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The Last of the Mohicans (The Leatherstocking Tales #2)
I went into Last of the Mohicans knowing that it was by no means an accurate depiction of either the Native cultures or history that occupied so much ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 21, 2008
The Innocent Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, #1)
The story has some interesting ideas sprinkled here and there throughout, and the writing is certainly passable from a technical standpoint. However, ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 01, 2008
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
This is not a complete story in itself. Not much fantasy is, but usually the tale within an installment in a given series or trilogy wraps up fairly n ...more
Jan 30, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, #1)
This was the best first installment of an epic fantasy series I've come across since I first picked up A Game of Thrones. It is similarly presented as ...more
Sep 09, 2008
Aug 28, 2008
Never Deal with a Dragon (Shadowrun: Secrets of Power, #1)
One day at work, I had a craving for a salad. Events conspired to keep me from going out to get one until well after an hour past my usual lunchtime. ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 14, 2008
The Charnel Prince (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, #2)
Going into this book, I was afraid the author wouldn't adequately develop the characters he introduced in the first novel. I was a little worried that ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 05, 2009
Shōgun (Asian Saga, #3)
The storytelling was superb. From a technical standpoint, the writing itself was a bit tepid, but nevertheless it did not detract from my overall enjo ...more
Mar 2008
Feb 26, 2008
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
Old Man's War was very well-done. The story moved quickly, had some thought-provoking moments without belaboring any points, and set the stage for a v ...more
Aug 26, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1)
The Blade Itself, as the first book in a trilogy, feels more like the first act of a play in that it doesn't really draw any closure on the storylines ...more
Jul 29, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought, #1)
I really struggled to get through this book, up until about the last quarter. It's a good story, and I'm glad I stuck it out, but - and this is going ...more
May 06, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
I don't think this book was quite as strong as The Name of the Wind, but I still enjoyed it. There were some glaring oddities, but since they would be ...more
May 19, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
Last Argument of Kings (The First Law, #3)
The First Law trilogy ends every bit as well as it began. If you've read it, I hope you enjoyed it as thoroughly as I have. If you haven't read it yet ...more
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
The Dark River (Fourth Realm, #2)
This sequel to The Traveler was entertaining, but the uneven pacing failed to keep the momentum of its predecessor. The first half of the book moves f ...more
Dec 2008
Nov 18, 2008
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)
At first I was skeptical about this story, because two people wrote it (James S.A. Corey is the pen name for the collaborators) and I don't generally ...more
Dec 09, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
Whitechapel Gods
It was a very interesting story, and the pace was pretty good throughout. There were significantly more surreal and fantastical elements than I had ex ...more
Sep 2009
Aug 20, 2009
Ghost Story (The Dresden Files,  #13)
This felt very much like a bridge story, but despite that I thought it was well-done. The fallout of the events in Changes was quite well thought-out, ...more
Oct 10, 2011
Oct 17, 2011
World's End (Age of Misrule, #1)
It was an okay start. The story was good enough that I'll likely pick up the next book in the series, but not so great that I'm rushing out to snatch ...more
Feb 18, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
I can only describe Gardens of the Moon as "When bad writing happens to great imagination." I wanted dearly to like this novel, but at every turn that ...more
Nov 18, 2008
Oct 15, 2008
The Other Lands (Acacia, #2)
Unfortunately, the story seems to have lost the momentum from the events after the first book. Although the writing was overall good, I felt it could ...more
Jun 26, 2011
May 31, 2011
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
My feelings about this book may have been colored by the fact that I could only read sporadically and in very small amounts shortly after I approached ...more
Aug 17, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
Spin State
Without understanding any of the quantum physics taken as conceits in this novel, I still managed to enjoy this story tremendously. I just accepted, i ...more
Oct 05, 2008
Sep 11, 2008
Shadow's Edge (Night Angel, #2)
I started this trilogy because I'm a sucker for assassins. I may be abandoning this trilogy after the second book, because it seems the story is more ...more
Nov 12, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
Hidden Empire (The Saga of Seven Suns, #1)
Hidden Empire is the first of a fully-published seven-part series, so it's long on set-up and relatively short on action until a good portion of the w ...more
Dec 09, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
Semper Mars (Heritage Trilogy, #1)
The author's love of the Corps really shines through in this book, on just about every page... but then again, if you pick up a novel called Semper Ma ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 10, 2008
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
This was an enjoyable book by the end, but nearly the first half of it is very slow. I'm having trouble thinking of how to describe my thoughts on why ...more
Apr 20, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
Best Served Cold
I was skeptical going into this book, mainly because I was afraid it would reveal Abercrombie as a one-hit wonder. Those fears had no foundation whats ...more
Dec 17, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I really liked the author's treatment of the subject matter. I especially thought the main character was pretty well-written, especially for a YA nove ...more
Dec 23, 2011
Dec 17, 2011
Horizon Storms (The Saga of Seven Suns, #3)
This series started off with all kinds of potential, but by the third book, it was way too bogged down in useless or uninteresting side plots, and the ...more
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 25, 2010
The Terror
I really enjoyed this book up until the last 40 or so pages. The story took a very sharp turn at that point, which was fairly interesting in and of it ...more
Jun 04, 2012
May 13, 2012
The Verdant Passage (Dark Sun: Prism Pentad, #1)
For a reprint of a book written 20 years ago, you'd think the editors could have worked out a few of the more glaring typographical errors, but no. Th ...more
May 27, 2011
May 23, 2011
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