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The Gods Themselves
4.05
Aliens who spend 30 pages furtively masturbating in caves, or "rock rubbing" as Asimov's euphemism was, is not outside of human experience - neither i ...more
May 23, 2011
May 20, 2011
 
Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1)
4.04
Amazing how Willis could write one section of the book so wonderfully and the other so badly. When our hero was in the past it was magnificent, but al ...more
Jun 03, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
 
Mass Effect: Revelation (Mass Effect, #1)
3.66
Meh, but really, what was I expecting?

Not enough "Because I did this, I'm the bad guy" and too much "I'm the bad guy so I guess I'll do this."

Saren
...more
Jan 09, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
 
Dragonflight (Pern: Dragonriders of Pern, #1)
4.08
A good yarn, but you can certainly tell its age. It suffers from Piers Anthony-esque gender relations, though the women aren't quite that stupid. Even ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
Starship Troopers
3.97
I really enjoyed this and did not feel that it's lack of action took away from the story. If Federal Service wasn't so clearly only military, this sys ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
 
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
4.22
While the story certainly showed its age through its style I still quite enjoyed this somewhat-less-than-sophisticated story. The world that the autho ...more
Feb 2012
Jan 30, 2012
 
Iron Sunrise (Eschaton, #2)
3.95
I heard that this book was written immediately after the first book, and not having read that am partially responsible for really liking this book. It ...more
Oct 02, 2013
Oct 02, 2013
 
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
3.50
Eh...I thought I would like this until it turned into hundreds of pages of people running down the same streets in the same environment. Boy runs down ...more
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
 
Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)
3.83
After reading some reviews, it seems the author was deliberately causing the problems I found with the book - i.e. the scale was so large the characte ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
 
Rendezvous with Rama (Rama, #1)
4.02
Deserving of its reputation as a cornerstone of science fiction, and its lack of human-dynamics and the social utopia of the future did not bother me ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Apr 02, 2011
 
The Citadel of the Autarch (The Book of the New Sun #4)
4.21
A satisfying conclusion to the series (even though there is one more book, but that was written years later...), though I was somewhat surprised at ou ...more
Oct 06, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
 
A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought, #1)
4.12
Excellent premis and full of themes that could each have been their own novel. Perhaps the overarching story was so good that little things that would ...more
Oct 09, 2013
Oct 09, 2013
 
I, Robot (Robot, #0.1)
4.13
Alright read, though suspending disbelief was a bit of a challenge when some of the problems involved could have been solved with a sharpie marker or, ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
 
Abaddon's Gate (Expanse, #3)
4.15
Not quite the "blockbuster in book form" as advertised on the dust jacket - indeed I haven't read many books where our heroes are standing face to fac ...more
Mar 10, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
 
Arkfall
3.88
About one fifth the length it should have been. Perhaps if I were Japanese I would have balked at the characterization of Osaji, but as I am not I did ...more
Oct 10, 2013
Oct 10, 2013
 
Red Planet Blues
3.49
Full of action scenes, but one-dimensional characters with no character development throughout the book made this less enjoyable. Not being able to de ...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
 
River of Gods (India 2047, #1)
3.93
It's dangerous to have a book reliant on several points of view if not every perspective is written strongly. Such was the downfall of River of Gods w ...more
Jul 15, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
 
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne, #1)
3.68
I enjoyed the setting, but felt the plot was somewhat lacking. I suppose it was throwing too many things together at the same time - werewolves, time ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
 
Ambulance Ship  (Sector General, #4)
4.08
Excellent ideas behind each story, the only problem being with how the solutions to each problem was revealed. Instead of showing us the thought proce ...more
Aug 11, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
 
Railsea
3.91
I really enjoyed the world set up by the author, though some parts were a little hard to swallow, especially towards the end once the reached their de ...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
 
The Djinn's Wife
4.06
Good yarn, giving a good feel for the heat and the press of humanity that is any over-populated place. I didn't quite buy the love-crazed AI - if he w ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
 
Tarnsman of Gor (Gor, #1)
3.37
Pure escapist tosh full of big chest muscles and scantily clad women - the cover picture is a perfectly accurate depiction of this...book. If I weren' ...more
Sep 14, 2013
Sep 14, 2013
 
Ringworld (Ringworld, #1)
3.94
Alright, but seemed to be a retelling of Mote in God's Eye, or rather Mote was a better polished version of this. They both had many of the same facet ...more
May 11, 2011
May 10, 2011
 
The Uplift War (The Uplift Saga, #3)
4.04
A good story with some interesting ideas, but a little too much vaugness concerning what was going on, why we should care, and, most importantly, why ...more
Aug 29, 2013
Aug 29, 2013
 
To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld, #1)
3.93
Great first entry in the series. It could have done with the revelations spread out in a bit more even manner instead of everything important happenin ...more
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013
 
The Man in the High Castle
3.82
The alternate history was great, as were the explanations about what changed to get that way. I thought the Juliana subplot was weak, or maybe I just ...more
Feb 22, 2013
Feb 22, 2013
 
The Urth of the New Sun (The Book of the New Sun #5)
3.98
Enjoyable conclusion to the series. At times it felt somewhat surreal, and I was unsure if what the narrator was saying was supposed to actually be ha ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
 
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (The World As Myth)
3.69
While the plot itself was interesting, it was hard to appreciate the characters. Too much "I'm a man and so anything I say is right because I'm ration ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
 
2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey, #1)
4.06
Great read and a lot faster paced than I expected. I psrtcularly liked the descriptions of the Jovian atmosphere. The phrase " My God, it's full if st ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
 
Jack Glass
3.71
Good story, but with far too much Diana. Given the development of Jack's personality in the first section, what happened at the end with the object of ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
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