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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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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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The Striker by Clive Cussler
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The historical detail is the appeal of the story, and the reason it manages not to be a cardboard cutout action tale. It would be nicer if all the then current tech wasn't presented as 'the next great thing that just came out'

There were spots the wh...more
The Striker by Clive Cussler
" I've generally been souring on Clive Cussler. All the books are kind of the same. They're mind candy. Dirk Pitt, Juan Cabrillo, Kurt Austin, the Pitt kids. They're all the same guy. I don't go anywhere near the Pitt books anymore. Cabrillo and Aus... " Read more of this review »
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Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
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An interesting book, that's aging very quickly.

The book revolves around marketing, logos and brand perception, and the current culture of the time, both off and online.

When written, it was almost but not quite futuristic. Now it's a reach to drop y...more
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"“for it is my belief no man ever understands quite his own artful dodges to escape from the grim shadow of self-knowledge.” "
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Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey
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The Scar by China Miéville
The Scar (New Crobuzon, #2)
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Let's be clear here - for me personally this book barely rates two stars... But I'm Waaay in the minority on this one. This type of fantasy has almost nothing for me.

The first third of the book is as drab and depressing as possible. The word grey ap...more
Brian is 33% done with The Scar: The gloom has lifted somewhat, but the technicolor backdrop is still paper thin
The Scar
The Scar (New Crobuzon, #2)
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God's War by Kameron Hurley
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“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
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“Darling, whose book is this to be?"

"Ostensibly yours, my sweet"

"I see -- rather like my life since I met you?"

"Yes darling”
John Wyndham, The Kraken Wakes

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“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!”
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Neil Gaiman
“This isn't about what is . . . it's about what people think is. It's all imaginary anyway. That's why it's important. People only fight over imaginary things.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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