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Fallen Flowers
A novella set in the Women's Murder Club universe which was included with a video game of the same name, the writing and plotting are only fair. These...more
Aug 04, 2011
Jun 27, 2011
Betrayal in Death (In Death, #12)
A little twist in this book that differs from most of the series so far is they know who the killer is from the very beginning and much of the story i...more
Oct 20, 2011
May 14, 2011
Spin (Spin, #1)
Spin is a remarkably good story. I went into virtually blind, having never heard of the author and knowing only it had won a Hugo award a few years ag...more
Mar 22, 2010
Jul 20, 2008
Equal Rites (Discworld, #3)
The third Discworld book, is an independent story, with little connection to the first two books other than the setting. It's a story of women's right...more
Dec 29, 2008
Jul 13, 2008
Another excellent outing in the saga of Vlad Taltos, this book takes place (for the most part) toward the early end of his chronology. As with so many...more
Oct 21, 2008
Jul 26, 2008
The Stepsister Scheme (Princess, #1)
I thought the concept was pretty good and really wanted to like this book, but just never felt like I got into it. The plot was rather simplistic, the...more
Mar 2011
Aug 24, 2010
The City & the City
Although well written, I've found some of Miéville's earlier, renowned works (Perdido Street Station and The Scar) to be extremely frustrating reads....more
Dec 27, 2012
Sep 05, 2010
Twilight Watch (Watch, #3)
The third book of the series, it has the same three-story structure as the first two, but in this case the three stories are much more tightly connect...more
Jan 12, 2010
Nov 04, 2009
Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2)
The second book of the series, Changeless continues the sly humor of the first book in which one posits the concept that werewolves and vampires are i...more
Dec 07, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
Death du Jour (Temperance Brennan, #2)
This book, the second by Kathy Reichs, was a mixed bag. I think the writing was better than in her first book, but the plot depended on a series of co...more
Jan 14, 2009
Dec 13, 2008
The Desecrator
"What would happen if I took my two most clueless characters and put them in the same room?" seems to be the genesis of this so-so story set in the Vl...more
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
Purgatory (Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, #5)
The fifth of the short story sequence, this story jumps 1000 years into the future to give a glimpse of how the Sith colony has evolved over time. As...more
Apr 03, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
Artemis Fowl
When I first started reading this it really didn't grip me and it took awhile to warm up to it. I think the issue is that from the beginning I thought...more
Jul 21, 2008
Jul 08, 2008
After the Coup (Old Man's War, #4.5)
A cute short story about a human military technician who gets caught up in having to demonstrate a show of fighting skill against an alien. Light Scal...more
Feb 07, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
Rising Stars: Power (Rising Stars, #2)
The middle act of the Rising Powers graphic novel, the story again takes a pretty radical twist in the middle, changing from one focus to another. The...more
Oct 09, 2009
Feb 01, 2008
Rising Stars: Fire and Ash (Rising Stars, #3)
The final act of the Rising Stars graphic novel, this book was not quite as twist-filled as the previous two, although the ending certainly caught me...more
Oct 12, 2009
Jul 22, 2009
Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum, #14)
Another good effort by Evanovich, this book was fairly typical of the others in the series. I'm starting to find the lack of growth and development of...more
Nov 26, 2008
Mar 29, 2008
Field of Dishonor (Honor Harrington, #4)
A bit of a different focus than the firs three books, Field of Dishonor is more focused on politics than naval battle. Picking up immediately after th...more
Dec 17, 2010
Jul 30, 2010
Staying Dead (Retrievers, #1)
The first book in (yet another) urban fantasy series, this one revolves around a woman named Wren who uses magic and thieving skills to retrieve missi...more
Dec 06, 2009
Mar 30, 2008
Heroes at Risk (Hero, #4)
This book, the fourth of the series, is a let down after the previous ones, although the third was also a bit disappointing so perhaps this is a trend...more
Mar 20, 2010
May 09, 2009
First Among Sequels (Thursday Next, #5)
As with the other books in the series, First Among Sequels is very funny, but suffers from meandering description where many chapters are essentially...more
Jul 18, 2012
Oct 08, 2011
Snake Agent (Detective Inspector Chen #1)
An unusual fantasy, set in modern China, where there is improved communication with heaven and hell due to modern technology. A mystery, with two prim...more
Oct 11, 2009
Mar 15, 2009
The Order of the Stick: No Cure for the Paladin Blues (The Order of the Stick, #2)
The Order of the Stick finally hits its stride with this, the second volume of the online comic. The first book was basically just a dungeon crawl, bu...more
Dec 24, 2008
Apr 30, 2008
The Hollow Needle: Further Adventures of Arsene Lupin (Dodo Press)
Another Lupin tale, this one follows many of the others by focusing on the people investigating Lupin rather than on Lupin himself. The most cohesive...more
May 03, 2010
Apr 16, 2009
The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3)
The third book in the Artemis Fowl series, in-and-of-itself, there is nothing particularly special about this book. It plays out pretty much like the...more
Dec 21, 2008
Nov 22, 2008
Lt. Leary, Commanding (Lt. Leary, #2)
There's just something missing from this book. It's not a bad story, but the characters lack some sense of realism and the impossible-odds end battle...more
Aug 30, 2010
Jul 23, 2008
Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum #18)
Marginally better than the previous book, but fails to be anything other than the same thing over and over again. In fact, some of the characters may...more
Feb 2012
Jun 21, 2011
Cordelia's Honor (Vorkosigan Omnibus #1)
Miles Vorkosigan is the hero of many of Lois McMaster Bujold's stories. This omnibus collection of two books is the story of his parents (and even mor...more
Jan 02, 2009
Aug 09, 2008
Magician's End (The Chaoswar Saga, #3)
A fitting end to the long running saga, Magician's End reasonably satisfies, although much of the story could be fairly well predicted. While not perf...more
Jun 10, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
Myth-Told Tales (Myth Adventures, #13)
A collection of short stories meant to transition the Myth universe from being solely written by Robert Asprin to the collaborative efforts of Asprin...more
Sep 05, 2008
Feb 17, 2008
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