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Outlander (Outlander, #1)
The description of the book above is inaccurate and misleading, in two respects: Claire's time travel isn't caused by touching a natural "boulder," bu ...more
Jan 1998
Mar 21, 2008
Note, Oct. 1, 2012: I just modified this review slightly to incorporate a changed perspective I came to as a result of a discussion in one of my group ...more
Jan 2006
Mar 22, 2008
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)
My explorations into the previously (to me) largely uncharted realm of urban fantasy this past year continued with this novel, the opener for a series ...more
Jan 10, 2014
Mar 20, 2010
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
Since I'm a fan of both supernatural fiction and strong, kick-butt heroines, it isn't surprising that this series has been on my radar for a long time ...more
Nov 08, 2013
Mar 20, 2010
Valley So Low: Southern Mountain Stories
Note, July 18, 2014: I've just corrected a one-letter typo I found in this review. (Doggone it; I thought I'd proofread the thing to start with! :-) ) ...more
Jul 11, 2014
Jun 15, 2014
Water Witch
Note, Aug. 20, 2013: After reflecting on this book in the four or so years since I've read it, and comparing it to other fiction I've read, it's grown ...more
Dec 09, 2009
Jun 24, 2009
Afternoon of  an Autocrat
Note (Oct. 26, 2012): I edited this review to correct a factual error in the first draft as to what the original title of the book was.

20th-century Br
Oct 18, 2012
Sep 16, 2011
Actually, I read Dracula in a different edition than the Norton one (and so can't comment on that edition's critical features). I'd read a dumbed-down ...more
Jan 1990
Mar 22, 2008
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
"Love that will not abandon. Love that will not harm." --Tanith Lee

Meyer doesn't use the above quote, from Lee's "Bite-Me-Not," as an epigraph for thi
Jul 30, 2009
Jul 07, 2008
The Night Circus
This is another book that wasn't on my radar at all, but which I read because it was a common read in one of my groups, and wound up falling in love w ...more
Oct 31, 2014
Oct 17, 2014
The Last Stratiote
When she offered me an advance review copy of this novel, my Goodreads friend LeAnn Neal Reilly mentioned that she thought it might be right up my all ...more
Aug 22, 2013
May 31, 2013
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Classic Library)
Wilde deliberately cultivated the public persona of a cynical, amoral hedonist, much like the character of Henry Wotton here; but there are indication ...more
Jan 2007
Mar 22, 2008
The Haunting of Hill House
Note, Feb. 11, 2014: I edited this review just now, to make use of the spoiler tag feature Goodreads added since it was written. Now, the entire revie ...more
Jun 11, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)
Note, July 14, 2014: I just edited this review to correct a major typo, an accidental substitution of wording that changed the meaning of a sentence i ...more
Oct 12, 2013
Sep 29, 2008
Clan Rathskeller (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #0.5)
On reflection, I reduced my rating to four stars because, while I did really like this short story, calling it "amazing" would be a stretch; I need to ...more
Mar 04, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1)
Because of their line of work, the owners of Hearthside Books in Bluefield, WV are frequently favored by publishers with advance review copies of fort ...more
Dec 04, 2013
Oct 05, 2013
Pitch Dark
**spoiler alert** Note, July 8, 2014: I just raised my rating of this to four stars. After the lapse of over three years, the edge is off the disappoi ...more
Apr 21, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1)
Supernatural fiction is a favorite genre of mine, and I have a soft spot for strong heroines who can kick some butt when necessary; so naturally, I th ...more
Mar 22, 2013
Nov 14, 2012
Dark and Stormy Knights
Feb. 28, 2014
This is a collection of nine original stories in the urban fantasy genre, so reading it continues the broadening of my acquaintance with
Mar 25, 2014
Mar 16, 2012
John the Balladeer (Silver John)
Although I first encountered Silver John at novel length, the author introduced him in the short fiction form, not long after moving to Appalachia him ...more
Jan 1991
Mar 23, 2008
Best Ghost Stories of J. S. Le Fanu
Distinguished Edwardian ghost story author M. R. James referred to his Victorian predecessor Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) as "the Master" of th ...more
Nov 02, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
Mark of the Lion (Jade del Cameron Mysteries, #1)
This series opener, Arruda's fiction debut, came to my notice back in 2006, from reviews in the library trade publications when it was first published ...more
Oct 22, 2014
Dec 26, 2011
Ghost Story
If I'd known how good this book was when it came out in 1979, I wouldn't have waited 30 years to read it! But some of the descriptions of the premise ...more
Feb 27, 2009
Jan 22, 2009
A Spell of Vengeance (Thieftaker Chronicles, #0.5)
Seasoned speculative fiction author D. B. Jackson is also a PhD. in history, and his Thieftaker Chronicles series allows him to blend those two intere ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 01, 2014
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories That Scared Even Me
Movie director Hitchcock's name was synonymous in that medium with suspense and horror achieved by purely natural means; but he was also an indefatiga ...more
Jan 1967
Apr 16, 2008
Son of the Morning
Time travel! A smart, strong-inside heroine who learns to kick some butt! Secrets buried in long-lost documents! Medieval knights, and a castle in the ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Dec 26, 2012
The Historian
Note, 5/24/2012: I originally hid this whole review behind a spoiler alert; but now that Goodreads has a "hide spoiler" feature, I decided to use that ...more
Apr 15, 2008
Mar 04, 2008
Date with Death (Charmed, #14)
This particular Charmed spin-off novel has a lot in common with the two I read earlier this year, and would probably appeal to the same readers. Unlik ...more
Apr 30, 2013
Feb 19, 2012
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural
As the above description notes, the tales in this anthology (by 27 19th and 20th century authors, mostly British or American --Edgar Allan Poe, H. G. ...more
Jun 19, 2008
Feb 22, 2008
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
Rowling's Harry Potter series, which begins with this book, is one of the greatest works of modern literature, in any genre, and one of the best readi ...more
Jan 2005
Mar 22, 2008
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