Down The Bright Way - Robert Reed
"Interesting story which has a lot of common ground with Stargate SG-1"
Broken Angels - Richard Morgan
"Sequel (sort-of) to Altered Carbon"
If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things - Jon McGregor
"This book, the first by Nottingham based author Jon McGregor won several awards, not least the Somerset Maugham prize."
"a worthy prequel to cryptonomicon"
Science: A History
"Want to learn about all of science, and the people involved? Do you also want to stay awake during the experience? Before Science: A History, it wasn't possible."
_Prince of Ayodhya_
"Ramayana, Valmiki's ancient epic, has recently been rendered into a fantasy series by A.K. Banker. _Prince of Ayodhya_ is the first book in this series."
Summer of Night - Dan Simmons
"A brief review. Might be minor spoilers, so beware."
"Just read it, so thought I'd contribute."
Chasm City: a review
"I'm starting to really enjoy Alastair
Redemption Ark - Alastair Reynolds
"A veritable doorstop of a book, replete with sentient weapons, exotic alien technology and some seriously hardcore physics heralds the return of Alastair Reynolds."
Christopher Brookmyre - Quite Ugly One Morning/A Big Boy Did it and Ran Away
"Ok, clearly I'm being lazy reviewing two books here in the one review. However, my beefs about these books are pretty much interchangeable. So here goes:"
Inversions - Iain M Banks
""... an indisposition due to special circumstances.""
Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan
"Tense cyberpunk thriller in the mould of William Gibson."
The Iron Dream by Norman Spinrad
"Hitler emigrated to America in 1919 to become a science fiction writer, rather than founding the Nazi party and presiding over one of the most horrific dictatorships in history. But in this parallel universe, his favourite concepts can't help but creep into his works of fiction..."
Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds
"After preparing myself for the worst, based on Adrian's earlier review, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Revelation Space is actually quite good. This might not be immediately apparent from the review but keep reading!"
Spares - Michael Marshall Smith
""the most incredible DARK TRAGI-COMEDY-HORROR-FUTURE-THRILLER-SF-ODYSSEY type thing you'll ever read!", or near as dammit."
Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds
"Following his debut "Revelation Space", Alastair Reynolds shows improvement in leaps and bounds."
David Brock, _Blinded by the Right_
"Things in the 1990s were worse than I imagined, or so this book claims. But is it reliable? I am lost in a wilderness of mirrors..."
The Earthquake Bird - Susanna Jones
"Not bad for a first novel but comes complete with one of the most annoying protagonists ever. Be warned!"
Perdido Street Station - China Miéville
"Winner of the 2001 Arthur C Clarke Award for Science Fiction, Miéville's second book is a fabulous steampunk fantasy horror. Really."
The Ant-Men Of Tibet And Other Stories
"An anthology of stories from Britian's leading sf magazine, Interzone"
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
"An epic work combining science, history, computing and cryptology into a thrilling story of World War 2 heroics and present-day adventure."
The Dark Knight Returns - Frank Miller
"In 1986, two seminal works of sequential art were published that would revolutionise the comics industry. One was Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's "Watchmen". The other was Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" and it was to have a lasting effect on the character of Batman and people's perception of the way comics were written."
a short synopsis of cryptonomicon
"read this book if you haven't already. it's as if neal stephenson were channelling bruce sterling. honest!"
His Dark Materials - A Second Opinion.
"Ostensibly aimed at children, the His Dark Materials books could very easily be read by the unwitting adult without them ever catching on that they are not the target market. Were it not for the fact that I bought my copies from the childrens section of Waterstones, I definitely wouldn't have known."
Sailing the Ancient Mediterranean
"Harry Turtledove diverts himself from alternate history to sail the ancient Mediterranean in a merchant galley just after the death of Alexander the Great. Call it a work of "historical realism""
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
"a book that annoys me because of its refusal to connect the political dots between who we vote for and what the lives of the working poor are like"
Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzold
"The best book on computers, telegraph relays, circuit design, programming, and 83 other topics I have ever read."
Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
"Pretty good SF biological thriller"
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
"A true classic - darker and more complex than Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter"
The Peace War by Vernor Vinge
"Early Vinge - and it shows"
Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge
"Better than The Peace War, worse than Deepness in the Sky"
Eight Minutes Idle - Matt Thorne
"Thorne's novel is, essentially, the dull life eventually turning itself upside down."
The Love Hexagon - William Sutcliffe
"If all you want is contemporary fiction detailing the lives of twentysomethings, then this is spot on [in a bad way]."
About a Boy
"(and a Man)"
"Microserfs Was Better"
"This Is What A Man Is"
Galloway & Porter
"A wonderful seconds bookshop in Cambridge (30 Sidney Street)"
Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
"The graphic novel which breathed new life into the Superhero genre is a million miles away from what you might first expect. Avoiding the glossy cliches and whiter-than-white heroes that had traditionally been the mainstay of such novels, Moore instead attempts something which sounds almost oxymoronic - to make his superheroes normal people."
The Martians by Kim Stanley Robinson
"A good collection of short stories - if you enjoyed the Mars Trilogy, you'll love this book"