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Bossypants
3.93
Three and a half stars. I think Tina Fey is awesome. I think this is a slight but solid book. Her authorial voice sounds exactly like her speaking in ...more
May 27, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
 
Flashforward
3.58
There are so many ways I could pay tribute to this book (audiobook), which was an awful piece of writing, but an entertaining way to spend ten hours i ...more
Dec 29, 2009
Nov 23, 2009
 
The Orphan Master's Son
4.04
This is a hideously beautiful, harrowing work of imagination. It's hard to tell which atrocities come from the mind of the writer and which are real. ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
 
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1)
4.12
I read this book in its entirety on the bus from New York back to Baltimore. It's a strange thing reading a dystopian novel on public transportation. ...more
Dec 18, 2011
Dec 18, 2011
 
The Magician King (The Magicians #2)
3.88
When I finished The Magicians I found myself confused. Was Grossman satirizing the genre or contributing to it? I decided that he had set out to do th ...more
Sep 06, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
 
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
3.64
Five stars for subject matter, three for execution.

I'm always happy to read histories that focus on women, typically left out of war narratives. Add
...more
May 29, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
 
Station Eleven
4.01
I remember finishing The Road and weeping at my desk. For months I couldn't shake the feeling that I had somehow corrupted myself with that vision of ...more
Dec 13, 2014
Nov 25, 2014
 
The Best of All Possible Worlds
3.60
This was a lovely, subtle piece of science fiction, of a sort I don't see enough of. It's reminiscent of The Left Hand of Darkness and Ammonite: anthr ...more
Mar 11, 2013
Dec 11, 2012
 
Habibi
4.02
This is a difficult book to rate. If I were rating on the artwork alone, I would give it four or five stars. Thompson's penwork is outstanding. He has ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Oct 10, 2011
 
Winter's Tale
3.53
I can see why this book has its detractors. The author is verbose, and there are nearly too many characters to keep track. I have started it a half do ...more
Apr 22, 2009
Jan 24, 2008
 
Dreamsnake
3.84
While this book gets docked a point or two for the cheesy 70s cover and the title, it deserves a place among the classics of the genre. I first read t ...more
May 18, 2011
May 18, 2011
 
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
3.46
I expected The Magicians to be some sort of arch metacommentary on the genre from which it draws its inspiration, like the author's brother's Soon I W ...more
Jan 25, 2010
Aug 13, 2009
 
City
4.10
This slim white hardcover from the Science Fiction Book Club has caught my eye numerous times over the years, nestled between its bigger shelfmates in ...more
May 28, 2012
May 28, 2012
 
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
3.97
This is an absolutely lovely fairy tale, full of whimsical beasts and clever wordplay, and also possibly clever beasts and whimsical wordplay. The pro ...more
Oct 14, 2011
Jul 28, 2010
 
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
3.62
I couldn't put this down. I loved the setting, the unreliable narrator. I see the comparisons to Lovecraft, but the thing it actually reminded me of w ...more
Oct 2014
Jul 16, 2014
 
Who Fears Death
3.90
I somehow missed the fact that this book was meant to be post-apocalyptic (not a spoiler - apparently everyone knew it but me) until near the end, and ...more
May 24, 2011
Jul 09, 2010
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.63
Partway through this book I decided it was written by a Tralmafadorian. How else to explain the strange structure that seems not to care whether the e ...more
Apr 20, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
 
Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch, #2)
4.05
I'm not a big reader of series. Generally, I find that if a first book is a success, authors try to recreate that success by duplicating the beats of ...more
Nov 2014
Jul 16, 2014
 
Double Star
3.86



A couple of years ago I attended an event at which Connie Willis spoke about her research for Blackout and All Clear. She referenced numerous romantic
...more
May 08, 2012
Jul 13, 2011
 
Lincoln's Dreams
3.51
I have a few issues with this book. I enjoyed it but it is probably my least favorite Willis.
Things she did right:
The historical research, as always,
...more
Jun 06, 2012
Jun 24, 2011
 
The Haunting of Hill House
3.90
By the standards of modern horror The Haunting of Hill House is not very scary at all, which is to say that I was able to read it without limiting my ...more
Sep 10, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
 
Ape House
3.45
Solid three and a half stars, but I'll round up since I read this book in less than a day (and a busy one at that), and there are very few books that ...more
Oct 18, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
 
Embassytown
3.84
China Mieville is a hard guy to pin down. Each of his novels probes a different cranny of genre writing. The only commonality is his use of the word " ...more
Aug 31, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
 
All Clear (Oxford Time Travel, #4)
4.04
I have a day job, a night job, and a band. I am working on my fourth album and on a novel and on several short stories. I have a dog and a pony to tak ...more
Dec 07, 2010
Nov 27, 2010
 
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
3.92
Ruth Reichl should be required reading for anyone writing a memoir. She manages to shape plot and theme within her own life story. I think part of the ...more
Jul 23, 2011
Sep 10, 2008
 
Elysium
3.88
This is a weird and ambitious novel that pulls the ground out from under the reader every two pages. The prose is lovely and the structure gives room ...more
Jan 20, 2015
Nov 28, 2014
 
The City & the City
3.90
This is the first Mieville that I have finished, and I think the people who guessed that this would be the one I would enjoy were correct. The viscera ...more
Feb 16, 2011
May 28, 2009
 
The Night Circus
4.01
A stunning, self-assured debut novel. I loved the world and the systems of magic that Morgenstern created. The circus and its contents were beautifull ...more
Jan 15, 2012
Aug 31, 2011
 
The Book of Lost Things
3.98
Guillermo del Toro should option this book, if he hasn't already. It has all the hallmarks of a del Toro movie: fantasy, horror, fantasy horror, real ...more
Sep 30, 2011
Sep 09, 2008
 
World Made by Hand
3.64
Start at four stars for an engaging, can't-put-it-down it-could-sorta-happen read.

Subtract one for Kunstler's one-dimensional female characters, and
...more
Mar 04, 2009
Dec 01, 2008
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