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The Bird of the River
This book was originally titled "And Summer Is Coming Soon," after the game that the protagonist Eliss and her brother Alder have played to make thems ...more
Jul 25, 2010
Jul 26, 2010
Welcome to Bordertown (Borderland, #5)
I'm going to get this out of the way: there was a part of me that worried that this volume would be terrible or disappointing, but I feel like it's a ...more
May 29, 2011
Jun 18, 2010
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
A big part of my motivation for reading this was because the hype machine was all over it, and there was so much buzz that I knew that a lot of people ...more
Aug 03, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
The Magic and the Healing (Crossroads, 1)
Not exactly a cult classic, but maybe the secret former favorite of every woman who was ever a girl who loved to read fantasy and wanted to be a veter ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
American Gods
2.5. Start date approximate. I was asking some gaming buddies if they had any light reading recommendations. By that I apparently meant "not depressin ...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8)
I'd read some advance reviews and honestly, I went into this with trepidation as a result. Was it going to be terrible? Answer: no. Not mind-blowingly ...more
Aug 20, 2013
Aug 19, 2013
The Hum and the Shiver (Tufa, #1)
I saw this in the library and it caught my eye. Bounced off his more famous work, The Sword-Edged Blonde; but I was curious to see someone writing abo ...more
not set
Jul 16, 2012
Team Human
More like 3.5. This is clearly a response to Twilight, though the authors may not have consciously started out intending to write a response. It's got ...more
Sep 18, 2012
Sep 17, 2012
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland, #2)
This was on my itching-to-read shelf for quite a while. There were some things I really loved — the periodic table of tea was brilliant. Catherynne Va ...more
Oct 09, 2012
Jul 28, 2011
Flora's Fury (Flora Trilogy, #3)
I waited somewhat impatiently for this book — I lurked around the author's blog etc. and periodically updated this review with things like "Just read ...more
May 17, 2012
Jul 10, 2010
The Prince Commands
Very much a boys' adventure story, first published in 1934. The sprinkled in references to things that she probably recommended as a children's librar ...more
Sep 29, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
So, I avoided reading this for the longest time. I could say it was because I usually avoid reading things that everyone else loves. That's true but n ...more
Feb 24, 2011
Feb 23, 2011
The Way of the Wizard
This is a pretty decent anthology; it caught my eye at the library. Almost all of the stories have been collected elsewhere previously, though. Some o ...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
This Case Is Gonna Kill Me (Linnet Ellery #1)
In case you're the kind of person who cares, the cover on here is not the correct one. This had at least two preliminary covers — one showed the main ...more
Sep 21, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
The Mislaid Magician: or Ten Years After (Cecelia and Kate, #3)
After its prequels, Sorcery and Cecelia and The Grand Tour, this book is just ... sort of average. Not a bad book, but not as exciting as the other tw ...more
Nov 27, 2009
Nov 27, 2009
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Enjoyed listening to this for a second time. It is an excellent author-narrated book. It was the first time I used one of these Playaway widgets ... i ...more
Oct 06, 2012
Oct 05, 2012
The City & the City
I enjoyed this book. But honestly, after a couple re-readings, I think my enjoyment is of the concept and sometimes the language, more than of the boo ...more
Apr 02, 2011
Apr 02, 2011
The Very Little Princess
I have very mixed feelings about this. Basic premise: little girl's tiny toy doll comes alive. This doll has also been her mother's toy, and her grand ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
A Song For Arbonne
This was one of the first religious fantasy books I read. (And when I say "religious fantasy" I mean "fantasy fiction with religion as a major theme o ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
Dzur (Vlad Taltos, #10)
A re-read. I think. Maybe?

At the end of Issola (the first time I read it), I figured "Okay, this book will involve Vlad sitting down for a meal at Val
Nov 23, 2010
Nov 22, 2010
Lord Darcy  (Lord Darcy, #1-3)
An interesting book. Probably the spiritual ancestor of The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump and even mannerist fantasy like Sorcery and Cecelia or The En ...more
Sep 29, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
Dangerous Angels (Weetzie Bat, #1-5)
Dates approximate. I started reading this when someone quoted the "Love is a dangerous angel" line and I said, I have to know where that comes from. F ...more
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
Mapping the World of Harry Potter: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Explore the Bestselling Series of All Time
A generally well-conceived book of essays, though they are hampered by having only been written with the events through Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 27, 2011
The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #3)
Probably more like a 3.5. This was actually a second reading. I meant to get around to reviewing it, but I was so conflicted about the book that I kep ...more
Dec 17, 2009
Dec 22, 2009
Precious Dragon (Detective Inspector Chen #3)
This is more like it.* (Also, I'd probably give this a 3.5 if I could.) Jhai is still annoying (And why did she do something that was distinctly count ...more
Nov 29, 2009
Nov 29, 2009
The Game of Triumphs (The Game of Triumphs, #1)
I saw the sequel advertised somewhere and thought, hmm, that sounds interesting, I'll get the first one from the library. Unfortunately ... not so muc ...more
May 06, 2012
May 06, 2012
The Face in the Frost
This made me think a little of The Dubious Hills. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this guy's work influenced Pamela Dean, but maybe it's just conver ...more
not set
Oct 30, 2010
Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary
Some years ago I saw a copy of this book in a bookstore, looked at it, and thought, "Nah, it doesn't look interesting" or "Maybe later" or something l ...more
not set
Feb 25, 2011
I enjoyed A Kiss in Time, and was feeling like I was in the mood for something light, so I went to the library and looted the shelves of Alex Flinn bo ...more
not set
Jul 24, 2012
Dragon Justice (Paranormal Scene Investigations #4)
I read at least one review that complained that this was repetitive. And that is a little bit true, but I think that's Gilman establishing the narrato ...more
May 23, 2013
May 22, 2013
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