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This is a book I picked up cheaply, on a whim, several years ago. How very serendipitous - this has turned out to be one of my favourite reads so far ...more
Mar 17, 2012
Sep 30, 2011
River of Stars
Set in an alternate history/fantasy-lite version of Song dynasty China, this is as elegantly and elegiacally written as any of Kay's works, and the se ...more
May 19, 2013
May 19, 2013
Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories
Good old-fashioned interplanetary adventures, full of rugged men and nubile, determined girls. Unsurprisingly, they're very dated. And although the au ...more
May 21, 2013
Sep 30, 2011
House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle, #3)
[3 1/2 stars]
Here, Diana Wynne Jones returns to the world of 'Howl's Moving Castle'. 'Howl' is, of course, a really hard act to follow, and 'House of
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
Agatha H and the Airship City (Girl Genius Novels, #1)
As the tagline says, "Adventure! Romance! Mad Science!" - and this book delivers in spades. It was just TONS of fun from beginning to end. It's based ...more
Oct 13, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
New Voices III
[2 and 1/2 stars]
An extremely dated anthology of mid-70s science fiction stories. It's interesting for the light it sheds on the writing of the time,
Jun 08, 2013
Jun 03, 2013
Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess
The novelisation of volumes 4-6 in the Girl Genius webcomic series, in which Agatha, having been revealed as the long-lost heir to the (in)famous Hete ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You
A thought-provoking, if somewhat repetitive, examination of the notion of the intenet 'filter bubble', whereby increasing (automated) personalisation ...more
May 14, 2013
May 05, 2013
A Memory Of Light (Wheel of Time, #14; A Memory of Light, #3)
Wow. Just wow. No review can really do this justice, and I'm not even going to try here. I'm just going to say that I'm really pleased with the conclu ...more
Jan 09, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
City of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #3)
[3 and 1/2 stars]
While I'm enjoying the characters and the overall themes as much as ever, this book feels more than a bit piecemeal: we touch down wi
May 09, 2012
May 07, 2012
Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile
[4 1/2 stars]
I was amazed at how interesting and readable I found this book about public transport. It's as much a social history as one focused on tr
May 28, 2012
May 20, 2012
Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World
I wanted to like this, I truly did, but I found it quite disappointing. It takes a once-over-lightly approach, glossing over complexity for the sake o ...more
Jan 05, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
A Bride's Story, Vol. 1
Set in the 19th century in the Caspian Sea region, "A Bride's Story" is about an arranged marriage between a 20-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy. ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 28, 2012
Life During Wartime
A kind of SF version of 'Apocalypse Now', with the same miasmic feel, this is bleak, unsettling, graphically violent and sexual, and intelligent. Whil ...more
Jun 07, 2013
Sep 30, 2011
Oracle's Fire (Chronicles of the Tree, #3)
A very satisfying ending to this excellent fantasy series, suitably bittersweet, and with more solid character development for the protagonists. I fin ...more
Feb 11, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
The Mace of Souls
Now this was a pleasant surprise. I'd read the author's 'The Shadow of His Wings' years ago, but couldn't remember what I'd thought of it, and I frank ...more
May 26, 2013
May 13, 2013
The Storm Weaver & The Sand
An excellent finish to a solid fantasy series. It kept its focus on the tightly-knit threesome of Sal, Shilly and Skender, and revelations and growth ...more
Jul 12, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus
An absolutely fascinating look "behind the scenes" of the groundbreaking 'Maus' graphic novels, probing the tensions between personal and collective m ...more
Dec 11, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
Kenobi (Star Wars)
[3 and 1/2 stars]
A western-flavoured, fairly entertaining book that looks at Obi-Wan Kenobi's first months on Tatooine post 'Revenge of the Sith', whe
Oct 05, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
[4 and 1/2 stars]
This story of two female British operatives in Nazi-occupied France was very impressive, and also, I'm finding, very difficult to rev
Jul 12, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
A Natural History of Dragons (Memoir by Lady Trent, #1)
A rather delightful novel about a budding female scientist in a quasi-Victorian fantasy land. Told in memoir form, the writing nicely captures the fla ...more
Mar 02, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
Mort (Discworld, #4)
The first Discworld novel to deal with Death himself, and it's a delight, playing with stereotypes and readers' expectations in true Pratchett fashion ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 26, 2011
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland, #3)
This, the third book in the marvellous Fairyland series, is not quite as cohesive as the first two books, taking much longer to actually get going, an ...more
Oct 17, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
Stealth (Star Wars: Clone Wars Gambit, #1)
[3 and 1/2 stars]
A very solid Star Wars novel (is it too heretical to say that I find that the books set during the Clone Wars period tend to capture
Apr 04, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
Blood of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #4)
[3 and 1/2 stars]
A little more stolid than I like from Hobb, but nevertheless, this was a fairly satisfying conclusion to the Rain Wild Chronicles. Wh
Jun 09, 2013
Jun 03, 2013
The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince
[3 and 1/2 stars]
This novella serves as a precursor to Hobbs' Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies and will probably be mostly of interest to those who hav
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
The Winter Oak (Summer Country, #2)
[3 and 1/2 stars]
An interesting blend of Celtic mythology and (fairly standard) urban fantasy tropes (e.g. damaged female protagonists, staunch male p
Jul 10, 2012
Jul 09, 2012
The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of the Flying City
[2 and 1/2 stars]
A steampunk-infused graphic novel that tackles social issues on a great flying City. While there are some interesting ideas here, and
Sep 07, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
This book is quite a departure for me, and I'm quite glad that I decided to branch out and try it (was it a library recommendation? I honestly can't r ...more
Oct 03, 2011
Sep 30, 2011
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland, #2)
[4 and 1/2 stars]
A wonderful read: inventive, delightfully female-oriented, with dazzling imagery and the most gorgeous use of language (I *must* have
Oct 22, 2012
Oct 21, 2012
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