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146
Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay, #1)
4.02
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
 
188
The Einstein Girl
3.40
Superb historical thriller - page turner, smart and with two great characters that will stay with you for a long time

Martin Kirsch is a psychiatrist i...more
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 16, 2009
 
71
Nights of Villjamur (Legends of the Red Sun, #1)
3.29
Superb book - epic fantasy debut of Mark Newton who has published one small press sf novel The Reef before.

Under the Red Sun, the long-awaited Free...more
Mar 17, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
 
179
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
3.46
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
 
93
Devices and Desires (Engineer Trilogy, #1)
3.70
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
 
46
Avempartha (The Riyria Revelations, #2)
4.24
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
 
95
Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America
3.55
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
 
30
Wings of Wrath (The Magister Trilogy, #2)
3.93
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
 
74
Dark Matter
3.55
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
 
75
Heart of Veridon (The Burn Cycle, #1)
3.50
Superb debut; after reading the free fiction set in Veridon on the author's site a while ago, I kind of forgot about this marvelous setting until I re...more
Mar 27, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
 
237
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #1)
3.78
Superb debut and after a great beginning and a good but slower next hundred pages, it raised its energy and quality higher in the second half and tur...more
Oct 30, 2009
Oct 27, 2009
 
203
Filaria
3.94
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
 
185
Prospero Lost  (Prospero's Daughter, #1)
3.54
This one I heard of for a while but never thought I will read it and did not bother to request an arc but I opened it just to "do my duty" so to speak...more
Aug 16, 2009
Aug 16, 2009
 
10
Mortal Coils (Mortal Coils, #1)
4.04
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
 
272
Servant of the Underworld (Obsidian and Blood, #1)
3.78
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
 
234
Nyphron Rising (The Riyria Revelations, #3)
4.28
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
 
222
Red Claw
3.73
A standalone "expedition, planet with monsters, rogue soldiers and the like" novel, it is a step back from the panache and ambition of the author's de...more
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
 
62
Blood Eye (Raven #1)
3.98
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
 
117
Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #1)
4.26

After the dark Yellow Eyes, I needed a lighter book and Blood of Elves is just the one; it took me a while and some fast browsing to get into it sinc...more
May 21, 2009
May 21, 2009
 
25
Twelve (The Danilov Quintet, #1)
3.47

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
 
89
The Babylonian Trilogy
4.62

This is just a plain weird but mesmeric book made out of three independent but interconnected novellas all taking places in a modern but "fantastic"...more
Apr 11, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
 
57
Yellow Blue Tibia
3.64

Excellent book; darkly funny, superb narrative and ending. It instantly became a top 5 sf for 09 and a co-Adam Roberts favorite alongside Stone.

Som...more
Feb 21, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
 
187
Her Fearful Symmetry
3.21
Stunning book full of surprises and twists and turns; beautiful prose and great characters as well as a page turner, I just could not put it down.

A t...more
Aug 17, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
 
270
The Bookman (The Bookman Histories, #1)
3.30
Just finished this novel and it's superb; a cross of steampunk/lizard invasion a la Turtledove/Victoriana with a London cca 1890-1900 where Professor...more
Dec 07, 2009
Nov 25, 2009
 
279
Geosynchron (The Jump 225 Trilogy, #3)
3.86
The whole Jump 225 series is probably the best that mundane sf has to offer and remain truly appealing to me, but this volume which is the first to go...more
Dec 27, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
 
271
The Desert Spear (Demon Cycle, #2)
4.25
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
 
12
Steal Across the Sky
3.40
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
 
37
The Accord
3.26
Wow!!!

The Accord is a very powerful novel and that is reflected in its setting which manages to make a smooth transition from a near-future Earth,...more
Feb 04, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
 
32
Clockwork Heart (Clockwork Heart, #1)
3.79
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
 
149
Jasmyn
3.84
After reading the novel twice in two days I have to say that the very high expectations I had of "Jasmyn" were not only met but surpassed and this one...more
Jun 24, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
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