Category Archives: Blacklist

Books you should not read because they are too dreadful. Anything I couldn’t finish is automatically on this list.

New York 2140 – Kim Stanley Robinson

And in contrast to my last book, this one was shit. I went into the Hugos slightly worried that I’d already read all the good ones (a lot of Nebula crossover plus authors I’d sought out anyway) and this… not … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter – Theodora Goss

I’d say it’s been a while since I read something this bad, but I recently read Autonomous, so that would be a lie. I wish it had been a while since I read something this bad, because this was an absolute pile … Continue reading

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Altered Carbon – Richard Morgan

What an unutterably execrable piece of absolute shite. I’ve been puzzling over precisely how to express my views of this book since about 15% of the way through. I’ve even been live-tweeting it (mainly as an outlet for bafflement and … Continue reading

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The Dark Forest – Cixin Liu

It has been nearly a month since my last post. And do you know why that is? Because this book was a SLOG. It was a CHORE. I HATED it. And I still have to* read the sequel for the … Continue reading

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Too Like the Lightning – Ada Palmer

This is possibly the most interesting book I’ve read not just this year but last year too. This does not mean it is the best book. When describing it to others, my descriptor of choice has been “godawful”. Or “dire”. … Continue reading

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Red Rising – Pierce Brown

This is probably going to be one of my most negative reviews of a properly published novel (free Kindle books don’t count). You’ve been warned. This book was, in short, absolutely godawful. It was unremittingly horrendous, and I knew I … Continue reading

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Neuromancer – William Gibson

First off – I hate this book. I properly do not like it at all. If you don’t want to read an entire post of my grouching with no positives whatsoever, you have been warned. Because I am struggling to … Continue reading

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