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Lord Jim
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"Alternating between delightfully descriptive and frustratingly florid. Want to grab the authour and yell "get on with it!" but it's just such a perfect after dinner drinks and cigars tale that gets better with each retelling..." Oct 08, 2013 09:09PM

 
Alpha 5
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Anna Karenina
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"Not finding anything interesting here so far. Feel like a bored teenager looking out the window in spring time.... Putting it up for a bit." Apr 08, 2011 11:11AM

 

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Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
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The Maze Runner by James Dashner
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I thought this book would be easy to like, it's YA sci-fi after all, but in the end I was let down. It felt just too aggressively aimed at a 14 year old male.

Maybe it's been too long since I was actually that age bracket, but to me the slang was forc...more
Brian and 563 other people liked Izzy's review of The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1):
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
" This book was recommended for fans of the Hunger Games series, a series that has become one of my favorites. I began The Maze Runner excitedly, hoping for an equally enjoyable, dystopian adventure. I didn't find it.

The plot was intriguing and kept... " Read more of this review »
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Fortress in the Eye of Time by C.J. Cherryh
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Can a writer plagiarize herself?

I started playing a little game with myself as I got into this book - 'Which Character Is This?'

Almost every character in this book I've met before, with a different name, in different surroundings, but nonetheless, th...more
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Yesterday's Kin by Nancy Kress
Yesterday's Kin
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In the Ocean of Night by Gregory Benford
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Ick.

It's not poorly written and has lots of interesting bits and pieces, but the book of the whole has no focus.

Over and over it sets up a typical hard sf setting and problem, then resolves it with very soft sci-fi hand waving. Neither fish or fowl...more
Brian and 1 other person liked Josh's review of The Amphora Project:
The Amphora Project by William Kotzwinkle
" It was compelling enough to keep me reading, but just barely. The story is very plot driven, and the plot is patched together pretty shabbily. There are myriad fascinating characters who from time to time make you smile but who you never really ge... " Read more of this review »
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The Amphora Project by William Kotzwinkle
The Amphora Project
by William Kotzwinkle (Goodreads Author)
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When you can't tell the humour apart from the deep multifaceted societal commentary, because it's not funny, and doesn't seem like deep commentary either, well, then you've found this book.

There's got to be more there than I found in this novel, but...more
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Heart of the Comet by Gregory Benford
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This book is a fun read that kept me up waaay too late to finish it.

Don't let the age of the book scare you, it could have been written a couple of years ago just as easily.

There are two big plot drivers in this book, the politics of small and large...more
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Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
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This book is a real mixed bag of pretty good and pretty weak.

The concept is pretty good. It uses parallel worlds and Neanderthals as a great tool to compare and contrast with all of us.

That's something good sci-fi should do, and it's hard to come u...more
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Jack McDevitt
“Squeej? What kind of name was that for a pilot?”
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Rudyard Kipling
“No doubt but ye are the People - absolute, strong and wise;
Whatever your hear has desired ye have not withheld from your eyes.
On your own heads, in your own hands, the sin and the saving lies!”
Rudyard Kipling

Voltaire
“‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”
Voltaire

Robert A. Heinlein
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Iain Banks
“Empathize with stupidity and you're halfway to thinking like an idiot”
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