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The Etched City
Books are quite often like a meal. Some books I read I labor through like a meal of broccoli and liver, hoping there's something good for desert. Othe ...more
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May 03, 2011
The Lions of Al-Rassan
I usually have a rule that if a book doesn't grab my attention within 50 pages, I just drop it and move on. Too many great books, not enough time. I g ...more
Nov 17, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
The Year of Our War (Fourlands #1)
Boy, does Steph Swainston's first book come with a lot of hype. The quotes on the cover and back of the US edition include such cutting-edge authors a ...more
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May 03, 2011
Only Forward
What a perplexing book. On the one hand, I certainly have never read anything quite like it; but then there are tons of aspects of the book that are i ...more
Jun 05, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing, #1)
That. Was. Awesome.

It took this complex, original fantasy epic to break me out of a long reading funk, but what a remedy it was. This is one of these
Oct 2013
Mar 31, 2013
The Half-Made World (The Half-Made World, #1)
The Half-Made World is a good representation of the strengths and limitations of the "New Weird" brand of SF inspired by China Mieville. But although ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Sep 20, 2011
The Lathe of Heaven
Another classic from Ms. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven features evocative prose, an amazing and compelling SF idea, and plenty of great characters and ...more
Feb 13, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
The Children's Hospital
What a chore this book turned out to be. It started strong enough that I stuck with the first few hundred pages despite the lack of significant plot d ...more
Apr 19, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
The Warrior Prophet (The Prince of Nothing, #2)
The sequel to The Darkness That Comes Before comes swinging out of the gate, but it spends its creative energies pretty fast. The novel does deliver o ...more
Oct 11, 2013
Sep 29, 2013
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
What a fun, exciting, bloody ride this book turned out to be. It's the perfect antidote to the dark, somber fantasy settings where people only crack a ...more
Jun 27, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
Artemis Fowl
One memorable review of Artemis Fowl called it "Die Hard with faeries," and hilariously enough, that description is spot-on. The novel is action-packe ...more
Mar 20, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)
Now that's what I call a fantasy adventure! The premise—Napoleonic Wars with dragons—is a bit over the top, but there is enough genuine emotion and ex ...more
Apr 11, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
The Thousandfold Thought (The Prince of Nothing, #3)
Ah well, so much for "The Prince of Nothing" trilogy. I loved the first book so much that I suffered through the vastly inferior second, then still fo ...more
Oct 19, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
The Black Company (The Black Company: Books of the North, #1)
Boy, this is one dark book. It's grim, gritty, and dripping with pain and viscera. It's the perfect antidote to all that high fantasy filled with beau ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #1)
Oh my, what a refreshing and original fantasy novel this turned out to be. If you find the book's description somewhat underwhelming, like I did, fear ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Sep 20, 2011
The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)
I'm so conflicted about this book. I adored reading it, but whenever I think back on it, I can think of so many flaws that I find it difficult to gush ...more
Oct 31, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
This book doesn't need a lengthy review: if you liked the first book, then buy this one, you'll like it exactly as much. The follow-up to the first bo ...more
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May 03, 2011
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
Judging by the brick-size of 'A Storm of Swords', I was momentarily afraid that Martin had began the 'Jordanization' of his awesome series. The first ...more
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May 03, 2011
As much as I love China Miéville, "Kraken" is a noisy mess. Miéville's stellar prose and hyperkinetic imagination are on display as always, but what's ...more
Mar 27, 2011
May 03, 2011
Nine Princes in Amber
I wish I could have a time machine so I could send my fifteen year-old self this book. I would have loved it back then, and put it proudly on my books ...more
Sep 26, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
The Dying Earth
An all-time fantasy classic by Vance that spawned an entire sub-genre as well as D&D's magic system. How can I not like it?

Well, given that pedigr
Jun 13, 2013
May 30, 2013
Sign of the Unicorn (Amber Chronicles, #3)
Three Amber books in, and the ratcheting of tension I keep expecting hasn't quite happened yet. It seems every novel so far has ended on a cliffhanger ...more
Nov 20, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
The Guns of Avalon
The Guns of Avalon has to be the greatest title for a SF novel ever. Seriously. It's like a four-word SF story right there. It also happens to encapsu ...more
Oct 26, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
A Night in the Lonesome October
This was a fine Halloween fable. It's lighthearted, pretty easy on the horror elements, but it plays out as an homage to classic horror stories, with ...more
Oct 30, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
The Alchemy of Stone
"The Alchemy of Stone" is a memorable, touching story filled with surprising kindness. The protagonist, Mattie, is a sentient automaton emancipated by ...more
Sep 21, 2009
May 03, 2011
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
The sequel to the excellent The Lies of Locke Lamora features much of what made its predecessor so great, but many flaws in its structure and dramatic ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
The Hand of Oberon
Either the Amber series just got really good, or it's me who's finally starting to get it. I found the previous books interesting but flawed, especial ...more
Dec 14, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
My usual rule with books: if they don't engage me by page 100, they're gone. I stuck with this book until page 160 on the strength of the reviews on G ...more
Jul 08, 2013
Dec 22, 2012
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
Now that's what I call a fantasy adventure! The premise—Napoleonic Wars with dragons—is a bit over the top, but there is enough genuine emotion and ex ...more
Apr 11, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
The Alchemists of Kush
Disclaimer: Although I became fan of his novels long before meeting him, I'm a good friend of the author, and have read this novel as an advanced read ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
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