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Don Quixote
3.85
really liked it
I'll be the first to admit it: I'm a fan of popular fiction. I desire enjoyment from certain factors of pacing and style that the literary elite consi ...more
Apr 2004
Jan 27, 2008
 
From Hell
4.16
it was ok
From Hell is a brick of a book by legendary author Alan Moore. It presents one theory (since discredited) about the Jack The Ripper killings, and in s ...more
Dec 2001
Jan 27, 2008
 
The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files, #1)
3.95
really liked it
Every so often I come across a book so laden with obscure references that only my own particular predisposition to trivia sees me through to the other ...more
Jul 2007
Jan 26, 2008
 
What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
3.83
it was amazing
Simply put, "What's The Matter With Kansas?" in its latest (paperback) edition, is a book every politically active American should read. What its auth ...more
Jun 2007
Jan 26, 2008
 
The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
3.98
liked it
Author Terry Pratchett may be the modern day Mark Twain, one of the most prolific satirical authors in genre fiction. The world he spins his elaborate ...more
Jun 2003
Feb 02, 2008
 
Sun of Suns
3.74
really liked it
Schroeder's Sun of Suns bears the trappings of hard science fiction, but in reality it belongs to a much older genre: "Adventure." Like great popular ...more
May 22, 2008
May 25, 2008
 
Top 10, Vol. 1
4.10
really liked it
Anyone familiar with the 'golden age of Vertigo comics' in the 90s is familiar with Alan Moore, legendarily prodigal and eccentric master of illustrat ...more
Aug 2007
Jan 26, 2008
 
Neverwhere
4.18
really liked it
Neil Gaiman's influential penchant for dark urban fantasy presents itself in its least complicated form in his first novel, Neverwhere. The book has t ...more
Jul 2007
Jan 26, 2008
 
Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
3.76
really liked it
Eric Schlosser, the grade-a muckraker whose widely read Fast Food Nation catapulted him to fame, returns with Reefer Madness, dedicated to nothing les ...more
Aug 2007
Jan 26, 2008
 
Tuva or Bust!: Richard Feynman's Last Journey
3.97
liked it
Ralph Leighton's casually epic description of a decade of obsession with the tiny country of Tannu Tuva in the 1970s and 1980s (now a part of the Russ ...more
Sep 2007
Jan 26, 2008
 
The Nikopol Trilogy
4.09
really liked it
Surreal, gritty, and supremely strange, the Nikopol Trilogy is a loose three-part epic spanning 12 years of author Enki Bilal's career. Nikopol helped ...more
Mar 2003
Jan 27, 2008
 
Shadows Over Baker Street
4.08
it was ok
Shadows Over Baker Street presented me with a real dilemma, because I felt as though such a scattershot mix of stories couldn't really be boiled down ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 11, 2008
 
Planescape Campaign Setting
4.39
it was amazing
Before China Miéville brought the New Weird to a widespread fantasy readership, Planescape was rocking the boat in the RPG world. Controversial when i ...more
Oct 1996
Jan 27, 2008
 
Pirate Sun (Virga, #3)
3.96
liked it
On the surface, there's a lot to like about Pirate Sun, the third of Karl Schroeder's Virga books. Unlike the second book (Queen of Candesce), which s ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 05, 2009
 
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
3.96
really liked it
Perdido Street Station is not author China Miéville's first book, but it is his breakthrough into a wider readership. This is probably for the best: r ...more
Jun 2005
Jan 27, 2008
 
Orion
3.73
really liked it
Orion is one of the most frenetically bizarre graphic novels I own. Author Masamune Shirow's work has always been quirky, but Orion frequently strays ...more
Oct 1998
Feb 02, 2008
 
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
4.30
it was amazing
Having just completed Gödel, Escher, Bach (or GEB) thirty years after it was originally published, I am astonished at how well it has aged. I am not i ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 03, 2009
 
To Say Nothing of the Dog (Oxford Time Travel, #2)
4.13
it was amazing
If you're like me, you hate Jane Austen, not because she's a bad writer but because you want to throttle all of her characters. You could say that Jan ...more
Nov 2006
Jan 27, 2008
 
Cities
3.53
really liked it
Cities is a very strange anthology of four longish speculative stories with urban themes. Three of those stories are excellent, and one is awful (the ...more
Feb 2006
Jan 27, 2008
 
The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files, #2)
4.03
really liked it
Charles Stross returns to the world of British occult espionage in The Jennifer Morgue, a sequel to his eccentric, high-density work in The Atrocity A ...more
Aug 2007
Jan 26, 2008
 
Viriconium
3.80
liked it
Viriconium is, nominally, a series of short stories and novellas set in (or related to) a city of the same name. In practice, the author is trying to ...more
Feb 2008
Apr 23, 2008
 
Brushfire: Illuminations from the Inferno
4.65
it was amazing
Author Wayne Barlowe's recent visual explorations of Hell are among the most sophisticated in modern fantasy art, and Brushfire is his most impressive ...more
Jan 2004
Jan 27, 2008
 
House of Leaves
4.13
it was amazing
Mark Danielewski's debut novel House of Leaves is an ambitious, unique creation that challenges many of the basic storytelling conventions we, as read ...more
Oct 2002
Jan 27, 2008
 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4.17
it was amazing
Michael Chabon's most famous (and Pulitzer-prize-winning) novel comes so preceded by a miasma of hype that it seemed, when cracking the book for the f ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 05, 2009
 
Anathem
4.18
it was amazing
Anathem is the story of a world in which most academic scholarship (including most pure science and most philosophizing) is done not by institutions o ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 05, 2009
 
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
3.84
it was amazing
Red Mars is a book that snuck up on me. It's a massive brick of a book, and at first I was contentedly chipping away at it, absorbing the copious embe ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 25, 2009
 
Are You My Mother?
3.66
liked it
Author Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, "Are You My Mother?" is at once a sequel and reply to the powerful and successful "Fun Home." Both books are c ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 05, 2012
 
Nova Swing (Empty Space Trilogy #2)
3.60
really liked it
Nova Swing is a semi-sequel to Light, set in the same universe. It is, succinctly, also a much better book than its predecessor.

Like Light, the story
...more
Oct 2009
Oct 03, 2009
 
Light (Empty Space Trilogy #1)
3.60
liked it
It's difficult to pin down what the correct yardstick for evaluating a book like Light. In the end, it negotiates an uneasy truce between poetry, conc ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 11, 2009
 
The Spacer's Blade and Other Stories
4.71
it was amazing
There's an old saw that science fiction necessarily consists of two kinds of stories: Familiar characters in unfamiliar settings, and unfamiliar chara ...more
Jan 30, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
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