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Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
There is a reason why totalitarian governments ban books. The reason is that books can change the world. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and Frederick Douglass' a ...more
Jun 23, 2008
Jun 06, 2008
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
For well over 20 years, I have seen copies of William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” on the Sci-Fi/Fantasy shelves of nearly every bookstore I have gone into. ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 21, 2008
Sarah's Key
I finished "Sarah's Key" this morning and I have so many thoughts going through my head about it. I loved the pacing of the story, how it switched bet ...more
Aug 26, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1)
Wow. It’s no wonder Richard K. Morgan became such a phenomenon in the science fiction world so quickly. His first novel, “Altered Carbon” is so well c ...more
Jul 21, 2008
Apr 25, 2008
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
I’ve heard so much hyperbole about this book and this author that I was expecting it to be mediocre. However, “The Wind-up Bird Chronicle” by Haruki M ...more
Aug 06, 2008
May 31, 2008
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
I picked up a copy of “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” by Michael Chabon purely out of curiosity. This novel was nominated for, and won, the prestigiou ...more
Sep 03, 2008
Aug 16, 2008
Soon I Will be Invincible
Should I be embarrassed about giving "Soon I Will be Invincible" four stars? Should I even admit that I bought it because I loved the title and the co ...more
Aug 07, 2008
Aug 04, 2008
The Stars My Destination
I have two thoughts on "The Stars My Destination" by Alfred Bester. One is that it really reads modern for a book written in 1956. The other is that i ...more
Jul 10, 2008
Jun 21, 2008
20th Century Ghosts
Short story collections can be hit or miss. Some stories may be wonderful, others may be clunkers. Every story in “20th Century Ghosts” is wonderful, ...more
Sep 25, 2008
Sep 05, 2008
A Clockwork Orange
Well, what can I say about "A Clockwork Orange"? Maybe I should first suggest that anyone who wants to read it should print out this glossary: A Nadsa ...more
Sep 06, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
Bel Canto
"Bel Canto" may be one of the top ten books I've read this year. It is absolutely beautifully written and very gripping. I really felt like I was ther ...more
Dec 02, 2008
Nov 14, 2008
I must be a real geek. I laughed my butt off at the phrase "opposition is unproductive." Only a real Star Trek geek would have been able to translate ...more
Jun 22, 2008
Jun 21, 2008
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
I have seen an episode or two of “The Dresden Files” on the SciFi Channel, so I thought I knew what to expect from “Storm Front.” I was completely wro ...more
Aug 08, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
This book is everything I hate about fantasy. It's really, really long. It has a gazillion characters. It ends in a very dramatic cliffhanger. If you ...more
Apr 25, 2008
Apr 08, 2008
Little, Big
There is no way one could ever adequately describe “Little, Big” by John Crowley. It is an epic of minute proportions. Its 500+ pages skip back and fo ...more
Sep 18, 2008
Aug 16, 2008
The Secret Life of Bees
To me, the difference between is a good book and a great book is whether you have to suspend disbelief or whether you just believe. I became curious a ...more
Oct 10, 2008
Oct 02, 2008
Feed is a much more complex novel than it appears to be. So much of the story is told by things left unsaid or details told in single sentences sandwi ...more
Aug 18, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, #2)
Curses! About 40 pages from the end, I had to run out and get the next book in the Thursday Next series, "Well of Lost Plots." This book doesn't have ...more
Oct 14, 2008
Sep 11, 2008
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
I got this book for a reading group. I was going to read it and pass it to my almost-13 year old son. Although I thought the book was very well writte ...more
May 26, 2008
May 13, 2008
The Last Colony (Old Man's War, #3)
The more of John Scalzi’s work I read, the more I like his writing. Set in the same universe as “Old Man’s War”, the 2008 Hugo nominated novel, “The L ...more
Oct 06, 2008
Aug 05, 2008
Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax, #1)
Wow! I have grown really sick and tired of books that take 100-200 pages to get into. I'm even more sick and tired of whole books that just set up the ...more
May 27, 2008
May 18, 2008
Blind Lake
I started reading this book thinking that it would be entertaining and a light read. I had liked Robert Charles Wilson’s “Chronoliths” and I thought “ ...more
May 08, 2008
Apr 12, 2008
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
I am completely ambivalent about "The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch. On the one hand, I liked the characters and really got caught up in their ...more
Aug 17, 2008
Apr 27, 2008
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
I liked "The Gunslinger" well enough to read straight through in a couple of days. However, it really seemed too hard to be something, but I couldn't ...more
Nov 10, 2008
Nov 07, 2008
Crystal Rain (Xenowealth, #1)
This book was so much fun to read. Imagine another planet inhabited by Caribbean people and Aztecs. Imagine “gods” that require blood sacrifices. Imag ...more
Jun 10, 2008
Apr 26, 2008
The Anubis Gates
"The Anubis Gates" is a terrific time travel fantasy. I never quite knew where the story was going or what was going to happen next. Tim Powers is one ...more
Nov 18, 2008
Oct 29, 2008
The Road
**spoiler alert** I have read a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction and “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy is probably in a tie with “On the Beach” by Nevil Sh ...more
Sep 09, 2008
Aug 09, 2008
Crispin: The Cross of Lead (Crispin #1)
My sixth grade son made me read "Crispin: The Cross of Lead". He's a really advanced reader, but it's hard to get him involved in books. He'd rather p ...more
Mar 07, 2008
Mar 05, 2008
A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1)
**spoiler alert** I have this weird fascination with post-apocalyptic fiction. It probably started when I got a copy of "Daybreak A.D. 2250" (aka "Sta ...more
Jun 17, 2008
May 17, 2008
Land of a Hundred Wonders
I admit it, "Land of a Hundred Wonders" is probably only worth four stars. But, I gave it five stars because it made me cry. I had tears streaming dow ...more
Sep 20, 2008
Aug 21, 2008
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