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When people force me to choose a single favorite book, I often name this one. It begins as a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Then the time-travelers sho ...more
Jan 2004
Jun 30, 2007
In the parallel universe where our evil selves have goatees, Firethorn would be a romance novel. In this one, it's something darker and much more inte ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 20, 2010
The Female Man
This is an important book for feminist science fiction, but it's not an entirely successful one. It's all polemic and very minimal plot. Much of the b ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 17, 2010
The Etched City
Given the wealth of glowing reviews on the cover, I went in hoping to like this book, but I couldn't. The main problem was that I couldn't connect wit ...more
Mar 2012
Apr 01, 2013
Winter Study (Anna Pigeon, #14)
From the moment the deformed and dying moose staggers in on page 9, Winter Study builds an atmosphere of dread. Something's rotten on Isle Royale Nati ...more
Aug 24, 2008
Aug 25, 2008
The Iron Tree (The Crowthistle Chronicles, #1)
Not as good as the author's previous trilogy. Her writing is often lovely, and the places she imagines are fascinating. I love detailed world-building ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 27, 2007
The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)
When I re-read The Hobbit in preparation for the upcoming movie, it made me even more excited about the prospect of the movie than I had been. The Hob ...more
Nov 2012
Dec 02, 2012
Summer and Bird
Summer and Bird is a beautiful, wise, melancholy fairy tale of a novel. It's about the profound differences that can separate even people as close tog ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 18, 2014
Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence #1)
Three Parts Dead is a really well done fantasy novel that's definitely a bit different from most of what's out there. It's got fantastic, innovative w ...more
Mar 14, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
The Silvered
Fascinating worldbuilding, a gripping plot, and interesting characters make The Silvered a very worthwhile read.

I loved the idea that in a fantasy ki
Jul 2014
Sep 18, 2014
The Doctor and the Dinosaurs
This book has a really fun premise–dinosaurs in a steampunk-ish Wild West–but that premise is about all it has going for it. The prose is clunky. The ...more
Apr 13, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
This book is magnificent! Stephenson creates a richly developed future world, exploring both the scientific (nanotechnology) and social sides of thing ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 01, 2009
Croak (Croak, #1)
Croak can be summed up with a four word blurb: Hot Topic: The Novel. For those unfamiliar with it, Hot Topic is a chain of stores with a typical clien ...more
Aug 2014
Sep 18, 2014
Ascension (Tangled Axon)
I wanted so much to love this book. The protagonist, a "sky surgeon" or starship mechanic, is a lesbian woman of color! The book has the diversity man ...more
Jun 2014
Jun 01, 2014
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is a behemoth of a book, over a thousand pages in the paperback edition, but worth every bit of it. Imagine England ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 18, 2010
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
This is an absolutely fantastic YA novel. In the book's fantasy world, a small percentage of people are Graced with the magical ability to do somethin ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 31, 2010
Lonely Planet Tony Wheeler's Badlands (Travel Literature)
Bad Lands chronicles Wheeler's travels in the Axis of Evil and other countries with unfriendly governments. It's a fascinating insight into places few ...more
Oct 2011
Nov 12, 2011
Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic, #1)
Skin Hunger is a dark and compelling fantasy novel. It alternates chapters of two separate stories set centuries apart, though some connections manife ...more
Oct 2009
Nov 22, 2009
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
Two words: steampunk zombies.

Intrigued yet? You should be. Boneshaker is a snappy adventure yarn that repeatedly caused me to read a hundred or more p
Mar 2010
Mar 25, 2010
Justice Hall (Mary Russell, #6)
Justice Hall provides another stirring adventure for Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Friends made in an earlier sojourn in Palestine unexpectedly dr ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 26, 2011
I usually love Robin McKinley's books, and this is no exception. Chalice is an elegant, moving high fantasy novel. It tells the story of Mirasol, a yo ...more
May 2010
Jun 02, 2010
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I read this book in about thirteen hours during a day in which I was supposedly doing several other things, and frankly I would be shocked to find any ...more
Dec 29, 2009
Jan 17, 2010
The Hero and the Crown (Damar, #1)
I'm pretty sure I read this as a preteen, but I'd completely forgotten how awesome it is. Aerin is just the sort of female character I like to see, es ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 18, 2010
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes contains an excellent collection of what is essentially Sherlock Holmes fanfic written by professional wr ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 31, 2010
The Somnambulist
This is a powerfully strange novel in pseudo-Victorian style. It's part mystery, part horror, part thriller, and part "what the heck was THAT all abou ...more
Nov 2009
Dec 15, 2009
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
I want to give a copy of this book to every young girl I encounter, and most of the adults and boys too. The Girl Who Cicumnavigated Fairyland in a Sh ...more
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Sep 29, 2012
Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories, #1)
Shades of Milk and Honey succeeds as a light, Jane Austen-esque parlor drama that incorporates magic. In this world, magic largely takes the form of g ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 23, 2011
Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)
Ethan of Athos is a fun, fast-paced space thriller. Perhaps a little too fast-paced, since there were some intriguing characters and bits of worldbuil ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 01, 2010
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
Sherlock Holmes meets a spirited fifteen year-old girl with an intellect to match his own. They fight crime! sounds like the summary of a lousy fanfic ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 16, 2010
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Mockingjay brings the Hunger Games trilogy to a satisfying close. Like the first two books in this series, the unputdownability factor is off the char ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 16, 2010
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