Books / Year 1997
Date: 1997-12-26 (permlink)
Author: Terry Pratchett
Name: Lords and Ladies
Rating: 3 stars

Pretty mediocre for a Discworld book.

Date: 1997-12-19 (permlink)
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Name: Stranger in a Strange Land
Rating: 5 stars

I was finally able to read science fiction's most famous author's most famous book, and the book certainly lived up to the expectations I had.

Date: 1997-12-15 (permlink)
Author: Harry Harrison
Name: A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born
Rating: Reread

Wasn't as good as I remembered it being..

Date: 1997-12-11 (permlink)
Author: Michael Crichton
Name: Suora lento (Airframe)
Rating: 3.5 stars

Crichton's latest book is a nice insider's view at the airline business. Though USA-centric (European Airbus is Satan reborn, and the American companies, namely Boeing and Douglas, are holier-than-thou.), it's still an intriguing book.

Date: 1997-12-10 (permlink)
Author: Michael M. Hart
Name: Maailmanhistorian 100 Vaikutusvaltaisinta ihmistä (The 100)
Rating: 4 stars

Lots of interesting information in an easily digestible format.

Date: 1997-11-29 (permlink)
Author: Pasi Nieminen
Name: Kertausharjoitus - Leikkiä vai totista totta
Rating: 2 stars

Boring book with too much space devoted to describing in minute detail stupid military actions, like what are the various ways for men to get into and out of an APC. I get enough of that in the army already, I don't want to read about it in the evenings too.

Date: 1997-11-28 (permlink)
Author: Harry Turtledove
Name: Worldwar - Striking the Balance
Rating: 5 stars

An excellent end to an excellent series. The Worldwar series is to alternate history what Tolkien is to fantasy, it defines new standards of excellence for the genre. I have a feeling that like Tolkien's works, the Worldwar series will still be the number one 20 years from now.

Date: 1997-11-23 (permlink)
Author: Dan Simmons
Name: Endymion
Rating: 5 stars

After the somewhat disappointing Fall of Hyperion, Simmons manages to get the series back on the right track with Endymion, which is an excellent book, right up there with Hyperion. I can't wait for the next book in the series to be published.

Date: 1997-11-15 (permlink)
Author: Günter Grass
Name: Peltirumpu (Die Blechtrommel)
Rating: 3.5 stars

Strange book, and I don't quite know what to say about it. Mainly I'm left wondering why this book is referred to as one of the best since WWII, since I didn't notice anything too spectacular about the plot, the characters, or the language.

Date: 1997-10-24 (permlink)
Author: John Irving
Name: Tuulesta Temmattu Tyttöystävä (Trying to Save Piggy Sneed)
Rating: 4 stars

Now that I've read all of Irving's books except his first one, which hasn't been translated anyway and supposedly isn't as good as his later ones, I have to say he is one of my favorite authors. This book gives some nice background information about him and somewhat explains his obsession about wrestling and Vienna.

Date: 1997-10-20 (permlink)
Author: Desmond Morris
Name: Alaston Apina (The Naked Ape)
Rating: 3 stars

The book is quite interesting quite often, but even more often it is boring. The author jumps to conclusions without any real evidence and tries to present them as facts at some points in the book. And if the book took over 3 months for me to read despite having only 240 pages, it certainly wasn't one of those books you just can't put down. Quite the opposite actually.

Date: 1997-10-17 (permlink)
Author: John Irving
Name: Vesimies (The Water-Method Man)
Rating: 4 stars

The fastest 475 pages I've ever read. Not as good as his later novels, but still worth reading.

Date: 1997-10-13 (permlink)
Author: Colin Greenland
Name: The Plenty Principle
Rating: 2 stars

I had high hopes for this book after reading a lot of praise for it. So the way the book turned out to be was a big disappointment for me. The first couple of stories are lame Stephen King wannabes, only lacking everything that makes King's stories good. It doesn't get any better after that. In fact, I was left wondering why this book is referred to as science fiction. I don't classify stories about ghouls wandering in abandoned train stations, or stories about werewolves in USA in the sixties as science fiction. It's probably because the last story, the Tabitha Jute one, resembles science fiction somewhat.

Date: 1997-10-04 (permlink)
Author: Dan Simmons
Name: The Fall of Hyperion
Rating: 4 stars
Date: 1997-09-10 (permlink)
Author: Dan Simmons
Name: Hyperion
Rating: 6 stars

Sometimes a book comes along that defies all scales. This is one of those books. On a scale of 1-5, I have no choice but to give it 6 to separate it from the other books which I have given 5 stars. Books like this are the reason I read science fiction.

Date: 1997-08-29 (permlink)
Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
Name: The Gripping Hand
Rating: 4 stars
Date: 1997-08-25 (permlink)
Author: Arto Paasilinna
Name: Maailman Paras Kylä
Rating: 1 stars
Date: 1997-08-19 (permlink)
Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
Name: The Mote in God's Eye
Rating: 4 stars
Date: 1997-08-10 (permlink)
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Name: The Fourth Estate
Rating: 5 stars
Date: 1997-08-10 (permlink)
Author: Norman Howell
Name: Formula One Racing with Marlboro McLaren Mercedes
Rating: 4 stars
Date: 1997-08-01 (permlink)
Author: Sid Watkins
Name: Life at the Limit - Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One
Rating: 4 stars
Date: 1997-07-11 (permlink)
Author: Terry Pratchett
Name: Small Gods
Rating: 5 stars
Date: 1997-07-09 (permlink)
Author: Terry Pratchett
Name: Guards! Guards!
Rating: 3 stars
Date: 1997-07-06 (permlink)
Author: Isaac Asimov
Name: Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection
Rating: 4 stars
Date: 1997-07-05 (permlink)
Author: Tom Clancy
Name: Executive Orders
Rating: 3 stars
Date: 1997-06-26 (permlink)
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Name: Starship Troopers
Rating: 4 stars
Date: 1997-06-10 (permlink)
Author: Joe Haldeman
Name: None So Blind
Rating: 5 stars
Date: 1997-06-07 (permlink)
Author: Larry Niven
Name: Protector
Rating: 4 stars
Date: 1997-06-05 (permlink)
Author: Orson Scott Card (editor)
Name: Future on Fire
Rating: 3 stars
Date: 1997-06-02 (permlink)
Author: Arthur C. Clarke, Mike McQuay
Name: Richter 10
Rating: 4 stars
Date: 1997-05-30 (permlink)
Author: Ariel Dorfman, Armand Mattelart
Name: Kuinka Aku Ankkaa luetaan (Para Leer al Pato Donald)
Rating: 4 stars
Date: 1997-05-30 (permlink)
Author: Pedro Almodovar
Name: Pornotähti ja muita juttuja (Patty Diphusa y otros textos)
Rating: 4 stars
Date: 1997-05-29 (permlink)
Author: Robert Silverberg
Name: Thebes of the Hundred Gates
Rating: 5 stars
Date: 1997-05-28 (permlink)
Author: Harry Turtledove
Name: Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance
Rating: 5 stars
Date: 1997-05-24 (permlink)
Author: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
Name: Footfall
Rating: 4 stars
Date: 1997-05-13 (permlink)
Author: Philip K. Dick
Name: Radio Free Albemuth
Rating: 3 stars
Date: 1997-05-07 (permlink)
Author: Larry Niven
Name: The Ringworld Throne
Rating: 4 stars
Date: 1997-05-03 (permlink)
Author: Ursula Le Guin
Name: Tehanu
Rating: 3 stars
Date: 1997-04-28 (permlink)
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Name: Siniparta (Bluebeard)
Rating: 5 stars
Date: 1997-04-25 (permlink)
Author: Alfred Bester
Name: Tiger! Tiger! (aka The Stars My Destination)
Rating: 5 stars
Date: 1997-04-20 (permlink)
Author: Douglas Coupland
Name: Shampoo Planet
Rating: 5 stars
Date: 1997-04-17 (permlink)
Author: John Irving
Name: Sirkuksen Poika (A Son of the Circus)
Rating: 3 stars