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River of Teeth (River of Teeth #1)
it was ok
The River of Teeth has a killer concept. It riffs off a cockamamie scheme to deal with invasive vegetation and a meat shortage in America by importing ...more
Apr 14, 2017
Jan 19, 2017
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
it was amazing
Ancillary Justice is nothing if not ambitious. The main character is the remainder of a self-aware starship capable of diffuse thought through dozens ...more
Oct 02, 2013
Sep 13, 2013
The Scar
it was amazing
The Scar is the type of book that makes you weep for the limitations of sub-genre delineations. Not epic in scope and apparently intended to stand alo ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Feb 02, 2012
Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty
it was amazing
If you’re like me, you didn’t know much about Roger Williams before considering this book. Based solely on his status as the founder of Rhode Island, ...more
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
The Redneck Manifesto: How Hillbillies, Hicks, and White Trash Became America's Scapegoats
it was ok
The Redneck Manifesto is a rant. The sort of rant you might hear at any number of grimy dive bars across the country on any given night. A rant that i ...more
not set
Apr 20, 2012
Death's End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #3)
it was amazing
With its completion with Death’s End, I can now say that the Remembrance of Earth’s Past is my all-time favorite science fiction series (says the noob ...more
Feb 02, 2017
Aug 14, 2016
The Fall of Dragons (The Traitor Son Cycle, #5)
it was amazing
I am second to no one in my love of epic fantasy. Sure, I love those slim paperback sword and sorcery novels from the 70s. But I still view a great ep ...more
Oct 19, 2017
Oct 06, 2017
Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies: New Zealand and the United States
it was amazing
Fairness and Freedom combines four of my favorite subjects: language, political theory, history, and the durability and importance of cultural mores. ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
The Real Romney
really liked it
I think an evaluation of The Real Romney turns on whether it provides new information to the reader, information that would help a swing voter make up ...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom #1)
really liked it
I might not have picked Age of Assassins up, but a blogger friend passed along an ARC. And man am I glad she did. Age of Assassins may not do anything ...more
Jul 30, 2017
Jul 15, 2017
Diary of a Pissed-Off Flight Attendant
did not like it
“Sydney Pearl” is a bearded college dropout who somehow lucked into a position with Southwest where her union contract would ensure a willingness to c ...more
Sep 14, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
The Collapse of American Criminal Justice
it was amazing
This book made me more uncomfortable than any book I have read in at least the past three years. That is an enormous testament to its brilliance and i ...more
Apr 14, 2013
Sep 23, 2011
The New Mind of the South
liked it
Thompson gives two catalysts in writing this book. First, she discovers that one of her ancestors was a Union sympathizer. As someone who grew up in s ...more
Mar 07, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
Opium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addiction
really liked it
“Then I felt just like a fiend; it wasn’t even close to Halloween.” –Mind Playing Tricks on Me by Geto Boys

It’s probably as difficult to write a book
Jun 25, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
Cirsova #2: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine
really liked it
Retro SF instantly became cool when Cirsova burst onto the scene in March with issue #1. Well, maybe not instantly. I, for one, didn’t pick it up unti ...more
Aug 10, 2016
Aug 02, 2016
Dragon Wing (The Death Gate Cycle, #1)
it was amazing
Dragon Wing is book 1 of 7 in The Death Gate Cycle. The Death Gate Cycle is set in the far future, a post-apocalyptic world that looks a lot like trad ...more
not set
Apr 20, 2012
The Rage of Dragons
liked it
Really? Another pitch comparing a book to Game of Thrones? What’s that—there’s more?


Oh. Now you have my a
Sep 11, 2017
Aug 29, 2017
Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life
it was amazing
The only difference between the petty math teacher Leach discusses early in this book and the ESPN and Texas Tech powers-that-be is that the math teac ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
Conan and the Amazon
really liked it
This Conan story is a little more generic than the other two John Maddox Roberts Conan pastiches I’ve read, but it still may be my favorite. As he so ...more
Aug 30, 2017
Jun 18, 2017
Rehabilitating Lochner: Defending Individual Rights against Progressive Reform
it was amazing
If you attended law school in the past couple of decades, invariably you heard Lochner castigated as a Supreme Court decision second only to Dred Scot ...more
Sep 12, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
Counteract (Resistance #1)
really liked it
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
– Ben Franklin

The Office of Civ
Jun 27, 2016
Dec 18, 2015
The Devourers
liked it
The Devourers is literary speculative fiction, for good and for ill. It drags on full of its own importance, obsessed with sex and bodily functions, c ...more
Jul 30, 2016
Jul 12, 2016
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (Conan the Cimmerian, #1)
really liked it
“Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirt ...more
Jul 05, 2017
Jun 14, 2017
Some Dark Holler (The Redemption of Ephraim Cutler Book 1)
it was amazing
Bauserman pitched an advanced copy of Some Dark Holler to me because I reviewed a collection of Manly Wade Wellman’s Silver John stories. I get a lot ...more
Sep 03, 2017
Sep 01, 2017
Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #2)
really liked it
Means of Ascent is the second volume in (now) projected 5 volume biography of LBJ. It covers the period from after his first, unsuccessful run for the ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2011
Children of the Different
really liked it
I don’t read a lot of Young Adult fiction. I never have, although weirdly I read more now as a, ah, less young adult than I did as an actual young adu ...more
Sep 13, 2016
Jul 18, 2016
Cirsova: Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine (Volume 1)
really liked it
I’ve said before that there seems to be a resurgence in interest in old-style speculative fiction. Cirsova was front-and-center in my mind when I thou ...more
Aug 02, 2016
May 09, 2016
Hope's End (Powder Mage, #0.4)
really liked it
Hope’s End, like The Girl of Hrusch Avenue, is a short story set in the same world as Promise of Blood and taking place before the events of that nove ...more
Sep 24, 2013
Sep 24, 2013
Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction
really liked it
Grady Hendrix is’s resident expert on horror. He is responsible for the Great Stephen King Reread and a more recent series, Freaky Fridays. It ...more
Sep 16, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
The Walking Dead, Vol. 28: A Certain Doom
it was amazing
I am on record with my complaints about Volume 27: The Whisperer War. I will leave those complaints to that volume. The setup is screwy, but what we g ...more
Oct 03, 2017
Oct 03, 2017
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