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The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran, #1)
Yeah, yeah, yeah. See the RACK of medals of the cover of this book? A friend told me she felt this novel changed the face of science-fiction. High pra ...more
Feb 10, 2009
Dec 12, 2008
The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)
Probably my favorite book of 2010, I was blown away by The Monstumologist, as I was blown away by The Golden Compass.

The craftsmanship of this text i
Oct 22, 2010
May 11, 2010
The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2)
Companion novel. I was never a fan of that term, however, I am now. “the dead & the gone” is cleverly done and taps into themes that young men cle ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
I met A. M. Jenkins in 2008, and have been meaning to get this book read for quite a while. The plot and concept are interesting but the book suffers ...more
Jun 06, 2009
Apr 26, 2009
The Man in the High Castle
Arguably one of Dick's most famous works, this has been on my reading list for about 15 years and I finally got the opportunity to finally read it.

Jan 31, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
When You Reach Me
This book is neither fresh, original, nor special. Definitely not worthy of the recognition it has achieved by winning the 2010 Newbery award. I felt ...more
Apr 20, 2010
Apr 27, 2010
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)
After seeing the various film versions, it was entertaining to finally read this book (actually I listened while my wife read it aloud to our children ...more
Oct 25, 2008
Feb 10, 2009
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
In the YA realm, Lowry’s "The Giver" falls into the “Modern Fantasy” genre (though it belongs solidly in the Science Fiction category). In a utopian/d ...more
May 18, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)
Starring two twelve-year-old characters, Doon and Lina, these inquisitive kids are desperate to save their dying city. Things have been degrading for ...more
Mar 16, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
This is a beautifully rendered book, and an example of why ebooks won’t completely take over publishing. Of course Westerfeld’s book is an entertainin ...more
Aug 26, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
This graphic novel collects the comic book series (#1-8) of the series "Kick Ass" by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. Essentially, it begins how every ...more
Jan 05, 2011
Jan 07, 2011
Stranger in a Strange Land
Published in 1961, Heinlein wrote about what it might be like to turn everything we know as a culture on it's ear. The themes include "individual libe ...more
Aug 18, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
The Graveyard Book
I put off reading The Graveyard Book, because, well, I don't know, the premise just didn't intrigue me. I mean, seriously, how can ghosts raise a kid? ...more
Sep 17, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
A romance that dwells on emotion more than plot, I ended up liking Shiver more than I thought I would. Stiefvater does a nice job weaving poetry into ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
I was impressed by The Magicians. One of the quotes on the inside calls it "Harry Potter for adults." I would have to say that I agree. Though the nov ...more
Nov 2010
Aug 20, 2010
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Catching Fire was a great audio book, my commute is more than tolerable if I have a great book on disc. Suzanne Collins has her formula down, and Catc ...more
Mar 09, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
I can surely appreciate the themes in this novel, the loss of our humanity, in a variety of ways, through apathy, lack/loss of creativity, and maybe e ...more
Jan 20, 2010
Dec 07, 2009
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
I read this book because I teach high school, and it seems that almost every teen girl has read it and some of the guys. I won't bemoan its faults, th ...more
Jan 22, 2010
Aug 11, 2009
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
This book is AMAZING. Contemporary, vital and full of scary technological reality, Doctorow has a homerun on his hands with "Little Brother." This YA ...more
May 2009
Apr 26, 2009
Matched (Matched, #1)
Matched is a watered down version of The Hunger Games(THG)plain and simple. Actually, it might even be a teen romance set in the future, rather than a ...more
Sep 22, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
Empire (Empire, #1)
**spoiler alert** I thought Card's book, "Empire" was an interesting read. I thought his espionage sections were fantastic, but I felt that it would h ...more
Dec 10, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
Wake (Dream Catcher, #1)
This book is rather interesting, it is probably a 3.5 or 4, but I thought the end lacked a little sophistication.

I was surprised by the third-person
Dec 22, 2010
Dec 10, 2010
Prodigal Son (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, #1)
This book was entertaining, yet it was a bit unoriginal. We have a few serial killers, some cops, and well, Frankenstein's monster and Victor Frankens ...more
Sep 14, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
Avengers vs. X-Men
I am fairly certain that Marvel is just trying to wreck the comic book industry and comic book collecting in general. Who can follow the convoluted pl ...more
Jan 22, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
The Copper Elephant
A pre-curser to books like Feed and [Book: House of the Scorpion], horrendous covers may have contributed to this books lack of popularity.

The story i
Mar 31, 2010
Mar 04, 2010
Alan Moore has again taken comic books to the next level in Watchman. I thought the story was excellent, complex and totally Moore. Everything I expec ...more
Jan 24, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
This book was amazing and really sets the bar for fantasy. An excellent example of the genre "steampunk" Pullman establishes a world that you never wa ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
Damned (Damned, #1)
Bizarre. The only way I can describe this book. A satire, farce, Bangsian novel, that just does not make it for me. There are a few pages that really ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
Lockdown (Escape From Furnace, #1)
I don't understand how this book has maintained such a high rating. It is simply a predictable chase novel (and not a well written one).

Smith uses st
Sep 20, 2014
Sep 16, 2011
The Children of Men
An excellent read, with a somewhat slow beginning, this text is luxurious, dense and satisfying. The film makers should be ashamed of the abysmal trea ...more
Feb 16, 2010
May 01, 2009
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