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The Giver (The Giver, #1)
4.12
did not like it
Lowry's book is a piece of nationalist propaganda, using oversimplification, emotional appeals, and dualistic morality to shut down her readers' minds ...more
Jan 1993
May 26, 2007
 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
4.20
it was amazing
The universe is a joke.

Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 (then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes), I
...more
not set
May 28, 2009
 
Watchmen
4.35
it was amazing
Since the movie came out, I've found myself having to explain why Watchmen is important and interesting. Despite being the most revered comic book of ...more
Nov 2005
May 13, 2007
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.97
liked it
Farenheit 451 has been analyzed and reinterpreted by every successive generation to change its meaning. This is chiefly because the book is full of as ...more
Jan 1998
Oct 25, 2007
 
Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)
3.85
it was ok
Welcome to another edition of 'Notable Genre Author Fails to Impress Some Guy on the Internet', I'll be your host: some guy.

Like so many highly-laude
...more
Jun 03, 2011
Mar 03, 2009
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.30
liked it
I was savaged by a miniature poodle the other day--wait--no, someone protested my review of The Giver the other day. If you have any pent-up rage from ...more
Oct 1998
May 26, 2007
 
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1-5)
4.38
it was amazing
The universe is a joke.

Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 (then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes), I
...more
Feb 2002
May 13, 2007
 
Dune
4.20
really liked it
People often forget that this series is what innovated our modern concept of science fiction (up until Neuromancer and The Martix, at least). Dune too ...more
Jan 1998
Jun 01, 2007
 
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
3.88
really liked it
A lozenge is a shape. Like a cube, or a triangle, or a sphere. I know that every time he types it, you are going to imagine a cough drop flying serene ...more
Jan 2002
May 13, 2007
 
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
3.96
really liked it
My friends call me Senex ('The Old Man') because of my taste in fantasy, or they would, if I had any. It's often been noted that I'll give at least fo ...more
Jul 2006
May 13, 2007
 
Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga, #2)
4.04
did not like it
While Ender's Game is a solid piece of modern sci fi, the sequel falls all too short. 'Speaker' is preachy and allegorical, and the characters often d ...more
not set
May 26, 2007
 
Frankenstein
3.76
really liked it
If you have not read the book, then you do not know Frankenstein or his monster. Certainly, there is a creature in our modern mythology which bears th ...more
Oct 20, 2012
Oct 29, 2009
 
The Last Man
3.32
really liked it
I don't really like reading, which must strain credulity, since I devote so much of my time and energy to doing it. But reading, for me, is never an e ...more
Jul 27, 2010
May 20, 2009
 
V for Vendetta
4.25
really liked it
I struggled for a long time with the growing notion that conservatives simply aren't funny. At first it seemed a silly idea, since conservatism draws ...more
Jan 2006
May 13, 2007
 
Roadside Picnic
4.21
really liked it
I play video games, now and again, but I don't care about being 'good' at them. I'm not competitive about my skills. I'm interested in the story, the ...more
Nov 10, 2011
Feb 04, 2010
 
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide, #2)
4.22
it was amazing
The universe is a joke.

Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 (then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes), I
...more
not set
May 28, 2009
 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
3.87
liked it
Jules Verne, classic pulp author, innovator of science fiction, originator of 'steampunk'--or was he? Many readers of the English language will never ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
 
Ilium (Ilium, #1)
4.01
it was ok
I love the idea of a throwback, an author who takes cues from classics and puts a new spin on them. Mieville took rollicking pulp and updated it, Susa ...more
Nov 21, 2015
Jun 15, 2009
 
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street (Transmetropolitan, #1)
4.22
really liked it
Comics have been going through a very public struggle with maturity for some time now. They were well on their way to catching up with other art forms ...more
Nov 2006
May 13, 2007
 
The Speed of Dark
4.01
it was ok
This book is about as 'sci fi' as an episode of CSI. Moon basically takes 'Flowers for Algernon' and hacks off the ending. The writing was alright, an ...more
Mar 15, 2007
May 13, 2007
 
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, #1)
3.92
it was ok
It is strange to me how often Lewis is mentioned as a leading Christian apologist, since his views on Christianity tend to be neither conventional nor ...more
May 12, 2012
May 08, 2012
 
The Left Hand of Darkness
4.05
really liked it
The term 'Speculative Fiction' was developed out of a desire by some authors to separate themselves from the more pejorative aspects of the Sci Fi gen ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
 
Snow Crash
4.03
really liked it
Crazy, strange, exciting, visionary, action-packed, sexy. Reading this book is like watching the Matrix for the first time. Though it may lack pretens ...more
Jan 2001
May 13, 2007
 
The Difference Engine
3.41
really liked it
My Shakespeare professor was ravishing: clever and ebullient, and never to be found without knee-high leather heels. I drew playbill covers while she ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Dec 14, 2007
 
I Am Legend and Other Stories
3.99
it was ok
I know there is a lot going for this book, in terms of popular opinion, influence, and originality, so you'll have to forgive me for interposing my bo ...more
Apr 26, 2008
Aug 17, 2007
 
Contact
4.11
it was ok
Sagan was a lucid and impassioned defender of rationality and clear thought. Unfortunately, his foray into fiction did little to increase the understa ...more
not set
Jul 09, 2008
 
Titus Alone (Gormenghast, #3)
3.45
it was amazing
Mervyn Peake was, by all accounts, a powerful presence, an electric character, and a singular creative force. While Tolkien's poetry is the part every ...more
Jan 07, 2009
Feb 13, 2009
 
The Inheritors
2.99
really liked it
In 1901 Joseph Conrad and Ford Maddox Ford, two of the greatest literary writers of the 20th Century, pooled their talents to write a novel about inte ...more
Sep 08, 2013
Sep 05, 2013
 
The Illuminatus! Trilogy
4.00
liked it
A sprawling, many-faceted, satirical series, Illuminatus! is difficult to rate and more difficult to review. There are so many aspects which one could ...more
not set
Apr 21, 2009
 
The Night Land
3.63
it was ok
A modern man starts receiving psychic messages from hundreds of thousands of years in Earth's future--messages from himself. The sun is dying, the wor ...more
not set
Oct 17, 2014
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