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Sterling (Mageri, #1)
4.01
Zoe is a woman stuck in a strange, male-dominated culture.
She's surrounded by men who insist that (1) they love her and are absolutely devoted to prot
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not set
Feb 16, 2012
 
Crimes Against Magic (Hellequin Chronicles, #1)
3.99
Mindless badassery. Dude runs around London punching people out and rescuing women. I got most of the way through this but wasn't interested enough to ...more
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Aug 26, 2012
 
Blood Wager (Blood Destiny, #1)
4.03
The theme of this series seems to be indignation. Every significant character screws the protagonist over at least once. I would guess that she suffer ...more
not set
Dec 04, 2011
 
A Modern Witch (A Modern Witch, #1)
3.73
This book did not have a plot. A good thing happened, and everyone was happy about it; and then another good thing happened, and everyone was happy ab ...more
not set
Sep 01, 2011
 
The Midnight Mayor (Matthew Swift, #2)
4.16
Gripe: if you save one innocent life and kill fifty others doing it, that does not count as a moral victory.

Also, the author writes too much descripti
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Dec 23, 2010
 
John Golden: Freelance Debugger
4.00
This can be described as cyberpunk, but with more awesome and less angst.

The footnotes were good, the characters were good, but the short-story thing
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Feb 04, 2014
 
Omnitopia: Dawn (Omnitopia, #1)
3.72
Unsatisfying.

This book describes a conflict between a Good CEO and a Bad CEO; each of them own large companies which run MMORPGs. Corporate America be
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May 10, 2011
 
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
4.00
**spoiler alert** This book was too damn full of crappy foreshadowing.

The protagonist's problems are all caused by an omniscient omnipotent incomprehe
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Aug 21, 2010
 
Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence #1)
3.96
I got this after reading the following quote from the author:

"Magic in the great secondary-world fantasy novels isn’t just an add-on; it stands in for
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Nov 03, 2013
 
Into the Dark Lands (The Sundered, #1)
3.61
Angels and half-angels fighting a desperate war, and wandering through the lot is the Lady, who mourns and angsts because she knows everyone she loves ...more
not set
Dec 20, 2012
 
The Trilisk Ruins (Parker Interstellar Travels, #1)
3.41
I found this book by clicking an ad on a webcomic site.

It had its moments of interesting scifi. The aliens were nicely done but the humans were a bit
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Dec 31, 2011
 
A Demon Bound (Imp, #1)
4.08
This series is a bit squicky in places, because the protagonist is not just mischievous but sometimes actually a bad person.

On the other hand, it's cr
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Mar 23, 2014
 
ソードアート・オンライン2: アインクラッド (Sword Art Online, #2)
4.33
Short stories, set before and during the events of Book 1. Kirito hangs out with the newbies. Creative, but after a while it gets a tiny bit weird how ...more
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Jul 28, 2012
 
Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell, #1)
3.82
This felt very generic. Woman meets man, has series of fights and communication difficulties with man for no good reason, eventually has vigorous sex ...more
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May 19, 2012
 
Tigana
4.12
I got halfway into this and then just... didn't want to read it any more. I'm not sure what went wrong.

Well, I mean, I guess part of what went wrong w
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May 05, 2012
 
Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers, #1)
4.19
Cute little urban-fantasy story. The central conceit -- that the pinnacle of draconic virtue is to be a backstabbing schemer, and Julius is rebelling ...more
not set
Oct 14, 2014
 
Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)
4.56
The main character has spent the past six books in a state of sheer terror over the coming confrontation with her father the immortal god-king who mur ...more
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Sep 04, 2014
 
The Thousand Names (The Shadow Campaigns, #1)
4.04
"Fantasy" is such a broad term. One chunk of this book is "military fantasy": it deals with life in an army, and with the various tactical tricks they ...more
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Sep 04, 2013
 
Shut Up, I'm Talking: And Other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government--A Memoir
3.74
I bought this, I think, because of the following story: the author made a Facebook group for fans of the book, and it got a huge number of members, mo ...more
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Mar 10, 2012
 
Mendoza in Hollywood (The Company, #3)
3.79
Third book in the Company series; this book follows Mendoza, who is possibly the most worthless excuse for a protagonist I've ever encountered. Mendoz ...more
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May 07, 2009
 
Wild Card  (Bite Back, #3)
4.25
This had too many plot-threads running at once.

This book has evil vampires, evil werewolves, evil federal agents, an evil supernatural psycho-killer,
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Jan 01, 2014
 
Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)
4.10
This story is about the angst of being an assassin. Basically, being an assassin is angstful because the King periodically tells you to go kill people ...more
not set
May 07, 2009
 
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
4.55
The author was doing well for the first few chapters: demon spiders, ex-assassin, a very cordial mugging, all well and good.

But most of the book is ta
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Feb 21, 2011
 
The Goblin Emperor
4.18
This was an odd one.

Briefly: An assassination attempt wipes out most of the elven royalty, and our protagonist Maia is next in line to be the emperor.
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May 03, 2014
 
The Scent of Shadows (Signs of the Zodiac #1)
3.52
This book was full of plot holes.

Here is my favorite plot hole. All of the main characters' actions are automatically recorded in comic books. But the
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Dec 24, 2011
 
Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris, #1)
3.83
The author starts with the rather silly idea that you can use magic to manifest objects from books.
Then he has to apply all sorts of patches -- oh, yo
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not set
Nov 25, 2012
 
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
3.57
This story claims to be about the politics surrounding the Haunted House in Disneyland. In the far future, all more pressing issues have apparently be ...more
not set
Dec 19, 2009
 
License to Ensorcell (Nola O'Grady, #1)
3.39
I wasn't sure what to make of this one:
* it starts out as sort of a vaguely private-investigator-ish book,
* then takes sort of a sudden turn into r
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not set
Feb 13, 2011
 
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
3.97
This book is hard to describe, so I'll quote the official blurb:

"Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justic
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Dec 25, 2013
 
Snake Agent (Detective Inspector Chen #1)
3.74
Set in a bizarre futuristic China where demonology works. Apparently the devils' Ministry of Pestilence is creating a plague which will kill a lot of ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2010
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