This was a nice manifesto of sorts that hits all the right marks in terms of what it means... more
Although I was disappointed by The Blade Itself, I decided to continue on with the series to see if all... more
Sometime during my late teens I started reading a bunch of H. P. Lovecraft books. His style never fully... more
Catching up on a classic I missed in high school. I thought it was okay, but not the sort... more
This book is really an economics lesson presented in layman’s terms. The plot and characters are merely a device... more
I think I would have liked this book better if I had listened to the audiobook version instead. As... more
I was late to the whole A Game of Thrones thang (but, for the record, I was like totally in to... more
Postrel makes the case for decentralized, dynamic systems. The obvious application of this is in free-market versus command-style economies,... more
I like Andrew Klaven. His Klaven on the Culture videos are good natured and entertaining little bits of political satire that... more
This book analyzes America’s proclivity towards an ever expansive and powerful executive branch—admittedly not the most exciting read. As... more
Book two in this excellent series is just about as good as the first. The story picks up right... more
That title is quite a mouthful, ain’t it? I am continuing my recent excursion into econ-type books that are... more
This is a science fiction tale based on the premise that, sometime in the distant future, our planetary defense... more
The Hero of Ages picks up a year or so after the events of The Well of Ascension. This final volume... more
Book two in the Mistborn series continues this the storyline directly after the climactic events of the first novel. This... more
Racing the Beam is a fairly accessible look at the technology behind the Atari 2600 video game console. Apparently the... more
I decided to try this one out on a whim. I like Adam Carolla and his humor translated pretty... more
Michael Lucas is best known as the schtick-loving bassist of The Phantom Surfers. This book was self-published under his... more
Once again, I am off in search of fantasy books to match the greatness of the A Song of Fire... more
This book presents a history of the current financial crisis thingy in a way that tries to be as... more
My post-Game of Thrones decent into pure phantasy nerdom continues with the Mistborn trilogy. This first book in the series... more
Leave it to The Phantom Surfers to release an instrumental surf record without any music, singing, talking or audio... more
Martin Gardner died around the time this book was released. Like many of his books, it compiles articles and... more
Another old sci-fi novel by Heinlein that cares more about the concept than the story. Even at 120 some... more
After the first three rousing volumes of the Song of Fire and Ice series, this book is a huge disappointment. I... more
I had thought that this was the conclusion of the entire Song of Fire and Ice series, but aparently this is... more
Not quite as gripping as the first book in the series, but Martin maintains much of the same level... more
After finishing The Name of the Wind, I wanted to continue my fantasy novel kick. A Game of Thrones is a similar... more
An extremely well written fantasy novel that steers clear of most of your standard fantasy fiction clichés. Sure, there... more
Above average 50’s pulp trash. See my Bent Pages recap.
It has been a while since I’ve read a contemporary novel that I liked this much. Motherless Brooklyn is a pretty... more
The French comic upon which the movie was based. Stunning 60’s stylized artwork, but the story is just a... more
This is a collection of the Aliens comics that were released by Dark Horse in the late eighties. These came out... more
A bit of speculative fiction showing how the world would deal with a zombie apocalypse. The book is written... more
I was disappointed when I came to the realization that this was more of a collection of short stories... more
Starts out nicely with Hornblower sent off to deal with a mutinous crew and keeps up the pace for... more
A disappointing follow-up to the last Hornblower novel. This one has Hornblower in Russia helping out during the siege... more
A fairly good sci-fi novel about a pair of telepathic twins separated when one goes off to survey new... more
Another great Hornblower tale. The action picks up right at the end of the previous book and keeps going... more
Another exciting Hornblower sea tale. This one was a much better read than the last, although, outside of the... more
A well-paced survival story about a bunch of teenagers abandoned on a desolate planet. There is some delving into... more
A very good read that is a critical analysis and brief history of text adventures. The first half gets... more
This autobiography was pretty uninformative. Reads more like a compilation of unrelated essays about with a little bit of... more
Thought I’d give this series a try after finishing the Aubry/Maturn series. Hornblower is definately a simpler read, and... more
Starts out pretty good, but decends into the idiotic by the end.
Not the strongest book in the series. It doesn’t help that many of the regular characters are gone in... more
Beautiful wood engravings are the reason to “read” this.
I loved I, Claudius but was utterly bored by this. Maybe I would have appreciated more if I had... more
To Kill a Mockingbird with a serial killer.
I vaguely recall reading this.
I couldn’t be bothered to write a review.
I’d recommend any book in this series. They have their highs and lows, but all-in-all I think this is... more
A straightforward and methodical look at the economic principal of accounting for both the seen, and unseen effects of... more
Not bad, but I was expecting a more basic econ textbook rather than, what more often than not, feels... more
No review written.
I never wrote a review for this one.
Nothing to see here.
Ending is pretty anti-climactic, but the meat of the story is very interesting.
Apparently, I liked this one.
Sorry, no review.
The Nutmeg of Consolation
Rather boring and pointless.
Mildly amusing tale of a guy who choses to recreate memories down to exacting detail. Reminded me of how... more
A satisfying ending to a wonderful series of books. The rating reflects my opinion of the series more than... more
A hu-hum offering in the series. I accidently skipped a book… didn’t seem to matter.
A very well done Aubry/Maturin story. More Maturin centric than usual, which is refreshing.
The ending was spoiled for me, but a clever twist indeed.
Another nice entry in the Aubry Maturin series.
Decent mystery. A nice change of pace from A. Christie.
Interesting with a nice ending, but lacks any real plot complications to hook me in.
This book in the Aubry/Maturin series benefits from a clear plot line of espionage.
The first third is intriguing then it just jumps ship.
Pretty good mystery.
Listened to it as a book on tape. Good but lacked an over arching plot.
Great page turner.
More of a character study of a completely unappealing character than a plot-driven novel. Not my thing.
Loses steam about 150 pages into the book.
I gave it a 6 and I don’t remember why.
Another Aubry/Maturin book. This one has both sea and espionage elements.
Mildly amusing but poorly written memoir.
The books keep getting better.
Much better than the last book in the series.
Decent and weird graphic novel. Lots on indy comic cliche.
Weakest of the first 3 Aubry Maturin books.
Some interesting magic history, a few neat tricks and lots of David Blaine’s self-hating magic style-endurance artist crap.
Starts out with some amusing short stories but never amounts to much. The main plot line is barely existent... more
Yeah that’s right, a novelization of Zardoz. It’s just as inexplicable as the movie.
It was a good read even though it’s about wizards and other nerdy things.