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Slum Online
3.58
Perhaps this book is aimed at gamers — it did hold my attention and was reasonably entertaining, but when it came to the real world aspects, it someho ...more
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Sep 26, 2011
 
Norwegian Wood
4.02
So far, my favorite of the Murakami books I've read. The tone is gauzy and ethereal throughout, almost dreamlike, although the story itself doesn't co ...more
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Sep 26, 2011
 
John Gone (The Diaspora Trilogy, #1)
3.63
Not a bad read. There's a bit of a teen-romance angle that never quite gets off the ground, some solid action with what I'd actually call a surprising ...more
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Sep 04, 2012
 
Snow Crash
3.99
Well, it's a classic, isn't it? At times Stephenson goes too far for me into the "hard" sci-fi territory, and too often the heroes are just nerd-fulfi ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
Eros, Philia, Agape
3.60
Not fantastic, sometimes the characters are just hateful and why bother sympathizing with them even if you can intellectually "get" why they're that w ...more
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Sep 26, 2011
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.73
I admit this is a bit of a page-turner, but that's because Dan Brown is more adept at employing a few simple tricks (again and again) to make that hap ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
The Soft Machine (The Nova Trilogy #1)
3.48
In the Soft Machine, Burroughs's cutup technique is more transparent and obvious than in some of his other works from the period. Often you get a stra ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
The Road
3.94
Brutal. If you've read McCarthy you know something of what to expect. If you haven't, you'll get an idea within a few pages. I'm a fan of post-apocaly ...more
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Sep 04, 2012
 
The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker, #2)
3.86
Bacigalupi's world is brutal, merciless, tragic, and ultimately believable enough to be frightening. His characters are ultimately concerned with self ...more
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Sep 04, 2012
 
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)
4.35
Like JK Rowling did with her Potter books, it feels like Rick Riordan is trying to grow along with his readers. It's a subtle change, and I barely not ...more
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Aug 09, 2011
 
The Best Short Stories
4.22
This was my intro to Ballard, and I'd say as good an intro as any. Stories like Manhole 69 and The Overloaded Man are speculative fear condensed into ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.18
I don't have a lot of experience with Murakami, but I enjoyed this. It's a fantasy that's sometimes frustrating because the lack of an anchor to reali ...more
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Aug 08, 2011
 
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
4.04
I read Philip Pullman's justification for HDM being the anti-CS Lewis, in more ways than the obvious, and that made the final installment much more be ...more
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Sep 04, 2012
 
Renegade
3.78
If you expect anything different from Mark E. Smith than dry barbs of cutting humor and working-class intellectualism, you probably don't know enough ...more
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Aug 08, 2011
 
Flowertown
3.78
Decent conspiracy thriller and though I saw a couple of the big twists coming pretty far ahead, it's a credit to the author that I was still entertain ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
Usurper of the Sun
3.60
Very interesting premise, told in the kind of montage timeline that is realistic given the subject matter, but it's just not very interestingly told. ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
The Princess Bride
4.24
Easily one of the funniest books I've ever read. Goldman is a master of a particular type of humor, and even his endless use of the S. Morgenstern jok ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
Lyra's Oxford (His Dark Materials, #3.5)
3.48
A cute little morsel for fans of the Dark Materials series who crave some love from Pullman in the form of any taste of their favorite characters. It ...more
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Sep 04, 2012
 
Welcome to the Monkey House
4.12
Great collection of early short stories, not all SF. Some of them are really genuinely warm and sweet, the kind of thing that's often at the core of V ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
Cat's Cradle
4.18
Probably my favorite Vonnegut. Says a lot of things about the a-bomb, mutually assured destruction, religion, and plenty else in a way that's never be ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
Skull-Face
3.84
This is a detective story in the spirit of Murders in the Rue Morgue or Holmes, but with a pulpy supernatural twist that could only come from a guy li ...more
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Sep 26, 2011
 
Crash
3.60
Certainly not my favorite Ballard book, nor is it my favorite Cronenberg movie. But it's an interesting read, and I suppose I'm surprised by his gift ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
The Crystal World
3.65
He would become a better and more unique writer later, but this more traditional take on SF (and interesting twist on Heart of Darkness) is a quick, e ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
War Fever
3.95
Most of these are great, standouts even for Ballard. I don't recommend it as your first Ballard short story collection necessarily, but there's a lot ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
The Atrocity Exhibition
3.84
A good collection, the title story shows his more experimental Burroughs-ish tendencies and the rest contains some of his scariest and most off-puttin ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
Candide
3.75
Not sure what the point in reviewing a classic on Goodreads is, but for god's sake read this. It's short, easy, and provided you're enough of a cynic, ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
William S. Burroughs, Throbbing Gristle, Brion Gysin
4.23
An incredibly cool collection of interviews and photos of some true iconoclasts.
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Aug 28, 2012
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
Collins took a while to get to her main point — three books — but I think it's a valid and nuanced point about politics, choice, and whether the new b ...more
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Aug 08, 2011
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.39
The Hunger Games trilogy gets more nuanced and interesting as it goes along (and begins to resist the Battle Royale comparisons). But the first one is ...more
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Aug 08, 2011
 
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
4.10
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Aug 08, 2011
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