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Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, #5)
There's a lot going on here. Luckily, it has the page count so nothing feels rushed. Because there's a new character (really an old one if you read a ...more
Oct 08, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower, #3)
The best book in the series so far. I know it's too much to hope that they keep getting better, or even that the next four books be as good. (I've bee ...more
May 20, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
I know that it's taken me a long time to get around to this book. I can explain. Back when Wizard and Glass came out, I was on a major King spree. I r ...more
Jan 16, 2014
Apr 01, 2011
The Naked Sun (Robot, #2)
In The Caves of Steel, I was most fascinated by Elijah Baley's world, an Earth with crowded underground cities and a populace used to eating yeast, bu ...more
May 19, 2012
Mar 25, 2011
This is indeed a tough book to review. It's about time travel and aliens, and also war and life and death. It's cyclical, even repetitive, and certain ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Mar 25, 2011
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The
I knew that this was, essentially, a love letter to the Golden Age. That's what drew me to the book in the first place. And all of those sections are ...more
Oct 29, 2012
Mar 25, 2011
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
You would expect a book written about a family who lost a child in a terrorist attack would be a tearjerker, possibly to the point of being manipulati ...more
Jun 10, 2014
Sep 26, 2012
The Caves of Steel (Robot, #1)
Caves of Steel is a detective story, set around the murder of a Spacer (a visiting colonist from another world). But I think it's fair to say that Asi ...more
Apr 13, 2012
Mar 25, 2011
The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2)
I really liked The Gunslinger, but this, the second Dark Tower book, turns it all up a notch or twenty. Sometimes surreal, vividly imagined, tightly p ...more
Apr 30, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
I read and loved The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. It broke my heart, which can be a good thing in a book. The Yiddish Policemen's Union ...more
Sep 09, 2013
Mar 25, 2011
Stranger in a Strange Land
The summary tags this as "the most famous Science Fiction Novel ever written" and that's probably true, or close enough to true. Fittingly enough, it ...more
Aug 14, 2013
Mar 25, 2011
By now, the redshirt has become a cliche: the sacrificial lamb, the one who always dies, the one you don't want to be in a group. Scalzi turns the con ...more
Jun 07, 2013
Jun 26, 2012
The Stars, Like Dust (Galactic Empire, #1)
I'm trying to read all of the books that eventually fell under the umbrella of the Foundation series, in internal chronological order. Which brings me ...more
Dec 03, 2013
Mar 25, 2011
A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Canticle for Leibowitz is different from virtually every other post-apocalyptic book I've ever read. It's set centuries after the nuclear war that d ...more
Jun 09, 2012
Mar 25, 2011
Timescape is both a fascinating, hard SF book about sending messages backwards through time to save the world and a dull soap opera. The premise is th ...more
Sep 05, 2012
Apr 01, 2011
Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower, #6)
Compared to other Dark Tower books, the pace of this one is practically blistering. And yet it's also true that this is basically 500+ pages (or 12+ h ...more
Dec 23, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, #4)
I remember when this book was released. I was in high school, in the middle of a serious Stephen King binge. In roughly a year, I read nearly everythi ...more
Aug 26, 2014
Jan 17, 2014
Cat's Cradle
**spoiler alert** To accurately describe or review Cat's Cradle without spoilers is a tough prospect. Should I mention that the story is inevitably dr ...more
May 08, 2013
Apr 01, 2011
On balance, I do like Ringworld, or at least the concept of the ringworld. The idea is that a forgotten race of wildly talented engineers have built a ...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 01, 2011
Before I Fall
There were times when I really struggled with this book. The main character, Sam, is awful. Her friends are awful. Her boyfriend is awful. It's so har ...more
Jun 04, 2014
Mar 25, 2011
The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #1)
I wasn't quite sure what to expect about this book. Feral children, yes, certainly, but the synopsis makes it sound anything but serious. And I was de ...more
Nov 24, 2014
Mar 25, 2011
Simulacra, The
It's tough to give a book like this a rating. On one hand, PKD uses some really brilliant SF concepts here. Take the apartment buildings, HOA gone mad ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 01, 2011
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
I listened to an audiobook version of Moby-Dick. Good idea? Bad idea? Maybe both. There's a very good chance that I might have walked away at some poi ...more
Mar 06, 2014
Mar 25, 2011
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Audiobooks are good for car trips, especially ones with some suspense mixed in. Having a fitting narrator is a plus. And if the narrator is suited for ...more
Apr 08, 2012
Mar 25, 2011
Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)
Three years ago, Mia lost both her parents and her little brother in a car accident, one that left her severely injured and in a deep coma. And she ch ...more
Nov 05, 2013
Mar 25, 2011
Fountains of Paradise, The
The basic plot of The Fountains of Paradise can be summed up with two words: space elevator. Yes, it's something of an architectural procedural, and m ...more
Jan 30, 2013
Apr 01, 2011
Heist Society
3.5 stars, rounded up to four.

Heist Society is essentially a teen heist novel. Realistic? Maybe not. Hale sure isn't. Fun? Yes, it's definitely that.
Oct 28, 2013
Mar 25, 2011
The Forever War
This is the only science fiction novel I've ever read that deals with how relativity would affect faster than light travel, and it does so in a way th ...more
Nov 15, 2012
Mar 25, 2011
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
Jason Taverner is a famous entertainer, instantly recognizable worldwide for his long recording career and hugely successful TV show. And then, sudden ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Apr 01, 2011
Blood Music
Blood Music is built around a great science fiction concept: a man-made virus becomes sentient and starts rebuilding the world to their own specificat ...more
Feb 12, 2013
Apr 01, 2011
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