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Subject: 1 - 23 word reviews
Date Posted: 8/12/2009 10:29 AM ET
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A couple months ago, I came up with the idea to randomly order the books on my shelf, and review each book using the number of words corresponding to the rank. (http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=166888)  I had fun doing it, and so I decided since it's been a while, I'd do it again.  I happen to have 23 books again at the moment (though they're not all the same as they were two months ago), so here are my thoughts about the books on my shelf, in 23 words or less.  (Order courtesy of random.org's list randomizer.)


If you catch me using the wrong number of words, you get the book for free.  If see anything interesting, please order!  If you'd like a deal on multiple books, feel free to ask.


1. The Lost World :: Michael Crichton - Decent.

2. An Incomplete and Inaccurate History of Sport :: Kenny Mayne - Pretty funny.

3. Jurassic Park :: Michael Crichton - Loved when younger.

4. The Cheater's Handbook : The Naughty Student's Bible :: Bob Corbett - Gift idea for students?

5. Bleachers :: John Grisham - Good football story; atypical Grisham.

6. I'm Back for More Cash : A Tony Kornheiser Collection (Because You Can't Take Two Hundred Newspapers into the Bathroom) :: Tony Kornheiser - Collection of columns.  Funny, but dated.

7. What's the Story :: Matthew Johnstone - Lateral thinking puzzles.  The illustrations are great.

8. Dave Barry Slept Here : A Sort of History of the United States :: Dave Barry - Pretty typical Dave Barry.  Funny take on history.

9. Strengthsquest: Discover And Develop Your Strenghts In Academics Career And Beyond :: Donald O. Clifton - I haven't read this. Probably useful for someone interested.

10. The Bourne Identity :: Robert Ludlum - Quite different from movie, due to when it was published.

11. Questions and Answers About the United Methodist Church :: Thomas S. McAnally, Abingdon Pr - Good introduction for someone looking to learn more about the church.

12. Answers to: What Would Jesus Do? :: Beverly Courrege, B. Courrege - Good gift idea for teens.  Even though the WWJD fad has passed.

13. The Trumpet of the Swan :: E. B. White - Good kids' book, but not as good as Stuart Little or Charlotte's Web.

14. The Bourne Supremacy :: Robert Ludlum - Like The Bourne Identity, nothing like the movie.  Probably my favorite Bourne book, though.

15. Night Shift :: Stephen King - Stephen King's first collection of short stories.  Includes "Children of the Corn" and "Jerusalem's Lot."

16. The Bourne Ultimatum :: Robert Ludlum - Last of Ludlum's Bourne novels.  Again, nothing like the movies, but I highly recommend Ludlum's trilogy.

17. The Hours :: Michael Cunningham - I wasn't impressed.  On my shelf since the day I joined; if you liked movie, please order!

18. 0:01: Parting Shots From the World of Sports :: Steve Wulf - Collection of back page images from ESPN the Magazine.  Some are pretty clever. Fun "read" for sports fans.

19. Your Birthday November 8 :: Natalis Press - Perfect gift idea if you know anyone who shares my birthday.  Typical collection of celebrity birthdays and famous events.

20. Microeconomics Study Guide for 2nd Edition :: Jeffrey M. Perloff, Charles F. Mason, Robert Whaples - Study guide that came with text book.  Never been used.  (Typical college student.)  Helpful for anyone trying to learn microeconomics.

21. A false spring :: Pat Jordan - An interesting account of a failed pitcher's time in the minor leagues.  I would recommend this to any hardcore baseball fan.

22. The Bourne Legacy :: Eric Van Lustbader - Being honest, I don't like what Van Lustbader did when he took over the Bourne character.  No longer the character Ludlum created.

23. Signs of Life in U.S.A.: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers - As with last time, the most words get assigned to a book I haven't read.  I'm sure there are good stories here, though.

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Date Posted: 8/14/2009 3:56 PM ET
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Bumping this up.  It took too long to write for it to only get 28 views.

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 4:20 PM ET
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Very cool--and different.

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 5:39 PM ET
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I really enjoyed this!

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 7:00 PM ET
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Very clever!

Date Posted: 8/15/2009 5:22 PM ET
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Thanks for the nice comments, everyone. This idea hasn't led to a lot of books being ordered off my shelf, but it's been fun to do.