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John G rated a book 2 of 5 stars
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
by George R.R. Martin
recommended for: completists
read in January, 2006
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A breakfast for dogs.
John G rated a book 4 of 5 stars
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
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I remember really liking this book as a kid. I particularly enjoyed the part about the hawk -- unfortunately my elementary school did not offer falconry at the time. Awesome review from a kid on Amazon: "I think the writer wants the reader to try run...more
John G rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
by China Miéville (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: weird fiction fanciers, bug-woman fetishists
read in March, 2007
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I read Mieville's first book, "King Rat", a year or so ago, and liked it overall but thought it was a little 2 kewl 4 skewl for my tastes. "Perdido Street Station" is far and away the better book; I was really impressed at Mieville's word choice and...more
John G rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Starship Troopers
by Robert A. Heinlein
recommended for: sci-fi nerds, fascists
read in January, 2000
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I liked this book, in a VERY different way from the cheesy Verhoeven movie (which I also liked, guiltily). Not really a thriller, Heinlein imagines a semi-Spartan futuristic society in which suffrage is tied to military service - the giant alien bug...more
John G rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Digital Fortress
by Dan Brown (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: mouth-breathers
read in January, 2005
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Anna's review hits the nail on the head. This was Dan Brown's first novel -- like Chamberlain at Munich, this is where we should have taken a stand.
John G rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Himalaya by Michael Palin
Himalaya
by Michael Palin
recommended for: wishful travelers
read in September, 2006
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I listened to this book on tape (unabridged, read by the author) while jogging in the SM mountains, which I pretended were the mighty Himalayas. Palin is only a fair writer but - of course - an excellent presenter. I think my review might have been l...more
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The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake
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A classic, but...such...slow...going...
John G rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Demon in the Freezer Edition by Richard   Preston
The Demon in the Freezer Edition: first
by Richard Preston
recommended for: hypochondriacs
read in August, 2006
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I enjoyed Preston's earlier "Hot Zone" about Ebola, but found this book about smallpox to be a much more useful primer given the disease's far greater historical impact and potential (through Russian weaponization) to wipe us out as a species. Unfort...more
John G rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
The Power of One
by Bryce Courtenay
read in January, 1996
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Amazing book about boxing, chickens, colonial-era human rights, and eating poop off a boot. The movie version was OK but did not do the book justice.
John G rated a book 1 of 5 stars
Death Match by Lincoln Child
Death Match
by Lincoln Child
recommended for: mouth-breathers
read in November, 2006
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I generally pass on novels with multiple authors. However, the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child partnership is a mystery to me. Together, their trashy airport thrillers are actually not bad at all for the genre. Yet on their own, these guys deserve a sp...more
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