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The Poison Eaters and Other Stories
3.80
I often forget about short story collections, but I'm glad I picked this one up. I was particularly impressed with the first story "The Coldest Girl i ...more
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Aug 31, 2010
 
The City in the Lake
3.64
A complete fantasy story in less than 300 pages. I was very impressed with how concise this was, without leaving anything out. Beautiful descriptions, ...more
Nov 02, 2008
Oct 29, 2008
 
Blood and Chocolate
3.77
I usually call Peeps by Scott Westerfeld the cure for Twilight, but if you head in another direction, this book will do the trick even better. Vivian ...more
Sep 12, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
 
Dracula
3.95
Wow. I can't believe I'd never read this, or had any conception of exactly how good it was. It is now one of my favorite books. It is told all in the ...more
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May 06, 2009
 
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
4.10
Includes some of the survival skills of The Hunger Games and some of the one way mind reading of The Knife of Never Letting Go. Simplicity of plot mig ...more
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Feb 27, 2009
 
The Hero and the Crown (Damar, #1)
4.22
Just lovely! An old-style fantasy story, written in the early 80's, when it was still new and exciting to have a female dragon-killer as your protagon ...more
Sep 26, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
 
Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories (Abhorsen)
3.75
With a subtitle like "A Tale of the Abhorsen" you'd expect there to be an Abhorsen in the story somewhere, no? While this did not satisfy my need for ...more
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Dec 10, 2008
 
Silver Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, #1)
3.59
Of mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, it is full of references to Chinese Mythology which make for interesting creepy monsters, dragons, ...more
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Jun 22, 2009
 
Jellaby (Jellaby, #1)
3.96
So cute! And the art is pretty, I wish that some of the panels were on t-shirts so I could wear them. Portia is a smart kid who is having trouble with ...more
Mar 18, 2009
Mar 18, 2009
 
Beastly
3.85
Initially amusing premise of high school transformation of mean popular boy into fairy tale beast, but lost me when the way in which he encountered hi ...more
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Jul 09, 2010
 
White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)
3.83
Interesting world: people may or may not be "workers", those with the ability to do magic by touching people, but everyone in the world wears gloves a ...more
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Jul 09, 2010
 
Night Watch (Watch, #1)
3.96
The struggle between light and dark lurks behind the scenes in contemporary Moscow. Night Watch guards the Light, and Day Watch guards the Dark. Prota ...more
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Feb 01, 2009
 
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
4.02
Once a month we have "lunch table reading groups"- an opportunity for teachers to choose a random book to read to their lunch table group. This month ...more
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Nov 04, 2009
 
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
3.76
southern gothic fantasy. listening to the audiobook. loving it so far.

All in all pretty great. It was my pick for the Morris award (didn't win, but st
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Jan 10, 2010
 
Abhorsen (Abhorsen, #3)
4.28
Great world building. Very exciting magic that draws on the characters' personal power. Excellent use of the trickster archetype in Mogget, who is per ...more
Dec 11, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
 
Where the Wild Things Are
4.22
Inspired to reread due to my Wild Thing Halloween costume and in preparation for seeing the movie, which apparently departs all over the place (though ...more
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Oct 29, 2009
 
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
3.95
A lot of suspense was built and many pages were traversed for a reveal that I had mostly figured out from all of the near-reveals. I was hoping for so ...more
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Dec 29, 2008
 
Many Moons
4.09
Found this while shelving one day. It is lovely. Thurber's word choice and repetition crack me up. You can see why Neil Gaiman likes him. I have yet t ...more
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Jan 26, 2010
 
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
3.95
Kinda silly, kinda sexy. I would call it a beach read, only I read it on my couch. Then had to add True Blood to my Netflix cue and request the second ...more
Jun 07, 2009
Jun 08, 2009
 
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
4.21
This is the one that got me hooked on this series. It is full of action and humor and strong friendships.

I listened to it on CD. I don't love the read
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Aug 10, 2009
 
Kraken
3.59
Listening to the audiobook in the car. I think it's Mieville's strongest yet. I keep having to pause and reflect on how completely awesome this book i ...more
Sep 08, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
 
Castle Waiting, Vol. 1 (Castle Waiting Omnibus Collection, #1)
3.98
Lots of fairy tale references are woven into the story of Jain, a woman looking for a safe place to raise her new baby and the residents of Castle Wai ...more
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Aug 10, 2009
 
Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile (Fables, #1)
4.03
Love this series. This first volume is one self contained mystery, a great introduction to a longer series because it's one story, you can digest it a ...more
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Feb 23, 2010
 
The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)
3.93
Loved this. It starts out slow, with a lot of detail describing the captive thief and his captors traveling across the countryside, sometimes telling ...more
Apr 20, 2010
May 17, 2010
 
The Rough-Face Girl
4.37
A Native American retelling of Cinderella. Pretty illustrations, a more spiritual/fantastic sort of bent to the idea of the prince, and emphasis on pu ...more
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Nov 10, 2009
 
House of Mystery, Vol. 1: Room and Boredom
3.77
The house is a bit of the Dreaming, which you'll remember from Sandman. The characters are all sorts, some wander in and out of the house telling thei ...more
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Aug 10, 2009
 
Spindle's End (Folktales, #3)
3.76
Another book from this author that I fell in love with immediately. It begins in a magic saturated country where fairies could be anyone....

This re-i
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Nov 16, 2009
 
Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)
4.16
Written at a more difficult level than I expected - I found this in the juv sci fi. I'd put it in YA. A bit slow at the start, but built to a very int ...more
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Dec 01, 2008
 
The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)
4.24
The continued adventures of Eugenides, Thief of Eddis. He gets pretty beat up in this one, and after a long convalescence comes back even stronger. I ...more
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May 17, 2010
 
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
4.19
I didn't really get into this series with the first book. It seemed a bit too derivative of Harry Potter. Still an interesting take on Greek mythology ...more
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Aug 10, 2009
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