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Rhialto the Marvellous (The Dying Earth, #4)
3.96
liked it
Stronger than The Dying Earth, but weaker than the Cugel novels. Rhialto the Marvelous is a fascinating character - one of Vance's many takes on the M ...more
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
 
17
The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction
4.22
it was amazing
Few great critics are great writers. It's true that their ideas may topple dynasties with their brilliance, but that's only provided you can make head ...more
Mar 05, 2009
Mar 05, 2009
 
15
The Man In The High Castle
3.65
it was amazing
While I've read a lot of Dick's short stories, this is only the second novel of his which I've finished (I started A Scanner Darkly and then got distr ...more
Mar 02, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
 
20
The Mist
3.93
liked it
Oh boy, if I had read this when I was fifteen it would have been my favourite book in the world.

I actually saw the film of this first, which may have
...more
Jul 18, 2009
Jul 18, 2009
 
16
The Road
3.96
liked it
I'm slightly confused as to the rapturous response which this novel has received in some quarters. It's quite a good book, mind, and something of a pa ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
 
66
Of Men and Monsters
3.77
really liked it
This is one of those very solid classic sf novels that takes a single, striking concept, wrings everything it can from it, and then wraps up about ten ...more
Aug 21, 2017
Aug 19, 2017
 
73
First Kingdom Vol 1: The Birth of Tundran
3.53
really liked it
This book is insane. The author may also be insane. This is not hyperbole. I stumbled upon this at random in the library and immediately thought "hey ...more
Jan 09, 2018
Jan 10, 2018
 
72
The Inheritors
3.54
A very strange and disturbing fantasy, taking the scientific literature as inspiration rather than dogma, which flips what had been until that point t ...more
Jan 04, 2018
Jan 03, 2018
 
11
The Dragon Masters
3.77
liked it
I've been eager to read The Dragon Masters for a long, long time. Back when I was a teenager, I spent a lot of time reading coffee table books about s ...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
 
67
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.45
really liked it
The biggest problem with A Game of Thrones is that it's a victim if its own success. At this point its one of the biggest things in entertainment, so ...more
Aug 26, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
 
70
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
4.11
really liked it
If I had started reading these books prior to the release of A Dance with Dragons, I can imagine I would have found A Feast for Crows incredibly frust ...more
Sep 16, 2017
Sep 08, 2017
 
50
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
4.07
liked it
The first two and a half books were a brilliant build-up to what turned-out to be a confused and disappointing conclusion. It was kind of interesting, ...more
Jan 10, 2016
Jan 01, 2016
 
55
Black Hole
3.83
liked it
A good premise and some interesting things happen in it, but it never really went anywhere.

I also thought it was odd that the parents' reactions were
...more
Jun 20, 2016
Jun 20, 2016
 
25
Crash
3.58
liked it
A fierce initial rush that ebbs to dullness. The book is quite good, but once I got past the neatness of the premise, I found it lacked a little in te ...more
Nov 05, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
 
22
Servants of the Wankh (Planet of Adventure, #2)
3.95
liked it
The second book in the Planet of Adventure series manages to be both better and worse than its predecessor. On the one hand, several of the characters ...more
Sep 26, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
 
27
Last and First Men
3.80
really liked it
There's a great deal to admire in this book. Across three hundred pages and four billion years, Stapledon serves-up everything from doomed utopias and ...more
Jan 24, 2011
Nov 30, 2010
 
40
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 1 (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, #1)
4.45
really liked it
It's interesting the approach Miyazaki seems to have taken in adapting his comic into a film. I'm only one volume through a five volume series and alr ...more
Jan 10, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
 
59
Sally of the Wasteland
3.72
it was ok
The art's decent, which is good, since aside from one or two ok jokes the writing is pretty mediocre. I think the problem is the main character, who's ...more
Feb 10, 2017
not set
Feb 12, 2017
 
45
The Left Hand of Darkness
4.06
really liked it
I think this is one of those books where the implications of what goes on are far more interesting than anything that actually happens in the book. Th ...more
Jul 04, 2015
May 17, 2015
 
57
The Sandman: Overture
3.95
liked it
The art and writing are both great, but the story itself is a big step down from the other books. I kind of wish more time had been spent exploring th ...more
Nov 15, 2016
Nov 16, 2016
 
41
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Vol. 2 (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, #2)
4.52
really liked it
Things heat-up a bit in this episode with the discovery that the Dorok have engineered a deadly fungus which rapidly evolves beyond their control. Als ...more
Jan 12, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
 
24
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.30
it was ok
An extremely enjoyable read - albeit, one crammed full of really weird homoerotic and incestuous subtexts. This is one of those books which doesn't re ...more
Sep 28, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
 
47
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
it was amazing
This is a really good book. The ideas are interesting and well-considered, and there are enough compelling stories in here to fuel several dozen quali ...more
Oct 17, 2015
Oct 10, 2015
 
74
The Time Machine
3.87
it was amazing
A 122 year old book in which gentrification causes the apocalypse.
Jan 12, 2018
Jan 11, 2018
 
38
The Many-Coloured Land (Saga of Pliocene Exile, #1)
4.07
liked it
This book is insane but in a good way.
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
 
36
The Running Man
3.83
liked it
Lunatic misanthropy.
Mar 20, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
 
68
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
4.54
really liked it
I'm not looking forward to the inevitable "You thought you liked Samwell, but then he ate a baby" moment in book six.
Sep 07, 2017
Sep 04, 2017
 
28
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
3.81
really liked it
Haha!
Jan 15, 2011
Jan 16, 2011
 
19
I, Lucifer (Modesty Blaise, #3)
4.05
OK so there's a guy, and he's maybe psychic, and a bunch of unscrupulous psychiatrists-cum-crimelords are keeping him drugged to convince him that he' ...more
not set
May 24, 2009
 
46
The Handmaid's Tale
4.08
it was amazing
The ending was sheer agony, and the epilogue was simultaneously a great relief and a tremendous kick in the teeth.

I find it odd that, by sheer coincid
...more
Sep 11, 2015
Aug 23, 2015
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