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Freedom™ (Daemon #2)
Daemon was so dark and depressing that I seriously considered skipping the sequel, but I'm glad I didn't. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
Daemon (Daemon, #1)
Well written, and successfully both gripping and credibly accurate, as one would expect of a book reviewed on Slashdot. Unfortunately, the beginning h ...more
Aug 06, 2009
Jul 30, 2009
There Will Be Dragons (The Council Wars, #1)
I cannot escape post-apocalyptic sword & sorcery series. I started There Will Be Dragons because it was a free download and I've read a few of Rin ...more
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 10, 2009
The Human Division (Old Man's War, #5)
A lot of fun, but I kept wondering if this was Scalzi's Retief tribute. It didn't work quite as well -- Lieutenant Harry Wilson, nominally an active-d ...more
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
Weapons of Choice (Axis of Time, #1)
This book nicely illustrates my own interests, as well as John Birmingham's. Birmingham is clearly into military history and wants to see future US Na ...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jun 28, 2014
Well written but disturbingly misogynistic. Things start badly with Princess Imogen punished for falling in love with Leonatus -- who is also nominall ...more
Dec 09, 2012
Dec 03, 2012
The Ghost Brigades
I like that it doesn't slavishly extend the plot of the original, instead following a minor character (are all the books in this series tied together ...more
Mar 17, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
Myth-Fortunes (Myth Adventures, #19)
**spoiler alert** Ironically, I stopped reading Dave Barry because he was too ephemeral, and moved on to the 19th volume of the (decidedly trivial) My ...more
Aug 20, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
Son (The Giver Quartet, #4)
My overall impression of books #2-4 in this series is the same. Book #1, The Giver is initially presented as a boring SF novel, which quickly turns in ...more
Dec 19, 2014
Dec 22, 2014
The Donor
Perhaps I would enjoy this book (by my aunt) more if I was into romance novels, but the women all compare bodies and the family men are physically imp ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Trade Of Queens (The Merchant Princes, #6)
Now that I'm finished the series, I wonder even more whether Stross had this arc in mind all along, or whether the US/Bush response to 9/11 radically ...more
May 26, 2011
May 25, 2011
Jumper (Jumper, #1)
**spoiler alert** I spent the first third of the book repeating the same thought: This book is so much better than the movie they made from it!

I spent
Dec 22, 2010
Dec 22, 2010
Dragons Wild (Dragons, #1)
Better plotted than most of Asprin's stuff, probably because it isn't all a joke (on the readers, too?), but it's still simplistic & a bit juvenil ...more
Jan 06, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
Laura's Wolf (Werewolf Marines, # 1)
I'm not sure how I started reading this series, but I blame Charles Stross (... yep). It feels like a romance (which I don't normally read). Not bad, ...more
Apr 18, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Still fun, but when Katniss explained they were going to go back to the well for her third Hunger Games, I groaned a bit. There is a lot about Katniss ...more
May 03, 2012
May 03, 2012
First Meetings in Ender's Universe (The Ender Quintet, #0.5)
**spoiler alert** After being disturbed by and hearing various disturbing things about Card, I was concerned ...more
Apr 2010
Mar 30, 2010
A Damsel In Distress
The path I followed to reading this book is surprisingly long:

Blackadder is hysterical. Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry are supporting actors in many Bl
Sep 19, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2)
My overall impression of books #2-4 in this series is the same. Book #1, The Giver is initially presented as a boring SF novel, which quickly turns in ...more
Dec 14, 2014
Dec 14, 2014
Messenger (The Giver, #3)
My overall impression of books #2-4 in this series is the same. Book #1, The Giver is initially presented as a boring SF novel, which quickly turns in ...more
Dec 16, 2014
Dec 14, 2014
**spoiler alert** I'm a big Modesitt fan, but this isn't one of his better works. The beginning is bewildering -- he keeps jumping around without any ...more
Jun 06, 2010
May 30, 2010
Gary Benchley, Rock Star
Very well written. I particularly enjoyed the side references & musical allusions, although they tailed off after the beginning. The book was orig ...more
Jan 22, 2010
Jan 22, 2010
Partner (Echo's Wolf, #2)
This is really the second half of Prisoner -- that ends with the ordained couple finally having sex, so this one has much more making out.

I was really
Apr 21, 2015
Apr 20, 2015
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
Keke's right -- the worst thing about these books is the covers. The story was fun, and I really appreciated that while Sookie is written as unsophist ...more
Sep 04, 2010
Sep 04, 2010
Echopraxia (Firefall, #2)
Deeply strange, although less deep [underwater] or strange than many of his other books in many ways. A bit too amorphous and ambiguous for my tastes, ...more
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 06, 2014
The Hammer of Darkness
**spoiler alert** I actually read this when it came out in paperback, but accidentally repurchased the ebook. It was long enough ago I had forgotten t ...more
Aug 17, 2010
Aug 14, 2010
Saturn's Children (Freyaverse #1)
Fun, but not great. Much of the book is about slavery and rape, which wasn't so much squicky as simply unpleasant to read about. And the idea that hum ...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
It's hard to emotionally invest in a supposedly smart and sophisticated person who voluntarily checks himself into a black box (prison) colony for 3 y ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
This book had 3 distinct parts. The beginning made me uncomfortable, as I felt like John Scalzi was taking potshots at David Gerrold and Diane Duane w ...more
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
I read the first four chapters (part I), and eventually gave up. The authors make several good arguments that (despite all other psychologists and ant ...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 25, 2011
It's very bold to set a whole story in territory that is by definition incomprehensible & unpredictable. On the other hand, the timescale seemed a ...more
Jan 02, 2010
Jan 02, 2010
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