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Matter (Culture, #8)
3.97
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
3.89
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)
4.32
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
3.66
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
4.23
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
3.34
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)
3.84
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
 
The Quarry
3.61
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
4.05
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
...more
Jan 1996
Feb 25, 2008
 
History of Beauty
3.80
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
 
Dreamsongs: A RRetrospective
4.18
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
...more
Jun 03, 2009
Jul 22, 2008
 
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
3.78
This is a deceptively simple book, a tale of loss, and love, and finding yourself.

Yet it is my favorite of his latest books, maybe because anyone who
...more
Jan 30, 2015
Jan 26, 2015
 
Use of Weapons (Culture, #3)
4.17
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
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
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
 
Feersum Endjinn
3.75
This is the first book I have change the grade after re-reading. It is still a great book, but I no longer think it is grand.

Although it is not a Cult
...more
Jan 1997
Feb 25, 2008
 
El Tercer Reich
3.47
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
 
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
4.44
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
...more
Mar 1981
Feb 25, 2008
 
The Story of the Stone: A Master Li Novel
4.11
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
3.80
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
4.22
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
...more
May 31, 2013
May 30, 2013
 
Strange Weather in Tokyo
3.74
One of those books that are a pleasure to read, that you want to keep going on and on.

As many Japanese books, it is not really a continuous thread, bu
...more
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 21, 2015
 
The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files, #2)
4.04
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)
4.36
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
4.01
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.

Now
...more
Dec 13, 2013
Dec 07, 2013
 
Modernist Cuisine at Home
4.56
This is a book that has many layers. On the basic level it is a series of recipes, using modern techniques. On another, it is a work of art, how the i ...more
Dec 14, 2014
Feb 13, 2015
 
Neptune's Brood (Freyaverse #2)
3.77
As it is usual with Charles Stross, the future extrapolation feels accurate and convincing, and he has seriously thought about the economy of slower t ...more
Dec 2014
Jan 26, 2015
 
The Time of Contempt (The Witcher, #2)
4.36
It is a common fact that the middle book in a trilogy has the lower quality. You lack the feeling of discovery and also the sense of purpose of a conc ...more
Feb 17, 2015
Feb 13, 2015
 
That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote
3.83
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
 
Sepharad
3.92
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
 
El alquimista impaciente
3.61
This is the second book in the "Bevilacqua y Chamorro" series, that follow two Guardias Civiles (Spain's military law enforcement corps, responsible f ...more
Jul 03, 2013
Jul 06, 2013
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