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The Art of Fielding
From the pages and pages of accolades that filled the beginning of the book, I was expecting an amazing, engrossing, forever memorable, possibly enlig ...more
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 05, 2014
Fearful Symmetries: An Anthology of Horror
I've always been a fan of Datlow's collections and this one did not disappoint. In my opinion, most of the stories here were good to excellent, with s ...more
Oct 2014
Nov 16, 2014
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Funny, moving, sad, fascinating. This book was all these things.

I wasn't sure what to expect, beyond what I thought was going to be 'science fiction',
Feb 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
I absolutely loved this book. I was so enthralled by the story, the characters, the world, I did not want it to end. The writing was witty and brillia ...more
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Feb 23, 2015
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection

Yet another rock-solid collection. Stories I enjoyed or thought were memorable were by John Kessel, Stross, Steven Popkes, Kress, Judith Moffett, Wald
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May 04, 2012
East of West #1
**spoiler alert** This collection was on a bunch of "year's best" lists, and on the recommended shelf in more than one comic store. So I was stoked to ...more
Feb 2015
Feb 02, 2015
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
This book came recommended from several trusted readers, so I was stoked.

It was a long, meandering slog with little payoff. I'm all for world building
Aug 07, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
The Windup Girl
I had previously read Bacigalupi's collection Pump 6, and several of his stories that appeared in other publications, so I knew his material was good ...more
Mar 2013
Mar 24, 2013
The Well of Stars (Marrow, #2)
I read Robert Reed mostly for his ideas and concepts, not because of his superior storytelling or character development. This sequel to Marrow didn't ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 15, 2010
Y: The Last Man - The Deluxe Edition Book Four
This collection is much larger than the usual collections of Y and it took me a while to get through. It was so bursting with plot twists and turns, I ...more
Jun 2012
Jul 29, 2012
Super Sad True Love Story
**spoiler alert**
This books was recommended by a friend, but whatever I was expecting was better than this.

The main character was pathetic and at no
Jun 2012
Jun 13, 2012

Picked up this book because I'd read Delany was very good and this was possibly his magnum opus. William Gibson, one of my favorite authors of all tim
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Sep 18, 2011
The Secret History

This book was emphatically recommended to me a couple of times, so I was very excited to read it.

It started off interestingly enough, with a premise I
Nov 2012
Nov 10, 2012
The Female Man

This book was recommended on a list and I'd never even heard of it, so I thought I'd give it a try.

The book was written in a difficult style, making t
Nov 2012
Dec 01, 2012
Ask the Dust
So it's clear Charles Bukowski was heavily influenced by this book, and I have read more than my share of Bukowski. If I recall correctly, the writing ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 13, 2014
**spoiler alert** There's a lot to like in this book. The glimpses into a post-male world, much like Y-The Last Man, I think are the most fascinating ...more
Dec 05, 2014
Dec 02, 2014
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969

I made the mistake of thinking there were only two books in this series of LOTG, so I read Century 1910 and Century 2009, completely ignorant of the m
Mar 2013
Mar 31, 2013
Fitcher's Brides
A retelling of the fairy tale 'Bluebeard'. Frost does a good job drawing you into the lives of three sisters in 19th century New England, moving with ...more
Feb 23, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
Queen and Country: The Definitive Edition, Vol. 2

This collection has less action and more politics and intrigue than Vol 1. You get a better view of the inner workings of the SIS and its interactions
Mar 2012
Mar 22, 2012
Daughter of Regals and Other Tales
One of my favorite podcasts recommended this book, and in fact the story on the podcast was featured in this collection.

I understand the author is fam
Oct 2013
Oct 28, 2013
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)

Once again I read through this book very quickly, which doesn't happen often. Though it was a very compelling read, I was much less inclined to empath
Mar 2013
Mar 24, 2013
B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs 4 (B.P.R.D., #10-11,14)
So the Plague of Frogs saga didn't end in the most satisfying way for me, but I'm not sure how it could have. I realize it was the end of saga, so ine ...more
May 2013
May 28, 2013
The Secret Pulse of Time: Making Sense of Life's Scarcest Commodity
Thoroughly fascinating book about the brain's perception of time. Each chapter had at least one remarkable factoid, usually several. In fact, there wa ...more
Jul 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Black Brillion

This book takes place in roughly the same world as Jack Vance's Dying Earth. After reading Majestrum, which I liked quite a bit, I wanted to read more
Apr 2012
Apr 05, 2012
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

The first book, Hunger Games, had more going for it. The author introduced us to the grim, post-apoc dystopia of Panem and its bloodsport. It set the
May 02, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
Blindsight (Firefall, #1)
**spoiler alert** This book came highly recommended and to repeat one of the quotes on the cover, it's a real "tour de force". The book is jam-packed ...more
Jun 24, 2014
Jun 11, 2014
The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam, #2)

I really liked Oryx and Crake but it's been so long since I read it, I think I like this book more. Maybe I should go back and re-read O&C for per
Mar 2012
Feb 18, 2012
Queen and Country: The Definitive Edition, Vol. 4

Really liked both the Crocker and Poole stories (#1 and #3, respectively). The art by Brian Hurtt for Crocker was reminiscent of Rolston's original wo
May 04, 2012
May 04, 2012
The Honourable Schoolboy
It's been a while since I read LeCarre, so I wasn't prepared for the speed and depth with which he throws you back into the spy world. With all the sp ...more
Feb 2014
Feb 11, 2014
Big Planet
One of the first books of Vance I didn't like. The story wasn't very interesting. The premise, where a party of protagonists have to somehow cross 40, ...more
Apr 26, 2015
Apr 17, 2015
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