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Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Philip K. Dick
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars one of his best, 1 April 2008
Forget the film of this book 'Blade Runner'. The book is far stranger, less concerned with style and generally more cerebral and satisfying.
This is to me one of his best novels ('A Scanner Darkly' being the other). It doesn't delve into the religious metaphysical stuff that his later novels do, instead conventrating on the authors usual themes of :
what is reality? how do we recognise or define it? how do i know i am real?
this book almost transcends SciFi, and delves into philosophy.
Essential SciFi.
Highly recommended to everyone.


Bring the Jubilee (Millennium SF Masterworks S.)
Bring the Jubilee (Millennium SF Masterworks S.)
by Ward Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good alternative history, 1 April 2008
If you like reading about late 19th century America (in the style of the age) then you will like this book. It is not really science fiction, more of an alternative history that has a story woven into it. It probably appeals to American readers more for that reason.
I enjoyed it, but if you are after SciFi this may disappoint.
However, if you liked Huckelberry Finn you may like this - the story line is kind of similar (a young man's journey).


Eon (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Eon (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Greg Bear
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 'SCI-FI' science fiction, 1 April 2008
This review is from: Eon (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
This book is in the mould of Arthur C Clarke, a tale of humanity in the future meeting the alien unknown. Very well written and accessible to readers, the story moves forward all the time, you never get the feeling you are reading a big book (it is quite thick). The science is covered in detail but without overwhelming or boring the reader - this is a trap that SciFi can fall into with this style of book.
I enjoyed it immensely. One of the better books in the SF masterworks series.


A Maze of Death (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
A Maze of Death (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Philip K. Dick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good, but not his best, 1 April 2008
ok, this is a PK Dick novel, so it's good, but not his best. Try 'A Scanner Darkly' if you are new to him.
This book is in the vein of his 'religious experience' books, I prefer the ones where he isn't musing about religion so much. The idea is pretty thin, but as ever he gets you to question what is 'real', and where the book is going. With PK Dick, reading his books is like a voyage of the mind.
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Roadside Picnic (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Roadside Picnic (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Boris Strugatsky
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 1 April 2008
This book is Sciend Fiction at it's best, being both intelligent and literate. One of the best in the SF masterworks series.
There is no nothing hi tech about the plot, the characters are not sophisticated city types (it is set in a backwoods town in Canada), but are rather ordinary (and even thugish) types. The time setting is tomorrow.
This is not 'star wars' or even 'hi tech' style sci fi. The main character spends most of his time is seedy bars, run down offices and crawling through muddy ditches.
If you do have an interest in sci fi as literature, then you must read this.


The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very highly recommended, 1 April 2008
This review is from: The Road (Paperback)
this book is without a doubt one of the finest to come to be written recently. I can't recommend it highly enough. The book deals with the nature of man, and also man's relationship with nature. Of course it is set at the end of civilisation, but this is largely a construct to reduce everything to it's absolute essence. Mankind has been stripped of everything, and what you are left to see is both fascinating and terrible. Some reviewers have tried to link this to global warming / nuclear weapons, but the book really isn't about this. In fact, the cataclysm depicted in the book is really only possible through an interplanetary even such as a comet strike or large asteroid shower. Even nuclear weapons and global warming wouldn't have done what is depicted in the book. Just as well, as it demonstrates even more clearly the utter helplessness of men in the face of natures (and other men's) harshness.
Being set in America, it is an allegory on that country's society. It's view on the nature of man (and America) is both bleak and terrible, with few redeeming features.
The book reminded of me of both William Faulkner ('Light in August') and Hemingway's ('The old man and the sea') work, and is almost certainly destined to be a classic in the true sense of the word.


Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking: Be a Happy Non-smoker for the Rest of Your Life
Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking: Be a Happy Non-smoker for the Rest of Your Life
by Allen Carr
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It *does* work, 3 Mar 2008
Allen Carr's method is to open the smokers eyes to the nature of his addiction, and thus how to quit smoking. Addicts (of whatever sort) keep their addiction going by living in a state of denial. This book tackles that, and through this ensures the smoker never wants to smoke again. It is not difficult!


The Lathe Of Heaven (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
The Lathe Of Heaven (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Ursula K. Le Guin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not great, 3 Mar 2004
A story along the lines of some of Philip K Dick's stuff, but with less lunacy and paranoia. And, I have to say, less interesting overall.
This book gave me the feeling that the author had run out of ideas half way through. It is almost like it is a short story that has been stretched to novel length. I wasn't gripped by the narrative of the story in the way I have been by other books in the Masterworks series.


The Book Of Skulls (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
The Book Of Skulls (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Robert Silverberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my thing, but well written, 3 Mar 2004
Not really main stream SF, it deals more with the subject of religious cults. It is more sort of SF of the mind, a bit like the film Solaris.
I found it a bit slow to get going. It is very character driven - the narrative is all first person - i.e. through one of four peoples eyes. Not everyones cup of tea, in short.


Earth Abides (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Earth Abides (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by George.R. Stewart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.91

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic ..., 3 Mar 2004
This book must be one of the most memorable SF books I have ever read. Well written and thought provoking. Virtually no science involved, just a cracking story with well drawn characters. Like the best SF, it is well written fiction as well as being highly imaginative.
It will stay in your imagination forever.


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