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The Bone Key: The Necromantic Mysteries of Kyle Murchison Booth
A nice little collection of melancholy stories about a curator in a strange museum in an unnamed Eastern US city who, after an ill-considered act of n ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 15, 2008
Last Call (Fault Lines, #1)
Up there as my favorite Powers novel (tied with Declare and edging out Earthquake Weather because it's a sequal), this is the novel where he learned t ...more
Jan 2004
Aug 17, 2008
God of Clocks (Deepgate Codex, #3)
This is for the whole series, including Scar Night and Iron Angel. It's pretty peculiar -- the series barely has a plot, although things happen. It pr ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 18, 2010
Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
This is another book that I wished I liked more than I do. I am still reading the series, but it's kind of like an unhealthy addiction -- the further ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 17, 2009
The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files, #1)
Fun but ultimately disappointing. Stross is not very adept at balancing the humor and horror elements in this novel, so that the horror is very much u ...more
Jan 2010
Feb 12, 2010
Whiskey and Water (Promethean Age, #2)
So, this is a long and ambitious series that jumps around a lot in time, but this book follows fairly closely on the heels of Blood and Iron -- same c ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 08, 2008
Ink and Steel (Promethean Age, #3)
The story continues (is that right, considering this volume is set some 400 years before the previous two?), and, if you liked or hated the first two, ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 27, 2008
This might be my favorite novel by Powers (although I am awfully fond of Last Call and Earthquake Weather). Maybe it's just because I had finished a b ...more
Jan 2001
Aug 17, 2008
Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things (Courtney Crumrin, #1)
A potentially ya-comic -- a little gorey, and the stories are eliptical enough that younger readers might have a little trouble following them, but th ...more
Jan 2004
Aug 17, 2008
Soon I Will Be Invincible
I really want to like this book more than I do. The biggest problem with it is that it reads kind of like a "Science fiction novel written by a litera ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 09, 2009
The Tourmaline (Princess of Roumania, #2)
I enjoyed A Princess of Roumania a lot; the sequel -- not so much. While it has many of the features of the previous volume -- a complicated, slowly-u ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 19, 2008
A Companion to Wolves (Iskryne World, #1)
High-concept tag: gay vikings and telepathic wolf-things fight trolls! Hurrah! Stuff to like: the characters are nicely sketched out, the wolf-like be ...more
Jun 2008
Jul 07, 2008
Blood and Iron (Promethean Age, #1)
It is kind of Urban Fantasy, but not quite. All in all, I like this series so far (it's about a centuries-long war between human mages and Faerie, for ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 19, 2008
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
The rating for the first half of the book should be 5 stars, and the rating for the second maybe 3. I loved it when the characters are just sittng aro ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 20, 2008
King Rat
A little fantasy, a little horror. Mieville has some excellent bits here -- he works hard to evoke his setting with all five senses, which makes sense ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 15, 2008
Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)
A whimsical but scary story with a lot of elements -- strange machines, magic, a brother and sister trying to find their mother, an alternate world, a ...more
Jan 2008
Jul 17, 2008
The Scar (Bas-Lag, #2)
Oh jeeze -- what can I say? As usual, Mieville has a world that is so rich and pungent that the story is often an unwelcome distraction. A story of bi ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 06, 2007
Three Icelandic Outlaw Sagas
OK, the "fantasy" tag is not strictly accurate, but these stories aren't, strictly speaking, histories. What they are is really gripping stories -- al ...more
Jan 2006
Aug 28, 2008
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