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The Game of Kings (The Lymond Chronicles, #1)
The only reason why I hesitate giving this five stars is because I am a dunce! Seriously. At least when it comes to the period of history this book is ...more
Aug 29, 2009
Nov 03, 2007
**spoiler alert** I liked the story and the characters, but at the same time the narrative made my head hurt. Possibly it's because of the colloquial ...more
Mar 2008
Feb 23, 2008
Multiple first person POVs always throw me off. Always. This wasn't an exception, though I really liked the narrators, so it didn't distract me as muc ...more
Jul 12, 2008
Jun 20, 2008
Race of Scorpions (The House of Niccolo, #3)
Plot twists! And crazy political machinations! I'm not entirely sure what happened here, but I couldn't stop reading.

On with the show!
May 03, 2009
Jun 08, 2008
Ella Enchanted
Spunky heroine! Good dialogue and a lot of funny moments. Pacing's a bit off. And the languages the author made up for the gnomes/elves/giants were a ...more
Jul 16, 2008
Jul 12, 2008
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
I should have thinky thoughts about this book, about cultural differences and history and slavery and how everyone is a stranger sometimes no matter w ...more
May 29, 2010
May 26, 2010
Superior Saturday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #6)
I liked this better than Lady Friday. Friday just left me going "whaaaat?" especially after the excitement in Sir Thursday.

I like Arthur more now. I
Jun 07, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
The Wise Man's Fear  (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
I liked this book. I liked this book a lot. It's one of those books you start and then keep on reading and reading and reading.

That being said, it did
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
Red Shift
I picked this one up hoping there'd be hijinks with space pirates. Or astronomy. No luck there.

I read the whole thing, went back to the start, flipped
Aug 13, 2010
Aug 11, 2010
I Capture The Castle
You know, I'd sit in the kitchen sink too if it would mean I'd be able to write something like this. The narrator probably has the most charming voice ...more
Apr 25, 2008
Apr 21, 2008
Descendants of Darkness, Volume 4
I read all four volumes at one go (found them in my sister's collection). The whole lot was engaging enough, but really, really uneven, both story- an ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 01, 2009
Doomsday Book (Oxford Time Travel, #1)
I stayed up reading this book. Was it worth it? Yes. I liked it mostly because the characters, the way they are flawed but still trying their best to ...more
Jul 06, 2009
Jun 29, 2009
The Changeover
Startlingly perceptive! I was surprised when I realised the book was written in 1984 -- the characters' voices, the narrative and the issues don't see ...more
Jun 06, 2008
May 23, 2008
The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)
I need to think a bit more about this one.

This somehow didn't feel as urgent as the first book, though Ness still does that thing where he just goes
Jul 02, 2009
Jun 29, 2009
Z for Zachariah
Someone recommended the book to me, probably because I mentioned that I had read Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

I was happy that the girl had survive
Apr 14, 2010
Mar 31, 2010
Not exactly a book to read if you've never actually seen it performed.

I had just watched this particular version of it (though admittedly my initial
Jan 27, 2011
Jan 13, 2011
Spin (Spin, #1)
I think the reason for my reading slump is because I'm not reading the books I want to read. Apparently what I want to read is books like this one. I ...more
Nov 11, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle, #3)
I liked this better than Castle in the Air, but I'll always love Howl's Moving Castle best. Charmain isn't quite the heroine Sophie was (she doesn't s ...more
May 14, 2008
May 12, 2008
Deep Fathom
Well, that's one way to spend half a day. I admit to skimming most of the pages; it's not exactly what you'd call well-written.

(view spoiler)
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
The Alchemist
Perhaps I'm a hard-headed pessimist. This book didn't appeal to me at all. The prose was annoying, the ideas so . . . quaint and wishy-washy and it at ...more
Jun 14, 2009
Jul 21, 2007
When compared to Spin, this books seems lacking. I felt more invested in the characters in Spin, and the story was more engaging. But Axis isn't a bad ...more
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
Uh. I am of two minds about this book.

On one hand, I couldn't stop reading. I now have a headache from reading too much -- 800 pages in, uh, two days
Oct 12, 2009
May 23, 2009
George's Marvellous Medicine
This was hilarious. And also horrible. Who doesn't want to mix a magical concoction made of all things awful for a horrid grandma?

I remember reading t
Mar 29, 2009
Mar 29, 2009
Enchanted Glass
What is with DWJ and sudden endings? I have nothing against how things were resolved, just the way the book ended -- the very last few lines in the bo ...more
Nov 09, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
The Ships of Merior (Wars of Light & Shadow, #2; Arc 2 - The Ships of Merior, #1)
I enjoyed reading this book, even though at the same time I have some problems with the characters.

Lysaer at times (ok, all the time) makes me want t
Apr 08, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1)
Oh the clichés and archetypes. That was still a fun, fast read, though.

I've read enough fantasy (and Eddings, really; though for some reason I had ma
Mar 14, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
Cloud Atlas
"Revolutionary or gimmicky?" asks a character (and I actually frowned at the meta-ness of it all, but oh well). I have no idea, but I enjoyed reading ...more
Oct 10, 2008
Sep 13, 2008
Un Lun Dun
My problem with this is that the wordplay and the puns and the made-up words stopped being clever very, very fast. (I groaned at Baghdidn't. Tell me y ...more
Feb 06, 2013
Nov 20, 2011
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
I'm actually wondering whether the reason I liked this book so much is because I haven't picked up a fantasy book in ages (it used to be my staple rea ...more
Oct 14, 2008
Sep 19, 2008
To Say Nothing of the Dog (Oxford Time Travel, #2)
Time travel -- World War II -- Victorian sensibilities -- In search of an ugly artefact -- Three men in a boat, to say nothing of the dog -- The conse ...more
May 27, 2009
May 23, 2009
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