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The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1)
it was amazing
Anton Chekhov famously said that if an author mentions a gun, it had better go off at some point, a point often attributed to Raymond Chandler (who at ...more
Mar 2007
May 12, 2008
Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)
really liked it
For a long time, The Da Vinci Code put me right off books about the Cathars or the Holy Grail, so I was hesitant to pick up Kate Mosse's book. Still, ...more
May 19, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
The Revolt of the Masses
it was amazing
I first read this for a political theory class as an undergrad; at the time I pestered everyone around me with recitations of Ortegan thought. The mor ...more
Mar 2008
not set
not set
not set
Mar 27, 2008
it was amazing
If you only read one book on the Columbine massacre, this should be the one. Cullen has devoted almost ten years of research to the subject and cuts t ...more
Jun 06, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
did not like it
An examination of the Great Depression by a fiscal conservative. This book has been avidly read within Republican circles, and ideas from the book are ...more
Oct 26, 2008
Oct 17, 2008
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
it was ok
There are some interesting things in the book, things that are hard to disagree with, such as emotional skills and self-knowledge are important. I thi ...more
May 2007
Apr 24, 2008
The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America
it was ok
I heard David Hajdu in an NPR interview discussing this book, and it sounded pretty interesting. I looked forward to reading this, but it was a bit of ...more
Jun 10, 2008
Jun 02, 2008
The Closed Circle (Rotters' Club, #2)
it was amazing
Coe writes about frustration - professional, creative, and sexual; frustrations in relationships and a loss of faith amidst the crumbling of personal ...more
Mar 23, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action
really liked it
This is vastly superior to the typical celebrity biography. The last third of the book, about Jackie Chan's rise to success, is interesting. The best ...more
Jul 23, 2008
May 19, 2008
How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
really liked it
First of all, it's played with the feet, but I'll call it "soccer" even though it pains me to do so. Like the author, I too am a soccer geek and a med ...more
Apr 2007
Apr 07, 2008
Caught Stealing (Hank Thompson, #1)
it was amazing
Not a bad sentence, nor a wrong word. This is easily one of the best books I've read this year.

I suppose one of the central messages of this book is t
May 30, 2009
May 28, 2009
Mythago Wood (Mythago Wood, #1)
it was amazing
I would classify this book as high concept fantasy. Certainly, it is not to everyone's taste. I can sympathize with this, as sometimes I feel like I a ...more
Jan 27, 2010
Jan 13, 2010
The Men Who Stare at Goats
it was amazing
Jon Ronson looks at army intelligence experiments in psychic phenomena. One of these experiments, refered to in the title, was to try to kill goats by ...more
Sep 07, 2008
Aug 01, 2008
Tom Brown's Schooldays
really liked it
This is the story of a boy, Tom Brown, and his years at Rugby school during the tenure of Thomas Arnold as headmaster, in the early Victorian era.

Jul 16, 2009
Jul 10, 2009
The Foreign Correspondent (Night Soldiers, #9)
liked it
Stars-wise, this is either a strong 3 or a weak 4. Normally, I would rate Alan Furst's novels more highly, and this one was a solid 4-star up until th ...more
Mar 13, 2008
Mar 11, 2008
The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion to a More Authentic Contemporary Faith
really liked it
Marcus Borg makes the case for a panentheistic concept of God, panentheism being a way of conveiving God's relation to the material universe.

Borg cont
Jun 20, 2008
Apr 30, 2008
Them: Adventures with Extremists
really liked it
Jon Ronson hangs out with various people who have one thing in common - they believe that the world is controlled by a shadowy cabal of powerful peopl ...more
Aug 25, 2008
Aug 01, 2008
Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity
really liked it
Bruce Bawer sets out the way that fundamentalist churches have laid exclusive claim to the label "Christian" and have twisted Jesus's teaching of love ...more
Jun 05, 2008
Apr 23, 2008
Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream
did not like it
More of a steaming pile of crap than a serious book. I am fairly dismayed at all of the reviewers who see it as insightful.

D'Souza plays fast and loo
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 29, 2012
The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality
did not like it
Mostly, I found this to be dreck. Corsi raises some valid criticisms, such as Obama's earlier ties to felonious political fundraiser Tony Rezko and th ...more
Aug 15, 2008
Sep 12, 2008
April 1865: The Month That Saved America
liked it
This book had its moments, but more than a few times I felt like puttiing it aside. I had some strong reservations, which I detail below.

Jay Winik's
Oct 14, 2008
Sep 22, 2008
The Red Flag: A History of Communism
liked it
This isn't bad as a basic history of the movement. It does a decent job of discussing ideological development, and its coverage of Communism's changin ...more
Oct 06, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
Are You Experienced?
it was amazing
Travel is a journey of self-discovery. Dave travels to India to be with Liz. He discovers that he hates Liz only a bit more than he hates India.

Jun 19, 2008
May 19, 2008
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
it was amazing
I've been meaning to read this book for a long time. I was struck one day by the number of people I know of who have Asperger's - the brother of one f ...more
Mar 15, 2008
Mar 14, 2008
Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past
really liked it
I liked parts of this book more than others, but overall it was an interesting look at a society that has gone from semi-fascist dictatorship to liber ...more
Aug 23, 2008
Jun 27, 2008
The Partly Cloudy Patriot
it was amazing
As a person who has never quite felt comfortable living in my own country (or anywhere else, really), I loved this collection of essays, in which Sara ...more
Jul 16, 2009
Jul 10, 2009
The Making of Toro: Bullfights, Broken Hearts, and One Author's Quest for the Acclaim He Deserves
really liked it
Mark Sundeen is a writer is destined to make great contributions to LITERATURE. Unfortunately, he finds little in his life that might provide a wellsp ...more
Jun 10, 2008
Apr 30, 2008
Midnight Mass
it was amazing
If you're as sick of floppy-haired vampire heartthrobs as I, read this book. Wilson's vampires are the repellent, bloodsucking bastards we've come to ...more
Nov 09, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
The Light Ages (The Aether Universe, #1)
it was amazing
In a way, this book reminded me of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, not in its subject matter but in the way the author approached h ...more
Mar 02, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead
liked it
Tamara Draut's argument is that 30-somethings, Gen Xers, have the financial deck stacked against them. Education, the key to the middle class, will dr ...more
May 29, 2013
May 19, 2013
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