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The Hobbit
4.24
it was amazing
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)
4.12
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
...more
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 Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30; Tiffany Aching, #1)
4.25
it was amazing
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
Dec 2005
Jun 02, 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
...more
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 Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
4.38
did not like it
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 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
 
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
 
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-18
4.05
liked it
A good book, but a number of flaws keep this from being a truly great book.

The first is that there is simply not enough material about the war time ex
...more
Sep 26, 2015
Sep 26, 2015
 
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
 
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
 
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)
4.04
liked it
'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
 
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
4.29
did not like it
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
 
Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1)
4.17
liked it
This is the story of how Raymond Feist had a very good Dungeon Master.

I recently read this book for the first time since sixth grade. I adored it in
...more
Mar 1984
Jun 03, 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 Knowledge of the Holy
4.37
liked it
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
 
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
 
Go the Fuck to Sleep
4.25
did not like it
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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not set
Jun 22, 2011
 
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
4.22
it was ok
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
 
Holy Bible
4.24
really liked it
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 Annihilation Score (Laundry Files, #6)
3.86
did not like it
Well this has been a complete train wreck.

Stross’s laundry files series has been heading off the rails for a while now, staying upright only out of a
...more
Feb 2016
Feb 01, 2016
 
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
 
Let the Right One In
4.07
it was ok
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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not set
Feb 13, 2009
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