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A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
4.10
liked it
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
it was ok
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)
4.54
it was amazing
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
it was amazing
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)
3.93
did not like it
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
4.16
really liked it
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
 
Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs, #2)
4.00
it was ok
Intro:
"Hey you, guy, I don't like you."
"Oh yeah?! Me neither!"

The Build-Up:
"Where are my guns?"
"Here, under the sheets with me."
"Cool."

The Clima
...more
not set
Jan 06, 2009
 
Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #2)
4.25
liked it
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
liked it
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 (Hawk and Fisher, #4-6)
4.09
liked it
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)
4.09
it was amazing
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
it was amazing
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)
3.50
it was ok
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
4.19
it was amazing
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
3.50
liked it
"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
it was amazing
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
 
Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1)
4.10
really liked it
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
 
A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age
3.86
really liked it
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
 
Elric: Song of the Black Sword (Eternal Champion, #5)
4.15
liked it
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
 
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
3.96
really liked it
Before I read Perdido Street Station I was aware of the polarizing effect it has on the fantasy reading community. Some people swear by Mieville's stu ...more
Jun 2006
Feb 29, 2008
 
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
4.05
liked it
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
 
Midnight Tides (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #5)
4.34
liked it
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
 
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
4.18
liked it
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
 
Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
3.85
really liked it
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 Stars My Destination
4.13
really liked it
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
 
The Blade Itself (The First Law #1)
4.14
liked it
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
 
Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas
4.16
it was amazing
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
 
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
4.30
it was amazing
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
 
Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #3)
4.39
it was amazing
"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)
4.32
liked it
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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