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Revelation Space (Revelation Space, #1)
2.5 STARS that I cannot round up to 3.

I like long books. After a while, there's a sense of familiarity that comes from having been immersed in a world...more
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
The Pearl of the Soul of the World (Darkangel Trilogy, #3)
**spoiler alert** I remember waiting ages for the library to get this to me via inter-library order, very many years ago. I was obsessed to the point...more
Jan 1997
Jan 03, 2011
Chasm City
This novel tried my patience. It was a struggle to plough through these 600+ pages, with seemingly no payoff at the end to warrant reams and reams of...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
God Stalk (Kencyrath, #1)
The city of Tai-tastigon, mysterious as it is, fails to draw me in. It forms no shape in my mind's eye, and slips like shadows from my dreams' landsca...more
Oct 11, 2009
Jul 03, 2009
Prince of Swords
Wow, the hero and heroine REALLY GOT ON MY NERVES!!

I know Anne Stuart always write about masterful, amoral and ruthless men, with "strong" but actuall...more
Dec 05, 2010
Dec 04, 2010
A Madness of Angels (Matthew Swift, #1)
Fabulous. Just... fabulous.

From its first pages, we are plunged headlong into endless action, interspersed with dense descriptions of urban London. Th...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
Two Hearts (The Last Unicorn, #1.5)
Peter S Beagle has been very reluctant to write a sequel to his best novel, THE LAST UNICORN, and with very good reason. The original story was a fabl...more
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 26, 2009
Precious Things
**spoiler alert** A mainstream romance in the vein of Barbara Delinsky.

The hero is deaf from birth, but blends perfectly into hearing society. He is t...more
Dec 17, 2010
Dec 17, 2010
Inversions (Culture, #6)
I've been going through Banks' The Culture series and, despite their wide acclaim, found myself strangely unmoved. However awesome and amazing it woul...more
May 17, 2012
May 14, 2012
A General Theory of Love
This book marries neurophysiology with the Attachment Theory, via poetic -- if occasionally florid -- language. It posits that human beings possess th...more
Feb 12, 2011
Sep 20, 2010
Ready Player One

Glorified fan fic, protagonist clearly stand-in for author, stuck at 16-years-old teenage boy mentality. No depth, no nuance in plot, charact...more
Jan 07, 2013
Jan 03, 2012
Can Love Last?: The Fate of Romance over Time
A neo-psychoanalytical take on the vicissitude of love and romance. Mitchell's foundation argument is, romance requires spontaneity and uncertainty. W...more
Feb 11, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
The Emperor's Edge (The Emperor's Edge, #1)
Straight-forward but very refreshing take on the rascals-operating-in-a-city trope.

Amaranthe, the heroine, is unique and well-realized: focused, kind...more
Feb 12, 2014
Nov 16, 2013
Gridlinked (Agent Cormac, #1)
Written as a breathless sci-fi thriller, with shifting perspectives to tell the story of Earth Security agent a la 007, Ian Cormac, as he is re-findin...more
Apr 14, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
Masques (Sianim, #1 / Aralorn, #1)
**spoiler alert** This is one of Ms. Brigg's earliest books, and it shows. Although the writing quality here is already better than most of what's out...more
Jun 12, 2009
Jun 07, 2009
The Neon Court (Matthew Swift, #3)

A third installment in the same dark, intense, urban-fantasy style of grime and grit. If you liked the first 2, you will like this third.

Oct 29, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland - For a Little While (Fairyland, #0.5)
I enjoy the whimsy -- the mournful cast-iron doves who love their mistress so much, the talking bed that composes poetry, the wrathful clouds -- so mu...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
The Mystical Qabalah
A clear explanation of the philosophical structure of the Hermetic Kabbalah, filled with easily-understandable but profound analogies and metaphors to...more
Dec 26, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Life
Short, to the point. How to sit with one's fear, pain, discomfort, and realize that life is exactly what it is, and we are exactly who we are.
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 29, 2014
Wild at Heart
A slow-moving story, told in small details. The hero is the brave innocent, a Galahad from out of time and society, who sees people's intentions witho...more
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 09, 2011
Some of the Best from 2012 Edition
I enjoyed almost all of the short stories in this collection.

Dormana - Gene Wolfe. 4 STARS. So simple, so sweet. (view spoiler)...more
May 11, 2014
May 11, 2014
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
Interesting, quick read that examines how humans behave in disasters, in midst of chaos and immeasurable fear. Through the stories and interviews of s...more
Dec 23, 2013
Dec 24, 2013
Rendezvous with Rama (Rama, #1)
This short novel is an SF classic and my first taste of Clarke. It is a feat of true imagination.

Much has been discussed regarding the lack of charact...more
Apr 2012
Mar 31, 2012
This Body of Death (Inspector Lynley, #16)
Another year passes, and we are presented with another Inspector Lynley mystery. This one begins 5 months after Lynley's (somewhat silly and flighty)...more
May 2011
May 01, 2011
Eight Miles
Interesting story. Not sure whether it works as short story -- solid world-building and ideas packed into such shortened length, which could easily be...more
Dec 12, 2013
Dec 12, 2013
Candles in the Wood
Jacket blurb:

"Only in her wildest dreams could Helen Comyn hope to return to Gallowmerry. She had grown up a servant's child on the Grant family's es...more
not set
Jan 09, 2011
Keeper of the Dream
The good: Above-average writing. A good sense of historical setting. I could feel the dirt and smell the grime. The last third of the book settles int...more
Jan 09, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Mr. Impossible (Carsington Brothers, #2)
3.5 stars

Hmm... I am of slightly mixed feelings over this one.

On the one hand, finally! a truly resourceful, intelligent, and witty heroine! A handsom...more
Dec 15, 2010
Dec 15, 2010
Lirael (Abhorsen, #2)

An interim book. 19 years after the first, Sabriel and Touchstone are now King and Abhorsen of the Old Kingdom, working hard to ensure peace...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jul 26, 2013
Shadows of the Night (Night, #5)
Not the typical genre romance. In fact, quite a few instances of turning-genre-tropes-upside-down: hero/heroine only beginning to find out that they L...more
Jan 03, 2011
Jan 03, 2011
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