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Sophie's World
it was ok

For the most part, the history of philosophy offered in Sophie’s World is sound, though of course often overly simplified. Such simplification is expe
Aug 25, 2007
Aug 21, 2007
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
it was amazing
Is elite athletic performance the result of nature (our genes) or nurture (environment and training)? Yes, according to David Epstein’s The Sports Gen ...more
Jan 24, 2014
Oct 04, 2013
Markets without Limits: Moral Virtues and Commercial Interests
it was amazing
Markets Without Limits is a clear philosophical defense of the claim that there are no inherent limits to markets. What the authors Brennan and Jawors ...more
Apr 24, 2016
Mar 26, 2016
Against Democracy
it was amazing
Against Democracy, as the name suggests, is a devastating critique of democracy both in terms of the efficacy of real-world democracies to provide com ...more
Apr 09, 2017
Apr 09, 2017
Words on the Move: Why English Won't - And Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)
it was amazing
McWhorter's approach to language and linguistics is refreshing and enlightening. As a trade book, I am sure the ruffles and edges of more scholarly ap ...more
Oct 03, 2017
Sep 16, 2017
Man, Play and Games
really liked it
Building off of Johan Huizinga’s account (read my review), Roger Caillois, in Man, Play and Games, introduces an expanded and more exhaustive account ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
Robert B. Parker's Wonderland (Spenser, #41)
it was amazing
I like what Ace Atkins is doing. He is staying true to the characters, the style, and the overall feel of the Spenser series, but he is also nudging t ...more
Jun 07, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
The Chairman (Christian Gillette, #1)
liked it
A solid thriller. Took a little bit, but sucked me in. Many of the characters were a little too stereotypical; from central casting for wall st types. ...more
Jun 05, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
One False Move (Myron Bolitar, #5)
it was amazing
I enjoy the Bolitar series. Coben has created an interesting set of characters. They are not all original or novel for the genre, but the admixture is ...more
Oct 09, 2017
Oct 03, 2017
A Spectacle of Corruption (Benjamin Weaver, #2)
really liked it
This was an exciting, fun read. An interesting look into what it might have been like in London in the 18th century. Employing the classic genre move ...more
Jan 29, 2016
Jan 15, 2016
Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn (Spenser, #44)
it was amazing
As I've said in previous reviews of Atkins' Spenser: he does a great job of capturing Parker's voice and style. Over the course of the several Spenser ...more
May 23, 2016
May 17, 2016
Free Market Fairness
really liked it
When Tomasi’s book first came in 2012, it got a lot of attention in libertarian circles. He challenged a lot of preconceived notions about libertarian ...more
Jun 11, 2014
May 15, 2014
Einstein: His Life and Universe
it was amazing
Between the way Isaacson puts together the story of the life and Edward Hermann's reading of it, this was a wonderful listen. I do think it might have ...more
Oct 16, 2015
Sep 02, 2015
A History of the Jews
it was amazing
This is not just a history of the Jews. It is a history of Western Civilization. It covers so much, it is at times overwhelming. It is hard to sum up ...more
Mar 15, 2012
Jun 23, 2007
Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot (Spenser, #42)
it was amazing
This is the third Ace Atkins Spenser; and it may be the best one. Atkins does a great job of mimicking Parker’s style and pacing, but adds some depth ...more
May 15, 2014
May 14, 2014
Prince of Thieves
it was amazing
I saw the movie, The Town, a few years ago and got the book after I learned the movie was based on a book. The movie was great, the book is even bette ...more
Jul 29, 2016
Jul 30, 2016
Prince of Fire (Gabriel Allon, #5)
it was amazing
The more of the Allon series I read, the more I like it. It is a good balance of action, behind-the-scenes spy-exploits, and character development. Al ...more
Feb 08, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies
really liked it
This is the first Atkins' Spenser that I was a little disappointed in. Atkins still does a good job of capturing Spenser, but the story here didn't qu ...more
May 22, 2017
May 06, 2017
Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It
it was amazing
I figured Fantasy Life would be funny, but I had no expectation of just how funny and how interesting it would be. The mixing of Berry's autobiography ...more
Aug 25, 2013
Aug 17, 2013
Bad Deeds (Dylan Hunter, #2)
it was amazing
I loved Bidinotto’s first novel, Hunter, but Bad Deeds just might be better. It’s hard to put my finger on precisely why. It is exciting and well-plot ...more
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 09, 2014
The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon, #2)
really liked it
I really enjoy Silva's Allon novels: exciting, intelligent spy thrillers. They have well-drawn characters and unpredictable twists. That said, the the ...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
it was amazing
This is one of the saddest books I’ve ever read. Okay, I didn’t openly weep like I did in Where the Red Fern Grows , but it made me very sad. Does on ...more
Jul 28, 2017
Jul 26, 2017
Play Matters
liked it
The account of play in Play Matters is quite interesting, though too unsystematic and too rooted in postmodern ideas. The account also suffers somewha ...more
Aug 23, 2017
Aug 25, 2017
John Adams
really liked it
I’m in the minority here, I know, but I was quite underwhelmed by McCullough’s biography of John Adams. Now maybe it was the audio version, but I had ...more
Jul 2017
Jul 01, 2017
Ready Player One
it was amazing
For a child of the eighties, this book is chock full of nostalgia. As fun as that is, the novel is much more than that. It's not necessarily particula ...more
Aug 27, 2017
Aug 24, 2017
How You Play the Game: A Philosopher Plays Minecraft (Kindle Single)
liked it
As both a father of die-hard Minecrafter and a player myself, there was much to enjoy about this little book. It was at its best when Huenemann used S ...more
Jul 11, 2017
Jul 12, 2017
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
really liked it
Meacham's biography and history is not bad, but it could meander a bit. He weaves in many little stories and anecdotes about aspects of Jefferson's pe ...more
Mar 10, 2017
Mar 10, 2017
Like Dreamers: The Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem in the Six-Day War, and the Divided Israel They Created
it was amazing
Like Dreamers is not a definitive history of the Six Day War, of Israel, or the Arab-Israeli conflicts, but instead is a deeply personal exploration o ...more
Jun 18, 2017
May 30, 2017
Executive Power (Mitch Rapp, #6)
really liked it
Overall, an exciting thriller. I liked what Flynn did with the two simultaneous story lines early on, but ultimately I wish they were better integrate ...more
Jul 21, 2016
Jul 09, 2016
Empire's End (Star Wars: Aftermath, #3)
it was amazing
In this conclusion to the Aftermath trilogy, we see the story lines of the main characters get wrapped up. [Spoiler Warning: some of what I write migh ...more
Sep 09, 2017
Aug 29, 2017
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