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The Man in the High Castle
3.66
it was ok
High-concept, low return what-if alternate history. The idea is interesting, if a little tired: what if the Axis won World War II and divvied up the w ...more
Nov 20, 2008
Oct 31, 2008
 
V for Vendetta
4.25
it was ok
**spoiler alert** A tiresome, preachy, meandering dystopian fantasy, thinly disguised as a personal diatribe by a bitter Alan Moore against a real-lif ...more
Mar 2008
Aug 12, 2008
 
House Harkonnen (Prelude to Dune #2)
3.64
did not like it
I got a hundred pages in before saying to myself, "What was I thinking?" Brian Herbert's half (what there was of it that was detectable; I severely su ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 13, 2008
 
Accordion Crimes
3.58
did not like it
Proulx proves beyond a shadow of a doubt (whatever that means) that a best-selling novel can be bereft of plot, transformative characters, evocative p ...more
Aug 1999
Aug 13, 2008
 
Quantico: A Novel
3.25
really liked it
Greg Bear is a giant in the circles of pre-millennial "hard" science fiction. His previous books have dealt scientifically with time travel, interstel ...more
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
 
Godless: The Church of Liberalism
3.30
liked it
I read this book specifically because I disagree so strongly with some of the things that come out of Coulter's mouth, and I wanted to know why I felt ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 12, 2008
 
Ambient
3.86
liked it
If you took the nigh-unintelligible Scotticisms of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting and the freaky neon dystopia of William Gibson's Neuromancer and bashe ...more
May 05, 2009
Jul 05, 2009
 
Lulu in Hollywood
3.97
really liked it
Louise Brooks was a dancer-turned actress during Hollywood's silent era, and helped to make the bobbed haircut an iconic fashion statement in the 1920 ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 12, 2008
 
M*A*S*H
3.97
it was ok
M*A*S*H is one of those rare cases where the film and/or TV show is an improvement on the source material.

While Hooker's roman à clef about meatball
...more
Apr 04, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
 
Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter, #3)
3.72
did not like it
When Thomas Harris took Hannibal Lecter out of his cage and put him center stage, he demonstrated the existence of two new universal truths. First, Le ...more
not set
Aug 14, 2008
 
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
4.00
really liked it
It's been a long time since a book made me laugh, literally and consistently, out loud. Not even books emblazoned with blurbs stating this fact from b ...more
Nov 2006
Aug 12, 2008
 
Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant, #1)
3.86
it was amazing
I've followed the progression of Gibson's books ever since I got Neuromancer for Xmas in 1984, and have enjoyed each one immensely. I can especially a ...more
Sep 2006
Aug 12, 2008
 
Billion Year Spree: The True History of Science Fiction
3.92
really liked it
Less a survey of must-read sci-fi classics than a real chronology of fantasy fiction and its myriad offshoots, this brainy book reads like a legitimat ...more
Jan 25, 2012
May 13, 2011
 
The Gap Into Conflict: The Real Story (Gap, #1)
3.72
liked it
A short, disturbing read that might have been the science fiction equivalent of Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness if it was a little deeper. As it is, ...more
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 06, 2009
 
Everville (Book of the Art #2)
4.02
it was ok
Everville is less of a sequel to Barker's The Great And Secret Show than it is another story set in the same split-down-the-middle universe. The chara ...more
Jan 2007
Aug 12, 2008
 
Memoirs of a Geisha
4.08
it was ok
I concur, for the most part, with what everyone else I know has said about this book; it's depressing and boring and deliberate, and the movie, despit ...more
Sep 2006
Aug 12, 2008
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.57
it was ok
Not a terrible book, but also certainly not deserving of the majority of the blithering lauds it's received, either. Even if you haven't seen the movi ...more
Jun 05, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
 
Trial of Flowers  (City #1)
3.42
really liked it
Bizarrely if florally written, this Tale Of The City Imperishable" follows the paths of three denizens of the aforementioned metropolis in their combi ...more
Jul 2008
Aug 12, 2008
 
Loot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World
3.94
really liked it
An eye-opening series of accounts of the secret history of your favorite museum installations. In addition to tracing the path that antiquities take f ...more
May 06, 2009
Jul 05, 2009
 
The Ruins
3.50
really liked it
As the reviews say, "un-put-down-able," even if it's in the strictest beach-bag-book/Oprah-Book-club/Stephen-King-fanboy sense of the word. To its cre ...more
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
 
Less Than Zero
3.58
really liked it
In the praise section for the 1998 printing of Less Than Zero, the Los Angeles Times lauds it as "an updated Catcher In The Rye," which is more or les ...more
Feb 21, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
 
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
3.74
liked it
Bourdain is always a pleasure to read, and he has no shortage of interesting stories to tell, but Medium Raw is less the cohesive whole that its indir ...more
Sep 08, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
 
Spark (Sky Chasers, #2)
3.93
really liked it
"Lord Of The Flies In Space" continues, now with more torture!

Less "90210" than Glow and with less time spent on the Empyrean's sister ship the New Ho
...more
Sep 08, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
 
The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart, #1)
3.75
liked it
While not nearly made of the same stuff that made the His Dark Materials books so fresh and memorable, Pullman's young adult series featuring perpetua ...more
Aug 10, 2009
Aug 08, 2009
 
Temple
4.04
it was ok
So silly. So stupid. So slam-bang, so summer-blockbuster, so style-over-substance.

So good.

No, not really. Not that terribly good at all. The meat of t
...more
Aug 08, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
 
One Point Safe
3.79
liked it
The events detailed in this book were adapted and simplified into the script for the movie The Peacemaker. (1997)

Still, the underlying idea and situat
...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
 
American Gods (American Gods #1)
4.11
really liked it
I got the same feeling after finishing this book as I did after finishing my first Terry Pratchett book: why did I wait so long to read this?

I've neve
...more
Sep 03, 2009
Aug 29, 2009
 
Foundation (Foundation, #1)
4.13
liked it
Back in 2001, when "The Fellowship of the Ring" was about to be released to theatres, I thought it would be a good idea to reread the Tolkien books, a ...more
May 21, 2011
May 15, 2011
 
Pacific Vortex! (Dirk Pitt, #1)
3.76
it was ok
Clive Cussler's brand of pulp fiction falls somewhere inbetween the realistic grit of Dell potboilers and the ridiculosity of more over-the-top techno ...more
Sep 12, 2009
Sep 06, 2009
 
Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)
3.86
it was ok
**spoiler alert**
A passable post-millennial political techno-thriller, being sold under the umbrella of zombie apocalypse fiction; the only thing mis
...more
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
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