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A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1)
I remember reading an old first edition paperback as a teen and having my cousin's confirmation teacher disapprove of it. Want to make a curious teen ...more
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Aug 31, 2007
The Tomb (Adversary Cycle, #2) (Repairman Jack, #1)
The only book I have read in the "Repairman Jack" series, and, I think, the last.
Repairman Jack is a below-the-radar fixit guy that "repairs" problems
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Dec 18, 2008
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
First the good stuff: I liked this book, although it reads more like urban fantasy than the mystery book it was sold to me as. I especially liked how ...more
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Apr 27, 2008
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Basic premise: Well, it's in the title, so never mind.
This reads like a Lincoln bio retro-fitted to have vampire stuff in it. A lot of footnotey stuf
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Jul 01, 2012
Seven for a Secret (New Amsterdam, #2)
Lurid cover, blurb describes werewolves and vampires and sorcery, first chapter has a couple of school girls kissing. Think this book is going to be p ...more
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Aug 26, 2009
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
I came relatively late to the Hyperion series (I think Hyperion was originally published over 20 years ago) and in fact was unfamiliar with Dan Simmon ...more
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Apr 03, 2009
The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #4)
Simmons' technical skills as a writer greatly increased in the decade plus from the publication of Hyperion to Rise of Endymion. However, this finale ...more
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Apr 15, 2009
Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak, #1)
I enjoyed this fantasy novel. It's set in a world with pre-industrialized cultures, although it is intimated that that wasn't necessarily the case. In ...more
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Aug 20, 2009
London Revenant
**spoiler alert** Dark and disorienting, this novel reads like one of the protagonist's narcoleptic hallucinations. The central conceit of this book i ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 04, 2007
Mean Streets (Remy Chandler, #1.5; Greywalker, #3.5; Nightside, #9.5; The Dresden Files, #10.5)
An collection of four novellas by today's hottest writers of the trendy new genre blend of hardboiled noir with urban fantasy. I call it 'para-noir.' ...more
May 24, 2009
Apr 20, 2009
Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)
What is it about contemporary fantasists from the UK? They love to have crazy weird characters in gritty urban landscapes. But the urban settings all ...more
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Dec 17, 2008
Shadows Bend: A Novel of the Fantastic and Unspeakable
The central conceit of this novel is that the prolific pulp fiction writers H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Howard (who had a friendship by correspondence b ...more
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Sep 06, 2008
Underground (Greywalker, #3)
Definitely the best of the Greywalker series so far. Richardson has fleshed out her main character (who gained her 'grewalking' abilities after being ...more
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Apr 02, 2009
City of the Dead
Story takes off where the cliff hanger ending of "The Rising" stops. The gore and detailed, horrific deaths of individual characters gets a little wor ...more
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Dec 27, 2007
Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10)
This latest entry of the Dresden Files has our hapless wizard ensnared in another convoluted plot, this time one hatched by our favorite fallen angels ...more
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Dec 07, 2008
Three Man-eaters of Lion-Camel Mountain
This book is the 24th in what was called the "Monkey series," which was an illustrated adaptation of a classic Chinese fantasy story called "Journey t ...more
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Sep 23, 2007
A Winter Haunting
This could be a kind of sequel to Summer of Night (a great horror book much in the style of Stephen King)but the horror depicted is more psychological ...more
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Sep 25, 2007
The Last Light of the Sun
Kay is a master of historical fantasy. Obviously modeled on Northern European history, especially Vikings and the British Isles, Kay also shows this w ...more
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Oct 19, 2008
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
What a world this guy wrote up. At first it was hard getting my head around some of the beings in this place, but Mieville helps by going deep and giv ...more
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Aug 31, 2007
Nekropolis (Matt Richter, #1)
Waggoner must read a lot of Simon R. Green
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Dec 25, 2010
Ariel: A Book of the Change
I really liked this book even though it has some problems. For example, a lot of the combat scenes in the book seem unrealistic and no one ever tries ...more
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Oct 20, 2007
Blade of the Immortal, Volume 1: Blood of a Thousand
This manga series is part revenge story, part redemption story and part political intrigue story set in feudal Japan. Lots of ronin and ninja types ch ...more
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Sep 23, 2007
Ever notice how if there's a retarded kid or a working class black dude in a Stephen King book they actually have some kind of supernatural powers? Th ...more
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Oct 08, 2007
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
A very well written book with an interesting premise. A mild mannered inn-keeper (calls himself Kote) in a backwater village is found to be an infamou ...more
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Aug 01, 2008
Three Days to Never
Described on the back as "genre-bending" (which it is, I guess) this novel is full of theoretical physics and Kabbalahism all mumbo-jumbofied and, kin ...more
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Jan 30, 2008
Nightlife (Cal Leandros #1)
Urban fantasy about two brothers running from some supernatural beings, the Aufes (which are really cruel, cunning elves--their reputations mellowed b ...more
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Jul 29, 2008
Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, #1)
Truly "a novel of an ancient China that never was"although the story is set in the milieu of Chinese mythology and history. The novel starts as a youn ...more
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Sep 24, 2007
Magic Time (Magic Time #1)
I liked the book fine. Doesn't really break out of the standard post-apo conventions--stayed engaging and entertaining. I thought the pay off for stic ...more
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Mar 02, 2008
The Rising
Pretty good zombie book, with a new take on why zombies are zombies. It's not a virus, and human corpses aren't the only things being reanimated...
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Dec 26, 2007
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Social commentary, political satire, sad analogy and GREAT Zombie book!!!! What I learned from this book: Zombies are hungry.
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Dec 25, 2007
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