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The Illuminatus! Trilogy
I gave this book 5 stars.
- As science fiction it would get 2
- As philosophy it would get 1 (the world-view it argues for is much better discussed in
Jan 1988
Apr 18, 2007
The Scent of Shadows (Signs of the Zodiac, #1)
It looks good. New author, first novel, recommendations on the cover by Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, and Diana Gabaldon(2). Woman becomes a Super-P ...more
Mar 2007
Apr 18, 2007
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever 1-3
This series is somewhat infamous: it's widely regarded as brilliant (which it is), it's widely considered depressing (which it can be), the hero is of ...more
Jan 1987
Aug 17, 2007
The Cyberiad
If you're only going to read one Lem in your life... medical help. There are several essential Lem books and stories.

And this is one of them. B
Jan 1993
Aug 17, 2007
The Complete Stories
Buy a good collection of Kafka's stories and put it in the bathroom.


If you've been led to believe that Kafka wrote drab stories about alienati
Jan 1986
Aug 17, 2007
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
Although it's 3 physical books for publishing reasons, His Dark Materials (HDM)is one continuous story (well... see below), so I'm reviewing the whole ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 15, 2008
Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks, #1)
I read a lot of this subgenre (light, modern fantasy with a horror twist and usually a female protag). This book and series is getting a lot of press ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 06, 2007
Ender's Shadow (Ender's Shadow, #1)
This is the simplified version of Ender's Game for the kiddie set that can't handle rich characters with moral ambiguity, moral introspection, and cha ...more
not set
Aug 30, 2007
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
(This review is in response to a request as to why I have only given One Fish, Two Fish... three stars)

Firmly ensconced in the middle tier of the Dr
Jan 1974
Jun 10, 2008
The Family Trade (The Merchant Princes, #1)
Friends have been trying very hard to get me to love Stross. I liked (but didn't love) Halting State enough. This was a poor choice for a second. It ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 06, 2007
Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1)
Summary: comfortably predictable storyline with some huge plot holes, but more than fun enough to read. Just make sure it doesn't put off Weetzie Bat ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 06, 2007
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
Give this to the nearest 6-10 year-old (or adult who wants to be 6-10 years old again). It isn't the "can you solve it, too" mystery aspect, although ...more
Jan 1976
Nov 20, 2007
Urban Shaman  (Walker Papers, #1)
This is the book I've had more people telling me to read--all independently of one another--in years. It certainly seems like it would interest me.

Feb 10, 2008
Dec 03, 2007
Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10)
About 1/4 into Small Favor I found myself wondering if Harry Dresden was about to magically jump a shark. By the end, I had decided it might be the be ...more
May 13, 2008
May 13, 2008
The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics
Not as well-known as Norman Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth, but much more to-the-point.

This book concerns a line. Our line is trying to get the attent
Jan 1988
Aug 16, 2007
1 star. Couldn't finish it.

Clearly I'm in the minority here, so the problem may well lie with me. I grew up watching MASH; I saw Stripes and Sgt Benj
not set
Sep 17, 2007
The World According to Garp
I went through an extended period in my life where I re-read this book every year(1). It's a very fun read.

You can read it as a character study, watch
Oct 1983
Apr 18, 2007
How to Lie with Statistics
Yes, it has all the stuff you hear about: how people use stats to subtly (and not-so-subtly) misdirect the reader/listener, how to systematically reco ...more
not set
Jun 05, 2008
Making Money (Discworld, #36)
Quite fun. Fairly typical of the non-major-character stories in the series, although Moist von Lipzwig might be becoming a major character. The plot i ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 08, 2007
Heart of Stone (Negotiator Trilogy/Old Races Universe #1)
This one's a great variant on the modern fantasy genre. Not because the world is unusual--it's completely stock: supernatural races in hiding in the w ...more
Nov 2007
Dec 03, 2007
The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Hollows, #6)
If you've read the first 5 books in the series, you know what to expect. If you haven't, don't start here.

This volume picks up right after book 5, Fo
Feb 27, 2008
Dec 27, 2007
Neptune Noir: Unauthorized Investigations into Veronica Mars
As with all the Smart Pop series, the word "unauthorized" is displayed twice prominently on the front cover and again on the spine, but make no mistak ...more
Apr 19, 2008
Mar 27, 2008
Tinker (Elfhome, #1)
This one's fun. A nice take on the cross-world SF/Fantasy hybrid with good politicking on both sides of the divide and some fabulous surprises along t ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 06, 2007
Halting State
This book has several interesting (and unusual) attributes. Overall it's a fun read in the vein of Pat Cadigan's Synners, about hackers and suits work ...more
Jan 2007
Oct 04, 2007
Dangerous Angels (Weetzie Bat, #1-5)
This omnibus collects all 5 YA books in the Weetzie Bat series.

These are fabulous books, although not every book will appeal to every reader equally,
not set
Aug 15, 2007
White Night (The Dresden Files, #9)
Basically more of the same from Butcher. If you like the series, this one is an enjoyable entry: nice set-piece action, almost no character developmen ...more
Mar 07, 2008
Mar 03, 2008
The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary
It doesn't matter that the scholarship is suspect at best; Angeles Arrien's take on shamanic paths is a great filter to add to your collection. I use ...more
not set
Apr 18, 2007
Summary: EF Russell's best-known book, Wasp is an excellently told story of one man working undercover in wartime to build enemy paranoia and confusio ...more
Jan 1985
Apr 18, 2007
Unseen Academicals (Discworld, #37; Rincewind #8)
There isn't much to say about a Discworld novel at this point.You like the series or you don't, you shouldn't start with this one (although it isn't t ...more
Oct 18, 2009
Oct 23, 2009
The Touch of Twilight (Signs of the Zodiac, #3)
I had high hopes that this would be a three-star book; sadly, it isn't. And it isn't the unsupportable world (she's writing her way out of that, slowl ...more
Jun 03, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
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