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Among Others
A very well-written novel that is metaphysically satisfying. The writing has marvelous clarity and evocative power, pulling you in the character's wor ...more
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Jan 18, 2011
The Movement Vol. 1: Class Warfare
My rating for this is more like 3.75, just not quite up to 4. There are some strong elements in this story but each issue came up a little short for m ...more
Aug 10, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
The Wolf Age (Morlock Ambrosius, #3)
In brief: Enge's best book yet. Fun and in some ways profound, a great read all-around. I talk about the book in my SFSignal column: http://www.sfsign ...more
Jan 25, 2011
Oct 12, 2010
Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories
A fine collection from Liz Hand. Sharp, precise, evocative writing. Surprises abound, both subtle and grotesque. Her prose craftsmanship is a wonder t ...more
Mar 03, 2012
Feb 02, 2008
Salsa Nocturna
Quick review: I like this collection a lot. I am not a big fan of noir, but Older does a fine job of combining grit and horror with a bit of fantasy. ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
The Hypernaturals Vol. 1
Still digesting it after a late-night read, but my initial reaction is. . . meh. I think I expected more SFnal flourishes and a better understanding o ...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
The Compleat McAndrew
The word that comes to mind after reading this collection is "OK." The stories are very much in the classic hard SF/Space Opera mode, with a brilliant ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
I was recently asked to pick my "favorite book" and discuss its significance to me, and I chose Kim Stanley Robinson's The Wild Shore, which had a pro ...more
Nov 1991
Apr 12, 2008
The Mighty Thor/Journey into Mystery: Everything Burns
I am still going back and forth on the rating, between 3 and 4 stars. In some ways this is very good stuff, particularly the art. It has crisp-yet flu ...more
May 26, 2014
Jun 01, 2014
Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, #1)
Well, I give it about 4 stars. Rowan gives it 5! This story of a young girl who sets out to save the friend she got into intergalactic trouble is swee ...more
Feb 2012
Jun 06, 2013
The Border Cookbook: Authentic Home Cooking of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico
This is one of my favorite cookbooks, and the one that turned me on to Southwestern cuisines. I've had my copy since 1997 and everything that I've coo ...more
not set
Mar 08, 2008
Street Magic (Black London, #1)
I am working on a longer review next week for my blog, but overall, it was good. Not amazing, but good. I like the way that magic and the other-world ...more
Mar 18, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
Open Your Eyes
Very good, very disturbing and disorienting book. A couple of the characters needed a bit more development, and the prose faltered in a few places, bu ...more
Apr 08, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
Guardians of the Galaxy/All-New X-Men: The Trial of Jean Grey
I was underwhelmed by the story overall in this collection. It felt simultaneously too frenetic and too predictable. The art was detailed and straight ...more
Oct 2014
Aug 16, 2014
The House of Discarded Dreams
In some ways, more of a 4.5. Very well written, with a combination of whimsy and existential perturbation. The main character felt rather passive at t ...more
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy
Not for the politically-economic faint-of-heart. Useful for getting a deeper sense of how Marx puts ideas together and seeing his political-economic t ...more
Aug 2000
Feb 27, 2011
Dragon Gets By
Currently The Kidlet's favorite book. It is amazingly silly, but for me much more palatable and delightful than Captain Underpants. For her, lots of s ...more
May 11, 2014
May 28, 2014
How To Write Science Fiction
Worth reading, even though you may not agree with everything he writes. I wrote about it in my SF Signal column: ...more
Jun 20, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
Monstrous Creatures: Explorations of Fantasy Through Essays, Articles and Reviews
A great book, very literate and enjoyable to read. My full review is here:
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Apr 22, 2011
The Return Of The Sorcerer: The Best Of Clark Ashton Smith
A mixed bag of tales, but in even the most florid story you appreciate what Smith tries to do with his language. At his best these are monumental tale ...more
May 2011
May 14, 2011
Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 1: Legacy
Quirky characters, great interactions, and a story that has some depth but that refuses to take itself too seriously. Highly enjoyable!
not set
Mar 30, 2011
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination
My review of this book can be found at .
Oct 2011
Oct 07, 2011
Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery
Two stories in so far, and my reaction is mixed. I really liked the first story, except for two things: I felt that the tension dissipated too quickly ...more
Sep 25, 2010
Oct 21, 2009
The Way of the Wizard
A mixed bag, but a lot of strong stories in this collection. A few of them seemed rote, and the best had high stakes for the characters personally. A ...more
Jan 11, 2011
Jan 06, 2011
Son of Destruction
This is was my first foray into Kit Reed's novels, and I found it to be quite a fascinating excursion. Reed's writing is incisive and revealing, her s ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
Textual Editing and Criticism: An Introduction
I have not completed this book, but have read parts of it and will come back to it. A very good resource for deep thinking about how to analyze and im ...more
not set
Mar 11, 2011
The City & the City
One of Miéville 's best, even with its flaws. Full points for effort, with some taken off for execution. There is an element in the book that cannot b ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Jun 06, 2009
The Bird of the River
I thought this was a great book. My full review is up at my blog:
Apr 07, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears
I was quite inspired by Chodron's first two books, and I read this hoping to get more thoughtful insights into being in the world with more groundedne ...more
Aug 25, 2010
May 24, 2010
Nested Scrolls: A Writer's Life
My review is up at SF Signal: . Summary: it was OK, some interesting details, but the casual tone did not cre ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Dec 19, 2011
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