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The Other Normals
3.38
Terrific Young Fantasy Novel from Ned Vizzini

One of our finest American chroniclers of adolescent angst in nonfiction and fiction, Ned Vizzini, has wr
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Oct 12, 2012
Oct 12, 2012
 
The Peripheral
4.09
An Unsettling, But Brilliant, Look at the Future Courtesy of William Gibson

In a year that has seen an ample abundance of more or less routine dystopia
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Oct 20, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
 
Dancing with Bears
3.75
A Fine Post Utopian Dystopian Steampunk Romp Courtesy of Darger and Surplus

Vampire novels to the left of us, zombie novels to our right, with dystopia
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Sep 24, 2011
Jan 11, 2012
 
The Adults
3.46
Rarely have I read first novels that are truly captivating, with memorable characters and settings that will endure long in my memory. Even rarer stil ...more
Feb 23, 2011
Jan 11, 2012
 
Berlin 1961
3.99
Historians of the Cold War have regarded as its worst crisis, the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, often citing it as its most significant event. However, i ...more
not set
Jan 11, 2012
 
The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism
3.57
The Abyss of Reason: The Limits of Michael Behe’s Scientific Thinking


Theodosius Dobzhansky, the great Russian-American population geneticist, one of t
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Jun 07, 2007
Jan 12, 2012
 
Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design
4.28
In his rather tendentious, often dull, treatise on behalf of Intelligent Design and its potential implications for resolving the mystery of the origin ...more
Nov 29, 2009
Jan 12, 2012
 
Vampires in the Lemon Grove
3.65
A Brilliant Short Story Collection from Karen Russell

With “Vampires in the Lemon Grove”, Karen Russell demonstrates why she is among our finest young
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Feb 05, 2005
Feb 15, 2013
 
A Song Called Youth
4.16
The Definitive Cyberpunk Trilogy from One of Its Greatest Practitioners: John Shirley

What was cyberpunk? Compelling near future high tech science fict
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May 06, 2012
Mar 01, 2012
 
Little Failure
3.67
A Memoir for the Ages Courtesy of America’s 21st Century Mark Twain

Years before he graduated from our high school alma mater, I met the likes of Gary
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Dec 2013
Dec 06, 2013
 
Sewer, Gas and Electric
3.94
Matt Ruff has written three novels in a literary career spanning nearly two decades; all three are rooted somehow in fantasy and should be regarded as ...more
Aug 24, 2004
Jan 07, 2012
 
Winter's Tale
3.58
Mark Helprin's elegant prose has never shone more brightly in this great work of fantasy set in a timeless vision of New York City. His splendid prose ...more
Sep 20, 2001
Jan 17, 2012
 
The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags and Other Stories
4.20
A Fantastic Short Story Collection Brimming with American Fantastic

“The Evolution of Reptilian Handbags And Other Stories” is a remarkable short story
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Mar 09, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
 
Inside Tracks: Alone Across the Outback
4.38
Superb Coffee Table Book That Recounts The Original Trek and the Film Based Upon It

It's one of the most lavish coffee table photography books I have s
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Nov 08, 2014
 
Lexicon
3.90
A Surprisingly Good Alternate History Cerebral Thriller

Max Barry isn't the first writer of recent vintage who has opted to create a work of speculati
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Apr 06, 2013
Nov 01, 2014
 
Patriarch Run
4.21
Superb, Fast-Paced Character-Driven Technological Thriller

Much to his credit, Benjamin Dancer's "Patriarch Run" is a fast-paced contemporary "New West
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Oct 25, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
 
Super Sad True Love Story
3.44
Had Neal Stephenson written "Snow Crash" as a dystopian love story, I'm not sure whether he could have equaled Gary Shteyngart's latest, greatest, nov ...more
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Jan 07, 2012
 
The Rough Guide to Evolution (Rough Guide Science/Phenomena)
3.74
Why is evolution one of the most important ideas of science? Who was Charles Darwin, and why should he be seen as one of the greatest scientists of al ...more
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Jan 11, 2012
 
Memory of Water
3.79
A Poetic, Dark, Dystopian Speculative Fiction Novel that is One of the Year's Best

In hauntingly beautiful prose, Emmi Itäranta's "Memory of Water" is
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May 05, 2014
Aug 31, 2014
 
The Age of Miracles
3.64
Fantastic Prose, But Dreadful Science Fiction

Karen Thompson Walker is destined to be remembered as one of her generation’s finest prose stylists in Am
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Jun 27, 2012
Jun 28, 2012
 
The Iron Dream
3.63
A Classic of American Fantasy Literature from Norman Spinrad

Norman Spinrad’s “The Iron Dream” is a book which still confounds many of its fans and cri
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Jun 30, 2012
 
Moxyland
3.65
A Superb Debut Novel worthy of comparison with William Gibson, Pat Cadigan and John Shirley's exceptional early Cyberpunk

Not since early cyberpunk fro
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Sep 19, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
 
Catastrophes!: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters
3.73
Since the dawn of human history, catastrophes like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and blizzards have been seen by many as the capricious acts of a wr ...more
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Jan 11, 2012
 
The Cat's Table
3.58
Michael Ondaatje returns once more to his youth to craft a memorable, and at times poignant and electrifying, odyssey of a young boy's sea voyage from ...more
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Jan 11, 2012
 
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
4.01
A Clarion Call for Ending the Current Mass Extinction

As a former invertebrate paleobiologist, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” is the book
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Feb 17, 2014
 
Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon
3.95
The Genesis of the Most Important Weapon of Our Time

“Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon” could be easil
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Oct 13, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
 
The Storm at the Door
3.11
Stefan Merrill Block's "The Storm at the Door" is an astonishingly original, quite compelling, fictional exploration of mental illness and its devasta ...more
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Jan 11, 2012
 
The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)
4.20
An Epic, Quite Compelling, Conclusion to 'The Magicians' Fantasy Saga

With the debut of "The Magicians", Lev Grossman introduced readers to a new form
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Aug 05, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
 
Why Evolution Is True
4.16
"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution". That classic quote from the great Russian-American evolutionary geneticist Theodosi ...more
not set
Jan 11, 2012
 
Flings: Stories
3.67
Superb Collection of Tales from a Modern Master of the Short Story

One of the best prose stylists and storytellers of his generation, Justin Taylor's n
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Sep 20, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
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