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Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy Fiction (plus assorted)

Science Fiction primarily. Some horror and fantasy thrown in here and there.

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Night Watch
Sergei Lukyanenko, Andrew Bromfield
The Twilight Watch (Watch, Book 3)
Sergei Lukyanenko


Angelmass - Timothy Zahn Great book. A character in this book named after me (Dr. Laurn Podolak):)Thanks Tim!

Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Vol. 1)

Heir to the Empire - Timothy Zahn Thanks for naming a bar after Mike and I!

The Watch

The Twilight Watch (Watch, Book 3) - Sergei Lukyanenko




Night Watch and Day Watch, the first two books in this remarkable series, established Sergei Lukyanenko as a breathtakingly bold talent. Part fantasy, part vampire story, and part detective potboiler, this is the most successful science fiction series of all time in Russia and a true international sensation. In America, Fox Searchlight released the film adaptation of Night Watch to rapturous reviews, and adaptations of the next two books are in production.The world of Lukyanenko is as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov: Living among us are the "Others," an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, and the two sides coexist in an uneasy truce.

In Twilight Watch, the Others face their greatest threat yet. A renegade Other, his identity as yet unknown, has absconded with a fabled spell-book of untold power and appears bent on attacking the entire earth. Now forces of the Light and the Dark -- the Night Watch and the Day Watch -- must cooperate to stop him. Anton, the hero from Night Watch, is back, but when the culprit turns out to be none other than his partner, the race against time becomes more urgent than ever. In a world where reality and magic commingle, and where different degrees of existence are layered one atop the other, nothing is ever quite what it seems.

Ghost Story (Dresden Files, No. 13)

Ghost Story - Jim Butcher Love the Dresden series, but this one seemed to be lacking it's usual wit.

Writing in the Dark: Essays on Literature and Politics

Writing in the Dark: Essays on Literature and Politics - David Grossman, Jessica Cohen

This was one of those books I had to force myself to keep reading. I kept hoping it would get better, but it didn't. Bland writing, bland story. Perhaps her later books are better; she did write a whole series of these so some people seem to like them.


This is a review for a different book by Sue Grafton on Goodreads- Booklikes pulled the wrong info over.



The Boiling Season: A Novel

The Boiling Season - Christopher Hebert I've read most of Peter Hamilton's novels, and this book of short stories doesn't disappoint. Most are set in universes he's already established, so for me they were very easy to get into; for those that haven't read his work, some of the stories may not make much sense.

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter: A Novel

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter - Mario Vargas Llosa

I quite enjoyed the first and second books, but I feel the third kind of fell flat. The writing style felt a bit disjointed and thrown together.


Another one where BookLikes imported the review from Goodreads but placed it on the incorrect book

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume IIB

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume IIB - Ben Bova Classic set of sf short stories. I obtained the first 4 volumes back in high school and have read them several times.