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Extracurricular Activities (The Machineries of Empire)
3.87
liked it
This is a wee short story in Lee's 'Machineries of Empire' series, featuring Shuos Jedao when he was still alive and a rising star in the military. Th ...more
Jul 09, 2017
Jul 09, 2017
 
The Ship Who Searched (Brainship, #3)
4.08
really liked it
Tia is a precocious daughter of archaeologists who take her with them on digs. On one, she is infected with a disease that destroys control of her bod ...more
Oct 18, 2009
Feb 22, 2010
 
The Player of Games
4.26
it was amazing
Jernau Gurgeh is one of the best game players in the Culture, but he's getting bored - until he finds out about the great game of Azad, a game so comp ...more
Sep 06, 2009
Feb 21, 2010
 
Soul Music (Discworld, #16)
4.03
really liked it
It's obviously been a long time since I read this book since the last time I read it, I didn't get the Blues Brothers jokes, and it's been over a deca ...more
Nov 24, 2009
Feb 22, 2010
 
Homage to Catalonia
4.14
liked it
I enjoyed this memoir of Orwell's time serving in the fight against fascism during the Spanish Civil War. This is a book I've been meaning to read for ...more
Oct 17, 2006
Mar 21, 2010
 
A Different Light
3.54
liked it
In a world where most diseases are curable, the artist Jimson Alleca has incurable cancer. He has the choice to stay on his homeworld, receiving const ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jun 28, 2012
 
Agatha Heterodyne and the Voice of the Castle (Girl Genius, #7)
4.45
really liked it
Volume 7 of the hard copy of the Girl Genius webcomic sees Agatha Heterodyne recovering her mind from the Other (aka her mother) and making her way to ...more
May 13, 2014
May 13, 2014
 
An Introduction to Political Philosophy
4.08
really liked it
I read parts of this book a few years ago for a political philosophy course I was doing at the time and found it very lucid and easy to read. When I l ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Dec 11, 2011
 
The Sandman: Endless Nights
4.34
really liked it
This is a collection of seven graphic stories, one about each of the Endless (Dream's family from the Sandman series). I really enjoyed this book. Eac ...more
May 14, 2006
Mar 21, 2010
 
Dave Gorman's Googlewhack! Adventure
3.99
really liked it
Dave Gorman is pretty mental, and possibly in a literal sense. This time be becomes obsessed by finding googlewhacks, with his usual arbitrary and obs ...more
Mar 21, 2008
Feb 22, 2010
 
For Your Eyes Only (Bond 8)
3.65
liked it
I mostly read this because I never have read a James Bond story and wanted to see how different they were to the Bond we know from the films. This is ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
 
The Kindly Ones (The Sandman, #9)
4.59
really liked it
The penultimate Sandman novel, this sees the culmination of the story that's been building up over the past eight books. After her child is kidnapped, ...more
Jun 2008
Feb 22, 2010
 
Vive La Revolution
4.07
really liked it
I don't know a huge amount about the French revolution, so this book was just the thing. If you've ever heard/seen of the Mark Steel Lectures, then yo ...more
Oct 25, 2007
Mar 10, 2010
 
The Apex Book of World SF 4 (Apex Book of World SF #4)
3.79
liked it
I'll get on to the important stuff in a minute, but did anyone else notice the smell of their book? I don't know if it's something to do with the bind ...more
Jun 27, 2016
May 30, 2016
 
Carry On, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3)
4.28
it was amazing
I am a huge fan of P. G. Wodehouse, having come to his oeuvre quite late, particularly the bumbling but ever-likeable Bertie Wooster and his gentleman ...more
Oct 14, 2015
Sep 17, 2015
 
Raw Spirit
3.71
really liked it
Let me say at the outset that I know nothing about whisky, and, indeed, am teetotal. However, this book, ostensibly about that liquor, is not really a ...more
Jun 24, 2014
May 26, 2014
 
Count Zero (Sprawl, #2)
4.00
liked it
I think that the three stars I'm giving to this book are provisional at the moment, since, through no fault of the book itself, the story here never r ...more
May 07, 2011
Apr 07, 2011
 
The First Book of Lankhmar
4.12
liked it
This Fantasy Masterworks volume compiles the first four books of the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser series, each book being itself comprised of various sh ...more
May 31, 2011
May 02, 2011
 
Monstrous Regiment (Discworld, #31; Industrial Revolution, #3)
4.19
it was ok
Polly Perks cuts off her hair, learns to pick her nose and fart in public and goes to join the army to try and find her missing brother. In the regime ...more
Jul 05, 2009
Feb 21, 2010
 
Matter's End
3.29
liked it
This is a collection of Benford's short fiction right from when he started writing in the mid-1960s to when the book was published in the mid-1990s. T ...more
Sep 04, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
 
'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?': A Confrontation in the Desert
4.15
it was ok
This is the second part of Millagan's war memoirs, this time in Africa, and I'm really not sure what to make of it. It's written in Milligan's tradema ...more
Jan 28, 2006
Mar 18, 2010
 
A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String
3.59
really liked it
I've not read much of Joanne Harris's work but I've enjoyed what I have read. This collection of short stories has some great ones in it. There are g ...more
Aug 09, 2016
Jul 27, 2016
 
Blackberry Wine
3.79
really liked it
Like Chocolat, this book hovers on the edge of fantasy for most of the way through, although I think this book actually hops over the border for cheap ...more
Dec 18, 2007
Mar 13, 2010
 
The Adventures of Alyx
3.60
liked it
This is a slightly odd book. It's composed of four loosely linked short stories and a novella (Picnic on Paradise) mostly with the same protagonist (t ...more
Dec 27, 2016
Nov 25, 2016
 
The War of the Worlds
3.80
really liked it
It took me a while to get into this, although I suspect this is more to do with the way that I read the book (in brief snippets, widely separated) tha ...more
Dec 31, 2009
Feb 22, 2010
 
Calculating God
3.84
liked it
Aliens land outside a museum and say "Take me to your palaeontologist". It turns out Earth and the home planets of the two alien races that have just ...more
Jun 09, 2007
Feb 27, 2010
 
Star Songs of An Old Primate
4.17
really liked it
This was a great collection of stories by Tiptree. As well as shorts, there is a novella, A Momentary Taste of Being which starts off like a normal co ...more
Nov 11, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
 
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (Flying Dutchman, #1)
3.99
it was ok
When the Flying Dutchman is cursed, a pure-hearted boy and his dog are also touched by the angel: they gain eternal youth and telepathic communication ...more
Aug 14, 2007
Mar 06, 2010
 
Mortal Clay, Stone Heart: And Other Stories in Shades of Black and White
4.10
really liked it
Like the last collection of Foster's stories I read ( Returning My Sister's Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice), I really rather en ...more
Aug 02, 2015
Jul 11, 2015
 
The Quantum Thief
3.84
really liked it
Jean le Flambeur is a thief. Broken out of prison by the agent of a god, he has to find his own hidden memories in a place where memory and privacy of ...more
Mar 2013
Jan 31, 2013
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