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Diaspora
4.13
really liked it
I really haven't read any other hard science fiction other than Egan's "Schild's Ladder", so I may be lacking the breadth of experience to identify ex ...more
Apr 17, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
 
The Martian
4.40
liked it
Much of the prose and especially the dialogue reads much like a novel for young adults but it is still a good story, if plainly told.
Feb 16, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
 
Tobruk
4.24
really liked it
4 stars, mainly because the source material is so phenomenal, rather than FitzSimons' writing
Feb 15, 2013
Jan 22, 2013
 
The Devouring
3.36
liked it
Wasn't a bad read to a 15 year old.
Jan 1995
Sep 08, 2013
 
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
4.32
liked it
The first two thirds of this book sees mostly a return to the compulsive type of reading that the first three books elicited, but was by and large abs ...more
Mar 07, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.45
really liked it
A cracking fantasy romp, which for me was very reminiscent of Dune but without the messianic or space opera elements. Martin does not indulge in overw ...more
May 15, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
 
The Killer Angels (The Civil War Trilogy, #2)
4.31
really liked it
A fantastic novelisation of the events that lead to and unfolded in the Battle of Gettysberg. Very emotional and powerful ending, although it is hard ...more
Feb 28, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
 
Simon Black in Space (Simon Black, #3)
3.73
it was amazing
I must have read this book half a dozen times as a kid, and the rating reflects the joy elicited at that age. It is amusing to think of Southall's dep ...more
Jan 1989
Jan 25, 2011
 
Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, #1)
3.92
did not like it
I abandoned this book at around the half way mark. The story was really confused, and the writing poor in many places. Maybe it was because of the tim ...more
not set
Jan 08, 2011
 
Solaris
3.99
liked it
Despite ending with what I found to be a philosophical anti-climax, I still enjoyed listening to this book. One of the things that may have worked in ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
 
Ninefox Gambit (The Machineries of Empire, #1)
3.83
liked it
I’ll be a bit generous with the rating here, only because I think the conclusion of this book saves it. More fantasy than sci-fi, it is clear that Yoo ...more
Feb 28, 2017
Jan 02, 2017
 
The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek-The First 25 Years
4.06
really liked it
While probably only of major interest to Trekkies, this is a fascinating peek into the personalities and goings on both in front of and behind the cam ...more
Nov 23, 2016
Oct 09, 2016
 
Pandora's Star (Commonwealth Saga, #1)
4.24
did not like it
If my slow progress with this book wasn't evidence enough of how mediocre I was finding this novel, then the absolute wall I hit 60% of the way throug ...more
Mar 02, 2011
Dec 25, 2010
 
Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch, #2)
4.06
it was ok
Ho hum. Lots of tea parties and I guess something that was meant to resemble intrigue at a slave owner's tea plantation and then some sort of confront ...more
Jul 22, 2015
Mar 17, 2015
 
The Terror
4.06
liked it
For all of its faults, I’ve ended up constantly returning to thoughts about this book during the subsequent weeks. Reading the actual known historical ...more
Feb 24, 2012
Oct 21, 2011
 
The Journal of a Disappointed Man
4.10
really liked it
I don’t think I’ve quite reacted so emotionally to a book before. Powerful stuff.
Mar 22, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
 
Treasure Island
3.83
liked it
A simple tale well told.
Sep 26, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
 
The Windup Girl
3.75
liked it
Not entirely sure why this book has received so many accolades. The first half of the story was very promising, but unfortunately most of my interest ...more
Dec 16, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
 
2312
3.47
did not like it
Bleh, boring
Jan 14, 2015
Dec 15, 2014
 
Drood
3.50
did not like it
If you are interested in the minutiae of Charles Dickens’ life along with some of his associates and contemporaries this might be a book for you; othe ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2016
 
Neverwhere (London Below, #1)
4.17
liked it
Ultimately I was disappointed by the climax and conclusion; the story did not end up being as clever as Gaiman’s writing. Despite the lacking of depth ...more
Feb 23, 2013
Jan 08, 2011
 
The Selfish Gene
4.14
it was amazing
An incredibly erudite, thought provoking and approachable book on evolutionary biology and natural selection; made all the more better, I think, by Da ...more
Sep 11, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
 
The Orphan Master's Son
4.06
it was ok
I must be stupid or something, but I just didn’t get this book. There was never a moment where I felt remotely invested.
Jun 23, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
 
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
4.53
really liked it
It is a rare series that still has the ability to make my physically gasp by the third book. No real need to say any more.
Sep 12, 2011
Jul 17, 2011
 
Dr. Bloodmoney
3.68
it was ok
Let’s face it, I’m not going to come back to finish this. Didn’t grab me really.
Jun 17, 2012
Nov 13, 2011
 
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
4.14
it was ok
To paraphrase my Mum: “Winter is coming, and so is Christmas”
Nov 13, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
 
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)
4.15
liked it
A fast paced, simple, sweet and cute piece of science fiction.
May 23, 2018
Jan 15, 2017
 
The Song of Achilles
4.35
liked it
A simple, swift tale, full of rich emotion
Jul 28, 2013
May 20, 2013
 
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
4.01
it was amazing
Sublime. I adore this book.
Dec 31, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
 
Bound (Alex Caine, #1)
3.82
None
not set
Nov 13, 2017
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