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A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
4.03
I feel like giving this book 3 stars is being harsh to my man, George Martin, but I'm trying to separate the truly great books in this series from the...more
Oct 2006
Aug 01, 2007
 
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
4.55
This book came to me highly recommended by people I trust but ended up leaving me fairly cold. I had a hard time putting my finger on what bothered me...more
Nov 2007
Feb 29, 2008
 
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
4.53
This book is George R.R. Martin times 1000. If you liked "Game of Thrones", with its callous treatment of major characters, moral ambiguity, spilling...more
Sep 2002
Aug 01, 2007
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
This is the book that launched a kazillion hyperboles, but I feel in this case most of them are deserved.

Lots of people know about George already. We...more
Jan 2001
Aug 01, 2007
 
Deathstalker (Deathstalker, #1)
3.92
I've recently been on something of a Simon Green kick. That's ok, let it out. What can I say? I kind of like this guy. He's prolific as all heck, clea...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
Best Served Cold
4.13
This book reads like a D&D session gone horribly, horribly wrong... And that's a good thing. Maybe it's more of a commentary on who I hang out wit...more
not set
Mar 03, 2011
 
Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #2)
4.24
If you ask most Steven Erikson fans, they'll probably list this book as one of the best, if not the best, volume of the Malazan series. It is definite...more
Apr 2005
Aug 01, 2007
 
Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)
4.02
The initial paragraphs of this, the first book of the Dresden Files, do a nice job of establishing this "private detective as wizard" setting. It has...more
Mar 2005
Aug 01, 2007
 
Guards of Haven: The Adventures of Hawk and Fisher (Hawk and Fisher, #4-6)
4.04
This is good popcorn stuff. The stories are short, the characters are simple and the setting is rich with possibilities. I'm naturally inclined to lik...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
Lethal Heritage (Blood of Kerensky Trilogy, #1)
4.07
Normally I skip past the shelf in the bookstore where all of the RPG tie-in books live: you know, the law firm of "Salvatore, Hickman & Weis". The...more
not set
Apr 01, 2011
 
The Phoenix Guards (Khaavren Romances, #1)
4.07
I absolutely love Brust's Khaavren Romances.

This and "Five Hundred Years After" rate among my most favorite books. Brust's love letter to Dumas is unc...more
not set
Apr 01, 2011
 
The Family Trade (The Merchant Princes, #1)
3.46
This is another "Chronicles of Amber"ish story involving a protagonist in the real world who's really from an alternate reality where they are rich, p...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
4.12
Dune deserves all of its praise. Its Summa cum Laude stuff. It breaks ground that sci-fi doesn't often tread upon (mysticism, religion, politics, reve...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
The Gum Thief
3.49
"I'd give this four stars, myself. It's rare anymore to find a novel of such depth and quality."
"But you wrote it, I'd hardly consider that an imparti...more
not set
Apr 01, 2011
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
This was an airport book store purchase for me, a decision which almost always ends in tears. How pleasantly surprised I was to discover that this boo...more
Oct 2007
Feb 29, 2008
 
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
4.13
Hey I thought it was time for a bit of light reading to break up all of that serious Fantasy I've been reading!

In addition to being an enormous geek,...more
Jan 2008
Feb 29, 2008
 
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
4.15
For me, the experience of reading Robert Jordan is a bit like taking a glider ride from low Earth orbit. At first, the whole world is spread out befor...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1)
4.11
This is my favorite Richard Morgan story. It's testosterone-laced Gibsonian cyberpunk with the flair of a summer blockbuster sci-fi movie. If Paul Ver...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
4.27
I haven't had this much fun reading a book in a long time.

I didn't know anything about Lynch or his first book -- in fact without a passing recommenda...more
Jul 2007
Aug 01, 2007
 
Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas
4.14
If loving the Preacher is a sin, let me be burned!

I'm not traditionally much of a comic book guy (sorry, I meant to say GRAPHIC NOVEL) but when I was...more
Jul 2007
Feb 29, 2008
 
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)
4.04
I had a really odd experience with this series. I picked up and read this, the first book, on a whim and really enjoyed it. The whole "what if people...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
The Stars My Destination
4.15
In an effort to self-consciously immerse myself in the "Classics" of Sci-Fi literature I recently undertook a reading of Alfred Bester's "The Stars My...more
Mar 2008
Aug 01, 2007
 
Elric: Song of the Black Sword (Eternal Champion, #5)
4.11
Ah Elric. He's the biggest rock star in swords-and-sorcery fantasy, a genre that is at its most comfortable on the cover of a Heavy Metal album. I hav...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
A World Lit Only by Fire
3.87
Great title, good book. This is a typical survey text in that it takes a period of human history and scans the different key people and events of that...more
Mar 17, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
 
Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
3.82
Yet another Fantasy mega-series, Gardens of the Moon is the first book in Steven Erikson's epic Malazan giga-ology.

This is dark fantasy in the vein of...more
Mar 2005
Aug 01, 2007
 
The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1)
4.10
This book didn't make much of an impression on me the first time I read it, but I have since read and really enjoyed "Best Served Cold" and that exper...more
Feb 15, 2011
Aug 16, 2007
 
Midnight Tides (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #5)
4.31
I know this will sound totally weird but Steven Erikson departs to yet another continent, replete with its own storylines, for this the 5th book in th...more
May 2005
Aug 01, 2007
 
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
4.21
It's a good thing I read "The Lies of Locke Lamora" when I did because I didn't have to wait long for the second book to come out. Does "Red Seas Unde...more
Aug 2007
Aug 14, 2007
 
Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #3)
4.35
"Memories of Ice" is currently my favorite book in the Malazan series. A continuation of events that occurred in book 1, there are some major payoffs...more
May 2005
Aug 01, 2007
 
House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #4)
4.29
This is actually the first volume of the "Malazan" series that I read. My buddy Scott bought me a copy of this on a business trip in the UK. Sight uns...more
Nov 2003
Aug 01, 2007
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