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Slum Online
3.50
it was ok
Perhaps this book is aimed at gamers — it did hold my attention and was reasonably entertaining, but when it came to the real world aspects, it someho ...more
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Sep 26, 2011
 
Norwegian Wood
4.02
it was amazing
So far, my favorite of the Murakami books I've read. The tone is gauzy and ethereal throughout, almost dreamlike, although the story itself doesn't co ...more
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Sep 26, 2011
 
John Gone (The Diaspora Trilogy, #1)
3.61
liked it
Not a bad read. There's a bit of a teen-romance angle that never quite gets off the ground, some solid action with what I'd actually call a surprising ...more
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Sep 04, 2012
 
Snow Crash
4.02
liked it
Well, it's a classic, isn't it? At times Stephenson goes too far for me into the "hard" sci-fi territory, and too often the heroes are just nerd-fulfi ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
Eros, Philia, Agape
3.59
liked it
Not fantastic, sometimes the characters are just hateful and why bother sympathizing with them even if you can intellectually "get" why they're that w ...more
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Sep 26, 2011
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.79
did not like it
I admit this is a bit of a page-turner, but that's because Dan Brown is more adept at employing a few simple tricks (again and again) to make that hap ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
The Soft Machine (The Nova Trilogy #1)
3.45
liked it
In the Soft Machine, Burroughs's cutup technique is more transparent and obvious than in some of his other works from the period. Often you get a stra ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker, #2)
3.89
really liked it
Bacigalupi's world is brutal, merciless, tragic, and ultimately believable enough to be frightening. His characters are ultimately concerned with self ...more
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Sep 04, 2012
 
The Road
3.95
really liked it
Brutal. If you've read McCarthy you know something of what to expect. If you haven't, you'll get an idea within a few pages. I'm a fan of post-apocaly ...more
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Sep 04, 2012
 
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)
4.35
liked it
Like JK Rowling did with her Potter books, it feels like Rick Riordan is trying to grow along with his readers. It's a subtle change, and I barely not ...more
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Aug 09, 2011
 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.17
it was amazing
I don't have a lot of experience with Murakami, but I enjoyed this. It's a fantasy that's sometimes frustrating because the lack of an anchor to reali ...more
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Aug 08, 2011
 
The Best Short Stories
4.21
it was amazing
This was my intro to Ballard, and I'd say as good an intro as any. Stories like Manhole 69 and The Overloaded Man are speculative fear condensed into ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
4.07
really liked it
I read Philip Pullman's justification for HDM being the anti-CS Lewis, in more ways than the obvious, and that made the final installment much more be ...more
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Sep 04, 2012
 
Renegade
3.83
really liked it
If you expect anything different from Mark E. Smith than dry barbs of cutting humor and working-class intellectualism, you probably don't know enough ...more
not set
Aug 08, 2011
 
Flowertown
3.77
liked it
Decent conspiracy thriller and though I saw a couple of the big twists coming pretty far ahead, it's a credit to the author that I was still entertain ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
Usurper of the Sun
3.65
it was ok
Very interesting premise, told in the kind of montage timeline that is realistic given the subject matter, but it's just not very interestingly told. ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
The Princess Bride
4.25
it was amazing
Easily one of the funniest books I've ever read. Goldman is a master of a particular type of humor, and even his endless use of the S. Morgenstern jok ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
Lyra's Oxford (His Dark Materials, #3.5)
3.52
liked it
A cute little morsel for fans of the Dark Materials series who crave some love from Pullman in the form of any taste of their favorite characters. It ...more
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Sep 04, 2012
 
Welcome to the Monkey House
4.14
really liked it
Great collection of early short stories, not all SF. Some of them are really genuinely warm and sweet, the kind of thing that's often at the core of V ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
Cat's Cradle
4.18
really liked it
Probably my favorite Vonnegut. Says a lot of things about the a-bomb, mutually assured destruction, religion, and plenty else in a way that's never be ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
Skull-Face
3.79
it was ok
This is a detective story in the spirit of Murders in the Rue Morgue or Holmes, but with a pulpy supernatural twist that could only come from a guy li ...more
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Sep 26, 2011
 
Crash
3.58
liked it
Certainly not my favorite Ballard book, nor is it my favorite Cronenberg movie. But it's an interesting read, and I suppose I'm surprised by his gift ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
The Crystal World
3.64
liked it
He would become a better and more unique writer later, but this more traditional take on SF (and interesting twist on Heart of Darkness) is a quick, e ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
War Fever
3.92
really liked it
Most of these are great, standouts even for Ballard. I don't recommend it as your first Ballard short story collection necessarily, but there's a lot ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
Candide
3.76
really liked it
Not sure what the point in reviewing a classic on Goodreads is, but for god's sake read this. It's short, easy, and provided you're enough of a cynic, ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
The Atrocity Exhibition
3.83
really liked it
A good collection, the title story shows his more experimental Burroughs-ish tendencies and the rest contains some of his scariest and most off-puttin ...more
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Aug 28, 2012
 
William S. Burroughs, Throbbing Gristle, Brion Gysin
4.23
really liked it
An incredibly cool collection of interviews and photos of some true iconoclasts.
not set
Aug 28, 2012
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
really liked it
Collins took a while to get to her main point — three books — but I think it's a valid and nuanced point about politics, choice, and whether the new b ...more
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Aug 08, 2011
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
liked it
The Hunger Games trilogy gets more nuanced and interesting as it goes along (and begins to resist the Battle Royale comparisons). But the first one is ...more
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Aug 08, 2011
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.06
really liked it
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Aug 28, 2012
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