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The Trojan Dog
3.00
did not like it
This book's biggest crime for me was the lousy portrayal of computer viruses. No, they do not cause the words on your screen to fall down to the botto ...more
Nov 17, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
 
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
3.88
it was ok
I wanted to like this book. Usually I like books where the narrator/author has a strong voice, an individuality. But this guy rubbed me the wrong way. ...more
Jan 02, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
 
Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)
3.96
liked it
If you're thinking of reading this book, you should know that it is really strong with world-building, but really weak with characterization.
In no par
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Jul 13, 2016
Jul 13, 2016
 
Collections of Nothing
2.96
did not like it
Either this book is really pretentious, or I am not its intended audience. Or, I suppose, both.

The author spends a lot of the book circling back to an
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Jun 09, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
 
Stumbling on Happiness
3.82
really liked it
This guy has the narrative voice that Nassim Nicholas Taleb wishes he had. He's a little snarky, occasionally just this side of condescending, but alw ...more
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Mar 04, 2012
 
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
4.06
it was ok
I really, really do not understand the hype about this book. The author talks about the resistance people feel to doing anything creative (where "crea ...more
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Nov 20, 2016
 
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
3.94
really liked it
This book was very absorbing, although there wasn't a lot of "how-to" information. It was the story of one guy's journey, and as such was a bit meande ...more
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Nov 22, 2016
 
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
4.04
really liked it
I would recommend this book, even though I think Mr Taubes has a little too much fat-prejudice still going on (there's a line in there where he says s ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
 
More Than a Bucket List: Making Your Dreams, Passions, and Faith a Reality
4.04
really liked it
Right up front, I have to tell you that I'm an atheist. And I found this book incredibly helpful in developing my bucket list. I just skipped the over ...more
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Dec 11, 2016
 
Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better
3.79
liked it
This book is full of tips to improve your life. If you read Lifehacker (the blog) on a regular basis, you might expect a lot of variety. However, most ...more
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Mar 04, 2012
 
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't
4.05
it was ok
Fannie Mae, Circuit City, and Wells Fargo were among the eleven companies that "made the grade". So, yeah, I don't give the author's ideas much credit ...more
not set
Jan 25, 2012
 
A Wheel Of Stars
3.68
it was ok
Not sure how this book ended up on my Amazon wish list. It's got a few plausible-sounding plotlines, including "You were lovers in a past life, so now ...more
not set
Oct 04, 2013
 
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
3.95
liked it
Enh. I found his argument to be plausible but not convincing. He didn't seem to think he needed to convince the reader that right-brained skills were ...more
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Jan 12, 2012
 
The Book Thief
4.36
it was ok
I'm sorry to say, this book did not enthrall me. I started reading it, and took an instant dislike to the unusual narrator. "But," I thought, "that's ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
 
Not So Big Solutions for Your Home
4.01
I like the "not so big house" idea. This book has lots of interesting details. However, it is limited in scope. Basically, if you're building or remod ...more
not set
Jul 02, 2012
 
Forest of Memory
3.57
really liked it
This is brief and easy to read. I'd describe the genre almost as suspense. There is SFnal content here, and yes it is central to the plot, but it's no ...more
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Feb 09, 2016
 
The White Tower
3.76
liked it
I read this shortly after The Trojan Dog and found it to be far superior. There are several plausible suspects (including the victim himself). The tec ...more
not set
Nov 18, 2013
 
The Killing Moon (Dreamblood, #1)
3.86
really liked it
N K Jemisin is one of the most interesting fantasy writers I've seen in quite a while. I've really enjoyed all four of her books so far. The Killing M ...more
Jun 02, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
 
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (Johannes Cabal, #1)
3.94
did not like it
I wanted to like this one, but it was just shallow, shallow, shallow. No depth of character and no real surprises in the plot. Sad face :(
not set
Jan 12, 2012
 
You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl: Observations on Life from the Shallow End of the Pool
3.64
did not like it
I didn't care for this author's style of humor, which pretty much consists of "cliche cliche cliche... interesting physical detail or turn of phrase.. ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
 
The Falconer's Knot: A Story of Friars, Flirtation and Foul Play
3.62
it was ok
I’m not a teen, but I like lots of teen literature. This book, however, was not my favorite. The murder mystery angle was poorly handled. There’s two ...more
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Jun 16, 2012
 
Different Seasons
4.34
really liked it
"Apt Pupil" is, for my money, King's best work. He takes on real-life horror and shows the demon inside all of us.

"The Body" is overshadowed for me by
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Jan 25, 2012
 
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
4.03
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Oct 23, 2016
 
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
3.98
it was amazing
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May 22, 2012
 
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
4.05
really liked it
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Mar 04, 2012
 
Presumed Innocent
4.10
liked it
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Feb 19, 2014
 
Enchantress from the Stars
3.93
really liked it
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Apr 17, 2014
 
Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary
3.55
it was amazing
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Mar 04, 2012
 
Betsy-Tacy (Betsy-Tacy, #1)
4.07
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Sep 14, 2013
 
Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)
3.85
really liked it
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Mar 04, 2012
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