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Tim Hicks
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Tim Hicks rated a book 3 of 5 stars
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
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I was going to give this 4 stars, but a strange force dragged my hand to the three point.

On the surface, this is indeed a good book, as many here feel. SO why does it leave me feeling so unexcited about it? I like parallel-London stories: Neverwhere
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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
"An Overhyped Shade of Mediocre

Before you jump down my throat, I didn’t hate this novel as much as I felt let down by it. Let me explain: it’s been hyped up everywhere and when that happens, expectations tend to run very high. Think back to when yo..." Read more of this review »
Tim Hicks rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Green Pearl by Jack Vance
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Oh, I had forgotten just how wonderful it is to be cruising in a Vance fantasy. He writes with such ease and wit.

For example, a woman is ignoring a wizard ... "he worked a small spell. Into the room flew a small bird, to circle Melancthe's head and
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Tim Hicks rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
Karen Memory
by Elizabeth Bear (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2015
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Maybe 3.5 stars.

Oh, look, another steampunk/disaster story set in what might as well be Seattle. And there's even a thank-you to Cherie Priest. Odd.

I has always been amazed at the way Subliterate English are always totally consistent and this here
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Tim Hicks and 2 other people liked Tara's review of Karen Memory:
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
"This book started off pretty interesting but then sort of fell apart toward the end. What I enjoyed about the book was the more diverse cast and some of the commentary on race and gender projected back into the time period. I enjoyed the narrator'..." Read more of this review »
Tim Hicks rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Amazing Dr. Darwin by Charles Sheffield
The Amazing Dr. Darwin
by Charles Sheffield
read in March, 2015
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Note: published 2002, stories are older than that.

My four-star rating is against what Sheffield was trying to achieve - a lightweight entertainment that introduces us to an interesting real person. Well, sort of.

Dr. Darwin could have actually done
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Tim Hicks rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Above The Snowline by Steph Swainston
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It's been too long since I read the previous books in this series, but it didn't matter too much.
As a standalone, this might seem thinner than it is with the full 3-book story behind it.

This prequel takes Jant/Comet into the mountains for his first
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Lock In by John Scalzi
" of course i realize. That's why I looked up the numbers. "
Tim Hicks rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Lock In by John Scalzi
Lock In
by John Scalzi (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2015
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I don't think Scalzi tries to write epics. He's not aiming to be the next Clarke or Heinlein.
He's writing stories that are enjoyable and SF-based.
This one happens to be a police procedural mystery set in a world just like ours except for one big th
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Tim Hicks rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Last Plane to Heaven by Jay Lake
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I liked the SF stories more than the others.

The angel stories didn't work for me, except for the searing one about the angel that laid the tenth plague on Egypt. Reminds us that the Old Testament God would never make the Top 100 Employers list.

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