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The Outsider
4.06
it was amazing
This is a great book. For anyone with an interest in philosophy, art, literature, psychology and religion, it's sort of become essential reading. Wils ...more
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Jul 02, 2011
 
The Art of Failure: The Anti Self-Help Guide
3.55
really liked it
The self-help book has acquired a bad press, earning a reputation for dealing in platitudes, patronising, and generally failing to engage the more sop ...more
Jul 14, 2013
Jul 12, 2013
 
The Coma
3.35
really liked it
**spoiler alert** A thought-provoking tale on the nature of coma, dreaming and their relation to the waking state and notions of personal identity. Ve ...more
Aug 20, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
 
Turing and the Universal Machine: The Making of the Modern Computer
3.50
really liked it
Very interesting account of the development of computers, linking technological, historical and intellectual strands. Agar's main idea is that, not on ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
 
The Prince
3.78
really liked it
[Reviewed as part of The Illustrated Book Club]

"Machiavellian" has now entered the language as a synonym for "deceitful", "conniving", or just plain "
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Feb 28, 2017
 
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
3.99
really liked it
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is undoubtedly one of the most important and controversial books on philosophy of science ever written. In it, ...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
 
The Ultimate Distinction: Resolving Our Biggest Philosphical, Spiritual, and Practical Problem
4.50
really liked it
I have been interested in Eastern philosophy and religion for a long time - before I became interested in Western philosophy, actually - and so I have ...more
Jul 11, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
 
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
3.66
it was ok
This is the usual Dan Brown fare. Robert Langdon, assisted by an attractive woman who is expert in some ground-breaking field or other, races to solve ...more
Jun 21, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
 
A Clockwork Orange
3.98
it was amazing
This is a great book. It is hard-hitting, insightful, entertaining, and neatly crafted - almost like a fairy tale. At first, the language is a pain in ...more
Nov 30, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
 
Radio Free Albemuth
3.80
liked it
PKD's last novels are an obsessive reworking of a single theme: the idea that some supernatural/extra-terrestrial intelligence was trying to communica ...more
Jan 24, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
 
Politics and the English Language
4.32
it was amazing
This short essay is often recommended and referred to in the context of providing advice to writers. A number of Orwell's six rules—don't use hackneye ...more
Aug 19, 2013
Aug 19, 2013
 
The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
4.20
really liked it
This is quite a fascinating book. It doesn't perhaps have the most compelling narrative - Narby traces quite a 'serpentine' path through science, anth ...more
Nov 11, 2012
Nov 11, 2012
 
A Philosophical Treatise on the Passions
4.00
really liked it
Quite fascinating. There was a time when philosophers wrote about psychology in a way that neither contemporary psychologists nor philosophers now do. ...more
Jan 10, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
 
The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
4.28
it was amazing
Alan Watts (1915-73) was a British-born writer and philosopher who is now most remembered as a popularizer of Eastern philosophy and religion. However ...more
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
 
Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution
3.79
liked it
I did enjoy this book - I'd probably give it a 3.5, if the rating system allowed. It is meticulously researched, and throws interesting light on the d ...more
Jun 14, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
 
Starting with Mill
3.75
really liked it
Very good introduction to Mill. Works hard to put Mill's philosophy in context, and provides a persuasive reinterpretation of Mill that rescues him fr ...more
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Jul 16, 2011
 
Confessions of an English Opium Eater
3.30
liked it
[Reviewed as part of The Illustrated Book Club. Contains some mild spoilers]

This has been on my to-read list for many years. Apart from the title, whi
...more
Feb 04, 2017
Feb 04, 2017
 
2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey, #1)
4.12
it was amazing
A great book - hardly a wasted word. Enigmatic and visionary - not wholly sure what that vision means, or even that I would share it, but brilliantly ...more
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
 
No Logo
3.87
really liked it
11 years old, now, but still a book with a lot to say. I'm a bit surprised by some reviews of it suggesting that it's not well-written, that it's 'pse ...more
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Apr 15, 2011
 
The Golem: What You Should Know about Science
3.77
it was amazing
This is a great book. It takes the form of case histories of some of science's defining moments (Eddington's 'proof' of Einstein's relativity) and som ...more
not set
Jan 01, 2012
 
The Open Society and Its Enemies - Volume One: The Spell of Plato
4.11
it was amazing
This is brilliant. It's a radical re-reading of Plato which argues that, in his authoritarian vision of the perfect state, he is the forerunner of tot ...more
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Apr 15, 2011
 
What Nietzsche Really Said
3.88
it was amazing
Having recommended this book recently, I thought I'd better re-read it. It's a fantastic introduction to Nietzsche's thought. It debunks myths and mis ...more
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
 
Frankenstein
3.76
it was amazing
[Reviewed as part of The Illustrated Book Club]

Frankenstein is rightly considered one of the earliest works of science fiction. And like the best scie
...more
Jan 27, 2017
Jan 10, 2017
 
Plato's Republic
3.88
really liked it
Blackburn is a very readable philosopher - not a common thing. This book is very enjoyable and Blackburn does a great job of picking out the main poin ...more
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Jan 01, 2012
 
The Advancement of Learning
3.55
liked it
A fascinating book. Bacon is much underrated as a philosopher. His vision for the reform of philosophy and science - well, of learning in general - is ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
 
The New Rulers of the World
4.10
Don't let the title put you off - like Chomsky, Pilger's outlook is not wide eyed conspiracy mongering, but a stunning and unsettling read backed up b ...more
Nov 16, 2013
Nov 16, 2013
 
The Stoic Life: Emotions, Duties, and Fate
4.22
really liked it
This is an excellent book. It is scrupulously researched and up to date, and lays many myths about the Stoics to rest. As such, it is essential readin ...more
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Jun 20, 2011
 
The Lovely Bones
3.78
liked it
I'm a bit shocked by the negative reviews on here - 'worst book ever', 1 star, etc. I think the book pretty much achieves what it sets out to do: port ...more
Sep 06, 2013
Sep 03, 2013
 
FRANCIS BACON ON THE NATURE OF MAN
4.50
it was amazing
This is a great book. From Plato right through to the 19th century, philosophers approached questions of ethics and knowledge through an understanding ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
 
Oliver Twist
3.85
really liked it
[Reviewed as part of The Illustrated Book Club]

This is Dickens' second novel, first published in serial form over 2 years. Later Dickens, from the bit
...more
Feb 09, 2017
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