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Shardik (Beklan Empire, #1)
I knew the title from a Stephen King reference ( The Waste Lands) and picked it up because of my interest in predator worship myths. Shardik, a great...more
Feb 25, 2008
Dec 20, 2007
The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, #2)
**spoiler alert** So far, many complaints. Whereas Clan of the Cave Bear kept me turning the pages, wondering where Ayla was going to toe the line nex...more
Jun 02, 2008
Dec 20, 2007
It's rare that I hear this much about a book before reading it, and have so many expectations. The beginning was not nearly as painful as I thought it...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #1)
It took me a while to sink into this book... seemed like a lot of time was spent in Ben Holiday's disbelief at finding himself in Landover. Yes, it wa...more
Aug 08, 2008
Jul 07, 2008
The Black Unicorn (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #2)
**spoiler alert** The Landover series continues in the mode of the first book, right down to the cast. There's only one new character of real conseque...more
Aug 14, 2008
Aug 08, 2008
Shadow Puppets (Shadow, #3)
**spoiler alert** I continue to be thoroughly disgusted with the Wiggin parents. They pull off this super-dumb charade all of their childrens' lives a...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 09, 2009
Ender in Exile (The Ender Quintet, #1.6)
**spoiler alert** Very enjoyable despite serious problems... being what the author calls a 'midquel,' it took quite a lot of territory already covered...more
May 06, 2009
May 06, 2009
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
**spoiler alert** All my favorite things: death, sex and getting eaten, all in the most exquisite prose; a book to devour. I read "The Tiger's Bride"...more
Sep 03, 2009
Sep 03, 2009
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
A step up from Twilight on quite a few counts, though there's still a lot of time spent on drawing out the obvious (did anyone not know what Jacob wou...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 19, 2009
The Lady in White Book and Audio CD Pack: Level 4 Intermediate (Cambridge English Readers)
The writing was bad but the buildup was good, so although this book was clearly intended for a younger reader, I was bummed that the ending wasn't fre...more
Oct 06, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
Brisingr  (The Inheritance Cycle, #3)
**spoiler alert** I sort of slopped through the first two books for professional reasons. At the end of Eldest, I suddenly thought this might not be t...more
Nov 25, 2008
Oct 29, 2008
The Phantom of the Opera
**spoiler alert** When I was fifteen and in freshman lit I completely adored this book. Another fifteen years later, I saw the spectacular broadway sh...more
Aug 11, 2009
Aug 04, 2009
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
**spoiler alert** It's crappy of me, but I was really spoiling for a fight between Edward and Jacob. I was both relieved and disappointed that they de...more
Jul 15, 2009
Jul 16, 2009
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
First of all, Kate, don't kick me... I just can't read something this popular without stomping on it a little.

I know it's tough to write intros like t...more
Apr 23, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
The Chronicles of Narnia: Including an Essay on Writing by C.S. Lewis
I'd read Jo Rowling's assessment of the Chronicles - she quit the series halfway through because she hated that Susan was barred from Narnia for disco...more
Jan 2007
Dec 29, 2007
The Bonesetter's Daughter
**spoiler alert** Stephen King once asked Tan what question no one ever asked her. She thought about a moment and said, "Nobody ever asks me about the...more
not set
Jan 12, 2008
Lady of Avalon (Avalon, #3)
Forced out of Vernemeton (The Forest House), refugee Briton priestesses form a colony with a group of Christians to avoid persecution. But when the Ch...more
Jan 2005
Dec 20, 2007
Dark Towers Boxed Set
If I told you what this series is about, it would ruin everything. In the sketchiest terms, it's about the end of the world, and a person who, more fo...more
not set
Dec 29, 2007
Shadow of the Giant (Ender's Shadow, #4)
That $%*(!! I cannot *believe* he went through with it!

OK, I had to get that out of my system. Back to the beginning. The paean to parenthood that is...more
Feb 25, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
Shadow of the Hegemon (Ender's Shadow, #2)
A completely different tack from the first four books in the series, but still familiar and totally enjoyable. There's mind-boggling political intrigu...more
Jan 13, 2009
Nov 17, 2008
The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising, #2)
This book is everything I lovehate so much about fantasy. Good and evil all painted out in gorgeous ethereal black and white, both entirely supernatur...more
Nov 17, 2008
Nov 17, 2008
Children of the Mind (The Ender Quintet, #4)
**spoiler alert** Card said his publishers had a problem with Ender's death. For me (and maybe others intuited it too) that wasn't it. The part where...more
Oct 21, 2008
Oct 21, 2008
Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2)
Although most reviews aren't good, I thought this was a huge step up from Eragon. He matured a little. I daresay the author grew up a bit, too. The se...more
Jan 2005
Dec 20, 2007
Saving Fish from Drowning
The premise of the story (Tan's fictionalization of a piece of automatic writing in which a medium allegedly channeling a dead acquaintance) is fabulo...more
Jun 20, 2008
May 05, 2008
Xenocide (The Ender Quintet, #3)
I figured out 'the deal' with Path pretty quickly - okay, I was joking when I suggested it. But I'd read something similar about epilepsy in (I believ...more
Oct 21, 2008
Sep 23, 2008
Daughter of Fortune
Lovely, lovely writing takes you from Chile to China to Goldrush California, dipping into several of the cultures found there. A great adventure of se...more
Jan 2005
Jan 12, 2008
Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind
I came across a review of this book around the time I decided to rewrite To Bridle a Dragon - and immediately knew I had to read it. Quammen's book co...more
Jan 2004
Dec 20, 2007
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
Back in maybe 2002 there was this guy in the front of Barnes and Noble maybe half my age selling this book, and I about dropped in my tracks. WTF are...more
Jan 2005
Dec 20, 2007
The Man Who Listens to Horses
I asked Mom to borrow this book because I wanted to create an accurate horse culture in the fantasy I'm writing, in which the animals are speaking cha...more
Jan 2003
Dec 29, 2007
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #2)
I was hesitant to read this book because I liked Ender's Game where it ended, double Hugo/Nebula awards be damned. Buuuut I couldn't resist, and I'm...more
Sep 29, 2008
Sep 22, 2008
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