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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
4.55
I have no interest in imagining I'm someone who is stronger, deadlier, smarter, sexier, etc. than myself - a famed hero in a milqtoast world little di...more
not set
Nov 29, 2011
 
The Heroes
4.22
The Piles

“Fuck this shit” grumbled Slicker Gutwruck as he wearily limped up the hill, bile tickling his tonsils. “I couldn't give an arse about war an...more
Aug 03, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
 
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
4.44
I'm ambivalent about A Game of Thrones.

On the one hand, Martin is a master of the potboiler. He introduces conflicts, gives them compelling stakes and...more
not set
Nov 28, 2011
 
Salammbô
3.72
The fever visions of a scholar of antiquity who, becalmed at sea, succumbs and drinks sea water. Werner Herzog should have put it to film in 1973 and...more
not set
Nov 28, 2011
 
God of War
4.22
This is my first Christian Cameron novel, and I come to new historical fiction authors with a great deal of wariness. There's too much shlock out ther...more
Jul 20, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
 
The Long Ships
4.30
A red-blooded and sly master-work of historical fiction. This is the viking world as it must surely have been - brutal, primitive, restless, heroic. R...more
Dec 27, 2013
Nov 28, 2011
 
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
4.26
More memoir than writing guide. And much of King's advice is little more than advocating his own approach to writing fiction. Surely he must recognize...more
not set
Jan 27, 2014
 
The Death of Grass
3.87
**spoiler alert** A difficult book to rate. Tightly-plotted and suspenseful. A harrowing vision of an environmental catastrophe and social breakdown....more
not set
Dec 27, 2013
 
The Hippopotamus Marsh (Lord of the Two Lands, #1)
4.01
I returned to Gedge after reading and enjoying the Eagle and the Raven 30 years ago as a teenager. I shouldn't have waited so long. She accomplishes w...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
 
Augustus
4.14
A delicately crafted examination of power and the legacy of the powerful. Williams reaches into the past with a sure hand and a keen insight into the...more
not set
Dec 02, 2011
 
Wolf of the Steppes: The Complete Cossack Adventures, Volume One
4.33
Fantastic stories written by a master of adventure.

Lamb is that rare writer who employs faultless prose in the service of galloping plots. In his sto...more
Dec 10, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
 
Nixonland: America's Second Civil War and the Divisive Legacy of Richard Nixon 1965-1972
4.12
Like a lot of people not old enough to remember the 60s first-hand, my impressions of the era come from pop-culture cliches and simplifications peddle...more
Jun 11, 2013
May 18, 2013
 
The Ionian Mission (Aubrey/Maturin, #8)
4.28
Difficult to rate this one compared to the first seven Aubrey-Maturin books. It was a slight let-down compared to the rest of the series, but still to...more
Oct 07, 2013
Sep 10, 2013
 
Nicholas and Alexandra
4.25
Massie is a talented writer, and it was easy to be drawn into the world he evokes in this polished dual biography. We feel for the peculiar upbringing...more
Feb 02, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
 
The Oasis (Lords of the Two Lands, #2)
4.04
Gedge continues to demonstrate her strength at characterization and evoking ancient Egypt. However, her weaknesses at military matters remains. And si...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 21, 2014
 
Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire
4.15
A deft account of the struggle for supremacy among Alexander's generals in the wake of his death. Romm is sure-footed in his tour of the Macedonian wa...more
Jul 09, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
 
Inside the Third Reich
4.03
Speer was an exceptionally intelligent and persuasive man. And this is an exceptionally intelligent and persuasive whitewashing disguised as a mea cul...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
3.84
Breezy account of the twilight of the great age of exploration. We don't really get to know Fawcett, though I suppose this isn't a true biography. And...more
Aug 02, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
 
The Civil War: A Narrative
4.59
Unfinished. Will take another run at it next year.
Nov 06, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
 
Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #3)
3.85
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Jan 10, 2013
 
A Clockwork Orange
3.95
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Dec 08, 2011
 
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
4.27
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Sep 21, 2012
 
Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History
3.76
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Dec 01, 2011
 
Meditations
4.16
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Jan 20, 2014
 
Enduring Love
3.61
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Apr 20, 2013
 
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror
4.25
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Jan 28, 2014
 
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
4.34
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Dec 02, 2011
 
The Beatles Anthology
4.39
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Dec 21, 2012
 
The Complete Beatles Chronicle
4.33
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Jul 21, 2014
 
Of Mice and Men
3.78
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Apr 20, 2013
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