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Till We Have Faces:
4.18
it was amazing
It's been years since I've read this, so I can't say much, but it is one of my favorites. A novel length treatment of the Cupid and Psyche myth, and t ...more
not set
Jun 29, 2007
 
The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)
4.25
it was amazing
I read this entire series multiple times when I was younger, I think near the end of elementary school or during Jr Hi, and actually got sick of it af ...more
not set
Jul 05, 2007
 
The Anvil of Ice (The Winter of the World, #1)
3.97
it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books ever. Well, I read it in 6th grade, and it could just be that it hit me just so at that point in my life so as to mak ...more
Jan 1991
Aug 25, 2007
 
The Stone and the Flute
4.04
it was amazing
Translated from German, this book just looked too tempting with its 800 pages. Took me a while to get around to reading it, but what a ride once you g ...more
Jan 2002
Jul 01, 2007
 
Shadow & Claw (The Book of the New Sun #1-2)
4.04
it was amazing
Have now finished this first volume (two novels) in the New Sun series of Wolfe's-- great stuff! Well, you have to be someone who doesn't need to be c ...more
Jan 2009
Sep 30, 2007
 
Life Is Like a Chicken Coop Ladder: A Study of German National Character Through Folklore
4.00
really liked it
I read this for Dundes' lecture course in Folklore, the last semester he taught it before he died. Though it feels excessively Freudian at times, and ...more
Oct 2005
Aug 15, 2007
 
Cold as Ice  (Cold as Ice #1)
3.74
really liked it
I first read this in High School, so it may be that my opinion of the book is bouyed by the passage of time, but I still think that this is a very eng ...more
Jan 1996
Jul 01, 2007
 
En krigares hjärta (Trilogin om Frihetskrigen #1)
3.80
I have been reading this book for YEARS! I bought it the first time I lived in Sweden (IN 2001!!!) b/c it was the only Swedish fantasy out back then, ...more
not set
Oct 19, 2009
 
The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine
3.34
really liked it
So, for some reason this book is coming up pretty high on my Goodreads list, even though it's been a while since I've read it. My review seems a bit l ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 14, 2007
 
Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology
3.95
it was amazing
I've had a couple of chapters from this and Mitchell's -Picture Theory- as some of the primary theoretical texts for my dissertation for a while now, ...more
Sep 2008
Oct 20, 2008
 
Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga, #2)
4.05
it was amazing
I need to reread this, and then move on to the sequel. Extremely different than Ender's Game-- in fact, I was tempted to give it less stars. I really ...more
Jan 2004
Aug 23, 2007
 
Prolonged Echoes: Volume 1: Old Norse Myths in Medieval Northern Society (the Viking Collection, Vol. 7)
3.64
it was amazing
This ambitious, interpretive overview of the whole of Norse Mythology has been tremendously influential in my own work-- the first book where I really ...more
Jul 2003
Jul 01, 2007
 
The Devil's Eye (Alex Benedict, #4)
3.96
really liked it
This was my first Jack McDevitt novel, and I'm looking forward to reading more. Far future, galactic civilization setting for detective novels in whic ...more
not set
Feb 27, 2010
 
Medieval Folklore: A Guide to Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs
4.05
it was amazing
Haven't read the whole book, obviously, but it has been helpful for the occasional reference. None of these articles will be a sufficient source unto ...more
not set
Aug 15, 2007
 
The Syntax of Old Norse: With a Survey of the Inflectional Morphology and a Complete Bibliography
3.50
really liked it
I usually do fine just reading Old Norse, but I've been in desperate need of some exercise in articulating the grammar that I'm dealing with, plus wit ...more
not set
Jan 31, 2009
 
Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative
3.64
I read (most of) this book for a course in narratology which I audited years ago. Am thinking of rereading it now, having run into someone who works o ...more
not set
Oct 17, 2010
 
Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs
4.09
it was amazing
It isn't as comprehensive as Simeck's (sp?) dictionary, but it is an excellent, concise yet adequatetly thorough handbook of the major elements of Nor ...more
not set
Aug 15, 2007
 
The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays
4.10
really liked it
I've read a couple of essays in this book before, and figured that I should reread them, considering how seminal Geertz has been in my own field, and ...more
not set
Aug 20, 2007
 
Shivering World
3.77
it was amazing
To be honest, the five star rating is for the original version of the book-- the rewrite for the Christian market was still good, but as I've commente ...more
Jan 1997
Sep 10, 2007
 
Firebird (Firebird, #1)
4.18
really liked it
Edit: The new Annotated Firebird is out. More on my blog:

http://vikingsbooksetc.wordpress.com/...

http://vikingsbooksetc.wordpress.com/...

Original rev
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Jan 1997
Sep 10, 2007
 
Meaning
4.20
I've been meaning to read Polanyi for a while, since hearing about him on an audio show (Mars Hill Audio). One of the lesser known "architects" of pos ...more
not set
Nov 08, 2009
 
Beowulf: A Prose Translation
3.42
it was amazing
I'm dating this review based on the first time I read this translation (I THINK it was sometime 2003), not the first time I read Beowulf. The poem its ...more
Jan 2003
Sep 17, 2007
 
Interpretation Of Fairy Tales: Danish Folklore In A[N] European Perspective (Ff Communications)
4.33
it was amazing
The best book on interpreting fairy tales, period. I feel as though this book does everything right and should be taken as a paradigmatic example of h ...more
Oct 2004
Sep 17, 2007
 
Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality
3.81
really liked it
Finally got around to reading this book-- but it took me another 6 months or so to get around to reviewing it. On sex and Christianity, although Bell' ...more
not set
Oct 19, 2007
 
The Restorer (The Sword of Lyric #1)
4.15
it was amazing
Edit--the book has been expanded and rereleased! http://vikingsbooksetc.wordpress.com/...


I got to read a rough draft of this novel years ago and loved
...more
not set
Jul 05, 2007
 
Excession (Culture, #5)
4.19
really liked it
I happened to see a review of this book which didn't praise it unconditionally, but still made it sound interesting, so I picked it up, since I hadn't ...more
Jan 2004
Jan 17, 2008
 
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
3.99
it was amazing
One of my favorite fantasy books, and perhaps my favorite of Ursula LeGuin's books. To be honest, the voice is a bit stand-offish in comparison to Har ...more
not set
Jun 29, 2007
 
Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
3.68
liked it
Finally finished-- you can see my initial review below, which probably still stands fairly well. I probably should have given it one more star, but I ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 17, 2007
 
Shade
3.56
really liked it
I've dumped my first paragraph of comments in this review, b/c I think I was a bit overly negative-- this really is one of my favorites of John's book ...more
Dec 2008
Mar 04, 2008
 
Body and World
3.86
This book was recommended in lecture by Hubert Dreyfus as picking up where Merleau-Ponty left off (not that he had much choice of stopping, since he d ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2007
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