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The Alchemy of Stars
Comprehensive collection covering 26 years of the best SF, fantasy, and horror poetry published, as determined by the Rhysling Award of the Science Fi ...more
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Jan 25, 2013
Now You See It . . .
More like a 3.7 -- Clever and very entertaining farce with countless plot turns and surprises, but stretches credibility a little too far by the concl ...more
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Jan 02, 2013
Phases of the Moon: Stories of Six Decades
Silverberg's best short fiction culled from six decades of publishing. With commentary by the author. Hard to beat if you are a science fiction fan.
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May 15, 2012
Life Rage
An impressive debut novel and more substantive than most horror novels, it deals with the rage we all have inside due to daily frustrations.
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Mar 07, 2013
The Crack in Space
Very imaginative, but more slapdash and hard to buy than most of Dick's novels. Needed a much longer book and fewer characters to be credible.
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Dec 28, 2012
Necessary Doubt
Decent mystery with an interesting premise and convincing central characters, but the read is too often tedious rather than compelling.
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Feb 26, 2014
A Stir of Echoes
Saw the movie first, and in a reversal of the usual, actually thought the movie was more interesting and compelling than the novel.
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Jan 02, 2013
And So to Murder (Sir Henry Merrivale, #10)
Light, entertaining mystery, set at a British film studio in 1940, with an interesting cast of characters and some laughs along the way.
Jan 2010
Oct 02, 2010
My Late Wives (Sir Henry Merrivale, #17)
John Dickson Carr's (Carter Dickson) only serial-killer novel. A good read, actually three and a half stars, but not one of his best.
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Aug 18, 2009
The House at Satan's Elbow (Dr. Gideon Fell, #21)
Written near the end of his career, not one of Carr's best or most compelling efforts, though still a decent read.
Jan 2009
Aug 23, 2009
Lullaby for the Rain Girl
A bit longer than it needed to be, but still a compelling read with richly drawn characters and an intense narrative.
Jan 2012
Sep 15, 2012
The Pickup Artist
More like a 3.8. Clever and entertaining satire, moves well, no bog spots, but at times a bit proposterous.
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Jan 13, 2013
The Golden Gizmo
Fascinating, furious, and funny. One of Thompson's lightest book...but still a good portion of noir.
Apr 09, 2009
Apr 30, 2009
Thirteen Steps Down
Three well wrought but very unsympathetic characters and far, far, far too much deus ex machina
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Mar 18, 2013
Blood Wallah and Other Poems
An entertaining and very literate collection rich in wit, charm, imagination, and dark whimsy.
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Nov 03, 2011
The Forgotten Planet
Good adventure story with a savage alien world marvelously imagined and richly described.
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Sep 10, 2012
Summer of Love
A clever and entertaining time travel story set in the heyday of The Sixties.
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Nov 25, 2012
This Way to Egress
Dark stories with clever twists and turns. Very entertaining.
Jan 2010
Nov 30, 2010
Future Imperfect
Fast-paced entertaining sf adventure, but with little substance.
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Jun 04, 2013
The Brass Cupcake
Not one of MacDonald's best, but an entertaining read.
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Aug 13, 2012
Herr Nightingale and the Satin Woman
A beautifully written and illustrated adult fairy tale.
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Jan 22, 2013
Poly: New Speculative Writing
A landmark collection of speculative poetry and prose!
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Jan 24, 2013
A strikingly imaginative sf fantasy
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Mar 06, 2013
Deus Irae
Muddled and tedious.
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Sep 15, 2010
No Man's Nightingale (Inspector Wexford  #24)
Not one of the better entries in the Wexford Series. Probably only of interest to Wexford fans.
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Feb 08, 2014
Fade To Blonde (Hard Case Crime, #2)
This 2004 novel is packaged as if it were a reprint of a noir/crime novel from the 50s. A reasonably decent read it is, but that it isn't. The protago ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 12, 2007
Grifter's Game
Five stars if you are a hard crime or noir fan. Four if you prefer mysteries. Probably three if you read mostly mainstream. I read it in one sitting. ...more
Oct 2007
Nov 04, 2007
Slam the Big Door
Though best-known for his Travis McGee detective series, MacDonald really excels as a writer in his stand-alone mainstream novels. A novel of misplace ...more
Jan 1994
Nov 29, 2007
Dead Love
Not a typical zombie novel, more like magic realism with a zombie theme. Found it a bit slow starting, but it takes off around page 60 and never lets ...more
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Jan 05, 2011
The Mind Parasites
A solid SF tale based on the premise that while we are on Earth there are mind parasites that sap our awareness and perception of the universe. Once w ...more
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Nov 16, 2007