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The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations, #1)
I have a problem with fantasy. I do like the genre, but I can't stand multi-volume epics with 900+ pages per volume. I don't like spending 25 pages in ...more
Feb 19, 2009
Feb 04, 2009
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 Speed of Dark
I may need to review my top-ten shelf and see what can be bumped. "The Speed of Dark" book moved me like few books ever have. I cried, I laughed, I di ...more
Mar 08, 2009
Aug 19, 2008
For some unfathomable reason, I decided to start working Pulitzer Prize winning novels into my regular reading. I'd already read several, and it just ...more
Sep 16, 2009
Aug 18, 2009
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
30-odd years before Tolkein published “The Lord of the Rings”, a British woman named Hope Mirrlees wrote a fantasy called “Lud-in-the-Mist”. Neil Gaim ...more
Mar 02, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
I'm probably spoiled because I have seen the movie version of "The Princess Bride" about a gazillion times. As I read, I just pictured Robin Wright, C ...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
Forget your theology books and forget your "Christian Fiction". If you really want to get inside the head of someone with a deep, abiding faith in God ...more
Jun 03, 2009
Dec 07, 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
The Steel Remains
I wanted to like The Steel Remains so much more than I actually did. I was so looking forward to reading it. I've read two of Richard K. Morgan's scie ...more
Jun 20, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
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
War for the Oaks
I didn't know what to expect when I ordered a copy of War for the Oaks for one of my GoodReads group. Right now, I have way too many books to read and ...more
Sep 12, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
I read Stranger in a Strange Land twice. I loathed it with a passion the first time I read it, sometimes in the Eighties. I tried again in 2008 when i ...more
Jan 18, 2011
Jan 14, 2011
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
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
I was all ready to give March by Geraldine Brooks three stars until I got to this passage:

"I am not alone in this. I only let him do to me what men ha
Sep 30, 2009
Sep 12, 2009
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
Windup Girl, The
Science fiction has always been my first love. I've been reading a lot of fantasy lately simply because it's more popular and there's more good new fa ...more
May 07, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
The Stand
As many of you know, I tend to read a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction. One of the books that was conspicuously missing from my post-apocalyptic shelf ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Aug 22, 2010
Dracula the Un-Dead
Dracula The Un-Dead may easily be the worst book I ever read. The only reason I stuck with it to the end was to see how many atrocities one book could ...more
Nov 28, 2009
Oct 30, 2009
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)
I don't want to give anything away, so all I'm going to say is that Brandon Sanderson really, really impressed me with the Mistborn Trilogy. First, he ...more
Dec 10, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3)
I read both of Tana French's prior books in print and was really looking forward to reading this one as well. However, when I listened to the sample o ...more
Aug 03, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
Then Came You
I don't read "chick lit". It's just not my style. I prefer science fiction, literary fiction and mystery/thrillers. Stories about women and relationsh ...more
Aug 14, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
"Mistborn: The Final Empire" is the best book I've read in 2009. Okay, it's the first book I've finished in 2009. However, I am not exaggerating in sa ...more
Jan 02, 2009
Dec 18, 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
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