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The Giver (The Giver, #1)
4.12
did not like it
Lowry's book is a piece of nationalist propaganda, using oversimplification, emotional appeals, and dualistic morality to shut down her readers' minds ...more
Jan 1993
May 26, 2007
 
The Road
3.95
did not like it
The Road is unsteady and repetitive--now aping Melville, now Hemingway--but it is less a seamless blend than a reanimated corpse: sewn together from d ...more
May 05, 2008
Apr 01, 2008
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
did not like it
There are plenty of fantasy authors who claim to be doing something different with the genre. Ironically, they often write the most predictable books ...more
not set
May 26, 2007
 
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
3.80
really liked it
Sigh, just what we need, another revolutionary, unusual fantasy book by an author with a practiced mastery of tone. When will authors like Clarke real ...more
Mar 2005
May 13, 2007
 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
4.20
it was amazing
The universe is a joke.

Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 (then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes), I
...more
not set
May 28, 2009
 
Holy Bible: King James Version
4.43
it was ok
I usually like historical fiction, but this particular example has been so mitigated by the poorly-hidden didactic tautology of its too-many-cooks leg ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2007
 
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
4.18
did not like it
The first series that showed it was possible to do an uninspired rewrite of Tolkien and make a mint was Shannara. After that the doors were flung wide ...more
Jan 2004
May 13, 2007
 
Watchmen
4.35
it was amazing
Since the movie came out, I've found myself having to explain why Watchmen is important and interesting. Despite being the most revered comic book of ...more
Nov 2005
May 13, 2007
 
The Kite Runner
4.25
it was ok
This is the sort of book White America reads to feel worldly. Just like the spate of Native American pop fiction in the late eighties, this is overwhe ...more
Jul 03, 2008
May 21, 2008
 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
4.06
it was amazing
I think that the failure not only of Children's Literature as a whole, but of our very concept of children and the child's mind is that we think it a ...more
not set
May 27, 2007
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.97
liked it
Farenheit 451 has been analyzed and reinterpreted by every successive generation to change its meaning. This is chiefly because the book is full of as ...more
Jan 1998
Oct 25, 2007
 
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
3.85
did not like it
Standard fantasy fare, except that while most fantasy authors lift their plots only vaguely from a previous author, Eragon is simply the plot of Star ...more
Apr 2006
May 13, 2007
 
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)
4.13
it was ok
It is always curious to see fantasy authors who don't consider themselves to be fantasy authors. Case-in-point: Terry Goodkind. The former landscape p ...more
Nov 1998
May 13, 2007
 
Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future
4.00
it was amazing
I can think of few instances where an author's reputation is more different from the reality of who he was, what he believed, and what he wrote--perha ...more
Jan 1997
Oct 22, 2007
 
Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)
3.85
it was ok
Welcome to another edition of 'Notable Genre Author Fails to Impress Some Guy on the Internet', I'll be your host: some guy.

Like so many highly-laude
...more
Jun 03, 2011
Mar 03, 2009
 
The Catcher in the Rye
3.79
it was ok
Sometimes truth isn't just stranger than fiction, it's also more interesting and better plotted. Salinger helped to pioneer a genre where fiction was ...more
Aug 2000
May 26, 2007
 
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
4.33
liked it
Authors who inspire a movement are usually misunderstood, especially by those they have inspired, and Tolkien is no exception, but one of the biggest ...more
Jun 2001
May 28, 2009
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.29
liked it
I was savaged by a miniature poodle the other day--wait--no, someone protested my review of The Giver the other day. If you have any pent-up rage from ...more
Oct 1998
May 26, 2007
 
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
3.97
did not like it
Are you the sort of person who hears other people discussing books and finding yourself wondering how they can even form opinions on stories? I mean, ...more
Jan 2000
May 26, 2007
 
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
4.19
it was ok
My greatest disappointment in 'The Screwtape Letters' was that Lewis was not able to demonstrate what made his good people good or his bad people bad. ...more
Apr 30, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
 
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1-5)
4.37
it was amazing
The universe is a joke.

Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 (then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes), I
...more
Feb 2002
May 13, 2007
 
The God Delusion
3.89
liked it
Athiests have been ranked as one of the least trusted groups, and the oft-repeated notion that atheism is the same as amorality is always saddening. A ...more
Jan 2004
May 26, 2007
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.78
did not like it
A thriller devoid of pacing or exciting language. A mystery devoid of clues, foreshadowing, or facts. A tell-all of half-truths based upon a forged do ...more
Jan 2004
May 13, 2007
 
Alice in Wonderland
4.03
it was amazing
I think that the failure not only of Children's Literature as a whole, but of our very concept of children and the child's mind is that we think it a ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2010
 
Titus Groan
3.90
it was amazing
I know of no author in all of the English language who is like Peake, or who could aspire to be like him. His voice is as unique as that of Milton, Bi ...more
Jan 2008
May 28, 2009
 
The Gormenghast Novels (Gormenghast, #1-3)
3.98
it was amazing
I know of no author in all of the English language who is like Peake, or who could aspire to be like him. His voice is as unique as that of Milton, Bi ...more
not set
May 14, 2007
 
Dune
4.19
really liked it
People often forget that this series is what innovated our modern concept of science fiction (up until Neuromancer and The Martix, at least). Dune too ...more
Jan 1998
Jun 01, 2007
 
The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun #1)
3.80
it was ok
Wolfe has an almost legendary status amongst fellow authors; Gaiman called him 'a ferocious intellect', Swanwick said he's "the greatest writer in the ...more
Apr 02, 2010
Apr 01, 2010
 
The King of Elfland's Daughter
3.83
it was amazing
In fantasy, I've seen magic used in many ways: as plot device, curio, religious allegory, and the personification of morals, but rarely do I find a bo ...more
Jul 27, 2009
Dec 11, 2008
 
A People's History of the United States
4.07
did not like it
Howard Zinn saw a problem in the world, a great bias in our understanding of history, a history written by the winners--by tyrants and industrial magn ...more
not set
May 03, 2013
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