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Stranger in a Strange Land
3.91
did not like it
I always heard that this was one of the top classic sci-fi books of all times, but it took me a while to get around to reading it. What a total waste ...more
Oct 1998
Sep 11, 2007
 
A Long Rainy Season: Haiku and Tanka
4.26
really liked it
Very good book on modern female Japanese haiku/tanka poets. It gives a short bio and a sample of 10 or so poems from each. It was nice to experience t ...more
Sep 02, 2009
Aug 30, 2009
 
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
3.88
did not like it
People read this crap?
not set
Aug 23, 2007
 
Never Let Me Go
3.80
liked it
3 or 4 stars. I couldn't decide. It was a good book. It definitely hooked me at the beginning, but it slowed down towards the middle. It was an intere ...more
Jun 20, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
 
Ideas Behind the Modern Chess Openings
4.00
liked it
I don't really play chess, so I don't know why I enjoy reading books about chess strategy, but I do.

This book was ok. It stressed the London System fo
...more
Feb 03, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
 
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
4.55
really liked it
The first half of this book was 5 stars. It started dragging in the middle and towards the end a bit.
Aug 17, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
 
Under the Jaguar Sun
3.80
liked it
Probably my least favorite Calvino book, and the reason for it, which I found out about halfway through, is that this was an unfinished work. Calvino ...more
Jan 07, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
 
Big World
4.36
really liked it
Excellent short stories. Miller has an excellent touch. My only beef with the book is that every single main character is, essentially, the same. Lost ...more
not set
Mar 25, 2012
 
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
4.29
it was amazing
Feynman is a genius. Not only was he one of the great physicists of our time, but he had the uncanny knack to be able to explain physics in terms that ...more
Aug 2002
Aug 26, 2007
 
Watchmen
4.35
liked it
Let me begin by saying that I've never been able to get comics or graphic novels. Everyone swore by Sandman, so I tried it. Ugh, what a piece of c*#p. ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
 
Time's Arrow
3.78
liked it
Probably 3.5 stars. It starts off interesting, and interestingly disorienting, but towards the end it became more tedious and less interesting, though ...more
Aug 15, 2015
Aug 02, 2015
 
Azorno
4.03
really liked it
Weird. You have no idea what's really going on until the end of the book. Who is writing the book? Which characters are real and which are characters ...more
Mar 06, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
 
Rework
3.93
liked it
An interesting book. I liked the format - 1 and 2 page blurbs on what to do and what not to do when starting working for yourself or starting a small ...more
May 15, 2010
May 14, 2010
 
The Castle
3.97
really liked it
Not as good as The Trial, but then again it was left unfinished. Kafka even said himself that he was abandoning the book.
May 03, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
 
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
4.17
liked it
I remember that I read this book a long time ago, and I remember that I liked it but I didn't like it like it.
May 02, 1998
Feb 07, 2008
 
Hal Leonard Guitar Method, - Complete Edition: Books 1, 2 and 3 Bound Together in One Easy-To-Use Volume! [With CD's]
3.89
Look at me! I'm learning to play a real guitar! With strings! No Guitar Hero for me!
not set
Dec 30, 2008
 
Basho's Journey: The Literary Prose of Matsuo Basho
4.10
it was amazing
Spectacular book with many of Basho's more-difficult-to-find haibun (poetic prose).
Dec 2006
Aug 21, 2007
 
Mr Palomar
3.90
really liked it
Another excellent book by Calvino. I think it should get 4-1/4 stars or so. The book is about a guy, Mr Palomar, who waxes philosophic on a number of ...more
Jan 02, 2009
Dec 19, 2008
 
Everything Was Fine Until Whatever
3.98
it was ok
Just not my cup of tea.

When I read flash fiction, I can't help but think of Palm-of-the-Hand Stories by Yasunari Kawabata (Palm-of-the-Hand Stories,
...more
Apr 20, 2010
Apr 17, 2010
 
The Trial
3.98
really liked it
Man, I didn't think I was ever going to finish it. But I did. Like a dog!
Nov 13, 2010
Oct 12, 2010
 
Snow Crash
4.02
did not like it
Stay away if you like don't like crappy books that are poorly written.
not set
Aug 23, 2007
 
Some Thing Black
4.29
it was amazing
This is a book that contains 100% pure, unadulterated grief. Excellent book.
Nov 09, 2015
Mar 01, 2015
 
The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer
4.37
Read some stories. Very good. Just not what I'm currently in the mood for.
not set
Aug 02, 2010
 
Kokoro
3.99
it was amazing
Fantastic. If you're interested in Japanese literature, this is a must read.
Aug 20, 2013
Jul 24, 2013
 
Marcovaldo
3.87
really liked it
Not Calvino's best work, but still very good.
Apr 05, 2015
Mar 30, 2015
 
The Melancholy of Resistance
4.19
really liked it
It took me way too long to read this.
Jul 18, 2014
Apr 29, 2014
 
Lolita
3.88
it was amazing
Whoa. That was a good book.
Jun 13, 2012
May 19, 2012
 
1000 Poems from the Manyōshū
4.00
I've gotten through all the intro text and I'm into the actual poetry now. It's amazing that this poetry survived as long as it did and it really give ...more
not set
Sep 18, 2007
 
Wide Eyed
4.01
really liked it
This is probably going to be the book that gets me interested in so-called Small Press books. I got this one in the Small Press section recommended by ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 16, 2007
 
The Ballad of a Slow Poisoner
4.10
liked it
Bizarre. That's the actual sub-genre of small press that this book belongs in. Just to give you a taste of the book, the main character is Millford Mu ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 01, 2007
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