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The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World
4.30
did not like it
This is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. Fairly early in Melinda Gates tells her husband Bill Gates — perhaps you’ve heard of him? ...more
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Aug 31, 2019
 
Desire in Language: A Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art
4.01
it was amazing
First thing, this is not a book you just pick up because you like literature and art. If you do like literature and art from an observer point of ...more
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Aug 29, 2017
 
The Book of Were-Wolves
4.50
really liked it
Fantasy, myth, and religious scholars probably know of Sabine Baring-Gould’s work. He was prolific in his day, specifically in writing hymns. The Book ...more
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Sep 30, 2019
 
Tears For Byzantium; The Entropic Course of American Exceptionalism
4.20
This is not the kind of book I'd normally read. I interviewed Daniel Rundquist (note that this interview goes live Wednesday, 28 Mar 2018) and read ...more
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Mar 26, 2018
 
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World
4.05
it was amazing
The Hidden Life of Trees was purchased due to my work in ecological ethology. I read it through, put it down, picked it up again and read it through a ...more
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Aug 11, 2017
 
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
4.10
it was amazing
This book opens with a philosophical question (one of the greatest opening lines I’ve read recently) and the rest of the book builds on it both subtly ...more
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Aug 31, 2019
 
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
4.18
did not like it
I got The Future is History thinking it would be good research. It was, but not in the way I intended. Not science-y enough to be science, not popsci ...more
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Aug 31, 2019
 
Time Enough for Love
3.97
it was amazing
Time Enough for Love...I pulled many quotes from Time Enough for Love. (view spoiler) ...more
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Aug 25, 2017
 
The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2019 Edition (The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book 11)
3.82
did not like it
It’s my habit to comment on each story when I read an anthology (see The Future is Female for an example).
However, doing that here would be giving
...more
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Oct 31, 2019
 
The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom, #3)
3.86
it was amazing
I continued down the glass spiraled staircase realizing the yellow-skinned Okarians could do not but jeer at me, as I mentioned in The Gods of Mars.
...more
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May 31, 2019
 
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
4.25
it was amazing
I saw this Atlas Obscura in the library, took it out, loved it and ordered a copy. This is a wonderful book for armchair explorers and probably more ...more
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Aug 22, 2017
 
The Children of Odin: Nordic Gods and Heroes
4.00
it was amazing
The Children of Odin was a summer vacation read and well worth it. This is Padraic Colum's (an author) retelling of Norse myth and it seems much ...more
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Sep 01, 2017
 
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
3.98
really liked it
Think Alice's Adventures in WWII and you might have a start.
Also, Wow.
First, Catch-22 is a book of its time. I'm not sure it would stand on its own
...more
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Aug 12, 2017
 
Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins, #1)
3.90
it was amazing
This was the last of the movie/book combinations I read over the holidays (the others were a reread/rewatch of Chocolat, Tuck Everlasting and The ...more
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Jan 06, 2018
 
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
4.27
it was amazing
The Hobbit was a book that I twice failed to...appreciate? Understand? The first time was many years back in high school, the second time was my first ...more
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Aug 29, 2017
 
When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought
4.02
it was ok
I wrote a review of this book. Now it’s missing. Holt would turn that fact into a chapter on any number of topics.
Not quite popsci, not quite personal
...more
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Nov 30, 2019
 
Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)
4.14
did not like it
There’s a Stephen King quote on the back of the book, “...impossible to put down.” I read the first page and wondered why anyone would pick the book ...more
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Dec 31, 2019
 
Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time
3.88
it was amazing
Your Brain is a Time Machine is a fun read and dances on the edge of too much sci in its popsci. I found it a delightful read but I have backgrounds ...more
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Sep 30, 2019
 
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
4.25
it was ok
What a fascinatingly boring book! Kinzer takes what should be an engaging piece of little known (to me, anyway) history and numbs it down to nicely ...more
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Nov 30, 2019
 
Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story
4.06
it was ok
I think this would be a good book for people unfamiliar with the subject. It's a pop-sci book, just enough detail to entertain and not enough to be ...more
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Aug 26, 2017
 
Go and Catch a Falling Star
3.77
it was amazing
A) I love poetry. Good poetry. Anybody's capable of writing crap poetry. But truly good poetry that takes you into a world all its own? Are there ...more
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Aug 29, 2017
 
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2.5)
3.91
really liked it
Patrick Rothfuss was recommended to me by a friend. I picked up two books by him, one being The Slow Regard of Silent Things. I don't remember the ...more
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Aug 07, 2017
 
The Writer's Digest Handbook of Short Story Writing
3.54
really liked it
The Goodreads blurb is “Some of the best advice available on how to create character, use description, create a setting and plot a short story.” The ...more
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May 31, 2019
 
Cosmic Critiques: How & Why Ten Science Fiction Stories Work
3.55
did not like it
Cosmic Critiques is the first "how to write" book I had real, recognizable problems with. Go no further, I do not repeat do not recommend this book to ...more
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Apr 30, 2019
 
A Day in the Country and Other Stories
3.91
it was amazing
I’ve read many books on writing and a high percentage indicate that Maupassant was a master, if not the master, storyteller.
I did learn a good amount
...more
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Aug 01, 2019
 
Mystic River
4.18
it was ok
I reviewed Lehane’s Coronado and mentioned that I might read one of his novels.
I did.
Beautiful, I mean amazingly beautiful, writing. There were
...more
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Aug 01, 2019
 
The Gods of Mars
5.00
it was amazing
I started with A Princess of Mars and dove immediately into The Gods of Mars, book 2 of Burroughs’s Barsoom series. Here, after ten years of being ...more
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May 31, 2019
 
House Made of Dawn
3.68
did not like it
I am going to write a book. It will be a short book but I will use long sentences to slow people down. I will use similes and metaphors from white and ...more
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Oct 31, 2019
 
Starting from Scratch
3.73
it was amazing
Okay, first thing and before anything else, Get This Book!
I don't care where you are in your writing career, Rita Mae Brown's Starting from Scratch
...more
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Oct 31, 2019
 
Kafka on the Shore
4.14
it was ok
Kafka on the Shore’s been recommended to me more than once. I can tell because it seemed quite familiar, meaning I didn’t finish it before. This time ...more
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Aug 31, 2019
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