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The Ill-Made Mute (The Bitterbynde, #1)
3.71
**spoiler alert** Oh man. Did I have a little trouble believing in the Harry Dresden of Storm Front? This one has got him beat hands down for incredul ...more
Feb 2005
May 26, 2009
 
Renegade's Magic (Soldier Son, #3)
3.43
Phew, that was terrible. Add this to the list of things I wish I could give 0 stars to.

Did I say in my review of Shaman's Crossing that she had avoide
...more
May 18, 2011
May 18, 2011
 
Planet of Exile (Hainish Cycle #2)
3.69
In Planet of Exile, a group of settlers from the League of Worlds has been abandoned on their colony for hundreds of years, since the ships all ran of ...more
Sep 2005
May 26, 2009
 
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
4.50
I feel like I'm desperately looking between the mad Potter fans and the legion of Harry-haters for some niche in which to be trendily different but... ...more
Aug 2005
May 26, 2009
 
Norstrilia
4.07
It is one of the enduring tragedies of science fiction that the man who wrote as Cordwainer Smith died so young. His life was weird and fascinating - ...more
Aug 2005
May 26, 2009
 
The Broken God (A Requiem For Homo Sapiens, #1)
4.21
This is an odd fish.

I really liked it. Big space opera and metaphysics of the soul all mashed up together around a chewey centre of some interesting c
...more
Feb 2006
May 26, 2009
 
Sea of Silver Light (Otherland, #4)
4.10
This is one of the worst books I have ever read.

Its particularly bad because the series started with such amazing promise; the first book is literally
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not set
May 24, 2009
 
The Deed of Paksenarrion (The Deed of Paksenarrion, #1-3)
4.28
These books are one of the things she is most famous for, and I like her other stuff, but I avoided these for ages because the jacket blurbs make them ...more
Nov 2005
May 26, 2009
 
The Dark Glory War (The DragonCrown War Cycle prequel)
4.01
**spoiler alert** Pretty stock standard epic fantasy. Nothing terrible about most of it, and a couple of nice culture touches like the masks. But the ...more
Aug 11, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
 
The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing, #1)
3.75
I liked this book. The world is deep and interesting, with well-thought-out history, religions and nations. It feels gritty and real. There are some w ...more
Jun 16, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
 
The Ruins of Ambrai (Exiles, #1)
4.03
Yarg! Reminds me of Celia Dart Thornton and her unending dictionary descriptions of irrelevant rooms, only here it seems to be pocket 1-dimensional sk ...more
Jul 2005
May 26, 2009
 
The Speed of Dark
4.02
This was excellent.

Moon takes us into the head of an autistic man who is coping with life through treatment and therapy. His work takes advantage of h
...more
Jul 2005
May 26, 2009
 
Tales From The White Hart
3.91
Shaggy dog stories, told in a pub. Most end with a raised eyebrow and a pun, or one-line "moral", or warning that the science revealed in the story is ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 26, 2012
 
Worm
4.71
This was very very well done. A gritty, real-feeling superhero story where the emphasis is on the characters (but there is nonetheless a nice coherent ...more
Jan 10, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
 
Hardwired (Hardwired, #1)
3.91
This classic piece of cyberpunk's history is all style over substance.

That sounds like criticism, but its not. Its style _over_ substance, not style i
...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
 
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
4.04
Lamest lame ending of all the lame endings that ever lamed. Artificial drama for no readily explicable reason.

"Oh! We love each other but cannot stay
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not set
May 24, 2009
 
Shadow's Edge (Night Angel, #2)
4.27
I didn't hate this as much by the end as I did at the beginning, but it still got on my nerves. It may help that it's been most of a month since I fin ...more
Apr 16, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
 
Roger Zelazny's to Rule in Amber (Dawn of Amber Trilogy, #3)
3.73
Ugh. Just read the third one in the series and it got worse; nothing resolved and nothing really interesting happened. I got the impression the author ...more
Jan 2005
May 26, 2009
 
The Android's Dream
3.97
So the entire book is essentially one extended pun-reference to Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. We have characters who are, qui ...more
May 14, 2014
May 26, 2009
 
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
4.27
So like the rest of the series, this is very very good.

However, its not quite as compelling as some of the earlier pieces in the set. If you're not aw
...more
Sep 2011
Sep 06, 2011
 
The Sun, the Moon, & the Stars
3.73
What do you call a book that's a mix of Hungarian folklore and a peek into the lives of fictional modern artists? I got as far as "fiction", and "very ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
 
Best Served Cold
4.14
A good gritty stand-alone fantasy novel. (Yes, it _is_ possible to write a fantasy story that doesn't span 11 books and 4 lifetimes. Who knew?) Remind ...more
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
 
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5)
3.92
This was, perhaps, a little aimless, but it's lovely; ethereal and nebulous and fey. A glimpse into the mind of an obsessive-compulsive without turnin ...more
Mar 10, 2015
Jul 02, 2014
 
Rules of Engagement (The Serrano Legacy, #5)
3.97
Enjoyed this; working my way through the series again, though I think this was the last one, last time I went through.

Solid 3d characters. Interesting
...more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
 
Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3)
4.29
meh.
Apr 19, 2014
May 13, 2014
 
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
3.95
This was about 5 different really good books.

This a good teen adventure romp, with smart, believable characters who are interesting for adults to read
...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
 
The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights, Volume 1
4.01
I've always wanted to read these in their unedited entirety... turns out there's a reason they got an editor.

The overall structure of the work - stori
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Jul 12, 2015
Jul 15, 2015
 
Distraction
3.69
Politics in the post-environmental-holocaust US. Its snappy and funny and at the same time slightly disturbing. Its also more than a little prescient, ...more
Nov 21, 2006
May 26, 2009
 
Polaris (Alex Benedict, #2)
3.83
I really quite enjoyed this one too, but some of the basic facts that the plot rests upon don't bear too much examination.

McDevitt tells us in this on
...more
Dec 12, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
To Reign in Hell
3.92
This... was not at all what I expected.

For some reason I had it in my head that this was one of those anthology / collaboration things where history's
...more
May 11, 2013
May 13, 2013
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