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Son of Destruction
really liked it
This is was my first foray into Kit Reed's novels, and I found it to be quite a fascinating excursion. Reed's writing is incisive and revealing, her s ...more
Jan 21, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories
really liked it
A fine collection from Liz Hand. Sharp, precise, evocative writing. Surprises abound, both subtle and grotesque. Her prose craftsmanship is a wonder t ...more
Mar 03, 2012
Feb 02, 2008
Among Others
it was amazing
A very well-written novel that is metaphysically satisfying. The writing has marvelous clarity and evocative power, pulling you in the character's wor ...more
not set
Jan 18, 2011
The Movement, Vol. 1: Class Warfare
really liked it
My rating for this is more like 3.75, just not quite up to 4. There are some strong elements in this story but each issue came up a little short for m ...more
Aug 10, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
Salsa Nocturna: Stories (Bone Street Rumba #2.5)
really liked it
Quick review: I like this collection a lot. I am not a big fan of noir, but Older does a fine job of combining grit and horror with a bit of fantasy. ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
The Hypernaturals Vol. 1
liked it
Still digesting it after a late-night read, but my initial reaction is. . . meh. I think I expected more SFnal flourishes and a better understanding o ...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
The Compleat McAndrew
liked it
The word that comes to mind after reading this collection is "OK." The stories are very much in the classic hard SF/Space Opera mode, with a brilliant ...more
Mar 27, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
it was amazing
I was recently asked to pick my "favorite book" and discuss its significance to me, and I chose Kim Stanley Robinson's The Wild Shore, which had a pro ...more
Nov 1991
Apr 12, 2008
The Mighty Thor/Journey into Mystery: Everything Burns
really liked it
I am still going back and forth on the rating, between 3 and 4 stars. In some ways this is very good stuff, particularly the art. It has crisp-yet flu ...more
May 26, 2014
Jun 01, 2014
The Border Cookbook: Authentic Home Cooking of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico
it was amazing
This is one of my favorite cookbooks, and the one that turned me on to Southwestern cuisines. I've had my copy since 1997 and everything that I've coo ...more
not set
Mar 08, 2008
Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity and Meaningful Work and Play
liked it
For now, it was OK. I like that Scott tries to avoid excessive theory or a rehash of internecine conflicts within the realms of anarchism as a field, ...more
Jun 15, 2015
Jul 19, 2015
Street Magic (Black London, #1)
really liked it
I am working on a longer review next week for my blog, but overall, it was good. Not amazing, but good. I like the way that magic and the other-world ...more
Mar 18, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
Open Your Eyes
really liked it
Very good, very disturbing and disorienting book. A couple of the characters needed a bit more development, and the prose faltered in a few places, bu ...more
Apr 08, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
Guardians of the Galaxy/All-New X-Men: The Trial of Jean Grey
liked it
I was underwhelmed by the story overall in this collection. It felt simultaneously too frenetic and too predictable. The art was detailed and straight ...more
Oct 2014
Aug 16, 2014
The House of Discarded Dreams
really liked it
In some ways, more of a 4.5. Very well written, with a combination of whimsy and existential perturbation. The main character felt rather passive at t ...more
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy
really liked it
Not for the politically-economic faint-of-heart. Useful for getting a deeper sense of how Marx puts ideas together and seeing his political-economic t ...more
Aug 2000
Feb 27, 2011
The History of African Cities South of the Sahara: From the Origins to Colonization
really liked it
Quick review: Worth reading. This book made me think hard about what constitutes a "city" and what uses humans have for urban environments, particular ...more
Jun 17, 2015
May 19, 2015
Dragon Gets By
it was amazing
Currently The Kidlet's favorite book. It is amazingly silly, but for me much more palatable and delightful than Captain Underpants. For her, lots of s ...more
May 11, 2014
May 28, 2014
How To Write Science Fiction
really liked it
Worth reading, even though you may not agree with everything he writes. I wrote about it in my SF Signal column: ...more
Jun 20, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
Monstrous Creatures: Explorations of Fantasy Through Essays, Articles and Reviews
it was amazing
A great book, very literate and enjoyable to read. My full review is here:
not set
Apr 22, 2011
Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)
it was amazing
I have to write a review of this book someday; it had a huge impact on me as a teen and taught me about braiding the fantastic and the prosaic into a ...more
Jan 1981
Feb 15, 2016
The Return Of The Sorcerer: The Best Of Clark Ashton Smith
really liked it
A mixed bag of tales, but in even the most florid story you appreciate what Smith tries to do with his language. At his best these are monumental tale ...more
May 2011
May 14, 2011
Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Legacy
really liked it
Quirky characters, great interactions, and a story that has some depth but that refuses to take itself too seriously. Highly enjoyable!
not set
Mar 30, 2011
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination
really liked it
My review of this book can be found at .
Oct 2011
Oct 07, 2011
Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery
really liked it
Two stories in so far, and my reaction is mixed. I really liked the first story, except for two things: I felt that the tension dissipated too quickly ...more
Sep 25, 2010
Oct 21, 2009
The Way of the Wizard
really liked it
A mixed bag, but a lot of strong stories in this collection. A few of them seemed rote, and the best had high stakes for the characters personally. A ...more
Jan 11, 2011
Jan 06, 2011
Anna Mercury, Volume 1: The Cutter
liked it
Some lovely art and an intriguing premise, but too talky and not enough solid story.
Dec 04, 2016
Dec 11, 2016
Textual Editing and Criticism: An Introduction
really liked it
I have not completed this book, but have read parts of it and will come back to it. A very good resource for deep thinking about how to analyze and im ...more
not set
Mar 11, 2011
Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, #1)
really liked it
Well, I give it about 4 stars. Rowan gives it 5! This story of a young girl who sets out to save the friend she got into intergalactic trouble is swee ...more
Feb 2012
Jun 06, 2013
The City & the City
really liked it
One of Miéville 's best, even with its flaws. Full points for effort, with some taken off for execution. There is an element in the book that cannot b ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Jun 06, 2009
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