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The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)
I read this entire series multiple times when I was younger, I think near the end of elementary school or during Jr Hi, and actually got sick of it af...more
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Jul 05, 2007
The Stone and the Flute
Translated from German, this book just looked too tempting with its 800 pages. Took me a while to get around to reading it, but what a ride once you g...more
Jan 2002
Jul 01, 2007
Till We Have Faces:
It's been years since I've read this, so I can't say much, but it is one of my favorites. A novel length treatment of the Cupid and Psyche myth, and t...more
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Jun 29, 2007
Cold as Ice  (Cold as Ice #1)
I first read this in High School, so it may be that my opinion of the book is bouyed by the passage of time, but I still think that this is a very eng...more
Jan 1996
Jul 01, 2007
Life is Like a Chicken Coop Ladder: A Study of German National Character Through Folklore
I read this for Dundes' lecture course in Folklore, the last semester he taught it before he died. Though it feels excessively Freudian at times, and...more
Oct 2005
Aug 15, 2007
The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine
So, for some reason this book is coming up pretty high on my Goodreads list, even though it's been a while since I've read it. My review seems a bit l...more
Aug 2007
Aug 14, 2007
Shadow and Claw (The Book of the New Sun, #1-2)
Have now finished this first volume (two novels) in the New Sun series of Wolfe's-- great stuff! Well, you have to be someone who doesn't need to be c...more
Jan 2009
Sep 30, 2007
The Syntax of Old Norse: With a Survey of the Inflectional Morphology and a Complete Bibliography
I usually do fine just reading Old Norse, but I've been in desperate need of some exercise in articulating the grammar that I'm dealing with, plus wit...more
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Jan 31, 2009
Beowulf: A Prose Translation
I'm dating this review based on the first time I read this translation (I THINK it was sometime 2003), not the first time I read Beowulf. The poem its...more
Jan 2003
Sep 17, 2007
I've been meaning to read Polanyi for a while, since hearing about him on an audio show (Mars Hill Audio). One of the lesser known "architects" of pos...more
not set
Nov 08, 2009
Firebird (Firebird, #1)
Edit: The new Annotated Firebird is out. More on my blog:

Original rev...more
Jan 1997
Sep 10, 2007
Excession (Culture, #5)
I happened to see a review of this book which didn't praise it unconditionally, but still made it sound interesting, so I picked it up, since I hadn't...more
Jan 2004
Jan 17, 2008
Shivering World
To be honest, the five star rating is for the original version of the book-- the rewrite for the Christian market was still good, but as I've commente...more
Jan 1997
Sep 10, 2007
Interpretation Of Fairy Tales: Danish Folklore In A[N] European Perspective (Ff Communications)
The best book on interpreting fairy tales, period. I feel as though this book does everything right and should be taken as a paradigmatic example of h...more
Oct 2004
Sep 17, 2007
The Restorer
Edit--the book has been expanded and rereleased!

I got to read a rough draft of this novel years ago and loved...more
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Jul 05, 2007
Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
Finally finished-- you can see my initial review below, which probably still stands fairly well. I probably should have given it one more star, but I...more
Sep 2007
Sep 17, 2007
The Anvil of Ice (Winter of the World, #1)
This is one of my favorite books ever. Well, I read it in 6th grade, and it could just be that it hit me just so at that point in my life so as to mak...more
Jan 1991
Aug 25, 2007
I've dumped my first paragraph of comments in this review, b/c I think I was a bit overly negative-- this really is one of my favorites of John's book...more
Dec 2008
Mar 04, 2008
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
One of my favorite fantasy books, and perhaps my favorite of Ursula LeGuin's books. To be honest, the voice is a bit stand-offish in comparison to Har...more
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Jun 29, 2007
Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)
The first of Banks' Culture Novels. Good, but I just couldn't enjoy it as much as the other two I've read-- and to be honest, a lot of it was b/c of h...more
Nov 2008
Feb 08, 2009
The Forge in the Forest (Winter of the World, #2)
Second book in one of my favorite series. Not as good as the first, in my opinion-- but then again, could be seen as better by some. With each book th...more
Jan 1995
Aug 25, 2007
Pushing Ice
I love discovering new space-based hard-sci-fi, and I've heard good things about Alastair Reynolds-- but I've got to say, this just looks like a more...more
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Feb 28, 2010
Studies in Words
Have not read this yet-- but will hopefully get my hands on it sometime soon. The only other work of scholarship I've read by Lewis is Experiment in C...more
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Oct 28, 2010
The Player of Games (Culture, #2)
A different cover than I read, but oh well. Really this should be slightly less than 5 stars, I think, but I liked it better than any of Banks' other...more
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Jul 03, 2009
The Gap Into Conflict: The Real Story (Gap, #1)
Having written this (and having had it actually turn into a longer review), I should warn you-- this contains spoilers! Even if not very explicit ones...more
Aug 2010
Sep 28, 2010
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)
Honestly, I bought this on a whim (had a $50 gift card, and then put another $40 into my purchase... hey, I hadn't bought any books for a while!), and...more
not set
Oct 04, 2010
The Prophetic Imagination
I can't believe I haven't written a review for this-- took a couple years to finish it, but I had a lot of fun working through the second half during...more
Apr 2009
Mar 16, 2011
Cordelia's Honor (Vorkosigan Omnibus, #1)
An enjoyable start to Lois McMaster Bujold's space opera series, but not as engaging as her Miles books which followed. This particular book is a coll...more
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Jul 03, 2009
The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrún
I didn't get the expensive version shown here (had no idea they'd made one like that-- kinda funny), but I did get a hardcover version. Only learned a...more
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Jul 07, 2009
Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor (Star Wars)
Matthew Stover's Shatterpoint was a Star Wars novel which I'd really enjoyed previously (more intelligent than the typical Star Wars novel), so I was...more
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Apr 15, 2010
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