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The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
4.02
really liked it
Ugh. I wrote an entire review and then it got deleted before I could save it.

Okay, quick points then:

First: This volume and a lot of the other work of
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Mar 08, 2013
Apr 02, 2012
 
The Graphic Canon, Vol. 2: From Kubla Khan to the Brontë Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray (The Graphic Canon #2)
3.91
really liked it
Just as good as the last one. This covers probably my least favorite era in literature - the 18th and 19th centuries - but it still has a few really b ...more
Apr 13, 2013
Oct 02, 2012
 
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
4.24
really liked it
God, I love Lovecraft. Sure, he's a racist, sure, he has a weird thing about "ancient lore" and genealogy, and sure, he tends to rely on the same basi ...more
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
 
The Best American Travel Writing 2012
3.70
really liked it
Overall, a very good collection. I'm surprised, actually, because I'm ranking this as highly as I ranked the 2008 edition, which I also just read and ...more
Sep 08, 2013
Sep 05, 2013
 
The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack: 40 Modern and Classic Lovecraftian Stories
4.15
liked it
Probably as good a collection as you're going to get from the Cthulhu mythos. The quality varies wildly, with some of it being truly awesome and creep ...more
Mar 14, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
 
The Best American Travel Writing 2013
3.78
liked it
No surprise that Elizabeth Gilbert and I don't really have overlapping styles - I preferred Vollman's choices last year, but my favorite so far were B ...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
 
The Best American Essays of the Century
4.14
it was amazing
With relatively few exceptions, there wasn't anything in here I didn't enjoy... Oates did a solid job of selecting not only the best essays, but also ...more
Jul 10, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
 
Different Seasons
4.34
liked it
Okay, in order, I think I liked the Shawshank Redemption best, followed by the Breathing Method, followed by the Body, and then by Apt Pupil.

It was a
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Nov 02, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
 
Holy Bible: King James Version
4.43
liked it
Too long, too preachy.

Seriously though, here's an atheist's perspective: I grew up on the Bible, as I was born Catholic, and I have a certain amount o
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Sep 02, 1999
Sep 02, 2012
 
The Best American Travel Writing 2008
3.84
really liked it
Pretty decent collection of travel writing. I picked this mostly because of Bourdain, and I know he doesn't have much patience for flowery bullshit. T ...more
Aug 30, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
 
Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity
3.67
really liked it
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Generally I don't like list books, for the reason that I usually disagree with the list and want my ...more
Oct 19, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
 
American Supernatural Tales
4.01
really liked it
Pretty awesome. There are naturally a few stories that are a little bit "meh," (Washington Irving's was probably my least favorite, which was a bummer ...more
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1
3.93
really liked it
So this is the LEAST impressive of the Alan Moore books I've read, so I'm giving it 5 stars. I originally read it like, 5 or 6 years ago and it went c ...more
Nov 19, 2013
Nov 09, 2013
 
And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft and the Industry
4.04
really liked it
The most surprising thing about this book is how many amazing writers this guy got to talk to him... it's like a who's who of humor writers. The inter ...more
May 13, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
 
The Best American Comics 2010
3.70
liked it
I'm a fan of the Best American Travel Writers series, and I've read a few of the other collections, but I feel like this - while possibly the coolest ...more
Apr 08, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
 
What Orwell Didn't Know
3.69
liked it
Especially worth reading in the Trump age -- there's a very clear lineage from the spins and lies of the Bush administration, and from the failings of ...more
Feb 08, 2017
Jan 18, 2017
 
Bushworld
3.61
it was ok
I remember reading this right around when it came out, and right around when I started leaving my family's traditional conservatism for the left. I wa ...more
Nov 15, 2004
Apr 03, 2013
 
Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths
3.49
really liked it
As others have mentioned, don't read this book if you're looking for more Moore stuff that fits into the Cthulhu Mythos... there are a few pieces that ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 21, 2015
 
The Lovecraft Anthology, Volume 1
3.94
really liked it
For a guy who envisioned creatures that the human mind can't comprehend - let alone visually depict - Lovecraft translates pretty damn well into comic ...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
 
Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #5)
3.97
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I don't really know how to feel about this one... it kinda felt like an ignominious end for Arthur Dent, but I read the Quintessenti ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
 
Tenth of December
3.96
it was amazing
I'm giving this five stars mostly on the basis of the story "Escape from Spiderhead," which I absolutely loved. There were a few other ones - "Sticks, ...more
May 02, 2013
May 02, 2013
 
Ecstasy
3.57
liked it
The stories get progressively better. The first story reminded me of a post-Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk book, where he's basically trying to shock you, ...more
Dec 06, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
 
On Booze
3.46
liked it
I feel like this was a good idea that was told to some publishing exec who thought they could make some quick money on it so pushed it through before ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
 
Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays
4.12
really liked it
Hitchens is, as usual, all sorts of awesome. This is a great book mostly because it gives you a glimpse into Hitchens just before he became known as a ...more
May 08, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
 
I Can Make You Hate
4.01
liked it
It's Charlie Brooker, so of course it's good, but this book isn't anything more than the sum of its parts: it's just all of his old columns. Which is ...more
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
 
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #4)
4.08
really liked it
I think it was probably about time that Arthur Dent achieved some measure of satisfaction after the events of the first three books, so in that sense, ...more
Jan 06, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
 
The Walking Dead, Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters
4.33
really liked it
Really, I just don't get tired of this series. It feels like they are constantly shitting on the characters - and it's a George R.R. Martin level of " ...more
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
 
The Graphic Canon, Vol. 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest (The Graphic Canon #3)
3.72
liked it
Unfortunately, I thought this series got progressively worse. The first had a lot of full stories - the Arabian Nights, the Native American "How the C ...more
Aug 10, 2013
Oct 02, 2012
 
Action Philosophers!: the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust
4.12
really liked it
The easiest thing to do here would be to get nitpicky with who they chose to focus on: too little Foucault, too much Ayn Rand, not enough Socrates, to ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
 
Sin City, Vol. 6: Booze, Broads, and Bullets (Sin City, #6)
3.88
really liked it
I think Frank Miller's one of those guys who is great if you just kind of ignore the somewhat sadistic and misogynistic basis of all of his Sin City b ...more
Apr 05, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
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