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Out of the Silent Planet / Perelandra / That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy, #1-3)
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 Blessing Way (Navajo Mysteries, #1)
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
The Desert Remains
Full disclosure: The author of this book was a friend in high school, where we shared a lab table in a concentrated physics class. It's also interesti...more
Mar 07, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
Green Mars (Mars Trilogy, #2)
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
The Mote in God's Eye (Moties, #1)
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)
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
Engaging the Enemy (Vatta's War, #3)
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
The Stand
Wow... the first work of King's I've read, and I'm amazed. Powerful storytelling, classic and ancient themes, vivid and believable characters, and a t...more
Jan 2003
Dec 11, 2007
Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life
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
Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction
Just plain outstanding. I'm really glad I happened to run into one of the contributors at a little crafts fair off a secondary highway in the mountain...more
Sep 22, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
The Undead Kama Sutra (Felix Gomez, #3)
**spoiler alert** This book tops each of the two that preceded it - imaginative, funny, sometimes salacious but usually in a relatively tame way, with...more
Jun 26, 2008
Jun 04, 2008
Command Decision (Vatta's War, #4)
Another satisfying chapter in a very good series. This goes well beyond the space opera suggested by a glance at the covers and blurbs; the characters...more
Jul 25, 2008
Jul 06, 2008
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
The saga continues. This time the apparently requisite unpleasantness with Harry's adoptive family at the beginning is briefer, which is a relief. He...more
Jan 2006
Feb 19, 2008
People of Darkness (Navajo Mysteries, #4)
Tony Hillerman branches out and introduces a second Navajo tribal police officer as a protagonist, this one markedly different from his first. Where J...more
Jan 1993
Mar 01, 2008
This was an interesting story, well told - the author's portrayal of a long-gone culture is detailed and fascinating without swamping the storyline. I...more
Jan 2007
Jun 10, 2009
Excellent. The editors chose stories spanning a pretty broad range, including some whose characters probably wouldn't be considered warriors in a stri...more
Sep 30, 2010
Sep 23, 2010
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
This book kept me up late - Stephen King commented that he couldn't stop reading it, and I also found it intense and gripping, and often very moving....more
Aug 25, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
Beginnings, Middles & Ends (Elements of Fiction Writing)
I've found Nancy Kress's work, in this book and in the columns she's written in Writer's Digest, to be clear, well organized, and interesting - very u...more
Jan 2000
Jun 23, 2009
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
This series keeps developing more depth, and the characters grow as real people do in children and adolescence. This book, together with the second in...more
Jan 2005
Feb 19, 2008
Heavy Metal Pulp: Pleasure Model (Netherworld, #1)
Pulp, indeed - noir pulp at that, and actually not as pulpy as the dust jacket would indicate. This was a fun little read, lightweight and formulaic b...more
Jul 15, 2010
Jul 15, 2010
The Dosadi Experiment (ConSentiency Universe, #2)
One of Frank Herbert's best novels, one that can stand comparison to his better-known Dune. As in that book, he's started with a situation, a place, t...more
Jun 24, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
Trading in Danger (Vatta's War, #1)
Very nice! It's always fun to find a new series character to follow and enjoy for however many books the author ends up writing about him/her. This is...more
Jul 2008
Jun 12, 2008
Eaters of the Dead
One of Michael Crichton's best, IMHO. An excellent revisit to a classic of Western mythology from a different perspective - I think that this, along w...more
Jan 2001
Nov 30, 2009
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)
The saga continues. I find the first part, with Harry back in the abusive household of his aunt and uncle, kind of unpleasant and tedious - we covered...more
Jan 2005
Feb 19, 2008
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
After Catching Fire, I wondered where the author would take the characters in this third volume of the trilogy, how she would resolve some looming pro...more
Sep 27, 2010
Aug 26, 2010
Abel Baker Charley
An intriguing, weird little novel looking at disparate parts of the human personality - here named Abel and Charley (Baker is the person housing them)...more
Jan 1992
Dec 11, 2007
Ringworld (Ringworld, #1)
Larry Niven did a wonderful job with this book, starting with the discovery of a Ringworld - a hypothetical construction in which an advanced civiliza...more
Jan 1985
Jan 21, 2008
Pagan Babies
Fascinating and hard to pin down. Elmore Leonard is a brilliant writer and this is one of his best to date; he pulls off some very difficult things an...more
Jun 22, 2008
Jun 02, 2008
The Gormenghast Novels (Gormenghast, #1-3)
An imagined world as intricate and self-contained as Tolkien's - for all practical purposes, the castle of Gormenghast might as well be its own planet...more
Jan 1976
Mar 05, 2008
Body Trauma: A Writer's Guide to Wounds and Injuries
Useful and interesting, both for writers of action, war, and crime fiction and for anyone interested in how the body works (or doesn't work when the m...more
Jan 1992
Mar 22, 2008
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