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Veniss Underground
3.78
Having read (and loved) 'City of Saints and Madmen', I had a fair idea what flavor of weirdness I was getting myself into with 'Veniss Underground'. F ...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jun 10, 2010
 
Quarantine
3.86
As good sci-fi should, 'Quarantine' takes an existing area of scientific study, asks the reader to accept a key concession, and turns the dial up to 1 ...more
Apr 03, 2014
Nov 28, 2010
 
The House on the Borderland
3.70
I picked up 'The House on the Borderland' (henceforth 'The House') after learning that H.P. Lovecraft considered this piece particularly inspirational ...more
Jul 05, 2010
Jun 09, 2010
 
Delta Green : The Rules of Engagement
3.99
Delta Green: The Rules of Engagement (henceforth DG:TRoE) is a wonderfully matter-of-fact presentation of the sort of procedure behind a typical DG op ...more
Mar 04, 2013
May 15, 2012
 
The Complete Fiction
4.33
It may have taken me ~10 months, but I consider it a worthwhile investment of my reading time. Below I've included (mostly for my own reference) my 1- ...more
Aug 20, 2013
Oct 25, 2012
 
The New York Trilogy: City of Glass / Ghosts / The Locked Room
3.93
The ENTIRE time I was reading this, I was waiting for something to happen, but alas 'twas not to be. I went into this expecting a trilogy of detective ...more
Sep 15, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
 
Secret Life
3.77
Many of the stories collected in 'Secret Life' take place within settings already established by Vandermeer elsewhere. For instance, there are a numbe ...more
Nov 11, 2010
Jul 22, 2010
 
The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1)
4.11
It took quite a while for me to warm to 'The Blade Itself' (TBI), but by the end of the book I was quite fond of several of the characters. And really ...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 28, 2011
 
The Surgeon's Tale and other stories
3.77
Don't get me wrong - the stories in here are a great distance from being bad. I just didn't enjoy them as much as I usually do with Vandermeer's books ...more
Jan 2011
Jul 22, 2010
 
Starship Troopers
3.97
'Starship Troopers' felt uneventful. I'd say it was about 60% military foofery, 30% flashbacks to training, and hardly 10% combat. In fact it may have ...more
Mar 14, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
 
The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)
4.13
Forever War was brilliant on several levels - as speculative war fiction, as an exploration of the personal impact of warfare, and as nuanced parable ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
 
American Psycho
3.80
There was just no PLOT. Nothing HAPPENED. I understand that that's the point, but it makes the whole experience of having read American Psycho feel... ...more
May 31, 2010
May 29, 2010
 
Before They Are Hanged (The First Law, #2)
4.25
I charged readily from 'The Blade Itself' and into 'Before They Are Hanged', maintaining the momentum so well built in the former and letting it carry ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
 
With A Little Help
3.86
It has its ups and downs, but there are a few absolute gems in this collection that more than make the whole thing worthwhile.

'The Things That Make Me
...more
Oct 23, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
 
Deathbird Stories
4.22
This was such a varied work. The message behind each story, the style of prose, and even the format changes wildly. The common thread is that they dea ...more
Aug 04, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
 
The Day Dali Died: Poetry and Flash Fiction
3.46
Poetry isn't usually my cup of tea, but 'Lassie' and 'Gilligan's Island Revisited' were unlike any poetry I've read before. Quirky and humorous, they ...more
Aug 09, 2010
Jul 22, 2010
 
The Music of Razors
3.69
It was just so very, very all over the place. The CONSTANTLY changing perspective was flat-out annoying; it meant that I'd spend a sentence or two of ...more
Dec 24, 2010
Dec 05, 2010
 
Teatro Grottesco
4.12
I was caught off-guard by 'Teatro Grottesco'.

The stories are strange and incredibly atmospheric. I say 'stories', though they seemed to me more like s
...more
Jan 07, 2011
Dec 21, 2010
 
Kangaroo Notebook
3.60
Perhaps it was the cultural divide or something, but I simply did NOT get 'Kangaroo Notebook' at all. It started off alright, quirky in a 'Japanese li ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Feb 12, 2011
 
Wrong About Japan: A Father's Journey with His Son
3.13
I have incredibly little interest in non-fiction, so for me to even take a crack at 'Wrong About Japan' should make headlines. I was enticed by the ec ...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
 
after the quake
3.77
I’m not used to reading actual LITERATURE, so ‘After the Quake’ caught me a little bit flatfooted. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect, but I was pleas ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
 
The Homecoming
4.19
Honestly, I picked this up for the amazing artwork.

The story itself was okay; nothing amazing, though it does feature some lovely descriptions. The il
...more
Feb 19, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
 
Last Argument of Kings (The First Law, #3)
4.25
'Last Argument of Kings' felt like an ending from its very outset. The pieces all move to their final positions on the grand board, and the last plays ...more
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 22, 2014
 
Company
3.71
Let me get this out of the way: I loved ‘Company’. I think that everyone in the corporate world should read it, and that they would find it not only i ...more
Jun 23, 2011
May 12, 2011
 
Z For Zachariah
3.64
If I'd read this back in high school I think I would have really enjoyed it. But, alas, I am no longer in high school. And so, while I did enjoy 'Z fo ...more
Jul 09, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
 
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower, #4.5)
4.14
I'd put off reading 'The Wind Through the Keyhole' (TWTtK) for quite some time. I was afraid that it wouldn't be able to bring anything great to the a ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Aug 27, 2012
 
The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
4.18
The Diamond Age starts very well (I found the first few chapters with Bud particularly brilliant), and though it maintained my interest throughout the ...more
Oct 05, 2010
Jun 19, 2010
 
Kraken
3.59
I've never read anything by Neil Gaiman, but 'Kraken' feels how I imagine some of his works must. Quirky urban fantasy, a cast of amazing and unique c ...more
May 30, 2011
Nov 30, 2010
 
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)
4.04
Those of you who are already familiar with the Dresden Files from the first book, ‘Storm Front’, please forgive me for re-treading old ground; I read ...more
Jun 09, 2011
May 29, 2010
 
The Scar (New Crobuzon, #2)
4.14
Mieville had a lot to live up to with 'The Scar', what with it being an indirect sequel to the amazing 'Perdido Street Station' (referred to from now ...more
Jan 28, 2011
Nov 29, 2010
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