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Outlander (Outlander, #1)
I... don't even know what to say after finishing this book.

Someone told me that it began life as a Doctor Who fanfic before its metamorphosis into it
Oct 28, 2014
Oct 26, 2014
The Fire Rose (Elemental Masters, #1)
I was excited as hell when I saw that Lackey had done a fairy tale retelling, as I tend to like her work, and I love fairy tale retellings.

However, I
Aug 2002
Jun 12, 2007
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
The Earthsea cycle was originally classified as a YA series, but really, I think the books are far too complex for the average teen to enjoy. Le Guin ...more
Jun 1998
Jun 07, 2007
Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, #1)
I absolutely adored all of Lackey's Valdemar novels when I was an adolescent, but a lot of them are a little too emo for me now. I still truly enjoy h ...more
Aug 1998
Jun 07, 2007
Keturah and Lord Death
These days, while reading YA, I frequently end up commenting that I wish I had found a book when I was younger. The sad truth is that now, as an adult ...more
Apr 06, 2013
Apr 06, 2013
Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)
I have a serious weakness for Beauty & the Beast adaptations, and so this one caught my eye, as I'd never seen a version where Beauty was being tr ...more
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
Snow White And Rose Red
A decent fairy tale retelling, set in Elizabethan England, but not up to Wrede's usual standards. After the hysterically funny Dragons Quartet, I expe ...more
Feb 2004
Jun 13, 2007
Wise Child (Doran, #1)
I wish I'd found this when I was still little, because I think I would have absolutely adored it then. Coming to it as an adult, I didn't get quite so ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
The Belgariad: Volume One (Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit)
Forget Robert Jordan. David Eddings is the one who knows how to write compelling fantasy- with humor, with love, and with great characters.

The Belgar
Mar 1997
Jun 06, 2007
Glory Road
The only Heinlein fantasy novel is as excellent as anything he writes. As per usual, he takes many of the cliches of the genre and turns them on their ...more
Jan 1997
Jun 07, 2007
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15)
In my opinion, the Guard books are the best of the Discworld series. Pratchett takes a bit of a serious turn with the second in the series, without lo ...more
Aug 2002
Jun 06, 2007
Briar Rose
A truly powerful fairy tale retelling, set against the Holocaust.
Jan 2002
Jun 15, 2007
Snuff (Discworld, #39)
I was sort of disappointed with this one. The Guards books are my favorite subset of Discworld, and while I enjoy Sam Vimes, I much prefer him in an e ...more
Jul 15, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
Passage (The Sharing Knife, #3)
This book was better than Volume Two, but it certainly was not anything more than extremely average for the genre, and it has some gender issues I fin ...more
Mar 17, 2009
May 05, 2009
Heart's Blood
I'd actually had no idea going into this one that it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but it became rather apparent pretty early on that this ...more
Jun 13, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
In the Coils of the Snake (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #3)
I definitely liked the first book of this series the best, and I even found that one problematic in several ways. This one was even more so, but lacke ...more
Jun 02, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
Black Ships (Numinous World, #1)
A fascinating and lovely re-telling of the Aeneid from the female perspective. Wonderful world-building, excellent characterization- the author breath ...more
Jun 25, 2010
Jun 24, 2010
The Tamuli Omnibus (The Tamuli, #1-3)
The Elenium is my favorite of all of David Eddings' series, but I almost wish he hadn't written The Tamuli, because it's more than slightly sub-par in ...more
not set
Jan 18, 2011
Close Kin (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #2)
Another one with excellent world building, and I was happy to get more of Emily and Seylin, but again, so much of what I was most interested in was wh ...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
The Hollow Kingdom (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #1)
The world building was great, the characters were interesting, and I was easily enchanted by the book. My only real complaints were that once things s ...more
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
Juniper (Doran, #2)
Like Wise Child, I think I would have loved this book so much more if I'd found it as a child. I still enjoyed it, but I wasn't particularly engaged w ...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
The Goblin Wood (Goblin Wood, #1)
I really wish there was a half star system, because this one deserves more than three stars, but isn't quite to the four level for me.

A good fantasy
Jun 24, 2013
Jun 21, 2013
A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32)
I didn't think this was quite as amazing as The Wee Free Men, but it still was fantastic and all sorts of fun to read. I love Tiffany as a character, ...more
Mar 11, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
Brightly Woven
Disappointing. The world building was mediocre, the writing was simplistic and lacked subtlety and depth, and none of the characters felts particularl ...more
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
Arrow's Fall (Heralds of Valdemar, #3)
I absolutely adored all of Lackey's Valdemar novels when I was an adolescent, but a lot of them are a little too emo for me now. I still truly enjoy h ...more
Aug 1998
Jun 07, 2007
Magician's Ward (Mairelon, #2)
While I enjoyed the first book, this one was where it all came together. The world building was stronger (it reminded me a bit of Georgette Heyer with ...more
Apr 03, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld, #38)
The sad and upsetting truth is that Pratchett's work is starting to suffer a bit, and while this was still great, it lacked the power of Pratchett's e ...more
Mar 16, 2013
Mar 16, 2013
Pegasus (Pegasus, #1)
I really wanted to love this book. I love Robin McKinley, I liked the main character, and the world-building is awesome.

But almost nothing actually ha
Jan 2011
Jun 24, 2010
The Seer and the Sword (Healer and Seer, #1)
Honestly, this one read more like middle grade than young adult to me, and I wavered between giving it 2 stars or 3. Both the plot and the characters ...more
Nov 14, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30) (Tiffany Aching, #1)
This was not the usual Discworld book, but it had all the greatness of Terry Pratchett's best work in it, particularly in his deep and true knowledge ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
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