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Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)
**spoiler alert** I think that what bothered me the most about this book- beyond the fact that it read like a Harlequin romance- is that the author te...more
Jan 2009
Feb 22, 2009
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
I read this book because I just couldn't believe that so many people could be so rabidly in love with something with no redeeming qualities. In fact,...more
Jan 2007
Feb 21, 2009
The Sand Dragon
I wish half-stars were available for rating, because while this was better than a 2 it wasn't quite up to a 3 star designation. A quick and easy read-...more
May 25, 2010
May 17, 2010
The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, #1)
I will state right off the bat that this review is only for the first half of the book. The second half might get better, but I seriously doubt it and...more
Oct 03, 2009
Oct 03, 2009
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)
I wasn't really impressed with this one. It wasn't bad but it seemed forced. The gimmick of breaking into the narrative to remind the reader that the...more
May 16, 2010
May 16, 2010
The Devouring (The Devouring, #1)
I really enjoyed this one. There's a high gore factor (even within the context of the story it's imaginary, but still... waaaay icky ;p) and the chara...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
Blood in the Skies
This was fluffy fun and I enjoyed the banter between the two main characters. It's an action story with lots of running, fighting and explosions and t...more
Jun 04, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
Under the Dome
An 'OK' story that would have benefitted from someone smacking the author each time he indulged in 'literary showboating'... the constant switching be...more
Nov 29, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
Mile 81
Sadly, this was merely 'OK'. The writing wasn't bad, but it didn't grab me, and the plot was almost farcical, which I don't think was intended. Also,...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 04, 2011
The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, #1)
You can tell that this story is told from a filmmaker's perspective. The pacing, the visuals, the scene changes are all pure 'Hollywood Summer Blockbu...more
Oct 16, 2009
Oct 11, 2009
Blade Runner
An interesting premise, but a surprisingly- and you'll have to forgive the sci-fi blasphemy here- clumsy execution. The theme deals with what it means...more
Aug 31, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works
This was well produced, and the format of 30 minute (approx.) sections made it very convenient to pick up and put down as my available time allowed. I...more
Jan 27, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)
When I first read 'The Lord of the Rings' I found it painfully boring, I admit it. There was page after page of travel minutiae (what I refer to as 'f...more
Mar 07, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
The Modern Scholar: Eternal Chalice- the Grail in Literature and Legend
This was okay... There were some minor annoyances in the production (I found Professor Potkay's diction mildly irritating and she kept using the name...more
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth, #1)
Piers Anthony is a master of the bad pun (and not too shabby with the good ones either). I started reading his Xanth novels when I was... much younger...more
Jan 1986
Feb 22, 2009
Teahouse of the Almighty
This is a slim volume of poetry- 48 poems, 91 pages- but it explodes in your head like a deployed airbag: loud and fast, leaving little little hurts b...more
Jul 15, 2009
Jul 15, 2009
Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)
This is one of my 'comfort reads'; I come back to it and it's sequel "Dragonsinger" every couple of years. It's soft sci-fi (I would have thought it w...more
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Feb 21, 2009
Wit'ch Fire (The Banned and the Banished, #1)
Despite the gratuitous use of apostrophes and a very weak attempt to create a dialect for his og're I enjoyed this one. It was a fast read and his cha...more
Dec 15, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
War for the Oaks
**spoiler alert** MILD SPOILERS AHEAD..... I expected to enjoy this since it was Urban Fantasy- arguably one of the first in the Genre- but sadly I ju...more
Oct 18, 2010
Oct 18, 2010
Sundiver (The Uplift Saga, #1)
The premise is interesting, the science is intelligent (and, as far as I can tell, correct)... but everything else about the writing is painfully bad...more
Jul 26, 2010
Jul 26, 2010
In the Dark
There were some great images and lines in these poems- two of my favorites are What is a Poem? and Interim- but there were also a lot of things that s...more
Jul 31, 2009
Jul 31, 2009
Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt
There's a lot of good information here about ancient Egyptian life but most of the author's conclusions about the lives of ancient Egyptian women seem...more
Mar 13, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt
This was a pretty quick and easy read- for a history. Dr. Tyldesley does an admirable job of making the mess that is the Ptolemaic Dynasty, if not cry...more
Aug 04, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
When The Stars Walk Backwards
Not a tightly constructed story, the pacing was slow and there were quite a few plot holes but some interesting world building kept me entertained. Th...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
The Postman
On the advice of friends I gave this a try, even though the last thing I read by the author was so bad. This one was a lot better; the writing was tig...more
Aug 02, 2010
Aug 02, 2010
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)
A friend of mine gave this to me way back in High School because I enjoyed British comedy. I laughed so hard while reading that couldn't see the page...more
Jan 1990
Feb 22, 2009
Children of Fire
An interesting world with classic character tropes but lacking in structure and character development. The writing style is very much "just keep writi...more
Jan 10, 2014
Jan 05, 2014
Those Who Walk in Darkness (Soledad O'Roark, #1)
This story was set in a world that was uninteresting and peopled entirely with characters who were unlikeable and boring. The "plot" was predictable b...more
Jan 2006
Feb 28, 2009
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
An enjoyable adventure tale, not as weighty as some of his other themes. This is the first book in a proposed series and as such it's mostly set-up. T...more
Aug 06, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
The premise was interesting and I liked the world Scalzi created... it's just that the rest of the story is mediocre. 'Old Man's War' has been compare...more
Jan 2007
Feb 28, 2009
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