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Don Quixote (Don Quijote de la Mancha)
I'll be the first to admit it: I'm a fan of popular fiction. I desire enjoyment from certain factors of pacing and style that the literary elite consi...more
Apr 2004
Jan 27, 2008
The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files, #1)
Every so often I come across a book so laden with obscure references that only my own particular predisposition to trivia sees me through to the other...more
Jul 2007
Jan 26, 2008
What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
Simply put, "What's The Matter With Kansas?" in its latest (paperback) edition, is a book every politically active American should read. What its auth...more
Jun 2007
Jan 26, 2008
The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1)
Author Terry Pratchett may be the modern day Mark Twain, one of the most prolific satirical authors in genre fiction. The world he spins his elaborate...more
Jun 2003
Feb 02, 2008
Sun of Suns
Schroeder's Sun of Suns bears the trappings of hard science fiction, but in reality it belongs to a much older genre: "Adventure." Like great popular...more
May 22, 2008
May 25, 2008
Neil Gaiman's influential penchant for dark urban fantasy presents itself in its least complicated form in his first novel, Neverwhere. The book has t...more
Jul 2007
Jan 26, 2008
Planescape Campaign Setting
Before China Miéville brought the New Weird to a widespread fantasy readership, Planescape was rocking the boat in the RPG world. Controversial when i...more
Oct 1996
Jan 27, 2008
From Hell
From Hell is a brick of a book by legendary author Alan Moore. It presents one theory (since discredited) about the Jack The Ripper killings, and in s...more
Dec 2001
Jan 27, 2008
Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
Eric Schlosser, the grade-a muckraker whose widely read Fast Food Nation catapulted him to fame, returns with Reefer Madness, dedicated to nothing les...more
Aug 2007
Jan 26, 2008
Pirate Sun (Virga, #3)
On the surface, there's a lot to like about Pirate Sun, the third of Karl Schroeder's Virga books. Unlike the second book (Queen of Candesce), which s...more
Jan 2009
Mar 05, 2009
Top 10, Vol. 1
Anyone familiar with the 'golden age of Vertigo comics' in the 90s is familiar with Alan Moore, legendarily prodigal and eccentric master of illustrat...more
Aug 2007
Jan 26, 2008
To Say Nothing of the Dog (Oxford Time Travel, #2)
If you're like me, you hate Jane Austen, not because she's a bad writer but because you want to throttle all of her characters. You could say that Jan...more
Nov 2006
Jan 27, 2008
The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files, #2)
Charles Stross returns to the world of British occult espionage in The Jennifer Morgue, a sequel to his eccentric, high-density work in The Atrocity A...more
Aug 2007
Jan 26, 2008
Cities is a very strange anthology of four longish speculative stories with urban themes. Three of those stories are excellent, and one is awful (the...more
Feb 2006
Jan 27, 2008
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
Perdido Street Station is not author China Miéville's first book, but it is his breakthrough into a wider readership. This is probably for the best: r...more
Jun 2005
Jan 27, 2008
House of Leaves
Mark Danielewski's debut novel House of Leaves is an ambitious, unique creation that challenges many of the basic storytelling conventions we, as read...more
Oct 2002
Jan 27, 2008
Viriconium is, nominally, a series of short stories and novellas set in (or related to) a city of the same name. In practice, the author is trying to...more
Feb 2008
Apr 23, 2008
Anathem is the story of a world in which most academic scholarship (including most pure science and most philosophizing) is done not by institutions o...more
Jan 2009
Mar 05, 2009
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Michael Chabon's most famous (and Pulitzer-prize-winning) novel comes so preceded by a miasma of hype that it seemed, when cracking the book for the f...more
Feb 2009
Mar 05, 2009
It's difficult to pin down what the correct yardstick for evaluating a book like Light. In the end, it negotiates an uneasy truce between poetry, conc...more
Sep 2009
Sep 11, 2009
Nova Swing
Nova Swing is a semi-sequel to Light, set in the same universe. It is, succinctly, also a much better book than its predecessor.

Like Light, the story...more
Oct 2009
Oct 03, 2009
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Having just completed Gödel, Escher, Bach (or GEB) thirty years after it was originally published, I am astonished at how well it has aged. I am not i...more
Oct 2009
Oct 03, 2009
Are You My Mother?
Author Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, "Are You My Mother?" is at once a sequel and reply to the powerful and successful "Fun Home." Both books are c...more
Aug 2012
Aug 05, 2012
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
Red Mars is a book that snuck up on me. It's a massive brick of a book, and at first I was contentedly chipping away at it, absorbing the copious embe...more
Oct 2009
Oct 25, 2009
The Spacer's Blade and Other Stories
There's an old saw that science fiction necessarily consists of two kinds of stories: Familiar characters in unfamiliar settings, and unfamiliar chara...more
Jan 30, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1)
Widely praised, Connie Willis' Doomsday Book is a rare bit of time travel fiction: it tells a raw, powerful, and believably realistic story with a ver...more
Feb 2009
Mar 05, 2009
With the unbridled fun of a newspaper comic strip, the intellect of a high-brow graphic novel, and the kinds of pop-culture/nerd-culture references on...more
Aug 2007
Jan 26, 2008
Mechanical Dream
Mechanical Dream is an exceptionally strange and innovative roleplaying sourbook and setting that, sadly, is also incredibly obscure. I discovered it...more
Apr 2006
Jan 27, 2008
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
The Shock Doctrine is perhaps the best example I've of "the journalism of attachment." Klein has a story to tell and an opinion to go with it: the ris...more
Jan 2008
Jan 26, 2008
The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect (Completely Updated and Revised)
In cooperation with the Committee of Concerned Journalists, Kovach and Rosenstiel assemble the consensus in the field of journalism about what it is t...more
Jul 2007
Jan 26, 2008
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