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These articles are all at least a month old.  Newer articles are on the main Calendar page.  Click the boxed dates to read the articles.

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:

PRO
24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16
pro
15 14 13 12 11 10
mixed
9 8 7 6 5 4
con
3 2 1
CON
0

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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2012.0822
28 books by William Sleator
2004.0517
11  The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and the Comedy Those Extraordinary Twins
2007.0331
11  1491
2004.1008
8  1601, and Is Shakespeare Dead?
2016.0916
10  1919
2006.0831
14  A Canticle for Leibowitz
2007.0831
2  A Clergyman's Daughter
2001.1018
11  A Confederacy of Dunces
2004.0408
14  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
2006.1219
2  A History of the World in 10½ Chapters
2016.0518
14  A Naked Singularity
2011.1112
15  A New World
2008.0127
14  A Pattern Language: "Towns"
2019.0625
12  A Short History of Nearly Everything
2004.0102
16  A Tramp Abroad
2001.1003
14  A Voyage to Arcturus
2007.1218
14  A Wrinkle in Time
2015.1201
4  Accelerando
2004.0326
14  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
2006.1206
11  Air
2006.0301
8  Alas, Babylon
2019.0806
9  An Anthropologist on Mars
2002.0830
5  An Army of Angels
2008.0224
14  Animal Farm
2006.0618
0  Ape and Essence
2008.0905
2  Arc d'X
2008.0710
2  Argall
2018.0430
6  Atomic Accidents
2018.0430
8  Atomic Awakening
2015.0816
9  Babbitt
2001.1003
8  Belles on Their Toes
2007.0209
8  Berkeley 1900
2018.0826
9  Blitzed
2013.0810
5  Brave New World
2007.0718
5  Burmese Days
2008.0905
5  Burr
2018.1024
11  Capital in the Twenty-First Century
2018.1231
9  Cat's Eye
2018.0226
14  Centennial
2004.1008
11  Chapters from My Autobiography
2001.1003
8  Cheaper by the Dozen
2004.0903
2  Christian Science
2008.1012
11  City of Glass
2008.0617
2  Civilizations
2014.1023
17  Cloud Atlas
2018.0412
1  Coin Locker Babies
2006.0125
14  Collapse
2006.0608
2  Come Nineveh, Come Tyre
2008.0218
5  Coming Up for Air
2015.1002
7  Consider Phlebas
2005.0906
23  Cosmos
2012.0812
4  Counting Heads
2017.0831
9  Cyteen
2007.0711
8  Down and Out in Paris and London
2007.0802
2  Dr. Bloodmoney
2001.0630
2  Dream Children
2006.0214
8  Earth Abides
2012.0113
7  Ender's Game
2004.1021
5  Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven
2001.0915
5  Faster
2002.0610
8  Field of Schemes
2005.0429
2  First Kyu
2004.0814
14  Following the Equator and Anti-Imperialist Essays
2005.0610
14  Freakonomics
2013.0826
19  Freaky Friday
2003.1003
Freaky Friday (first article)
2014.0803
0  Geek Love
2002.1220
5  Godbody
2013.0526
10  Goldbugs and Greenbacks
2014.0612
3  Good Omens
2011.1125
7  Grendel
2006.1018
14  Guns, Germs, and Steel
2006.1106
2  Haroun and the Sea of Stories
2009.0102
2  Herland
2008.0213
5  Homage to Catalonia
2001.0625
11  How Far Can You Go?
2001.0707
5  How the Irish Saved Civilization
2004.0717
5  How to Tell a Story and Other Essays
2014.0802
6  Immortal
2017.1204
10  In the Night Garden
2018.0120
7  Jane Eyre
2008.0513
2  Jealousy
2007.1103
8  Jennifer Government
2017.0612
14  Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
2007.0104
5  Julian
2007.1118
8  Keep the Aspidistra Flying
2008.0305
14  Koba the Dread
2007.0127
14  Lanark
2012.0703
3  Last Exit to Brooklyn
2006.0810
14  Level 7
2013.0121
6  Life of Pi
2004.0306
18  Life on the Mississippi
2001.0825
5  Longitude
2001.1130
8  Lord of the Flies
2012.1009
3  Love and Longing in Bombay
2008.0530
5  Lust
2006.0831
0  Malone Dies
2011.0529
2  Mason & Dixon
2001.0313
5  Mathematics for the Nonmathematician
2001.0917
11  McTeague
2006.0830
16  Memoirs of an Invisible Man
2004.0410
5  Merry Tales
2011.0529
14  Moo
2001.0728
11  Mostly Harmless
2013.0826
7  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
2007.0110
8  Native Son
2018.0211
9  Never Let Me Go
2010.1219
2  Nicholas Nickleby
2008.0324
19  Nineteen Eighty-Four
2006.0318
8  On the Beach
2013.0821
16  One Hundred Years of Solitude
2005.1119
14  Oryx and Crake
2005.0325
8  Pacific Edge
2001.0707
14  Pale Fire
2006.0202
8  Parable of the Sower
2006.0506
5  Parable of the Talents
2001.1018
16  Perfume
2016.1028
8  Permutation City
2004.0703
8  Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
2005.0824
8  Quicksilver
2015.0605
13  Racing the Beam
2006.0618
2  Riddley Walker
2003.0826
14  Roughing It
2007.1209
5  Salt
2001.1130
18  Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
2003.1117
8  Sketches, New and Old
2011.0926
2  Soul Mountain
2004.1112
5  Speeches
2007.0623
11  Stories of Your Life and Others
2007.0612
2  Stranger in a Strange Land
2013.0321
6  Super-Cannes
2004.0826
5  The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories
2004.0425
5  The £1,000,000 Bank-Note and Other Stories
2016.0629
10  The 42nd Parallel
2003.1202
11  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
2012.0420
5  The Aleph and Other Stories
2011.0829
13  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
2004.0420
8  The American Claimant
2001.0724
11  The Ancient Engineers
2017.0306
8  The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
2016.1108
10  The Big Money
2010.0821
5  The Book of Basketball
2014.0529
6  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2012.1016
12  The Catcher in the Rye
2003.0530
8  The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories
2013.0826
8  The Cement Garden
2012.0911
16  The City & The City
2006.1023
5  The Code of the Woosters
2008.0510
5  The Confusion
2003.1216
14  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
2001.0527
8  The Demolished Man
2004.0820
17  The Diaries of Adam and Eve
2008.0313
5  The Disappearance
2001.1130
5  The Discourses
2007.1015
8  The Dispossessed
2006.0929
2  The Driver's Seat
2012.0227
11  The Easter Parade
2018.0315
7  The Fall of the Roman Empire
2018.0411
13  The Fate of Africa
2007.0820
0  The Fermata
2017.0729
4  The Fifth Head of Cerberus
2003.1019
8  The Gilded Age
2007.0617
0  The Girl Who Owned a City
2006.1029
2  The God of Small Things
2005.0303
16  The Gold Coast
2017.1130
11  The Grapes of Wrath
2016.0224
19  The Great Gatsby
2009.0430
18  The Greenlanders
2011.0903
6  The Guns of the South
2011.1206
6  The Haunting of Hill House
2010.0524
5  The Ice Storm
2009.1020
11  The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861
2003.0729
11  The Innocents Abroad
2008.1025
11  The Jewish Century
2018.0911
9  The Kite Runner
2018.0314
1  The Last Samurai
2012.0523
9  The Lazarus Project
2018.0331
14  The Left Hand of Darkness
2004.0818
5  The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories and Essays
2016.0130
5  The Master and Margarita
2012.0213
3  The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
2007.0801
14  The Mezzanine
2002.1124
5  The Mind of a Mnemonist
2002.0509
5  The Pleasures of Counting
2005.0708
11  The Plot Against America
2008.1218
14  The Political Culture of the American Whigs
2016.0415
7  The Postmortal
2018.0321
12  The Prestige
2004.0129
8  The Prince and the Pauper
2006.0608
2  The Promise of Joy
2012.0206
10  The Quiet American
2009.0523
16  The Remains of the Day
2005.1224
11  The Rivals
2007.1201
5  The Road to Wigan Pier
2007.0404
5  The Road
2007.0503
5  The Road (addendum)
2018.0827
8  The Sea Wolves
2018.0114
8  The Sea, The Sea
2009.0523
2  The Sound and the Fury
2004.0712
8  The Stolen White Elephant and Other Detective Stories
2011.0502
5  The System of the World
2009.0601
8  The Time Traveler's Wife
2001.0825
5  The Victorian Internet
2005.0214
8  The Wild Shore
2016.0908
9  The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
2015.0601
8  The World Today
2008.0524
5  The World Without Us
2005.0420
8  The Years of Rice and Salt
2016.0602
8  This Is Not a Game
2001.0415
5  This Star Shall Abide
2007.0424
16  Time's Arrow
2004.0504
8  Tom Sawyer Abroad
2001.0123
5  Tom's Midnight Garden
2006.0514
8  Tomorrow!
2006.0521
5  Triumph
2003.1213
Twisty Little Passages
2008.0322
2  Unconquered Countries
2001.0804
5  Undaunted Courage
2006.0908
2  V.
2006.0618
8  Warday
2005.0608
22  Was
2005.1201
0  Watch Your Mouth
2008.0407
2  We
2009.0612
8  What Hath God Wrought
2004.0820
5  What Is Man?
2001.1215
11  What It Takes
2016.1205
6  When Gravity Fails
2006.0421
14  White Noise
2008.1228
2  World Made by Hand
2010.1219
2  Wuthering Heights


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