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it was amazing
Wow! What a ride. It's about 475 pages and I read it in a week. Gulped it down would be a better description. Bursting with ideas that tumble out at a ...more
Sep 03, 2018
Aug 26, 2018
Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan
it was amazing
A beautiful trip to the past: nineteenth century Japan as seen through the eyes of half-Irish half-Greek Lafcadio Hearn. Cultural insights into the co ...more
Jul 19, 2016
Jul 19, 2016
The Sisters Brothers
really liked it
A fine book. Funny and yet reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy as well. Plenty of mindless brutality. Reminded me of Isabella Allende as well oddly enough. ...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 13, 2012
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
it was amazing
A couple of quibbles: The science fiction parts are too shallow and conveniently magical. The plot gets too uneven towards the end with maguffin piled ...more
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 29, 2015
The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)
really liked it
Grossman's (final?) book in the Magician's series. He is a good writer and this book has some touching moments in it. I sometimes found the use of con ...more
Sep 18, 2014
Sep 20, 2014
Station Eleven
it was amazing
Masterfully written and subtle even though it deals with multiple large issues. The characters are memorable and complicated. The main strands are: th ...more
Feb 19, 2015
Sep 11, 2014
Letter to a Christian Nation
liked it
It is easy to agree with the many rational points Harris makes, after all reason will always win out in the religious debate. Also, it is pertinent to ...more
Sep 28, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
The Confabulist
liked it
Maybe my expectations were too high on this one. I started off really liking it but it went downhill from there. I found the connection with the Marti ...more
Jun 25, 2019
Jun 09, 2019
Fall, or Dodge in Hell
liked it
Oh dear. I really wanted to like this one but it was about 400 pages too long. Stephenson is a master and raises some really interesting ideas about t ...more
Jul 20, 2019
Jun 25, 2019
Black Swan Green
it was amazing
If David Mitchell wrote a shopping list I would give it 5 stars. I am an unabashed fan. I rant and rave about him to anyone who will listen and am com ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 04, 2014
The Polysyllabic Spree
it was amazing
Have you too many books lying around and yet you still go out and buy more? This is the book for you! Hornby has devoted a whole magazine column to hi ...more
Jul 10, 2016
Jul 10, 2016
Butcher's Crossing
really liked it
Set in Colorado territory in the 1870s. The typical Western narrative of the tenderfoot finding himself in the West is upset by what the protagonist f ...more
Jul 13, 2016
Jul 10, 2016
The Plot Against America
it was amazing
This is a very rare kind of book. It mixes a historical "What if?"-- pro-Nazi Charles Lindbergh becoming president at the outbreak of WWII-- with the ...more
Jan 20, 2018
Jan 20, 2018
The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning
it was amazing
Prefrontal Parietal Cortex. That's where consciousness is. Or at least the core part of awareness. Bor grounds his discussion of consciousness in the ...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 01, 2014
Martin John
really liked it
Idiosyncratic but unique style that grabs you from the first page. This book is written with the voice of a disturbed sex offender and covers the conf ...more
Mar 16, 2019
Mar 07, 2019
Wild Boy
it was amazing
What a wonderful and emotional story. I recommend this for anyone who is a parent to an autistic child. Victor is an unforgettable character. Much mor ...more
Dec 13, 2018
Mar 31, 2018
Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy (Southern Reach, #1-3)
really liked it
Excellent and frustrating. An odd kind of dystopia that is both banal and terrifying. Really not sure how to classify this one.
not set
Jul 03, 2018
Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism
it was amazing
Under-stated but profound. There are many books on autism, most of them aren't particularly good. This one takes a different angle of acceptance and u ...more
Jun 16, 2019
Jun 05, 2019
A Harvest Saved: Francis O'Neil/Irish Music in Chicago
it was amazing
Excellent introduction to O'Neill's fascinating life and influence. Only complaint is that it is far too short at 70 pages. I would love to know more ...more
May 30, 2014
May 02, 2014
The Prague Cemetery
really liked it
A truly noxious narrator reveals the (largely true although the narrators are fictional) history of the production of the Protocols of Zion and the an ...more
Jul 12, 2015
Jun 18, 2015
True Grit
it was amazing
It is easy to use the term "classic" lightly, but True Grit is a classic of American literature. The story is narrated by a distinctive young voice (M ...more
Nov 11, 2016
Nov 08, 2016
WTF?: What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us
liked it
This is a big book and O'Reilly is an important figure discussing topics he is intimately connected with. He writes well about the history of computer ...more
Dec 24, 2017
Dec 24, 2017
The Speed of Dark
it was amazing
An excellent book that takes on an ambitious project: the story of an autistic man in the near future deciding if he should take a treatment to "cure" ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Dec 21, 2012
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
it was amazing
Plenty of reviews will cite the inspirational insight this book gives into a autistic teenager. That alone is reason for highly recommending this book ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell
it was amazing
Well-written account of Bell's life. He was a complicated character who dabbled in many different areas. Most important of all was the stabilizing inf ...more
Aug 15, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
The Circle
it was amazing
Important and timely. Eggers' writing is sharp and subtle. The main character is brain-washed while the story continues and becomes an easy convert to ...more
Nov 04, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
Miles: The Autobiography
it was amazing
What an amazing life and so well told. Davis is real musical genius and historical figure. His perspective on American race issues is particularly goo ...more
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
it was amazing
Sam Harris is a wonderfully clear and thorough thinker. This short but important book steps past the debate on the harm religion does to look at what ...more
Dec 24, 2017
Nov 09, 2017
The Old Man and the Sea
it was amazing
A powerful fable. I felt it was as much about Hemingway's struggle to bring the story to completion as Santiago's struggle with the giant marlin. The ...more
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 21, 2015
Red Plenty: Inside the Fifties' Soviet Dream
really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed it. I suspect that Spufford is secretly a science fiction author as parts of it read like Stephenson's Cryptonomicon and many of th ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2012
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