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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
However unnecessary to making The Hunger Games enjoyable as a stand alone novel, Catching Fire manages to be a sequel that visits familiar territory w ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Brilliantly suspenseful, though of course not nearly as violent or as satiric as, say, Battle Royale. The characters are vivid, sympathetic, and for t ...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 07, 2008
Doctor Who: The Way Through the Woods
If you judge by the spin-off novels, Rory Williams seems to be a more popular character these days than either Amy Pond or the program's namesake. The ...more
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
Wholly satisfying, The Passage manages to do something new with the notion of vampires, combining the bleak, apocalyptic landscape of The Road with th ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
Never Let Me Go
I found Never Let Me Go to be a surprisingly frustrating novel in its voice and in its pacing: frustrating in how those two choices of style connect a ...more
May 2007
Jun 18, 2007
A bleak romance set in a future in which, as in our present, the actuality is so much less than the imagining. McHugh is expert at capturing contempor ...more
Mar 04, 2013
Nov 15, 2007
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Continuing Divergent's storyline of faction rivalry and confused romance, Insurgent adds conflicted family allegiance to the massive plot, giving Tris ...more
Jan 28, 2013
Jan 01, 2012
The Time Travelers (The Gideon Trilogy, #1)
The Time Travelers (renamed from the less appropriate title, Gideon the Cutpurse) is a well-paced, and seemingly well-researched story that mixes a li ...more
Mar 09, 2008
Feb 22, 2008
Doctor Who: Dead of Winter
Honestly, a person doesn't read Doctor Who novels expecting much beyond a day or two of escapism. But Dead of Winter is unexpectedly better than that ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase
For what it is, The Glamour Chase is fairly entertaining. The beginning started surprisingly strongly, with some nice depth added to Rory's backstory ...more
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 20, 2010
Legend (Legend, #1)
With a more coherent and more believable premise than, say, Veronica Roth's Divergent series, Legend establishes an Orwellian police state (something ...more
Mar 2013
Feb 24, 2013
Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By
Including creatures from the show's past, several ingenious plot twists, a few enjoyable winks to time travel, and with writing that feels true to the ...more
May 28, 2012
May 09, 2012
The Predicteds
Balancing superior characters with a just-short of sci-fi plot, Predicteds is highly recommended for YA readers seeking strong and sympathetic female ...more
Sep 09, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
When You Reach Me
Propelled by a curious mystery, and an enjoyable subplot involving The $20,000 Pyramid, “When You Reach Me’s” heart is best expressed when speaking th ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
The Native Star (Veneficas Americana, #1)
If you spread the pieces of The Native Star over a table, this escapist novel seems to have everything: a cross-continent journey; a giant mutated rac ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Nov 18, 2010
The Map of Time
The Map of Time appears at first to be a collection of only loosely connected segments with no overriding theme or predictable approach to (whatever) ...more
Sep 05, 2011
Jul 06, 2011
Flood (Flood #1)
An apocalyptic novel, an environmental warning, Flood is not a feel good fiction. It is not really a feel anything fiction, because its cast is probab ...more
Jul 08, 2010
Jul 03, 2009
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
The Knife of Never Letting Go has one perfect creation, and that is Manchee, the lead character’s dog. Knife can be recommended for Manchee alone, bec ...more
Mar 21, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
Crooked Little Vein
First off, if you're a music fan, this P.S. version includes a list of twelve songs Ellis calls the "soundtrack that inspired the book." All these son ...more
Sep 02, 2008
Sep 01, 2008
Blackout (Oxford Time Travel, #3)
The first half of a two-part story, and the third of novels set around a future-based academic time-travel department at Oxford, Blackout is my second ...more
Oct 26, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo, #1)
This first novel in the Young Adult 'Monster Blood Tattoo' series starts slowly - almost too slowly for a new series - but picks up to a nice clip a f ...more
Jan 20, 2008
Dec 26, 2007
Doctor Who: Magic of the Angels
This sixty-page short story is a brief but enjoyable distraction that adds really nothing to the Doctor Who cannon, though it does do a good job of co ...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
River of Gods (India 2047, #1)
With a broad cast and many disconnected scenes, River of Gods starts out seeming a lot like the year 2047 Indian soap opera (here cleverly called a so ...more
Sep 2007
Jul 18, 2007
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Starting off as what seems like a parable on the perils of cliques, Divergent takes, by novel's end, surprising and violent turns to successfully esta ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Dec 14, 2011
Starfish (Rifters, #1)
For science fiction, Starfish is surprisingly depressing, but very much a product of its time. Watts collects a cast of both the emotionally abused an ...more
Sep 13, 2010
Nov 07, 2007
American Gods
A fun, wild adventure involving the lives of gods that few people, if any, believe in. What I enjoyed most about Gaiman’s style here is how he hints a ...more
Nov 2006
Jun 21, 2007
The New World (Chaos Walking, #0.5)
This short story is a brief but valuable introduction to the eerie tone and uncomfortable tension that characterizes the Chaos Walking series. It's al ...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
The perfect conclusion to a Young Adult trilogy that very rarely feels as if it were designed solely for young adults. The triangle is resolved, some ...more
Jan 2012
Dec 29, 2011
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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Jun 27, 2007
Virtual Light (Bridge, #1)
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Jun 27, 2007
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