cover title author rating rating my rating review Down arrow read added
 
Rainbow Six (Jack Ryan Universe, #10)
4.08
did not like it
What a trip! Tom Clancy, arguably (along with Larry Bond) the biggest game-changer in the history of the technothriller, proves that he can deliver co ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2012
 
The Handmaid's Tale
4.09
really liked it
This brilliant, harrowing and edifying book would rate an easy five stars from me, save that I have never been able to decide whether or not the brief ...more
Jan 1993
Mar 21, 2012
 
Footfall
3.90
it was ok
Moderately entertaining artifact of the 1980s, predictably sociologically dated (and occasionally downright embarrassing in its treatment of sexual is ...more
not set
Sep 11, 2013
 
Shattered Pillars (Eternal Sky, #2)
3.84
It's my reluctant policy not to give star ratings to books written by the woman I am dating. ;)

With that said, Range of Ghosts was a very good book, a
...more
not set
Jul 17, 2012
 
Revelation Space (Revelation Space, #1)
3.97
liked it
Sprawling, energetic, idea-packed, and ambitious as hell. I really did enjoy this one, despite some fairly strong qualms, and I plan to keep reading i ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2012
 
Wrath of a Mad God (The Darkwar Saga, #3)
4.03
it was ok
Ray, I love you, man, and I admire the size and scope of your creation, but damn, this one was perfunctory.
not set
Mar 21, 2012
 
Red Planet (Heinlein's Juveniles, #3)
3.79
it was ok
Another Heinlein juvenile, another curious blend of work by a virtuoso visionary and his unfortunate co-author the cheating hack.

THE GOOD: Heinlein's
...more
Mar 08, 2013
Mar 20, 2012
 
On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)
4.12
liked it
I do wish Goodreads allowed more granularity, because I'd peg this as a 3.5 rather than a 3.

Much more favorably impressed by this one than I expected
...more
Mar 25, 2013
May 01, 2012
 
Podkayne of Mars
3.66
it was ok
So much to rant about here, so little time. When I finished the first chapter of Podkayne my grin was so wide I damn near cut my own face off. Heinlei ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2012
 
The Drowning City (The Necromancer Chronicles, #1)
3.42
liked it
Again, I wish Goodreads had a slightly more granular rating system, because this novel is a very solid 3.5.

Amanada Downum's debut is more of everythin
...more
Sep 11, 2013
Apr 10, 2012
 
The Red Tree
3.67
it was amazing
A haunting, beautifully-wrought exercise in uncertainty that pushes just about every button I have when it comes to tension, horror, and the supernatu ...more
not set
Jul 17, 2012
 
Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1)
3.99
really liked it
I sometimes refer to this as "the only genuine science fiction novel Michael Crichton ever wrote," by which I mean it's his only science-based thrille ...more
not set
Mar 21, 2012
 
Nifft the Lean
4.03
really liked it
An exquisitely written aberration from the early 80s. Lusty, dreamy sword-and-sorcery showing all the passion and thirst of Robert E. Howard with a mo ...more
not set
Mar 21, 2012
 
Mission of Gravity
3.91
it was amazing
Often cited as one of the bedrock works of "hard" science fiction, this extremely well-constructed little novel paints wonders of chemistry, biology, ...more
not set
Mar 21, 2012
 
Liavek (Liavek, #1)
3.97
really liked it
The trouble with knowing so many people involved in this anthology is that it makes my enthusiasm seem unduly nepotistic... but what the hell. I didn' ...more
Jan 13, 2013
Nov 12, 2012
 
Hardwired (Hardwired, #1)
3.91
really liked it
I have a deep personal weakness for 80s cyberpunk, and though I waited many years to finally read this one, it delivers all the chrome and lasers and ...more
not set
May 01, 2012
 
Cujo
3.68
really liked it
Spare, surprisingly effective, and more genuinely heartbreaking than I expected. Like much early King, it's as much about the stress and strain of eve ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2012
 
The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man
3.85
really liked it
A fascinating linguistic and anthropological study of a bygone criminal era... details an amazing variety of crooks and parasites evolved to fit any n ...more
not set
Mar 23, 2012
 
Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille
3.64
liked it
A minor work from a great writer, perfectly symptomatic of Steve's refusal to stand still and do the same thing over and over again. Not a patch on ne ...more
not set
Aug 26, 2013
 
The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe, #4)
4.04
really liked it
Yes indeed, once upon a time Tom Clancy could write. The Hunt for Red October blew the lid off the technothriller genre in the mid-80s, and for good r ...more
not set
Mar 22, 2012
 
Undertow
3.46
I have reluctantly adopted the policy of not giving star ratings to books written by the woman I'm dating. ;)

Undertow is not without its weaknesses an
...more
not set
May 01, 2012
 
Up the Line
3.74
liked it
A peculiar book, containing some delightful time-travel shenanigans and some of the very best science fictional handwaving and lampshading ever writte ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2012
 
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 2
3.52
it was ok
The highlights of this anthology are a dreamy high fantasy piece by Tanith Lee and a darkly amusing Fafhrd and Mouser story from Fritz Leiber, in whic ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2012
 
The Demolished Man
4.00
really liked it
Tense, fast-moving, and clever. A concise little thriller that plays amusing typographical games to illustrate the communication of telepaths. One of ...more
not set
Mar 21, 2012
 
Shadows of Sanctuary (Thieves' World, #3)
3.81
liked it
The third anthology in the THIEVES' WORLD cycle goes a bit off the rails. I like Vonda McIntyre's work in general, but her touchy-feely opening piece ...more
not set
Apr 29, 2012
 
Rite of Passage
3.86
really liked it
The first half of this novel is almost unreadable, the narrator a stultifying caricature barely recognizable as a young human, let alone a young human ...more
not set
Mar 21, 2012
 
The Battle for the Falklands
3.98
really liked it
An in-depth and comprehensive view of the 1982 Falklands War, almost entirely from the British perspective (and to the authors' credit, they make it c ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2013
 
Galactic Diplomat (Retief, #2)
3.96
it was ok
Amusing enough, but there is precious little diplomacy actually on display, as Retief solves most of his problems by sneaking around or punching peopl ...more
not set
Nov 12, 2012
 
Brother Assassin (Berserker, #2)
3.65
it was ok
Mildly diverting, with honest pulpy pleasure, but very weakly concluded. Also very much of its time, an era of science fiction when real men wore jump ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2012
 
Ariel
3.63
really liked it
For all of its silly weaknesses and its lame climax, this remains an enthralling book with some fantastic notions and moments, and a genuinely heartbr ...more
Jan 13, 2013
Nov 12, 2012
Rss infinite
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 18 19