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The Ethics/Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect/Selected Letters
4.15
really liked it
Spinoza is the most systematic and reasoned thinker of the Rationalists. His ethics is a huge set of definitions, axioms, propositions, proofs, and ...more
Feb 2007
Dec 29, 2007
 
Introduction to the Philosophy of History with Selections from The Philosophy of Right
3.76
it was ok
This work is a pseudophilosophical theological enterprise. The aim of pure old philosophy is to dispel, not to entangle in circuitous neologisms and ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 01, 2007
 
The World as Will and Representation, Vol. 1
4.19
liked it
It's amazing to see a 19th century German philosopher so directly influenced by Vedanta Hindu philosophy, almost straight out of the Upanishads. There ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 27, 2007
 
The Mueller Report Illustrated: The Obstruction Investigation
4.31
it was amazing
This book provides an excellent summary of the facts surrounding the actions of Trump and all the major players involved in the Mueller investigation. ...more
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 16, 2019
 
Dubliners
3.85
really liked it
I started this book on the plane to Dublin and finished it a day after I had arrived. It was an excellent complement to the city itself and a great ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 17, 2007
 
The Penultimate Truth
3.79
liked it
This book has some fairly glaring plot holes and some pretty worn sci-fi cliches, but manages to redeem itself with an original theme or two. It has a ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 04, 2009
 
Inferno (La Divina Commedia #1)
4.00
really liked it
Inferno, along with the rest of the Divine Comedy, is the foundation of late medieval Christian mythology. The concepts today's Christians have of ...more
not set
Nov 10, 2007
 
Il était une fois en France, Tome 1 : L'empire de Monsieur Joseph
3.82
liked it
This book deals with episodes in the life of Joseph Joanovici, a Romanian-born Jew who immigrated to Clichy, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris, ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 29, 2007
 
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
4.00
really liked it
An excellent coming of age story, blending conventional fantasy tropes with original and quietly subversive elements. Le Guin's prose is always a ...more
Feb 16, 2020
Feb 12, 2020
 
21 Lessons for the 21st Century
4.19
really liked it
Good read.

Chapter on meaning is excellent.

The sort of off-kilter focus on algorithms as a very broad magic word indicating out of control powerful AI
...more
Mar 21, 2019
Jan 05, 2019
 
Second Foundation (Foundation, #3)
4.26
liked it
Overall I enjoyed this book, but it was a bit of a lackluster close to the trilogy.

The first half, detailing the Mule's hunt for the Second
...more
Mar 31, 2019
Mar 27, 2019
 
Red Harvest
3.97
really liked it
A very engrossing, tightly paced read. I picked up the book last night and couldn't put it down until I finished it. One of the best crime fiction ...more
May 25, 2009
May 25, 2009
 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
3.82
really liked it
Takes a long time to get going but the world and characters are charming and well thought-out. A very enjoyable read if you're able to make it all the ...more
Jan 28, 2020
Sep 10, 2019
 
Selected Philosophical Writings
3.80
liked it
God, a demon, some wax, oh my! Good ol' Descartes, where would we be if not for your enthusiastic fumbling in the dark?
Jan 2007
Dec 29, 2007
 
Le chien
4.05
liked it
Moving portrait of a man in the French countryside who privately struggles with the aftereffects of being a Holocaust survivor, forming a bond with a ...more
Jul 30, 2018
Aug 03, 2018
 
Eye in the Sky
3.74
it was ok
definitely not his best work
Jun 2009
Jun 28, 2009
 
Sarah's Key
4.16
liked it
"Sarah's Key" is an emotional exploration of the roundup of several thousand French Jews, most of whom were women and children, by the French police ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 13, 2009
 
Persepolis
4.39
really liked it
This is a lucid and straightforward view of the development of Iranian culture and politics in the 1980s through the eyes of an independent-minded ...more
not set
Dec 29, 2007
 
Cryptonomicon
4.25
liked it
I wanted to like it more than I did. The plot and characters wandered so far I lost interest three quarters of the way through. I finished it ...more
Jan 27, 2016
Jul 13, 2015
 
Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth
4.13
liked it
Demian isn't Hesse's best work by far, but it's an interesting milestone in the development of his narrative style. The book explores a lot of themes ...more
Mar 16, 2009
Dec 27, 2008
 
Foundation and Earth (Foundation #5)
4.05
did not like it
As the final installment of the Foundation series, this was a real letdown.

Golan Trevize, one of the main characters of the previous book
...more
Dec 2019
Sep 10, 2019
 
Corto Maltese. Lointaines îles du vent
4.37
really liked it
Three short stories, each taking place in or around South America; the first in Maracaibo, Venezuela, the second in a town called Mosquito (possibly a ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 29, 2007
 
19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei: How a Chinese Poem is Translated
4.12
it was amazing
Interesting short work examining an ancient Chinese poem and its many translations and interpretations. Worth reading especially for translators and ...more
Aug 14, 2017
Aug 19, 2017
 
Annihilation (Southern Reach #1)
3.69
really liked it
Quick read, well written, tightly paced. Went in some very different directions than the movie adaptation. Worth a read if you're curious about it.
Jun 10, 2019
Jun 10, 2019
 
The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe, #1)
4.01
really liked it
Fun quick read, lots of different plot elements from the old Bogart movie. Very stylistically rich hard-boiled prose from one of Film Noir's print ...more
Mar 09, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
 
Autonomous
3.58
really liked it
Interesting exploration of property and autonomy in a future where pharmaceutical patents and human and robot indenture dominate society. Good debut ...more
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 04, 2019
 
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
3.89
it was ok
I hate to say it, but I think I liked M Night Shyamalan's modifications on the plot and details in his movie "The Happening" better than the book it ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 04, 2009
 
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #4)
4.07
really liked it
Good stuff! I've been working my way through LeGuin's Hainish cycle and love how subtly they are interwoven. Each stands on its own with a solid plot ...more
Jan 31, 2016
Jan 28, 2016
 
Le Mystère de la patience
4.17
really liked it
I read this when I was a kid, it opened up my imagination again at a time when the stark realities of the world were closing in on me. It is very ...more
not set
Jan 01, 2008
 
The Drowning Pool (Lew Archer #2)
4.00
it was ok
This book started off fairly dull but once somebody died the story started going in interesting directions. All in all not that bad, an enjoyable ...more
Oct 09, 2009
Oct 04, 2009
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