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The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)
Some books are almost impossible to review. If a book is bad, how easily can we dwell on its flaws! But if the book is good, how do you give any recom ...more
Aug 1979
Jun 02, 2008
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
**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
Sep 2008
Sep 01, 2008
Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
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
Childhood's End
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
not set
Jun 02, 2008
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
Dec 28, 2008
Aug 06, 2008
The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30; Tiffany Aching, #1)
I'm a huge fan of dangerous books for boys. I love classic boys literature, whether Dumas's 'Count of Monte Cristo', Kipling's 'Jungle Book', Burrough ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2008
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
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 02, 2008
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
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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Jun 03, 2008
A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought, #2)
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)
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
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
'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
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)
'Fool Moon' is the third Harry Dresden book I've read.

I can't really decide if I want to like The Dresden Files more than I do, or if I want to not l
Jul 2008
Jun 02, 2008
The Fountains of Paradise
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
Saturn's Children
**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
A Hymn Before Battle (Posleen War, #1)
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
Surface Detail (Culture, #9)
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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Jan 23, 2011
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
The observation is hackneyed by this point, but the book just screams 'Harry Potter' knockoff from page one on and very rarely lets up.

The writing is
Jul 17, 2008
Jul 09, 2008
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
This book was very disappointing, especially after recieving so much hype. I was struggling along through it in a workman like fashion, trying to foll ...more
not set
Jun 17, 2008
The Knowledge of the Holy
Having never before read A.W. Tozer, I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book, and if I expected anything I'm not sure that this ...more
Sep 03, 2008
Aug 13, 2008
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
I really don't know what I was expecting when I reserved this from the library, but it wasn't this. In my defense, it sounded interesting. I thought i ...more
not set
Mar 31, 2011
Go the Fuck to Sleep
It's the latest inescapable internet buzz. It would be creepy if it wasn't just so sad.

It's also proof that most of American problems have their sourc
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Jun 22, 2011
The Windup Girl
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 Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
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
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Feb 12, 2010
Holy Bible
I've been avoiding listing this one because there is a part of me that screams, "Why didn't you give this book 5 stars!?!?!" Certainly, that part of m ...more
not set
Jun 23, 2008
The Apocalypse Codex (Laundry Files, #4)
Stross continues to churn out nerd flavored popcorn, but its beginning to taste a bit stale. When a work becomes this long, it either has to grow or b ...more
Aug 14, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
Let the Right One In
I've been striking out a lot lately when trying new books.

I don't consume much horror fiction. I can sink my teeth in Edgar Allen Poe and thrill to t
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Feb 13, 2009
What Do You Say, Dear?
There are any number of books about manners aimed at young children. At one time, that was about all children were encouraged to read. Some of them ar ...more
Feb 04, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq
This is the second book I've read on the Iraq war. It's not that I've not followed the progress of the Iraq War extremely closely, because I have. It' ...more
Oct 14, 2008
Sep 03, 2008
Mainspring (Clockwork Earth #1)
The author would appear to be something of a fan of Gene Wolfe, and if you are going to pattern yourself after someone that's a pretty good choice. Un ...more
Jun 13, 2008
Jun 02, 2008
The Chessmen of Mars (Barsoom, #5)
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
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