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The Mysterious Island
4.05
Oh my God. Some dudes are castaway on this island and I cannot put real words together to explain why I wanted to kill this book. So here are some sel ...more
Jul 16, 2008
Jul 13, 2008
 
Orphans of Chaos (Chronicles of Chaos, #1)
3.59
I'm a terrible addict and the combination godly mythos (heavy emphasis on Greek and Roman), Titans, math, science, time, dimensions, magic, smart but ...more
Jun 08, 2008
Jun 17, 2008
 
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
3.73
Um, okay. I know people dig on Tom Robbins. And I know that his work was formative for a lot of folks (shit, Dune, which I recently finished reading f ...more
Aug 28, 2008
Aug 27, 2008
 
Space Viking
3.75
Can we all bask for a moment in the glory of that title?

With Space Kings and their Space Feudalism! And Space Amish (sort of)! It's interesting and I
...more
Apr 2008
Jul 22, 2008
 
The Invention of Morel
4.06
Bioy was recommended to me by a friend who knows how much I love Borges and Borges' themes. That Bioy and Borges were fast friends who clearly discuss ...more
Jan 07, 2015
Jan 07, 2015
 
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Vol 2
4.40
Ah, here are the "classics" of Poe—The Purloined Letter, The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death. But in between are more of those skippi ...more
Oct 26, 2008
Oct 13, 2008
 
Darkness of the Light
3.44
A classic view in sf is that the only things humans have going for themselves are their creativity, cruelty and luck. Everything else is against them. ...more
Jul 19, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
 
Catseye
3.83
Day labourer Troy Horan lucks into a job at an exotic pet shop that caters to the rich and powerful. Jumping at the chance to escape the ghetto of non ...more
Jan 31, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
 
Rosemary's Baby
3.93
**spoiler alert** Gosh DANG I love Levin. He writes what it feels like to be trapped by society as a lady really, uncomfortably well. Rosmary is sweet ...more
Jul 09, 2010
Jul 09, 2010
 
The Complete Short Stories
4.29
This is a tome. It's difficult to summarise or review short story collections, especially one so extensive as this.

So lemme just say, there is a reaso
...more
Jul 30, 2008
Jun 28, 2008
 
The Works of Edgar Allen Poe, Volume 4
4.41
Here we have some criticism, some fancy, and a great look at how the Turk Chess automaton worked. I found the last bit to be totally relevant, as I'm ...more
Oct 16, 2008
Oct 13, 2008
 
Pagan Passions
3.00
Very silly future world where the gods have come back. In need of a substitute Dionysus, they rope lay acolyte William Forrester in as a demi-god. Bei ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 02, 2010
 
Monsieur Lecoq (Dodo Press)
3.78
Like most of Gaboriau's two-volume works, the first half here sets up a crime, our principal players and about a million pieces of evidence. It's all ...more
Jul 17, 2010
Aug 02, 2010
 
Caught in the Net
3.77
Super involved bad doings and blackmail in mid-19th century Paris. Fortunes are made and the terrible, terrible things people did are threatening to r ...more
Jul 04, 2010
Jul 09, 2010
 
The Champdoce Mystery
3.75
Starting way back, decades before 'Caught in the Net', all those slippery threads of intrigue you tried to hold in your brain are woven into a rather ...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 09, 2010
 
Ozma of Oz (Oz, #3)
3.96
Talking chicken! With attitude! God, Baum, you were a crazy person.
Jun 22, 2008
Jun 22, 2008
 
After London: or, Wild England
3.05
Loved the story, which felt like a medieval fantasy at times, though it's set post-apocalypse of some kind. It's one of the "England is the cheese tha ...more
Mar 2008
Jul 22, 2008
 
Titus Andronicus
3.70
I had tried delving into the Divine Comedy, but it just wasn't doing it for me after the first handful of cantos in Inferno. "I need something more vi ...more
Mar 2008
Jul 22, 2008
 
The Jungle Book II
3.81
If you time it correctly, both Jungle Books can hit you perfectly at just the right age. I think that's how they were for me as a kid. The first is a ...more
Mar 2008
Jul 22, 2008
 
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
3.42
Long one, from right after I first read it:
Um? By the time I got into higher school, I wasn't like, literary (I was obsessed with Dune, and Richard B
...more
Mar 2008
Jun 20, 2008
 
Uller Uprising
3.60
Piper clearly has a thing about how native peoples are treated, which I was familiar with from Oomphel. This story was originally part of a set of no ...more
Apr 2008
Jul 22, 2008
 
Four-Day Planet
3.69
Kid reporter! Mixed up in an uprising against a despot! Oh past future, you and your science-y vision of the newspaper world, with easily portable fi ...more
Apr 2008
Jul 22, 2008
 
Mizora: A Prophecy
2.80
So, hm. Kinda more enjoyable than that other hollow-earth book The Coming Race, the two of which I think would work nicely together in a great contras ...more
Jul 21, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
 
This Side of Paradise
3.69
All the la-la that folks do about Catcher in the Rye could probs be attached to this book. Well-off male, floating through life and private school, le ...more
Aug 02, 2010
Aug 04, 2010
 
Gothic: Four Hundred Years of Excess, Horror, Evil and Ruin
3.95
Whew. This book is packed with stuff, I had to keep taking breaks. And though by the end it's clear that Davenport-Hines is just a touch, like, obsess ...more
Jul 03, 2008
Jun 17, 2008
 
The Coming Race
3.21
Yeah. Um, some good parts? Heavy on the description, which can be nice, and since I read Journey to the Interior of the Earth last month, it was fun t ...more
Mar 2008
Jul 22, 2008
 
Mystery of Orcival
3.78
M. Lecoq in fine form, with Gaboriau's distaste of the upper class and their empty love affairs readily evident. Lots of science in this one, nothing ...more
Jul 14, 2010
Aug 02, 2010
 
Venus in Furs
3.65
Since I was going through a kick of old erotic and/or prostitute fiction, I stumbled across this one. Oh man, dude chronicles his adventure in wishing ...more
Feb 21, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
 
Dracula
3.95
This was the first e-book I ever read (something like five or six years ago), but I never finished it as I was reading it on a laptop and bookmarking ...more
Mar 02, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
 
Fanny Hill
3.31
LOVED IT. The enlightening journey of a kept lady, from her first *ahem* "encounter" to a satisfying little bow of an ending. So snap.

Straight up some
...more
Feb 19, 2009
Feb 17, 2009
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