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I found the premise of this novel quite interesting. I actually hadn't even read enough of the cover to know that it was in fact a fairly straightforw ...more
Apr 16, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels by George R. R. Martin
To quote Spock, "PAIN!"

And the Deep Blue Sea by Elizabeth Bear
Yes, I liked Damnation Alley,
Jul 17, 2012
Jul 06, 2012
Aspho Fields (Gears of War, #1)
Fried Green Grubs

While this books is presented as something of a hard-boiled military fiction novel (based on the popular game, which I haven't pers
Oct 14, 2011
Sep 29, 2011
Csongor: "Come on everybody!"
Marlon: "Look! It's the Dungeons and Dragons Ride! Wow, neat!"
Peter: "Gimmie a break..."
Zula: "I don't like this!"
Nov 23, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
The Last Frontier
**spoiler alert** What I disliked about this book:

The protagonist is unconvincing in his 'best man for the job' designation. He makes basic and glarin
Oct 18, 2010
Oct 05, 2010
Drowned Hopes (Dortmunder, #7)
**spoiler alert** You roll aside the two giant boulders and the tree trunk. You find the entrance to a cave, covered by a furry hide curtain. You thru ...more
Aug 23, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
Good Behavior (Dortmunder, #6)
**spoiler alert** J.C. Taylor was being the receptionist again, typing labels.

Today she was in a plaid shirt open halfway to the waist, and designer b
Aug 2013
Aug 23, 2014
Gateway (Heechee Saga, #1)
**spoiler alert** I read this one solely on the recommendation of a friend.

I think the premise of the gateway as a crap-shoot for winning various tec
Jul 28, 2010
Jul 29, 2010
Burning Chrome
For me, this book rates five stars based on "Dogfight" and "The Belonging Kind"; the others are just an added bonus. No spoilers from me on this book. ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2010
Shadow of Betrayal (Jonathan Quinn, #3)
**spoiler alert** Having read the first two in the series, I was interested to try this one out. I quickly remembered the things about the previous bo ...more
Aug 06, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
Golgo 13, Vol. 1: Supergun (Golgo 13)
I had it in my head that Viz would have started their translation of the Golgo manga with the beginning (it started publication in 1969), but it begi ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
Bad News (Dortmunder, #10)
**spoiler alert** Judge T. Wallace Higbee had come to realize that what it was all about was stupidity. All through law school and through his years o ...more
Sep 14, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917
From the wikipedia entry on the encyclopedia: Generally speaking, unlike dictionary entries, which focus on linguistic information about words, encycl ...more
not set
Dec 08, 2011
The Prefect
**spoiler alert** Like all Reynold's previous books, I enjoyed this one. He's one of those authors whose books, once I have started reading, I burrow ...more
Mar 20, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
Why Me? (Dortmunder, #5)
**spoiler alert** Meanwhile, at the United Nations...

While two of the intruders made determined but clumsy efforts to reclose the door they'd just dem
Aug 09, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
The Return Man
Despite our hero's tendency to carry on maudlin and nearly endless inner monologues and dialogues, he manages to deal out a rather healthy portion of ...more
Nov 24, 2014
Nov 22, 2014
The Conquering Sword of Conan (Conan the Cimmerian, #3)
**spoiler alert** This was the third volume of REH's Conan writings. It was enjoyable to read them in the order they were written, and for me, the fir ...more
Mar 28, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
The Roman Empire and the Dark Ages
While this book is ostensibly for young students (grades 6 to 8), I'd recommend it to anyone with a love of history and an interest in the everyday ob ...more
Jan 03, 2014
Dec 25, 2013
Monkey: The Journey to the West
This was on my to-read list for about 20 years.

Here are a few things I was able to glean from this abridged translation:

1. Break a crystal dish in He
Sep 02, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
Don't Ask (Dortmunder, #8)
**spoiler alert** "This state seal here," Zara said. "It's nice, with the lions and all, but shouldn't it say something on this ribbon across the bott ...more
Sep 03, 2014
Aug 24, 2014
Holyland Vol. 12
Yuu's getting tired of staring at the same four walls
Yuu's out of his room
And down on the street
Moving through the crowds through the midnight heat
May 21, 2012
May 21, 2012
**spoiler alert** I am definitely of the opinion that more is less with horror, and I would happily have seen this book cut down to half its size. Whe ...more
May 30, 2013
May 24, 2013
Captain Alatriste (Adventures of Captain Alatriste, #1)
I found this to be a fun story, but it seemed more like the preamble to the real story, which follows in subsequent books, or so I am guessing. As wit ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
Against a Dark Background
**spoiler alert** My rating to this book may seem unkind at two stars, but I am going by the 'it was ok' suggestion. I really can't say I liked it, bu ...more
Aug 05, 2010
Jul 07, 2010
Founders (The Coming Collapse)
What I took away from this novel:

Christians have a special insight that makes better preppers, better Americans, and without God, America is doomed to
Nov 21, 2013
Nov 10, 2013
Susie Sexpert's Lesbian Sex World
The two stars is mainly due, as others have stated, to the fact this was rather dated. Many of us who lived through the 80s can find enjoyable nostalg ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 01, 2013
I found this to be up there with Cornwell's other sailing-related books. If it weren't his name on the cover, I wouldn't bother even picking it up, bu ...more
Apr 26, 2009
Apr 26, 2009
Ritual Chill (Altered States, #1) (Deathlands, #71)
Were you ever annoyed by those post-jump dream sequences that rambled on and on and bore no import to anything that was to follow in the rest of the b ...more
not set
Jun 13, 2014
Wolf Guy (Volume 12)
The story untold was more interesting than the one I read: how would our lupine hero escape from the clutches of an extremely powerful biotech (?) com ...more
Dec 11, 2013
Dec 11, 2013
The Castle: Definitive Edition
It certainly was an ordeal for me to finish this book, and I only managed it on the second attempt (but only barely).

I only regret that Kafka did not
Mar 05, 2013
Feb 08, 2012
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