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The Ill-Made Mute (The Bitterbynde, #1)
3.72
did not like it
**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)
3.46
did not like it
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
 
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
4.53
it was ok
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
 
Planet of Exile
3.68
it was amazing
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
 
Norstrilia
4.07
it was amazing
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)
4.23
really liked it
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)
4.11
did not like it
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)
4.29
really liked it
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)
4.02
it was ok
**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
 
Roger Zelazny's The Dawn of Amber (Amber: The Oberon Cycle, #1)
3.89
it was ok
Didn't make it.

The books aren't really bad per se, but they don't capture the fire of the originals. If they weren't trying to be Amber they'd merely
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Jan 2005
May 26, 2009
 
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
4.06
did not like it
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
 
Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse, #3)
4.18
really liked it
Again gritty and well-written. Suffers a _little_ bit from that escalation syndrome common to space opera series, wherein every book has to up the sta ...more
Jan 03, 2017
Aug 06, 2015
 
Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)
4.27
really liked it
Some brilliant new characters. Our main character - much though he is well-depicted and we like him - is kind of the archetypical rogue-hero, who does ...more
Jul 30, 2015
Aug 06, 2015
 
The Speed of Dark
4.02
it was amazing
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
 
Dragons of Autumn Twilight  (Dragonlance: Chronicles, #1)
4.03
did not like it
This is pretty bad.

I'm sorry to all of you folks for whom it's a nostalgic romp through your childhood, but I read this for the first time as an adult
...more
Mar 09, 2015
Mar 06, 2015
 
The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing, #1)
3.77
really liked it
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
 
Shadow's Edge (Night Angel, #2)
4.27
it was ok
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
 
Tales from the White Hart
3.93
liked it
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
 
The Ruins of Ambrai (Exiles, #1)
4.04
did not like it
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
 
Worm
4.68
really liked it
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
really liked it
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 Middle Kingdom (Chung Kuo, #1)
3.86
it was ok
Meh?

Look, he creates an interesting - if fairly unbelievable - world, but then he fills it with about half a billion characters many of whom never do
...more
Oct 02, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
 
Nemesis Games (The Expanse, #5)
4.37
really liked it
I like that we get a bit more back-story on the Rocinante's crew, and the story arc of this particular book is compelling.

Moreso than previous volumes
...more
Jan 04, 2017
Sep 16, 2015
 
I Will Fear No Evil
3.68
did not like it
Heinlein and I have a bit of a troubled past. I get that he's supposed to be one of the old guard masters of SF, but I've rarely been able to see it m ...more
Oct 2015
Oct 02, 2015
 
Bowl of Heaven (Bowl of Heaven, #1)
3.27
did not like it
There is a type of fantasy I call the Travelogue Fantasy, wherein character and plot are sacrificed to an endless stream of "And then we went to this ...more
Mar 14, 2017
Mar 13, 2017
 
Labyrinth of Evil (Star Wars: The Dark Lord Trilogy, #1)
3.83
liked it
This was fun, but heavily bogged down by the baggage of being a Star Wars book.

The story, almost by definition, couldn't go much of anywhere. We know
...more
Jan 12, 2016
Jan 06, 2016
 
House of Chains (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #4)
4.32
liked it
So here's a thing; I really like Erikson's convoluted plots, that he refuses to hold your hand explaining. And I really like some of his characters. S ...more
Aug 11, 2016
Jul 15, 2016
 
Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3)
4.29
did not like it
meh.
Apr 19, 2014
May 13, 2014
 
Timeline
3.82
it was ok
Not bad. A bit of a swashbuckling adventure romp, but so long as you don't take it as anything else its entertaining enough. Its maybe a bit too obvio ...more
Aug 2005
May 24, 2009
 
The Android's Dream
3.96
really liked it
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
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