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It
4.10
Wow, what a book! There's a lot to condense down into a brief review, but more than anything else, the characters made this book. The story was an int ...more
Oct 28, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
 
Other Spaces, Other Times: A Life Spent in the Future
3.64
Wow! I just checked my list and discovered that I have never, in 15 years of record-keeping, have I rated 2-consecutive books at 5-stars. Until today. ...more
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
 
Firebird (Alex Benedict, #6)
3.97
Jack McDevitt’s latest novel, Firebird (Ace, 2011), is the sixth adventure following Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath. Alex is a well-known antiquities ...more
Nov 09, 2011
Nov 02, 2011
 
Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1)
4.04
This is one of the most remarkable novels of any kind that I have ever read, and a truly stunning piece of time-travel/historical/science fiction.

I st
...more
Sep 16, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
 
11/22/63
4.25
Stephen King’s most recent book, 11/22/63, is a time-travel adventure about a man from 2011 who uses a time “bubble” to attempt to prevent the Kennedy ...more
Nov 18, 2011
Nov 10, 2011
 
C.M. Kornbluth: The Life and Works of a Science Fiction Visionary
3.00
A wonderful romp through Golden Age fandom!

What a terrific book! I've long been an admirer of Cyril Kornbluth's fiction, having read His Share of Glor
...more
Feb 03, 2010
Jan 13, 2010
 
The Stand
4.31
I've now read all 3 of Stephen King's BIG standalone novels, It, Under the Dome A Novel, and The Stand. While I enjoyed The Stand, I think it was the ...more
Jun 02, 2010
May 11, 2010
 
Under the Dome
3.88
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this. So far, It has been my favorite Stephen King. Under the Dome might not have topped it, but it came close ...more
Nov 30, 2009
Nov 18, 2009
 
Blackout
3.81
Connie Willis' newest novel, Blackout had a lot of things in its favor even before I read the first page: (1) it was written by Connie Willis, whose w ...more
Mar 12, 2010
Feb 01, 2010
 
Carrie
3.87
Enjoyed this book, perhaps in part because there was an attempt at a scientific explanation for the paranormal activities taking place. (I have a hard ...more
Sep 22, 2009
Sep 21, 2009
 
Galileo's Dream
3.48
There are 3 things that I really enjoy reading: science fiction, science and history. Kim Stanley Robinson's latest novel, Galileo's Dream is a terrif ...more
Feb 15, 2010
Jan 04, 2010
 
The Shining (The Shining #1)
4.09
**spoiler alert** Not a bad book, but not as good as Carrie, in my opinion. The first four parts of the book were great, but the last part got a littl ...more
Sep 28, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
 
The Devil's Eye (Alex Benedict, #4)
3.91
I haven't finished a book since mid-August, my longest drought on record, and there was no better book to break that drought than Jack McDevitt's The ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
 
Different Seasons
4.31
I think I like Stephen King's short fiction better than his novels, but I am biases; I am a fan of short fiction above all else. Stephen King is a def ...more
Dec 09, 2009
Nov 30, 2009
 
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
3.85
I've always liked Steve Martin as an actor and comedian. I've even liked the novellas he's written. So I was curious to see what he had to say about l ...more
Aug 2012
Jan 30, 2012
 
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
3.60
While the book is a page-turner, I found the plot really hard to swallow. Furthermore, I really noticed just how awkward of a writer Dan Brown seems t ...more
Sep 21, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
 
Underlay
4.25
This hard-to-classify book novel about horse-racing and more is absolutely hilarious. While Beyond Apollo remains my favorite Malzberg book, Underlay ...more
Jul 16, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
 
Echo (Alex Benedict, #5)
3.84
Another delightful Alex Benedict mystery. This one was more of a page turner than The Devil's Eye and I felt at times like I literally couldn't put do ...more
Dec 12, 2010
Dec 06, 2010
 
Time Travelers Never Die
3.64
This was just a fun book, plain and simple, and a great read. I am a big fan of time-travel stories. Although not quite as much fun as Joe Haldeman's ...more
Nov 09, 2009
Apr 10, 2009
 
Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st-Century Writer
3.90
Outstanding book on the business of writing, and managing a career as a writer. This is the book I always hoped would be written and Jeff did a terrif ...more
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 14, 2010
 
Night Shift
3.90
I enjoyed this collection of short stories, Stephen King's first. The better stories in the batch were, "Jerusalem's Lot", "The Boogeyman", "Strawberr ...more
Nov 03, 2009
Oct 30, 2009
 
David and the Phoenix
4.21
I remember getting this book from Weekly Reader when I was in second or third grade. I'd never read anything like it. I read it again and again.
Jan 1982
Feb 25, 2010
 
Caesar and Christ (Story of Civilization, #3)
4.29
This book provided an incredibly vivid and in-depth look at life in ancient Rome and the birth of Christianity. I really enjoy Durant's style of writi ...more
Aug 17, 2010
Jul 23, 2010
 
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge, #1)
4.06
We read this book in 3rd grade. We would start each day with some "aerobics" and after that, we'd sit down at our desks and the teacher would read a c ...more
Jan 1981
Feb 25, 2010
 
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
4.27
This was the 3rd Stephen King book I've read, and the first that's non-fiction. I found it to be remarkably well-written, and enjoyable. He has down-t ...more
Sep 17, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
 
The Hard SF Renaissance
4.07
Here are the stories that most stood out:

* "Beggars In Spain" by Nancy Kress
* "Marrow" by Robert Reed
* "Sexual Dimorphism" by Kim Stanley Robinson
* "I
...more
Jan 06, 2009
Dec 10, 2008
 
Astounding Science Fiction, July 1939: A Facsimile of the July, 1939 Issue
4.17
My full review can be found here: http://www.jamierubin.net/2011/01/23/...
Jan 22, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
 
Astounding Science Fiction, August 1939
3.60
My full review can be found here: http://www.jamierubin.net/2011/01/30/...
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
 
Unknown Book 6296241
3.00
My complete review can be found here: http://www.jamierubin.net/2011/02/06/...
Feb 06, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
My full review can be found here: http://www.jamierubin.net/2011/05/16/...
May 16, 2011
May 04, 2011
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