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The Peripheral
Reading a new William Gibson novel is both delightful and exciting. He delights with the cool, sardonic yet imaginative visions of the present and fut ...more
Nov 29, 2014
Jul 17, 2014

"Let me unbox you..."
-Aristide Arosteguy

This is a novel best suited to two audiences: those looking for innovative horror, and people interested in
Oct 02, 2014
Sep 13, 2014
The Godmakers
This book may be the ultimate secret agent novel.
It could also be the most insanely ambitious work of anthropological science fiction.
It's also a gold
Aug 18, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
This book has extraordinary presence on the American scene today. Reviewing it is tricky, since there are so many competitors, along with so much bad ...more
May 03, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
Station Eleven
Notes on Station Eleven: a moving portrait of the fall of civilization. The novel addresses the collapse of the human race in the wake of a plague tha ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Dec 24, 2014
Like _The Road_, but less cheerful.
Nov 20, 2010
Nov 17, 2010
The Land Across
The Land Across is an entertaining, lighter Gene Wolfe novel. It's a contemporary adventure with fantasy and horror notes taking place in an unnamed, ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 25, 2013
Flood (Flood, #1)
What a devastating and epic novel. Flood is the story of planetary catastrophe, of a titular flood that subsumes human civilization.

Baxter offers a sm
Mar 27, 2015
Jan 26, 2015
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
Ancillary Justice is an impressive first novel, and a worthy contender for the 2014 Hugo award. It grabbed me from the start.

The setting is a sprawlin
Jun 05, 2014
Oct 25, 2013
Steampunk (Steampunk, #1)
The VanderMeers have assembled a fine anthology. It surveys the steampunk world through multiple approaches, genres, and voices. Short stories work th ...more
May 17, 2014
Nov 02, 2008
The Martian
Very entertaining and engaging, The Martian is a hard science fiction tale about a person surviving alone on Mars.

Most of the book dwells on the hero'
Apr 12, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814
A fine history of the epic 1812-1815 war between the Russia and French empires, Russia Against Napoleon rewards both the general reader and the studen ...more
Aug 09, 2014
Aug 03, 2014
Ill Fares the Land
Ill Fares the Land is passionate, brooding, ultimately hopeful analysis of Western politics. Judt applies his vast knowledge of the 20th century to po ...more
not set
Jun 21, 2014
Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe
I'm fascinating by the history of computing. There are so many delights there, both geeky and otherwise: glimpses of our present, odd characters, bril ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Jul 09, 2012
A collection of Smith's Zothique stories.

If you haven't read Clark Ashton Smith, very quickly: know that Smith was one of the great fantasists of the
Oct 20, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
Prophet, Volume 1: Remission
I read Prophet, volume 1 without any background information or context, save two details passed on by an enthusiastic Richmond, Virginia comic book se ...more
not set
Dec 27, 2014
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
I liked this very much. Annihilation is a brooding, unsettling, surreal short novel.

The plot concerns a group of explorers sent by a shadowy governmen
Jun 08, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman, #1)
"I had to kill her."
"No one has to kill anyone."
"Well, soon... soon, they will."

Before reviewing this book, I must offer two caveats.
1) I am woeful
Jul 21, 2014
May 28, 2014
The Design of Everyday Things
A splendid book that I finally got around to reading, The Design of Everyday Things walks us through exactly what the title promises. Norman explores ...more
May 06, 2014
Jan 26, 2014
Newton's Wake: A Space Opera
This was a novel I wanted to like much more than I ultimately did.

I like Ken MacLeod's other novels very much. The Fall Revolution series was excellen
not set
Feb 09, 2015
Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & other Horrors
Livia Llewellyn's Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors is a superb first collection. It's a dark delight to read, and introduces a maj ...more
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 20, 2014
Countdown City (The Last Policeman, #2)
With Countdown City I continue my belated education in the mystery genre. I also carry on reading Ben Winters' Last Policeman series, as I read its fi ...more
Nov 17, 2014
Nov 14, 2014
The Grimscribe's Puppets
I very much wanted to love this book, so perhaps my reaction suffers from too-high expectations.

I've been a Thomas Ligotti fan since I first read Son
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 24, 2014
Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
Dropping a nuclear weapon was never a good idea. (168)

Command and Control is a far more interesting book than it may seem. At first glance Schlosser's
Oct 11, 2014
Oct 04, 2014
I really wanted to like this book more than I did.

Context: I've read and appreciated some Joe Hill before (short stories, Locke and Key). I wanted to
Nov 05, 2014
Oct 31, 2014
Teewinot: A Year in the Teton Range
Teewinot is a gorgeous book, one to savor. It reminds the reader of how to better perceive the natural world. Jack Turner is an American mountain herm ...more
Nov 24, 2014
Nov 17, 2014
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West
River of Shadows is an imaginative look at the origins of modernity. Its main focus is the photographer Eadweard Muybridge, best known for inventing t ...more
May 13, 2014
May 06, 2014
Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War
This book came highly recommended from a historical reenactor on a Revolutionary War battlefield. This past July my wife and I were visiting Hubbardto ...more
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
The Manhattan Projects, Vol. 1: Science, Bad
A delightful alternate history romp, Manhattan Projects imagines America's WWII crash research program as a mad science endeavor. Right off the bat we ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Dec 16, 2013
Going, Going, Gone
Going, Going, Gone is the final book in Jack Womack's criminally underappreciated Dryco series. You can read it if you haven't read any of the others, ...more
Sep 04, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
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