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Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet / Perelandra / That Hideous Strength
4.11
it was amazing
I would rank this with Tolkien's Middle Earth work for skill in creating imaginary realities (Lewis and Tolkien were close friends and often gave each ...more
Jan 1988
Mar 03, 2008
 
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
3.84
it was amazing
A fantastic piece of work - to write this, the author had to have a solid working knowledge of a lot of fields, from cultural anthropology to psycholo ...more
May 2009
Dec 11, 2007
 
The Mote in God's Eye
4.07
it was amazing
A brilliant and gripping book. One of the best jobs of creating a truly alien life form, culture and civilization, rather than the usual "aliens" who ...more
Jan 1992
Jan 21, 2008
 
Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction
4.53
it was amazing
Just plain outstanding. I'm really glad I happened to run into one of the contributors at a little crafts fair off a secondary highway in the mountain ...more
Sep 22, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
 
Green Mars (Mars Trilogy, #2)
3.92
it was amazing
Every bit as good as Red Mars was - this is a huge epic story, vivid and arresting; this trilogy, so far, is up there with the best of Frank Herbert. ...more
Jul 2009
Dec 11, 2007
 
The Blessing Way (Leaphorn & Chee, #1)
4.06
it was amazing
The first of a brilliant series of detective novels. The protagonist is a Navajo tribal police detective and the story is immersed in Navajo culture a ...more
Jan 1992
Mar 01, 2008
 
The Auriga Project
4.14
it was amazing
I ended up staying up past 3:00 a.m. finishing this story - its pacing, plotting, characterization, and descriptions all stand out. The author's adapt ...more
Sep 18, 2015
Aug 31, 2015
 
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
4.17
it was amazing
I think this book is one of the spiritual ancestors of the Star Wars world. It has a lot of the same elements, especially a scrappy group of underdogs ...more
Jan 1978
Feb 28, 2008
 
Engaging the Enemy (Vatta's War, #3)
4.06
it was amazing
Longer, more involved and more intricate than the two preceding volumes, Trading in Danger and Marque and Reprisal, in the story of Kylara Vatta and h ...more
Jul 04, 2008
Jun 12, 2008
 
Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life
4.13
really liked it
A nice, friendly, inviting read. The author conveys a warm message of encouragement and camaraderie to aspiring writers; a bestselling author, with th ...more
Jan 2005
Mar 07, 2008
 
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
4.32
it was amazing
Outstanding - Stephen King is most generous in this book in his sharing of his craft and of the life experiences that have brought him to where he is ...more
Jan 2006
Mar 07, 2008
 
The Desert Remains
4.00
it was amazing
Full disclosure: The author of this book was a friend in high school, where we shared a lab table in a concentrated physics class. It's also interesti ...more
Mar 07, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
 
People of Darkness (Leaphorn & Chee, #4)
4.07
it was amazing
Tony Hillerman branches out and introduces a second Navajo tribal police officer as a protagonist, this one markedly different from his first. Where J ...more
Jan 1993
Mar 01, 2008
 
Abel Baker Charley
3.88
really liked it
An intriguing, weird little novel looking at disparate parts of the human personality - here named Abel and Charley (Baker is the person housing them) ...more
Jan 1992
Dec 11, 2007
 
The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #1)
4.10
it was amazing
A gripping modern noir novel - the protagonist, LAPD detective Harry Bosch, is unforgettable, driven, haunted by his past; this could have been a mass ...more
Feb 03, 2017
Jul 27, 2017
 
The Goblin Reservation
4.01
it was amazing
A funny, sometimes poignant page-turner that shines with imagination, in both the science fiction and fantasy genres at the same time. In a future wor ...more
Jan 1974
Feb 26, 2008
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.33
it was amazing
This book kept me up late - Stephen King commented that he couldn't stop reading it, and I also found it intense and gripping, and often very moving. ...more
Aug 25, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
 
Pompeii
3.80
really liked it
This was an interesting story, well told - the author's portrayal of a long-gone culture is detailed and fascinating without swamping the storyline. I ...more
Jan 2007
Jun 10, 2009
 
The Gripping Hand
3.82
it was amazing
The follow-up to The Mote in God's Eye - a sequel that equals and possibly outdoes its predecessor. The story of the collision of the human and Motie ...more
Jan 1995
Feb 10, 2008
 
The Far Pavilions
4.20
it was amazing
A great novel - the characters and the setting are intense and vivid, and the plot is often tense. This was a grand experience and, for me, sparked an ...more
Jan 1993
Jun 26, 2008
 
Dance Hall of the Dead (Leaphorn & Chee, #2)
4.01
it was amazing
Hillerman strikes again. He continues the character development of his Navajo tribal police detective, Joe Leaphorn, in another beautifully written cr ...more
Jan 1992
Mar 01, 2008
 
To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1)
4.26
it was amazing
This is a wonderful book, and Atticus Finch is one of the greatest and most memorable literary characters I've ever encountered - I often wish that ou ...more
Jan 2000
Dec 07, 2007
 
The Stand
4.34
it was amazing
Wow... the first work of King's I've read, and I'm amazed. Powerful storytelling, classic and ancient themes, vivid and believable characters, and a t ...more
Jan 2003
Dec 11, 2007
 
Lord of the Flies
3.66
it was amazing
A sobering counter to this culture's trend of dividing the world into us and them, good and evil; the less comforting truth, of course, is that we all ...more
Jan 1974
Dec 11, 2007
 
The Zookeeper's Wife
3.44
it was amazing
A great story that combines gripping action with a fascinating portrayal of a time and place now long gone; a great read.
Jan 2003
Dec 11, 2007
 
The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #3)
4.13
it was amazing
In this story, detective Harry Bosch of the LAPD is dealing with a psychopathic serial killer, while contending with the fallout of having killed a mu ...more
Feb 12, 2017
Jul 27, 2017
 
The Black Ice (Harry Bosch, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #2)
4.06
it was amazing
A great sophomore achievement, again starring LAPD detective Harry Bosch in an even more tangled noir novel. This story stirs together the internation ...more
Feb 07, 2017
Jul 27, 2017
 
Command Decision (Vatta's War, #4)
4.09
it was amazing
Another satisfying chapter in a very good series. This goes well beyond the space opera suggested by a glance at the covers and blurbs; the characters ...more
Jul 25, 2008
Jul 06, 2008
 
The Undead Kama Sutra (Felix Gomez, #3)
3.67
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This book tops each of the two that preceded it - imaginative, funny, sometimes salacious but usually in a relatively tame way, with ...more
Jun 26, 2008
Jun 04, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
4.47
really liked it
The saga continues. This time the apparently requisite unpleasantness with Harry's adoptive family at the beginning is briefer, which is a relief. He ...more
Jan 2006
Feb 19, 2008
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