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Hellhole (Hellhole, #1)
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.

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Jun 02, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
The Pillars of the Earth
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
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 Devotion of Suspect X
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 Sum of All Men (Runelords #1)
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
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)
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)
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
The War of the Black Tower: An Epic Fantasy (The Final War)
I enjoyed reading this book; the concept of the doomed Prince was clever and made me want to see how it would be handled. The Prince consistently find ...more
Jun 2014
May 14, 2014
A Touch of Magic
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
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
Myth Man
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
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
Lord Valentine's Castle (Majipoor 1)
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 Solitary House
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
The Winter Ghosts
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)
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
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)
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
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
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
Lord Foul's Bane (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, #1)
**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
Nov 09, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
The Silent Deal: The Card Game, Book 1
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
Dec 07, 2014
Nov 02, 2014
The Bayou Trilogy: Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, and The Ones You Do
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
**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
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
Passion Play (River of Souls, #1)
I think that this book was done a disservice by its own cover. From the title to the jacket synopsis, the outside does not match the story. This is no ...more
Sep 23, 2010
Aug 09, 2010
Dragons of the Valley (Valley of the Dragons, #2)
**spoiler alert** I won this book from Goodreads First Reads

I must say that I was disappointed with this book. Firstly, nowhere on, or in, the book do
Oct 31, 2010
Sep 23, 2010
What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life
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
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
My big gripe with this book is that it is, in fact, not a book. In an existential sense, yes, there are front and back covers and several hundred page ...more
Sep 16, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
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