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reviewed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (.... February 06, 2001
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Pros: Lots of magic, great sub-plots, well developed characters.     Cons: Dobby and Winky.     The Bottom Line: Drive or fly to your nearest bookstore and pick …
reviewed Shadow of the Hegemon (Ender's Shadow). January 17, 2001
Shadow of the Hegemon (Ender's Shadow)
I can't say I was disappointed in the continuation of Bean's story from Ender's Shadow (which I thought was great) but it was a bit flat.First the praise. Card does an excellent job in characterization …
reviewed Dune. January 04, 2001
Dune
Don't get me wrong - I like science fiction as a genre, but some of it is just too technical and unbelievable. I'm more of a history fan. And I guess that's why Dune is so appealing - it is a very well …
reviewed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (.... December 30, 2000
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
After three books you couldn't help noticing a pretty rigid plot formula in the Harry Potter books: Harry starts out in Privet Drive, goes to Hogwarts, singlehandedly wins a vital Quidditch match, encounters …
reviewed Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. December 13, 2000
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
The title of this novel, as PKD makes clear, comes from a song by the medieval English lute-player John Dowland. The point of this song is that it's better to suffer torments in Hell than cruelty on Earth. …
reviewed The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. December 07, 2000
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Writing a review about a Robert Heinlein novel is a difficult and daunting task. His works are enjoyed by a wide variety of people who otherwise have very little in common. There is plenty in his politics …
reviewed Fahrenheit 451. October 14, 2000
Fahrenheit 451 (book)
Pros: Everything     Cons: Such things are actually going on as you read this!     Instead of choosing one from the frighteningly long list of books frequently …
reviewed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. October 13, 2000
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
. . .this film is, by far, the greatest pure science-fiction movie ever made, regardless of whether or not one is normally a fan of "Star Trek".A quality drama, with good character development, wonderful …
reviewed Hyperion. September 12, 2000
Hyperion
This is a very entertainng read - well constructed and thought out science fiction which ranks it up there with "Dune" and "Ender's Game". What is particularly appealing is the way each character unfolds …
reviewed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (.... September 12, 2000
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Pros: Too Many To Print!     Cons: None     How does she do it? With each book, we become more and more enthralled! Each can stand proudly on it's own merits, but …
reviewed 2001: A Space Odyssey. August 30, 2000
Movie poster
Pros: the suspence and continued mystery     Cons: the suspence and contined mystery      When this movie was released (yea, I was around and a full-fledged adult …
reviewed Flowers for Algernon. August 21, 2000
Flowers for Algernon
How many books can make this claim? 1) They are thought provoking. 2) They are exceedingly clever. 3) They are exceptionally well-written. "Flowers for Algernon" surpasses all criteria and is truely astonishing! …
reviewed Excession. July 15, 2000
Excession
Except for Star Wars, I'm never been much into sci-fi. I bought Excession partly on the strength of Banks' 'straight' fiction (especially The Wasp Factory), but mostly because it was the only English …
reviewed The Sparrow. May 23, 2000
The Sparrow
Set in the near future (early to mid-twenty first century) this tale recounts the efforts of a small group of idealistic, highly liberal and mostly religious aging baby boomers to find extra-terrestrial …
reviewed Damia. May 06, 2000
Damia
Pros: Good characters, continuing story     Cons: Too weak to stand alone without series     When two talented and dynamic individuals get together, they often …
reviewed Rowan. May 06, 2000
Rowan
Pros: Great characters, exciting situations     Cons: None for the sci-fi fantasy lover     An entire world hears inside their own heads the screams of this frightened …
reviewed Flowers for Algernon. May 01, 2000
Flowers for Algernon
This is a poignant and wonderful novella about a man's metamorphisis from retarted worker to genius and his slow and painful transformation back to his original state. It is a powerful work because it …
reviewed Ender's Game. March 16, 2000
Ender's game cover
I purchased this book on the strength of reviews on Amazon, and even though science fiction is not my favourite genre, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are finely drawn, and the plot is …
reviewed Inversions. February 29, 2000
Inversions
British writer Iain Banks, known for such edgy, thoughtful novels as "The Wasp Factory" and "A Song of Stone," writes science fiction as Iain M. Banks ("Excession," "Against a Dark Background")."Inversions," …
reviewed Return to Mars. February 17, 2000
Return to Mars
Pros: Good story, strong characters     Cons: Conflict could be better     Navaho geologist Jamie Waterman returns to Mars in this sequel by Ben Bova. Although …
reviewed Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Me.... February 08, 2000
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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
The acting in this movie was very bad. My favorit charictor in the movie was Jar Jar Binks, but even his ears went through people because the acter's never even stoped to look at how to do this. A discrase …
reviewed Mars. January 14, 2000
Mars
Pros: Good strong characters     Cons: Undeveloped in spots     Interesting look at the forces and motivations behind humankind's first visit to Mars. There is …
reviewed Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. January 12, 2000
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Pros: Good story, quick read     Cons: It's NOT the movie...(if you're a fan)     Philip K. Dick's novel of America a few years from now is the basis of the cult …
reviewed Crystal Singer. December 16, 1999
Crystal Singer
Pros: GREAT story, GREAT characters     Cons: None in my epinion     How does a prima donna deal with failure? How about run away and join the Heptite Guild? Killashandra …
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