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The Genius Plague
3.73
it was amazing
Yes, I am giving my own book five stars! If I don't think the book is awesome, why would anyone else want to give it a try?
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not set
Oct 05, 2017
 
Three Laws Lethal
4.05
it was amazing
Yes, I am giving my own book five stars. If I don't think it's awesome, why would you want to give it a try?
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not set
Jun 11, 2019
 
Artemis
3.67
liked it
This book could have been fantastic. Like The Martian, it had scientific puzzle-solving galore, as well as a plot that ratcheted-up tension as the sta ...more
Jan 27, 2018
Sep 27, 2017
 
Recursion
4.14
it was amazing
A great new take on a time-travel novel, in which people can return to past memories and try their lives again from that point. With predictably disas ...more
Jul 03, 2019
Mar 19, 2019
 
Ready Player Two (Ready Player One, #2)
3.46
it was ok
This book lost most of the charm of the first one. When you're a poor disadvantaged kid fighting giant corporations and murderous villains, I can forg ...more
Dec 26, 2020
Dec 12, 2020
 
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
4.29
it was amazing
Curiously, this is the second book I've read recently with the same premise: that of a young woman whom no one can remember. The first was The Sudden ...more
Dec 12, 2020
Dec 05, 2020
 
Children of Time (Children of Time, #1)
4.27
it was amazing
Wow! This one blew me away. Such stunningly creative evolutionary worldbuilding, with a gripping plot and characters despite the fact that the story c ...more
Oct 14, 2019
Jul 03, 2019
 
Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)
3.86
it was ok
I had real trouble with this one. I know many people who love the Culture series for its political science ideas, and the concept of the Culture (as d ...more
Apr 19, 2018
Mar 20, 2018
 
Providence
3.88
it was amazing
Wonderful. A unique alien race and a creepy look at the future of AIs that are just as alien as the biological kind, if not more so. The story didn't ...more
Sep 19, 2020
Sep 21, 2020
 
Uprooted
4.04
it was amazing
This book started a little weird (a wizard choosing young girls to take off to his tower???) but nothing is as you think, and the tension and action b ...more
Jan 03, 2021
Nov 14, 2020
 
One of Us
3.90
it was amazing
This book is frightening in how familiar it is. On the one hand, it's a nightmare tale of monsters; on the other, it's all too familiarly human. It's ...more
not set
Jun 13, 2019
 
Interference (Semiosis Duology, #2)
3.97
really liked it
A creative and enjoyable sequel to the brilliant Semiosis. The humans are mostly shallow and selfish, but the real hero is Stevland, the intelligent r ...more
Dec 05, 2019
Nov 11, 2019
 
The Hercules Text
3.67
really liked it
This one started a little slower than McDevitt's books usually do, but with a great payoff once it got moving. It deals with the implications of recei ...more
May 22, 2018
May 02, 2018
 
Gone Girl
4.09
it was amazing
I'm late to the party on this one, but this is an incredible book, with multiple plot twists and strong characterization. None of the characters are p ...more
Nov 17, 2017
Nov 17, 2017
 
The Book of Strange New Things
3.67
liked it
I had mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, the alien race is pretty fascinating, and the handful of characters were deeply realized and fel ...more
Feb 03, 2018
Jan 18, 2018
 
Project Hail Mary
4.58
it was amazing
Andy Weir is back on top of his game. This one's every bit as good as The Martian, which means it's an utter joy to read.
Full review at the New York J
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May 24, 2021
May 05, 2021
 
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
4.54
it was amazing
Fantastic. The sequel does not disappoint. The power of the storytelling, the depth of characterization, the inventiveness of the magic and the world: ...more
Jun 06, 2011
Oct 14, 2009
 
Piranesi
4.30
really liked it
The descriptions of this book don't do it justice. I would never have picked it up from the descriptions alone, if it hadn't been written by the autho ...more
Nov 16, 2020
Nov 01, 2020
 
Infomocracy (The Centenal Cycle, #1)
3.56
really liked it
I had this one on my to-read list for some time, because the micro-democracy concept seemed like a fun one to explore. The idea is that every group of ...more
Nov 19, 2017
Oct 29, 2017
 
Exhalation: Stories
4.26
it was amazing
Ted Chiang has done it again with an amazing collection of stories. Story collections are almost always mixed, with a few great ones and a few that dr ...more
Nov 25, 2019
Nov 11, 2019
 
Ninth House (Alex Stern #1)
4.04
it was amazing
Phenomenal. Intricate and terrifying magic in a complex mystery with intense and sympathetic characters. Like the best of Tess Gerritsen, plus ghosts, ...more
Sep 25, 2020
Sep 21, 2020
 
Faller
3.55
it was amazing
I really liked this one. The concept is extraordinary. The main character wakes up on a chunk of New York City that just stops at the edges, as if the ...more
Sep 28, 2016
Sep 26, 2016
 
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy, #1)
4.22
it was amazing
An excellent book with well-drawn characters and a creative plot full of heists and inventive magic. For more detail, see my New York Journal of Books ...more
Aug 23, 2018
Aug 01, 2018
 
Defenders
3.61
it was amazing
Fantastic. This book just catapulted to the top of my recommend-to-others list.

The two non-human races in this book--one alien, the other created by h
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Jun 18, 2014
May 01, 2014
 
The Long Sunset (The Academy, #8)
3.95
it was ok
"There's nothing as boring as friendly aliens."

This is a quote from the book and, strangely enough, also sums up my reaction to it. I've read a lot of
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Dec 21, 2018
Dec 07, 2018
 
Our War: A Novel
3.96
it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading an early copy of this excellent book.

In his latest, Di Louie bravely tackles the topic of an American civil war, divide
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May 25, 2019
May 14, 2019
 
The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)
4.05
did not like it
This book starts out well, with a classic if well-trodden story of a poor girl with iron perseverance and a special talent. It takes place in an inter ...more
Sep 14, 2020
Aug 31, 2020
 
We Could Be Heroes
3.46
really liked it
More feel-good SF from Mike Chen. This is a delightful story, easy to read, without great depth but with a lot of smiles along the way. Jamie and Zoe ...more
Jun 2021
May 05, 2021
 
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (The Carls, #1)
4.03
it was amazing
This one was a ton of fun. It's told in a great voice and has a lot of interesting commentary about fame and having a public voice in the modern world ...more
Dec 21, 2018
Dec 07, 2018
 
Semiosis (Semiosis Duology, #1)
3.92
it was amazing
Beautifully done. Semiosis starts with the first generation of humans settling on a remarkable planet, one where the plants are the most sophisticated ...more
Dec 21, 2018
Nov 26, 2018
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