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Moonfall
3.79
it was amazing
McDevitt is a niche author. He writes what is sometimes erroneously called "hard sci-fi"; what it is really is the imagination of certain plausible ev ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
The Basic Eight
3.81
it was amazing
I really dug this book, late as I was getting to read it. It’s not The Secret History, don’t listen to anybody who says it is. I loved The Secret Hist ...more
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Aug 13, 2013
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.04
it was amazing
I. Love. This. Book. I went on a 20-minute, out-loud rant when one character did something I would have strangled her for. That's when I knew this boo ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
The Devil and Sonny Liston
3.87
really liked it
This is a rare kind of biography. Its subject is not sympathetic, but was a towering figure in sport and culture. Normally (in my experience), the for ...more
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Sep 19, 2011
 
The Road
3.96
it was amazing
I love this book for reasons that not many other people will love this book, because I'm not sure McCarthy intended for it to be read the way I do, an ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
Lexicon
3.90
it was amazing
Wow.

A somewhat more elaborate review: You should be in the mood for this book before you read it, so you'll enjoy it fully. There's a strong current o
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Sep 08, 2013
Sep 03, 2013
 
Sleepless
3.66
it was ok
The narrative structure is going to make you grumpy. We have two POV characters, a freelance assassin whose narrative is always first person, and an i ...more
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Sep 02, 2013
 
The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
3.76
it was amazing
So. We've had the Twilight Saga and endless reheatings of same. Teenagers who learned to love reading from Harry Potter have had to gorge themselves o ...more
Sep 03, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
 
Night Film
3.78
liked it
Pessl's first novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, had an unusual effect on me. I didn't The Passage- orPresumed Innocent-love it, and it didn't ...more
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Sep 02, 2013
 
27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games
3.61
really liked it
I get a kick out of this sort of thing. The stories of each of Major League Baseball's perfect games, through Randy Johnson's, told in the context of ...more
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Sep 28, 2011
 
The Driver: My Dangerous Pursuit of Speed and Truth in the Outlaw Racing World
4.05
it was amazing
Would you believe me if I said this is one of the greatest sports books I've ever read? I've read some great sports books. It's not technically about ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
Brilliance (Brilliance Saga, #1)
3.96
really liked it
It's a good story with an interesting premise; the characters believable and likable. That I read the main character's dialogue in Sterling Archer's v ...more
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Aug 13, 2013
 
Marsbound (Marsbound, #1)
3.55
really liked it
Carmen Dula is a likable, relatable, realistic main character, and a sometimes dispassionately honest narrator. At some point, particularly since she ...more
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Oct 18, 2011
 
Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice
3.79
it was amazing
Such an important book on the criminal justice system and its unconscionable drastic over-emphasis on punishing black men; told in an accessible, conv ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
4.17
it was amazing
This here is my favorite book. I suppose The Road meant more to me, but when I'm taking my entrance test for heaven, and they ask me what my favorite ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
Ancient Shores
3.65
really liked it
McDevitt's talent for imagining intriguing scenarios, asking what would hapen if... ?, and then fleshing out what interesting people would do if is I ...more
Oct 05, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
 
The Gods Themselves
4.09
it was ok
An intriguing Big Idea, as you would expect, and a brisk narrative pace despite the fact that little happens. I was left with the taste of the book's ...more
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Oct 18, 2011
 
Stranger in a Strange Land
3.91
really liked it
Canonical Heinlein, and canonical sci-fi. Was at one time given a great deal of attention for the purported consonance between Martian main character ...more
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Sep 19, 2011
 
Time Travelers Never Die
3.65
really liked it
I'm a huge McDevitt fan. This wasn't his best book. There are implausibilities that seem (to a reader, outside the creative process) to be the result ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin
3.95
really liked it
Gould's ideas evolved from the early 80s till he death early this millenium, and this book is situated on his time line in the right place to probably ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
Spin (Spin, #1)
4.01
it was amazing
There are books I love on a primally emotional level (The Road, The Passage, A Wrinkle In Time, A Man on the Moon), and there are books I am enormousl ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God
4.27
really liked it
Sagan earned every bit of his reputation as a clear communicator of complex ideas, and that's reflected in this series of essays, originally given as ...more
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Sep 28, 2011
 
Seeker (Alex Benedict, #3)
3.90
really liked it
McDevitt won an award for this book; it's the third in a long series but I read it stand-alone. It's terrific. The discovery of a souvenir cup (!) lea ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
The CEO of the Sofa
3.37
really liked it
As funny as anything O'Rourke writes, and as he concentrates less on politics and foreign policy and more on family and everyday life, it's probably m ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
it was amazing
This book scared the shit out of me, in places. And it was so, so well done. I knew it had been well done before the Robopocalypse guy tried to rip it ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
Physics of the Impossible
4.08
liked it
Real interesting concept. Something you would probably read less for fun and more for research. I would go so far as to say it's mandatory reading if ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
Flashman (The Flashman Papers, #1)
4.07
it was amazing
A faux-autobigraphy of an unapologetically thuggish, cowardly, narcissistic, hilarious ne'er-do-well. The whole series is wonderful; so far, this firs ...more
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Sep 28, 2011
 
Horns
3.92
really liked it
This is the book Heart Shaped Box could have been. You unwittingly find yourself inside these characters, the good ones and the son of a bitch, and th ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
Mr. Shivers
3.39
really liked it
You can see the ending coming a mile away, but before (and even after) that, this is a terrific period piece and exploration of the difficulties of li ...more
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Sep 16, 2011
 
The Pitch That Killed
4.20
really liked it
Appropriately subtitled "The Story of Carl Mays, Ray Chapman, and the Pennant Race of 1920"; the death of Indians infielder Chapman from a beanball th ...more
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Sep 28, 2011
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