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The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)
4.20
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)
4.11
**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
...more
Sep 2008
Sep 01, 2008
 
Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
4.13
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
4.06
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
 
Anathem
4.16
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
...more
Dec 28, 2008
Aug 06, 2008
 
The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30) (Tiffany Aching, #1)
4.22
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)
4.18
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
...more
not set
Jun 02, 2008
 
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
3.81
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
 
A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought, #2)
4.30
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)
4.07
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)
3.77
'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 Fountains of Paradise
3.93
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
3.52
**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
 
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)
4.04
'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
...more
Jul 2008
Jun 02, 2008
 
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
4.18
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
...more
Jul 17, 2008
Jul 09, 2008
 
A Hymn Before Battle (Posleen War, #1)
3.98
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
 
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
4.38
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
 
The Knowledge of the Holy
4.37
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
 
Surface Detail (Culture, #9)
4.16
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
...more
not set
Jan 23, 2011
 
Go the Fuck to Sleep
4.23
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
...more
not set
Jun 22, 2011
 
The Windup Girl
3.73
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)
3.95
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
 
Let the Right One In
4.06
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
...more
not set
Feb 13, 2009
 
Holy Bible
4.40
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)
4.13
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
 
Mainspring (Clockwork Earth #1)
3.19
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
 
Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq
3.98
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
 
The Martian
4.36
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
not set
Dec 10, 2014
 
Stand on Zanzibar
3.96
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
 
Dark Harvest
3.67
So I picked up the text and started flipping through it and got very bored very early on. Horror stories are usually like that for me, because they ar ...more
Aug 22, 2008
Jul 04, 2008
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