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A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
it was amazing
John Carter, a soldier from Virginia, is transported to Mars, where he has swashbuckling adventures that involve rayguns, airships, many-limbed aliens ...more
Jan 04, 2010
Feb 03, 2009
The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga, #6)
liked it
After finishing at the academy, Miles is sent to serve as the weather officer of a remote training base. It's a disappointment, but he's told that if ...more
May 28, 2010
May 27, 2010
Breakout (Dred Chronicles, #3)
liked it
The bare facts of the ending are satisfying enough, but this has the most awkward pacing I've come across in a long time.

After finishing up, I can't h
Aug 28, 2015
Aug 28, 2015
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
it was ok
I don't especially buy the big reveal that takes place here, but it doesn't really bother me, either. My biggest issue is that there's no real tension ...more
Feb 10, 2016
Feb 10, 2016
Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)
really liked it
When Captain Cordelia Naismith's scientific survey team is attacked, she becomes the prisoner of Aral Vorkosigan, a military leader with troubles of h ...more
Apr 04, 2010
Apr 05, 2010
Heroes Die (The Acts of Caine, #1)
really liked it
As his alter-ego, the warrior known as Caine, Hari Michaelson is famous on one world and infamous on another.

Hari is an actor in a future, dystopian s
Feb 09, 2010
Jan 05, 2009
Lost Stars
liked it
I think the reviews may have raised my expectations too high.

This was an interesting premise, but it's told in that uniquely YA combination of smooth,
Apr 25, 2016
Apr 28, 2016
it was ok
This book has a great premise, but I think that the idea deserved more than the small-scale drama that accompanied it. I wanted to like it, but the au ...more
Sep 08, 2009
Aug 03, 2009
The Shining Girls
really liked it
I liked the structure and the way that the sci-fi is slotted in without a lot of explanations or excuses.

The thriller elements get pretty dark, but t
Sep 04, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
Beyond the Empire (The Indranan War, #3)
really liked it
I enjoyed the first two but this one was a smoother read, largely because the tangle of names and titles felt more manageable than usual. I'm not sure ...more
Dec 10, 2017
Dec 11, 2017
Bloodchild and Other Stories
really liked it
How did I reach my mid-30s without reading Octavia Butler?

I loved "The Evening and the Morning and the Night" and "Speech Sounds," and the other stori
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
it was amazing
This was creepy and thought-provoking, and it works on a lot of levels. It's one of those "get it from the library then immediately buy my own copy to ...more
Mar 23, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
Behind the Throne (The Indranan War #1)
really liked it
I loved the intrigue and the wayward heir premise, and the heroine is a strong character who avoids most of the usual pitfalls of that label. The mix ...more
Oct 10, 2017
Oct 09, 2017
Facial Justice
liked it
I recently bought a copy of this off a Cambridge street vendor, and only partially because the title sounds a bit skeezy.

The story is about Jael 97, a
Nov 15, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
really liked it
It feels more driven by ideas than characters, especially because its time-skip structure makes it read like a series of interconnected shorts. I put ...more
Mar 15, 2018
Mar 19, 2018
Engaging the Enemy (Vatta's War, #3)
liked it
This one's enjoyable despite a relative lack of action, but Stella's parts were annoying. I was not in love with the way her character lost perspectiv ...more
Mar 02, 2018
Mar 02, 2018
The Man Who Loved Mars
liked it
Ivo Tengren, a man from Earth who's considered a traitor for his loyalty to the people of Mars, had a lot of potential as a character. His backstory m ...more
Feb 07, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
The Better Part of Valor (Confederation #2)
liked it
I loved the first of these. Maybe I picked this one up too soon after, or maybe my expectations were just too high.

I was disappointed to see that we g
Aug 31, 2015
Aug 31, 2015
Acceptance (Southern Reach, #3)
liked it
I loved Saul's story and the things we learned about the biologist. I thought the answers we got were totally in line with the strange, dreamy nature ...more
Oct 13, 2014
Oct 09, 2014
Six Wakes
it was ok
The premise - a locked room spaceship mystery investigated by clones of the victims - was fascinating enough to raise my expectations, but the charact ...more
not set
Apr 24, 2017
Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)
it was amazing
When Miles Vorkosigan, still dealing with the medical after-effects of his previous adventure, is ordered back to Barrayar, he wonders what type of mi ...more
Nov 23, 2010
Nov 22, 2010
Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)
liked it
Ethan is a doctor specializing in reproductive medicine on a planet that's basically an overgrown "No Girls Allowed" treehouse. The men of Athos repro ...more
Jun 06, 2010
Jun 06, 2010
Mirror Dance (Vorkosigan Saga, #8)
really liked it
When Miles Vorkosigan's cloned younger brother, Mark, attempts to surprise the Dendarii mercenaries with a bold new plot, he quickly gets in over his ...more
Nov 13, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
The Quantum Thief (The Jean le Flambeur Series, #1)
liked it
There were a lot of fascinating setting details, but I had a hard time getting into the story. I also didn't care about the characters.

Some of it was
Mar 20, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
The Mad Scientist's Daughter
really liked it
This one was full of vivid descriptions and characters with interesting flaws, and it left me bawling.

That's not at all what I expected, thanks to an
Oct 22, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
Shades of Dark (Dock Five Universe, #2)
liked it
I liked the first book better. If this had been just a romance story with a sci-fi setting I may have felt differently, but the intrigue and investiga ...more
Apr 15, 2009
Apr 11, 2009
Blade of Tyshalle (The Acts of Caine, #2)
liked it
The book opens with a bit of a prequel about Hari's time at the Actor's training academy. Then we catch up with his more recent life, working as the S ...more
Feb 14, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
Brothers in Arms (Vorkosigan Saga, #5)
liked it
Miles travels with the Dendarii to Earth, where his various duties force him into a lot of quick changes between his dual identities. As Admiral Naism ...more
Jul 22, 2010
Jul 21, 2010
Komarr (Vorkosigan Saga, #11)
really liked it
Miles travels to Komarr, a planet connected to his family by blood and tragedy, to investigate a major case of suspected sabotage. The event has heavy ...more
Nov 24, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
Borders of Infinity (Vorkosigan Saga [Publication] #5.1-5.3)
liked it
Three novellas about Miles. The frame story is fairly weak, though it does give us a little more perspective on Illyan.

In "The Mountains of Mourning,"
Nov 11, 2010
Nov 09, 2010
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