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Out of the Silent Planet / Perelandra / That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy, #1-3)
4.10
it was amazing
I would rank this with Tolkien's Middle Earth work for skill in creating imaginary realities (Lewis and Tolkien were close friends and often gave each ...more
Jan 1988
Mar 03, 2008
 
The Mote in God's Eye
4.06
it was amazing
A brilliant and gripping book. One of the best jobs of creating a truly alien life form, culture and civilization, rather than the usual "aliens" who ...more
Jan 1992
Jan 21, 2008
 
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
3.84
it was amazing
A fantastic piece of work - to write this, the author had to have a solid working knowledge of a lot of fields, from cultural anthropology to psycholo ...more
May 2009
Dec 11, 2007
 
Green Mars (Mars Trilogy, #2)
3.91
it was amazing
Every bit as good as Red Mars was - this is a huge epic story, vivid and arresting; this trilogy, so far, is up there with the best of Frank Herbert. ...more
Jul 2009
Dec 11, 2007
 
90 Minutes at Entebbe: The Full Inside Story of the Spectacular Israeli Counterterrorism Strike and the Daring Rescue of 103 Hostages
3.80
really liked it
A great story - I've always thought this series of events would be unbelievable as fiction, but they did it. When I went to Marine boot camp in fall o ...more
Feb 18, 2016
Feb 18, 2016
 
Andersonville
4.10
it was amazing
A powerful fictionalized depiction of the horrors of the Confederate POW camp at Andersonville during the Civil War. The soldiers there suffered a nig ...more
Jan 1974
Feb 21, 2008
 
The Blessing Way (Leaphorn & Chee, #1)
4.06
it was amazing
The first of a brilliant series of detective novels. The protagonist is a Navajo tribal police detective and the story is immersed in Navajo culture a ...more
Jan 1992
Mar 01, 2008
 
In the Balance (Worldwar, #1)
3.80
it was amazing
The beginning of one of the best alternate history/science fiction sagas around - in this story, World War II is interrupted when an alien invasion fl ...more
Jan 2004
Dec 14, 2007
 
The Right to Arm Bears (Dilbia, #1-2)
3.83
it was amazing
One of the funniest SF books I've read in a while. The characters of the "bears" (actually Dilbians, alien inhabitants of another planet who happen to ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
 
Team Yankee
4.04
really liked it
A tense and grinding novel - now outdated, of course - about a Warsaw Pact blitz against western Europe, following the experiences of an American Army ...more
Jan 1985
Dec 11, 2007
 
Nexus (Nexus, #1)
4.06
it was amazing
Brilliant and fascinating! I'd gathered from the blurbs that this was science fiction about the interface of brain science and nanotechnology, and tha ...more
Jan 23, 2016
Jan 23, 2016
 
War Stories: New Military Science Fiction
4.00
it was amazing
A great collection of 23 short military science fiction stories by authors established and new, including Joe Haldeman (author of the great and moving ...more
Feb 27, 2016
Feb 27, 2016
 
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
3.77
it was amazing
An absorbing portrayal of four women - two Northern and two Southern - who took on traditionally male roles in the U.S. Civil War. Their personalities ...more
not set
Jan 01, 2016
 
Engaging the Enemy (Vatta's War, #3)
4.06
it was amazing
Longer, more involved and more intricate than the two preceding volumes, Trading in Danger and Marque and Reprisal, in the story of Kylara Vatta and h ...more
Jul 04, 2008
Jun 12, 2008
 
Stolen Choices (Tales of the Republic #1)
4.27
it was amazing
Outstanding - a compelling read, with interesting characters, a well-developed and exotic but believable near-future dystopian setting, and a driving ...more
Jan 2014
Sep 08, 2015
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
it was amazing
Great - the depth and color of this story, its world, and its cast of characters are brilliant. Some of the cultures are echoes of ones that existed i ...more
Oct 08, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
 
Hammer's Slammers
3.94
really liked it
The author introduces an intriguing future universe and situation; the book is about a mercenary military unit traveling from world to world, all huma ...more
Jan 2001
Dec 19, 2007
 
The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)
4.15
it was amazing
A brilliant and devastating counterpoint to Heinlein's Starship Troopers. Haldeman served in Vietnam and and was badly wounded there, and this is one ...more
Jan 1980
Feb 21, 2008
 
The Auriga Project
4.12
it was amazing
I ended up staying up past 3:00 a.m. finishing this story - its pacing, plotting, characterization, and descriptions all stand out. The author's adapt ...more
Sep 18, 2015
Aug 31, 2015
 
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
4.17
it was amazing
I think this book is one of the spiritual ancestors of the Star Wars world. It has a lot of the same elements, especially a scrappy group of underdogs ...more
Jan 1978
Feb 28, 2008
 
Waiting for the Galactic Bus (Snake Oil, #1)
3.86
it was amazing
Absurd, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking in its portrayal of the impact of organized bigotry in a clear parallel to the rise of the Nazis. The passa ...more
Jan 2005
Dec 11, 2007
 
The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction
4.02
really liked it
I first got this book when a professor in a writing class assigned it as a text, and have been going back to it for various reasons since then. It's a ...more
Jan 1979
Mar 07, 2008
 
Write The Fight Right
4.29
it was amazing
A very nice little reference for authors who want to write realistic fight scenes but lack the training or street-fighting background to draw on their ...more
Apr 08, 2014
Feb 16, 2015
 
Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life
4.12
really liked it
A nice, friendly, inviting read. The author conveys a warm message of encouragement and camaraderie to aspiring writers; a bestselling author, with th ...more
Jan 2005
Mar 07, 2008
 
The Worm Ouroboros
3.70
really liked it
An old classic - its style and a lot of its content are archaic and would probably not be published now. The writing style doesn't flow well at all to ...more
Jun 30, 1974
Nov 29, 2015
 
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
4.31
it was amazing
Outstanding - Stephen King is most generous in this book in his sharing of his craft and of the life experiences that have brought him to where he is ...more
Jan 2006
Mar 07, 2008
 
Terms of Enlistment
3.96
it was amazing
One of the best stories I've read in one of my favorite genres. The protagonist's narration of his basic training experience had so much in common wit ...more
Jan 31, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
 
Lucky Thirteen (Frontlines, #2.1)
4.04
it was amazing
Another piece of the Terms of Enlistment world and more development of another character, this time one who was a major part of the first novel. As wi ...more
Feb 2014
Feb 03, 2014
 
Feast Of Bones
3.85
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Nicely done. The author's extensive knowledge of Russian culture and the Soviet government and its military really shine, making the ...more
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 16, 2015
 
Apex (Nexus, #3)
4.17
it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant. The conclusion of the Nexus trilogy succeeds, as did the second book, in bringing the story to deeper levels in terms of moral, ...more
Mar 21, 2016
Jan 23, 2016
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