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The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations
3.96
really liked it
I would give this book five stars but there was not enough about me in it.
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Apr 11, 2008
 
The Best of Robert E. Howard: Crimson Shadows (Volume 1)
4.16
it was amazing
I have been watching my local bookstores' shelves explode with reprinting of some pulp era classics, since they went public. Shadow, Doc Savage, Lovec ...more
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Apr 07, 2008
 
On Ugliness
3.81
it was amazing
Only Eco could make ugliness this beautiful. An amazing book, both in look (the artwork and photography is gorgeous) and read (the excerpts are incred ...more
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Apr 07, 2008
 
Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art
3.89
really liked it
You have to love Gene Wilder. Could watch him forever. This book is very intimate and exposed, in a nice way. He has a strange way of telling you like ...more
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Apr 07, 2008
 
Jules Verne: The Man Who Invented the Future
3.43
really liked it
Just reread this biography for the first time since childhood. I had forgotten (or perhaps missed) just how good this is. Franz Born did an excellent ...more
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Apr 07, 2008
 
The Riot at Bucksnort and Other Western Tales
4.39
it was amazing
I am not into westerns that much, but this is a fantastic collection with some of the funniest short stories, characters, and language I have ever rea ...more
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Aug 04, 2009
 
Invisible Cities
4.19
it was amazing
Brilliant metaphysical exploration and instant literary classic. An amazing book that yields new details and aspects on each reading.
Jan 1990
Dec 15, 2009
 
Rex Stout: A Majesty's Life - Millennium Edition
4.17
really liked it
Excellent biography of an excellent writer.
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Jan 16, 2009
 
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America
3.97
it was amazing
Know thy enemy.
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Apr 11, 2008
 
Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered
3.34
really liked it
This is not your parents' Dark Age. I agree with the author on his premise, which he elucidates quite well: There was no complete Dark Age collapse in ...more
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Aug 03, 2009
 
The Maltese Falcon
3.92
really liked it
Rereading this for a book club just reenforced my love of this book. First read it decades ago, but The Maltese Falcon is an electric book. Its short, ...more
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Apr 24, 2012
 
Murder in the Bastille (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #4)
3.73
really liked it
First of the Aimee Leduc series I have ever read. Very interesting contrast to te St-Cyr-Kohler mysteries, as both are set in France. To read of Aimee ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 12, 2009
 
Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America
3.57
it was amazing
Fantastic book. Fast, informative, and important. This thought-provoker will teach you much and keep you up late at night pondering the fate of Americ ...more
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Jan 16, 2009
 
The Great Book of Amber (The Chronicles of Amber, #1-10)
4.31
What a nifty omnibus. I remember reading the original three Amber books as a child, then later expanding it up to six -- but I am very glad to discove ...more
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Jan 16, 2009
 
The Languages of Pao
3.80
really liked it
I had to reread this. Loved Vance as a kid, so it is a pleasure to return. Vance is one of the few master craftsmen at work in speculative realms. I h ...more
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Apr 07, 2008
 
Salamander (St. Cyr & Kohler, #4)
3.59
really liked it
Love these historical St-Cyr-Kohler mysteries. Excellent works. I'm currently trying to work through the entire series, but this is the first I have r ...more
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Jul 12, 2009
 
The Ancient Maya: New Perspectives
3.57
Nice to see a new generation of Maya studies emerging. This is a good collection of current theories and recent analyses of discoveries made in the pa ...more
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Jan 16, 2009
 
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
4.82
it was amazing
Couldn't ask for more than this. My absolute favorite cartoon strip of all time. Wish they were still appearing, but if not what a great, dense collec ...more
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Aug 04, 2009
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.86
really liked it
Excellent book. Funny, sad, brilliant, mysterious, poignant, and altogether too good to be a first novel. This is a must read. Made it the first read ...more
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Jul 12, 2009
 
Complete Novels: Red Harvest / The Dain Curse / The Maltese Falcon / The Glass Key / The Thin Man
4.39
it was amazing
What is not to love? A collection of best novels from one of the best mystery authors. To borrow a phrase from Stan Lee, "Nuff said!"
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Aug 03, 2009
 
The Mummies of Ürümchi
4.17
it was amazing
This is hands down one of the best studies I have read. An excellent book I cannot recommend highly enough.
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Nov 05, 2009
 
The Atheist's Way: Living Well Without Gods
3.49
Interesting read. Seek and ye shall find many answers in this text.
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Jan 16, 2009
 
Creatch Battler
3.87
liked it
My son loves this series. Good fun.
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Mar 29, 2010
 
War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race
4.15
really liked it
This book exposes a terrible, now often forgotten political agenda in the not-so-distant American past. It is a terrible truth to reveal, but one that ...more
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Jun 20, 2008
 
The Princess Bride
4.25
it was amazing
A fabulously funny tale. Reminds me to keep looking at the world askance through bizarre glasses, to remember the dark humor and wicked truth roiling ...more
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Apr 17, 2008
 
IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation
3.94
really liked it
Here is an overwhelming indictment of corporate greed and political evil. What is worse is the fact that these corporations did and continue to get aw ...more
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Jun 20, 2008
 
Robo Sapiens: Evolution of a New Species
3.81
really liked it
What a fantastic book. Sent a chill down the spine in more ways than one. This exploration of cutting edge research and developmnent in robotics is ex ...more
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Jun 20, 2008
 
High Adventure
4.06
liked it
Massive collection of thrilling short stories from dozens of great authors, including but not limited to Arthur Conan Doyle (as the mistaken listing i ...more
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Jun 20, 2008
 
War and Peace
4.11
it was amazing
War and Peace is one of my all time favorite books. This new translation is perhaps the best. Pevear and Volokhonsky do an amazing job and are faithfu ...more
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Apr 07, 2008
 
Zorba the Greek
4.09
it was amazing
I love Zorba the Greek (heck, I love any book by Kazantzakis; he is a fabulous author). It is a wonderful book, and has the added benefit of sparking ...more
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Jun 21, 2008
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