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What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life
3.88
liked it
A well-thought-out biography of a little understood icon of American history. This book sheds an unflinching light on the conflict and complexities of ...more
Jul 28, 2014
May 21, 2014
 
Hellhole (Hellhole, #1)
3.66
liked it
First, I will say that this was an easy, fun read. The chapters are short and the writing style is very accessible, with plenty of action.

I have read
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Jun 02, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
 
The Pillars of the Earth
4.29
really liked it
While no Sarum: The Novel of England, Pillars of the Earth is a fascinating take on a pivotal period of English history. Some purists will complain of ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Dec 25, 2010
 
Redshirts
3.83
really liked it
I can't decide whether this is sci-fi masquerading as farce or farce as sci-fi, but I think this was the author's intent. And it doesn't really matter ...more
May 21, 2012
May 12, 2012
 
The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Homes
4.39
really liked it
What a book! Four novels and 44 short stories, starring the quintessential outside-the-box detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his steady and sturdy compa ...more
Nov 07, 2014
Aug 03, 2014
 
The Devotion of Suspect X
4.04
really liked it
A deviously gripping psychological thriller. I enjoyed it from page one. The characters are deep, but without too much description, and the cultural r ...more
Jan 04, 2011
Dec 24, 2010
 
The Runelords (Runelords #1)
3.74
liked it
Good but not great. The concept of endowments was interesting and the characters were deep enough, but they kept doing things that seemed only intende ...more
Oct 16, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
 
The Thief
3.50
really liked it
This book is fast-paced and dramatic in all the best ways. The thief's obsession with stealing gives a very human edge, and everything he does heighte ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
 
A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought, #1)
4.13
really liked it
This is intelligent science fiction. The story begins at the smallest scale: an ancient evil lies in wait in a forgotten archive at the farthest edge ...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
 
The Sword-Edged Blonde (Eddie LaCrosse, #1)
3.75
really liked it
This is an excellent rendition of what I call "Dude Fiction". Criminals and seedy underworlds, seen through the eyes of a hard-nosed detective with a ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
 
A Touch of Magic
3.76
liked it
A Touch of Magic is a good story about a boy learning to use magic in a land where magic is an outlawed, executable offense. Brought up to fear and lo ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
 
The Oracle of Stamboul
3.50
it was amazing
Kudos to the author and the publisher's design team for an exquisite book, both inside and out. Before I ever cracked the cover I, as a fan of any his ...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
 
Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy (Arthurian Saga, #1-3)
4.37
it was amazing
This was the first high fantasy book(series) I read as a youth, and I guess it gave me a taste for gigantic epics. Until high school I never knew the ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2010
 
Myth Man
4.49
really liked it
This is a great story, with a deep and interesting cast of characters. Each (even the villain)has very human aspects that ground the story and make th ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
 
Eromenos
3.50
really liked it
This is a nice, short history, told from the perspective of one of Hadrian's young male lovers. Deep while still concise, the story chronicles Antinou ...more
Jun 11, 2011
May 21, 2011
 
The Solitary House (Charles Maddox #2)
3.41
it was amazing
Through the dim grimy haze of gas-lit London, a mystery unfolds, dark and gripping and more than winking at classic British detective mysteries. Charl ...more
Feb 12, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
 
Lord Valentine's Castle (Majipoor 1)
3.87
liked it
This is a well-intentioned book that starts off with a great premise, but loses itself by the time it's halfway over. A man finds himself on the hills ...more
Nov 2011
Oct 12, 2011
 
The Winter Ghosts
3.38
liked it
Extremely well written. The author has a very poetic style that certainly makes this book worth reading. Unfortunately, the story falls short on a few ...more
Jan 15, 2011
Jan 01, 2011
 
The Settlers (Movement Trilogy, #1)
3.50
it was amazing
A fantastic read. This book is comprised of windows into humanity upon some of the darkest hours (centuries) of our hypothetical future. Earth has bee ...more
Jun 08, 2014
Jun 01, 2014
 
Calling Mr. King
3.36
liked it
The concept of Calling Mr. King is intriguing, if not entirely original. I enjoyed the narrator's struggle with his work and his life's trajectory, an ...more
Sep 30, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
3.50
liked it
This is a pretty good book, although not as spectacular as I had been hoping. The characters, especially the mains, are tough to connect with and at t ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
 
Overseas
3.52
really liked it
This is a wonderful story about two lovers who gravitate toward each other across the reaches of time. Kate, a talented but relatively low-level inves ...more
Mar 23, 2012
Mar 01, 2012
 
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)
3.88
really liked it
In turns, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming - an exploration of one couple's awakening from the ...more
Apr 10, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
 
His Dark Empire (Tears of Blood, #1)
3.79
really liked it
A really good book. Focuses on two disparate main characters, but they are kept separate enough that there is no confusion. I enjoyed this read immens ...more
Apr 30, 2014
Apr 29, 2014
 
Lord Foul's Bane (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, #1)
3.71
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Lord Foul's Bane - a short summary

Thomas: I have leprosy. Life sucks and I'm alone, so I think I'll just lay down in the street, her
...more
Nov 09, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
 
The Silent Deal: The Card Game, Book 1
4.05
really liked it
I received The Silent Deal as a free e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review. (But I was probably going to read it anyway.)

This is a g
...more
Dec 07, 2014
Nov 02, 2014
 
Mulogo's Treatise on Wizardry - A Wizard's Guide to Survival in a World Where People Want to Kill You and Take Your Stuff (EA'AE, #1)
3.48
really liked it
A quick, funny read. Wish there was more substance, but still worth the short time it takes to read.
Apr 29, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
 
The Bayou Trilogy: Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, and The Ones You Do
3.75
really liked it
Rene Shade is a detective in the Parish of St. Bruno, Louisiana. However, as a series, this is not really a detective story. In the beginning we focus ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
 
Bad Marie
3.45
it was ok
**spoiler alert** The author's writing style intrigued me, several times I chuckled at a clever turn of phrase, and I kept waiting to like this book. ...more
Aug 15, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
 
Red Rover
3.56
it was ok
The writing is beautiful, but the story itself is weakly executed. The time jumps are choppy, many new characters are completely unnecessary, and most ...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
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