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Tales of Jack the Ripper
4.12
What I appreciated most about this anthology was the breadth of the stories. I wasn't sure if I would actually enjoy a book entirely themed around Jac ...more
Sep 06, 2013
Sep 15, 2013
 
The Venetian Years
3.68
From this book, I get the feeling that one shouldn't read Casanova hoping for erotica. When it comes to the actual deeds done, he's remarkably discree ...more
Sep 03, 2011
Aug 28, 2011
 
The Secret History of the Necronomicon
4.30
I find a lot of Lovecraftian stuff touch and go. One of the best parts of this book is definitely that it didn't attempt to recreate the Necronomicon. ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 24, 2013
 
Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2)
4.12
When I heard King was writing a follow-up novel to The Shining, I was skeptical. Actually, I was cynical. It seemed like a crass cash-grab and as his ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
 
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
4.25
My initial response on finishing the book is "Sweet Mother of Fuck."

As good as I'd hoped.
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
 
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
3.89
I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob.
Apr 22, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
 
H.P. Lovecraft's the Dunwich Horror
3.19
Art: Some great monster/horror stuff.
Story: Brief and not that engaging.
Typos: Several.
The Hound add-on story: Utterly gorgeous.
One-star subtracted be
...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
 
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
4.02
Fun and fast, but good as well. The story worked as both mystery and fantasy. 4.5 stars for the book and another half-star on top for having Marsters ...more
Jun 12, 2011
Jun 12, 2011
 
The Sign of Four
3.95
After having watched Sherlock, I wanted to see how the original books compared. Sherlock's wit and insults were more like the tv show than I'd realize ...more
Feb 16, 2011
Feb 16, 2011
 
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
4.27
I like Miller's earlier Batman a lot, this one was doubly-disappointing because I didn't like it and because it was a letdown by Miller (I think I had ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
 
Diplomatic Immunity (Vorkosigan Saga, #13)
4.13
While A Civil Campaign was a great book in its own way, I love that Diplomatic Immunity is a straight-up Miles Vorkosigan adventure. Tied in nicely wi ...more
Jan 23, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
 
Farnham's Freehold
3.52
Honestly, I tried. I greatly enjoyed Stranger in a Strange Land and when I found this book left behind on a late night train, I thought it was fate. I ...more
not set
Aug 28, 2010
 
Something Wicked This Way Comes
3.94
Like many, I first read this book as a teenager. But I didn't appreciate it then. There's certainly something of the teen about it, but I enjoyed it m ...more
Aug 30, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
 
Sin City
4.15
The story was well done, but the artwork--the artwork! That's what really made the piece. 4.5 stars.
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 29, 2011
 
A Civil Campaign (Vorkosigan Saga, #12)
4.41
A bit different from the other Vorkosigan novels. There were certainly some mysteries, but it was much more of a society novel, more opera than space. ...more
Jan 17, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
 
Falling Free
3.80
On the one hand, I really enjoyed the story of how quaddies were created. On another, it's definitely one of her earlier novels. On the third, she was ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Oct 17, 2011
 
Tour de Lovecraft - the Tales
3.87
This book was great for picking up trivia and connections between Lovecraft's stories. It's nice to have on hand as you're reading through Lovecraft ( ...more
not set
Aug 28, 2010
 
Komarr (Vorkosigan Saga, #11)
4.25
Another excellent book. Flowed smoothly out of Memory and should flow straight into A Civil Campaign. Could hardly put it down or rather turn it off, ...more
Jan 12, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
 
Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet
4.26
Squyres's style makes the reader care about tiny calibration issues, etc, and see their importance to the MER mission. He leads us from conception thr ...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
 
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Vorkosigan Saga, #15)
4.16
Finally, a book about Ivan! This book is set rather recently (though it doesn't appear to be the most recent--I will have to check my chronology at so ...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
 
When Strangers Marry (Vallerands, #1)
3.71
Good for a fast read to clear one's head. The EPUB format leaves a LOT to be desired & wouldn't be worth buying. All special characters have been ...more
Feb 06, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
 
NOS4A2
4.04
I've enjoyed Joe Hill's work up to this point and this is my favorite so far. The pacing was incredible. It's something I rarely notice in a book, but ...more
Jan 18, 2013
Jan 18, 2013
 
Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3)
3.99
Picks up right where the cliffhanger ending of Changeless left off. I was really afraid that I'd find the book overly stressful because of its premise ...more
Sep 10, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
 
Across the Universe: The DC Universe Stories
4.06
A collection of stories with no particular rhyme or uniting factor other than their author. All worth reading, though some are better than others. My ...more
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
3.61
I'd like to give it 2.5 stars but I don't feel I enjoyed it enough for three. It was a good take on a zombie novel and it was a very fast-paced read. ...more
not set
Aug 31, 2010
 
Kraken
3.59
I wanted to like this. I really enjoyed his The City and The City. But it took me three tries over a year-long period to finish this book.

I give it 5
...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
 
Winterfair Gifts
4.09
Good for what it is. Very short, fast read. Nice exploration of a couple secondary characters and a little mystery. Some of Miles's Auditor business s ...more
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 23, 2011
 
The Fugue (Fall of Cthulhu, #1)
3.64
As a fan of Lovecraft, I've tried to read a fair amount of "Lovecraftian" fiction. I'm normally deeply disappointed with it. This is the first modern ...more
Sep 02, 2010
Aug 31, 2010
 
SPQR I: The King's Gambit (SPQR, #1)
3.82
I inherited the books from my mother and finally started reading them. They're quite fun for lighter mystery adventures. I love the Rome he creates on ...more
Aug 15, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
 
The Book of Cthulhu
4.12
I'm fairly picky about my Lovecraftian fiction reading because so much of it is, well, bad. But Lockhart has made an excellent selection of the storie ...more
Jun 04, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
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