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The Desert Spear (Demon Cycle, #2)
The Warded Man was a pretty good debut, but this sequel just didn't live up to my expectations and left a bad taste in my mouth.
To be honest, the sto
May 2010
Apr 26, 2010
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Let me just say from the start, it's short. It's more like a novella. But. Some time ago I realized that in my opinion, Neil Gaiman is much better at ...more
Feb 05, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips & Advice on First-Year Maintenance
This seems like a silly joke book at first, but it's actually useful. I think most people who said it was 'awful' or 'unhelpful' either don't have a s ...more
Jan 13, 2011
Jan 13, 2011
Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy
You may say 'oh, this is a book about rich idle people who got what they deserved'. Or 'why should I care about what happened to a bunch of rich guys ...more
Nov 22, 2012
Nov 03, 2012
A Tale for the Time Being
You know how you can get the right reader the right book at the right time? You then have the perfect book for that person. This is what happened here ...more
Mar 19, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
I am not quite sure whether I want to give Ringworld 2 or 3 stars. It is an odd book. It is a classic and not a bad read, but it has one of those 'let ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
City of Stairs
This is not out till September, so I am not going to post a review until some time in the summer, but the gist of it will be: this is awesome. This wi ...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
X-posted to LibraryThing, Early Reviewers (where I gave it 4.5 stars).

Robert K. Massie has a talent for writing biographies that read like fiction. Ca
Nov 2011
Oct 10, 2011
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
At a recent reading, Masha Gessen said she hopes that right now Putin has bigger fish to fry than chase after journalists who criticize him and his po ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
For reasons I can’t explain, I don’t read many short stories. Occasionally, a book comes along that makes me question my novel-centric reading choices ...more
Jul 15, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
The Gaslight Dogs (Middle Light, #1)
I am about halfway through this, and I am afraid I'll have to either put it on hold, or mark it as 'did not finish'. I really wanted to like this book ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 14, 2010
Warbreaker (Warbreaker, #1)
I like the man's dedication to building interesting magic systems. You know, the ones that require appendices. I think this one was not as successful ...more
Sep 06, 2010
Sep 01, 2010
All Clear
Let's put aside the fact that Connie Willis only seems to write time travel books. I'm willing to forgive her for sticking to one theme because she do ...more
Jan 22, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right
Nothing earth-shattering or particularly new, if you are a liberal who's been paying attention for the past few years, but not a bad read. My two prob ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 28, 2010
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
**spoiler alert** Really mild, almost-not-even-spoilers ahead, but going to hide it because people get very tetchy about ASOIF and possible spoilerage ...more
Aug 27, 2011
Mar 24, 2008
The Evolutionary Void (Void, #3)
Peter F. Hamilton doesn't write trilogies. Or duologies, or anything like that. He writes 2000-5000-page books that then get split up by the publisher ...more
Apr 21, 2011
May 27, 2010
Real Man Adventures
Great collection of essays and interviews on the subject of gender identity. I don't think the promotional blurb really did it justice -- i.e. 'check ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking With What You've Got
This is not really a cookbook. I don't think it's even a book that will teach you to cook with whatever you have in your kitchen, because let's be hon ...more
Aug 04, 2010
Aug 04, 2010
Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt, #1)
A pretty good read. I really liked the world and the concept of insect-kinden. Oddly enough, despite being a novel about war and invasion, it didn't s ...more
May 2010
Apr 28, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
Ugh. No idea what all the hype is about. I read the first 200 pages and skimmed the rest. The first 200 pages were, by the way, one giant infodump. Th ...more
Jul 18, 2010
Jul 18, 2010
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
Very cute, very touching. Writing is a bit disorganized. You do, however, get a pretty good idea of what it takes to take care of a wild bird. And no, ...more
Jan 23, 2011
Jan 22, 2011
I'm actually not sure about this one. It's somewhere between 3 and 4 for me, I think. I love Miéville's books, but there was something lacking in this ...more
Oct 26, 2010
Oct 21, 2010
Fever Crumb (Fever Crumb, #1)
For some reason, I had a lot of trouble getting through the second half of the book. It was easy to see how it would end. None of the characters were ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 09, 2010
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
Oddly enough, I'm actually not sure how I feel about this book. I don't mean to say it's bad. It's a great read, and in many ways it met my expectatio ...more
May 04, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
The Shadow Pavilion
Not particularly impressed. I like some parts about this series -- Chen, Inari, the badger. I just find that a lot of secondary characters are sort of ...more
Mar 21, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
The Snow Child
I have a soft spot for novels set in cold climates, where sunlight is scarce and days are short, where people have to hunt moose to survive the winter ...more
Mar 30, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
The Age of Miracles
Beautifully written, but with some serious science-related bloopers (and I am not talking about the kind of 'gobbledegook science' you sometimes see i ...more
Jun 16, 2012
May 31, 2012
The Best of All Possible Worlds
I normally don't particularly like romance in my sci-fi, but in this case, it was so subtly done, I really enjoyed it. Just two people moving towards ...more
Feb 26, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
Witch (Doppelganger, #2)
A pretty solid sequel to Warrior. I didn't really review the first book, but some things in it just didn't grab me -- writing seemed a bit tame for th ...more
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
Brain Thief
This was a very uneven book, at least in my experience. The first 100 pages or so are rather confusing, I kept reading simply to see where it was goin ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
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