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Matter (Culture, #8)
This is a book I really wanted to like, and failed. I like Iain M. Banks style, I like his willingness to run risks, to give you the whole punch. And ...more
Mar 12, 2008
Feb 25, 2008
Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth
This is simply a moneymaking scheme. After the success of the Silmarillion, the Tolkien state has published all notes that were in a more or less read ...more
Aug 1990
Feb 25, 2008
Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, #1)
This is truly a book about a China that never was, and probably should have been. Hughart catches perfectly the folk story style while also giving us ...more
Jan 2001
Dec 22, 2008
The Dragons of Babel
Michael Swanwick writes excellent short stories, but has trouble with novels. Although presented as a novel, this is actually a series of short storie ...more
Mar 05, 2008
Feb 25, 2008
Ghost in the Shell
This is the book that, in my opinion, closed down cyberpunk as a literary current, in 1991. It is what the matrix tried to become, a meld of style, fu ...more
Mar 22, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
Il cimitero di Praga
This is more of a history-literary essay than a real novel. The main character is a conduit for actual writings of the period, the culture of hate and ...more
May 14, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
Desolation Road (Desolation Road Universe, #1)
This is a book that is tailor made for me. A well done mix of Magic Realism and Science Fiction, with homages and small details from many writers I en ...more
Jan 1990
Jul 22, 2009
History of Beauty
The book originally was presented as a CD-Rom. Although I like books, I think the idea of the writer would be better experienced in an interactive web ...more
May 08, 2008
Mar 14, 2008
The Quarry
It is impossible to dissociate the book from what happened to Banks himself. How can you, when the narrator's father is dying from runaway cancer, and ...more
Jul 06, 2013
Jul 06, 2013
Against a Dark Background
Another well remembered book that gets downgraded in a reread. It seems I look for something different than my young self.

This is a non-culture scienc
Jan 1996
Feb 25, 2008
Dreamsongs: A RRetrospective
This is a heavyweight book by a great author. Although not all his stories are in it, most shorts are, and all the best/well known are.

As is unavoidab
Jun 03, 2009
Jul 22, 2008
Use of Weapons (Culture, #3)
I reread this book lately after reading Matter, by the same author, partly to compare that book, that I had not enjoyed, with this one, with a somewha ...more
Jan 1998
Feb 25, 2008
El Tercer Reich
I have included the War tag, though this is not a book about war, but wargames. I was involved in wargames at the same period as that covered in the b ...more
Oct 2011
Jan 13, 2011
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
This is not Epic Fantasy, but it is truly an epic opening to a great series. With the HBO series and Dance with Dragons hopefully coming out this summ ...more
Dec 1997
Apr 29, 2009
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
The rating represents what I feel know about the trilogy, though it has been over ten years (since I read it, at 14) at the top.

The story is great, th
Mar 1981
Feb 25, 2008
The Story of the Stone: A Master Li Novel
In this book Barry Hughart continues the exploration of Chinese history and myth that he started in Bridge of Birds. Unlike that first book, the Story ...more
Feb 09, 2009
Dec 22, 2008
The Bridge
This is, first and foremost, a love story. As a confessed Romantic, this is my favorite Iain M. Banks book. But it is much more than a love story, eve ...more
Jan 1999
Feb 25, 2008
Roadside Picnic
Reading this book takes less time than watching Stalker, and I found it more worthwhile.

What first surprised me is how well it has aged, mainly becaus
May 31, 2013
May 30, 2013
The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files, #2)
This a very well rounded book. It does not get a higher score because it is so limited by the cliches it is spoofing that is impossible to see how it ...more
Mar 17, 2008
Mar 13, 2008
Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #3)
This is the third book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, and it follows closely behind the first, with some overlap with the second. Though it ...more
Dec 27, 2013
Dec 21, 2013
Red Harvest
Many years ago I read this book in a Spanish translation. At that time it seemed too violent and confusing, specially compared to Raymond Chandler.

Dec 13, 2013
Dec 07, 2013
Excession (Culture, #5)
**spoiler alert** This book is one of my favorite Culture books, because it dares to make the necessary jump, once the Culture was presented, that hum ...more
Jan 1999
Feb 25, 2008
Both in the sequence (he alternates between "present" fiction and science fiction) and the signature (it lacks the M in the cover), this should not be ...more
Sep 13, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
Revelation Space (Revelation Space, #1)
When you reread favorites, sometimes you find the book does not move you as much. It is usually your own fault, as you are no longer the same person t ...more
Jan 2003
Apr 28, 2008
The Skinner (Spatterjay, #1)
I tended to consider Neal Asher as "ersatz Iain M. Banks". Good enough to give me a dose of Space Opera adventure with some brains, while waiting for ...more
Jan 2006
Apr 28, 2008
This is a very hard book to read. It deals mainly with alienation, yearning for a lost past/land, loss, and genocide. I had to take it in small doses ...more
Dec 2008
Mar 24, 2008
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
Although I am quite a fan of "realistic" fantasy, more accurately called gritty, as epitomized by Glen Cook or George RR Martin, I certainly was missi ...more
Feb 09, 2010
Dec 23, 2009
That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote
Bishop takes her Fantasy seriously. But her fantasy is old fashioned, of the vivid imagination, oniric stories, surrealist plots, rather than the orde ...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 06, 2013
Saturn's Children
This book filled me with deja-vu. At times it was Heinlein's Friday, at others it was Varley's whole solar system. It was predictable, the sex was non ...more
Sep 03, 2009
Sep 01, 2009
Delta Green : The Rules of Engagement
Though it is inspired by the Delta Green game, and even refers to some scenarios from the rulebook, this is not a gaming book, but a full novel by its ...more
Jan 2004
Sep 05, 2011
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