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The Giver (The Giver, #1)
4.12
it was ok
**spoiler alert** If there are no wrong answers, can we really say that something has any meaning?

It is very easy to start an interesting science fict
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Sep 2008
Sep 01, 2008
 
Childhood's End
4.09
it was amazing
I've done a lot of odd jobs over the years. At one point, back before I got my degree and I was still working to put my wife through school, I worked ...more
Jan 1992
Jun 02, 2008
 
Dune (Dune #1)
4.19
it was amazing
Like most of my five star books, I’ve read Dune multiple times. In fact, I’d say that what makes a book more than just enjoyable and instead truly ama ...more
Jul 1984
Jun 02, 2008
 
Anathem
4.18
liked it
After digesting Stephenson's latest 937 page tome, my response basically boils down to "Meh."

Ok, maybe not, "Meh." exactly. Maybe more like, "Hmmm." I
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Dec 28, 2008
Aug 06, 2008
 
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
3.84
liked it
I just finished reading this for the second or third time. I wish I could bump this up to 3.5 stars, which more reflects what I feel about it.

To begi
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not set
Jun 03, 2008
 
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
4.17
liked it
I've hit page 199 of 'The Sparrow' and the viscosity of the text is increasing.

By page 12, I had a lot of hope for this book. By page 88 I was really
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Jun 2008
Jun 02, 2008
 
A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought, #2)
4.31
it was amazing
In the 'The Sixth Sense', the character Malcolm tries to tell a story. Unfortunately, it's a bad story, which Cole immediately picks up on, and commen ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2008
 
The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture #10)
4.14
liked it
Banks seems content to spin out increasingly fractal world building episodes while adopting an ever more and more affected and feathery writing style ...more
not set
Mar 13, 2013
 
The Fountains of Paradise
3.95
liked it
I was disappointed in this book, though I confess that part of it is my fault. Clarke didn't tell the story that I wanted him to tell, and this is alw ...more
Aug 18, 2008
Jun 21, 2008
 
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
3.80
really liked it
'A Princess of Mars' is the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs 'Barsoom' books, set on a mythical Mars, and the first introduction of the character of John ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2008
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.05
did not like it
I might be crazy to write this review. Either that or for some reason I’m finding that I no longer get enough hate mail, or that my number of friend r ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2008
 
Surface Detail (Culture #9)
4.21
liked it
Well, it was better than 'Matter'.

But to me at least, Banks flaws are really beginning to start to irritate.

Banks seems completely unwilling to let a
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not set
Jan 23, 2011
 
A Hymn Before Battle (Posleen War, #1)
3.99
it was ok
In full disclosure, I've bumped into the author a couple of times online as we have certain interests in common. I hope he remains willing to talk to ...more
Sep 14, 2008
Jul 17, 2008
 
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
3.96
did not like it
This stands out as one of the dumbest books I have ever tried to read. I cannot at this time recall a book with a dumber premise, or a less sympatheti ...more
not set
Feb 12, 2010
 
Saturn's Children (Freyaverse #1)
3.56
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This review won't contain anything that I consider an actual spoiler, but because of the stories structure I'm going to mark this re ...more
Aug 20, 2008
Jul 07, 2008
 
The Windup Girl
3.74
liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. Paolo Bacigalupi has a lot of talent but ultimately he doesn't say anything with it. He's clearly trying hard t ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Mar 31, 2011
 
The Chessmen of Mars (Barsoom, #5)
3.82
really liked it
Depending on my mood, this is either my favorite or second favorite of the Barsoom books. As with my other favorite, 'A Fighting Man of Mars', the her ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2008
 
The Martian
4.39
really liked it
If it's 2am, and I have 120 pages left, and I can read roughly 500 words a minute, do I have any time left to keep reading given that I have to get to ...more
Dec 20, 2014
Dec 10, 2014
 
Dying Inside
3.86
really liked it
One of the touchstone novels that seperates the true affectionado of science fiction from the more casual fan or the affectionado of pulp adventures w ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2008
 
Stand on Zanzibar
3.96
really liked it
I've read this book twice now, once a few months back and once in the early 90's. While I still greatly enjoyed the novel, it didn't stand up to a sec ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2008
 
A Fighting Man of Mars (Barsoom, #7)
3.83
really liked it
'A Fighting Man of Mars' is the longest, and probably the best, of Edgar Rice Burroughs classic 'Barsoom' science fiction sword operas.

In this story,
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not set
Jun 02, 2008
 
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
3.93
liked it
I'm beginning to think that Philip K. Dick is to be blamed for Hollywood's typical inability to make good science fiction movies.

It's clear that PKD
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Dec 2015
Nov 04, 2015
 
Ready Player One
4.31
liked it
It was a fast fun read and I think I could have given it 4 stars but.... the plot holes for me were just painful. I had no suspension of disbelief for ...more
May 02, 2016
Apr 15, 2016
 
Rite of Passage
3.87
it was amazing
'Rite of Passage' is one of science fiction's more overlooked and lesser known masterpeices.

Really, they did know what they were doing when they gave
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not set
Jun 13, 2008
 
A Time of Changes
3.71
liked it
'A Time of Changes' is classic Robert Silverburg of the sort that he rightly recieves acclaim for, but it suffers in my opinion from the fact that Sil ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2008
 
The Alien Way
3.71
it was amazing
It sometimes surprises me which science fiction classics are well remembered, and which fall into obscurity.

This one is definately obscure, even perh
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not set
Jun 02, 2008
 
The Color of Distance
4.25
really liked it
One of my pet peeves is a sterotypical first contact story in which the aliens vaguely resemble anthromorpic Earth animals, have limited technology, a ...more
Aug 2000
Jun 07, 2008
 
Fuzzy Nation
4.09
liked it
2 1/2 stars would be more fair, and that only because once it finally got going it was frequently fun.

Also, "Fuzzy Fountainhead"?

Still, the book jus
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Sep 15, 2015
Jun 01, 2015
 
Broken Time
3.66
it was ok
'Broken Time' is a messy, brilliant, juvenile, sophisticated, awkward, stunning novel that veers from being embarassingly bad to thoroughly engrossing ...more
not set
Jul 09, 2008
 
The Food of the Gods
3.44
it was amazing
I find the works of H.G. Wells to be remarkable in several ways. Although stories that bear the marks of the modern science fiction genera include She ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2008
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