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Brilliance (Brilliance Saga, #1)
Debated on abandoning this halfway through. I like the concept and the cover, but "Brilliance" turned out to be a bland conventional american thriller ...more
Aug 10, 2013
Aug 05, 2013
Beat the Reaper (Peter Brown #1)
This was awesome. I read the whole thing pretty much in one sitting. Doesn't seem like there's a sequel yet, but one can hope.
Mar 30, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
By far the best novel I've read this year. Nobody writes like David Mitchell. I'm rubbish at talking about complex books like this, so go read all the ...more
Aug 02, 2010
Aug 03, 2010
Why I Turned Right: Leading Baby Boom Conservatives Chronicle Their Political Journeys
A few of the essays were quite thoughtful and clearly written by very smart and interesting people. Some even showed their authors displaying unexpect ...more
May 06, 2015
May 04, 2015
Five Go Off to Camp (Famous Five, #7)
Was looking for something short to get used to my new e-book reader. When I was a kid, I read everything by Enid Blyton I could get my hands on, and I ...more
Aug 27, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
The Half-Made World (The Half-Made World, #1)
I read quite a bit about "The Half-Made World" by Felix Gilman last year, and what I had heard sounded really good on paper. This is something of a ph ...more
Feb 27, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
I liked "The Magicians" quite a bit. That said, I'm puzzled about why anybody would write a novel that is so similar to the Harry Potter books. I read ...more
Sep 2014
Aug 27, 2014
Neptune's Brood (Freyaverse #2)
Fun and funny hard sf, with a lot of amazing ideas. This is a universe based on slower than light technology, where it takes spaceships decades or cen ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
Wonderful book and as good as "The Gone-Away World", which was one of my favorites a couple of years back. I usually tag my books as genre or general ...more
Mar 03, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
Dark Sleeper (Western Lights, #1)
What a remarkable and strange book this was. It reads very much like a victorian novel, say from Dickens or maybe Thackeray, and yet the subject matte ...more
not set
Aug 28, 2004
Hull Zero Three
**spoiler alert** "Hull Zero Three" is really good. It starts out as a survival story and a mystery, not unlike the movie "Pandorum", where the main c ...more
Dec 29, 2010
Dec 29, 2010
The Inferior
The setting of "The Inferior" is very original. On a world, where the vegetation seems to be mostly poisonous, a tribe of savage humans fights intelli ...more
Jan 26, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
The Windup Girl
"The Windup Girl" is set in near future Thailand with mostly Thai and Chinese protagonists, and extrapolates a number of current trends like global wa ...more
Apr 30, 2010
May 01, 2010
American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics
Not quite sure why I picked this up. I used to read Savage's funny sex advice column in SF Weekly. Unfortunately, this books is less about sex and mor ...more
Jul 11, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
CUNNING PLANS: Talks By Warren Ellis
I'm a big fan of Warren Ellis' comics writing and was surprised to find that he seems to have reinvented himself as some kind of technological visiona ...more
Jun 13, 2015
Jun 10, 2015
Palace of the Plague Lord (Warhammer)
I love the warhammer fantasy setting, especially anything to do with the chaos gods. It was interesting to see how the northern tribes actually live u ...more
Sep 07, 2014
Sep 07, 2014
Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)
Very nice YA novel about a dystopian (no surprise there) world ruled by Supervillains. It reminded me a bit of Busiek's "Marvels" and "Astro City", wh ...more
Nov 07, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
Jack of Shadows
**spoiler alert** I love this book like few others, and have owned multiple copies of it since I was around 14. After having not read it for a while, ...more
Mar 05, 2008
Feb 27, 2008
Saturn's Children (Freyaverse #1)
I really like Charles Stross. There are few scifi writers with a more fertile imagination.

The book has an interesting take on slavery and how it shap
Sep 16, 2008
Jun 06, 2008
Mieville does SF and he does it rather well. Found it a bit tedious in places where people didn't do much apart from second guessing each other (but t ...more
May 08, 2011
May 08, 2011
How Not to Die: Surprising Lessons on Living Longer, Safer, and Healthier from America's Favorite Medical Examiner
Came across this book by accident, started reading somewhere in the middle, and had to finish the whole thing. I didn't care so much about the health ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
Loved the idea of a novel about the disposable side characters in Star Trek comparing notes, even before I read a single line, and "Redshirts" didn't ...more
Jun 09, 2012
Jun 08, 2012
New Model Army
At some point I realized that a lot of books that I had added to my reading list over time were by the same author, Adam Roberts. They are always base ...more
Jan 11, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex, #2)
Didn't like "Iron Angel" as much as the first book. The language was serviceable, but the plot confused me, and several major characters disappeared f ...more
Jun 16, 2008
May 12, 2008
Fair Coin (Coin, #1)
Pretty similar in plot and tone to "The Walls of the Universe" by Paul Melko and "The Homeward Bounders" by Diana Wynne Jones, where the hero gets dis ...more
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
Not sure what to think. For such a doorstop, the whole thing felt rather flimsy. The first eleven chapters are mostly a history of ideas that led to S ...more
Jun 19, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
Jack Glass
The world building reminded me a bit of Paul McAuley's (who gets a character named after him here) Quiet War, with humanity spread out across the sola ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Nine Princes in Amber
I always wanted to read the Amber books, since Zelazny wrote one of my all time favorite novels, "Jack of Shadows". I know that "Nine Princes in Amber ...more
Aug 16, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
Goblin War (Jig the Goblin, #3)
I'm not a writer, but it can't be easy to write good humorous genre fiction, and have a solid plot at the same time. This trilogy was a fast fun read ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
The Apocalypse Codex (Laundry Files, #4)
Second best laundry novel after "The Atrocity Archives" imho. Stross is definitely getting better at plot. This one not only had the usual blink-and-y ...more
Jul 07, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
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