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After Many a Summer Dies the Swan
really liked it
Having read no Huxley other than "Brave New World", I took this one up solely on the assumption that Isherwood had included it in his "Single Man" for ...more
Sep 11, 2010
Jul 05, 2010
An Invisible Sign of My Own
really liked it
I was bemused by the some of the criticism of this book I've read here and there, mostly complaining about it requiring too much suspension of disbeli ...more
Jun 16, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
it was amazing
The Margaret Atwood line that's always stuck with me is from the title story of Wilderness Tips: "The question at this age is what kind of dog you wil ...more
Jan 25, 2015
Jan 24, 2015
The Shankill Butchers: The Real Story of Cold-Blooded Mass Murder
really liked it
I up-rated this not because it's great literature but because it was decent and courageous reporting, and an eye-opening account of a small but horrif ...more
May 28, 2012
May 20, 2012
The Sudden Appearance of Hope
really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book - I was more and more engaged as I dug in further. I found the central conceit -- a brilliant and resourceful woman ...more
Nov 08, 2016
Nov 05, 2016
it was amazing
Wonderful, and recommended - though Le Guin can do no wrong in my book, so your view may vary. This reminded me a bit of Wolfe's Soldier of the Mist; ...more
Mar 2016
May 30, 2015
Shades of Grey
it was amazing
Oh Brave New World! Fforde's come up with a new world, certainly, where social strata and power are defined by your color sense, furthered by a well-e ...more
May 23, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
Tales of the Dying Earth
really liked it
The day the library finally told me they had this book ready was the day I heard that Jack Vance had just died. So I don't know; maybe that's cosmical ...more
Jun 19, 2013
Jun 06, 2013
Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)
liked it
Yeah, yeah, I know, I know: how many times can you alternate between "tall" and "lanky" in the course of three pages? And so on. But what can I say? I ...more
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
My Friend Dahmer
it was amazing
Having read the original short version of this work some years ago, I was wondering how Derf would flesh out the story in long form. Answer: brilliant ...more
Aug 18, 2016
Aug 14, 2016
The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch: A Novel
really liked it
I found this quasi-history of Eliza Lynch, the one-time First Lady of Paraguay, dreamy — almost hallucinogenic — in its reading affect. Perhaps the he ...more
Mar 08, 2015
Jan 22, 2015
A Thousand Splendid Suns
it was amazing
Anyone who, like me, had only the vaguest idea of Afghanistan's contemporary history, should read this book. It marvelously combines the personal and ...more
Nov 2016
May 25, 2010
The Water Knife
it was amazing
A chillingly plausible day–after–tomorrow tale of everything going to hell in a handbasket. Specifically: the transitional effects of climate change o ...more
Aug 17, 2016
May 01, 2015
How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at An Answer
it was amazing
I feel like a better human being for having read this book (or rather, heard it read on the Brilliance audio edition). Who knows what will happen if I ...more
Mar 2015
Feb 25, 2015
Slade House
really liked it
I appreciated this as an essential follow-on to The Bone Clocks (and of course Mitchell's other interwoven stories) – but it stood on its own as well.
May 23, 2016
Nov 12, 2015
Last and First Men
really liked it
An astonishing work of imagination; I thought I'd read plenty of early sf, but this was totally off my radar until now.
Nov 02, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
it was amazing
Odd yet engaging stories, beautifully told. Several people are getting this for Christmas -- don't tell 'em!
Dec 11, 2011
Dec 13, 2011
Red Plenty
really liked it
This book is a fascinating look at the economics of the Soviet Union in its heyday of the 1950s and 60s. Written as historical fiction, it mixes real- ...more
Oct 03, 2012
Jul 13, 2012
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
really liked it
I don't know how I managed to miss this classic of apocalyptic SF for 35 years, but... I did. Well worth reading even now -- it's hardly dated, and st ...more
Jun 02, 2012
May 31, 2012
The Odyssey
it was amazing
After a lifetime of "I'll get around to it, someday" and knowing the book only by references, I admit I went into The Odyssey with a bit of a sense of ...more
Apr 20, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
The Martian
really liked it
OK, yes, I was a Boy Scout, and yes, I am an engineer IRL... guilty! So I guess I am squarely in the target demographic, and, yep: it worked. I loved ...more
Jul 20, 2015
Feb 03, 2014
God Is Disappointed in You
it was amazing
A terrifically funny summary of the Christian Bible, with each book covered in a page or three. It's rude, yes, but I wouldn't qualify it as "irrevere ...more
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 17, 2014
Avenue of Mysteries
liked it
There are some wonderfully drawn scenes here, those from Mexico especially so. And I liked the overall arcs of both the inner and outer stories, parti ...more
Jul 17, 2016
May 16, 2016
Three-upmanship : The Theory & Practice of Gamesmanship, Some Notes on Lifemanship, and One-upmanship
it was amazing
I 'stole' this from my grandfather's library decades ago, and I have to go back and re-read it every few years to keep my Lifemanship skills fresh. Mr ...more
May 05, 2014
May 01, 2014
The Sheep Look Up
really liked it
This book seemed like entertaining hyperbole when I first read it 30 some years ago… Now it seems frighteningly prescient. Very much worth a read even ...more
Aug 26, 2016
Aug 22, 2016
More Baths, Less Talking (Stuff I've Been Reading #4)
really liked it
Very engaging, with lots of good book referrals. Taken from Mr. Hornby's column in Believer magazine; I'll be reading more of these, thanks to Dr. A.
Feb 26, 2015
Feb 21, 2015
Dreamers of the Day
liked it
More of a fictionalized historical travelogue than a plot-centered novel -- more "interesting" than "gripping", for me at least. I did feel like I lea ...more
Jan 27, 2017
Oct 02, 2012
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
really liked it
I love reading Greene's stuff, even though I haven't a prayer of following the underlying math anymore. And he makes that, thankfully, unnecessary (un ...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
Battle Royale
really liked it
Comparing Battle Royale to The Hunger Games is inevitable now, and there really are an inordinate number of similarities. This earlier Japanese work, ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
really liked it
I guess I'm not the only one to have found this much of an update to Clancy's "Red Storm Rising". Thought-provoking, and gripping too.
Apr 14, 2017
Apr 15, 2017
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