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A Void
3.80
it was amazing
This significant book (aka La Disparition, though its linguistically cunning author calls for no introduction) strains against a troublingly unjust ha ...more
not set
Oct 17, 2012
 
Ecotones - Ecological Stories from the Border Between Fantasy and Science Fiction
4.43
Hello, reader!

I had the privilege of editing ECOTONES (and contributing a story to it), so for reasons of modesty I'm going to forego boosting it with
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not set
Dec 21, 2015
 
Lucky or Unlucky?: 13 Stories of Fate
3.95
The writers' corner of SFFWorld is a friendly and dynamic little corner of the web, and I was very happy to have one of my stories make the cut for 20 ...more
Dec 26, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
 
Wars to End All Wars (SFFWorld.com anthology, #3)
3.57
The third annual, forum-exclusive-if-not-actually-official SFFWorld.com short fiction anthology picks up where the previous two left off - and I'm not ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Jul 25, 2014
 
Worse Than Myself
3.91
really liked it
Adam Golaski's collection of strange stories emerges from behind a nicely suggestive image of a deep forest in deep winter, the uniform white of snow ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2013
 
The Political Gene: How Darwin's Ideas Changed Politics
3.57
did not like it
The Sunday Times, quoted on my paperback copy, calls The Political Gene "A disturbing and provocative book", and they are absolutely dead on. It is ...more
not set
Feb 07, 2014
 
A Fine Likeness: A Novel in the House Divided Series
4.12
liked it
With the American Civil War raging, two men are set on a collision course by the conflicting ideologies of the Confederacy and the Union--and by super ...more
not set
Feb 07, 2014
 
The Satanic Verses
3.71
it was amazing
When I was a boy (not as much of one as I imagined I was, now I check the date of publication) some clown wrote a trivial little book that got him int ...more
Jul 02, 2014
Feb 11, 2014
 
Zoo City
3.64
liked it
Lauren Beukes’ second novel Zoo City, is a roughly contemporary urban fantasy set in Johannesburg, and it’s not at all bad. Sufficiently so that it wo ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2013
 
A Song from Dead Lips
3.68
really liked it
A Song from Dead Lips chronicles the investigation into the sad, grotty end of a young woman's life in late-60s London, where the music of The Beatl ...more
Dec 10, 2013
Jan 30, 2014
 
Colony
3.88
it was amazing
A criminal is dispatched to a primitive colonial penitentiary and we are sent with him. He survives the harsh journey, survives his harsh bedfellows, ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2013
 
Player Piano
3.86
really liked it
Kurt Vonnegut wrote his first novel from within a limbo period of changing technologies, hanging unbalanced between the heritage of pre-war (hu)manual ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2013
 
Q
4.14
it was amazing
Q begins in the midst of a brutal massacre, sinking the reader deep into the mortal conflict between devout belief and passionate rebellion which en ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2013
 
Some of Your Blood
3.89
really liked it
FULL DISCLOSURE - quite the opposite of CONFIDENTIAL .

I see a lot of reviews marked up with "disclosure" or "disclaimer" or something similar thes
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Dec 15, 2014
Dec 15, 2014
 
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
3.86
really liked it
The three children of a broadly benign dictator, General Matsika, languish within the protected compound that is their home, forbidden from all but th ...more
Sep 20, 2015
Sep 21, 2015
 
The Speed of Dark
4.01
liked it
Speed of Dark follows in the hallowed footsteps of Daniel Keyes' excellent 1966 sf novel Flowers for Algernon, a half-step ahead of The Curious Incide ...more
Jan 25, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
 
Radio Hope
4.06
liked it
I've been keeping an eye on Sean McLachlan's fiction output ever since he welcomed me, most warmly, into one of Madrid's very supportive writers' grou ...more
not set
Feb 10, 2014
 
All You Need Is Kill
4.06
liked it
All You Need Is Kill was a lightning fast read - three days start to finish. During that brief spell I found myself enjoying it, enough to put off oth ...more
Jun 07, 2014
Jun 05, 2014
 
Eleven Short Stories: A Dual-Language Book
3.87
really liked it
I knew very little about Luigi Pirandello prior to reading Undici Novelle, other than my girlfriend's assertion that if I wanted to read a great Itali ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2013
 
Invisible
3.72
liked it
Paul Auster’s fifteenth novel is an exercise in both engrossment and distancing. Beginning with a chance encounter between Adam Walker and Rudolf Born ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2013
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.45
really liked it
At the end of 2011 someone gave me an article to read, literally torn out of their copy of The New Yorker –  The Dragon’s Egg , by Adam Gopnik. Always ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2013
 
Hypothermia (Inspector Erlendur #8)
3.87
liked it
The apparent suicide of a young woman, still grief-stricken at the death of her mother two years earlier, appears an open-and-shut case. Found hanged ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2013
 
Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
4.23
really liked it
A weary, sad and lonely man climbs a seemingly endless stairwell, and when he gets to the top he asks the people there to kill him. Or maybe to let hi ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2013
 
A Mercy
3.67
liked it
Following the fate of Florens, a young but literate slave girl traded away from her mother, A Mercy presents a short but darkly moving glimpse of li ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2013
 
Wonderful Life
4.12
really liked it
For anyone in the dark, the Burgess Shale is one of the greatest fossil discoveries in palaeontological history. Uncovered in British Columbia by Char ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2013
 
A Canticle for Leibowitz
3.98
really liked it
Six hundred years after the end of civilization, a novitiate monk of the Albertian Order of Saint Leibowitz (confirmation of sainthood pending) is int ...more
not set
Oct 31, 2013
 
China Mountain Zhang
3.93
really liked it
"We are only free when we slip through the cracks"

Science Fiction considers itself the literature of ideas, or is considered so to be by its fans and
...more
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
 
A Fistful of Nothing: A Dieselpunk Noir Novel (The Hollywoodholes Sonata, #1)
4.04
really liked it
One of the things that gets noticed about Steampunk (or of which it is at times accused) is a tendency for slightly though deliberately stilted prose, ...more
Mar 25, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
 
Deer Lake: A Novel
4.12
liked it
A lakeside community deep in rural Canada may just be deep in something else as well. Long reputed (against an overwhelming paucity of evidence) to pl ...more
Sep 14, 2014
Aug 31, 2014
 
Follow Your Fantasy
3.05
liked it
I'm reviewing Follow Your Fantasy despite the fact that I haven't finished it yet. Does that make me an inconsiderate lover? Book lover, I mean? Wel ...more
not set
Feb 20, 2014
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