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Gravity's Rainbow
4.03
really liked it
Selections From My Mental Commentary Upon Reading Gravity's Rainbow

Difficult my ass, I know who Werner Van Braun is.......... What a fantastic name...
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Jul 04, 2011
Feb 15, 2010
 
The War of the End of the World
4.21
really liked it
The War of the End of the World is, after The Feast of the Goat, only the second the second Mario Vargas Llosa novel I have read. But I still feel mos ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
 
The 42nd Parallel (U.S.A., #1)
3.83
really liked it

I need to qualify my upcoming bold statement with two disclaimers. First off, I'm already on record as being underwhelmed by the hallowed novel I'm ab

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Feb 12, 2011
Dec 21, 2010
 
The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
4.06
liked it

The Missionary Position, by the sake of its cover alone, is arguably one of the most bold polemics in recent memory. The title itself forces you to pi

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Mar 07, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
3.80
it was amazing
Whether it's the gods smiling on me, blind coincidence, narcissism, or a combination of the three, world events sometimes have a way of coinciding wit ...more
Jan 05, 2011
Jan 02, 2011
 
Swamplandia!
3.21
did not like it

Swamplandia! begs George Saunders references. Karen Russell shares Saunders fascination with the peculiar Americana of the tourist trap. The titular a

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Mar 17, 2011
Feb 19, 2011
 
The Iron Heel
3.74
did not like it
The Iron Heel is said to have been a great influence on later dystopian fiction, but London's book is completely lacking the subtlety and skill of Orw ...more
Apr 14, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
 
What It Takes: The Way to the White House
4.37
really liked it
I'm reposting this review today because the e-book version of this is on sale at Amazon for $2, or a .0005¢ per page. Tempting me to buy an electronic ...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 01, 2011
 
1861: The Civil War Awakening
4.03
it was amazing
150 years ago this month, Secessionist forces opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. After 34 hours hours of bombardment, Major Robert Ander ...more
Apr 16, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
 
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life
4.11
really liked it

The great historical tragedy surrounding the legacy of Che Guevara is that man who was nothing but completely and utterly sincere has become a symbol

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Mar 06, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
 
Under the Volcano
3.80
liked it
After reading On the Road last year I created a 'guilty disappointment' shelf. Guilty disappointments, according to me, involve the similar feelings o ...more
Sep 13, 2011
Apr 07, 2010
 
Napoleon's Wars: An International History
3.70
really liked it

Napoleon's Wars prevents a interestingly contrasting viewpoint to the last book I read that involved the Napoleonic Wars, War and Peace. For Tolstoy,

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Mar 17, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
 
Europe's Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War
3.88
it was ok
Only upon reading the first chapeter of Europe's Tragedy did I realize how little I actually knew about the 30 Years War. Usually when I pick up a his ...more
Feb 11, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
 
The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan's Tour of the NBA
4.26
really liked it

There is a curious attitude among a certain sect of basketball fans that frequently is voiced around this time of year. Many passionate basketball fan

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Mar 20, 2011
Mar 17, 2011
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.64
it was amazing
I'm not sure if you can cause what happens in "Foxy Lady" a pause. I mention this only because I've thought about this before, and have concluded that ...more
Jun 17, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
 
Lucky Jim
3.79
it was amazing
For your consideration, the best description of a hangover in the English, NO, I say any language:

"Dixon was alive again. Consciousness was upon him b
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Jul 17, 2011
Dec 25, 2010
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.45
liked it

As evidenced by other threads on this site, this is a book people feel passionate about. Such passion makes a three star rating look like a sort of eq

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Mar 25, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
 
Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna
3.93
it was ok
The genre of "popular history" is somewhat hard to pin down, over the years I've seen it defined in a number of different ways. The most common defini ...more
Aug 30, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
Freedom
3.73
really liked it
I was reading Paul Bryant's review of Freedom and noticed that brian had predicted that Paul would find the book, in relation to The Corrections, "mor ...more
Apr 02, 2011
Sep 17, 2010
 
The Johnstown Flood
4.10
really liked it
On May 31, 1889, the city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania was all but obliterated by one of the most devastating floods in American history. There were ove ...more
Jun 26, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
 
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
4.24
it was amazing
I've had several unsatisfying false starts on reviews of this one since I finished it, but I think it deserves some cursory recommendation, so here it ...more
Feb 02, 2011
Mar 18, 2010
 
Julius Caesar
3.66
liked it
When we read this in High School, we stopped after Act III Scene II, which bothered me at the time, and still does. But looking back, there was probab ...more
Jun 28, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
 
Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu: John Updike on Ted Williams
4.43
it was amazing
This is a standalone version of the essay that Updike wrote on Ted Williams last game in Fenway Park that appeared in the New Yorker in October 1960. ...more
Oct 2011
Jul 12, 2013
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4.04
liked it
For close to ten years I've been telling people that this is one of my favorite books. I read it in high school, before my hiatus from seriously readi ...more
Sep 28, 2011
Mar 18, 2017
 
Skippy Dies
3.72
really liked it
The teaser on the back of the box set edition of Skippy Dies begins, "First the Enfield Tennis Academy in Infinite Jest... Then the Hogwarts School in ...more
Jan 02, 2011
Sep 17, 2010
 
Jamestown
3.08
did not like it
The dreaded one star review. Let me explain myself. Some parts of Jamestown featured the most insightful use of sardonic wit this side of Joe Heller. ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Nov 03, 2010
 
Call for the Dead (George Smiley, #1)
3.78
it was ok

A couple years ago when I had The Spy Who Came in from the Cold on my reading list I found an inelegantly bound collection of John le Carré novels at

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Apr 03, 2011
Apr 07, 2010
 
The Ghost Writer (Zuckerman Bound #1)
3.81
really liked it
I'm not going into great depth here because I probably need to think this one through more. Also, this one may be better suited for a real conversatio ...more
Jan 06, 2011
Dec 21, 2010
 
The Enemy
3.88
it was ok
I kind of feel guilty for posting this as 'read.' The article is decent enough, but it's sooo brief. It is barely longer than Hitch's articles for Sla ...more
Jun 02, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
 
Crimean War
4.00
really liked it
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Sep 24, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
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