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Too Smart for Our Own Good: The Ecological Predicament of Humankind
To summarise: we will never innovate our way out of this mess, since it's our innovative nature which got us into this mess in the first place.

I'm now...more
Jun 27, 2013
Jun 09, 2013
I don't read many vampire books, but thought I'd branch out given that I quite liked Butler's Parable of the Sower. I enjoyed both the book and the fi...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
The Sheep Look Up
By turns insightful and terrifying, this book was impossible to put down. Every time I (quite literally) came up for air, I looked at the world around...more
Mar 08, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
A Wind in the Door (Time, #2)
I can see why I barely remembered the events of this book, compared to my surprisingly vivid recollection of the events of A Wrinkle In Time. Lots of...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 10, 2012
Fifty Degrees Below (Science in the Capitol, #2)
Arrrrgh, I really wanted to like this a lot more than I did! The problem is, I can't stand Frank! The last book was evenly split between three point-o...more
Feb 14, 2014
Jul 05, 2012
The Dog Stars
When I was learning to fly, I too had fantasies that owning and flying a plane would make the post-Apocalypse that much safer and tolerable. But I did...more
Dec 15, 2012
Dec 01, 2012
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Years ago I saw a film about a group of kids forcibly transported to an island, equipped with an assortment of weapons, and made to kill each other, f...more
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
I just finished this excellent book with tears in my eyes. Having read 'The Stand' a few months ago, I'm utterly amazed at the improvement in King's w...more
Feb 04, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
Dust (Silo, #3)
A pretty good end to a fun trilogy. I found the ending depressing.(view spoiler)...more
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (Tales of Alderley, #1)
Enjoyed the start, as I used to work at Jodrell Bank so know the area pretty well! But it's all so very predictable. Heirloom passed down through gene...more
Nov 10, 2012
Nov 08, 2012
Not sure if I'm being unnecessarily generous here, since I picked this up so happily after forcing myself out of the sci-fi cave for a couple of books...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 08, 2012
The Gods of Riverworld (Riverworld, #5)
This is where it should all come together, and instead all falls apart. No, not man's hubris as he tries to take on God-like powers, but the awful wri...more
Jan 2010
Jul 29, 2013
Brightness Falls from the Air
Fairly straightforward old-fashioned sci-fi romp. Aliens, spaceships, culture clashes. Much of the plot seems farfetched given that the author could h...more
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
The Last Colony (Old Man's War #3)
"... and they lived happily ever after."

I think that was all that needed to be said. This book does provide some closure to the "Old Man's War" univer...more
Jun 11, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
The Moon of Gomrath (Tales of Alderley, #2)
More dreadful running around not knowing what's going on and using Magical Artifact A to defeat Baddie B during Weather Effect C. Worst part was when...more
Dec 12, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
I read this first when I was perhaps nine or ten years old. I didn't realise until re-reading it two decades later how well some of its concepts had s...more
Dec 08, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
I think I read a review of this in a newspaper a few years ago, and the seed of wanting to read it was planted. It's rare that I read books mainstream...more
Dec 04, 2012
Dec 04, 2012
Shift (Silo, #2)
More post-apocalyptic goodness. Might say something about the slightly thin characterisation that the only character I shed a tear for was(view spoile...more
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
The Pride of Chanur (Compact Space, #1)
I can't fault Cherryh's writing, pace, or imagination: she always conjures up a detailed world and complex characters with deep motivations and imperf...more
Aug 31, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Not since 'Critical Mass' by Phillip Ball have I read such an engaging non-fiction book that changed the way I look at the world around me. Diamond's...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
This had everything that I liked about IQ84, but also a lot of the things I disliked about Norwegian Wood. I keep reading Murakami the way fans keep w...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
Children of God (The Sparrow, #2)
I really enjoyed seeing what happened to Rakhat after the events of The Sparrow.(view spoiler)...more
Feb 02, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
An incredible book, filled with characters more memorable than in many books, despite their names being simply a numerical designation. The main chara...more
Apr 08, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Excellent follow-up to Guns, Germs and Steel. Just as scholarly, well-researched, and full of clear examples of societies who depleted their resources...more
Dec 08, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
Crisis on Infinite Earths
In the spirit of trying something new, having never read anything inside the DC universe, I borrowed this from a friend. I have read maybe 25 graphic...more
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1)
Found this a bit of a slog. I *really* did not like the abusive relationship between Doro and Anyanwu. Just... ick.

I admire Butler's ability to write...more
Oct 15, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
Before I Go To Sleep
Decent amnesiac story in the tradition of Memento. I found it a total page-turner and couldn't put it down. Unfortunately, I saw the ending coming fro...more
Oct 09, 2014
Oct 07, 2014
A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, #14; A Memory of Light, #3)
I'm stunned. This was almost the best book of the series. I can't believe Sanderson managed to write four major battles, plus many major character con...more
Jun 09, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)
I have never before read a book where so little happened, and yet nothing was ever dull. It was a bit like eating a meringue. All fluff and aroma and...more
Apr 03, 2014
May 03, 2014
The Day of the Jackal
Clearly the book is deserving of more than one star, in an objective rating system. However, this is *my* rating, based on *my* enjoyment of the book....more
Aug 08, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
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