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The Magician's Land: A Novel (The Magicians Book 3)
The Magician's Land: A Novel (The Magicians Book 3)
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars good finale, February 10, 2015
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I enjoyed it! If you've read the first two, you will too. Things wrap up a bit too nicely compared to the terrifying climaxes of the first two, but It was still quite satisfying to me.


Compost Crank® Compost Aerator
Compost Crank® Compost Aerator
Offered by Lotech Products
Price: $54.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, works as advertised., November 25, 2014
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I just got this delivered last week. My initial impression couldn't be better. The crank handle effortlessly moves the screw into the pile, and you have great leverage to pull up a plug of stuff from the bottom to the top. I've got a fairly large black plastic circular bin right now and in about 10 minutes of slight exertion I was able to give the pile the best turn it's had outside of me using a shovel. Excellent, excellent, excellent. It was fairly easy for me to screw down too far, to the point where I couldn't lift the plug, but reversing a couple of cranks solved the issue and a little patience let me get all the down into the pile.


Bitter Seeds (Milkweed Book 1)
Bitter Seeds (Milkweed Book 1)
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars It's good. It's dark. It's good and dark., February 9, 2014
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I shied away a bit, thinking this was a book I'd have to mentally prep for. Having finished it and the two sequels, I can now say there is no reason to delay.

An alternate history where dark science gives the Nazi war machine an even bigger advantage in the early days of the war, threatening the survival of Great Britain. Fear and desperation are palpable. The characters are generally real humans with real problems and real flaws. After finishing the first book I went directly to number two and number three, which is the only advantage to having waited so long to read it in the first place.

I'll be reading most everything that Mr. Tregillis puts out for a while based on this series.


Neptune's Brood
Neptune's Brood
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Price: $7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stross at his best and worst, September 17, 2013
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The good: fully imagined future, and we aren't in it. Sure, the robots know we made them, but they call us The Fragile due to our utter lack of fitness for survival anywhere but inside of this particular gravity well. There is also a fairly comprehensive speculation on the financing of interstellar expansion, future economics on a grand scale which is a stross strong suit.

The not so good: the plot is picaresque, and although our hero undergoes tremendous physical change, mentally and spiritually, not so much. The writing is chock full of the usual technological pyrotechnics, but this to me has actually come to feel rote and maybe even a bit stale.


Spin the Sky
Spin the Sky
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars space adventure with classical allusions, August 17, 2013
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This was a fun read. The characters and the world building were first rate for an adventure story. The Homer stuff is fun and really adds to the book rather than seeming like a gag or a cheap literary trick.


A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time Other Book 14)
A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time Other Book 14)
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Free at last!, June 9, 2013
A fitting end. Loose ends tied up. Free at last free at last, thank the Light almighty I'm free at last. 14 freaking books. Never again.
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Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) (Silo series)
Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) (Silo series)
Price: $4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, read it, love it, May 26, 2012
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I don't write many reviews, but I want to take a moment to tell anyone who is considering buying this great book to just go ahead and do it.

First, it's a great bargain, even if you're not going to love it as much as the hundreds of other people, it's still worth the price.

Secondly, you know you want to support independent authors publishing on their own in the brave new world of ebooks, right? This is a great place to pitch in and be part of the revolution.

Finally, it freaking rocks. Like many people, I couldn't put it down. I read it every spare moment for a week straight through, putting other entertainment on hold. It's a great, classic SF plot -- survivors of a terrestrial cataclysm live underground in giant "generation ship" silos, when some of them begin to believe they haven't been told the full story. It's told from multiple points of view with strong, believable characters. The chapters are PERFECTLY paced and the writing is crisp, clean and sharp.

Just buy it already...


Move Under Ground
Move Under Ground
by Nick Mamatas
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You either have to read this or you don't, January 12, 2009
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What if R'lyeh rose off the coast of california and jack kerouac, william burroghs and neal cassady had to defeat the great old ones, after crossing the country from San Francisco to New York?

Frankly, the idea is better than the book. The book is fun, and Mamatas does a fair job with some of his impersonations, although at the end, he never really captures keroauc. Then again, maybe he does, it has been many years since I last read On The Road... maybe the problem is that Keroauc's gifts don't really lend themselves to a fantasy darker than the one he describes himself ie the America he, Neal and the Beats decried. They narrative never really reconciles the worlds of the Diamond Sutra and that of the Elder Gods.

If you are a Lovecraft fan, this book is a must... we just don't get that many chances. If you are a Kerouac fan, you should probably stay away.

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn


The Android's Dream
The Android's Dream
by John Scalzi
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $8.68
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Throwback to pulp science fiction, January 11, 2009
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Scalzi is a throwback to a simpler time in science fiction where the universe is populated with a 1000 alien species, most of them described in a few broad strokes, and the less said about how the hyperdrive works the better. That the book works, (much as the tv show "House" works, despite being entirely forumlaic... "what, only 40 mins past the hour, this can't be the real cure...") because they are fun, with a frenetic energy and a goofball, unpredictable sense of humor.

The writing is plain, and the the plot picaresque: a series of unlikely, escalating confrontations between the forces of the good guys and those of the bad guys, takes our hero from a dead-end job to an interstellar coronation ceremony, by way of a space cruise ship populated entirely by veterans of a battle he just happened to have fought at and won a Medal of Honor... get the picture?

Adding insult, the protagonist is not only a military savant with hands registered as deadly weapons, but he is also a brilliant computer programmer who has cracked the problem of artificial intelligence and is aided in his quest by an all knowing AI computer friend.

I read it with reasonable enjoyment, but even I have to caveat that review by saying I only read sci fi -- so that that with a grain of salt.
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Living Next Door to the God of Love
Living Next Door to the God of Love
by Justina Robson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.00
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, unique, even haunting, October 20, 2007
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I'm a huge sci-fi fan -- and strict too, no horror except lovecraft, and no fantasy except in weak moments -- and I loved this book.

Ms Robson's previous novel, Natural History, was one of the most haunting science fiction I have read in years. I just couldn't get the creepy techno-erotic story of longing, loneliness and difficult choices out of my mind for months. This novel takes those themes and expands on them in a most interesting, engaging, and intelligent manner.

If you like reading completely original visions of the future -- you know, the kind where your mind is racing most of the time to try and figure out what's going on, because the backstory is only given in small organic pieces of the story -- you should pick up this and other books by this author.


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