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Abaddon's Gate (Expanse, #3)
4.15
I've been waiting for this book since I finished the previous book in the series. I've been actively anticipating it for the past few months. I've bee...more
Jun 05, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
 
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
3.75
Gessen, a Russian journalist who saw the collapse of the Soviet Union, discusses how Vladimir Putin got to where he sits today. She covers the bombing...more
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
 
The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear
4.07
The biggest lesson I took away from this was "Never underestimate the power of human stupidity." It's astonishing, how many people are so thoroughly u...more
Jan 19, 2011
Jan 14, 2011
 
Beach Music
4.09
I guess this goes on the "mainstream" shelf...the fact that it's the only book there right now says something about my tastes in reading. Anyway, I bu...more
not set
Feb 10, 2011
 
Wild Animus
1.91
(sarcasm alert- I don't actually think this book deserves five stars)

All you people who've been trashing Wild Animus, the fine and revealing work by M...more
not set
Nov 13, 2011
 
Cauldron of Ghosts
4.07
An excellent continuation of the *massive* Honor Harrington series. It brings together some big threads from previous books, and adds in quite a few m...more
Jan 29, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
 
Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
3.84
A mildly humorous history of the Habsburg dynasty, alternating anecdotes of random oddities of the sort that are bound to pile up in a family that was...more
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
 
The Best American Magazine Writing 2013
4.27
(Full disclosure: I got this from Netgalley. Just so you know.)

A collection of excellent articles from the last year or so, covering a wide variety of...more
Dec 22, 2013
Dec 22, 2013
 
Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time #13)
4.39
**spoiler alert** Another fine volume in the series, bringing the World of the Wheel closer to the Last Battle. Honestly, I think this is probably the...more
Nov 02, 2010
Nov 02, 2010
 
The Winds of Khalakovo (Lays of Anuskaya, #1)
3.34
I have to say, this book has a really steep learning curve. That's something to expect anytime in epic fantasy, but in this book, the author really to...more
Apr 29, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
 
The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War, #2)
4.06
I've had all three of the first OMW books for some time, and I've only just now gotten around to reading the second (and after that, the third, but we...more
Feb 11, 2014
Feb 11, 2014
 
The Fresco
3.89
First contact stories are a big staple of science fiction, and between this book and The Serene Invasion, I've read two of them this year. And they're...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
 
Legacies (Shadow Grail, #1)
3.45
As usual with Mercedes Lackey, it was a fairly quick read. I'm giving it 4 stars because I felt that some important elements were not adequately expla...more
Jun 06, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
 
An Oblique Approach (Belisarius, #1)
4.15
**spoiler alert** I'm going to let this review cover my thoughts on the series as a whole, just so I can sum up my thoughts on it in one place.

Let's b...more
not set
Mar 05, 2011
 
Sister Emily's Lightship: and Other Stories
3.94
(Full disclosure: I got this book from Netgalley. Just so you know.)

This is one of the previously-published books that Open Road Media has e-published...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
 
House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion
3.85
(Note: If you don't want some cursing and blasphemy mixed in with your reviews, sail on past this one, folks.)

I'm generally of the opinion that if Dav...more
May 05, 2013
May 05, 2013
 
Article 5 (Article 5, #1)
3.79
Reading this book reminded me of why I disliked reading Brave New World and The Handmaid's Tale when I was younger. All three of them gave me the heeb...more
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
 
Watch on the Rhine (Posleen War: Sidestories, #1)
3.85
**spoiler alert** This was the first collaboration between Ringo and Kratman, and, unfortunately, not the last. In general bookish terms, it's not tha...more
not set
Dec 02, 2010
 
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
4.03
I'm just going to say that I'm glad I read this. Dragons are one of the oldest staples of fantasy, but the author finds an interesting story to tell a...more
Jul 17, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
 
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
3.77
I went into this book after reading about the movie adaptation, which made it sound fairly decent, and watching the trailer, which used Florence + the...more
Mar 06, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
 
The Host (The Host, #1)
3.85
**spoiler alert** I managed to finish this book, though it was a near-run thing. I'd heard that it was better than Twilight, and that is true, I suppo...more
Apr 03, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
 
A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington, #13)
4.03
When I realized that the eARC for this had come out, I (figuratively) dashed out to get my copy. I devoured it rapidly, and now I have some thoughts.

1...more
Nov 19, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
An Enemy We Created: The Myth of the Taliban-Al Qaeda Merger in Afghanistan, 1970-2010
4.62
(Review based on ARC from NetGalley)

For more than a decade at this point, we have been fighting a war in Afghanistan, mostly premised on a connection...more
Aug 24, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
 
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.68
Just fucking kill me.

UPDATE: I wrote a review on my blog, which I am not going to transplant over here, because the formatting would take forever, and...more
Sep 13, 2013
May 24, 2012
 
A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, #14)
4.49
Blood and bloody flaming ashes, it's finally over.

I'm not really sure what to say at this point. It's been... something, reading this series all the w...more
Jan 10, 2013
Jun 02, 2011
 
A Soldier's Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why, #1)
3.99
This was a bit of an odd duck. It's yet another rehash of the time-honored and dusty Starship Troopers plot, except that in this case, the protagonist...more
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
 
The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England
4.11
(Full disclosure: My copy of this came through Netgalley.)

This also comes from Open Road Media, and I'm not sure if it's an original publication, alth...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
 
Kildar (Paladin of Shadows, #2)
4.09
If you've read John Ringo's first Mike Harmon (aka "Paladin of Shadows") book, Ghost, you'll know that it kind of sucks. In fact, it really sucks. Wha...more
not set
Dec 02, 2010
 
Crucible (Star Wars)
3.11
(I got this from NetGalley. Everything beyond this I'll treat as spoilers.)
(view spoiler)...more
Apr 26, 2013
Apr 26, 2013
 
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
4.13
As I said in one of my updates, the word that best captures this book is "meh". Though for me, if I had to describe it in *three* words, I would say "...more
May 15, 2011
May 12, 2011
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