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Ghost in the Shell
Cyberpunk, the Matrix, virtual worlds, science fiction at the fin de siècle (this past siècle). The themes that this book hit in particular are that r...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 21, 2013
The Maltese Falcon
Well short of The Thin Man, but decent enough. The story of a detective who unravels the threads of a murder mystery and the stolen medieval artifact...more
Oct 20, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
Short epic poem about a warrior's youthful exploits that brought him fame and, almost incongruously, his last days in which he foresees and then goes...more
Oct 04, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
I was worried after reading Catching Fire that this series would finish poorly, like a TV show that has run out of ideas and has not yet been canceled...more
May 24, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
A passably entertaining account of an imagined apocalypse in which a large portion of the world's population turns into zombies and the remaining peop...more
Jul 2009
Jul 01, 2009
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Not as much fun as the first one, I'm afraid. They do the Hunger Games all over again, with more blood, more clever opponents, and more fiendish schem...more
Mar 11, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
A pretty awesome behind-the-scenes look at the life of the Baltimore homicide department in 1988, written by a journalist who embedded himself in one...more
Oct 07, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
This book is set in the gritty grimy world of New Crobuzon. In case you forgot that it was gritty and grimy, author China Miéville periodically pepper...more
Oct 23, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
The Soccer War
This book is called The Soccer War, but it actually consists of Kapuscinski's diary-like firsthand accounts of several different Third World war zones...more
Jul 26, 2009
Dec 26, 2008
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Good clean fun, kids killing kids in a messed up future world, lots of battle and action and excitement and a few plot twists. Actually a little less...more
Feb 19, 2012
Oct 12, 2010
No Country for Old Men
This book rotates back and forth through a few main characters, but Anton Chigurh towers above the rest, "as majestically and menacingly as a gang lor...more
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 27, 2009
A very darkly funny and thoughtful book about the lives of a group of Scottish buddies who do drugs and commit petty crimes and talk about music and s...more
Jul 08, 2008
Apr 29, 2008
Taras Bulba
A ridiculous adolescent fantasy with nationalist and racist themes, it is unclear to me why this is considered a classic. The fighting spirit of the C...more
Feb 15, 2010
Apr 29, 2008
The Handmaid's Tale
A dystopian vision of a future society that is a wonderfully creative mix of religion and authoritarianism, where childbearing is sacred above all thi...more
Feb 2008
Oct 10, 2007
V for Vendetta
A huge disappointment. After the sheer greatness of Watchmen, and after finding the movie that was based on this book relatively enjoyable, I did not...more
Mar 2007
Mar 16, 2007
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
A brilliantly constructed fictional world. The book is a wild flash of ideas, but in my opinion no individual idea is as important as the general conc...more
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Mar 14, 2007
Lord of the Flies
Wonder why there is so much evil in this world? This book gives a great answer - evil is there, it just is, and will come into existence all by itself...more
not set
Mar 14, 2007
One of those instances where a book was heavily hyped to me and yet still managed to meet every expectation. Incredibly deep and layered story, one wh...more
not set
Mar 14, 2007
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
Sets a story of violence against the backdrop of the mid-19th century West. Gruesome and unromantic a la the Wild Bunch, skillfully written with fanta...more
Mar 2007
Mar 12, 2007
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