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Nineteen Seventy-seven: The Red Riding Quartet, Book Two
3.87
wow, one star, huh?

i managed to get to the end without skimming too much, so the fair part of me wants to give it two, but the only reason i didn't t
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Aug 18, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
 
Cryptonomicon
4.24
it took me a month to get through this book. amazing, considering my usual speed with the written word, but quite true. this behemoth refused to be de ...more
May 2008
Mar 29, 2008
 
China Mountain Zhang
3.94
if the plot had been half as interesting as the characters were, or the world they inhabit is, this book would have been fantastic. as it is, only so- ...more
Jun 29, 2008
Jun 27, 2008
 
Use of Weapons (Culture, #3)
4.17
4.5 stars, only because it gets a little slow in the middle, but otherwise easily one of the best books i've read in a good while.

AH. i finally get it
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Mar 30, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
 
Illusion
4.01
Volsky's book is quite a bit top-heavy. it's a technical demerit, but the book holds you at a distance; i like it, but i'm not in love with it, so tec ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 30, 2007
 
Horns
3.91
Joe Hill's 'Horns' is marketed as a horror novel, which will turn away people that get antsy around genre fiction, and that's a damn shame. it's a fab ...more
Jul 16, 2014
Feb 26, 2011
 
Hammered
3.67
a very solid 4.5 stars, dinged mostly by the climactic ending - have the 2nd book ready to hand if you pick this one up.

some day, i'm going to have to
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Dec 14, 2012
Oct 10, 2010
 
Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins
3.86
my library had this book marked as YA, and apart from the spare, straightforward language, i'd disagree. Donoghue has woven together most all of the c ...more
Aug 12, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
 
Scardown
3.76
this may be the worst case of middle-book-itis ever. the twisty loose ends of plot from the first book collapse into a hot mess that's occasionally co ...more
Dec 22, 2012
Dec 15, 2012
 
Vicious
4.24
the overly-pithily titled 'vicious' takes equal parts 'flatliners' and 'xmen' and a shaky-cam found-footage movie about phenomena just outside the nor ...more
Apr 2014
Mar 29, 2014
 
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
3.98
a solid 3.5 stars.

this book is getting heaps of praise, and will most definitely end up on a whole bunch of awards lists, very deservedly so. it's an
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Jan 12, 2014
Dec 26, 2013
 
Alif the Unseen
3.82
there's a moment so indelible in 'the wizard of oz' that it's become a catchphrase for some situations: "pay no attention to that man behind the curta ...more
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 10, 2014
 
The Lions of Al-Rassan
4.26
Kay obviously and lovingly researches history in depth before sitting down to write a book - for those unfamiliar with him, his thing is writing vast ...more
Jan 04, 2011
Jan 03, 2011
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.95
once upon a time in the future, feeling too much is bad, intellectualism is right out, and reading any one of the near-infinite list of banned books i ...more
Aug 10, 2010
Aug 07, 2010
 
The Art of Racing in the Rain
4.16
4.5 stars

you need to be in the right frame of mind to read this book. as the narrator, a dog named Enzo who believes he's about done with the dog's li
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Oct 31, 2010
Nov 01, 2010
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.39
somewhen in the future, north america has become a collection of districts ruled over absolutely by the central capitol. as permanent penance for the ...more
Aug 06, 2010
Apr 17, 2009
 
Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)
4.13
by now, we're all familiar with the world of vampire-and-were romance (maybe too familiar at this point, where so many of those worlds seem to be pret ...more
Jun 11, 2010
Jun 10, 2010
 
Embassytown
3.84
Miéville has an impossible-to-not-notice style to his writing: supply lines aren't simply cut, oh no, instead, the colons that shat goods into the cit ...more
Oct 11, 2013
Oct 03, 2013
 
Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane, #1)
3.71
trained from adolescence to be an assassin for the ruling vampire clan, half-vampire, half-mage Sabina has been brought up to be unquestioningly loyal ...more
Jul 19, 2013
Jul 20, 2011
 
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)
3.64
dear 'annihilation': it's not you, it's me. the creeping dread, the lovecraftian horror, the possibly less than sane narrator, the unknowable (?) myst ...more
Nov 24, 2014
Nov 04, 2014
 
Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, #6)
4.00
Bishop tells us right up front in this book that "the big battle has been won, the big tale has been told," and that this is just a day-in-the-life-of ...more
not set
May 04, 2008
 
At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories
4.06
not every tale in here is 5-star flawless, but so many of them are 6- or 8-star amazing, you have to round up. there's a real trick to catching the wh ...more
Dec 25, 2013
Dec 02, 2012
 
Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1)
4.21
3.5 stars...this one reads like an extended prologue, so i'm very glad to have the anthology edition that contains 'Mind of my Mind.' i love how Butle ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
 
Fuzzy Nation
4.07
3.5 stars

a fast-paced, breezy story about exactly what the blurb says it's about: a surveyor unearths a rich cache of sunstones, his megaccorp employe
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May 21, 2011
May 17, 2011
 
Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)
3.95
3.5 stars.

every bit as ridiculously fun as the cover blurb promises, 'grave mercy' is the tale of a young woman convent-educated to be a skilled assas
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Jul 29, 2012
Dec 22, 2012
 
Everything Is Illuminated
3.89
the fist few chapters of 'everything is illuminated' are sprinkled with a comfortably earthy humor, and a lack of Important Srs Bznss that's rather re ...more
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
 
Lock In
3.83
has this been optioned for a movie yet? (yes, apparently.) Scalzi comes blazing out straight into a cinematically-described, snappy-paced mystery with ...more
Jan 10, 2015
Jan 10, 2015
 
The Door Into Summer
3.98
ah, Heinlein: when he's not completely off the fucking deep end into icky-sex territory(1), he's such a fun writer. I think a lot of times, the kookoo ...more
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
 
Where the Hell is Matt? The Story Behind the Internet Dancing Sensation
3.77
Matt is a guy that was all over your email inbox a couple of years ago - the video that your pal sent you where some average joe is doing a silly whit ...more
Jul 10, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
 
The Privilege of the Sword
3.85
3.5 stars, even.

the plot synopsis up there is pretty straight on: a crazy nobleman calls up his country cousin to attend him in the bright lights of t
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Apr 25, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
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