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Confessions (Modern Library) by Augustine

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:47:32 -0400

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Annihilation: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1 by Jeff VanderMeer

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:03:07 -0400

(image) timspalding's review: "This shaggy-dog story is Lovecraft without the fun. It won the Nebula? I gotta stop looking for good science fiction if this is supposed to be it."






The maze runner by James Dashner

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:54:50 -0400

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The Maze Runner: The Maze Runner, Book 1 by James Dashner

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:17:03 -0400

(image) timspalding's review: "What a disappointing book. I figured I should read it since it got a lot of attention, sales, and awards. YA isn't my genre, but similar motives got me reading The Hunger Games trilogy and I was glad of it. I was certainly not glad here. The premise is solid--a bizarre, original and highly specific situation. But the excitement fades away to nothing as the pedestrian writing grinds on and the truth is revealed. The story is largely driven by this revelation, with basic facts kept from the reader, often in truly desperate ways—amnesia, selective amnesia, bits and bobs that pop out of amnesia, people too nice to reveal the terrible truth, people too mean to reveal the truth, ambiguous conversations, interrupted conversations, etc. At the end, a bunch of information is dumped at one time—a big heap of dull, dystopia tropes. I was long past caring. There are some compelling, if predictable, personal dynamics early on--questions of leadership reminiscent of Tunnel in the Sky or some other teenage, group robinsonade. But they aren't developed, and I got tired of being told what the main character "felt" all the time, as if his reader's couldn't imagine a character is scared in a scary situation without the author saying "Thomas was scared." Well, Tim was bored. Tim felt this book was not a good book. Tim did not like it. Tim could not be paid to read the sequels."



The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't by Nate Silver

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:15:22 -0400

(image) timspalding's review: "As a devotee of 538, website and especially podcasts, I was looking forward to this book. I wanted to love it. It was enjoyable, certainly, and I learned a few things. But after opening the door, it hung out in the mud room, instead of exploring the house and ending in the basement. I particularly tired of the pat narrative framing common to the "thinky-think book" sub-genre—the fiction that Silver went visiting various interesting people and interviewing them, and only then drew out lessons from their lives. And I tired of a certain reluctance to get into the statistical and interpretive weeds, when even minor articles and moments on the 538 website have pushed my understanding more."






A History of Britain, Volume 3: The Fate of Empire, 1776 - 2000 by Simon Schama

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 03:41:27 -0400

(image) timspalding's review: "Thin."












Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 09:13:29 -0400

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Min ven Maigret by Georges Simenon

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:35:53 -0400

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The Squire's Tale (The Squire's Tales) by Gerald Morris

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:16:55 -0400

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