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Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
really liked it
I read Alinsky for the first time in graduate school, and pulled his books off the shelf again upon hearing that Barack Obama studied and was influenc ...more
Nov 20, 2016
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not set
Jan 18, 2009
The Birthday of the World and Other Stories
it was amazing
Ursula Leguin is a genius at speculative fiction. What she does is create worlds like little tiny machines, with something at the heart of them that d ...more
Nov 03, 2008
Oct 31, 2008
really liked it
A fast-paced noir detective story, this one boils along nicely with a confused and haunted narrator who's trying to escape a murder that he is unable ...more
not set
Feb 20, 2010
it was amazing
This is a book I expected to find precious and overly high-concept and ended up enjoying immensely, and thinking about for a long time after I was don ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 01, 2013
Rogue of Gor (Gor, #15)
did not like it
This book goes through bad and comes out the other side into INSANELY AWESOME. And then keeps going and ends up at...really, really bad. A convoluted ...more
Oct 27, 2008
Oct 11, 2008
Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul
really liked it
A fun read. Some the essays are mostly discussions of classical philosophical issues with bat-metaphors crammed in ("How does Batman know his batarang ...more
not set
Dec 15, 2009
乙嫁語り 7 (Otoyomegatari, #7)
it was amazing
This volume might come as a surprise to anyone who's been reading the series, which has been so far "family friendly" with brief glimpses of nudity. M ...more
Mar 27, 2015
Mar 16, 2015
Millennium Snow, Vol. 1 (Millennium Snow, #1)
liked it
The premise of the manga is appealing--vampires must choose a human to be their source, granting them near-immportality. But the vampire Toya hates th ...more
not set
Apr 17, 2009
Renascence and Other Poems
it was amazing
Any book of poetry that makes me actually tear up on the bus while reading it deserves five stars. I was startled to find out Millay was in her early ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
The Witch and Other Stories
liked it
Chekhov's short stories are supposedly required reading for getting the art of the short story down. These are an almost eerie set of stories about li ...more
not set
May 31, 2009
Cousin Kate
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I was really intrigued by this book when I got a couple of chapters in and realized the mood was shifting. "Oooh," I thought, "I won ...more
Mar 12, 2017
Mar 07, 2017
Lies They Teach in School: Exposing the Myths Behind 250 Commonly Believed Fallacies
it was ok
A more accurate title might be "Slight Misconceptions and Semantic Quibblings You Might Pick Up from the Mass Media," but that probably wasn't as mark ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
The Martian
it was amazing
Usually when I read reviews saying "I couldn't put this book down," I take it with a grain of salt. But I seriously challenge anyone to put this book ...more
Feb 03, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
it was amazing
A mix of history and psychology, this book is a discussion of Lincoln as a figure who suffered from depression through his life. It's both a thoughtfu ...more
not set
Dec 08, 2009
The Diaries of Jane Somers: The Diary of a Good Neighbor and If The Old Could
liked it
These are two novels by Lessing (first published pseudonymously) with the same main character, packaged together.

I much preferred "Diary of a Good Ne
Jan 25, 2014
Sep 06, 2010
Silver Diamond 20
it was amazing
This review is going to stand in for the whole series, since I gobbled it up all in one gulp and thus have no clear way to divide out the individual c ...more
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 16, 2012
The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart
liked it
An interesting and challenging book that I didn't always agree with, but the author grapples with hard questions about anthropology and the role of th ...more
Jun 17, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
Form Line of Battle (Richard Bolitho, #11)
liked it
This book in the Bolitho series has its advantages, especially in the beginning, with well-written battle series that don't stint on how random and go ...more
Feb 12, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
Backcast: Fatherhood, Fly-Fishing, and a River Journey Through the Heart of Alaska
liked it
What an odd book to read. It's especially odd because the author lived in my tiny home town as I grew up; I used to babysit his children. So it's part ...more
not set
Jul 20, 2009
If You Follow Me
it was ok
Oh man, I don't know. I wanted to like this story of a young woman coming to teaching English in Japan while struggling with her reactions to her fath ...more
Nov 15, 2011
Oct 27, 2011
Wings of Fire (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #2)
really liked it
Second in the detective series about Ian Rutledge, the shell-shocked WWI veteran. There's a beautiful period mood about these books, and Todd has a gi ...more
Jun 03, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
The Polish Officer (Night Soldiers, #3)
really liked it
Furst has a gift for making his main characters extremely distinctive despite all operating at roughly the same time and space. Alexander de Milja, th ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
The Psychology of Superheroes: An Unauthorized Exploration
it was ok
A selection of essays about superhero psychology that's got a few good insightful essays. Others, however, suffer from the "Oh, you can be in my book ...more
not set
Sep 18, 2008
The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great, #2)
really liked it
A classic take on Alexander the Great through the eyes of his head eunuch and lover. "The Persian Boy" has a good narrative flow and a memorable cast ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 04, 2011
Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1)
liked it
I discovered reading this that I have a barrier I cannot cross--I simply cannot seem to accept first-person present tense narration. Every time I open ...more
Dec 17, 2014
Dec 16, 2014
36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan
it was amazing
I read this book when we first moved to Japan, about 9 years ago. I decided to re-read it and see if it still seemed insightful to me. It's aged very ...more
not set
Nov 16, 2008
Millennium Snow, Vol. 2 (Millennium Snow, #2)
really liked it
I do kind of wish long-running shojo manga series didn't tend to rely on the trope of constantly adding new potential love interests for the heroine ( ...more
not set
Apr 18, 2009
liked it
Man, I don't know. I understood more of this than I thought I would at the beginning, but by the end my understanding had all unraveled. Lots of evoca ...more
not set
Sep 19, 2010
The Drops of God 3 (The Drops of God, #5-6)
it was amazing
I LOVE manga written with intense passion on a narrow interest, and "Drops of God" is such a sweet example. Does the plot meander? Without a doubt. Bu ...more
Feb 11, 2015
Feb 08, 2015
A Natural History of the Senses
it was amazing
A fascinating and exhilarating look at each of the five senses in turn. Ackerman darts around topics in a way that seems haphazard, but ends up feelin ...more
not set
Dec 15, 2009
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