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The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
4.31
Tolkein's masterpiece is notable primarily for its historical significance. He basically invented the fantasy genre, and because of that all fantasy r ...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
3.84
As an empirical psychologist by training, I get very annoyed at journalists who simplify things to the point that its no longer even remotely accurate ...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #3)
4.01
When I first read this book I was in middle school and I hated it. It was such a disappointment as a follow up to the brilliance of Ender's Game. I re ...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
3.59
If you're looking for socialist propaganda - full of rhetorical tricks and short on evidence, then this is the book for you. If, however, you're hopin ...more
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Jul 17, 2007
 
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)
3.99
This was a fantastic book. I read it in 7th grade, and was absolutely obsessed with it (which is nothing less than stunning, because at that age most ...more
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Jul 23, 2007
 
Animal Dreams
4.03
I was a bit disturbed that I could appreciate this book. While I have liked a lot of Kingsolver's other work, this particular book is centered around ...more
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Apr 05, 2008
 
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
4.15
You can't really be an epic fantasy fan if you haven't read Robert Jordan. He's part of the "literary canon" of the genre. And for good reason - his f ...more
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May 01, 2007
 
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
3.96
If you are looking for more Harry Potter type stories, this is not the place to look. Rowling has created a small number of fairy tales akin to what y ...more
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Dec 24, 2008
 
Legend (Drenai Saga, #1)
4.24
The plot is simple. The characters archetypes. The world not terribly unique or innovative. And yet... when you put this book down, you feel inspired ...more
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Dec 04, 2007
 
The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur, #1)
3.83
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a class on quantum physics from the Swedish Chef? If so, this is the book for you. It almost read ...more
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Jan 04, 2013
 
The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want
3.90
I got this free from a publisher who wanted me to use it in my class. I applaud the attempt to use actual science in the oversaturated self-help happi ...more
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Jan 09, 2009
 
Chainfire (Sword of Truth, #9)
3.95
Goodkind sure knows how to spin a good yarn... if only he would stick to his storytelling and leave out the naive and idiotic philosophical ramblings. ...more
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Aug 13, 2007
 
Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done
3.55
Because this book is marketed as a self help book, potential readers might overlook the fact that this is an excellent treatise on cognitive psycholog ...more
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Feb 20, 2012
 
Valiant (The Lost Fleet, #4)
3.98
I still read it in one sitting, but it's starting to get a bit formulaic:

1) Fleet travels to another star system way behind enemy lines, has to fight
...more
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Dec 01, 2012
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
A terribly disappointing ending to a series that was rather overrated. Books 1 and 2 in the series had weaknesses, but they also had lots of redeeming ...more
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Mar 14, 2012
 
The Darkest Road (The Fionavar Tapestry, #3)
4.17
The first book in this series was simply brilliant. The series went downhill from there. In the first book, the sorrow of tragic events was creatively ...more
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Dec 09, 2008
 
The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1)
4.01
After a slow start, the book delivered what all the critical acclaim was about. Deep characters, elegant prose, creative and unique concepts that blen ...more
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Aug 19, 2008
 
The Folk of the Fringe
3.30
A relatively obscure Orson Scott Card, but one that may be the most revealing about the author. A tale of post-apocalyptic America, that has some inte ...more
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Apr 29, 2007
 
The Witches of Eileanan (The Witches of Eileanan, #1)
3.99
A nice epic fantasy series. As usual for this genre, the first book is the best, and the quality wanes slowly over the course of the series. But the i ...more
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May 01, 2007
 
The Summoner (Chronicles of the Necromancer, #1)
3.69
To be honest, I think the two star rating is a bit generous. There is no confusing Gail Martin for George RR Martin, that's for sure. This is the prot ...more
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Aug 03, 2012
 
Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: The Science of Monsters
3.43
Monsters, it turns out, evolve over time. Vampires didn’t always sparkle, zombies didn’t always crave the taste of human brains, and until very recent ...more
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Dec 05, 2012
 
The Shining City (Rhiannon's Ride #2)
4.01
One of my pet peeves in a book is when normally smart characters become incompetent idiots when it would be inconvenient for the plot for them to be s ...more
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Dec 07, 2007
 
The Red Wolf Conspiracy (The Chathrand Voyage, #1)
3.67
There's an old trope in children's literature where the child protagonist has identified the villain, and the villains' scheme, and no adults will lis ...more
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Sep 08, 2012
 
Foundation (Foundation, #1)
4.07
One of the great books of science fiction. Brilliant plot, great characters, and one of the most memorable quotes of all sci-fi: "violence is the last ...more
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Jul 28, 2007
 
The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making
4.14
Hands down the best introduction/overview of judgment and decision making that's out there. Although it was published in the 90's and so neglects a gr ...more
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May 01, 2007
 
A Malady Of Magicks (The Ebenezum Trilogy, #1)
3.55
This series is hilarious. The humor is different from that of Pratchett, but the net result is the same - side splitting laughter in a fantasy genre. ...more
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Jul 27, 2007
 
American Gods (American Gods, #1)
4.10
This was a really excellent book, that I didn't like very much. What the author has accomplished here is tremendously impressive. It felt like it shou ...more
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Aug 13, 2012
 
Shadow Raiders (Dragon Brigade, #1)
3.95
I had mixed feelings about this book. The book has a number of strengths, but also some glaring weaknesses. As is typical for a world created by Weis, ...more
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May 15, 2012
 
Replay
4.15
Groundhog day except with an entire life rather than a repeated day. The author does a great job of making each replay interesting and different than ...more
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Jun 03, 2014
 
Mitosis (Reckoners, #1.5)
3.89
Sometimes I wonder if I even need to read a Sanderson book in order to rate it 5 stars. The guy is just so consistently excellent. I cannot think of a ...more
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May 24, 2014
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