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reviewed Prey. January 06, 2003
Crichton introduces his cautionary tale of technology run amok with a fairly dire summation of human shortsightedness. "The total system we call the biosphere is so complicated that we cannot know in …
reviewed The Years of Rice and Salt. November 21, 2002
The Years of Rice and Salt
KSR presents people grappling with the big questions over millennia, while integrating into his plot an impressive range of insights from religious, cultural, political, and social history. Happening …
reviewed Shadow Puppets (Ender Wiggin Saga). September 02, 2002
Shadow Puppets (Ender Wiggin Saga)
SHADOW PUPPETS isn't exactly disappointing, but it certainly does not pack the emotional impact of Card's previous efforts. Bean and Petra are the central characters in this installment but the "shadow" …
reviewed Grass (Sheri S. Tepper book). June 30, 2002
I'm not a big Tepper fan but I read Grass anyway and I'm glad I did. The plot is rather intricate but a brief synopsis: Humans are scattered over several planets, one being Grass which is a backwater …
reviewed 2001: A Space Odyssey (book). December 06, 2001
2001: A Space Odyssey
. . .serious science fiction novels ever written. This reviewer has to agree.From a beginning 10 million years in the past, to the "creation" of whatever it is that David Bowman becomes, 2001: A Space …
reviewed Escape Velocity. October 20, 2001
Escape Velocity
Pros: Entertaining and thought provoking      Cons: Some references will mean more to those that read more of the series      The Bottom Line: Excellent read on …
reviewed Winds Twelve Quarters: Stories. August 16, 2001
Winds Twelve Quarters Books
Pros: Marvelously descriptive, imaginative and varied work. Stands up to repeated reads.     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: An intriguing introduction to LeGuin …
reviewed The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy .... June 21, 2001
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
A trip down lunacy lane. This is a unpretensious riot that along with its THE RESTURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE makes two great books. Ford Prefect, Zaphod, and Arthur Dent and Co make a great addition …
reviewed Planet of the Apes. June 18, 2001
Planet of the Apes (Signet)
Given the impending release of the movie "THE PLANET OF THE APES" I rented the original movie, which I thought was great. But I just had to read the original book too. (I'm a reader, what can I say?)I …
reviewed Planet of the Apes. May 18, 2001
Planet of the Apes (Signet)
To be completely honest, I didn't even know there was an original PLANET OF THE APES book until I bought this book. Everyone knows about the famous movie with Charlton Heston and there is a lot of buzz …
reviewed Fahrenheit 451. April 06, 2001
Fahrenheit 451 (book)
It's hard to believe this little book by the famed Ray Bradbury has been around for about fifty years. I remember kids talking about this book just a few years ago when I was in high school and remember …
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 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 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 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 Rowan. May 06, 2000
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 Damia. May 06, 2000
Pros: Good characters, continuing story     Cons: Too weak to stand alone without series     When two talented and dynamic individuals get together, they often …
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 Mars. January 14, 2000
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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