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JoeLavelle

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I read a lot and love to read. I find great pleasure in good science fiction, and enjoy thinking about the great stories I've read and agonizing over what will come next. The information I provide here is for me. I long been a voracious reader, but never a review writer. But I've been tempted to try to document my thoughts on the why, what and how of the books I enjoyed. But do feel free to peruse, and please do suggest a great read you think I'd like.

Currently reading

Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams
Timothy Lister, Tom DeMarco
The Prefect
Alastair Reynolds
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
Michael Pollan
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Timothy Lister, Tom DeMarco
Alastair Reynolds
February 2014
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February 2014
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reviewed: Galactic North
This is thin fare. I dislike short stories for my science fiction and bought this by mistake. Still I like the revelation spa...
Galactic North - Alastair Reynolds
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February 2014
05
reviewed: Blindsight
Crap! And to think I hemmed and hawed about reading this book. I loved this book. I was stuck at home, sick with the flu, ...
Blindsight - Peter Watts
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February 2014
04
reviewed: The Player of Games
I loved this book. I surely didn't think I would like it, which is why I have been sitting on it for over a year. I read Con...
The Player of Games - Iain M. Banks
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January 2014
24
reviewed: Chasm City (Revelation Space)
A good story, even if it didn't fit into the Revelation Space story line. It kept my interest to the end. That is good enou...
Chasm City - Alastair Reynolds
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December 2013
31
reviewed: Lord of Light
Amazing story that was only partially spoiled by my previous devourment of Dan Simmon's Ilium, which seems to have stolen som...
Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny
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December 2013
26
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November 2013
28
reviewed: Redemption Ark (Revelation Space)
A few loose ends, but let's see if the 3rd volume deals with those. An excellent story that kept me looking for more.
Redemption Ark - Alastair Reynolds
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October 2013
16
reviewed: The Chronoliths
A weak ending did not spoil the excellent story. It is more modern day drama than scientific fiction, but a good story never...
The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
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October 2013
10
reviewed: The Time Ships
If you liked HG Wells original....then give it a go. I only gave it 3 stars, but I enjoyed it. It did drag on a bit, but I ...
The Time Ships - Stephen Baxter
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September 2013
19
reviewed: 2001: A Space Odyssey
much better than the movie, but still more like a short story. It was clearly written to be an outline for the movie.
2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke
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September 2013
01
reviewed: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
It was the least interesting sci fi book I actually finished. Perhaps it deserves another star for getting me to finish, but...
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
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August 2013
17
reviewed: The Evolutionary Void
I rated it 4 starts because it is a good enough ending to a great story covering 4 massive novels. Not as satisfying as Simm...
The Evolutionary Void - Peter F. Hamilton
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July 2013
30
reviewed: THE DREAMING VOID [THE VOID TRILOGY, BOOK 1] BY PETER F. HAMILTON
Okay. 5 stars is a high rating, but I really felt engaged by this iteration of the Void story.Next up is the last one in the...
The Dreaming Void - Peter F. Hamilton
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June 2013
26
reviewed: Wool Omnibus (Wool, #1-5)
A well written and interesting story. The ideas are small however, but I read it with interest.
Wool Omnibus (Wool, #1-5) - Hugh Howey
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June 2013
03
reviewed: Judas Unchained
Magnificent. This story is amazing, and I imagine it would have been even better had I read every word instead of skimming j...
Judas Unchained  - Peter F. Hamilton
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March 2013
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February 2013
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January 2013
08
reviewed: Consider Phlebas
Overall, very good but for ending. I was tired when I read it (so mileage may vary), but I did not enjoy the unsatisfying wr...
Consider Phlebas - Iain M. Banks
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