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Conqueror: A Novel of Kublai Khan
I never considered myself a reader of historical fiction novels, probably due to the manner in which history was/is taught in school. In college, howe...more
Dec 28, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
In one sense, books are like cakes--the recipe may be more enticing than the taste. Magic, time travel, mature love and teenage confusion (strange mix...more
Mar 14, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
Dark Eden


I looked up Chris Beckett on Wikipedia and learned he "was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford and Bryanston School in Dorset, England. He h...more
Feb 18, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
The Witch of Hebron: A World Made by Hand Novel
While the characters and plot had promise, the effect of the novel felt very hollow to me. I can only point to the prose itself, where phrases were co...more
Oct 20, 2011
Sep 29, 2011
The start is certainly engaging. A monk is initiated into a secret that motivates him to tell the world in the only way he has open to him - a very pu...more
Sep 06, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
The Sense of Touch

I enjoyed this debut collection of short stories by Ron Parsons. The characters are interesting and their stories are well-told. Reading them reminded...more
Sep 14, 2013
Aug 25, 2013
When She Woke
This is an important book for the political and spiritual questions it effectively addresses. I was intrigued by the very first page and found it diff...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 01, 2011
The Insider
The Insider is an excellent legal thriller debut. The packaging in itself is slick and professional and I admire the work being put into its marketing...more
Jan 17, 2012
Oct 09, 2011
Shadows in Flight (Ender's Shadow, #5)
First off, the sci-fi element is grand. Wonderful detail concerning mechanical and biological systems, as well as logistical solutions. Well written a...more
Dec 15, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
Lightland: A Soul's Journey
The first section about K'tanu's life was interesting and turned out to be the best material in the novel. My trouble began in the second section whic...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
The Oracle of Stamboul
I was ready to be charmed. After reading too much violence and gore lately, I was ready for history and subtle intrigue. Unfortunately, The Oracle of...more
Oct 06, 2011
Sep 23, 2011
The Prodigal's Foole
I sort of liked this novel, and no doubt many people loved it. Symon Bryson is Harry Dresden/Harry Potter character in a Dan Brownish world. The plot...more
Nov 29, 2011
Nov 15, 2011
The Time in Between

The Time in Between is well written and researched, and enough of a page turner to keep the historical information interesting and far from dry or out...more
Nov 25, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
Emerald (World of Samar, #1)
not set
Dec 24, 2011
Remembering Tomorrow
not set
Dec 18, 2011
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