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The Martian
it was amazing
I am breaking my self-imposed rule against giving 5 stars to a book I haven't read at least twice. [UPDATE: I have now.] This is the best science-y sc ...more
Mar 10, 2013
not set
Mar 01, 2013
Mars one. Humanity's next great adventure.
really liked it
Full Disclosure: I am in the Mars 100, one of the remaining candidates for the Mars One mission. I was interviewed for a portion of this book.

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Feb 12, 2016
Feb 10, 2016
Goddess Of Yesterday
really liked it
I'm no classicist, but I flatter myself that I know a bit more about ancient Greek history than the average Joe. But Cooney gave me a completely new p ...more
Aug 09, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
The Martian Race (Adventures of Viktor & Julia, #1)
really liked it
I am a candidate for Mars One's mission to colonize Mars in the next decade. ( Reading The Martian Race (especially the first thi ...more
Apr 29, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)
really liked it
The Aeronaut's Windlass is a marvelous book in every way. It is a story of a brilliantly conceived and described world, filled with fantastic but cons ...more
Oct 18, 2015
Oct 12, 2015
Rendezvous with Rama (Rama, #1)
liked it
First, the book: I first read "Rendezvous with Rama" when it was first published while I was a teen-ager. Even at that time, I recognized it as being ...more
Jul 26, 2017
Jul 26, 2017
Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder
really liked it
Largely little-known stories centered around atomic technologies, entertainingly told with amusing style. What's not to like?
Jul 20, 2017
Jul 09, 2017
liked it
KSR has gotten much better at tightening up his writing, without rambling as much as he did, for instance, in Red Mars. That said, the denouement to A ...more
Nov 08, 2015
Oct 14, 2015
Saturn Run
really liked it
The authors' stated goal for this book was "real science, real technology", to avoid the made-up technobabble-based engineering that propels far too m ...more
Jan 28, 2016
Jan 13, 2016
Deep State (Dagmar, #2)
really liked it

If I had started reading this book the same week the uprisings started in Egypt, I would have had a hard time distinguishing between the news and this

Apr 17, 2011
Dec 13, 2010
New York 2140
really liked it
When Kim Stanley Robinson is on target, he is one of the best SF writers working today. New York 2140 is definitely on target. But unlike many of his ...more
Apr 09, 2017
Jan 10, 2017
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
liked it
Overall, this is nowhere near my favorite astronaut autobiography. (For that, you should go to Michael Collins' Carrying the Fire.) As a biography, th ...more
Nov 2017
Nov 01, 2017
liked it
I was forewarned that this book moves slowly, and I found that to be true. However, I was in a rare mood where that didn't bother me. My major take-aw ...more
Oct 03, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
How We'll Live on Mars
liked it
Overall, Petranek's book is well written, concise, and easily consumable by a mass audience. That said, if you have read more than one or two recent b ...more
Jul 11, 2015
Jul 08, 2015
John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)
liked it
I am so glad I read the sequel to this first. This one's plot wanders so much by comparison, and the comic rhythm isn't as solid.
Mar 2017
Feb 17, 2017
Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children, #1)
really liked it
I have enjoyed those books by Alastair Reynolds' that I have read, but I would be hard pressed to recall the full plots to any of them and probably co ...more
Jun 10, 2016
Jun 11, 2016
Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)
really liked it
A most satisfying conclusion to this excellent series. I highly, highly recommend it. (But you must commit to reading all three books. Not that this i ...more
Apr 17, 2016
Apr 04, 2016
Neptune's Brood (Freyaverse #2)
liked it
One of the things I most like about Stross' SF novels is that they usually are about something: some idea or three that he uses the novel to explore i ...more
Oct 05, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
Some Kind of Fairy Tale
really liked it
I had read a preview of this book in the summer, but decided to wait until closer to Christmas to read it, since the story opens at Christmastime. I'm ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 01, 2012
Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
it was ok
Meh. It was interesting to see how some things from Dune began. But overall, the book felt too long for too little narrative progress. And (as I had s ...more
Mar 20, 2016
Mar 07, 2016
Pirate Sun (Virga, #3)
liked it
Chaison Fanning, the principal character in this part of the series, is a much more sympathetic figure than his wife, Venera, who was the focus of the ...more
Dec 12, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
Evil Genius
liked it

I listened to the audiobook version of Evil Genius. It was almost halfway through this long book before things got to be really interesting to me. Wer

Aug 02, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World
it was amazing
If you are lucky, a handful of times in your life you will encounter a book that changes the way you look at the world. The Hidden Life of Trees is ju ...more
Jul 09, 2017
Jul 01, 2017
Red Planet
liked it

I never read any of the Heinlein juveniles when I was growing up (that I recall, anyway). And not many Heinlein books are available as e-books. But th

Aug 05, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
Comedy of Doom
really liked it
My primary criticism of this book is that it is too short. When Scrimshaw is "on", he is immensely enjoyable. As with most humor books, there are a co ...more
Nov 28, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
Implied Spaces
liked it
The beginning of this book was intriguingly ambiguous. I was almost sad when it transitioned from that beginning world to the succeeding settings. But ...more
Mar 25, 2010
Aug 11, 2009
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld, #38)
it was amazing
I am always amazed at how much folk wisdom Terry Pratchett can cram into a book, in this case even just the first couple of chapters. If you have not ...more
Mar 12, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
did not like it
**spoiler alert**

Ultimately, Pullman's reach exceeded his grasp. He just tried to cram too big a story into his trilogy (and especially in this last

Dec 30, 2009
Dec 16, 2009
The Hum and the Shiver (Tufa, #1)
liked it
This book particularly appealed to me because it takes place in a thinly-disguised town in the next country from where I grew up in East Tennessee. An ...more
Feb 25, 2015
Feb 22, 2015
Out of the Black - (No DRM)
it was amazing

I admit I was only half-listening to the Sword & Laser netcast when this book was recommended, and I didn't really hear much about the plot, just

May 20, 2011
May 07, 2011
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