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The Diamond Age
4.18
If 'Snow Crash' was the definitive cyberpunk book, then 'The Diamond Age or A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer' is the last word on that particular gen ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 07, 2007
 
The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2)
4.50
Maus is a biographical graphic novel telling the story of the author's father, Vladek Spiegelman, his life in Poland before the second world war and h ...more
Jan 24, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
 
For the Win
3.79
In the dungeons and fairy kingdoms of the online gaming world, a new breed of worker is emerging. The gold farmers are teenagers from the slums of Mum ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jul 07, 2010
 
Angry White Pyjamas
3.92
This is an autobiographical tale of the year that the author spent in Japan where he decided to take a stand against the malaise in his life by signin ...more
not set
Jul 07, 2007
 
An Ungodly Child
4.74
Harold Waterman is a perfectly normal, perfectly respectable Englishman with a modest junk emporium to his name. He is therefore rather surprised when ...more
Jan 04, 2009
Jan 04, 2009
 
Well Played
3.50
A literate person is said to be 'well read'. Is the equivalent person with similar wide experience of video games 'well played'?

Video games are a nasc
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not set
Jun 01, 2009
 
Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End...
4.05
From asteroid and comet impacts, solar flares and gamma ray bursts, rogue black holes and the eventual evaporation of the entire universe there are a ...more
May 04, 2009
May 04, 2009
 
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
4.20
Based on the activities of notorious Glanton gang, a group of rapacious scalp hunters and mercenaries who terrorized the borderlands of the American W ...more
Mar 27, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
 
Timebomb
3.44
In the chaos of the end of the Soviet Union, a disgruntled officer at a nuclear weapons decommissioning facility steals a small tactical weapon and bu ...more
Jan 31, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
 
In the Miso Soup
3.59
Kenji is a nightlife guide, escorting foreign tourists – gaijin – around the Kabuki-cho red light district of Tokyo, with its hostess bars, peep shows ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
 
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, And Other Confusions Of Our Time
3.88
Creationists, holocaust deniers, alien abductees, psychic mediums. It's very easy to mock weird beliefs but why do people believe in such things, give ...more
Mar 22, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
 
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
3.87
There's a game that we play in this house, and I imagine that most of you will have played something similar, where we talk about our plans for a zomb ...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
 
Sharpe's Story
4.08
I first picked up a Sharpe book in a public library, sometime in the mid 80s not long after they were originally published. I think it was probably th ...more
Jun 13, 2009
Jun 13, 2009
 
The Great Gatsby
3.84
The year is 1922, the start of the roaring twenties. A young man called Nick Carraway moves east to learn the bond business in New York and rents a ho ...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
 
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
4.30
Richard Feynman is certainly a curious character.

He won the Nobel prize for physics in 1965 and was also noted for many other revolutionary insights i
...more
Sep 30, 2009
Sep 30, 2009
 
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
3.95
Following the development of 'Tru Blood' - a synthetic form of human blood in handy bottled form - vampires have 'come out of the coffin'. Some are at ...more
Nov 16, 2009
Nov 16, 2009
 
Moominland Midwinter (The Moomins, #6)
4.39
'It's dead. All the world has died while I slept. This world belongs to somebody else whom I don't know. Perhaps to the Groke. It isn't made for Moomi ...more
Dec 31, 2009
Dec 31, 2009
 
The Caves of Steel (Robot, #1)
4.10
Overpopulation forces the masses of humanity to huddle together in vast enclosed cities while the outer worlds maintain a token presence on Earth in t ...more
Feb 23, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
 
Under the Dome
3.88
In the sleepy Maine town of Chester's Mill, folk are simply getting on with their lives on a typical late Fall day. One person is making his way out o ...more
Apr 28, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
 
Transition
3.82
There are many worlds, each slightly different from the next. There are those with a talent for transitioning who can flit between the worlds, occupyi ...more
Oct 17, 2009
Oct 18, 2009
 
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
3.70
Galileo was one of the foremost scientists of the Renaissance and his troubles with the authorities of the Catholic church are well known, with a grud ...more
May 12, 2009
May 12, 2009
 
Unseen Academicals (Discworld, #37)
3.93
Life is not easy for the ordinary people of Ankh Morpork - the kitchen maids and candle dribblers who work below stairs at the Unseen University. As l ...more
Feb 09, 2010
Feb 10, 2010
 
Solar
3.20
Professor Michael Beard is a thoroughly unpleasant fellow.

Short, fat, balding and a serial philanderer, he is approaching the end of his fifth marriag
...more
Jun 07, 2010
Jun 07, 2010
 
Bye Bye Balham
3.85
On the 25th of November 2002 the comedian Richard Herring started to write a daily blog. His original intention was to use it as a daily writing exerc ...more
Mar 2009
Feb 27, 2009
 
Killer Bytes (a novella of intrigue)
3.62
Wil Jackson is a tech blogger, self-confessed geek and generally mostly harmless. He is therefore somewhat surprised when the police turn up on his do ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
 
The Robots of Dawn (Robot, #3)
4.06
Another case of murder for Detective Elijah Baley and his robot partner R. Daneel Olivaw to investigate, but what makes this case unusual is that the ...more
Mar 19, 2010
Mar 21, 2010
 
Hitch-22
4.00
This book opens with Hitchens' experience of reading news of his own demise in a catalogue for an exhibition that described him as 'the late Christoph ...more
Aug 28, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
 
OX (Of Man and Manta, #3)
3.39
This is the final book in Piers Anthony's 'Of Man and Manta' trilogy and is the main reason that I wanted to revisit the series after first reading it ...more
May 18, 2009
May 22, 2009
 
Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America
3.55
At some point in the early 21st century the oil ran out leading to a catastrophic collapse of civilisation, mass starvation and the evacuation of the ...more
Sep 21, 2009
Sep 23, 2009
 
Planescape Torment
4.16
The Nameless One awakes on a mortuary slab in the city of Sigil, the nexus of all of the planes of existence. He does not know who he is or how he cam ...more
Feb 24, 2010
Feb 24, 2010
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