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The Lost Gate (Mither Mages, #1)
Oh Orson Scott Card, your issues with sex are visible from SPACE.
Sep 14, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
Survivor lies tangential to the rest of the Patternist books, which I recently read in internal chronological order. When you tease them back into pub...more
Nov 02, 2010
Oct 31, 2010
Story Physics: Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling
I think "story physics" is a potentially useful metaphor that is barely explored in this book at all, which is disappointing. There is plenty of repet...more
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 09, 2013
Thor/Iron Man: God Complex
A reliable system for generating four-issue miniseries:

1.) Choose two superheroes you want to have fight together.
2.) Identify their strongest points...more
May 23, 2012
May 24, 2012
This book really, really wants me to like it—it keeps telling me, over and over and over, that only girls like me, girls who read all the right (fanta...more
Jan 2012
Sep 14, 2011
Hegel in 90 Minutes
If you hate Hegel, you will like this book.

If you are indifferent to Hegel, but like things that are funny, you will like this book.

If you love Hegel,...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
Ghost World
Basically sort of actively unpleasant to read, in a way that makes me think I'm supposed to hate it so much I love it just to be contrary. However, be...more
Sep 21, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
Rhetorics of Fantasy
Decidedly mixed. I like Mendlesohn's proposed taxonomic schema (with one, rather significant, caveat, below), and her own rhetorics, often couched in...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.: With Iron Hands
Making Tony the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. was such a dumb idea. It really should have been the dumbest of the aftermath of Civil War, but then One More...more
Aug 2012
Aug 02, 2012
This is Chrétien's fix-it fic for the story of Tristan and Iseut, a story he loathes because he is so squicked by adultery. Cligès, like Tristan, fall...more
Mar 05, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy
Like all anthologies, this was difficult for me to rate because it was all over the map in terms of enjoyment for me.

Some standouts both good and bad:...more
Jun 21, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
Planet of Exile (Hainish Cycle #2)
This is, realistically, how a Prime Directive might play out if it were seriously adhered to, over centuries and not 42 minute stretches. It was publi...more
Feb 03, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
Dangerous Women
As a point of order, I have actually thus far only read "The Princess and the Queen", because it's the closest thing to a new Song of Ice and Fire boo...more
Dec 09, 2013
Dec 09, 2013
The Mysterious Code (Trixie Belden #7)
Oh man, it's the first ghost-written book and things start getting crazy!

- Even as a little kid, it was never clear to me what, exactly, the Sleepysid...more
Oct 06, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
The Happy Valley Mystery (Trixie Belden, #9)
-This was always one of my favorite Trixie books growing up. I am not surprised to learn that ghostwriter Nicolete Meredith Stack was originally an Io...more
Oct 09, 2013
Oct 09, 2013
Sonnets and Ballate of Guido Cavalcanti
Poor Guido Cavalcanti. First, his BFF Dante immortalizes him in a work of genius that will be studied and footnoted for centuries to come, but also ki...more
Jun 30, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
It pains me a bit to be less than excited about a book with such glowing blurbs from Octavia E. Butler and Ursula K. Le Guin, but thus I find myself.

Jun 28, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
Postcards from No Man's Land
I read somewhere that This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn is the only book in the Dance sequence that has a female protagonist and now I don...more
May 05, 2011
May 05, 2011
Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)
Revisited this book for the first time in a while, this time in audiobook format. It still makes me hungry for foods I have never eaten and/or would n...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
The Toll Bridge
This is the third book I've read in the so-called Dance Sequence (which is not really a series, or I would never be reading them out of order): first...more
May 04, 2011
May 04, 2011
Identity Crisis
This is, essentially, a murder mystery set in the DC universe (which is appropriate, I suppose, for DETECTIVE Comics). For reasons of continuity and s...more
Jun 2012
Jun 07, 2012
The Escapement (Engineer Trilogy, #3)
This is really one continuous narrative split into three separate volumes owing to the impossibility of containing the thing within a single binding,...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 20, 2011
Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later
This book is both hilarious and terrible: hilarible, shall we say. This is as it should be. It is meant to be a Sweet Valley book, after all, and if y...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
How I Live Now
What a deeply odd little book this is.

Daisy (normally a nickname for Margaret/Meg, not Elizabeth. Just saying, Meg Rosoff) is an introspective narrato...more
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
Avengers Disassembled
This is so bad. Not as bad as Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, perhaps, but really really bad nonetheless.

A bunch of different people and/or things at...more
Aug 07, 2012
Aug 07, 2012
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man
Avengers Disassembled: Thor was actually kind of a cool story because it involved Ragnarok and it had absolutely nothing to do with the main Disassemb...more
Aug 06, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
The Black Jacket Mystery (Trixie Belden, #8)
According to this article examining the Trixie Belden Authorship Question, the unknown ghostwriter who penned this particular volume never contributed...more
Oct 08, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays
David Foster Wallace is probably the Platonic ideal reader of his own work, dry and self-deprecating, maybe even a little self-loathing, although perh...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket & Related Tales
I picked this up so that I could read Pym: A Novel, but it's weirdly compelling in its own right. With the novel-plotting skill of a born short story...more
May 24, 2011
May 24, 2011
Make Death Love Me
I would have sworn (or at least, strongly suggested) that this book was written before the magisterial A Judgement in Stone, but it turns out that it...more
Jan 26, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
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