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Heart of the Comet
3.82
A very decent hard SF read. People colonize Haley's Comet. There are factions and intrigue. Wackiness ensues.
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May 21, 2008
 
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
4.39
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)
3.94
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
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Aug 25, 2008
 
A Boy And His Tank
3.71
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
 
The Initiate Brother (Initiate Brother, #1)
4.03
A fun, complex world and story written well. High literature? No. Worth reading? Yes.
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May 19, 2008
 
Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)
4.30
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
4.17
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)
3.93
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
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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May 20, 2008
 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
4.18
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)
4.09
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
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Dec 01, 2008
 
The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
3.94
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
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Dec 02, 2008
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
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)
4.16
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
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Dec 01, 2008
 
Servant of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #2)
4.24
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
 
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
4.22
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
 
Daughter of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #1)
4.20
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
 
A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth, #1)
3.92
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
 
I, Robot (Robot, #0.1)
4.13
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)
3.77
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
 
The White Dragon (Pern, #3)
4.15
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
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Dec 01, 2008
 
Another Fine Myth (Myth Adventures, #1)
4.00
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
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Dec 02, 2008
 
Lord of Light
4.10
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)
4.32
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)
3.91
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
 
Perelandra (Space Trilogy, #2)
3.95
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
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Dec 01, 2008
 
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1)
3.96
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
 
Dragons of Autumn Twilight  (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #1)
4.04
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
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Dec 02, 2008
 
Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus, #3)
4.22
A reasonable conclusion to the series, even if I didn't especially like most of the characters even by the end. It was neat to learn more about Bartim ...more
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Dec 02, 2008
 
Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)
4.20
This book (and the rest of the Harper Hall trilogy) is probably best read around age 11 or so. Much after that and the rating would, I expect, drop dr ...more
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Dec 01, 2008
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