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Hogfather (Discworld, #20)
Terry Pratchett's character Death is one of the funniest I've come across. So when Death is called upon to stand in for the Hogfather, Discworld's ver ...more
May 2010
May 18, 2010
The Crystal Cave (Arthurian Saga, #1)
There's a reason this book has been well-regarded for nearly 40 years. It's a great book.

This series tells the story of Merlin, the legendary magicia
Apr 2009
Apr 14, 2009
The Queen's Fool (The Tudor Court, #4)
This was the first book I've read (more specifically, listened to) by Philippa Gregory. After seeing the enormous popularity of The Other Boleyn Girl, ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 19, 2012
Elfland (Aetherial Tales, #1)
I liked Elfland a lot! It is a complex, emotional story full of beautiful descriptions and memorable characters. This fantasy is set in the modern day ...more
Oct 2009
Dec 04, 2009
The Graveyard Book
I listened to this on audio a couple of months ago and enjoyed it.

It is the tale of Nobody (Bod) Owens, a boy who narrowly escapes death when his fam
Jul 2009
Sep 14, 2009
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
My brother gave me this book and I enjoyed it. It was a quick read that just had a lot of interesting things in it. Although there's a mystery involve ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 02, 2009
Good Omens
This is a classic of the genre. It's a well-researched and very humorous take on the Apocalypse.

An angel and a demon who have lived on Earth for thou
Oct 2010
Oct 11, 2010
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
I recently listened to this most charming mystery on audio. In this story, an 11-year-old chemistry expert becomes an amateur sleuth when an almost-de ...more
Jan 31, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
Like a lot of people, I've seen various film adaptations of the "Alice" stories, but I had never read the original books. I'm glad I read them and I t ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 05, 2011
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce, #3)
I recently listened to this on audio. It's the 3rd mystery featuring 11-year-old chemistry enthusiast/amateur sleuth Flavia de Luce. I didn't listen t ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 12, 2013
The Father Christmas Letters
Father Christmas + Goblins. Who would've ever thought? This book is too awesome. It is a collection of letters that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote as "Father Ch ...more
Jan 1994
Dec 14, 2009
Scarlet (King Raven, #2)
I recently listened to the audiobook of Scarlet, which is the second in the King Raven trilogy that reimagines the Robin Hood story in the context of ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 04, 2012
The Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters, #2)
This was an enjoyable lighter read. It is a Victorian (or really Edwardian-era) fantasy with a dash of mild romance. It's the first book in the Elemen ...more
Aug 2011
Jul 27, 2011
Alice in the Country of Hearts, Vol. 01 (Alice in the Country of Hearts, #1)
I thought this was a fun manga. It's a modern take on Alice in Wonderland.

Alice comes across as likeable, at least in my mind. She finds herself in a
Jun 2010
Jun 23, 2010
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
This was a funny, entertaining read. It's an urban fantasy, complete with vampires, werewolves, and some paranormal romance, but it is set in Victoria ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 04, 2010
This was a re-read for me. I read it in a college Gothic literature class, but that was a few years ago and I had forgotten some things, and besides, ...more
Oct 2011
Sep 28, 2011
Tuck (King Raven, #3)
Tuck is the final volume in a trilogy that situates the Robin Hood legend in Wales around 1100 A.D. I listened to the audio version.

There are, of cou
Jan 2013
Dec 17, 2012
Life After Life
I read Life After Life along with my book club. The immersion in historical events and detail was wonderful, although the repetitive nature of the plo ...more
May 2014
May 09, 2014
Listened to this on audio. It was hilarious. The vulgar language is remarkably creative, so it's really funny if you aren't offended by a lot of rude, ...more
Apr 2011
Mar 22, 2011
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)
This'll be a quickie because I'm way behind in my reviews!

The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag is the 2nd Flavia de Luce mystery, though I read th
May 2013
May 17, 2013
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne, #1)
I thought this book was a lot of fun. It's a steampunk story set in an alternate Victorian England (which is not actually "Victorian" because in this ...more
Apr 2011
Mar 16, 2011
England's Favourite Poems
I'm listening to this on audio. So far it's very good. The readers speak clearly and have British accents, which is as it should be.

The poem selectio
Jun 29, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
Alice I Have Been
Alice I Have Been was a fascinating fictionalization of the life of Alice Liddell, the real little girl (and later adult!) who inspired Lewis Carroll' ...more
Apr 2010
Mar 16, 2010
Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2)
When I started reading this sequel to A Discovery of Witches, my first thought was, "Boy, I'm glad I'm not stuck in Elizabethan England with a bossy v ...more
Sep 2012
Aug 22, 2012
Alice in the Country of Clover: Bloody Twins
Glad to see that Alice in the Country of Hearts, which was discontinued when Tokyopop ceased operations, has continued the story in a new series, Alic ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 09, 2012
Twenties Girl
I have never been particularly interested the Shopaholic series, but this stand-alone book by the same author looked like something I'd enjoy. The 192 ...more
Oct 2009
Sep 19, 2009
Warrior (The Blades of the Rose, #1)
I read this historical paranormal because it was set in Victorian-era Outer Mongolia and I liked the description. I am obsessed with Mongolia. And the ...more
Dec 2010
Nov 03, 2010
The English American
I picked up this book because I wanted to read about a young woman experiencing the contrast between England and America.

The main character, Pippa, w
Mar 2009
Mar 11, 2009
Tooth and Claw
Tooth and Claw is a rather unusual book. It's written in the style of a Victorian family saga, but with a twist: all of the characters are dragons. Th ...more
Jun 2012
May 18, 2012
The Forgotten Garden
This is a good and fascinating book but it just isn't fast-paced. It's rather like "The Luncheon of the Boating Party" by Susan Vreeland in that regar ...more
Jun 16, 2009
Apr 15, 2009
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