Reviews by eknapp
Pratchett tackles philosophy.
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This is a fantasy take on Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of NIMH. It's funnier and not as dark. Pratchett's intelligent rat-clan works with a smart cat (the eponymous Maurice) and a slow human musician, running a Pied Piper grift on a series of towns.

It's fascinating to watch all these newly-intelligent creatures begin to ask themselves great philosophical questions: where did we come from? why are we here? what happens to us after we die? is there a Great Rat Under the Ground? Really great stuff.
World War V. (that's a "vee", not a Roman five)
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Wilson's vampires are not poetic tormented souls; they're greedy, evil, single-minded monsters. The vampires hiding in eastern Europe have decided the time has come to take over the world and literally farm humans for blood. Europe, Asia, and the Middle East are overrun, and they've established themselves on the east coast of the United States. The story is about the human resistance.

Midnight Mass is not beautifully written, but it's not bad. Its strength lies in its story and its strong internal logic. If vampires were real, this is how their world would look. It's extremely dark; Wilson spares the reader nothing at all. It can be very hard to read sometimes, but I love this book for its unwillingness to compromise.
Best entry in the series.
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Harry fights the Red Court vampire nobility to save the daughter he didn't know he had.

The title is extremely appropriate. This entry in the Dresden Files shakes things up A LOT: a great many friends and enemies are destroyed, Harry's life is uprooted to an unprecedented degree, and he is forced into making some pretty shocking choices.

A great many questions are answered. There is a virtual highlight reel of Harry's friends and allies from throughout the series. And it finishes with a surprisingly un-Butcheresque cliffhanger ending. An apt title indeed.
A terrific story.
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A man dies in 1988 and wakes up in 1963 in his 18-year old body. He relives his life over and over with each "replay" getting shorter. He discovers two others who share his phenomenon; they have startlingly different takes on what it means. The ending is quite satisfying.

A very thought-provoking book. What would you do differently if you could relive your life? What are the consequences of foreknowledge?
Survivalist take on a zombie apocalypse.
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A very utilitarian zombie apocalypse story. It's no World War Z, but I really enjoyed this one, which is written as the journal of a Navy pilot struggling to survive around the Gulf Coast.

It focuses mostly on the logistics of survival. The author is either a military man himself or did a lot of research. The details ring true.

A friend of mine disliked this book because of the way the author's right-wing politics occasionally shone through (it did get a bit heavy-handed at the end), but I just enjoyed the credible characters and attention to detail. Very solid, very fun read.