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Out of the Dark
If you have this book, and especially if you haven't read it yet, just burn it now and save yourself the anger and annoyance you will experience if yo...more
Jul 10, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
Revelation Space (Revelation Space, #1)
Awesome backdrop and intriguing plot line.

The characters never quite spoke to me though. They are different than each other, and mostly believable, b...more
Sep 02, 2013
Jan 01, 2013
Gods of Riverworld (Riverworld 5)
I love the premise of Riverworld, and enjoyed the earlier books, but the last couple feel like either the authour, the reader or both have lost intere...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 25, 2012
Consider Phlebas
Amazing scope and depth, and manages for the most part to be believable.

I have some quibbles. The Dra'Azon are a little too convenient. The main char...more
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
A fun light-hearted take on the natives vs. modern culture theme. The law as 'attorneys face off with URLs in front of a master computer' is typical o...more
Aug 13, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
Kiln People
This book has an absolutely awesome backdrop with wonderful characters.

Brin has enough great ideas and possibilities here for a half dozen novels, no...more
Mar 16, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax, #1)
This book is a real mixed bag of pretty good and pretty weak.

The concept is pretty good. It uses parallel worlds and Neanderthals as a great tool to...more
not set
Sep 20, 2010
Fuzzy Nation
I was hoping for a great book, expecting a good one. What I got wasn't either. Not Scalzi's best work, in fact, it's the worst Scalzi I've read.

You pr...more
Jul 2011
Mar 11, 2011
Cryptonomicon (Cryptonomicon, #1)
This book has had almost as many superlatives thrown at it as the authour put into it, and it deserves almost all of them.

It's got math, computer gee...more
Oct 14, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
The first third of this book is a five star white knuckle fall off the cliff ever accerating drop into the singularity. It's fascinating, breathtaking...more
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
The Children Star

This is good sci-fi that makes you think, without being all spaceship and lasers.

I didn't realize this book is one of a loose series until after I re...more
not set
Oct 13, 2012
Shōgun (Asian Saga, #3)
Read this again after a gap of many years, and liked it even more this time around.

It was actually quite amusing to me to realize just how much this...more
Apr 03, 2011
Mar 25, 2010
The Children of the Sky  (Zones of Thought #3)
There are books that never go where you expect. And then there are books that never go where you want them to.

This book is both of those at different...more
not set
Apr 20, 2014
The Chrysalids
The first chapter of this book is required reading for anyone claiming to be a sci-fi authour. Through the eyes of a child we learn so much about his...more
not set
May 02, 2014
The Barbarians
An old fashioned sci-fi adventure tale, leaning mildly towards YA.

It's actually pretty Heinlein-ish - well rounded self made men, pretty women with m...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Second Chances

This novel is supposed to be a reinterpretation of Joseph Conrad novel Lord Jim. It's at least made me want to dig up a copy and read that too. The pr...more
Dec 27, 2012
Jan 01, 2013
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
I pointed out in my review of The Golden Compass that the Dark Materials trilogy to me isn't really three books but one book split in three. At first...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
Robinson Crusoe
**spoiler alert** I'm actually sorry I read this book. I always had good impressions of it, without ever having read it. Now I have, and there's no go...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 21, 2010
Under Heaven
The authour totally immerses you in his version of 8th century China, and completely captivates with diverse characters, surroundings and (after a bit...more
May 21, 2011
May 17, 2011
A very interesting book that always leaves you wanting more.

It's done completely from the point of view of a teenager, and that's exactly where it get...more
Jan 08, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
With A Little Help
Cory Doctorow is well known activist, journalist, and blogger. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded...more
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 08, 2011
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
Don't think of this book as a stand alone novel. The three books really should have been published as one large book - I'm guessing only economics spl...more
Jun 08, 2011
Jun 09, 2011
House of Suns
Awesome, epic sci-fi.

I loved almost all the characters. The three POV narration works in this case, and pointed out the differences and similarities o...more
Sep 05, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
I'm sure this book has been reviewed zillions of times, so I'm not making a dissertation of this.

I can't figure out why the heck it's the commercial...more
Jul 18, 2010
Jul 09, 2010
Halo: The Flood
I've heard mentioned many times this is the 'way of the future' - Video games spawning books and movies rather than the other way around. This book is...more
Jul 31, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
Freedom TM
Not a bad book, just had a hard act to follow after the very good Daemon. It's very much a sequel. In fact, the most awkward parts of the whole novel...more
May 10, 2011
May 10, 2011
Foundation's Triumph (Second Foundation Trilogy, #3)
When a favourite author writes in a favourite universe, you hope the results will be awesome. Unfortunately it was just "meh". Asimov's Hari Seldon mo...more
May 20, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
The Scar (New Crobuzon, #2)
Let's be clear here - for me personally this book barely rates two stars... But I'm Waaay in the minority on this one. This type of fantasy has almost...more
May 20, 2014
May 06, 2014
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
I really wanted to love this book... but I can't.

It's the weakest of the three, and instead of an epic finish to an epic fantasy, it just wandered out...more
Jun 17, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
Century Rain
A neat novel, with two distinct threads for the first bit, one mystery, one straight up sci-fi and a love story thrown in on top for good measure. The...more
Oct 18, 2011
Oct 11, 2011
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