Reviews list

This is an index to my various book reviews. Most of the books and stories below are reviewed on my livejournal, but a few are reviewed elsewhere – [W] indicates those reviews to be found on my own website, [SH] those on Strange Horizons, [IP] those on Infinity Plus and [ECRD] those on the Ethnic Conflict Review Digest.

I notice that I tend to write longer reviews of non-fiction books. Shorter reviews are in a smaller font below. I have not bothered to list the really short livejournal entries which basically just note that I read the book.

I also notice that the reviews below don’t at all reflect my personal tastes. Some of my favourite authors (eg Brian Aldiss, Roger Zelazny) are barely represented at all.

And I’ve added links to my reviews of various Doctor Who stories as seen on TV.

Well, plenty more sorting into sub-categories to do, but here’s a first go.

Science Fiction and Fantasy


Piers Anthony, Steppe
Catherine Asaro, Primary Inversion
Catherine Asaro, The Radiant Seas
Isaac Asimov, Foundation’s Edge
[W] Isaac Asimov, The Gods Themselves
R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before
[IP] Stephen Baxter, Evolution
Greg Bear, Moving Mars
[W] Greg Bear, Darwin’s Radio
[IP] Chris Beckett, The Holy Machine
Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward: from 2000 to 1887
[SH] Amber Benson and Christopher Golden, Ghosts of Albion: Accursed
Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man
Michael Bishop, No Enemy But Time
James Blish, Cities In Flight
Ray Bradbury, Green Shadows, White Whale
Keith Brooke, Keepers of the Peace
[W] Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign
John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress From this World to that which is to come
Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
Samuel Butler, Erewhon
Eugene Byrne, ThiGMOO
[W] Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
Orson Scott Card, Heartfire
Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Avatar
C.J. Cherryh, Cyteen
C.J. Cherryh, Downbelow Station
Arthur C. Clarke, Imperial Earth
[W] Arthur C. Clarke, The Fountains of Paradise
Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Samuel R. Delany, Babel-17
Samuel R. Delany, The Einstein Intersection
[IP] Philip K. Dick, Cantata-140 (aka The Crack in Space)
Peter Dickinson, The Green Gene
Cory Doctorow, Down and Out In The Magic Kingdom
Eric Flint and David Drake Destiny’s Shield
[W] Neil Gaiman, American Gods
Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys
Mary Gentle, 1610: A Sundial in a Grave
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
Colin Greenland, Take Back Plenty
Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Felaheen
Jon Courtenay Grimwood, 9Tail Fox
Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Stamping Butterflies
[W] Joe Haldeman, Forever Peace
[W] Joe Haldeman, The Forever War
Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star
Robert A. Heinlein, The Door into Summer
[W] Frank Herbert, Dune
[IP] William Hope Hodgson, The House on the Borderlands and Other Stories
James Patrick Hogan, Paths to Otherwhere
Richard Jeffries, After London
[IP] Tim Kenyon, Ersatz Nation
[W] Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon
[W] Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed
Fritz Leiber, Gather, Darkness!
Fritz Leiber, The Wanderer
Paul Leonard, [Doctor Who] Genocide
Rebecca Levene, Strontium Dog: Bad Timing
“Clem Macartney” (W.D. Flackes), Ten Years to Oblivion
Ian McDonald, King of Morning, Queen of Day
[W] Vonda N. McIntyre, Dreamsnake
Vonda N. McIntyre, Star Trek: Enterprise – The First Adventure
Juliet E McKenna, The Assassin’s Edge
Juliet E. McKenna, The Gambler’s Fortune
Juliet E. McKenna, The Warrior’s Bond
Katherine MacLean, Missing Man
Ian MacLeod, The Light Ages
Ken MacLeod, Learning the World
[IP] George Mann, The Human Abstract
George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows
David Marusek, Counting Heads
A. Merritt, The Moon Pool
L.E. Modesitt Jr, The Ethos Effect
[IP] Michael Moorcock, The History of the Runestaff
Michael Moorcock, The Dancers at the End of Time
[IP] Caiseal Mór, Carolan’s Concerto
[IP]Caiseal Mór, The Meeting of the Waters
Richard Morgan, Altered Carbon
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife
Flann O’Brien (Brian O’Nolan), The Third Policeman
Pat O’Shea, The Hounds of the Morrigan
Edgar Pangborn, A Mirror for Observers
Lance Parkin, [Doctor Who] The Dying Days
Marc Platt, [Doctor Who] Lungbarrow
[W] Frederik Pohl, Gateway
Frederik Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth, The Space Merchants
Terry Pratchett, Going Postal
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather
Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies
Terry Pratchett, Thud!
Adam Roberts, On
Gareth Roberts, [Doctor Who] The Well-Mannered War
[SH] Justina Robson, Mappa Mundi
Kim Stanley Robinson, Forty Signs of Rain
[W] J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Geoff Ryman, Air, or Have Not Have
Robert Silverberg, The World Inside
Clifford Simak, Way Station
Clifford Simak, City
Dan Simmons, Ilium
Dan Simmons, Olympos
E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith, Triplanetary
[W] Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
Charles Stross, Accelerando
Charles Stross, The Clan Corporate
Charles Stross, The Family Trade
Charles Stross, The Hidden Family
Charles Stross, The Jennifer Morgue
Charles Stross, Singularity Sky
Tricia Sullivan, Maul
Steph Swainston, The Year of Our War
Walter Tevis, The Man Who Fell To Earth
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion
Jack Vance, Tales of the Dying Earth
Joan D. Vinge, The Snow Queen
[W] Vernor Vinge, A Deepness in the Sky
David Weber, On Basilisk Station
James White, The Dream Millennium
T.H. White, The Master
[W] Connie Willis, Doomsday Book
Robert Charles Wilson, Blind Lake
Robert Charles Wilson, Spin
Gene Wolfe, The Book of the New Sun
Yevgeny Zamyatin, We
Roger Zelazny, Creatures of Light and Darkness
Zoran Zivkovic, Hidden Camera

Short Fiction (individual stories)

[W] Poul Anderson, “Goat Song”
[W] Isaac Asimov, “The Bicentennial Man”
[W] Isaac Asimov, “The Gods Themselves”
[IP] Stephen Baxter, Riding the Rock
[W] Greg Bear, “Blood Music”
[W] Terry Bisson, “Bears Discover Fire”
[W] Terry Bisson, “macs”
[W] Octavia Butler, “Bloodchild”
[IP] Simon A. Forward, Shell Shock
[W] Nancy Kress, “Beggars in Spain”
[W] Fritz Leiber, “Catch That Zeppelin”
[W] Fritz Leiber, “Gonna Roll The Bones”
[W] Connie Willis, “Even the Queen”
[W] Connie Willis, “Fire Watch”

Doctor Who (TV – see above for novels)

First Doctor
first episode
The Daleks
The Edge of Destruction
The Dalek Invasion of Earth
The Crusade
The Chase
The Massacre
Second Doctor
Fury From The Deep
Third Doctor
Spearhead from Space
The Green Death
Fourth Doctor
The Ark In Space
The Sontaran Experiment
Genesis of the Daleks (and here)
Pyramids of Mars
Fifth/Sixth/Seventh Doctors
The Sirens of Time (audio)
Seventh Doctor
Remembrance of the Daleks
Ninth Doctor
Rose (and here)
Dalek: here, here, here, here, here and here
The Long Game
Father’s Day
The Empty Child (and here)
The Doctor Dances
Bad Wolf (and here)
The Parting of the Ways:
Tenth Doctor
The Christmas Invasion
New Earth
School Reunion: here, here and here
The Girl in the Fireplace
Rise of the Cybermen
The Age of Steel
The Idiot’s Lantern
The Impossible Planet
Love and Monsters
Fear Her
The Curse of Fatal Death
Lust in Space

(other people’s reference posts on DW: Alex Wilcock,



  on the Ninth Doctor here.)

Other Fiction

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Ivo Andrić, In The Days of the Consuls
Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha (Part I)
G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday
Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch, Molvania: A Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry
Emma Donoghue, The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits
Apostolos Doxiades, Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
Franz Kafka, The Trial
Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Carl Hiaasen, Skinny Dip
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book
Magnus Mills, The Scheme for Full Employment
Olivia Manning, The Balkan Trilogy
Phil O’Brien, Memories of the Irish Israeli War
Kenzaburo Oe, A Personal Matter
Shot’ha Rust’hveli, The Knight in the Tiger Skin
Veton Surroi, Azem Berisha’s One and Only Flight to the Castle
Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days


Daniel Clowes, David Boring
Daniel Clowes, Ice Haven
Daniel Clowes, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron
Kim Deitch with Simon Deitch, Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Will Eisner, A Contract With God, And Other Tenement Stories
Jason Little, Shutterbug Follies
Jason Lutes, Berlin: City of Stones
Terry Moore, Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book #1
Terry Moore, Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book #2
Joe Sacco, Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-95
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Jeff Smith, Bone
Art Spiegelman, The Complete Maus
Art Spiegelman, In The Shadow Of No Towers



Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlethwait, and Andrew Thomson, Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures)
Richard Caplan, International Governance of War-Torn Territories
Richard Caplan, Europe and the Recognition of New States in Yugoslavia
[ECRD] David Chandler, Bosnia: Faking Democracy After Dayton
David Chandler, ed, Peace Without Politics? Ten Years of International State-Bulding in Bosnia
Simon Chesterman, You, The People
Thomas de Waal, Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War
Sydney Elliott and W.D. Flackes with John Coulter, Northern Ireland: A Political Directory 1968-1999
Dirk-Jan Eppink, Avonturen van een Nederbelg: Een Nederlander ontdekt België
Thammy Evans, Macedonia: The Bradt Travel Guide
[ECRD] Danica Fink-Hafner and John R. Robbins (eds), Making A New Nation
Tom Gallagher, Theft of A Nation: Romania since Communism
Peter M. Haas (ed), Knowledge, Power and International Policy Coordination
Bardh Hamzaj / Ramush Haradinaj A Narrative About War And Freedom: Dialog with the commander Ramush Haradinaj
David Hannay, Cyprus: The Search for a Solution
High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility
Marko Attila Hoare, How Bosnia Armed
Paulin Kola, The Myth of Greater Albania
Anatol Lieven, America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism
David McKittrick and David McVea, Making Sense of the Troubles
David McKittrick et al, Lost Lives
George Monbiot, Manifesto for a New World Order
Lindsay Moran, Blowing My Cover: My Life As A CIA Spy, and other misadventures
The 9/11 Commission, Report
John Norris, Collision Course: NATO, Russia and Kosovo
Matthew Parris, Chance Witness: An Outsider’s Life in Politics
Jeremy Paxman, The Political Animal: An Anatomy
Chris Stephen, Judgement Day: The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic
Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Investing in Prevention: An International Strategy to Manage Risks of Instability and Improve Crisis Reponse
Robert Thomas, The Politics of Serbia in the 1990s
Graham Watson, EU’ve Got Mail
Yugoslav People’s Army, The Truth About the Armed Conflict in Slovenia

History and biography

Dave Barry, Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway
Ciaran Carson, The Star Factory

One thought on “Reviews list

  1. Do you really need 6 points to explain why AV lost?
    The only people pushing AV were the Lib Dems.
    The Lib Dems are massively unpopular.

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