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The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children, #6)
Herewith, the "Land of the Painted Caves" drinking game!


the text mentions Ayla's accent, DRINK!
the text called Ayla beautiful or Jondolar...more
Jul 02, 2011
Jul 02, 2011
Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)
**spoiler alert** Sadly, Patricia Brigg's new series seems to be more about the romance than about the ass kicking. The Mercedes series is fresh, fun,...more
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Aug 01, 2008
Fearless (The Lost Fleet, #2)
**spoiler alert** I don't expect a lot out of military space fiction. Stock characters well rendered, a couple of bad military jokes, a good fight sce...more
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Mar 06, 2011
The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living
I should get my politics out of the way up front.

Most homesteaders fall into one of two camps -- those into self-sustainability and those into sustai...more
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Aug 10, 2013
I wanted to love this book. Someone recommended it to me and it sounded lovely. Romance between two girls, magic, fairies, epic quest, lyrical writing...more
Mar 2013
Mar 21, 2013
From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse, #8)
I want to give this one a four-star because it's C.Harris and she's amazing. Her voice is utterly unique and delightful and I love her characters. Wha...more
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May 15, 2008
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
The book is a perfect exemplar of epic fantasy ... and why I've abandoned the genre.

Spoilers ahoy.

First, yes, we get it, Kvothe is clever. He's the m...more
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Dec 17, 2012
Bloodhound (Beka Cooper, #2)
**spoiler alert** I'm not sure if Ms. Pierce is prescient or just more economically savvy than the rest of us, but this book was chillingly suitable f...more
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Apr 16, 2009
One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One
When venturing into the Mommy Wars, it's wise to state your position up front. When it comes to me, Lauren Sandler is preaching to the choir. I am whi...more
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Aug 19, 2013
The Legacy of Heorot (Heorot #1)
**spoiler alert** A friend with usually very reliable taste recommended this book to me. It was [Author:Larry Niven], to boot. Of course it was going...more
Jul 21, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
Skin Game
Butcher does "Leverage." Not his best book, but a good transition piece back to a more structured series, I think.


I've come to expect wild vac...more
May 28, 2014
May 28, 2014
Fires of the Faithful (Eliana's Song, #1)
**spoiler alert** This book suffers from a bad case of the "almosts".

The first problem is the world. It is clearly referencing our world, but it's pro...more
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Mar 09, 2010
Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #16)
**spoiler alert** Plot? Plot? Anyone? Someone? Please.... a plot?

I've given up on Anita after almost every book since Narcissus and this is no excepti...more
May 25, 2008
May 23, 2008
Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
If it weren't for one major problem, I'd say that this book was a fast, fun, flawed bit of brain candy -- maybe a little bit self indulgent but entert...more
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Apr 29, 2013
God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire, #1)
Thoroughly entertaining. Really closer to three and half stars....

The most interesting thing (to me, at least) about steampunk is the way that differe...more
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Oct 07, 2012
Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy, #4)
In my review of the first book, I said this was Percy Jackson for a slightly older crowd.

Now it's degenerated into Harry Potter for a slightly dumber...more
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May 21, 2013
Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11)
**spoiler alert** Okay, here's the thing. I liked this book. I did. It moved things along, we've got some really good character development, the overa...more
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Apr 09, 2009
Winter Study (Anna Pigeon, #14)
**spoiler alert** As the mercury crested 96 degrees today, I was locked into an Arctic chill reading the latest Anna Pigeon.

As ever, you read Nevada B...more
Jun 07, 2008
May 02, 2008
Chasing the Bear (A Young Spenser Novel)
**spoiler alert** The vast majority of Western Literature falls into what I like to think of as "the Guy Shit" mold. This is stuff that is all about h...more
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Oct 12, 2009
This is a truly remarkable book. A must-read for anyone who is thinking of writing a historical or fantasy novel.

My only complaint was that it ended....more
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3)
In the depths of February, with snow piled high, the economy imploding, and my whole family (including the cat) projectile vomiting at regular interva...more
Aug 12, 2014
Feb 04, 2009
The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog (Amelia Peabody, #7)
**spoiler alert** This -- like The Last Camel -- is a book I find troubling. I wish I could articulate exactly WHY I find it one of my least favorites...more
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Feb 15, 2009
Shaman, Healer, Heretic (Olivia Lawson, Techno-Shaman, #1)
A by-the-numbers urban fantasy that didn't add up.

Some very mild spoilers follow.

The IDEA was interesting -- that technology would allow people to ac...more
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
The Falcon at the Portal( Amelia Peabody, #11)
**spoiler alert** My BFF says that after she finished reading this book she put it alone on an empty bookshelf so it could "sit there and think about...more
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Mar 02, 2009
Seeing a Large Cat (Amelia Peabody, #9)
**spoiler alert** If you're a gamer, you'll know what I mean when I explain that Ramses suddenly turns from a DNPC into a PC in this book. What's more...more
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Mar 02, 2009
The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, #6)
**spoiler alert** Of all the Amelia books, this and the next one are the two I find most troublesome.

This book is a tribute to H.Rider Haggard, with...more
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Feb 11, 2009
I wish -- publishers are you listening? -- that someone would publish some Waldorf books with higher production values. Feltcraft, The Nature Table an...more
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Jan 13, 2009
Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends, #1)
First, let me say I am a huge Armstrong fan. I love her prose and her characters and the rock-solid world-building that her Women of the Other World s...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
High Wizardry (Young Wizards, #3)
**spoiler alert** I want to like these books more. Nita and Kit are good protagonists, the writing is clear and lovely, and the magic makes more sense...more
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Mar 24, 2009
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
**spoiler alert** I picked this book up on a whim. I was browsing the huge shelves of fantasy YA books with a mite touch of bitterness remembering how...more
Aug 05, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
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