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The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, #7)
It's not just the non-ending. Its the way he spends two books essentially stripping the series of everything good about it and replacing it with trite ...more
not set
Sep 10, 2007
The Swarm
This is probably the only non-political book where I wanted to punch the author in the face after reading it. Possibly the most irritating book I have ...more
Aug 2007
Sep 10, 2007
The Descent
I wanted to enjoy this book, and Long gave a lot of early indications that the book was going to be a fun ride the whole way through.

Unfortunately th
Jan 2006
Sep 10, 2007
The English Patient
This book is like reading water. Ondaatje's writing is just so fluid and lyrical that it ends up being utterly captivating. The tale of identity lost ...more
Jan 1999
Sep 10, 2007
The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness and Meaning of Soccer
This was a lovely book to read during World Cup 2014. As something of a new convert to football I've been reading quite a few books about the sport of ...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)
This review contains spoilers.

This book should really be sub-titled 'The Final Empire Strikes Back".

I liked this book as much as Volume one. From th
Nov 2007
Sep 10, 2007
The Serpent of Venice
The Serpent of Venice is both a return to form and an example of Mr. Moore's continuing evolution as a novelist.

The novel is a sequel to Mr. Moore's
Jan 07, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay, #1)
This book probably isn't actually a five. The story is somewhat predictable, there's a bit too much Deus Ex Machina in parts, and you'll recognize all ...more
Jul 22, 2009
Jul 19, 2009
This book is an example of why a 5 star rating system is not nuanced enough. Three stars would place it at average, middle of the road, neither partic ...more
May 25, 2012
May 27, 2012
Route 19 Revisited: The Clash and London Calling
Not bad. Some of his conclusion are a bit off the wall (There's no need to discuss the origins of the skull and crossbones as to why the clash wore it ...more
Jan 04, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
The Clash: Before and After
The definitive photo-history of the Clash.
not set
Sep 10, 2007
The Myth Hunters (The Veil, #1)
I found this to be dull and uninteresting. I've liked what I've read from Golden before so its surprising at how ... mundane this story about legends ...more
Mar 24, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
The Goldfinch
The fragile, just on the edge of shattering, porcelain quality of Donna Tartt's writing matches the story of fragile, always on the edge of shattering ...more
Mar 03, 2015
Feb 12, 2015
Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip
This is wonderful read for anyone who still misses Calvin and Hobbes. Nevin Martell goes on a journey to get to the heart of the strip and the man beh ...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 26, 2009
This ended up being sort of a mixed bag for me. I bought it primarily for the Laundry story in it and was not disappointed. The other Cthulhu mythos s ...more
Aug 02, 2009
Jul 22, 2009
Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads
Marcus does something unique in 'Like a Rolling Stone'. He sets out to write the history of a song and its importance to a culture. For the most part ...more
not set
Sep 10, 2007
The Secret History of Moscow
The cover quote is from Neil Gaiman saying that this book does for Moscow what he hoped Neverwhere did for London. I'm not sure what exactly Neverwher ...more
Apr 07, 2008
Mar 29, 2008
Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire
Baltimore is the tale of a world on which the light has all but gone out from Humanity. The encroaching darkness has been caused by the twin horrors o ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 13, 2007
Spaceman Blues: A Love Song
Calling this a science fiction novel is to do it very little justice.

This book a fever dream song set to a Latin rhythm. Slattery's words pour off th
Nov 2007
Nov 05, 2007
Starman, Vol. 1: Sins of the Father
There are very few books or graphic novels that I have more affection for than this particular book.

The entire Starman run is near magical in both it
not set
Sep 17, 2007
Finding George Orwell in Burma
Prior to reading this I knew very little about Burma. I knew that they had human rights problems, they wanted to be called Myanmar, and that George Or ...more
not set
Sep 10, 2007
Very good for a debut. The book is tale of magic, political, and religious intrigue in a world with a fascinating magical system. The story is told th ...more
not set
Sep 10, 2007
The Anubis Gates
Time travel can be a hard thing to make work in a novel, especially when your take on it is as non-standard as Tim Powers. Viewing time as a tunnel wi ...more
not set
Sep 13, 2007
The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology
I read the four stories I bought them for. Ratings would be:

Maberry: 4 stars
Brooks: 3
Carey: 3
Hill: 3

The Maberry story is wonderful. Really really good
not set
Apr 14, 2010
The Golem and the Jinni
This was a lovely melancholy book about being an outsider amongst outsiders. It is the story of two immigrants in turn of the century New York who fin ...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
Whitechapel Gods
In the interest of full disclosure, I have not actually finished this book. I do think I have read enough however. 150 pages into a 350 page book woul ...more
Mar 29, 2008
Feb 24, 2008
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Better than I expected, which isn't saying much. This is a terrible book but not the worst book I've ever read, which I was expecting, so I would say ...more
Sep 11, 2009
Sep 05, 2009
Game Night
Lots of fun, lots of good ideas, not overly well executed. Mr. Nexus is not a great writer by any stretch, but I imagine he would be a terrific GM. Wo ...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
This is a wonderful debut novel. Gregory creates a well thought out and internally consistent alternate America. If you've ever had an argument about ...more
not set
Sep 06, 2010
Truth and Consequences: Special Comments on the Bush Administration's War on American Values
I have a real affection for liberal blowhards. This book is simple, if you have ever seen one of Olbermann's special comments and thought 'Right on!' ...more
not set
Jan 19, 2009
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