Paradise Lost - John Milton. 4/5
Amazingly written but I could never give it 5/5 because I disagree with some fundamental aspects of it: a) I wish Satan had remained as heroic as he was in the beginning b) Eve is so weak c) I thought more characters should have questioned God's reign d) Books XI and XII are not as interesting as the rest of the book in my opinion.
Quite possibly my favorite book series ever due to a superb blend of characterization, very believable future science and tech, rich atmospheres and a realistic, gritty look into the human soul. The antagonistic force takes a bit of warming up to but becomes one of the coolest
I wasn't expecting much from it as I know a lot of people say the second book is a let down compared to first and third, but I didn't really get that. It wasn't quite as good as the first, but I still enjoyed it.
The Russia House- pretty cool, didn't fall in love with it or anything, thought all the little mentions of glasnost etc were fun but a bit forced. Have no idea what the atmosphere was like at the time, though, so it might have been natural then. 4/5