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A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
Doing research for the sequel to my novel I started reading a number of histories of World War I. This is simply put: an amazing single volume history...more
Aug 2010
Oct 29, 2011
The Darkening Dream
Well, given that I'm the author and have read it 50+ times I can't say I'm the most impartial. But if you want to find out more about the book, check...more
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Dec 24, 2011
Girl Walking Backwards
This book is rather brilliant, but isn't for everybody. In my review of Lost It (CLICK HERE), I had inquired if anyone knew any YA that was racy, and...more
Jan 15, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
The Wise Man's Fear is one of 2011's two most anticipated Fantasy novels, the other being George R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons (due in July). WMF,...more
Mar 12, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2)
After a 3+ year hiatus, I return to Brandon Sanderon's epic fantasy world. And if any new fantasy can be considered epic, it's certainly this one. Pla...more
Jul 08, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
The Sword of Truth (The Godling Chronicles, #1)
Recently, I've noticed a lot of epic fantasy novels in the Kindle top sellers, and taking a look at the epic fantasy category list many are Indie publ...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
This novel borrows heavily from classics like Starship Troopers and Forever War, but who cares. It's great. A flawlessly breathless read from start to...more
Oct 27, 2010
Oct 29, 2011
Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)
I've been doing research on publishing for the last year. I'll have to write aseparatepost about the changing nature of the biz, it's relationship to...more
Jan 02, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
The simplest pitch for The Lies of Locke Lamora would be Thieves World Venice. Fantasy often borrows heavily from history, and LLL is no exception. I'...more
Oct 26, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
The Windup Girl
This novel won the 2009 Nebula and tied for the 2010 Hugo. It's set in an approximately 100-200 years-from-now dystopian futureBangkok ravaged by gene...more
Jan 09, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
This is one of the best and mostunusualbooks I've read in a while, although it's not for everyone. As you can see it's quite a tome, clocking in at 30...more
Sep 10, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
XVI (XVI, #1)
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. The premise is fine, set in a dystopian 2150 where teens are branded at 16 as"legal for sex." Nina...more
Jan 19, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Sugar & Spice
I was slogging through a best selling YA historical fantasy when I finally couldn’t take it anymore. That particular piece of anonymous juvie trash wa...more
Dec 28, 2011
Jan 03, 2012
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
The first book in this series,The Lies of Locke Lamora, was one of the better novels I read last year. Red Seas picks up right afterand avoids Sophomo...more
Jun 22, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1)
I usually don't read "straight" historical fiction (i.e. without magic), but I was drawn to The Last Kingdom by a comment George R R Martin made about...more
Aug 13, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)
Most of the good things about books 1 and 2 of the Gentleman Bastards are also true of The Republic of Thieves . The latest installment serves up good...more
Jun 30, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
Lost It
This is a verylikableteen romance about an Idaho girl's first real relationship and of course... how she lost her virginity. I read this in my continu...more
Jan 03, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing: A Novelist Looks at His Craft
Having just finished the first draft of my second novel I did what I always do after a draft: take a little time to consider my craft (and not look at...more
May 21, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)
This book itself as Fantasy, but it's certainly not your typical one. Really it's a sort of reinterpreted epic (and I mean long) historical romance --...more
Jun 2011
Oct 29, 2011
The English Patient
I had seen the film when it came out (and several times after) and it's long been one of my absolute favorites. So to that effect the novel has been s...more
Apr 2010
Oct 29, 2011
Forbidden Mind (The Forbidden Trilogy, #1)
This little novel caught my attention yesterday while running a Kindle Selectfree day. I was sold by the tag line, "She reads minds. He controls minds...more
Jan 18, 2011
Jan 21, 2012
Ready Player One
I read this after two different friends recommended it in the same week. Wow! If you're one of my (presumably) many readers who love video games. Go b...more
Sep 18, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate
This 60 page short story is so up my alley. A story of time travel, set in medievalBaghdad, what could be better? If it were written in a lyrical styl...more
Jan 10, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Tropic of Night (Jimmy Paz, #1)
I read this book both because it was represented by an agent I was interested in and because it loosely fit the ill-defined cross-genre of my own nove...more
Apr 2010
Oct 29, 2011
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Since I'm such a vampire fan, having seen or read vast untold volumes of the stuff, I thought I should put my formal two-cents in on the strange sourc...more
Jan 2008
Oct 29, 2011
All Your Base Are Belong to Us: How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture
This new addition to the field of video game histories is a whirlwind tour of the medium from the 70s blips and blobs to the Facebook games of today,...more
Apr 05, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
The Pillars of Hercules
The Pillars of Hercules is a very fun read and takes a serious stab at something I haven't really seen before and is very much up my alley. For lack o...more
Mar 17, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
While I'm waiting for the last bits of line editing on my almost-finished novel, The Darkening Dream, I've beenresearchingand outlining the next. Give...more
Feb 10, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)
A couple months ago one of the book/writing blogs I read featured an article about first chapters that included one from this book. It was unpublished...more
Jan 10, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1)
This is the second Holly Black book I've read. I enjoyed White Cat (REVIEW HERE) a lot and so I went back to read her debut novel. And liked it even m...more
Mar 13, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
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