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The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #4)
4.16
liked it
Mild spoilers follow.

I was very disappointed by the end of the series. There was little of the adventure that made Endymion fun, there was significant
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Aug 14, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
 
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't
3.97
it was amazing
I approached this book a bit fearfully. One television personality, while plugging Silver, recently described his work as a triumph of arithmetic, and ...more
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
Dynamics of Faith
4.00
liked it
I first heard of Tillich in a conversation where he was presented as an example of a reasonable voice in a debate where the loudest voices are anythin ...more
Oct 06, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
 
Euclidean & Non-Euclidean Geometries: Development and History
4.29
it was amazing
This book is packed with information. I found some initial, minor organizational choices odd, but I think this is really a symptom of just how much co ...more
Sep 2009
Feb 27, 2011
 
Ark
3.83
it was amazing
Depressing and brilliant. Heavy spoilers follow.

The sequel to Flood is better than its predecessor. It begins with much the same feel of the first boo
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Apr 25, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
 
Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science
3.86
it was ok
Skip this one. I am biased in favor of the overall thesis, but the presentation is exceedingly dry. The authors are aping the puffed up language of th ...more
Mar 16, 2012
Mar 23, 2012
 
Odd Hours (Odd Thomas, #4)
3.93
it was ok
It's about what you'd expect, which is to say an easy, forgettable read. Koontz seems much preachier than I remember him being in the previous books. ...more
Sep 21, 2011
Sep 25, 2011
 
Coalescent (Destiny's Children, #1)
3.75
liked it
There is a big spoiler ahead. It's not fully revealed until late in the book, but it is also revealed on the dust jacket, and so maybe it isn't such a ...more
Nov 29, 2014
Nov 29, 2014
 
Souls in the Great Machine
3.91
really liked it
This book starts out so spectacularly strong that the end can't match the promise. You have a post-apocalyptic, Australian, steam-punk novel set in a ...more
Nov 19, 2016
Nov 24, 2016
 
The Compleat Strategyst: Being a Primer on the Theory of Games of Strategy
3.58
liked it
This is a fun and engaging (although old and presumably outdated) introduction to game theory. The book is concerned with techniques, not proofs.

my fa
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not set
Feb 27, 2011
 
Landlording: A Handymanual for Scrupulous Landlords and Landladies Who Do It Themselves
3.93
really liked it
This is kind of a weird book. The author clearly wants to help people by passing on his knowledge and experience, but he is also adamantly pragmatic a ...more
Jan 20, 2015
Jan 31, 2015
 
Indiscrete Thoughts
4.22
it was amazing
It's brash and, at times, contradictory, but it's intensely thought-provoking.

In particular, I found it invigorating to read an account that tackles s
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Aug 2015
Aug 02, 2015
 
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
4.26
really liked it
The book does a very good job of explaining some complicated concepts in a format that reads like a novel. To be honest, I still don't actually know w ...more
Feb 16, 2016
Feb 23, 2016
 
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
4.20
really liked it
This is a fun account of the author's attempt to track down a hacker breaking into Lawrence Berkeley Lab during the mid-80s. Stoll is quirky, upfront ...more
Mar 03, 2017
Mar 04, 2017
 
The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters
3.92
it was ok
Skip this (I want to say read Hodstadter's Anti-Intellectualism in American Life instead, but it's been so long I don't really remember much about it, ...more
May 18, 2017
May 20, 2017
 
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
4.05
it was amazing
Taleb is (or comes across as) an abrasive, self-important, name-dropping, self-contradictory asshole, but this is book is definitely worth reading.

The
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Nov 11, 2014
Nov 16, 2014
 
Axiomatic
4.26
really liked it
There is a lot of good stuff in this collection. Read it. Spoilers follow.

For the majority of the stories, the premise alone justifies the reader's ti
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Apr 28, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
 
The Tao of Pooh
4.01
it was ok
Skip it. The book starts out fine as an attempt to explain Taoism and to draw some witty parallels with a beloved children's character. Then, in the c ...more
Jun 08, 2014
Jun 10, 2014
 
Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species
4.43
it was amazing
Fascinating and, at times, unsettling. The book is riveting at first, but the focus begins to wander in the latter half. While this makes for a less e ...more
not set
Feb 27, 2011
 
The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time
3.89
really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It's a tale about some very interesting people, and it's told well.

Knowing nothing about poker, I was surprised by the characteri
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Jul 24, 2014
Jul 26, 2014
 
How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
3.93
really liked it
This was a very nice exposition of some really cool ideas.

Some of the nonlinearity section reminded be of Taleb's Antifragile. This is in stark contra
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Feb 10, 2015
Feb 12, 2015
 
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
3.73
really liked it
This is the second book I specifically read so that I could take part in a private book club created as a response to the 2016 Trump victory; the firs ...more
Feb 10, 2017
Feb 11, 2017
 
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
3.96
really liked it
I had low expectations going in to Hillbilly Elegy. There was lots of hype and gushing, and I somehow got the impression that everyone loved it becaus ...more
Mar 20, 2017
Mar 20, 2017
 
Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment
3.93
really liked it
This is an incredibly interesting book written in an incredibly dry style. Besides including lots of practical investing advice, it deftly justifies t ...more
Aug 18, 2016
Aug 28, 2016
 
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
4.47
really liked it
This is an eye-opening exploration of the role that (lack of) stable housing plays in sustaining poverty in the United States. While, behind the scene ...more
Sep 07, 2017
Sep 10, 2017
 
Thank You and Good Night
3.90
liked it
I kind of like this book, but I don't like that I like it: it fits squarely in that category of books targeted at the parent reading it, rather than t ...more
Jul 03, 2016
Jul 04, 2016
 
And So it Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life
3.90
liked it
I have no general interest in knowing the personal lives of my favorite authors, but Vonnegut is such a central character of his own work that I made ...more
May 29, 2015
May 31, 2015
 
Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch, #3)
4.20
really liked it
There's not nearly so much depth as in either of the precursors. It's a good enough read, but such a step down that, relative to the others, it doesn' ...more
Sep 2016
Sep 08, 2016
 
Tyrannosaurus Drip
3.92
really liked it
The book opens with some incredibly catchy rhymes that introduce the characters and the story's premise, but the ending falls flat. It's hard to pinpo ...more
Mar 06, 2016
Mar 11, 2016
 
The Count of Monte Cristo
4.22
liked it
It's clear why it's a classic, and there's an incredible amount to admire about the work, but I'm not sure it was worth devoting two months of my read ...more
Aug 31, 2017
Sep 04, 2017
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