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The City & the City
3.91
it was amazing
When I finished this I first gave it four stars, but as I thought about it and pondered what I had to say here, that rating kept nudging up. Oddly, I ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Jun 22, 2010
 
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
4.02
liked it
Second update: Finally got around to looking at Butcher's website, and discovered his short story, Restoration of Faith. It's set before Storm Front ...more
Nov 2008
Oct 29, 2008
 
American Gods
4.11
it was amazing
A nearly perfect novel the casts the cultural chaos of the times into the fantasy of a war between the old gods of our race's youth, and the new gods ...more
Jun 28, 2010
Nov 08, 2008
 
War for the Oaks
4.03
really liked it
It is astonishing to think that Minneapolis was the center of the Faerie world in 1987. Who would of thought?!?

And yet, Emma Bull’s absorbing novel pr
...more
Dec 07, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
 
Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)
4.02
it was ok
Meh. Hamilton’s vampire tale isn’t painful to read (as I’ve been told that other vampire series is), but I don’t think it is a particularly interestin ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 14, 2013
 
Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)
3.92
really liked it
This is, effectively: London gets its own Harry Dresden.

And that's a good thing, 'cause this book is a romp and a hoot, just as Jim Butcher's are.

Quic
...more
Dec 06, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
 
Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2)
4.10
really liked it
I feel kinda bad that I keep comparing Aaronovitch's series to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. Aaronovitch clearly has more skill than Butcher did when t ...more
Dec 24, 2012
Dec 25, 2012
 
Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant, #3)
4.16
really liked it
The third entry in Aaronvitch's Peter Grant series. Read the others first, duh. Still a solid four-star read — a "hoot". (Please forgive me if that wo ...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
 
The Shambling Guide to New York City (The Shambling Guides, #1)
3.73
liked it
The best way to think about this little adventure is as Men in Black with a dose of Ghostbusters.

As in MiB, our protagonist stumbles into a new job th
...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
 
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
3.96
liked it
This is a nice, lightweight paranormal story, verging a bit towards the romance novel (although since I don't read the genre, I might be way off).

The
...more
Apr 03, 2009
Apr 02, 2009
 
Broken Homes (Peter Grant, #4)
4.16
really liked it
If you dabble at all in the lightweight entertainment of the paranormal/urban fantasy subgenre, this series is a winner. Really deserves four-and-a-ha ...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
 
Changes (The Dresden Files, #12)
4.54
really liked it
I wish I could give Butcher five stars, but I try to save that for books that changed my life, or made my jaw drop to the floor, or did something fund ...more
Jun 05, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
 
Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6)
4.33
really liked it
Butcher's series is almost good enough that it doesn't count as a guilty pleasure. He outdoes himself with wisecracking in the opening pages, and seem ...more
Mar 24, 2009
Feb 22, 2009
 
Ghost Story (The Dresden Files,  #13)
4.25
really liked it
Not what I expected, and that's a good thing. Based on how the previous in the series ended, I thought I could see what was coming. And while I wasn't ...more
Aug 08, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
 
Wild Cards (Wild Cards, #1)
3.72
liked it
The superpowers idea behind this is now somewhat cliched, but it appears this might have started the trend, since this was written back in the mid-80s ...more
Jan 24, 2014
Jan 27, 2014
 
Our Lady of Darkness
3.73
really liked it
I have no recollection of how this book ended up on my to-be-read short list. I suspect my interest in all things San Francisco found it for me — I lo ...more
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
 
Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #3)
4.22
liked it
This is book three of a many-volume urban fantasy series set in our modern day world. It is a lot like Butcher's Dresden Files. The writing is fluid a ...more
Oct 27, 2014
Nov 22, 2014
 
Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #2)
4.22
liked it
This is book two of a many-volume urban fantasy series set in our modern day world. It is a lot like Butcher's Dresden Files. The writing is fluid and ...more
Oct 26, 2014
Nov 22, 2014
 
Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5)
4.23
really liked it
To echo the many that have already said this: don’t read this until you’ve finished Changes. That would be book twelve in the series, so this would ...more
Jan 21, 2011
Nov 14, 2010
 
Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7)
4.43
really liked it
Junk reading, but good junk reading. My biggest pleasures in reading Butcher are his adventurous take on the myths that show up in fantasies, and his ...more
Jun 14, 2009
Feb 22, 2009
 
Night Watch (Watch, #1)
3.97
really liked it
Very good. Similar to the better volumes in Butcher's Dresden Files, but less humor, which is both good and bad, and thus evens out as far as rating g ...more
Oct 27, 2013
Oct 27, 2013
 
Day Watch (Watch #2)
4.05
liked it
Almost four stars. Some nice twists, especially the one telling us that using love as a weapon and tool of power is likely to backfire.

The author also
...more
Nov 18, 2013
Nov 10, 2013
 
Zoo City
3.64
really liked it
Enjoyed this — not quite four stars, but I rounded up. It's current overall average rating of 3.72 is pretty accurate.

I was trying to figure out how t
...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 28, 2011
 
Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10)
4.43
really liked it
Another one in the series. Butcher has almost ironed out his kinks; this one's enthusiasm and pacing were almost perfect. There was an annoying three- ...more
Sep 10, 2009
Feb 22, 2009
 
Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
4.12
liked it
Good fantasy story, set in our modern day world. This is a lot like Butcher's Dresden Files. This ones goes less overboard than Butcher, since (as of ...more
Oct 25, 2014
Oct 25, 2014
 
Neverwhere
4.17
liked it
Three and a half stars, really. Nice urban fantasy novel, although I'll ding it a little for explicitly endorsing escapism at the end.

This was the fa
...more
Nov 21, 2013
Mar 26, 2009
 
Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8)
4.41
really liked it
This series is getting better, although he took two obvious plot twists earlier than I would have expected (both involving Molly), but managed to hold ...more
Jul 19, 2009
Feb 22, 2009
 
White Night (The Dresden Files, #9)
4.41
really liked it
It has been apparent for much of the series that Butcher's skill is growing, and this ninth book continues that trend. The characters have grown riche ...more
Jul 21, 2009
Feb 22, 2009
 
Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11)
4.44
really liked it
Make sure you read the ten before this in the series, but that isn't too painful. If you find the first one a bit too amateurish, just tell yourself t ...more
Nov 26, 2009
Jul 21, 2009
 
The Man With the Golden Torc (Secret Histories, #1)
3.84
did not like it
I'm thankful that this was so obviously idiotic that I wasted a mere fifteen minutes or so.

If a friend of mine enjoyed this, I wouldn't want to know.
...more
Dec 06, 2013
Dec 06, 2013
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