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The Genius Plague
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?
not set
Oct 05, 2017
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
Three Laws Lethal
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?
not set
Jun 11, 2019
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
One of Us
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
The Hercules Text
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
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
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
Children of Time (Children of Time #1)
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
Our War
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
May 25, 2019
May 14, 2019
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 (Founders, #1)
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
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
Jun 18, 2014
May 01, 2014
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, #1)
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
it was ok
Reading Mieville is rolling the dice; sometimes great, sometimes hard to get through. His prose is clever verging on incomprehensible, so sometimes he ...more
Feb 23, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
Love Minus Eighty
it was amazing
This is a masterpiece, and in my opinion McIntosh's best book. The characters are quirky but immensely likable, and the personal drama intense. The st ...more
Nov 07, 2018
Oct 16, 2018
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
really liked it
This book combines the classic fantasy story, where an ordinary person is transported to an extraordinary world of inherent nobility and meaning (a la ...more
not set
Jul 04, 2010
Consider Phlebas
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
The Sentence is Death (Hawthorne, #2)
really liked it
This series is delightful. The author puts himself into the story as Watson to Hawthorne's Holmes, and the mix of real life people and situations with ...more
Aug 15, 2019
Aug 15, 2019
Infomocracy (The Centenal Cycle, #1)
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
Semiosis (Semiosis Duology, #1)
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
Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)
really liked it
Delightful. Like a cross between the X-Files and Men In Black, only with the London Metropolitan Police. When a young police constable sees a ghost, h ...more
Aug 18, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
The Grand Design
it was ok
On the positive side, this book is remarkably concise. Hawking does a great job of covering a large amount of complex, heady, modern science in a very ...more
May 09, 2016
Apr 27, 2016
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World
it was amazing
Great book with a lot of up to date information from recent discoveries. Recommended!
Jun 30, 2018
Jun 15, 2018
The Long Sunset (The Academy, #8)
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 r
Dec 21, 2018
Dec 07, 2018
Here and Now and Then
really liked it
A charming novel about a father's love for his daughter, not too original on the time travel front, but a smooth and enjoyable read. My full New York ...more
Feb 23, 2019
Jan 17, 2019
Dead Aim
did not like it
**spoiler alert** One of the least credible endings I've ever encountered. The mild-mannered construction company CEO sneaks into the complex where th ...more
not set
Jan 10, 2011
really liked it
Whew - a blistering satire of American gun violence. Bennett doesn't pull any punches with this one. Well-written, but a real departure from his previ ...more
Dec 21, 2018
Nov 26, 2018
Greatshadow (Dragon Apocalypse, #1)
really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. On the surface, it's a classic fantasy romp, with an inventive cast of characters, each of which has a special skill of som ...more
Aug 18, 2017
Aug 08, 2017
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
it was amazing
Brilliant. An 11-year-old heroine who LOVES chemistry (especially poison!), Flavia Deluce is witty, clever, and fearless, keeping one step ahead of th ...more
not set
Nov 17, 2011
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