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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
3.89
liked it
I guess I should have taken the subtitle of Musicophilia more seriously. Oliver Sachs' collection of essays describe different aspects of neurological ...more
Feb 2010
May 26, 2008
 
The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds and the Laws of Physics
3.84
really liked it
Penrose's basic premise is that, in his opinion, computers will never really be able to attain what we conceive of as human consciousness. Sounds like ...more
Feb 22, 2008
Dec 01, 2007
 
The Imperfectionists
3.54
liked it
If I could, I'd actually give this 3.5 stars.

The Imperfectionists is really more a series of short stories, rather than a single novel, tied together
...more
Jun 2011
Feb 05, 2011
 
The Historian
3.77
liked it
Mostly entertaining tale of successive historians following the trail of Vlad Tepes/Dracula and the possibility that the fictional Dracula wasn't so f ...more
Mar 2014
Dec 08, 2013
 
Judaism, Physics and God: Searching for Sacred Metaphors in a Post-Einstein World
3.58
really liked it
The central task of the book is contemplating modern physics and whether it can provide modern metaphors for ways of thinking about God, particularly ...more
Nov 09, 2008
Oct 13, 2008
 
Ghostwalk
3.07
it was ok
Ghostwalk is a mystery delving into some real life historical events surrounding the life and career of Isaac Newton, intertwined with a contemporary ...more
Jun 2009
Feb 26, 2009
 
Netherland
3.41
liked it
I find myself quite ambivalent about this book.

Its filled with clever and pithy prose. Indeed, some passages really make you stop just to appreciate
...more
Sep 30, 2009
Aug 22, 2009
 
The Goldfinch
3.89
really liked it
Complex, compelling, mostly satisfying novel. One of the things I liked most about it was that the story is told through the eyes of a kid (eventually ...more
Jan 2014
Dec 08, 2013
 
The Songs of Distant Earth
3.89
really liked it
In the author's note included in this edition, Clarke states his intention to create a "realistic" work of science fiction. That is, to extrapolate, r ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 13, 2008
 
The Passion of Artemisia
3.87
liked it
The Passion of Artemesia is a fictional story about a real life person, Artemesia Gentileschi, a 17th century woman who was the first woman accepted i ...more
Jan 2010
Sep 02, 2007
 
The Confabulist
3.38
liked it
I picked this up because I'm kind of a sucker for Houdini-related reading. This was a pleasant, quick read, but what is billed on the back of the book ...more
Jun 2015
Jun 19, 2015
 
The Art of Racing in the Rain
4.20
really liked it
The conceit of the novel is that the story is narrated by the protagonist's dog, Enzo, - and it works beautifully. Stein manages to imbue his narrator ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 18, 2010
 
The Unending Mystery: A Journey Through Labyrinths and Mazes
3.48
really liked it
Nifty history of labyrinths and mazes (and the differences between them). That some version of labyrinths have been constructed by humans, for so long ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 08, 2011
 
The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion: How Feelings Link the Brain, the Body, and the Sixth Sense
4.03
really liked it
For the sake of full disclosure, I must report that the principal author is a friend of mine.

The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion is a scientific explora
...more
Dec 2009
Nov 22, 2009
 
How to Read Literature Like a Professor
3.64
liked it
Regardless of the endeavor, be it playing an instrument, engaging in some physical activity, or practicing some sort of art or craft, its usually good ...more
May 03, 2008
Apr 27, 2008
 
The Mathematician's Shiva
3.76
really liked it
Quirky. But I suppose any novel featuring the shiva for the recently departed "greatest female mathematician" is bound to be. If you're conversant wit ...more
Dec 2015
Jan 07, 2016
 
The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer
3.47
it was ok
The Simpsons and Philosophy is the second in a now lengthy series of volumes of essays centered around various icons of popular culture. I've also rea ...more
May 2009
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Art of Fielding
3.99
really liked it
I started this in the weeks before pitchers & catchers reported, deep in the pining for the promise of a new baseball season and the end of a long ...more
Feb 2015
Mar 04, 2014
 
Measure for Measure: A Musical History of Science
3.81
really liked it
Entertaining survey history of major developments in Western science framed by a concurrent history of major developments in Western music. Brings hom ...more
Dec 2014
Jul 14, 2014
 
Suite Française
3.82
it was ok
I rarely give up on books before I've finished them. But I have this time. While it seems as if everyone else has simply loved this book, I confess I ...more
Jun 2008
Aug 21, 2007
 
Lexicon
3.90
it was amazing
Loved this book. What is the power of the word? We speak of words as having the power to hurt and to heal. And we contemplate our power over words, le ...more
Aug 2014
Jul 14, 2014
 
Everything I Never Told You
3.81
liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It's an affecting study about family dynamics and societal pressures and how they damage people, and how d ...more
Nov 22, 2017
Oct 25, 2017
 
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
3.90
really liked it
I'm almost at a loss for words. Or rather, just not sure how to approach saying anything about this book. Diaz has written a book which tells intensel ...more
Mar 2010
Feb 08, 2010
 
The Seville Communion
3.67
liked it
Actually, I'd give this a solid 3 1/2 stars, if I could. A clever, engaging. literate whodunit revolving around a hacker breaking into the Pope's comp ...more
Feb 2010
Aug 28, 2007
 
Station Eleven
4.02
it was amazing
I just loved this surprisingly hopeful post-apocalyptic novel.

Most of the action takes place after a virus has wiped out most of the population - tho
...more
Jun 2015
Jun 19, 2015
 
A Conspiracy of Paper (Benjamin Weaver, #1)
3.87
really liked it
Entertaining historical mystery set in 18th century London on the eve of the first stock market crash, featuring a very early "private detective". The ...more
Nov 2014
Jul 14, 2014
 
The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3)
3.98
liked it
I adored his first book but was so disappointed in second, that I was frankly nervous about reading this third book. Still didn't love it as much as t ...more
May 2014
Jul 14, 2014
 
The Essence of Photography: Seeing and Creativity
4.38
really liked it
Having read the Art of Photography by the same author/photographer, once I saw this out, I wanted to read it. I've given it 4 starts. Really, I think ...more
Jan 2015
Dec 28, 2014
 
From Scratch: Inside the Food Network
3.19
liked it
I watch enough of the Food Network that I couldn't resist. The early development is kind of interesting and it's certainly got some fun, gossipy tidbi ...more
not set
Dec 08, 2013
 
A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
4.26
liked it
I liked this book, even though it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The book was much more about meditation, per se, than the broader commentary on l ...more
Oct 2007
Aug 28, 2007
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