set
Feb 27, 2011
 
Allan and the Holy Flower
3.96
liked it
This is the first Allan Quatermain novel that I've ever read, even though I've known the man by reputation for years. The book was solid entertainment ...more
not set
Sep 12, 2010
 
Fearless (The Lost Fleet, #2)
3.97
really liked it
A good book. Campbell does a great job of exploring the feelings of his MC regarding isolation imposed by the burdens of command. This book bridged a ...more
Sep 07, 2009
Sep 08, 2009
 
Lowfat Cooking For Dummies
3.58
it was ok
Lowfat Cooking for Dummies has some valuable information, but most of it is all condensed in the first couple chapters. Beyond that, the book is a fon ...more
not set
Aug 13, 2009
 
A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper, #1)
4.08
liked it
As always, Moore brings something to the table that's difficult to describe. Overall A Dirty Job was a good read, if a bit of a slow starter. The insi ...more
not set
Sep 25, 2009
 
Seasons of Death (Conan Flagg, #5)
3.64
liked it
A good but not quite great mystery. In Seasons of Death Wren showed incredible abilities at building a location in the readers minds and characterizin ...more
not set
Aug 25, 2009
 
Unseen Academicals (Discworld, #37; Rincewind #8)
3.98
really liked it
Warning: Any review I write about a Discworld novel is inherently biased. I love Terry Pratchett's work too much to judge it fairly. That being said, ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2011
 
Lord of the Flies
3.65
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This is one of a great many classics that I've intended to read for years. When I saw it at Wal-Mart, intended for the forced consum ...more
not set
Aug 07, 2009
 
Odd Hours (Odd Thomas, #4)
3.93
it was ok
Disappointing. I was a big fan of the previous Odd Thomas books, but this one just didn't work for me. Odd, who my mother has said remind her of me, c ...more
not set
Sep 24, 2009
 
Ghost (Paladin of Shadows, #1)
3.85
it was ok
After reading Ghost I wish I could give it a 2.5 star rating. Since that's impossible, I rounded up, giving the benefit of the doubt. The book shows p ...more
not set
Jul 19, 2009
 
Cryptonomicon
4.25
liked it
A good book, but a taxing read. The POV is so spread out that it makes it hard to be sure who and where you are at any given moment. If you're not fam ...more
not set
Sep 08, 2009
 
Tuesday Rabbi Saw Red
3.79
liked it
Not a bad story, all in all. Like most of the books featuring Rabbi Small the sequence of events seems rather far-fetched, but then a straightforward ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2009
 
G.I. Joe: Above & Beyond
3.00
it was ok
This prequel is actually quite a bit better than the novelization that follows it. I'd be inclined toward a better rating if they weren't using the G. ...more
not set
Oct 04, 2009
 
Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things
3.47
it was ok
I had high hopes for this book, but was a little disappointed. Perhaps it's just a sign that I'm sneakier than average, more inclined to think out of ...more
Aug 14, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
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