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Imagine a world in which Queen Elizabeth I was assassinated in 1588, in which the Spanish Armada defeated the English, and in which in the 20th centur ...more
May 26, 2004
Aug 26, 2010
The Seer and the Sword (Healer and Seer, #1)
Princess Torina is the seer, who glimpses visions in a crystal given to her by her father, the king of Archeld, who wrested it from the conquered king ...more
Mar 08, 2005
Apr 28, 2010
The Grimm Legacy (The Grimm Legacy, #1)
I loved the premise and liked the heroine, but the plotting didn't really live up to them. It was entertaining, though, and I'll read her next book.
Oct 2010
Oct 01, 2010
In the Garden of Iden (The Company, #1)
I'm of two minds about this book. On one hand, the premise is interesting: physically enhanced, immortal operatives travelling through time in order t ...more
Jan 06, 2005
Dec 31, 2009
Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn is a dark, grim, yet exciting Gothic; after Rebecca, it's one of du Maurier's best-known books. (I thought I hadn't read it before, but af ...more
Jun 18, 2005
Feb 22, 2010
Private Arrangements
I'd been bouncing off new-to-me romance authors right and left for months, so I was hesitant about trying this, but I ended up liking it quite a bit. ...more
Sep 30, 2008
Sep 29, 2008
Mary Anne
Mary Anne is an odd sort of beast, a mix of historical fact and fiction that doesn't quite work. Mary Anne Clarke was the scandalous mistress of Georg ...more
Jul 09, 2005
Feb 22, 2010
The Laughter of Dead Kings (Vicky Bliss, #6)
Don't you hate it when you've waited for something for years, and it turns out...disappointing? Peters' last book about art historian sleuth Vicky Bli ...more
Sep 07, 2008
Sep 07, 2008
A Companion to Wolves (Iskryne World, #1)
Njall is a jarl's son who is taken to the wolfheall, where he takes a new name, Isolfr, and is chosen as companion by a young female wolf who will eve ...more
Nov 2007
Dec 03, 2009
Zoe's Tale (Old Man's War, #4)
Scalzi retells the events of The Last Colony from the perspective of Zoe Boutin Perry, who is John and Jane Perry's adopted daughter and near-goddess ...more
Oct 08, 2008
Oct 07, 2008
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)
Persepolis is the riveting story of Marjane Satrapi's childhood in Iran during the time of the Islamic revolution and the war with Iraq. I was actuall ...more
Apr 18, 2005
Sep 07, 2010
The Magician King (The Magicians, #2)
I can't rate this, because even though I finished it, I don't know what I thought of it. Right up until the end, I liked it a lot; the backstory Gross ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 21, 2011
As with Agent to the Stars, this is a good idea with only adequate execution. It starts out as a parody, and a fairly funny one, of science fiction TV ...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 16, 2012
Alchemy of Fire
Gillian Bradshaw is one of my favorite historical fiction writers, so I look forward eagerly to new books from her. Sadly, Alchemy of Fire was a disap ...more
Apr 03, 2005
Jan 19, 2012
London in Chains: An English Civil War Novel (English Civil War, #1)
A milkmaid from Leicestershire, Lucy Wentnor is sent to her uncle and aunt in London after being attacked by Civil War soldiers and rejected by her be ...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
The Glass-Blowers
In The Glass-Blowers, du Maurier reaches into her own historical background, as she did with Mary Anne, to tell a story of a family of glass workers d ...more
Jan 09, 2006
Feb 22, 2010
The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined All Women
I struggled with writing about this when I read it way back in 2004, because I really liked it in some ways, but in others, it irritated the hell out ...more
Nov 19, 2004
Feb 17, 2010
An Earthly Knight
An Earthly Knight is Janet McNaughton's retelling of the old Scottish ballad of Tam Lin, the mortal chosen by the faerie queen to be her payment to he ...more
Aug 22, 2005
Jun 09, 2010
East is a YA retelling of the fairy tale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon", a lesser-known but interesting variant on the "Beauty and the Beast" ...more
Jun 16, 2004
Aug 09, 2010
The Phoenix Dance
The Phoenix Dance takes place in the same city as Aria of the Sea, years later; several of the characters from the first book appear, but not as main ...more
Jul 17, 2006
Feb 03, 2010
Leopard In Exile (Carolus Rex, #2)
Leopard in Exile is the sequel to The Shadow of Albion, which I thought was fairly entertaining. Sadly, Leopard in Exile is not.

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Sep 23, 2004
Jul 27, 2010
For My Lady's Heart (Medieval Hearts, #1)
It's a good thing I enjoyed Flowers from the Storm so much, because if For My Lady's Heart had been the first Kinsale I picked up, I might not have re ...more
Nov 18, 2005
Jan 28, 2010
The Shadow of Albion (Carolus Rex, #1)
The Shadow of Albion is a alternative historical fantasy set in early 19th-century England. In this universe, Charles II was succeeded by his illegiti ...more
Sep 20, 2004
Jul 27, 2010
Invisible Things
I've waited a couple of years for this sequel to The Explosionist, and alas, it was a disappointment. The Explosionist was a fun blend of alternate hi ...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
The Bird of the River
In the same world as The Anvil of the World and The House of the Stag, two children and their mother join the crew of a huge river barge. When their m ...more
Aug 14, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
U is for Undertow (Kinsey Millhone, #21)
Grafton's latest starts off when Michael Sutton walks into Kinsey Millhone's life to hire her to investigate a twenty-year-old kidnapping case. In 196 ...more
Jan 08, 2010
Jan 07, 2010
The Night Children
Jule Devereaux has been trapped for the night inside the WhirlyFunRide in the gigantic Castertown MegaMall, after she quarreled with her aunt and then ...more
Nov 26, 2008
Nov 25, 2008
The Perfect Elizabeth: A Tale of Two Sisters
The Perfect Elizabeth is a "chick lit" novel that just didn't work for me. Liza is an aspiring poet who has a miserable day job as a legal secretary, ...more
Nov 20, 2004
Sep 13, 2010
The Healer's Keep
When I read Hanley's The Seer and the Sword, I concluded that it had good characters, but not enough worldbuilding. Oddly, Hanley's second book, The H ...more
Sep 27, 2005
Apr 28, 2010
The Unicorn Sonata
I don't think this is one of Beagle's best (which is why it is, I think, the only one of his books I don't own). Nicely written, as always, but the pl ...more
Dec 19, 2003
Dec 03, 2009
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