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Phantom (Sword of Truth, #10)
I'm still committed to finishing the series, but this is beginning to get tedious. Undoubtedly Goodkind gets paid by the word, because he keeps repeat ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 12, 2008
Revenge of the Rose
It seems like a lot of Elric fans are kinda down on this installment of the eternal saga, but I can't really see why. Moorcock's voice here seems to h ...more
Dec 12, 2013
Nov 29, 2013
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
I thought the loose-thread wrap-up prior to the boss battle final showdown was a little too reminiscent of some Agatha Christie drawing-room revelatio ...more
Jun 07, 2010
May 28, 2010
Artifact of Evil (Greyhawk Adventures Book 2)
While you can't exactly "hear the dice falling," this is definitely a gamer's book about a game. Drawing, perhaps too heavily, on the famous "non-play ...more
Oct 23, 2008
Oct 10, 2008
TSR JAM 1999 (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons)
I haven't actually played any of these, but they read well. Each of the seven self-contained "Adventurer's Guild" scenarios is designed for 4-6 mid-le ...more
Dec 10, 2007
Jul 12, 2008
Come Endless Darkness (Greyhawk: Gord the Rogue, #4)
While I've enjoyed the Gord books generally, most of them reinforced the image of D&D creator Gary Gygax having been a "failed author turned game ...more
Nov 30, 2008
Dec 04, 2008
Belgarath the Sorcerer
This book presumes knowledge of the storyline of The Belgariad and, to a lesser extent, The Malloreon. If you haven't read those ten books (yes, 10), ...more
Apr 04, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
Night Watch (Watch, #1)
Surprisingly, the movie of the same name appears to be based mostly on just the first of three stories in this book. And there are enough differences ...more
Apr 02, 2012
Sep 11, 2009
The Children of Húrin
As much as I generally disdain the pedantic quality of Christopher Tolkien's editorial style, it is clear that his years of work pouring over his fath ...more
Sep 20, 2012
Jul 12, 2008
Day Watch (Watch, #2)
Even after reading Night Watch , I was somewhat surprised just how little this book had to do with the Day Watch film. Of course, with the major chang ...more
Apr 13, 2012
Sep 11, 2009
The Prydain Chronicles (The Chronicles of Prydain #1-5)
When I was young, I loved these stories; enough so that I read my copies into near oblivion, and even managed to arrange multiple interviews with the ...more
Mar 02, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
City of Hawks (Greyhawk: Gord the Rogue, #3)
Now I know why so much of this book felt familiar: it fills in lost of little crevices between and beyond the episodes of the rest of the series to da ...more
Nov 18, 2008
Nov 04, 2008
Bite (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #8.5)
Got the Blake story covered in proper reading order, but the rest laregely felt like a waste of time. At least I know now to avoid the Mageverse mater ...more
Jan 12, 2012
Dec 23, 2011
The World and Thorinn
The first time though, as an adolescent, I couldn't even finish it, and it is rare that I give up on a book. Years later, as an adult, I muddled my wa ...more
not set
Oct 17, 2011
The Rivan Codex: Ancient Texts of the Belgariad and the Malloreon
This is clearly targeted to those who totally geek-out on Eddings. It is mostly a compilation of the background material compiled to give his world so ...more
Jun 03, 2009
Jan 30, 2009
The Demon Princes, Volume One: The Star King, The Killing Machine, The Palace of Love
Review in progress; I'm not done reading yet.

A sci-fi version of the classic revenge adventure—the same basic trope driving the kind of martial arts m
Nov 22, 2011
Jul 12, 2008
Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #9)
Because this is evidently the most popular book of the series, and because my ejoyment of the series has been trending downward for several installmen ...more
Feb 13, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
Winter's Tale
I would never be able to write a review that as thoroughly and accurately sums up by nostalgia-hate relationship with this book as does "Mark Helprin' ...more
Dec 1986
Nov 11, 2009
The Battle of Corrin (Legends of Dune, #3)
It's crap. The plot holes are almost as large as the appalling body count, the twists preposterous when they are not completely predictable. The perfu ...more
May 23, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
Planar Powers (Planescape: Blood Wars, #3)
This is far better than it has any right to be. Such corporate pulp is not supposed to come this close to literature, much less art. King's style here ...more
Oct 27, 2012
Dec 07, 2009
The Machine Crusade (Legends of Dune, #2)
Formulaic science-fantasy for Dune fans only. Strangely, the independent robot Erasmus is the most compelling character; the humans are more oddly pre ...more
Nov 04, 2009
Sep 06, 2009
The Shaping of Middle-earth (The History of Middle-Earth, #4)
Mass-market paperbacks in this series are less useful than the hardbacks: internal page references are just fine, but whenever a later volume refers t ...more
Aug 10, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Written as a sequel to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, told from the POV of Victor's wife with similar framing to the original, this novel portrays both ...more
May 26, 2007
Oct 11, 2008
I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire (Ravenloft, #7)
Extremely derivative, but that would be expected by anyone familiar with the Ravenloft series or setting. Seems like handy background material for any ...more
Aug 11, 2010
May 31, 2010
Burnt Offerings
Mar 31, 2011
Sep 09, 2010
Pages of Pain
Dec 2003
Jul 12, 2008
The Dark Is Rising
not set
Jul 12, 2008
The Prydain Companion: A Reference Guide to Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles
not set
Jul 12, 2008
Enchanters' End Game (The Belgariad, #5)
Jul 2008
Jul 12, 2008
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
not set
Jul 12, 2008
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