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Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz, #1)
3.85
I gave Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson to my son for Christmas and recently had the chance to read it myself. I’ve thoroughly ...more
Jun 10, 2008
May 08, 2008
 
Firefight (Reckoners, #2)
4.35
First impression: Well, that was unexpected!

On further thought:
“Babilar was starting to grow on me,” David comments in Firefight, a book that is growi
...more
Jan 11, 2015
Jun 05, 2014
 
Heroes of the Valley
3.42
Without the recognizable name of Jonathan Stroud one might overlook Heroes of the Valley. The title and the cover are not especially engaging, which b ...more
Feb 27, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
 
Goliath (Leviathan, #3)
4.26
Finished my summer reading back where I started it: with Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series. The departure of the Leviathan in this finale is, well, ...more
Sep 30, 2011
Jun 08, 2011
 
The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, #1)
4.23
Triangles within circles within squares – it’s an indecipherable puzzle. But these aren’t crop circles; they’re chalk circles. The magic system in The ...more
May 19, 2013
Sep 27, 2012
 
The Comet's Curse (Galahad, #1)
3.72
The Comet’s Curse is the first book in the Galahad series by Denver DJ Dom Testa. The series has been acquired by Tor Books, which will release The Co ...more
Jan 07, 2009
Oct 02, 2008
 
The Thief Lord
3.93
This may have been one too many thief books for me. This was the first Cornelia Funke book I have read and, coming on the heels of The Book Thief, I’m ...more
Oct 13, 2008
Oct 09, 2008
 
The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus, #0.5)
4.19
The wisecracking djinn Bartimaeus is back, this time to match wits with the wisest of the wise, King Solomon! It may be more precise to say the reader ...more
Feb 19, 2011
Oct 07, 2010
 
Chasing the Prophecy (Beyonders, #3)
4.33
There’s only one way to overthrow the evil emperor Maldor, and it’s not the secret word – it is Chasing the Prophecy. The word with the power to unmak ...more
Mar 24, 2013
Mar 29, 2012
 
Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones (Alcatraz, #2)
4.09
The anti-heroic autobiographer Alcatraz Smedry returns with a new supporting cast in Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones (ostensibly) by Brandon San ...more
Jan 02, 2009
Sep 08, 2008
 
Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia (Alcatraz, #3)
4.09
Alcatraz Versus His Own Reputation could be an alternate title for Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia, the third book in Brandon Sanderson’s ma ...more
Feb 04, 2010
Mar 20, 2009
 
A World Without Heroes (Beyonders, #1)
4.05
A World Without Heroes, the first book in a highly anticipated new series by Brandon Mull, came out this spring, but I wasn’t able to get to it until ...more
Dec 12, 2011
Dec 07, 2010
 
Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens (Alcatraz, #4)
4.09
Book One of the Stormlight Archive has the Shattered Plains, while Book Four of the Alcatraz series has the Shattered Lens. Were the Towers of Midnigh ...more
Jan 24, 2011
Feb 17, 2010
 
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
3.90
Initially I added this to my list after reading “On Daemons & Dust”, an essay in Michael Chabon’s collection Maps and Legends. The appeal is unden ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Aug 08, 2008
 
Seeds of Rebellion (Beyonders, #2)
4.24
Seeds of Rebellion builds upon the first Beyonders book, A World Without Heroes. It goes well beyond comparisons to the Chronicles of Narnia: this boo ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Nov 21, 2011
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.38
The Hunger Games is the second-most read book on this site, after Twilight and before The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. I tend to be prejudiced against s ...more
Jun 22, 2011
Jan 07, 2011
 
The Great Brain (Great Brain #1)
4.16
I enjoyed reading these books when I was in grade school, perhaps because my older brother was a deal-making master like Tom.
not set
Jan 27, 2009
 
Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven, #2)
4.21
Interesting parallels between this and the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: girls using magical objects to turn invisible, r ...more
Apr 23, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
 
The Cay (The Cay, #1)
3.72
I know I read and re-read this multiple times in my youth, but I don't know how to rate it now.
not set
Jan 19, 2011
 
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven, #4)
4.34
I saw through the illusion of the big reveal without the aid of magical walrus butter, but that made it no less potent a device in this enthralling st ...more
May 09, 2010
May 03, 2010
 
Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven, #5)
4.41
Brandon Mull is currently in Moscow, Russia, one of the few sites not visited by his young adventurers in this exciting conclusion to the Fablehaven s ...more
May 17, 2010
May 10, 2010
 
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)
4.37
Terrific blend of the ancient with the current!
May 23, 2010
May 22, 2010
 
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
4.21
Bonus points for the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain reference!
Apr 25, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
I liked the story development better than the first installment (the foment of the rebellion in particular), although the cliffhanger endings could be ...more
Jul 11, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
 
Odd and the Frost Giants
3.91
I was impressed by Gaiman's American Gods, so I was curious about how he would handle a more traditional approach to Norse mythology. Odd and the Fros ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Feb 09, 2009
 
Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven, #3)
4.23
Dark middle acts really speak to me!
May 02, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
 
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
3.96
An entertaining and unconventional approach to the magician/apprentice/djinn trialectic. The djinn Bartimaeus is an amusing narrator who garnishes his ...more
Aug 18, 2009
Sep 16, 2008
 
The Seems: Lost Train of Thought (The Seems, #3)
3.98
The third book in this fun series comes out in paperback today, yet it seems it hasn't been discovered by many goodreaders. Like F. Becker Drane, I'm ...more
Oct 2010
Sep 09, 2010
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
I've given this a lot of thought, resulting in the loss of a star in my rating. It was disappointing on many levels. Somehow the professional writing ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
 
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)
4.31
Break-neck pacing makes this read almost too quick. I'd give it three and a half stars.
May 21, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
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