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Victory Conditions (Vatta's War, #5)
Genre: Space Opera/Military Sci Fi

This is probably the weakest book of the Vatta’s War series, it wrapped everything up all neat and tidy but it took...more
Apr 21, 2010
Apr 09, 2010
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Genre: Children's/Young Adult Fantasy

This has very much an Oz-like quality, including the early 20th century elaborate sentences - which I quite enjoy...more
Dec 30, 2009
Dec 09, 2009
Blood and Iron (Promethean Age, #1)
Genre: fantasy, possibly epic fantasy and arguably urban fantasy, but mostly it's fantisy with fairies.

Half-way though the novel I was still unsure wh...more
Oct 28, 2008
Oct 20, 2008
Jaran (Jaran, #1)
The five word summary of “Genghis Khan meets Jane Austen” is accurate, but fails to encompass the rich world building and the wonderful story in this...more
Aug 31, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
The Trouble with Kings
Genre: Young Adult (maybe), High Fantasy, Romance

This book is a romance more then anything else. The principal characters are all royalty (mostly from...more
Jan 12, 2010
Jan 12, 2010
Sucker for Love (Dead End Dating, #5)
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Much like the previous novel, this one was funny, but not quite as cute/endearing as _Your Coffin or Mine_ (whi...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
Rose in Bloom (Eight Cousins, #2)
Genre: Classics/Children’s Literature

The audio for this novel was very nice. The novel itself was just slightly disappointing after Eight Cousins, alt...more
Oct 02, 2011
Oct 11, 2011
Logos Run
**spoiler alert** Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

This was a disappointment, given how much I loved the first in the series, _Runner_. The characte...more
Sep 29, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
A Bad Spell in Yurt (Daimbert #1)
Genre: Fantasy

This is a comfort read for me. It's pretty much a light-hearted standard fantasy - our hero, Daimbert, is a newly graduated Wizard (who...more
Sep 02, 2009
Sep 02, 2009
Sci-Fi Private Eye: Amazing Tales of Cosmic Crime
Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery

This is a collection of short-stories, all written between 1950 and 1970. For me the oddest and most interesting thing...more
Jan 12, 2010
Dec 29, 2009
Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence
Genre: Non-Fiction

For a book named "Focus" purportedly on the benefits of focusing, it was remarkably unfocused. There was quite a lot of stuff I foun...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do
Genre: Pop-Economics

I'm not sure what I think of this book... it was all over the map in what it discussed and what it tried to cover... and my initia...more
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
Shadows over Lyra (Lyra, #1-3)
Genre: Fantasy

This is an omnibus of three novels: Shadow Magic, Daughter of Witches, and the Harp of Imach Thyssel. I only finished the first two… it...more
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Oct 03, 2010
Firebirds Soaring: An Anthology of Original Speculative Fiction
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy Anthology

This is yet another brilliant anthology from Firebird press. I'm not sure why the stories are classified as...more
Jun 07, 2009
Mar 26, 2009
Retief! (Retief)
Genre: Science Fiction

This is a book of short stories (with one novella) focusing on Jame Retief, a diplomat for the CDT (an organization whose missio...more
Mar 2008
Nov 30, 2007
The Hidden City (The House War, #1)
Genre: Well, the series will be Epic Fantasy... but this book only sorta, certainly Heroic Fantasy ;-)

This book is set in the same world as the _Sun S...more
Dec 2008
Aug 22, 2008
Fledgling (Theo Waitley, #1; Liaden Universe, #12)
Genre: Space Opera

The first draft of this book was published on-line. I am enough of a Liaden fan to have read that version. It is amazing the differe...more
Sep 18, 2009
Sep 14, 2009
Local Custom
Genre: Space Opera, Audio Book

The audio edition of this book is very compelling; it's read by Michael Shanks (of Stargate fame) and his is a very nuan...more
Apr 10, 2009
Mar 30, 2009
The Reluctant Swordsman (Seventh Sword, #1)
Genre: High Fantasy

A very fast-paced tale of a modern fellow (Wallie Smith) who's brain/mind/soul is transplanted into a sword-swinging hero's body du...more
Mar 31, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
The Hallowed Hunt (Chalion, #3)
Genre: High Fantasy

This audio book was read by Marguerite Gavin, unlike the other two in the series which were read by Lloyd James. I had a lot of tro...more
Apr 2008
Jan 04, 2008
Terrier (Beka Cooper, #1)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy-Mystery/crime novel mix

This book is written as a diary of a cop-in-training (in a fantasy setting), the audio version (by S...more
Aug 24, 2008
Aug 17, 2008
The Coming of Wisdom (Seventh Sword, #2)
Genre: High Fantasy

Second book in the _Seventh Sword_ series. It continues to be fast-pased and quite interesting. The structure of this book is an ac...more
Apr 30, 2008
Mar 28, 2008
The Armored Rose
Genre: Non-Fiction

This is about training and fighting in the SCA as a woman. It's highly readable, straight-forward and easy to understand. Since I've...more
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 27, 2014
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Genre: Nonfiction

This was well organized, well-written, and highly readable, and considering the number of business-psych books I've been reading late...more
Mar 02, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
Stranger at the Wedding
**spoiler alert** Genre: Fantasy

This was actually a much better romance then it was a fantasy-mystery novel. If I'd read only the parts that the hero...more
Jan 17, 2009
Jan 08, 2009
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Genre: Non-Fiction, Pop-Psychology

This book felt like it was pulling together a lot of threads from a lot of different books I've been reading lately....more
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
Bad Moon Rising (Dark-Hunter, #14; Were-Hunter, #6; Hellchaser, #3)
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

I wouldn’t argue that this is an incredibly well-written book – but it certainly grabbed me and kept me thoroug...more
Oct 14, 2010
Oct 16, 2010
Abandon (Abandon, #1)
I have always loved the Hades-Persephone story; I think there is a lot that can be done with it. Unfortunately I don’t think Abandon lives up the poss...more
Sep 05, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
Mistral's Kiss (Meredith Gentry, #5)
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

I think by page 100 there had only been 6 pages of plot, and all the rest were sex. Meredith seems to be trying...more
Jun 22, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire
Genre: Greek mythology/Fantasy

This is a pretty straight-forward retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche. It has a number of interesting and little-...more
Nov 12, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
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