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Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay, #1)
Pure fun; and do not be fooled by the pulp-like presentation of the novel with chapters with headings a la Jules Verne, since the novel is thoroughly...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 18, 2009
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
Mediocre book - very pedestrian writing, the repetition of Quentin, Quentin on each page became very jarring after a while while the prose is flat an...more
Aug 09, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
Devices and Desires (Engineer Trilogy, #1)
When I finished The Company my first KJ Parker read the first impression was an utterly absorbing read that felt a complete waste of time at the end,...more
Apr 16, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
Avempartha (The Riyria Revelations, #2)
Excellent followup to The Crown Conspiracy. Though followup may not be the right word, since The Crown Conspiracy was essentially a standalone with h...more
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 04, 2009
Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America
This is just a superb book written in a very quiet and understated manner. I *had* to reread it twice, it was so compelling that I could not leave it...more
Apr 18, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
Mortal Coils (Mortal Coils, #1)
I liked a lot the only book that I read by Mr. Nylund maybe 10 years or so ago, A Game of Universes and I always kept an eye on his offerings, but he...more
Jan 09, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
Blood Eye (Raven #1)
Old-fashioned blood and guts Viking saga written with a modern sensibility - explicit description of violence including disembowelings, curses, sexua...more
Feb 28, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
Twelve (The Danilov Quintet, #1)

Superb debut. Historical fiction with a tinge of the fantastic, but the fantastic part is pretty conventional. What makes this book so good is the st...more
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
Clockwork Heart (Clockwork Heart, #1)
Very entertaining steampunk adventure with a dash of romance and mystery.

Ondinium is a city powered by the magic substance that gives its name, has...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
Servant of the Underworld (Obsidian and Blood, #1)
I finished Servant of the Underworld the highly awaited novel debut of A. De Bodard and it's taking place in an Aztec state at some point in history -...more
Dec 15, 2009
Nov 25, 2009
The Desert Spear (Demon Cycle, #2)
Desert Spear is excellent end to end; pretty much the whole novel is on the quality of the best of The Warded Man; much more focused on the cultures o...more
Dec 12, 2012
Dec 11, 2009
Nyphron Rising (The Riyria Revelations, #3)
The third book in the extremely entertaining Ryria was a page turner like the first two but also a step back at least in the first half which was ver...more
Mar 08, 2010
Oct 14, 2009
Steal Across the Sky
Mysterious aliens come, set up base on Moon, put a Web ad: "need 21 humans to send as Witnesses/Observers in groups of 3, 1 on each of a twin planet,...more
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
Marius' Mules: The Conquest of Gaul (Marius' Mules, #1)
Very good debut abut a Roman career officer who attaches himself to the star of Julius Caesar in Spain and later in Gaul; despite misgivings, Caius V...more
Jun 26, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
The Republic of Vengeance

I almost bought this book when it was released in the UK last year, but the excerpt was kind of flat. Today I got my library copy and while readable,...more
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
Wings of Wrath (The Magister Trilogy, #2)
Wings of Wrath was ultimately good, but could have been better.

The same meandering at the beginning as in Feast of Souls and the not-quite well though...more
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 23, 2009
Best Served Cold
Excellent installment in the author's superbly imagined First Law universe; violent, dark and with all the cynicism you want, it had a great, great en...more
Jul 03, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
Dark Matter
Very entertaining debut; a combination of classic space opera with spiritual literature, as well as of traditional sf tropes with Arabian Nights deri...more
Mar 23, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
Excellent debut about a memory-less man in Prague of today and of 1580's with interludes in Heaven.

Poutnik (wanderer) makes friends with a group of yo...more
Jul 13, 2009
Jul 08, 2009
Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
Not bad but makes you appreciate more JJ Norwich masterpiece; a good narrative keeps the the book entertaining and the pages turn by themselves, thou...more
Nov 2009
Nov 04, 2009
Cleopatra's Daughter
Ok'ish book about Selene but bringing absolutely nothing new to someone who read tons of novels and non-fiction about Augustus and his age; readable b...more
Sep 17, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
The Necromancer (Johannes Cabal, #1)
Very disappointing though readable; probably it is just not for me though I spent an hour fast reading it since I had high expectations.

The humor fell...more
Jul 06, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
Vlad: The Last Confession
This the first Western novel about Vlad that does him justice as a great champion of Christendom, as well as bringer of peace and prosperity - true at...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 05, 2009
By Heresies Distressed (Safehold, #3)

My most expected sf release of 2009 until the fall at least, BHD is a direct continuation of BSRA and sets up what should be a cracker in book 4. How...more
Mar 10, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
The Father Of Locks
This is a gem of a book - a must for any lover of Arabian Nights as myself, written in its style as stories within stories and taking place where els...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 16, 2009
The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy, #2)
Major A++ novel, impressive in all ways; here is a quote from my FBC review


The Year of the Flood is a true sff novel, the dystopian world of the...more
Sep 26, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
Mirror Space (Sentients of Orion, #3)
The saga of Mira Fedor, Jo-Jo, Tekton, Insignia, Rast, Thales and the rest continues with Sole pulling strings behind the scenes, or so I believe

Nov 28, 2012
Nov 09, 2009
Another small press gem, this time the debut last year of ChiZine publications.

Taking place in a multi-leveled structure with strong echoes of Gene...more
Sep 03, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
Chaos Space (Sentients of Orion, #2)
Middle book in the Sentients of Orion trilogy, Chaos Space suffers a little bit from the "middle book" syndrome being a way station after the setup i...more
Nov 26, 2012
Jun 14, 2008
The Rise of the Iron Moon (Jackelian, #3)
This is the first major disappointment of 2009. Though released as an adventure fantasy, The Rise of Iron Man is unabashed pulp-sf and as such failed...more
Feb 17, 2009
Nov 23, 2008
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