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Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade  (Lord John Grey, #2)
3.79
warning: spoilers follow!


I think this is definitely the best of the Lord John books so far. I'm really delighted to see a mainstream bestseller write...more
Oct 2007
Oct 23, 2007
 
For Whom the Bell Tolls
3.93
**spoiler alert** I've read this before in excerpts but never the entire novel.

About this edition, this is an audiobook read in a matter-of-fact, almo...more
not set
Jan 24, 2009
 
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
3.91
**spoiler alert** Not really three stars. Parts are 2 stars, parts are solidly at least 4. Which means the writing is uneven in the way that first nov...more
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
 
The Leper of Saint Giles (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #5)
4.09
**spoiler alert** Eh. This one did not work for me at all. I was bugged throughout by the vast number of unsympathetic characters and wildly uneven pa...more
Feb 26, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
 
Justice Hall (Mary Russell, #6)
4.15
**spoiler alert** Holy crap, this was wonderful. I both lost it laughing and actually wept, and I haven't cried at a book in ages. Happily, I was comp...more
Sep 26, 2010
Sep 26, 2010
 
A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell, #2)
4.04
**spoiler alert** Hated the romance plot. Liked the primary plot well enough. Deeply hated the heroin subplot, as it reeks of authorial ignorance to t...more
Aug 22, 2010
Aug 21, 2010
 
The Meaning of Night
3.70
**spoiler alert** oh, man, where to begin. I loved and hated parts of this book, and I totally get how the reviews swing from one extreme to the other...more
Jun 23, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
 
Out of the Blue
3.97
**spoiler alert** I want to give this more stars but I HATE noncon-kink and I loathe the "boy blackmails boy into sex, only to later confess there was...more
Mar 23, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
 
A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1)
3.99
Years ago I used to run across Derek Jacobi's Brother Cadfael on PBS. I don't recall him being quite as cunning or irreverent as he is here, but I lik...more
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
 
As Meat Loves Salt
3.89
**spoiler alert** More notes than a review. I'm still processing it.

Really well-crafted. Dark like Faulkner. Jacob is a train-wreck and a fairly satis...more
Aug 19, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
 
In the Shadow of Gotham (Simon Ziele, #1)
3.47
**spoiler alert** so full of anachronisms. It's supposed to be 1905, not 2005. It's also really obviously a first novel, but it's not a bad premise. J...more
Aug 13, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
 
Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil: And Other New Tales Featuring the World's Greatest Detective (Sherlock Holmes, #4)
3.58
**spoiler alert** edit, days later: I realized yesterday what really bugged me, above everything else that's wrong with this book: Thomas uses even FE...more
Sep 08, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
 
The God of the Hive (Mary Russell, #10)
4.15
**spoiler alert** This should have four stars, but the ending sort of fell apart for me. I wish West had more going on, motive-wise, than simple appar...more
Jan 2011
Dec 29, 2010
 
Hild
3.77
**spoiler alert** 4 1/2 stars, rounded up. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this. The female-centric historical fiction I've read in the...more
Jan 07, 2014
Dec 27, 2013
 
The Luminaries
3.69
**spoiler alert** This should have been better.

I was interested in this because a) great setting, and b) interesting conceit. I'm already familiar wit...more
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
 
The Terror
3.97
**spoiler alert** I listened to the audiobook version of this, read by John Lee, and really enjoyed it. The voice acting was excellently done. Very, v...more
Apr 10, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
 
O Jerusalem (Mary Russell, #5)
4.15
**spoiler alert** Oh, I enjoyed this one a lot! It brought back college history classes from nearly twenty years ago and put a much more vivid spin on...more
Sep 14, 2010
Sep 14, 2010
 
The Historian
3.74
**spoiler alert** My brain is all aswirl with this, so apologies if this comes across as flaky. In short, parts of this were awesome and parts had me...more
Aug 25, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
 
Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire, #6)
3.61
**spoiler alert** Okay, first, I adore this 'verse. I love the characters, the transformation of history into what it would be with dragons -- and I'm...more
Aug 28, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
 
The Name of the Rose
4.08
**spoiler alert** Huh. I *thought* I'd been spoiled for the ending, but the spoiler was wrong, so I guess that was a nice surprise. I'm giving this a...more
Feb 28, 2014
Nov 08, 2007
 
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
4.36
**spoiler alert** some were very entertaining, some were a bit of a trial. The preponderance of fic with Cthulhu references cracked me up, but those w...more
Jul 10, 2010
May 19, 2010
 
A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell, #3)
3.98
**spoiler alert** Technically I would give this 2.5 stars, and I ought to be generous and round it up to 3, but I'm too annoyed at the ending. The end...more
Sep 02, 2010
Sep 01, 2010
 
Oscar Wilde And The Dead Man's Smile
3.66
Anti-rec. ALL of the victims are people of color. There's a hideous apologia for father/daughter incest. The deaf character is proved a liar and cheat...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 16, 2012
 
Locked Rooms (Mary Russell, #8)
4.22
**spoiler alert** 3.5 stars.

Better than the last one (with the bizarre look at colonial British India). Bringing Dash Hammett into the 'verse is a lit...more
Oct 25, 2010
Oct 25, 2010
 
Wilderness Tips
3.77
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed several of the stories in this collection. A few didn't really grab me, a couple were really excellent, but they we...more
Apr 13, 2009
Oct 03, 2008
 
The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)
4.02
This was an engaging and fairly well-balanced read. I get bored by courtly intrigue and don't really have much patience for historical romances, but I...more
Oct 2007
Jun 11, 2007
 
The Winter People
3.54
Valuable for the traditional lore about the land and the narrator's native culture. The prose itself is pretty average, and the first several chapters...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
 
Black Ships (Numinous World, #1)
3.90
{I listened to the audiobook version (narrated by Clare Corbett, who sounds astoundingly like Keeley Hawes, which is not at all a bad thing *g*).}

Fant...more
Aug 29, 2010
Aug 29, 2010
 
Voyager (Outlander #3)
4.37
**spoiler alert** More John Grey research for Yuletide. He's a supporting character in this and interests me far, far more than Jamie, Claire, or the...more
not set
Jan 04, 2009
 
The Queen's Head (Elizabethan Theater, #1)
3.61
Absolutely terrible.

Glbt-interest tag: the sole queer character is a pedophile and child predator. Gender politics tag: female characters are whore (a...more
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
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