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Holy Bible
4.42
really liked it
This seminal work of science fiction vacillates between page-turning fight sequences and dreary legal analysis. Despite some unreliable narration and ...more
Jan 2001
Sep 16, 2012
 
The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary
3.78
it was amazing
Not sure if this really deserves the five stars I gave it, but I will say that The Starbucks Experience might be a good wake-up call for managerial ap ...more
Oct 20, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
 
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
3.69
it was ok
Proof of Heaven was fairly well-written and engaging, enough to hold my attention through the better part of a day at the beach, although it falls fla ...more
Aug 07, 2013
Aug 07, 2013
 
The Communist Manifesto
3.54
liked it
I first read this as part of a sophomore year American political theory class, and gave it another try after my dad, having just done so himself, paid ...more
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
 
The Algebraist
4.01
it was amazing
Classic Banks. Another reviewer accused him of not knowing whether to imitate Adams or Asimov, but that's part of what I find endearing. He writes wit ...more
Sep 05, 2017
Aug 15, 2017
 
Thieves Emporium
4.04
it was amazing
Fresh, snappy near-future account of an underground struggle against the evil NWO/Big Brother-ish DHS/NSA/Fed coalition. Enough tech to be interesting ...more
Sep 12, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
 
Stranger in a Strange Land
3.92
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** (Spoilers) I opened this book looking forward to something along the lines of Wells or Asimov, and was pleasantly surprised when it ...more
Oct 07, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
 
Blindsight (Firefall, #1)
4.00
it was amazing
Brilliant, mature sci-fi by Peter Watts. It's not singularity salivation, it's not little green men; Blindsight resides in a fully-realized universe w ...more
Jun 25, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
 
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
4.04
liked it
Tedious and repetitive, but has some tasty macroeconomic nuggets.
Jan 12, 2015
Jan 20, 2015
 
Count Zero (Sprawl, #2)
4.01
it was amazing
I can't believe I hadn't gotten to this series earlier. I read Neuromancer in high school, loved it, and quickly forgot about the sequels. William Gib ...more
Oct 30, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
 
Adaptation to Life
4.10
really liked it
Adaptation to Life provides an insightful look into the maturing ego defenses of a group of well-adjusted young men studied from the early 20th centur ...more
Jul 24, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
 
Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance
3.96
really liked it
Noam Chomsky just about redefines 'grumpy old man' with this dry, cheeky chunk of anti-American polemic. The sheer density of citations and sarcasm ca ...more
May 20, 2013
Sep 07, 2012
 
Cloud Atlas
4.02
it was amazing
Pretty amazing book. With this novel six-part fugue, David Mitchell threads together stories of love, mischief, redemption, betrayal, and other such p ...more
Mar 28, 2013
Sep 07, 2012
 
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
4.30
really liked it
Douglas Hofstadter is clearly a very smart man, but his seven hundred pages of strained metaphor diluted some insights into the nature of consciousnes ...more
Feb 07, 2013
Mar 03, 2012
 
Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles #2)
3.87
really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it's Frank Herbert writing with all the passion and complexity of plot and character that made him ...more
Sep 19, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
 
Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There
3.60
it was amazing
Bobos in Paradise gives a fresh look into the new-moneyed world of urbane liberals, evoking the slightly pretentious yet self-effacing sensibilities o ...more
Aug 06, 2013
Mar 03, 2012
 
The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect
4.17
really liked it
Interesting read, if more for the high-minded futurism than the corny dialogue and self-conscious narration. Explores themes of hedonism, morality and ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 09, 2013
 
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
3.96
really liked it
A light-hearted adventure by Mr. Vonnegut, this story is just about the polar opposite of Rand's Atlas Shrugged, which I finished last month. Mr. Rose ...more
Aug 28, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
 
The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal
3.52
really liked it
Accidental Billionaires gives an entertaining look into the early days of a startup and the various obstacle courses and roller-coasters encountered a ...more
Jul 31, 2013
Sep 07, 2012
 
The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World
3.84
it was amazing
After the lurid letdown of Accidental Billionaires (later fodder for The Social Network), this is the Facebook story I was looking for. Zuckerberg-app ...more
Oct 05, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
 
Mona Lisa Overdrive (Sprawl, #3)
3.98
it was amazing
Another home run by Gibson. Mona Lisa Overdrive (I recognized the title from a song on the 1999 Matrix soundtrack) absorbed my entire Sunday evening, ...more
Nov 05, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
 
The Brothers Karamazov
4.32
liked it
First things first--Dostoyevsky's nuanced insight into the human condition is readily apparent through his somewhat detached, almost cynical narrative ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
 
Prelude to Foundation
4.10
really liked it
I read a lot of great books as a young teenager. The Foundation series were some of them. I'm willing to give Asimov more points for his plots, tech a ...more
Aug 16, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
 
The Picture of Dorian Gray
4.07
it was amazing
Fantastic read. Wilde's only novel makes a lavish adventure of Victorian dandyism. This book could be my own À rebours--Lord Henry's witty epigrams ar ...more
Aug 05, 2012
Jul 30, 2012
 
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
4.02
it was amazing
tl;dr Geography = force multiplier.

Jared Diamond lays bare a wealth of factors contributing to the ascendance of today's societies: why Western Europe
...more
Jun 09, 2013
Sep 07, 2012
 
Cat's Cradle
4.17
it was amazing
Early work by Vonnegut, but it tells more than I'd hoped about Bokononism. This guy (Vonnegut, not Bokonon) is a bit of a mystery... he's hard to get ...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 04, 2013
 
Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, #1)
4.13
really liked it
For the second time in ten years, I've come away impressed by Zahn's imagination. His fast-paced action stays true to the original trilogy: the cast-- ...more
May 24, 2014
May 06, 2014
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.07
really liked it
Not sure why I expected Slaughterhouse-Five to be a great antiwar epic... it's just Vonnegut being Vonnegut, wacky as always with some satire, sufferi ...more
Nov 19, 2013
Mar 03, 2012
 
Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
3.75
really liked it
Pretty funny take on the Millenial zeitgeist. I took the quiz at the end and scored 60% White, for what it's worth. I think Lander's 'White' might be ...more
Aug 19, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
 
Winter's Tale
3.50
it was amazing
Winter's Tale paints a beautifully romantic, vibrant picture of a New York that could have been. Weaving together themes of love, timelessness and jus ...more
Jul 07, 2013
Jun 06, 2013
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