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The Mask Of Dimitrios
3.95
it was amazing
Compelling tale of a British crime writer investigating the life and death of a crimminal wanted by half the police in Europe. Full of intrigue, surpr ...more
Jan 2005
Oct 17, 2007
 
A Touch of Death (Hard Case Crime #17)
3.82
really liked it
Non-stop action, convincing characters, intriguing plot with a (literally) slam bang ending. Williams is one of the most underrated noir/hard crime au ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 12, 2007
 
Tropic of Cancer
3.71
it was amazing
If you read one book by Miller, this should be the one. Full of beauty, humor, brilliance, and honesty. Miller is the greatest bohemian writer of the ...more
not set
Oct 19, 2007
 
The Stars My Destination
4.13
it was amazing
THE CLASSIC NOVEL of 50s SF. There are enough imaginative ideas in the book for half a dozen novels, but they all come together in one powerful tour d ...more
not set
Nov 19, 2007
 
The Man Who Couldn't Sleep
3.86
it was amazing
One of the great overlooked novels of the pulp SF era. Perhaps the first use of the term virtual reality as we know it today.
not set
Oct 13, 2007
 
The Colour Of Murder
3.50
liked it
A real page-turner that will draw you in and lead you to what I felt was a disappointing conclusion.
not set
Sep 19, 2016
 
The Veiled One (Inspector Wexford, #14)
3.82
really liked it
A solid mystery filled with fascinating quirky characters and lots of likely suspects.
Nov 2007
Nov 16, 2007
 
Grasshopper
3.74
it was ok
Weakest book I've read, or in this case tried to read, by Vine/Rendell, which includes all of the Wexford series and about half of the stand-alones. S ...more
not set
Jan 28, 2013
 
The Last Spaceship
3.67
liked it
**spoiler alert** I thought the first 90 pages of this were quite good. Leinster creates a different kind of dystopian world with an interesting prota ...more
not set
Jul 16, 2017
 
Slower than Stars
4.67
really liked it
I won this in a Good Reads giveaway and I'm glad I did. I don't think there is a bad poem in this collection, and more than a few that are outstanding ...more
not set
Dec 26, 2014
 
The Fabulous Clip Joint
3.84
liked it
More like a 3.5. Takes a little while to build up steam, but once it gets going, it's a good mystery with some interesting characters and intriguing s ...more
not set
Aug 31, 2016
 
The Centauri Device
3.40
really liked it
Wonderful sf-noir settings, fascinating (if a bit exaggerated)characters, and some wonderful passages of writing that could stand as poetry. On the do ...more
not set
Jul 28, 2013
 
The Girl Next Door
3.28
really liked it
More like a 3.6. Like many of Rendell's mystery novels, the mystery is incidental to the creation of interesting characters and the relations between ...more
not set
Jun 21, 2015
 
Blackmailer (Hard Case Crime #32)
3.48
really liked it
Light, fast-paced mystery about a publisher, his former flame now a Hollywood star, and the last novel of a celebrated and deceased author. Hard-boile ...more
not set
Feb 26, 2014
 
On the Run
3.73
it was ok
Some of MacDonald's early pulp novels are among his best work, but not this one. Some nice passages and scenes, and a fascinating portrait of the cont ...more
Jan 2010
Oct 19, 2010
 
Inheritance
3.86
really liked it
A potent mix of a gritty police precedural and a tale of supernatural evil. Atmospheric and character-driven. Also stylistically and thematically inte ...more
not set
Nov 16, 2012
 
Built to Serve
4.00
really liked it
A whimsical and entertaining poetic compilation of Clark's ironic takes on robots. Some of the standouts for me were "Well Oiled Machine," "Museum Pie ...more
not set
Mar 11, 2017
 
Beast In View
3.75
really liked it
4.5 stars for writing, characterization, and the fact that it is a compelling read. 3.5 stars for plot. If you are the kind of mystery reader who trie ...more
not set
Sep 19, 2016
 
Ask for Me Tomorrow
3.45
liked it
Good mystery novel marred by two things: 1) Not just the protagonist but many of the other characters, including minor ones, talk like wise-cracking p ...more
not set
Aug 22, 2016
 
Banshee
3.77
liked it
This book was published as a mystery novel. There is a mystery, but it is very incidental to the character development and the changing relationships ...more
not set
Sep 22, 2016
 
The Passionate Pagan
2.60
liked it
Thoroughly in the hard-boiled detective genre, though it fails to transcend it the way Chandler and Ross Macdonald can. Still, it's a light, fast-pace ...more
not set
Dec 04, 2016
 
A Dark Matter
2.96
really liked it
Great character portrayals and transformations. Rich in dark visions. Suspense builds nicely throughout. Perhaps a bit longer than it needed to be, se ...more
Jan 2011
Jul 05, 2011
 
In Spite of Thunder (Dr. Gideon Fell, #20)
3.39
liked it
Written near the end Carr's career and not one of his best, but still some good dark atmosphere, interesting cast of characters, and a decent murder p ...more
Jan 2010
Oct 14, 2010
 
Slan (Slan, #1)
3.73
it was ok
Van Vogt's first novel, acclaimed by some as a classic of the sf field. I found it to be a run-of-the mill space opera that stretched credibility too ...more
not set
Jan 10, 2017
 
The Great Hydration
3.40
liked it
4 stars if you are in the mood for a vivid and fast-paced sf novel by a very inventive mind. Less philosophical content than some of Bayley's other no ...more
not set
Jul 13, 2017
 
The Cutie (Hard Case Crime #53)
3.77
really liked it
Gritty tale of a mob criminal and sometimes-hitman out to solve a murder for his boss before the police do. Reminiscent (perhaps even intentionally im ...more
not set
Feb 26, 2014
 
A Host of Shadows
4.37
it was amazing
Powerful and solid collection of horror stories drawn from throughout Shannon's writing career. If you like horror, and you like short stories, you ar ...more
Jan 2010
Oct 14, 2010
 
So Bright The Vision
3.57
liked it
Four longish and very light science fiction stories, all with elements of humor. Good examples of one kind of story that was being widely published in ...more
not set
Dec 29, 2012
 
Transparent Things
3.72
liked it
A short and somewhat dreary tale of a tragic love affair, saved to some extent by Nabokov's brilliant -- though sometimes infuriating -- prose and his ...more
Jan 2010
Aug 21, 2010
 
The Beast
3.31
liked it
Very imaginative but kind of a jumble in terms of plot and themes. Reminiscent of some of P.K. Dick's less successful novels. Mostly an entertaining r ...more
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Dec 25, 2012
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