I like the philosophy behind “Consume less, create more”, but I think that a good creator can only be born from a certain amount of consumption. How else are they supposed to get seed ideas to innovate off of? Anyway, here’s proof I’m a glutton.
This list might be slightly stale; head over to Goodreads for a more accurate representation of what’s on my shelves.
- The Absolute Sandman, Volume One - 5/5
- The Choice: Embrace the Possible - 5/5
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - 3/5
- How to Be an Antiracist - 4/5
- ElfQuest: The Secret of Two-Edge - 4/5
- Siege at Blue Mountain: Book Five in the Elfquest Graphic Novel Series - 4/5
- Building Secure and Reliable Systems: Best Practices for Designing, Implementing, and Maintaining Systems - 4/5
- Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling - 4/5
- The Complete ElfQuest, Volume One - 5/5
- Where the Crawdads Sing - 5/5
- Five Years Ago and Three Thousand Miles Away - 3/5
- The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, Vol. 3: Ten Days of Perfect Tunes - 4/5
- The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, Vol. 2: Wanderlust Kings - 3/5
- The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, Vol. 1: Poor Boys and Pilgrims - 4/5
- An Engineer's Guide to Silicon Valley Startups - 4/5
- The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War - 5/5
- The Complete Maus - 5/5
- Adventure Time, Vol. 1 (Adventure Time #volume 1; issues 1-4) - 5/5
- Uncanny Valley - 5/5
- Reasons to be Cheerful - 4/5
- The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas - 4/5
- 50 Ways to Lose Your Glasses - 3/5
- Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup - 5/5
- The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you - 4/5
- The Bell Jar - 4/5
- Becoming - 4/5
- A Memory of Light (The Wheel of Time #14) - 5/5
Masterful storytelling. Reading Sandman is like watching a movie, the narrative and the visuals and the story just... flow.
Second Shoah memoir I've read (as far as I remember); and like Maus, gripping to the core. Dr. Eger writes in such a fluid manner that I feel like she's talking directly to me. First-hand insight and chock-full of tiny stories.
A self-help book that vehemently denies being a self-help book. It had its moments, but I think the main idea I took away is 'prioritize what you care about' which I've been doing anyway. A lot of the rest are truisms that I nodded along to but didn't really retain...
This is a good book. I'm pleased by the layout and structuring of Professor Kendi's arguments - establish definitions, then use subsequent chapters with a varied mix of personal history and national/international history to illustrate how the definitions play out in the wild. There were a couple of chapters where the author clearly used some boilerplate and swapped out concepts in the templated text which felt a bit artificial, but perhaps this was done with the intention of reinforcing concepts and definitions so I don't mind too much.
Solid reference book for the generalist SecEng (or anyone in a security/security-adjacent role). Definitely feel like echoing others' sentiments on it being partly a publicity flyer for Big G's projects, but hey, you write a book, you call the shots. Not too heavy on technical material, but a gold mine for ideas around process.
A cheeky look at the world of biking. I've got a lot more types of biking to try!
An epic to rival LotR (if the latter was a comic, of course). But I'm curious... what do the remaining six volumes hold?
Very well done. Makes me want to visit the swamps of North Carolina! Hopefully this virus situation gets better soon.
Okay, I can't leave it at that, now that I think about it. This book touched my inner nature-loving parts. It begged to be read in the out-of-doors. So I did! I went over to the furthest point by trail overlooking the Stevens Creek Reservoir in Cupertino, and read a non-trivial portion of the book gazing at water and geese and tiny little birds having the time of their lives swooping on the wind. I scrolled through NPS volunteer position listings. I teared up just a little when Kya got her book published.
Read this book to remind yourself that the world isn't just your job and your life. There are billions of creatures and trillions of mysteries on this planet - don't stay siloed in a little box. Live!
Am I a villain for choosing option #2?
Decent read. Scans like a long blog post more than anything. Some of the financial bits I only skimmed - maybe I'll return if/when it becomes relevant to me in real life.
Easily the best nonfiction book I've read in quite some time. The narrative arc of this true story is so tightly knit and well done that it feels like fiction. The story of Oleg Gordievsky was astonishing to read about, and through the book I got an appreciation for the climate of the Cold War that I don't think I would have got had I read a more conventional book of history. Kudos, Mr Macintyre.
My mind is still processing all the things that Vladek Spiegelman had to go through. It's useful to remember that when people are miserly or curt or literally anything else, life and its circumstances shaped them to be that way. The comic is beautifully drawn, and I'm glad the author did not hide his irritation or his squabbles with his dad - he had every opportunity to make it seem like he's always in the right, and he didn't take it.
Infinitely quotable, and a pleasure to read. A lot of Anna's statements strike a chord in my own heart, as someone in the Valley but not actively (right now, anyway) in the business of shipping code. At times, I look at the grandiosity with which folks announce the rightness and goodness that their company is bringing about in the world, and shake my head. While I stand by the fact that it's still the place to be if you want to be close to the decision-making and ideation in tech, this has been changing rapidly over the last few years. While 'Silicon Valley' may never die, maybe other places can flourish, and strip out some of the bad bits in the process. Read this book!
What does it mean to find happiness in something? If you had a dial that would let you change your mental reactions to _anything_ in the world, would you? If you did, would you still be you?
Excellent premise, but I wish she'd taken it further! It would make a really good setting for a fantastical plot.
Then again, maybe that was the point - all the important philosophical groundwork has been laid. The rest is left as an exercise for the reader.
Timepass at the store. Good illustrations though!
This was a really good book. Recent, comprehensive, and local, it's all the more unnerving because Theranos used to be located in the same area of Palo Alto that I work in now.
This read reminds me to vet the claims of any 'miracle tech' that's advertised to me or otherwise put in front of my eyes. Our brains aren't wired to do deep analysis of everything we come across in our day-to-day; it would take a lot of time and effort, and people have things they need to be doing! As an engineer who will inevitably work with one corporation/startup or the other in the course of his career, I need to be doubly sure that the people I work for don't deviate from the ethical/moral high road and "do the right thing".
I think this is useful for anyone trying to get more out of their conversations, not just people with things to sell. In fact, I have some ideas for how to improve threat modeling meetings at work now!
I liked her matter-of-fact cataloging of the events and experiences that have made up her life till now. That said, the final chapter did feel slightly preachy - "look at all the things we've done!". I think she deserves to do it though! It's very inspirational to see how much she's packed into fifty-odd years of life. :)
Let the Dragon ride again on the wheel of time. What a ride!
- Know My Name: A Memoir - 5/5
- Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time, #13) - 5/5
- Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey - 4/5
- The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, #12) - 5/5
- Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams - 5/5
- Accelerate: Building and Scaling High-Performing Technology Organizations - 3/5
- Highways and Backstreets: Cycling Solo Across America - 4/5
- Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, #11) - 4/5
- Possible girls - 5/5
- Total Eclipse - 3/5
- The Interface Series - 4/5
- The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World - 5/5
- Overwatch: Bastet - 4/5
- So You've Been Publicly Shamed - 4/5
My insides twist. My heart hurts.
Wheeee! A bet I made very early on in this series panned out. Called it! Things are definitely coming to a head now, and blood and bloody ashes, I'll finish this series this year if it's the last thing I do.
Slice-of-life, unconventional protag. I liked the pages of tweets at the end.
Stellar. Tighter event chains, a few good twists, and far fewer fluff chapters than earlier books.
The gist of the tome is that everyone needs to be sleeping more. While Dr Walker does spend time describing the various stages of sleep and the benefits they confer, the bulk of the material stresses the importance of getting enough sleep. He goes into painstaking detail on what happens when different stages get disrupted, and the list is endless. Disorders are described - insomnia, narcolepsy, somnambulism, and so on. Diseases are dealt with - cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and others. The effect of caffeine and light on sleep, how the suprachiasmiatic nucleus governs the circadian rhythm, how to effectively use melatonin... the book is chock-full of useful information. Read it!
The book's okay. As others have said, it's nice to get data-backed validation that the practices being followed in modern companies are the "right" practices, for some value of right. However, most of the book just feels like academics painstakingly stating the obvious.
I liked their use of tempo (lead time + deployment frequency) and stability (mean time to resolution + change fail rate) as indicators of how performant teams and organizations are. The section in which they categorized orgs as pathological, bureaucratic, or generative was also interesting.
It'll be useful as something to point to and say, "Hey, the data shows that this way is better!". I'm just not sure how often I'll have to do that, and it was a dry read.
I bought this directly from Klaus when I met him at a REI event where he was speaking about the journey detailed in his book. His tale is inspiring, and I can only hope that I'm strong enough to attempt a similar voyage at some point in my life. The photos and stories of the people he met along the way restores one's faith in humanity.
Four stars only because grammar / sentence construction were awkward in several places, making parsing what he's trying to say take slightly longer. I was able to fall back on what he was saying during his presentation, which helped a lot.
Ahahaha this is imaginary friends taken to a whole new level. Fun, quick, philosophical thought experiment.
Good word spinning, not a lot of plot. That said, I very much want to experience a total solar eclipse now.
That was... different.
This is a story of stories, out-of-order chronologically, all linked to a few central themes. Flesh interfaces, LSD, other dimensions, death and suffering, VR, alcoholism, beings of power and beings of weakness, and the creature (supposedly?) controlling it all, Mother.
I'm not really sure how to summarize this one, apart from saying that it's a blend of scifi and fantasy that's engaging and smooth.
Mr Pollan uses The Botany of Desire to posit that the nature of our relationship with plants is a lot more nuanced than it seems at first glance. While we may have succeeded in domesticating a large number of photosynthetic species, they in turn are exerting various influences on mankind. In the process of regaling us with stories of four specific plants, he manages to lay a wealth of information on the reader. The four plants are the apple (symbolizing sweetness), the tulip (beauty), marijuana (intoxication), and the potato (control).
Here are some interesting things I learnt about each of them:
Apple trees grown from seed produce really bitter fruit; grafting allows the cloning of trees with good fruit at the cost of loss of genetic diversity. Produce from the former type of tree was (and is?) primarily used for producing cider and applejack; Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman, it turns out, was responsible for keeping the American frontier well lubricated with spirits.
The tulip flower is colored by two chemicals; a base layer of pigment and another (anthocyanin) on top. Famous beauties amongst the tulip family (check out the Semper Augustus, it's *amazing*) are patterned due to the activity of a virus that causes the anthocyanin to degrade, allowing the base layer to be seen. The author draws on Apollo and Dionysus heavily in this chapter, contrasting the Apollonian austerity and order of the tulip with the Dionysian seduction of other flowers like the peony and the rose.
The marijuana plant diverged at some point in history to grow as two different varieties - the indica strain is much more potent and can withstand frost, while the sativa strain gives the consumer a "clear, bell-like high" but requires equatorial climes to grow. Growers have hybridized the two, thereby combining their strengths and downplaying their weaknesses. An interesting point that Michael brings up in this section is that humanity is constantly seeking out ways to alter its state of consciousness; in fact, this is a thing we do even as children, be it by consuming sugary snacks, spinning around fast until dizziness causes visual hallucinations, holding our breath until we spots, and so on. Adults do this too, through the mechanisms of "meditation, fasting, exercise, amusement park rides, ..., music, eating spicy foods", etc. The human body has its own cannabinoid system, and produces a THC-like neurotransmitter named "anandamide" by the discoverer; the name stems from "ananda", the Sanskrit word for bliss.
He uses his section on the potato to talk about genetic engineering, again weaving a narrative of Apollonian order vs Dionysian wildness. Mr Pollan planted in his garden the potato known as the NewLeaf, engineered by the Monsanto corporation, producing its own insecticide in its leaves. While this helps fight the evil Colorado potato beetle and saves farmers from having to coat their fields with nasty chemicals, it means that agriculture is moving towards a monoculture and a subsequent loss of biodiversity. The organic farmer who seeds their fields with a variety of crop, however, doesn't care about the susceptibilities of any one plant; the overall crop is always (barring bizarre tornadoes, I mean) guaranteed to do fine.
All this plant talk makes me want to take up gardening!
Can't wait to get my hands on the Bastet skin. :)
Nothing too novel here, but the short story does add in more detail to the now well-known tale.
In this book, the author explores the psychology of shame - how it manifests, how modern day technology makes it easy to reach heights of cruelty yet find invisibility in the crowd, and how different people react to shaming in different ways. Through numerous anecdotes and first-hand stories, he does a fairly good job of summarizing the different avatars that shame can adopt.
In terms of actionable advice, there aren't any key takeaways from this book. Ultimately, I think it's a combination of each person's upbringing, experience, and personality that determine how they react in such trying times.
- Breathe - 4/5
- 17776: What football will look like in the future - 5/5
- Little Black Book of Scams - 2/5
- The Six Fingers of Time - 5/5
- Slow Tuesday Night - 4/5
- Agrippa (A Book of the Dead) - 3/5
- Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 6: Dissolve - 5/5
- Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5: Refine (Gunnerkrigg Court #5) - 5/5
- Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 4: Materia (Gunnerkrigg Court #4) - 5/5
- Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 3: Reason (Gunnerkrigg Court #3) - 5/5
- Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 2: Research (Gunnerkrigg Court #2) - 5/5
- Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1: Orientation (Gunnerkrigg Court #1) - 4/5
- Apex Magazine Issue 99 - 3/5
- The Martian Obelisk - 4/5
- Uncanny Magazine Issue 18: September/October 2017 - 4/5
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #225 - 3/5
- Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10) - 3/5
- Wind Will Rove - 3/5
- Uncanny Magazine Issue 16: May/June 2017 - 4/5
- Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 124 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #124) - 5/5
- Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 132 (Clarkesworld Magazine #132) - 5/5
- Uncanny Magazine Issue 15: March/April 2017 - 5/5
- The Art of Space Travel - 4/5
- Apex Magazine Issue 80 - 5/5
- That Game We Played During the War - 4/5
- A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers - 4/5
- The City Born Great - 5/5
- The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales - 4/5
- The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware - 5/5
- Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time, #9) - 5/5
- All the Birds in the Sky - 4/5
- The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8) - 4/5
Breathe in. Breathe out. Survive.
I like this lady.
This was very nicely done. Sentient spacecraft watching immortal humans playing football on a grandiose scale? Gimme more!
Nothing new to see here. As a friend rightly remarked, the Venn diagram of "people who would potentially read this book" and "people who would potentially get scammed" has very little intersection. That said, I'm glad someone's tried to get a standardized doc in place that categorizes a bunch of scams! I'm sure *somebody* will find it useful; that someone is not me.
Good idea, poor execution.
Life, but toys. Meh.
Only took SIX MONTHS. Sigh.
To be fair, this was mostly my fault, but to also be fair, this was probably the least interesting one in the series yet. Onwards, I guess.
Meh. I have to say, I'm on Nelson's side here. History may be interesting and have the occasional lesson, but for the most part, we should be enjoying the present and looking out for our future.
Definitely not my cup of tea.
Oh, wow. Loved it! Rick&Morty-esque, suspenseful, probing into the impact of our actions and circumstances on the direction life takes us, and with a cheeky murder weapon to boot? I'm officially a S.P. fan.
The paternal twist wasn't really a twist; you could see that coming a mile off. Still, I liked this because I'm a sucker for anything space-related as long as it's not written by an illiterate baboon.
I love how this story transitions from being a simple story of an old woman guarding her tomatoes into pure bizarreness.
Double A plus. bunnie is a really good Explainer of Things, and I'm definitely going to be revisiting this book, in particular the RE and down-to-the-capacitor electronics sections.
Much easier reading than book 8, and action-packed.
This was a pretty weird book, but I liked it. The confluence of nature and technology always makes for a good read. However, there didn't seem to be a strong plot behind the story, but I guess that's life in a nutshell.
- Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017: Yeti Hunt - 2/5
- IOS Application Security: The Definitive Guide for Hackers and Developers - 5/5
- La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1) - 4/5
- Artemis - 5/5
- Overwatch #15: Searching - 4/5
- Ready Player One - 4/5
- Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood
- Overwatch #14: Wasted Land - 2/5
- Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening - 5/5
- Overwatch #13: Masquerade - 4/5
- A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7) - 3/5
- Dark Matter - 4/5
- Don't Just Roll the Dice - a usefully short guide to software pricing - 3/5
- The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test [with CD-ROM] - 3/5
- Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions - 4/5
- Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions - 4/5
- Lord of Chaos (The Wheel of Time, #6) - 5/5
- Word Power Made Easy - 5/5
- The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time, #5) - 5/5
- The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2.5) - 5/5
- Phoenix - 5/5
- Lifeboat No. 8: An Untold Tale of Love, Loss, and Surviving the Titanic - 3/5
- Always Right - 3/5
- Brokeback Mountain - 4/5
- The Thief Lord - 5/5
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 3/5
- Overwatch #12: Uprising - 4/5
- An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments - 3/5
- The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, #4) - 5/5
- Overwatch #11: Binary - 5/5
- Overwatch #10: Reflections - 4/5
- Overwatch #9: Junkenstein - 4/5
- Overwatch #8: Old Soldiers - 3/5
- Overwatch #7: Legacy - 4/5
- Overwatch #6: Destroyer - 5/5
- Overwatch #5: Mission Statement - 5/5
- Overwatch #4: A Better World - 4/5
- Overwatch #3: Going Legit - 5/5
- Overwatch #2: Dragon Slayer - 3/5
- Overwatch #1: Train Hopper - 4/5
- Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas - 4/5
- The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time, #3) - 5/5
- The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, #2) - 5/5
Good artwork, zero actual value.
Excellent primer on the iOS application security landscape.
I felt like there were a lot of events of happy coincidence, but I guess that's to be expected in a book of fantasy. ++ for all the references tossed in! GIVE ME NEXT ONE PLEASE.
Just as good as The Martian, if not better. Jazz Bashara's smart-ass tone helps a ton, and Andy sticks to his trademark accuracy when dealing with science. <3
Finally, a Zarya comic! This was pretty nice.
Frikkin' good nostalgia trip.
Maika = bae. I love the art, I love the story, and I can't wait for the next volume.
Ehhh... meh. Good artwork, but not much story.
This graphic novel sets the foundation for what promises to be a beautiful universe.
Decent fan service, some more insight into how Talon operates.
I'm finally done with this. This one's easily the slowest book in the series (so far, anyway). Lots of little things happen that I'll definitely need to keep in mind for the future, but it wasn't a fun romp, especially since any semblance of action only appears at the end.
The author takes a relatively simple concept and fleshes it out, getting down and dirty with the details. There's one place where a slight inconsistency was introduced, but it didn't affect the overall plot. The writing was matter-of-fact, the scientific explanations on point, and the characters had depth. A good read.
While it contained useful perspectives on software pricing, I felt that the brevity of the book took away more than it added. However, I did enjoy reading the author's insights on the console pricing wars, and feel that the discussion about enterprise vs. open source software applies quite aptly to the current situation that IDA Pro and radare2 find themselves in.
Mostly a rehash of the kinds of questions found in the domain-specific books. Still, it does have two full length practice tests which are pretty useful.
Pretty simple questions; only time will tell if it served as adequate prep for the test.
Also, the score 2 and score 1 responses to the sample essays were horrendous. I hope I never ever ever write like that in my life.
Pretty informative, seems to cover all bases as far as the GRE quant section is concerned. Of course, it's efficacy can only be gauged once I actually take the test, but it served as a good revision of the basics.
Intricate. Very very intricate. Beautiful end. Must read next book!
This is an excellent book for improving your vocabulary. Not only does it teach you how to reason about words and word structure, etymology and derivations, it does it in a humorous and digestible fashion. There were a few misprints/typos in my edition, but these were by no means a fault of the author.
Chock full of action. I think this is the best in the series so far; it definitely has the best ending so far.
The narrative didn't lag at all anywhere, and there were plenty of twists and turns.
But where's my Perrin? I can't believe he wrote a full book without him. T_T
This was a pleasant change from the main Kingkiller stories. Single character focus, just enough hidden secrets... these things definitely made it different from the norm. A sentence here, a phrase there, and you wonder what Auri's true past is. Auri is a beautiful character, and it's a relief to finally understand what she's thinking and how she operates. I like how light is shed on her relationship with Kvothe without ever needing to say his name, and more importantly, I like the idea of everything having a place of its own.
What a vindictive woman. She has a blind child, and all she can think about is revenge. And revenge for what? Any crimes committed were her's to own up to. This book, like Fight Club, is super dark.
I didn't learn anything new, but this book had lots of little stories that offer a brief glimpse into the lives of the passengers on board the Titanic that night. However, despite the author's attempts, it's hard to feel the loss, the emotion of the event. Somehow, the book's matter-of-fact narration takes away from the experience.
This book needs a lot of background knowledge in the field of British politics to be truly appreciated. Due to this, I may have missed a lot of the finer points of what the author was trying to say.
That notwithstanding, it feels very very subjective, and as the title suggests, extremely biased in favour of the Iron Lady. This is by no means an objective account of her time in power, and although expected, it's slightly disappointing.
Short and simple, considering the subject matter. This was definitely way off the beaten track in terms of things I normally read, though. *Very*. I remember it being considered a classic and thought I'd give it a whirl.
The ending was a shame, that things couldn't work out. But I guess that's the real world in a nutshell; so much potential, until, one day, it's just gone.
Good writing, and an interesting premise, but altogether unremarkable otherwise. You'd think *something* of note would happen, but it's literally just a Victorian man's life in reverse. Meh.
I faintly recall the movie being disappointing in this way too.
Cheers, love, the cavalry's here!
While the book did shed light on different kinds of argumentative fallacies, the examples were pretty superficial. It would have been interesting to get some more real-life analogies for each type of bad argument.
The illustrations were great, though. Kudos!
The ending of this book was GLORIOUS. I love where the story's going, and can't wait to read the next. This instalment saw so much character development, and revealed so many details and intricacies that it's hard to keep track of them all! I can only imagine how much more dense the reading is going to get. Onwards!
My two fave defence heroes in one comic? Encore!
Again with the diversity boost. GG Blizzard.
Haha, wut. Rein, man.
A bit of history/insight, but nothing fancy.
Oh god, this is sad. :(
"I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." is probably one of my favourite quotes.
It's good to know that Torbjörn has as story-rich a background as any of the others.
I may have cried a little. Even the hardest souls can feel.
Fascinating. Symmetra is Satya Vaswani, from Hyderabad. Whoulda thunk?
Blizzard is really nailing their diversity statement with this game. <3
Junkrat on par. I thought Roadhog could talk though.
This book contains insights into how children think, and how technology and computers can be used to help them learn better. I particularly enjoyed the chapter where the author teaches the reader to juggle through the use of programmatic structures.
That said, a lot of the language used is wordy, and some chapters definitely require a philosophical bent of mind. Those chapters take time to read and understand.
Ultimately, a good book, and one that needs to be revisited!
Even more engaging than book #2. I've discovered a great fondness for Perrin, and the way he thinks and acts. Mat's light-heartedness and "dapper spirit" are great, but Perrin has a certain gravitas of bearing I admire.
Took me a while to finish, 'coz life. Nonetheless, a beautiful book. :)
The last 100-odd pages were so poetic I was smiling throughout.
My mind boggles at the potential scope of the series, and it annoys me that I have no idea what's going to happen next. Book three, here I come!
- The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1) - 5/5
- Glitch - 5/5
- The Nose - 4/5
- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - 4/5
- Everyone's Reading Bastard - 4/5
- The Body Snatcher - 4/5
- The Fall of the House of Usher - 2/5
- Second Variety - 5/5
- The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - 4/5
- Stardust - 5/5
- Neverwhere (London Below, #1) - 3/5
- Rogues - 5/5
- The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2) - 5/5
- The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - 5/5
- Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Pottermore Presents, #3) - 3/5
- Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents, #2) - 4/5
- Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents, #1) - 5/5
- The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications - 5/5
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to Python: Best Practices for Development - 4/5
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8) - 3/5
- In the Beginning...Was the Command Line - 3/5
- Out of Oz (The Wicked Years, #4) - 3/5
- A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3) - 4/5
- Professional Software Development: For Students - 3/5
- The PhD Grind - 5/5
- Son of a Witch (The Wicked Years #2) - 5/5
- Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1) - 4/5
- You're Never Weird on the Internet - 5/5
- Mona Lisa Overdrive (Sprawl, #3) - 3/5
- Count Zero (Sprawl, #2) - 5/5
- Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1) - 3/5
- Snow Crash - 4/5
- Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad: How to Be a Counterintelligence Officer - 3/5
- Morning Star (Red Rising Saga, #3) - 5/5
- The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer - 5/5
- Playing to Win: Becoming the Champion - 4/5
- The Silmarillion - 5/5
- Practical Packet Analysis: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems - 4/5
- The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3) - 5/5
I can't believe I've put this series off for so long. It's amazing!
I like how Jordan maintains a clearly defined hierarchy of evil, so you know exactly how worried you should be when creatures of the Father of Lies show up. That's something I missed in LotR; apart from Naz'gul and Orcs, I didn't feel like I got a measure of how evil/expendable creatures were.
Very nice world-building, too. The WoT universe certainly seems big enough to accommodate a large number of stories; no wonder there are 14 books.
Can't wait to get cracking on the next one!
Robots gaining consciousness has been a topic dealt with a million times by a million authors. Still, this extremely short story stirred up all sorts of ideas in me, and felt like the unison of all the robot movies I've ever seen.
What's interesting is the idea that the DARPA is sponsoring the research that goes on in the story (or in the setting, at least). Currently, DARPA is looking into automated binary analysis and has an annual competition where machines are pitted against each other with the goal of obtaining highly secure systems. Just seeing DARPA in the story made me happy.
Extremely weird Russian humour. I feel like there's something I'm missing here, some sort of satire on Russian government, but I don't know what it is.
I think I've read the abridged version before, or the "children's" tale.
In any case, it's a relief to have the full story in my head now; although short, it speaks of the universal struggle between vice and virtue, and does a great job of it.
Definitely not what I'd conventionally read, but well-written.
As other's have mentioned, the author certainly has a knack for fleshing out characters in a short span of time.
Brooding horror grips you as the story progresses, but the end is rather anticlimactic.
Meh. The horror imparted, if any, is due to the antiquated words that he writes with.
Granted, it's an old book, but give me Lovecraft any day of the week.
Dark, short and engaging. A perfect short story to read after watching Westworld. :)
Solid high-level insight into the issues that can arise in the planning and execution of a revolution.
Loonie-speak and Loonie customs kept the book interesting in a way that would have been impossible if everything had happened Earthside. The ending was more or less predictable, but for a short book that's okay.
Believable sci-fi. Read it!
I really liked this one. Maybe more so because I read it right after Neverwhere.
Although it was a standard fairy tale, it had enough nice twists and action to not make it mundane.
The length was perfect; if it had gone on much longer, I probably wouldn't have liked it as much.
A good one-time read, but quite predictable in plot. In my opinion this wasn't as good as some of his other books.
Charming little novella. In between all the frolicking and dallying around, we get a glimpse into Bast's true nature and learn a bit more about the Fae.
A wonderful read. My only gripe is that Kvothe's progress towards his "main" goal, is, well, close to nothing.
I seem to really enjoy the whole "precocious lads at schools of magic" genre. Also, Kvothe has a dark side like Harry Potter never did, and this book feels a lot more... alive.
While Rothfuss does have a tendency to meander through the story, I enjoyed the detours. The amount of detail that he's put in is amazing.
... meh. I think I'm done with short stories of this variety for a while.
Short, but it was meant to be. Just more snippets of additional information about the HP universe, nothing more than that.
Short and sweet. Interesting, but not *too* detailed, back-stories about McGonagall, Lupin and Hagrid's predecessor.
Amazingly well written and thought provoking. This book proves that lcamtuf knows his stuff!
Excellent reference material. It has a lot of outbound links, and you can spend days just recursively following them. Rather than being the ultimate goto for Python knowledge, it connects you to useful tools and learning resources.
Initially, I felt a bit... outraged that they were mucking around with the original characters in such fashion. I mean, it's okay when HPMOR does it, it's self-proclaimed fan-fic.
After a while, I decided to roll with it. Ron is more of a farcical character than ever. Hermione's the same, more or less. But Harry... it's like he's learnt nothing in 22 years. I got the feeling that he was someone else entirely.
Maybe that was the point. But I feel like this book was really weird. HPMOR was so much more satisfying.
Also, parts of it (2nd jump back) got *extremely* dark.
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but a semi-rant on the superiority of Linux wasn't it. I love his writing style and his science fiction, but this time the content fell flat. :/
Okay start, mediocre middle (too much travel IMO) and a great finish to the series.
The story converges... this wasn't as great as the first two if only for the fact that the story involved a lot of memory-lane visiting and irrelevant history. Still, it was interesting to see the persona of the Cowardly Lion fleshed out in such intricate detail.
I find the subject inherently bland, but the author's narrative and embedded content made it bearable.
Yup, I'm definitely holding off on graduate/PhD studies until I get mentally stronger. :D
That said, I loved the honesty with which Philip spoke his story. It was a great read and I can walk away knowing just a bit more about what it's like to undergo a PhD, and an inkling of the frustrations and joys that a researcher faces. Thanks!
Even better than the first in the series.
After all that buildup, the ending was really abrupt. I really liked the change in perspective though, and I'm betting that the sequels also capitalize on this approach.
Felicia is awesome, and so is The Guild. 'nuff said.
It was alright; not as lucid as Count Zero, but had good tie-ins with characters from the first two books. A mellow finish to the series!
Blasphemy, I know, but I liked this one a lot more than Neuromancer.
A lot less abstract, a coherent plot, and a decent finish made this book a good one.
I think this one needs a re-read at some point. A lot of it just sailed over my head.
I understand what people mean about it being very similar to Snow Crash though (other way around?).
I really like how accurate Mr. Stephenson is when talking about computer science and related ideas.
However, the Christian theological parts dragged a bit for me.
The life of a CI officer is definitely hard. They need to keep track of so much!
This book, however, gave a very abstract/high-level view of the topic. Some portions have become obsolete by the march of time. Nevertheless, a good read.
This book is a shining example of a book well done.
It's got nuance. It's got action. It's got paragraphs and pages that make you think about life.
Morning Star is a story that completes itself, and leaves you satisfied with the way things have turned out.
I wasn't altogether shocked by most of the deaths in the story, but when you have so much violence, it's somehow hard to be.
Pierce Brown, you've won my readership for life. :)
Still, this has got to be the best history book I've ever read!
An epic to rival all epics!
- The Web Application Hacker's Handbook: Finding and Exploiting Security Flaws - 4/5
- Fahrenheit 451 - 4/5
- Asterix the Gaul (Asterix, #1)
- Catch-22 - 3/5
- Brave New World - 4/5
- Watership Down (Watership Down, #1) - 5/5
- Steal This Book - 4/5
- Animal Farm - 5/5
- Golden Son (Red Rising, #2) - 5/5
- Downtime (Serenity, #2.3) - 5/5
- The Shepherd's Tale (Serenity, #3) - 5/5
- Serenity: Float Out (Serenity, #2.4) - 3/5
- The Other Half (Serenity, #2.2) - 4/5
- Better Days (Serenity, #2.1) - 3/5
- Those Left Behind (Serenity #1) - 3/5
- American Gods (American Gods, #1) - 4/5
- The Last Question - 5/5
- School Police - 4/5
- Pride and Prejudice
- Red Rising (Red Rising, #1) - 4/5
- Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - 4/5
- Nation - 5/5
- Profession - 5/5
- Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability - 5/5
- Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1) - 4/5
- The Hobbit - 4/5
- A Mathematician's Lament - 5/5
- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality - 5/5
- The Martian - 5/5
- Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods - 4/5
- Yes Please - 3/5
- Lullabies - 3/5
- The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories - 4/5
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1) - 4/5
Very comprehensive, but redundant at times.
Short and sweet. Somehow, imagining him on the run reminded me of the initial stages of Half Life 2. ^__^
Minus two stars for the sloooow start and the circumlocution.
Three stars for the amount of detail he's put into character descriptions.
Beautiful book. Took me a while, but amazing just the same. :)
Oddly enough, this was better as a show.
A melting pot of myths. Sometimes I felt that he just dumped everything he knew about every god he knew into this book.
Slightly outdated now... but a good read nevertheless.
A good book. It seemed a bit too idealistic, though. Somehow reminded me of Death Note, where you know both the "good" and "evil" sides, and for a while, at least, understand both.
This makes sense. Math, even in college, is just taught as a set of facts, without much explanation for the 'why', the beauty behind it. Will these courses ever get reform?
This work was beautiful. I never thought that I would ever read fan fiction, but now that I have, I feel all the better for it.
Resource management, nearly impossible odds of survival... this reminded me of another book I've read: Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen.
Like Hatchet, I loved it!
- The Etiquette of Social Media
- Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1) - 5/5
- Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) - 5/5
- Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4) - 4/5
- Next - 4/5
- And the Mountains Echoed - 4/5
- The Only Living Boy (issue #3) - 5/5
- The Only Living Boy (Issue #2) - 5/5
- The Only Living Boy (issue #1) - 5/5
- The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5) - 5/5
- Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future - 4/5
- A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) - 4/5
- The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) - 5/5
- Wings of Silence - 4/5
- Elephants Can Remember (Hercule Poirot, #40) - 3/5
- Limited Edition - 5/5
- A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder (Inspector Singh Investigates #1) - 4/5
- Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Red Bird of the South, Southern China, A.D. 531 - 4/5
- The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (44 Scotland Street, #5) - 4/5
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass - 5/5
- Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm - 4/5
- The Hour I First Believed - 4/5
- The Brass Verdict - 5/5
- Three Men in a Boat (Three Men, #1) - 5/5
- The Veldt - 5/5
- The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4) - 4/5
- Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? - 3/5
- Outbreak (Dr. Marissa Blumenthal, #1) - 3/5
- The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami - 4/5
- Dork: The Incredible Adventures of Robin 'Einstein' Varghese (Dork Trilogy, #1) - 3/5
- Heaven's Net Is Wide (Tales of the Otori, #0) - 4/5
- The Harsh Cry of the Heron - 4/5
- Brilliance of the Moon (Tales of the Otori, #3) - 4/5
- Grass for His Pillow (Tales of the Otori, #2) - 4/5
- Across The Nightingale Floor, Episode 2: Journey To Inuyama (Tales of the Otori, #1 Ep. 2) - 4/5
- Across the Nightingale Floor, Episode 1: The Sword of the Warrior (Tales of the Otori, #1 Ep. 1) - 4/5
- The Hunters (The Hunters, #1) - 3/5
- The Casual Vacancy - 4/5
- The Gold Bug - 4/5
- The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography - 5/5
- The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3) - 4/5
- The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, #2) - 4/5
- Just After Sunset - 5/5
- The Beasts of Clawstone Castle - 3/5
- Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet - 4/5
- The Day of the Jackal - 3/5
- The Godfather - 4/5
- Polar Shift (NUMA Files, #6) - 4/5
- All I Really Need to Know in Business I Learned at Microsoft: Insider Strategies to Help You Succeed
- Island of the Aunts - 3/5
- The King of the Nightcap - 3/5
- Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, #1)
- SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance - 4/5
- Coraline - 4/5
- The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
- To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1) - 4/5
- The Catcher in the Rye - 2/5
- The Oath of the Vayuputras (Shiva Trilogy, #3) - 3/5
- The Secret of the Nagas (Shiva Trilogy #2) - 4/5
- Simply Fly - 3/5
- I Too Had a Dream - 4/5
- Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1) - 5/5
- Amazonia - 4/5
- How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else - 3/5
- Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science - 3/5
- Fantastic Voyage - 4/5
- Gandhi: An autobiography - 3/5
- Someone Like You - 5/5
- Switch Bitch - 4/5
- Over to You: Ten Stories of Flyers and Flying - 4/5
- Kiss Kiss - 5/5
- Wuthering Heights - 4/5
- Scat - 4/5
- Long Voyage Back - 3/5
- The Spike - 3/5
- 1984 - 4/5
- Best of Quora 2010-2012 - 5/5
- The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy, #1) - 4/5
- William The Rebel (Just William, #15)
- The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk
- Tenth of December
- The Semplica-Girl Diaries
- Unaccompanied Sonata & Other Stories - 5/5
- Boyhood Days
- The Kitchen God's Wife
- Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Extensively researched... I particularly liked how the author told us both sides of the story - the work going on at BBN as well as that done by the students as a part of the NWG. All in all, quite an informative read.
- The Machine Stops
- The Ogre of Oglefort
- The Shadow Over Innsmouth
- The Haunter of the Dark
- The Dreams in the Witch House
- The Whisperer in Darkness: Collected Stories Volume 1
- The Dunwich Horror and Other Stories
- Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Wayside School #1)
- The Call of Cthulhu
- The Colour Out of Space
- The Festival
- The Nameless City
- The Journey, there is always a beginning - 1/5
- Zero Percentile—2.0: Missed IIT Kissed Gurgaon - 2/5
- A Chemical History of a Candle - 4/5
- The Shell Seekers - 4/5
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
- Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1)
- Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
- The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
- The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains
- The Kite Runner - 3/5
- Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #5) - 5/5
- So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #4) - 5/5
- Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3) - 5/5
- The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #2) - 5/5
- The Mentor
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) - 5/5
- My Uncle Oswald - 4/5
- Ender in Exile (Ender's Saga, #1.2) - 5/5
- The Soul of Man Under Socialism - 4/5
- My Father's Dragon (My Father's Dragon, #1) - 5/5
- De Profundis
- David Copperfield - 4/5
- City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) - 2/5
- First Meetings: In Ender's Universe
- The Demigod Files
- Shadow of the Giant (Ender's Shadow, #4)
- Shadow Puppets (The Shadow Series, #3) - 5/5
- Shadow of the Hegemon (The Shadow Series, #2) - 5/5
- Fairy Tales: Love, Hate And Hubris - 3/5
To tell you the truth, it was pathetic. I'm sorry to say this, but you can't write. Not in proper grammatical English, anyway.
I'm sorry to say this, but you need to work on your grammar. A lot. And frankly speaking, I don't see what sets this book apart from the multitude of Indian fiction.
So far, so good. I particularly like the poem about the Emperor and his "clothes". The Little Red Riding Hood poem was a bit lukewarm though, and I've yet to read the others.
Update: Done with the book. I'd say it's a pretty refreshing read. The story of the ugly toad, getting his snog in is pretty amusing.
Some of the poems' content could be easily guessed from the title, such as the one on Rumpelstiltskin, and Prince in Distress. Others, less so. I have still not identified the fairy tale associated with Dream Again Tom and Ghosts in your Closet. Any takers?
I'd like to encourage Manoj Kewalramani to keep up his good writing. Enter the novella, perhaps?
- E=mc²: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- Lost Boy: A Novella
- The Witches
- James and the Giant Peach
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)
- The BFG
- Matilda - 5/5
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
- Wise and Otherwise
- Unwind (Unwind, #1)
- My Dateless Diary: An American Journey
- Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance, #2)
- A War of Gifts (Ender's Saga, #1.1) - 4/5
- The Owl Service - 3/5
- The Best of O. Henry
- Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition
- The Sisters Club
- Mission India: A Vision for Indian Youth
- Are You Afraid of the Dark?
- Water for Elephants - 3/5
- Ender's Shadow (The Shadow Series, #1) - 3/5
- The Gift of the Magi
- The Three Musketeers (The D'Artagnan Romances, #1)
- Bridge to Terabithia
- Charlotte's Web
- Around the World in Eighty Days (Extraordinary Voyages, #11)
- Children of the Mind (Ender's Saga, #4) - 5/5
- Xenocide (Ender's Saga, #3) - 5/5
- On Bullshit
- Tughlaq A Play In Thirteen Scenes - 3/5
- Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
- Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga, #2) - 5/5
- Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1) - 5/5
- Skeleton Key (Alex Rider, #3)
- The Critic as Artist
- The Giver (The Giver, #1)
- Eat, Pray, Love - 4/5
- The Fourth Estate - 4/5
- The Runaway Jury
- The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus, #0.5)
- The Age of Reason
- Chasing Fire
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
- The Canterville Ghost
- Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Young King & The Remarkable Rocket
- Star-Child: A Fable by Oscar Wilde
- Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
- The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1) - 4/5
- The Rebels (Kent Family Chronicles, #2)
- Houses of Stone - 2/5
- The Twins at St Clare's
- Misterio del collar desaparecido
- Misterio del gato desaparecido
- The Joy of Work: Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers
- The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
- The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #3)
- The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #5)
- Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #4)
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)
- The Metamorphosis
- Web of Deceit
- Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel
- The Ruskin Bond Children's Omnibus
- How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories
- The Magic Drum And Other Favourite Stories
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- The Codex
- The Last Juror
- The Various Haunts of Men (Simon Serrailler, #1)
- Back to the Bayou (The Danger Joe Show, #4)
- Ignited minds: unleashing the power within India
- The God of Small Things
- Seven Ancient Wonders
- Teachings of Swami Vivekananda
- Cross of Fire (Tweed & Co. #10)
- The Cry of the Halidon
- A Quiver Full of Arrows - 4/5
- Artemis Fowl
- The Arctic Incident
- The Eternity Code
- The Opal Deception
- The Lost Colony - 5/5
- The Time Paradox - 3/5
- I Am Your Evil Twin (Goosebumps Series 2000, #6)
- The Prince and the Pauper
- Riding the Flume
- A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1)
- Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1)
- The 3 Mistakes of My Life
- The Power of the Possible: A Book of Hope and Inspiration
- The Adventure of the Illustrious Client
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3)
- 2 States: The Story of My Marriage
- The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
- The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions
- Trapped at Sea (Hardy Boys, #75)
- The Tower Treasure (The Hardy Boys, #1)
- Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3)
- The Library of Shadows - 5/5
- The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
- Still More Two-Minute Mysteries
- More Two-Minute Mysteries
- Two-Minute Mysteries
- The Bombay Boomerang (Hardy Boys, #49)
- The Shore Road Mystery (The Hardy Boys, #6)
- Hunting for Hidden Gold (The Hardy Boys, #5)
- The Missing Chums (The Hardy Boys, #4)
- The Secret of the Old Mill (The Hardy Boys, #3)
- The House on the Cliff (The Hardy Boys, #2)
- Killing Time
- Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs, #4)
- Echo Park (Harry Bosch, #12)
- Sun at Midnight
- The Afghan
- Malgudi Days
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard
- The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
- Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus, #3)
- The Meanest Doll in the World (Doll People, #2)
- Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)
- The Doll People (Doll People, #1)
- Inkspell (Inkworld, #2)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
- The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus, #2)
- One Night at the Call Center
- Five Point Someone
- The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1) - 5/5
- Esperanza Rising
- The Odyssey
- Target (Jimmy Coates, #2)
- Dragon Rider
- The White Tiger - 2/5
- The Naked Face
- Memories of Midnight - 3/5
- Inkheart (Inkworld, #1) - 5/5
- The Last Lecture - 4/5
- Q & A - 3/5
- Half-Moon Investigations - 4/5
- The Associate - 3/5
- Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3) - 5/5
- Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2) - 5/5
- Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1) - 5/5
- Tales of Mystery and Imagination
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Toad Heaven (Toad, #2) - 2/5
- Bud, Not Buddy - 3/5
- Paths of Glory - 4/5
- Raven Hill Mysteries #1-2: The Ghost of Raven Hill / The Sorcerer's Apprentice
- The Summer of Riley
- The Wright 3 (Chasing Vermeer, #2)
- The Conch Bearer (Brotherhood of the Conch, #1)
- Journey to the Center of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages, #3)
- Swami and Friends
- The Black Stallion Revolts (The Black Stallion, #9)
- The Seeing Stone
- The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
- The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2) - 5/5
- The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
- The Little Prince
- Hit And Run (Point Horror, #26)
- Onion Tears
- The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog (Hank the Cowdog, #1)
- The Angel's Command (Flying Dutchman, #2) - 5/5
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #2)
- The Pelican Brief - 4/5
- Time Stops for No Mouse - 4/5
- The Ruskin Bond Mini Bus
- The Ironwood Tree
- Lucinda's Secret
- The Seeing Stone
- The Field Guide
- Moby-Dick, or, the Whale
- The Inheritance of Loss
- Code to Zero
- The Eleventh Commandment - 4/5
- Digital Fortress - 5/5
- Deception Point - 5/5
- The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) - 5/5
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) - 5/5
- The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)
- The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) - 5/5
- The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)
- The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2) - 5/5
- The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
Reading again... visiting the Harry Potter charm once more.