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A Madness of Angels (Matthew Swift, #1)
"We be light, we be life, we be fire!
We sing electric flame, we rumble underground wind, we dance heaven!
Come be we and be free!"

This is quite a weird...more
May 10, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
Champion of the Rose (Darest, #1)
I quite liked the overarching story - reluctant champion protects king - as it was quite a nice take on the usual story of knowing the King from the b...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
"My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me."

A supremely arrogant yet very intriguing line from the blurb. It sounded interesting so I bought the boo...more
Apr 20, 2007
Jun 24, 2011
Lab Rat One (Touchstone, #2)
Smoothly continuing the story from part 1 (Stray). Mostly well paced and descriptive, though a few frustrating bits. Enjoyed learning more about the p...more
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
The Fire Sword (Sword, #1)
**spoiler alert** Bit of a weird one. I liked the overall story and (mostly) how it was played out, but there were a lot of little niggles that just s...more
Aug 02, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
**spoiler alert** Well it sounded a bit interesting, a bit different. What it was was bizarre, disjointed and difficult to read, and it's very rare th...more
Aug 28, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
Stray (Touchstone, #1)
An interesting take on "alien" cultures and the trials of a girl from Earth (Cass) as she encounters them.

(view spoiler)...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
A much-awaited book!

I found this a little harder to "get into" than NOTW but once I'd got past the first handful of chapters, I'd got used to the styl...more
Mar 2011
Jun 24, 2011
**spoiler alert** Note: Won this book in one of the Goodreads giveaways.

I may be a little picker here than I would normally be, partly because it's a...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
I've heard a lot of good things about the Dresden Files books from friends. I was glad I finally got round to reading the first in the series.

It's set...more
Oct 06, 2011
Oct 01, 2011
The Desert Spear (Demon Cycle, #2)
Well this was an interesting sequel. It tells the story of the guy that betrayed the main character in The Painted Man (aka The Warded Man). The same...more
not set
Jun 24, 2011
The Genesis Key
**spoiler alert** I got this book through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

It wasn't a terrible book, but I did struggle a bit reading it, not because...more
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
Eight Keys
**spoiler alert** Note: Received as a First Reads Giveaway.

This isn't the sort of book I'd usually pick off the shelf to read, so it was interesting t...more
Dec 06, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
Crystal Singer Omnibus
Came across this after reading some of the Dragonriders of Pern series. It has become one of my favourite "escapism" novels to re-read whenever I just...more
not set
Jun 24, 2011
The Summoner (Chronicles of the Necromancer, #1)
So many bad reviews about this book!

I personally actually really enjoyed it. Sure the premise (King killed by "evil" son, "good" son escapes and has s...more
not set
Jun 24, 2011
The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm (World of Warcraft, #8)
I got this book because it was supposed to "fill-in" a lot of the stuff between then end of Wrath of the Lich King and the beginning of the Cataclysm...more
Dec 28, 2010
Jul 08, 2011
The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)
Loved this. A very solidly built world, down to small details such as plant life, yet none of it explained in a way patronising to the reader. Animals...more
Sep 04, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
Each Peach Pear Plum
This was one of my absolute favourite books when I was little and I still love it now. I was reminded of how great it was when I bought it for my niec...more
not set
Jun 24, 2011
Caszandra (Touchstone, #3)
I've been looking forward to seeing how this ended up for a few months now, snapped it up as soon as I saw it was released.

The diary style suits the s...more
Nov 29, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
The Silkie
This was, I think, the very first "proper" sci-fi novel I ever read, in my early teens. One of the many around the house. Absolutely loved it and I've...more
not set
Jul 28, 2011
Urban Shaman  (Walker Papers, #1)
Joanne Walker, aka Siobhan Walkingstick. Geek girl that suddenly finds the modern work colliding in dramatic fashion with what she believed to be only...more
Oct 04, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
Verdun 1916: They Shall Not Pass'
I've been looking for a decent book (in English) on Verdun for a while and found this when browsing a second-hand bookshop. It has a lot of detail abo...more
not set
May 15, 2012
The Portable Door
I had read a number of Tom Holt books before, but I had found them to be VERY hit & miss. Some were funny and clever and kept you wanting to read...more
not set
Jun 24, 2011
Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)
Very enjoyable book. Fast-paced but not rushed and, while you can guess the ending is going to be a (relatively) happy one, the twists and turns and t...more
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
Heat Wave
As a stand-alone book it's nothing particularly special; "fluff" fiction really. However as a tie-in to the series, utter genius!

You already "know" th...more
not set
Apr 06, 2013
Stray Souls (Magicals Anonymous, #1)
Really loved the Matthew Swift stories and I was a bit worried that this wouldn't be as good without him as the focus. The language used got a little...more
not set
Sep 08, 2013
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
Fascinating book to read. There are definitely some things there that you read and afterwards thing "I'm an idiot", but equally you come across other...more
not set
Sep 08, 2013
Mary Berry's Baking Bible: Over 250 Classic Recipes
Brilliant book. Excellent selection of cakes, biscuits and pastries written in a clear, easy to follow manner. I've tried a good number of recipes and...more
not set
Jun 24, 2011
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
Another great story about the Gracelings and the world in which they live. Was great to see Bitterblue grow in herself and heartbreaking to see the ch...more
Sep 11, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
Spellwright (Spellwright, #1)
Good solid wizarding fantasy. A young spellwright must battle with his cacography - ability to corrupt spells by misspelling them when touched. He dis...more
not set
Jun 24, 2011
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