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The Risen Empire (Succession, #1)
3.85
Honestly one of the best sci-fi books I've read in a while. The Succession books are a space-opera genre of sci-fi books cut from a similar cloth as ...more
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Feb 07, 2010
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.40
It took roughly a month and a half of trying to get this book from the library before finally reserving it. Now that I've read it, I can see why. The ...more
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Jun 19, 2010
 
Halting State
3.77
At first I thought Stross was trying too hard to recreate Snowcrash with this book; set in a near-future cyberpunk-but-not-too-cyberpunk future, a vir ...more
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Dec 31, 2011
 
Falling Stars
3.80
Full disclosure: I've known the author for years.
However, Falling Stars is the first story she's written that I've read, and it's pretty good. Fall
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Mar 03, 2013
Sep 25, 2011
 
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
4.01
The Guardians of the Galaxy movie director James Gunn recently was quoted about the glut of darkness and grittiness of movies:

"I think that there ar
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Aug 11, 2014
Sep 25, 2011
 
Tales of the Dying Earth: The Dying Earth/The Eyes of the Overworld/Cugel's Saga/Rhialto the Marvellous
4.16
The collection of all the Dying Earth stories (I think) written by Jack Vance. Considered a fantasy classic, and I can partially see why; set in a far ...more
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Jun 13, 2011
 
Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, #1)
4.08
There's a very good reason this book and the other two in the series brought Star Wars back into the public mindset, and created the market for Star ...more
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Mar 02, 2011
 
The Han Solo Adventures
3.54
Unlike most Star Wars novels, these ones were written back in 1979 before Star Wars was the complete cultural phenomenon it is now. Also, they focus o ...more
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Nov 01, 2012
 
Flashback
3.21
A hard-boiled detective story set in a world where the US has pretty much collapsed with some uncomfortably accurate predictions (hardcore Muslim fund ...more
Sep 06, 2014
Jul 18, 2014
 
The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun #1)
3.83
A slow read, and the point of view made it difficult to tell exactly what was going on. The Torturer's Guild is an interesting organization despite wh ...more
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Mar 02, 2011
 
The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom, #3)
3.84
At first I was going to give this three stars because it was a little slow moving at first and then started to lag, but the action-packed last few cha ...more
Jun 2013
May 30, 2013
 
InterWorld (Interworld, #1)
3.50
I think it would have been better as a graphic novel; this book felt like it was written as a graphic novel, and then something happened to make it a ...more
Jan 2008
Mar 29, 2009
 
Redshirts
3.81
I haven't read a book that made me laugh like this in a while. Its poking fun of Star Trek and other sci-fi shows is cheeky without being mean, and we ...more
Mar 02, 2013
May 09, 2012
 
Heretics of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #5)
3.80
The slide starting with God-Emperor really went down from here. I see how Herbert tries to compare this to the fall of Rome, or something, but it rea ...more
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May 10, 2009
 
The Gods of Mars (Barsoom, #2)
3.84
As good as the first Barsoom novel, it shows a greater depth in the world of Barsoom, and how much of Martian culture is built on a lie. Clever, also ...more
May 30, 2013
May 30, 2013
 
God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #4)
3.77
It was with this book the series started to slide: Duncan Idaho constantly resurrected as a ghola, among other things?
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May 10, 2009
 
Aristoi
3.98
A very hardcore sci-fi book with some fascinating concepts: nanotech building worlds and equipment, a galaxy with an advanced elite that essentially h ...more
Feb 13, 2014
Nov 18, 2012
 
Yoda: Dark Rendezvous (Star Wars: Clone Wars, #7)
3.92
Actually a pretty good Star Wars book that explores the mentor/student relationship between Yoda and Count Dooku.
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Nov 01, 2012
 
The Quiet War
3.52
Excellent way of showing how two different cultures accelerate hostility into war, and the people who help to push it.
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May 16, 2011
 
Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu (Star Wars: The Lando Calrissian Adventures, #1)
2.70
Not as good as the original Han Solo in Corporate Space series, but still pretty entertaining.
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Apr 21, 2013
 
Flashforward
3.58
A quick easy read dealing with the question of "if you saw a glimpse of your own future, what would you do about it?" If you go into this seeing the T ...more
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Jun 19, 2010
 
Muse of Fire
3.60
A shorter story of Simmons'. I was happy to find this in the library, because it's pretty expensive on Amazon. Muse of Fire follows the same vein as S ...more
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Jun 13, 2011
 
The City & the City
3.90
A metaphysical mystery unlike any I have ever seen. Imagine two cities that essentially occupy the same space, but somehow don't. Because of this, peo ...more
Jan 03, 2013
Jun 12, 2011
 
An Evil Guest
3.04
I'm not sure what it is about Gene Wolfe's writing, but something about it tends to turn me off pretty quickly. His Shadows of the Torturer book didn' ...more
Dec 28, 2012
Jun 13, 2011
 
Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
3.73
An interesting concept showing the lives of young scavengers in a post-Katrina/climate change Gulf Coast that was harmed by the writing style (if you ...more
Mar 08, 2014
Dec 05, 2011
 
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
4.16
An interesting political read that almost plays out like the Revolution where the inhabitants of the Moon (called Loonies) are the colonists, and Eart ...more
Jun 20, 2014
May 09, 2010
 
The Host
3.85
A really neat concept (Imagine Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but that the victim is still in the body too) that gets a little bogged down by melodra ...more
Oct 16, 2013
Oct 12, 2011
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.33
A well-written story with an interesting concept; what would the world be like if people were divided in factions based on different virtues? It's dif ...more
Jul 19, 2014
Nov 09, 2013
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
An excellent ending to a pretty amazing series. This one kept me up well past my bedtime finishing it, and to its credit I didn't even notice until I' ...more
Nov 02, 2012
Oct 02, 2011
 
In the Garden of Iden (The Company, #1)
3.77
Intriguing idea of time-traveling immortals striving to preserve unique and fragile plants/animals/etc. throughout time. Well-written and enjoyable.
Mar 23, 2014
Nov 18, 2012
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