M-I-K-E 2theD

Bookshelf 1 of 3: 553 books and always growing.
Helpful votes received on reviews: 71% (135 of 191)
Location: The Big Mango, Thailand
Anniversary: 12 Oct
Birthday: 22 Nov
In My Own Words:
2013 = 57 books 2012 = 105 books 2011 = 79 books 2010 = 71 books 2009 = 100 books 2008 = 87 books 2007 = 103 books

I write long-winded reviews for myself because it's a good writing exercise... but if you like them, then good for you (but I won't value your opinion).


Top Reviewer Ranking: 17,271 - Total Helpful Votes: 135 of 191
The Neutronium Alchemist: The Nights Dawn trilogy:&hellip by Peter F. Hamilton
Investing time in Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy is heart-breaking. I finished Book 1 in fifteen days during a long holiday, but I polished off Book 2 during a month of full-time work--all 30 days of it. While reading the 393,000 words of The Neutronium Alchemist, I could have read six shorter (and better) novels in the same amount of time. At the same time, I'm trying to make space on my bookshelves; with these tomes will have been completed, and most likely sold to my favorite second-hand bookstore, they will free up some much needed shelf room... though not enough for the 50 books which are stacked elsewhere. Alas, another book, another review, another slot made available on my to-read… Read more
The Reality Dysfunction: The Nights Dawn trilogy: &hellip by Peter F. Hamilton
I've plowed through most of Hamilton's tomes, excluding the Greg Mandel trilogy (1993-1995) and The Night's Dawn trilogy (1997-2000). I'm not a big fan of series, so I've always held off reading these expansive sets of books. I haven't heard much about the Greg Mandel series but The Night's Dawn trilogy seems to be the stuff of legend, whispers passed about its length and depth. Considering I've liked everything else Hamilton has written, including the collection of Manhattan in Reverse (2011) and his most recent novel Great North Road (2012), I finally decided to procure… Read more
Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer
Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer
In 2009, I read my first Robert J. Sawyer novel—Calculating God (2000)—which I enjoyed for its plethora of science yet panned for its stereotypes and a laundry list of annoyances: “near-millennial pop-culture references, science fiction trivia, extensive homage paid to the late Carl Sagan and facts surrounding the real Royal Ontario Museum”. Little did I know, Rollback would gather these same elements around an entirely different plot; yet, regardless of the who, what, when, where and why of the plot, the entire novel feels like a paint by numbers novel—a pushover, an easy read.

Rear cover synopsis:
“Dr. Sarah Halifax decoded the first-ever radio transmission received from… Read more