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When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It: The Parts of Speech, for Better And/Or Worse
liked it
A very interesting tour on the parts of speech. I dare not say any more for fear of making a mistake.
Sep 18, 2010
Sep 14, 2010
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
it was amazing
I needed to read this again to refresh my memory on three of my favorite characters, Sam, Eowyn and Farimir, whose treatment in the movies was less th ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Dec 23, 2010
In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir
really liked it
There has not been a Vice President who contributed more to the success of his administration than Dick Cheney. Even before the election in 2000, he w ...more
May 21, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Locked On (Jack Ryan Universe, #14)
really liked it
Another great book from Tom Clancy. I am glad he has some help now, I missed seeing a new huge novel every year or so. I always learn a lot when readi ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
The Last Eleven Days of Earl Durand
really liked it
Having grown up in the same area as Earl Durand and having to hear about characters like Buffalo Bill, the James Gang, the Hole in the Wall gang and o ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
The 9/11 Report: The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
liked it
If you are unfortunate enough to have the NYT copy of the report, skip the first 100 pages where the NYT tears down the country. It was sickening. The ...more
Sep 2004
Aug 18, 2010
Ardneh's Sword (Empire of the East, #4)
really liked it
It was very much a plausible transition from the Empire of the East to the Swords series. An easy and enjoyable read.
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 19, 2011
Victory (Kydd Sea Adventures, #11)
it was amazing
This was a fast paced naval yarn about an up and coming officer, Thomas Kydd. The tenth in a series by Julian Stockwin, a former officer in the Royal ...more
May 23, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
Oliver Twist
it was amazing
This was a Father's Day present from my lovely daughter, Emily. Oliver Twist has taken its place near the very top of my all time favorite books. It i ...more
Jul 16, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
In the Presence of the Creator: Isaac Newton and his Times
liked it
This is a fascinating account of Sir Isaac Newton and the times in which he lived. This account is accessible to the non-mathmatical student of histor ...more
Jul 18, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
really liked it
A very well-written portrait of a couple affected by the internment of U.S. Citizens of Japanese descent during WWII. Moving back and forth between th ...more
May 15, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
Titus Groan
really liked it
Gormenghast is a sprawling, dark and forbidding world of corridors, towers and forgotten rooms. The characters appear like small splotches of color se ...more
Jan 18, 2011
not set
Jul 07, 2010
really liked it
Ostensibly written by Charles Dicken's fellow author and good friend, Wilkie Collins, this is a dark biography of the last few years of Dickens life. ...more
Oct 12, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
A Canticle For Leibowitz
it was amazing
The Canticle seems to be at the top of many sci-fi reading lists and I can understand why. The story is great, if somewhat dated. I chuckled when Fran ...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 20, 2011
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
it was amazing
Dickens is at the height of his power here. Almost every paragraph is exceptional. It amazes me how he can vocalize each character in their own peculi ...more
Oct 29, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
48 Days to the Work You Love
liked it
I read this a little while ago and saw it again while packing things up for a garage sale. A few years ago, I might have attempted to find and do some ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 07, 2010
Dead or Alive (Jack Ryan Jr.,#2)
really liked it
Nobody does intelligence/spy thrillers as well as Tom Clancy. I am not sure why he has a collaborator on this book, but you cannot tell, it reads just ...more
Feb 10, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
Greenmantle (Richard Hannay #2)
really liked it
A fast paced action adventure novel from the past. This is as good a spy story as you can get these days, without the smut and violence prevalent in m ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
Cities in Flight (Cities in Flight, #1-4)
really liked it
As a pure science fiction collection, this was first rate. I really enjoyed the science involved. The authors of the 60s really stick to what is plaus ...more
Mar 16, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
My Man Jeeves (Jeeves, #1)
really liked it
This was like watching a favorite sit-com marathon. Vacuous stories with no edifying qualities other than making your sides split. I seriously LOL'd a ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
Sounding Forth the Trumpet 1837-1860
it was amazing
Great perspective on why the Civil War was fought. I have come to the conclusion, despite all the protestations of the South, that this war was fought ...more
May 29, 2010
May 11, 2010
Smiley's People
really liked it
George Smiley is called out of retirement, again, to save the Circus from its own ineptitude, this time brought on by overweight bureaucracy. Two seem ...more
Apr 05, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
The Thompson-Chain Reference Study Bible-KJV
it was amazing
I have read through the Bible cover to cover twice and read passages every day. It should be on my read list, my to read list, and my currently readin ...more
Apr 23, 2012
Jul 07, 2010
Iceberg (Dirk Pitt, #3)
liked it
Overall, it was a fast-paced and enjoyable read. It was almost like watching a movie unfold and had a fairly typical action-adventure plot line. Dirk ...more
Feb 08, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
The Light and the Glory: 1492-1793
really liked it
If you want to understand Christopher Columbus' role in God's plan, read this book.
Mar 19, 2010
May 11, 2010
The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America 1932-72
liked it
Partway through this epic American narrative, describing the years between 1932 and 1972, I have two main impressions. The first is described by the a ...more
not set
Jul 07, 2010
The City & the City
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** The City and the City is a great example of China Mieville's burgeoning imagination. While I can juggle a couple thread of ideas at ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jun 19, 2011
The Death of Grass
it was amazing
This book is a must read for anybody considering the current state of the world economy. It is a study on human nature that will be too evident in com ...more
Dec 05, 2012
Jan 20, 2011
Bleak House
really liked it
Bleak House is a typical Dickens tale exposing the upper and lower classes of England, particularly in Town, London. Filled with orphans, Ladies, Baro ...more
Jul 02, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
really liked it
King Solomon said, "there is no new thing under the sun", but I think in the mind of China Miéville, there is something close. Embassytown is a master ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Mar 27, 2011
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