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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 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...more
Jan 1988
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 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
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...more
Jan 1986
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...more
Jan 1993
Aug 17, 2007
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...more
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
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
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...more
not set
Sep 17, 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
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...more
Jan 1988
Aug 16, 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...more
Oct 1983
Apr 18, 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...more
Feb 27, 2008
Dec 27, 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,...more
not set
Aug 15, 2007
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
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
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
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
Act of Will
Definitely check this one out.

The setting is roughly Elizabethan, with some question as to whether magic exists or not. The story follows William, an...more
Jul 2009
Jul 26, 2009
What Is the Name of This Book?
Let's get the simple stuff out of the way: Yes, this is largely a book of Smullyan's well-known Knights and Knaves puzzles. However, it has a lot more...more
Jan 1983
Apr 18, 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
Another One Bites the Dust (Jaz Parks, #2)
This book isn't really any worse than you'd expect, but it doesn't fulfill the promise of the first book, Once Bitten, Twice Shy.

Once Bitten took what...more
Dec 23, 2007
Dec 06, 2007
Fain the Sorcerer
If you haven't been exposed to the literary onslaught of Steve Aylett's genius, and if you're the kind of person who likes to get in at the shallow en...more
Aug 2006
Aug 15, 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
Demon Driven (Demon Accords, #2)
The first book was a moderately meandering urban fantasy about supernatural politics through the eyes of a young, wish-fulfillment character (supernat...more
Jan 03, 2013
Jan 12, 2013
From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse, #8)
NOTE: I didn't mark this review as containing spoilers, but it does discuss general plot direction. It reveals the general tone of the last half of th...more
not set
Jan 31, 2008
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
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