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I don't think I've ever seen a better case for books needing editors. I understand the whole cashing in on an established author's name by dredging up ...more
Dec 25, 2009
Dec 24, 2009
Awakened (House of Night, #8)
Is this the longest Mary Sue series ever? Still, library patrons continue to grab them off the shelves (I'm fairly certain it's our most-stolen series ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Jan 29, 2011
Epic (Epic #1)
YA treatment of societally-mandated online gaming as a society's escape valve for violence. Pretty good on MMORPG stuff (impenetrably so, I suspect, f ...more
Aug 09, 2007
Mar 07, 2008
Ghost Story (The Dresden Files,  #13)
Although this installment wasn't quite as enthrallingly wizz-bang as I'd hoped (am I getting jaded? is the author?), when I back off an look at it the ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
Trickster's Queen (Daughter of the Lioness, #2)
**spoiler alert** A very nice conclusion to the two-book series, one we've had several requests to complete since buying the first volume a few years ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
Sixty-One Nails (Courts of the Feyre, #1)
**spoiler alert** Well, this book certainly made me nostalgic for the day when "editing" meant more than a spellcheck program. In addition to the usua ...more
Oct 14, 2010
Oct 15, 2010
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (Necromancer, #1)
**spoiler alert** Oh, I'm so glad I went with the reviews and we purchased this for the library: I think it'll be a great addition to our collection a ...more
Apr 15, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)
*sigh* I read this at the urging of one of our library volunteers who says it's the BEST THING EVER after I dissed the tv show based upon the series a ...more
Mar 06, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
Heart of Iron
**spoiler alert** While some of the plot points' deviations from actual history may be lost on those who are not terribly versed in Russian history, t ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #1)
**spoiler alert** This is a well-realized fantasy premise, with strong characters and some good writing. Unfortunately, it also badly needed an editor ...more
Jan 12, 2010
Jan 10, 2010
Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8)
This one feels livelier than the last couple, perhaps because it's working with more familiar cultures. Still, the Japanese culture painted here is ra ...more
Sep 05, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
Thief's Covenant (Widdershins Adventures, #1)
Oh, I wanted to like this book. I love the clever thief trope and I had high hopes. But I won't say now that these hopes were shattered: that's exactl ...more
Feb 12, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
**spoiler alert** The description of Harry Potter for adults drew me in, but I really think that this was a superficial analogy. Harry Potter meets Ho ...more
Oct 05, 2009
Oct 01, 2009
Mean Streets (Remy Chandler, #1.5; Greywalker, #3.5; Nightside, #9.5; The Dresden Files, #10.5)
**spoiler alert** It's sometimes hard to know what to do with a novella, which isn't enough to stand alone but can muscle the other content aside in a ...more
Jan 10, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14)
**spoiler alert** I continue to read--and enjoy--this series somewhat to my surprise. I'm not actually a fan of urban fantasy--most of it is dull and ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)
**spoiler alert** Wow. I sat and read this straight through in the just-released free download ( We have got ...more
Mar 06, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3)
On the one hand, this is a well-realized world. Its politics and history are cleverly conceived and so far have carried the 6 books I've read in it we ...more
Feb 19, 2010
Feb 12, 2010
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
**spoiler alert** One of our library volunteers offered this to me, saying it was like-but-better-than the Harry Potters. I can see the whole universi ...more
Sep 08, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
**spoiler alert** I'm not sure whether the writer is being precious, being disrespectful of his readers, or entirely pitched perfect for them. I found ...more
Apr 18, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
Crucible of Gold (Temeraire, #7)
The last couple of books in this series have somewhat tapered off the excitement, but continue to move the overall arc along. This one, which ends the ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
Zoo City
This is a really entertaining book--fantasy, but with an interestingly new twist and richly set in a real and very different culture. I can see why it ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
Okay, I'll admit right up front that I find the "clever thief" trope almost always appealing. And so I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward ...more
May 21, 2012
May 09, 2012
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon, #1)
**spoiler alert** This is rather more the first half of a longer novel than it is a two-part series, and I wouldn't want to pick up this volume withou ...more
May 25, 2011
May 15, 2011
The Essential Bordertown (Borderland, #4)
I just love Bordertown, both the concept of the writing in a shared universe and the place and its stories themselves. While it may not appeal to fans ...more
Mar 08, 2012
Feb 28, 2012
The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice, #2)
This second installment of the series (it requires, so far, reading them in order; definitely not a stand-alone) continues the story of the protagonis ...more
Aug 22, 2009
Aug 08, 2009
The Quillan Games (Pendragon, #7)
Part of this series was donated to the library so I read this one. It isn't bad, keeping the kid's tone pretty well even when the reader knows he's do ...more
Feb 02, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, #3)
**spoiler alert** I get worried when an author starts losing their grip on the details of what's going on or starts deviating from my expectations wit ...more
Aug 23, 2009
Aug 08, 2009
The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice, #4)
**spoiler alert** This episode is tightly integrated with the third and basically continues the plot straight on. Again, I'm not entirely happy with t ...more
Aug 24, 2009
Aug 08, 2009
The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)
The first volume of this series sets the simple framework of the plot and characters, but this one really moves forward, not just in twisting the plot ...more
May 25, 2009
May 10, 2009
Welcome to Bordertown (Borderland, #5)
I took my time and really savored this book because it's just about my favorite kind of stories. Despite the wide range of authors and styles, there w ...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
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