Tooth and Claw
I have no real issue with the characters in this book being dragons, but the fact that some of them were described as 60 feet long yet they still went ...more
Dec 17, 2008
Aug 08, 2007
The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #1)
I really enjoyed this book once I concentrated on it. Williams isn't really breaking any new ground in fantasy with it, but it's well-written and well ...more
Jun 2007
Aug 08, 2007
The Dead Cat Bounce (Home Repair is Homicide, #1)
"It's pretty good. But," she said, "the author uses this device all the time."

"What," he asked, "device do you mean?"

"The device," she replied, "of sp
Sep 12, 2009
Oct 27, 2007
The Hollow Kingdom (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #1)
I... well. The beginning is creepy in a good way. The end is creepy in a bad way.

The beginning has a sense of danger from a goblin menace. The end is
Jul 27, 2010
Aug 08, 2007
A Vision of Murder (Psychic Eye Mystery, #3)
A very annoying main character takes this not-bad mystery down a couple of notches. She's so childish I couldn't wish for good things to happen to her ...more
Jan 2007
Aug 09, 2007
Shadowfall (Godslayer Chronicles, #1)
There's some really ynteresting world-bylding yn thys, and the idea of the characters ys good. But the karakteryzations themselves are less than full ...more
Sep 21, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
Blood and Iron (Promethean Age, #1)
I couldn't get involved. Too much backstory. Too many competing mythologies. Fae, werewolves, Arthurian legend, talking trees, oblique references to e ...more
Jan 2008
Apr 30, 2008
My Antonia
This book surprised me, both for its eminent readability and also for its frank beauty. The story is moving without being maudlin, the characters stro ...more
Mar 11, 2008
Feb 05, 2008
A Local Habitation (October Daye #2)
The author is a good writer, but this is the worst plot I've seen in a book in a really long time.

Take a character. Label her smart and a detective. P
Jun 18, 2014
May 28, 2014
How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk: The Foolproof Way to Follow Your Heart Without Losing Your Mind
Poor Chris. Between the wedding books and the jerk books, he probably has terrified whiplash!


Well, after reading the book I feel I can state defini
Aug 11, 2010
Jul 21, 2010
Sense & Sensibility (The Austen Project)
It has its cleverness, but it just doesn't work. The original was based on the constrained lives of women of the time. In this one, there's just no re ...more
Aug 07, 2014
Aug 07, 2014
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
I wanted to see what the fuss was about, so I read it.

The problem? I still don't know what the fuss was about. True, I don't tend to be a fan of roman
Nov 02, 2008
Jun 13, 2008
Between his books, I forget how much I love Dickens. I still can't remember if I've read "A Christmas Carol" before, but in any case I've just finishe ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 12, 2008
Raven's Shadow (Raven, #1)
Halfway through, I'm surprised by this book. It felt like it was going to head one direction, then it fooled me and went another direction entirely. I ...more
Jan 2008
Oct 26, 2007
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)
2012: Again, I liked this better than I did the first time through. Reading them all in a row keeps the characters from fading out, and maintains the ...more
Dec 06, 2012
Apr 10, 2008
Black Powder War (Temeraire #3)
I finally finished this book after having lost it for a goodly number of months. This is as strong as previous books in the series, but sadder, grimme ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 08, 2007
Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake, #3)
This book served its purpose admirably for me. Complex enough to get lost in but simple enough that my grieving brain can grasp it. The distant settin ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 09, 2009
Hangman Blind (An Abbess of Meaux Mystery, #1)
The author refers to a "flock of carrion" and seems to think "carrion" is a synonym for "crows."

The woods "were bristling with the sound of falling wa
Sep 06, 2013
Nov 19, 2010
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
A sort of prequel to Graceling. It can be read without reading Graceling, though one aspect of Graceling is spoiled in it.

This is a lovely, graceful b
Apr 28, 2014
May 15, 2009
The Thousand Names (The Shadow Campaigns, #1)
Really enjoyable world building and character building, even if the characters are pretty stock. Wexler does some things I wasn't expecting, and it wo ...more
Aug 23, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
Widow to Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life
Shallow. The tips are very simplistic, though I suppose they are the "practical" tips the title claims. I'm not the sort of widow this book is geared ...more
Apr 26, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
The Name of This Book Is Secret (Secret, #1)
I read the whole thing in a waiting room. Before you think the book is short, know that I was in the waiting room for over three hours.

This book was e
Feb 2008
Oct 26, 2007
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)
I don't know why urban fantasy has to be a wasteland of bad relationship drama. This series has had its share, but it tends to avoid some of that. Wel ...more
Jan 08, 2014
Apr 28, 2013
Glory Road
Of course I had heard of Heinlein, but this was my first exposure to one of his books. It occasionally reads like bad adolescent fantasy, but I think ...more
Aug 2006
Aug 08, 2007
House of Shadows
This book starts out feeling like a fairy tale, with 8 sisters left orphaned. Neumeier's language is deliberately simple and distancing, which does a ...more
Feb 12, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)
Too long. More endings than the movie version of "The Return of the King."

The sex plot made me wonder just what other conflicts could be ended if we j
Mar 26, 2015
Mar 10, 2015
Killing Time
This had been one of my favorites since I'm a big fan of alternate universes, but... okay, this is way overwrought. WAY overwrought. I enjoy a good dr ...more
Nov 14, 2010
Sep 11, 2007
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
For some reason, I thought this book was going to be suitably creepy for a just-before-Hallowe'en book, but so far ixnay on the eepycray.

It has proble
Oct 2007
Aug 30, 2007
The Difficult Saint (Catherine LeVendeur, #6)
A couple of weird editing errors marred this book--like calling Margaret's father her grandfather, switching names halfway through a scene, then back, ...more
Mar 29, 2008
Mar 16, 2008
At the Sign of the Star
This is a quick, charming read that captures the sense of a bygone era very well. I never felt the story was too modern, or that the heroine was anach ...more
Nov 2006
Aug 09, 2007
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