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Renegade's Magic (Soldier Son, #3)
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
The Ill-Made Mute (The Bitterbynde, #1)
Oh man. Did I have trouble believing in the Harry Dresden of Storm Front? This ones got him beat hands down for incredulity. Our main character, a 15-...more
Feb 2005
May 26, 2009
Planet of Exile (Hainish Cycle #2)
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)
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
The Broken God (A Requiem For Homo Sapiens, #1)
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)
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...more
not set
May 24, 2009
The Dark Glory War (The DragonCrown War Cycle prequel)
**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 Deed of Paksenarrion (The Deed of Paksenarrion, #1-3)
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 Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing, #1)
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)
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
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
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
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...more
not set
May 24, 2009
Shadow's Edge (Night Angel, #2)
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)
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 Sun, the Moon, & the Stars
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
The Android's Dream
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)
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
Little Brother (Little Brother, #1)
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
Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3)
Apr 19, 2014
May 13, 2014
Rules of Engagement (The Serrano Legacy, #5)
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
Rocannon's World (Hainish Cycle #1)
**spoiler alert** This one must be one of the earliest Ekumen novels - internally and externally. It was written in 1966, and it covers a time before...more
Sep 2005
May 26, 2009
Horus Rising
There is an excellent story back here somewhere... but I don't think these books really tell it.

Detail of battle. Flashback to vague explanation for w...more
Jul 08, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
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
Anansi Boys
Neil Gaiman does Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency... and as if I have to say it; thats a good thing. Neil tells us in the afterword that hes de...more
Nov 2005
May 26, 2009
Roger Zelazny's The Dawn of Amber (Dawn of Amber Trilogy, #1)
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...more
Jan 2005
May 26, 2009
Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)
Light amusement, but kinda thin on the ground.

So theres this guy, right? And hes a wizard? And he admits it, and advertises in the paper, and everythi...more
Jan 2005
May 26, 2009
Courageous (The Lost Fleet, #3)
We don't really seem to be adding anything new in these later books. Geary still angsting about hero-worship. A strange relationship with Rione. Polit...more
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
Tales From The White Hart
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
Ok, so I should say up front that I quite liked this book. Is good. Not, maybe, Culture-novel-great, but it had more of a point than his The Buisiness...more
Sep 29, 2010
Sep 29, 2010
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
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