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Abaddon's Gate (Expanse, #3)
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
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
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
Wild Animus
(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
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Nov 13, 2011
Beach Music
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
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Feb 10, 2011
Cauldron of Ghosts
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
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
Prador Moon  (Polity Universe, #1)
Many of you, like me, may have gone to a grocery store, and noticed the crappy mascots on the store brand cereals. This sort of feels like a store bra ...more
May 25, 2013
May 25, 2013
The Best American Magazine Writing 2013
(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
Dec 22, 2013
Dec 22, 2013
Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire
Unlike most of the books I’ve read about the end of the Cold War and the downfall of the Soviet Union, this book focuses on the Eastern European satel ...more
Jul 29, 2014
Dec 22, 2014
Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time #13)
**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)
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)
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
Legacies (Shadow Grail, #1)
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
Star Wars: A New Dawn
(Got it from Netgalley) In the wake of Disney’s purchase of George Lucas’s Funtime Movieruining Cashgrab Emporium, one of the consequences has been th ...more
Aug 2014
Dec 22, 2014
Sister Emily's Lightship: and Other Stories
(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
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion
(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
May 05, 2013
May 05, 2013
The Fresco
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
An Oblique Approach (Belisarius, #1)
**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
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Mar 05, 2011
Watch on the Rhine (Posleen War: Sidestories, #1)
**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
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Dec 02, 2010
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
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)
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
Article 5 (Article 5, #1)
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
The Host (The Host, #1)
**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)
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.

Nov 19, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
An Enemy We Created: The Myth of the Taliban-Al Qaeda Merger in Afghanistan, 1970-2010
(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
Aug 24, 2012
Aug 24, 2012
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
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
Sep 13, 2013
May 24, 2012
A Soldier's Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why, #1)
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
A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, #14)
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
Jan 10, 2013
Jun 02, 2011
The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England
(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
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
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