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The Giver (The Giver, #1)
4.11
Lowry's book is a piece of nationalist propaganda, using oversimplification, emotional appeals, and dualistic morality to shut down her readers' minds ...more
Jan 1993
May 26, 2007
 
Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)
4.11
It is always curious to see fantasy authors who don't consider themselves to be fantasy authors. Case-in-point: Terry Goodkind. The former landscape p ...more
Nov 1998
May 13, 2007
 
Dune
4.13
People often forget that this series is what innovated our modern concept of science fiction (up until Neuromancer and The Martix, at least). Dune too ...more
Jan 1998
Jun 01, 2007
 
Faith of the Fallen (Sword of Truth, #6)
4.11
This book has become an unusual point of discussion between me and my literary fantasy friends. It all started years ago when this kid from fencing an ...more
not set
Jun 30, 2009
 
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
4.07
They had us make our own cranes when we read this during middle school. I was new to origami, but it only took a couple of minutes to make the crane. ...more
not set
May 28, 2008
 
Calvin and Hobbes: Yukon Ho!
4.69
It can be really difficult to critique a work like this. Calvin and Hobbes stands as perhaps the greatest strip ever, along with grandpappy Peanuts an ...more
not set
May 26, 2007
 
The Little Prince
4.23
Much more heartfelt than your usual constructed new age mysticism, but still falls to false separations and idealism. This is achieved by the inclusio ...more
Jan 1996
Oct 26, 2007
 
My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1)
3.98
I think the best thing a survivalism book can do is help to redefine your connection to the natural world and your reliance on the human. Unfortunatel ...more
not set
Jun 27, 2007
 
Planescape Campaign Setting
4.35
All fantasy is symbolic. Magic itself is almost purely a symbolic literary device, lending philosophical meaning to events and objects. Our hero wins ...more
not set
Jun 10, 2007
 
Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth, #3)
3.97
I had to stop bringing this book to Junior High just so people would stop asking why I was reading a book about menstruation. Thanks Terry.

My Fantasy
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Jan 1999
Jun 30, 2009
 
Temple of the Winds (Sword of Truth, #4)
4.01
It is always curious to see fantasy authors who don't consider themselves to be fantasy authors. Case-in-point: Terry Goodkind. The former landscape p ...more
Jan 2000
Jun 30, 2009
 
Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time
4.21
This fanciful retelling of "The Land that Time Forgot" would just be a passable (if fun) story if not for Gurney's rather lovely artwork. His imaginin ...more
not set
Jun 01, 2007
 
Jurassic Park
3.86
With Crichton, it is always a gamble whether whatever strange and new idea has latched onto will overcome his overbearing personality. His assurance t ...more
Jan 1995
May 26, 2007
 
Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, #2)
4.09
It is always curious to see fantasy authors who don't consider themselves to be fantasy authors. Case-in-point: Terry Goodkind. The former landscape p ...more
Jan 1999
Jun 30, 2009
 
Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
3.64
Gary Paulsen writes in only two emotions: fine and vomit-y. Someone may want to tell him that there are other ways to provoke a response in a reader t ...more
not set
May 26, 2007
 
Centaur Aisle (Xanth, #4)
3.74
The first Piers Anthony book I ever read.

At my middle school, there was a yearly book drive where everyone would bring in boxes of books from home and
...more
Jan 1994
Jun 10, 2007
 
Catherine, Called Birdy
3.68
Entertaining, but overall highly anachronistic. Yet another author who transplants a spunky, modern heroine into a vastly different culture without an ...more
not set
Aug 03, 2008
 
Just So Stories
4.09
Beautiful and wonderful. Works of genius by a man who freed himself enough that he could give himself up to that genius instead of trying to make sure ...more
not set
Aug 21, 2007
 
The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4)
4.07
I never finished this as a kid. Someday.
not set
Aug 21, 2007
 
Bunnicula
3.83
I had a bizarre obsession with this book as a diminutive child. There is a vague remembrance of myself dancing menacingly in an airport while my fathe ...more
not set
Jul 04, 2007
 
Trouble For Trumpets
4.78
Late in the night, sitting in my little college apartment, paper due in the morning. The mind begins to play tricks. I can't remember the one word I w ...more
not set
Feb 16, 2009
 
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
3.96
Even as a child, the banal pointlessness of this story never engaged me. As an adult I heard the rumor that it was a ridiculously convoluted political ...more
not set
Oct 24, 2007
 
Where's Waldo?
4.05
I used to find these books endlessly fascinating as a child, especially the more odd and mystical elements. Of course, what I liked most was the frant ...more
not set
Oct 24, 2007
 
Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth, #5)
3.85
It is always curious to see fantasy authors who don't consider themselves to be fantasy authors. Case-in-point: Terry Goodkind. The former landscape p ...more
Jan 2000
Jun 30, 2009
 
The Alien Factor (Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Ultra Thriller, #2)
3.62
It's always fun being the only person who's reviewed a book; even if that is only because it was uninspired pulp schlock. This particular entreant of ...more
Jan 1994
Nov 28, 2007
 
How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
3.90
Classic instruction which started many artists on that long path (I bought a used copy, myself, as a child). Combine with a little Loomis, Hogarth, an ...more
not set
Oct 23, 2007
 
Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat, #1)
3.77
As a person who believes that lying to children and leaving them unprepared for a complex world is cruel and pointless, I find a certain delight in th ...more
Mar 1997
Sep 06, 2007
 
Q-In-Law (Star Trek: The Next Generation, #18)
3.82
Guilty pleasure of mine. Not a great book, but with a modicum of humor and a rather amusing portrayal of Lwaxana; who is, of course, the best characte ...more
Jan 1993
May 25, 2007
 
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
4.14
This book always made me a bit queasy.
not set
Oct 21, 2007
 
The Velveteen Rabbit
4.27
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not set
Aug 31, 2011
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