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American War
3.92
liked it
"Everyone fights an American war." (306)
Do you know the experience of diving into a book expecting one certain thing, only to realize part-way through
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Apr 23, 2017
Apr 18, 2017
 
The Peripheral
3.94
really liked it
Reading a new William Gibson novel is both delightful and exciting. He delights with the cool, sardonic yet imaginative visions of the present and fut ...more
Nov 29, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
 
Outlaws of the Marsh (Vol. 1-4)
4.12
it was amazing
Outlaws of the Marsh, a/k/a The Water Margin and other titles, is an epic Chinese novel about rebels, resistance, war, and friendship. It concerns 108 ...more
Aug 31, 2013
Dec 27, 2011
 
The Bone Clocks
3.81
it was amazing
Bone Clocks is a fine novel, a fascinating example of "slipstream" fiction, where mainstream and genre fictions blend powerfully. You should read it i ...more
Dec 03, 2015
Sep 14, 2014
 
Consumed
3.13
really liked it

"Let me unbox you..."
-Aristide Arosteguy


This is a novel best suited to two audiences: those looking for innovative horror, and people interested in
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Oct 02, 2014
Sep 13, 2014
 
The Godmakers
3.57
liked it
This book may be the ultimate secret agent novel.
It could also be the most insanely ambitious work of anthropological science fiction.
It's also a gold
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Aug 18, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
 
Slade House
3.82
really liked it
Slade House is a treat, an energetic, inventive, and very entertaining weird fiction.

The short novel concerns a mysterious house and its... interacti
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Nov 10, 2015
Nov 08, 2015
 
Who Fears Death
3.94
really liked it
Who Fears Death is a powerful fantasy novel, one well suited to our time's concerns.

It takes place in a future east Africa, after some unspecified dis
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not set
May 22, 2016
 
Experimental Film
3.86
really liked it
I read Gemma Files' 2015 Experimental Film as part of my ongoing quest to find the best 21st-century horror novel. And I was very pleased.

Briefly, wit
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not set
Mar 12, 2016
 
The Vorrh
3.51
it was amazing
Reading The Vorrh ...

Reading The Vorrh reminds me of the first time I read Gene Wolfe. Catling offers a very similar combination of mystery, allusion
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Jul 05, 2015
May 30, 2015
 
All the Birds in the Sky
3.58
liked it
What a strange book, and I say that with some admiration. All the Birds in the Sky is one part young adult story, one part fantasy, another part scien ...more
Mar 16, 2017
Mar 01, 2017
 
The Girl with All the Gifts
3.93
liked it
I was very interested in this book after hearing rave reviews. Perhaps they influenced me too strongly, or I've just taken in far too many zombie stor ...more
Jul 28, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
 
Solar Express
3.55
liked it
This is an unusual book to review, since it feels unstuck in time. On the one hand, it reads like a mid-20th-century science fiction adventure, with h ...more
Dec 20, 2015
Dec 16, 2015
 
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
4.01
really liked it
This book has extraordinary presence on the American scene today. Reviewing it is tricky, since there are so many competitors, along with so much bad ...more
May 03, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
 
Whipping Star (ConSentiency Universe, #1)
3.65
it was amazing
I picked this from the shelves on impulse. I wanted to reread it for pleasure, to confirm my memories of the book. Also, I continue my leisurely effor ...more
Oct 13, 2016
Oct 09, 2016
 
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1)
3.97
really liked it
Ancillary Justice is an impressive first novel, and a worthy contender for the 2014 Hugo award. It grabbed me from the start.

The setting is a sprawlin
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Jun 05, 2014
Oct 25, 2013
 
The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power
3.85
really liked it
How did Americans react to economic inequality in the past? Why do we not rise up in the present? Answering those questions is the task of The Age of ...more
not set
Jan 12, 2016
 
Boxers (Boxers & Saints, #1)
3.87
really liked it
I read this because my daughter recommended it. She's a lifelong comics fanatic, and a fine creator to boot. I always trust her taste.

Boxers is a grap
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not set
May 27, 2017
 
One
3.41
really liked it
Like _The Road_, but less cheerful.
Nov 20, 2010
Nov 17, 2010
 
Station Eleven
4.02
really liked it
Notes on Station Eleven: a moving portrait of the fall of civilization. The novel addresses the collapse of the human race in the wake of a plague tha ...more
Jan 03, 2015
Dec 24, 2014
 
Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & other Horrors
4.28
really liked it
Livia Llewellyn's Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors is a superb first collection. It's a dark delight to read, and introduces a maj ...more
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 20, 2014
 
Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)
4.05
really liked it
Deathless is a delight to savor. The novel retells some Russian mythology (pre- and post-Christianity), placing the stories during the Russian Revolut ...more
Apr 08, 2016
Apr 20, 2011
 
The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908 - 1923
4.10
it was amazing
I came to The Ottoman Endgame in my quest to explore the global reach of WWI - i.e., everything beyond the Western front. Sean McMeekin's latest book ...more
not set
Oct 30, 2015
 
Storm of Steel
4.07
it was amazing
This is an excellent and unusual World War I novel.* It's unusual in that most WWI fiction and memoires are anti-war, dark and furious at the appallin ...more
not set
Feb 16, 2016
 
Off Season (Dead River, #1)
3.82
really liked it
I've been meaning to read this notorious 1980 horror novel for years, given its reputation. I suspected it was an antecedent to much in subsequent gen ...more
not set
Feb 21, 2017
 
Of Men and Monsters
3.78
really liked it
This is the first William Tenn book that I've read. I'm not sure if I've read any of his stories before. And now I'll hunt them all down.

A dear friend
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Jul 13, 2017
Jul 07, 2017
 
Steampunk (Steampunk, #1)
3.53
really liked it
The VanderMeers have assembled a fine anthology. It surveys the steampunk world through multiple approaches, genres, and voices. Short stories work th ...more
May 17, 2014
Nov 02, 2008
 
The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay, #1)
3.60
really liked it
A fun romp, important in the history of spy fiction, and a fascinating glimpse into the way people imagined WWI during the war.

A few notes:

39 Steps i
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Apr 24, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
 
The Lord Came at Twilight
4.27
it was amazing
The Lord Came at Twilight is a superb collection, announcing the voice of a rising young author who could easily become a major player in the horror f ...more
not set
Sep 13, 2015
 
Detroit: An American Autopsy
3.95
really liked it
This is a furious book, a snarling love song to a suffering people.

This is not one of those "please say nice things about Detroit" screeds. LeDuff foc
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Jul 21, 2013
May 03, 2013
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