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Heart of the Comet
3.86
really liked it
A very decent hard SF read. People colonize Haley's Comet. There are factions and intrigue. Wackiness ensues.
not set
May 21, 2008
 
A Boy And His Tank
3.71
did not like it
I've enjoyed other Frankowski - the Crosstime series was not high literature by any means, but it was fun and enjoyable (for the most part).

This was t
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Jan 2010
Aug 12, 2010
 
Hurricane Moon (Aeon's Legacy, #1)
3.37
did not like it
Some interesting ideas, but generally too painful to read. It felt forced and exaggerated in the plot, characters, and setting.
Jul 2008
Jul 28, 2008
 
Seveneves
3.98
did not like it
In a word, disappointing. I do like the concept of the story, but I find the execution... lacking.

I enjoy and recommend to others pretty much everythi
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Jun 21, 2015
Jun 24, 2015
 
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
4.42
it was amazing
I've read the trilogy a number of times and often this book is mentally relegated to 'that one in the middle', but each time I actually read it I find ...more
not set
May 20, 2008
 
Ringworld (Ringworld, #1)
3.96
liked it
Canonical Niven. Intriguing ideas, loosely woven together into a pretty good, but not great, story. Well worth reading, especially if you like SF. Thi ...more
not set
Aug 25, 2008
 
The Initiate Brother (Initiate Brother, #1)
4.03
really liked it
A fun, complex world and story written well. High literature? No. Worth reading? Yes.
not set
May 19, 2008
 
Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)
4.30
really liked it
This book was the most fun so far. It's becoming clear that Our Protagonist, for all his faults, is actually pretty clever. I continue to enjoy Butche ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 24, 2009
 
Anathem
4.18
it was amazing
Caveat: I, apparently, am Neal Stephenson's exact target market. I've loved almost everything I've read of his, and even the few I didn't love I found ...more
Nov 11, 2008
Aug 25, 2008
 
To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld, #1)
3.94
liked it
This book explores a neat idea, colliding a whole bunch of historical figures in a strange setting. This book is the first in the series and is worth ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2008
 
Dies the Fire (Emberverse, #1)
3.92
really liked it
Stirling tells a very engaging story of civilization collapse and the survival and recovery of the still living.

He makes and interesting choice vis a
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not set
May 20, 2008
 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
4.20
really liked it
Nonsensical, surreal, largely plotless, and very good and funny. This is one of those books that other authors regularly try to emulate to and fail. D ...more
Jan 1990
Dec 01, 2008
 
On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)
4.11
liked it
Pretty good mil-SF and a fine example of the ubermensch framework that dominates that genre. The first book in the Honor Harrington world/series. Not ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2008
 
The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
3.97
it was ok
Funny, but I'm not a big fan of the Rincewind books - too slap-stick-y for my tastes. Not a painful read, and nice if it's your kind of thing, but in ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2008
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
liked it
Complicated, detailed, involved, epic. However, I had a hard time caring about most of the characters, and the ones I did enjoy reading about didn't g ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2008
 
March Upcountry (Empire of Man, #1)
4.17
it was ok
Pretty standard junk-novel mil-SF: aliens, super soldiers, long odds, etc. It was good enough for me to pick up and read the rest of the series when I ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2008
 
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
4.23
did not like it
The main gimmick was interesting. The plot was fine, if uninspired. I didn't especially care for the characters. The setting was potentially good, but ...more
Jan 2007
Dec 01, 2008
 
Servant of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #2)
4.27
liked it
A bit trashy, but fun. Set in Kelewan (introduced in Feist's riftwar saga) and following a young woman as she leads her people back from the brink of ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2008
 
Daughter of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #1)
4.24
really liked it
A bit trashy, but fun. Set in Kelewan (introduced in Feist's riftwar saga) and following a young woman as she leads her people back from the brink of ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2008
 
The White Dragon (Pern, #3)
4.17
really liked it
In my mind this is the last of the 'real' Pern books. It is best read before you get too old for it - mid teens is pretty appropriate. The books after ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2008
 
I, Robot (Robot #0.1)
4.17
really liked it
A collection of interesting and entertaining short stories, several of which are mysteries. This is the source of the Three Laws of Robotics, which ma ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2008
 
So You Want to Be a Wizard (Young Wizards, #1)
3.80
liked it
A fun wish-fulfillment story about learning magic, and dealing with responsibility that power brings. This is worth reading if only to read the second ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2008
 
Another Fine Myth (Myth Adventures, #1)
4.03
liked it
A fun, over-the-top fantasy story that kicks off a longer series. If you like this book then you'll probably get some enjoyment out of the rest of the ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2008
 
A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth #1)
3.93
liked it
The first few Xanth books are actually decent books for older children - the extreme pun humor has appeal to those really beginning to explore languag ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2008
 
Lord of Light
4.10
it was amazing
A strange and twisted tale, vaguely told and with weird time lines. Still, I loved it and have re-read it several times. It's the sort of book for whi ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2008
 
Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6)
4.33
liked it
While I liked many things about this book, and in many ways actually liked it more than the previous one, it's starting to feel like a little too much ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 24, 2009
 
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, #1)
3.92
liked it
This is very early SF, and it shows. I read this when I was pretty young, and haven't touched it since. I suspect if I came back to it now it would ge ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2008
 
Dragons of Autumn Twilight  (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #1)
4.03
liked it
A decent epic fantasy read for a young adult. Kind of cliche-ed, but that's OK if you haven't yet read many books in this genre. Decidedly NOT recomme ...more
not set
Dec 02, 2008
 
Perelandra (Space Trilogy, #2)
3.97
it was ok
I preferred the first in this series (Out of the Silent Planet), but this is till an interesting read. I found it intriguing more as early SF than for ...more
not set
Dec 01, 2008
 
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1)
3.97
it was amazing
I found the humor in this book much more to my liking than that in HHttG. The plot is largely irrelevant to the style and characters, but it's still d ...more
Jan 1995
Dec 01, 2008
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