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Amazon One-Stars

I was reading a recent article on Salon.com in which the author, Jeanette DeMain, picks a few of her favorite books and then goes to Amazon.com and checks out the reviews for those books. Many of her picks are classics, such as Charlotte’s Web or Grapes of Wrath and to make things interesting, she chooses to read only the one-star reviews: the reviews where people think the books are terrible. Encouraging others to do the same, I have taken her up on her offer and decided to duplicate her experiment with some of my favorite science fiction and fantasy books.

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Book Thoughts: Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol

Despite the work that is on my schedule, I make an explicit point of not doing work (unless I find it fun), once I leave the office. I feel like sitting in a computer lab from 7:30am to 6:00pm entitles me to some personal time without feeling too guilty about it. And as you can guess, I have continued with my habit of devouring books when I can get my hands on them (courtesy care packages, the wonderful secondhand supermarket in Mombasa and the extensive volunteer lending system). My most recent dish was Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol and for those who don’t care to read a bit more, my overall impression is that it’s a good book, a good read, but you don’t need to buy it if you don’t want to.

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