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The Golem and the Jinni
I thought this was a very good historical fantasy set in New York City around 1900. Though set in NYC, the plot is more character-based, focusing, wit ...more
May 04, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
Sinai Tapestry (The Jerusalem Quartet, #1)
"In the early nineteenth century, Skanderberg Wallenstein, a fanatical Albanian monk and linguist, unearths in a monastery in Jerusalem the oldest Bib ...more
Jan 06, 2015
Jan 01, 2015
Foxglove Summer (Peter Grant, #5)
The fifth book in the Peter Grant series, Foxglove Summer moves the action to the countryside in the region of Herefordshire. Two eleven-year-old girl ...more
Nov 27, 2014
Nov 22, 2014
The Daylight War (Demon Cycle, #3)
Adam of the Wertzone sums up my feelings pretty well in his review. This book was chock full of filler. No wonder Brett apparently needs five books fo ...more
Mar 30, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
Twelve (The Danilov Quintet, #1)
One cool thing about the book is that the vampires are pretty realistic. They have advantages over humans, but they have weaknesses to even the balanc ...more
not set
Feb 08, 2014
The Three-Body Problem (Three Body, #1)
Wang Miao is a Chinese researcher working on nanomaterials with the eventual goal of creating a space elevator. He seems to be living in strange times ...more
Dec 03, 2014
Nov 28, 2014
Lowball (Wild Cards, #22)
Like the previous book in the Wild Cards series, Fort Freak, Lowball focuses on the cops and the poor, deformed residents of Jokertown. In this book, ...more
Nov 22, 2014
Nov 18, 2014
Spirit Gate (Crossroads, #1)
Decent, but I wasn't blown away. The best part of the book was some strong characterization. Not every character got this, but most of them did. When ...more
Mar 05, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
City of Stairs
Seems everyone has been reading and raving about this one so it was time to see what the fuss was about. I like how this secondary world urban fantasy ...more
Jan 13, 2015
Jan 06, 2015
Days of the Deer
It's basically a story of good versus evil, with foreign invaders coming to land to kill and enslave and bring physical and moral corruption with them ...more
Aug 18, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
I knew I was going to love this book within the first few pages. Dark and melancholy, but tempered with hope this book is simply fantastic. One of my ...more
not set
Sep 26, 2008
Riding the Unicorn
John Willoby is being pulled between worlds. Or he is going mad, ‘riding the unicorn’ as his prison officer colleagues would say. It’s clear to Willob ...more
Nov 2014
Oct 28, 2014
The Martian
This is a survival story, albeit one set on Mars when astronaut Mark Watney is accidentally abandoned by his crew after a dust storm. It's a lot like ...more
Mar 2014
Feb 24, 2014
Zadayi Red
Zadayi Red is a mythical, fantasy story about the ancestors of Native Americans. The author, Caleb Fox, is himself a Native American of Cherokee desce ...more
Dec 11, 2014
Dec 07, 2014
A Fine and Private Place
Wow, this is an oldie. Written in 1960, a full eight years before The Last Unicorn, this is Peter Beagle's debut novel. It's a short, quiet, introspec ...more
Nov 17, 2014
Nov 12, 2014
Land of Love and Drowning
Land of Love and Drowning follows several decades of the lives to two women in an impoverished family in the Virgin Islands. It's a decent book, proba ...more
Dec 25, 2014
Dec 20, 2014
Dream Houses
Dream Houses is a limited edition novella written and published for this year's Capclave, a SFF convention in Washington D.C. The story is about a wom ...more
Oct 28, 2014
Oct 27, 2014
Neil Clarke, editor of Clarkesworld magazine, edited this Kickstarter anthology about the positive and negative impacts of cyborgs in science fiction. ...more
Dec 06, 2014
Nov 18, 2014
A Taste Fur Murder (Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery, #1)
(2.5 stars out of 5)

...So, this book may be a mildly diverting read for the casual reader, or someone looking for something a little different with a
Oct 15, 2014
Oct 11, 2014
Half of a Yellow Sun
It wasn't quite perfect and I think it could have cut 30-40 pages and not lost much, but it was haunting and beautifully written. It's like McCarthy's ...more
Feb 24, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
The Sword Of Destiny
I'm not rating this one because the version I read was a fan translation and not an official publisher copy. And that's because there are none in Engl ...more
Feb 17, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
A Natural History of Dragons (Memoir by Lady Trent, #1)
April of Bookspot Central and Dragon Ashes calls this book a fantasy of manners and the phrase is quite apt. Brennan evokes the society, conventions, ...more
Feb 19, 2013
Feb 16, 2013
When Gravity Fails (Marîd Audran #1)
The Audran Sequence seemed so promising with an interesting world in which many nation-states have fractured and the story is set in a city somewhere ...more
not set
May 29, 2012
John Saturnall's Feast
It's not a fantastic book, but I enjoyed it a bit. It follows much of the life of John Saturnall from being cast out of his village with his mother fo ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Dec 29, 2012
Racers of the Night
I thought it was past time I did a full review for a collection/anthology book. I rather enjoyed Brad Torgersen’s first collection, Lights in the Deep ...more
Feb 03, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
Proxima (Proxima, #1)
Proxima bills itself as a planetary romance with exploration and colonization of an alien world. The book certainly has plenty of that, but it also ha ...more
Oct 05, 2013
Sep 24, 2013
Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) (Wool, #1-5)
I really don't see what all the fuss is about with this book. Sure, it's interesting enough at first, but only until you take a closer look. The chara ...more
May 23, 2013
May 21, 2013
An Autumn War (Long Price Quartet, #3)
Shadow was good. Betrayal was quite good. This book is even better. Wow! Abraham is really firing on cylinders in this one. This book has everything a ...more
not set
Aug 11, 2008
A Betrayal in Winter (Long Price Quartet, #2)
The second book in the series and is a significant improvement. I'm beginning to realize the author's strength in characterization. Plus, I was surpri ...more
not set
Aug 04, 2008
The Bees
Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the ...more
Dec 30, 2014
Dec 25, 2014
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