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Alan rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Burning Paradise by Robert Charles Wilson
Burning Paradise
by Robert Charles Wilson
recommended to Alan by: Previous work
recommended for: Gypsies
read in January, 2015
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2014 was an idyllic year. A full century ago, the great nations of the world settled their differences—they signed the Armistice that ended the Great War, created the League of Nations, and spelled an end to all wars on Earth. Sure, there are still o ...more
Alan rated a book 3 of 5 stars
On the Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds
On the Steel Breeze (Poseidon's Children #2)
by Alastair Reynolds
recommended to Alan by: Name recognition
recommended for: Autonomous intelligences
read in January, 2015
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Alastair Reynolds is one of the chief exponents of the new Space Opera, and On the Steel Breeze fits right into that subgenre—if indeed a novel with this one's heft and scope can be made to fit inside any container. Say rather that this book is large ...more
The Green Man by Kingsley Amis
"I think this book is a perfect ghost story, with everything that is supposed to be there, there, per tradition.

Maurice Allington owns The Green Man, an Inn which has been in existence for 190 years on the same site near Fareham, 40 miles from Lon..." Read more of this review »
Alan and 6 other people liked Aerin's review of The Fifth Child:
The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
"This book is terrifying, in both a general and a very specific way. I loved it, and it haunts me.

In the specific sense, it's a very domestic horror story, and taps into a fear that I suspect is pretty common, especially among women. I've discussed..." Read more of this review »
Alan rated a book 4 of 5 stars
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Upgraded
by Neil Clarke (Goodreads Author)
recommended to Alan by: Theme and roster
recommended for: Steve Austin and friends
read in January, 2015
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So what is so fascinating about cyborgs, anyway? Cybernetic organisms aren't just people with prosthetics, as is fairly obvious with just a little bit of thought... wearing eyeglasses, for example, probably isn't enough to make you one. But what if y ...more
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
"This is a great book, both as a thriller genre story that is exciting, and as a metafictional, literary, multi-layered classic exploring the bigger issues of being human.

I've read this twice - this weekend and 40 years ago. It's the kind of book w..." Read more of this review »
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The Just City by Jo Walton
The Just City
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Little Gods by Tim Pratt
Little Gods
by Tim Pratt
recommended to Alan by: Name recognition
recommended for: Big little fish in little big ponds
read in January, 2015
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Bigger gods do show up here—Lucifer, Odin, Aphrodite... high-profile, celebrity deities like that—but most of Tim Pratt's 2006 collection Little Gods is concerned with just that: little gods, specialists and niche performers, who may be powerful enou ...more
Alan rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Human Division by John Scalzi
The Human Division (Old Man's War, #5)
by John Scalzi (Goodreads Author)
recommended to Alan by: Previous work, some of it decades previous...
recommended for: Readers at the Golden Age and older
read in January, 2015
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Joshua and Baker (or maybe it's Joshua S. Baker)'s loss is my gain, I guess—whoever he was (or they were), the signed copy of John Scalzi's The Human Division that I picked up in a thrift store has turned out to be one of my best scores of 2014.

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Alan rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Sky That Wraps by Jay Lake
The Sky That Wraps: Collected Short Fiction
by Jay Lake
recommended to Alan by: Local color, and other colors much less local
recommended for: Bricoleurs
read in December, 2014
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The thing that struck me most about the stories in Jay Lake's 2010 collection The Sky that Wraps was just how varied they are. They're all sf, to be sure—all speculative fictions of one sort or another—but otherwise Lake ranges fluidly over subgenres ...more
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