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Ratings are on a scale of 0 to 24. The scale used to be 0 to 10, so books written about before 2012 may have only had their ratings adjusted by formula and not by hand (hence all the 2s, 5s, 8s, etc.) The scale works as follows:

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pro
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mixed
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con
3 2 1
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An asymmetrical 0 to 24 scale may not be intuitive, I realize. But as a rule of thumb: a double-digit score means I liked it, while a single-digit score... less so. Also, as you might expect, scores from many years ago may not be very reliable, so do check the dates.

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2012.082228 books by William Sleator
2004.051711  The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and the Comedy Those Extraordinary Twins
2007.033111  1491
2004.10088  1601, and Is Shakespeare Dead?
2016.091610  1919
2006.083114  A Canticle for Leibowitz
2007.08312  A Clergyman's Daughter
2001.101811  A Confederacy of Dunces
2004.040814  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
2006.12192  A History of the World in 10½ Chapters
2016.051814  A Naked Singularity
2011.111215  A New World
2008.012714  A Pattern Language: "Towns"
2004.010216  A Tramp Abroad
2001.100314  A Voyage to Arcturus
2007.121814  A Wrinkle in Time
2015.12014  Accelerando
2004.032614  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
2006.120611  Air
2006.03018  Alas, Babylon
2002.08305  An Army of Angels
2008.022414  Animal Farm
2006.06180  Ape and Essence
2008.09052  Arc d'X
2008.07102  Argall
2015.08169  Babbitt
2001.10038  Belles on Their Toes
2007.02098  Berkeley 1900
2013.08105  Brave New World
2007.07185  Burmese Days
2008.09055  Burr
2004.100811  Chapters from My Autobiography
2001.10038  Cheaper by the Dozen
2004.09032  Christian Science
2008.101211  City of Glass
2008.06172  Civilizations
2014.102317  Cloud Atlas
2006.012514  Collapse
2006.06082  Come Nineveh, Come Tyre
2008.02185  Coming Up for Air
2015.10027  Consider Phlebas
2005.090623  Cosmos
2012.08124  Counting Heads
2017.08319  Cyteen
2007.07118  Down and Out in Paris and London
2007.08022  Dr. Bloodmoney
2001.06302  Dream Children
2006.02148  Earth Abides
2012.01137  Ender's Game
2004.10215  Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven
2001.09155  Faster
2002.06108  Field of Schemes
2005.04292  First Kyu
2004.081414  Following the Equator and Anti-Imperialist Essays
2005.061014  Freakonomics
2013.082619  Freaky Friday
2003.1003Freaky Friday (first article)
2014.08030  Geek Love
2002.12205  Godbody
2013.052610  Goldbugs and Greenbacks
2014.06123  Good Omens
2011.11257  Grendel
2006.101814  Guns, Germs, and Steel
2006.11062  Haroun and the Sea of Stories
2009.01022  Herland
2008.02135  Homage to Catalonia
2001.062511  How Far Can You Go?
2001.07075  How the Irish Saved Civilization
2004.07175  How to Tell a Story and Other Essays
2014.08026  Immortal
2008.05132  Jealousy
2007.11038  Jennifer Government
2017.061214  Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
2007.01045  Julian
2007.11188  Keep the Aspidistra Flying
2008.030514  Koba the Dread
2007.012714  Lanark
2012.07033  Last Exit to Brooklyn
2006.081014  Level 7
2013.01216  Life of Pi
2004.030618  Life on the Mississippi
2001.08255  Longitude
2001.11308  Lord of the Flies
2012.10093  Love and Longing in Bombay
2008.05305  Lust
2006.08310  Malone Dies
2011.05292  Mason & Dixon
2001.03135  Mathematics for the Nonmathematician
2001.091711  McTeague
2006.083016  Memoirs of an Invisible Man
2004.04105  Merry Tales
2011.052914  Moo
2001.072811  Mostly Harmless
2013.08267  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
2007.01108  Native Son
2010.12192  Nicholas Nickleby
2008.032419  Nineteen Eighty-Four
2006.03188  On the Beach
2013.082116  One Hundred Years of Solitude
2005.111914  Oryx and Crake
2005.03258  Pacific Edge
2001.070714  Pale Fire
2006.02028  Parable of the Sower
2006.05065  Parable of the Talents
2001.101816  Perfume
2016.10288  Permutation City
2004.07038  Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
2005.08248  Quicksilver
2015.060513  Racing the Beam
2006.06182  Riddley Walker
2003.082614  Roughing It
2007.12095  Salt
2001.113018  Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
2003.11178  Sketches, New and Old
2011.09262  Soul Mountain
2004.11125  Speeches
2007.062311  Stories of Your Life and Others
2007.06122  Stranger in a Strange Land
2013.03216  Super-Cannes
2004.08265  The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories
2004.04255  The £1,000,000 Bank-Note and Other Stories
2016.062910  The 42nd Parallel
2003.120211  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
2012.04205  The Aleph and Other Stories
2011.082913  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
2004.04208  The American Claimant
2001.072411  The Ancient Engineers
2017.03068  The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
2016.110810  The Big Money
2010.08215  The Book of Basketball
2014.05296  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2012.101612  The Catcher in the Rye
2003.05308  The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories
2013.08268  The Cement Garden
2012.091116  The City & The City
2006.10235  The Code of the Woosters
2008.05105  The Confusion
2003.121614  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
2001.05278  The Demolished Man
2004.082017  The Diaries of Adam and Eve
2008.03135  The Disappearance
2001.11305  The Discourses
2007.10158  The Dispossessed
2006.09292  The Driver's Seat
2012.022711  The Easter Parade
2007.08200  The Fermata
2017.07294  The Fifth Head of Cerberus
2003.10198  The Gilded Age
2007.06170  The Girl Who Owned a City
2006.10292  The God of Small Things
2005.030316  The Gold Coast
2016.022419  The Great Gatsby
2009.043018  The Greenlanders
2011.09036  The Guns of the South
2011.12066  The Haunting of Hill House
2010.05245  The Ice Storm
2009.102011  The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861
2003.072911  The Innocents Abroad
2008.102511  The Jewish Century
2012.05239  The Lazarus Project
2001.062111  The Left Hand of Darkness
2004.08185  The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories and Essays
2016.01305  The Master and Margarita
2012.02133  The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
2007.080114  The Mezzanine
2002.11245  The Mind of a Mnemonist
2002.05095  The Pleasures of Counting
2005.070811  The Plot Against America
2008.121814  The Political Culture of the American Whigs
2016.04157  The Postmortal
2004.01298  The Prince and the Pauper
2006.06082  The Promise of Joy
2012.020610  The Quiet American
2009.052316  The Remains of the Day
2005.122411  The Rivals
2007.12015  The Road to Wigan Pier
2007.04045  The Road
2007.05035  The Road (addendum)
2009.05232  The Sound and the Fury
2004.07128  The Stolen White Elephant and Other Detective Stories
2011.05025  The System of the World
2009.06018  The Time Traveler's Wife
2001.08255  The Victorian Internet
2005.02148  The Wild Shore
2016.09089  The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
2015.06018  The World Today
2008.05245  The World Without Us
2005.04208  The Years of Rice and Salt
2016.06028  This Is Not a Game
2001.04155  This Star Shall Abide
2007.042416  Time's Arrow
2004.05048  Tom Sawyer Abroad
2001.01235  Tom's Midnight Garden
2006.05148  Tomorrow!
2006.05215  Triumph
2003.1213Twisty Little Passages
2008.03222  Unconquered Countries
2001.08045  Undaunted Courage
2006.09082  V.
2006.06188  Warday
2005.060822  Was
2005.12010  Watch Your Mouth
2008.04072  We
2009.06128  What Hath God Wrought
2004.08205  What Is Man?
2001.121511  What It Takes
2016.12056  When Gravity Fails
2006.042114  White Noise
2008.12282  World Made by Hand
2010.12192  Wuthering Heights


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