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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
Gary Stu does ALL THE TROPES. It's fairly well written (with a few weirdly amateur errors, and a few astonishingly beautiful passages); sometimes I wa...more
Jan 24, 2014
Mar 29, 2011
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
This felt less like a book than like the idea of a book, you know, "hey, what if a guy discovers he can do magic and can go to a school for magicians,...more
Mar 07, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
What a freaking awful book. I forced myself through paragraph after paragraph of clunky prose in which "Miss Tarabotti" alternated with "Alexia" as th...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
I liked this a lot. Cashore continues to explore the themes of the ethics of having power over others, and daddy (or father-figure) issues, and to com...more
Mar 02, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
The Night Circus
Meh. Behind the intriguing concept of the circus and the vague intimations of Darker Things, the story is just not all that interesting. The "competit...more
Nov 28, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #6)
Two and a half stars. I spent the first half of the book trying to figure out if I had missed a book in the series, since some of the events seemed to...more
Aug 23, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
So apparently everybody hates this book and thinks it's the weakest in the series. I clearly have no taste, because I liked it a lot, I think better t...more
Jan 11, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6)
Executive summary: If Diana Gabaldon wrote fanfiction (and this reads very much like fanfic), she would write gloriously sprawling hurt/comfort mpreg...more
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)
Meh. I think I would like this series better if Harry Dresden wasn't such an asshole. I mean, yeah, he is good at heart, but he's kind of a jerk. He a...more
Jan 25, 2010
Jan 18, 2010
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
I liked this more than I expected I would, considering the first-person POV and the dialect and the general divide between fans of the Outlander books...more
Oct 08, 2009
Sep 30, 2009
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)
I have to say that I like this series better and better with each book. Perhaps it's because the overall story arc becomes more focused. I also like t...more
Jun 06, 2011
May 29, 2011
The Scorpio Races
There was a lot I liked about this, and a lot I didn't. Unfortunately, I bounce hard off alternating first-person POV, so big strike against. I'm also...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 18, 2013
This was a pretty good book, although slow to start and a little, hmm. It's a sort of magical realism thingy, except that the realism isn't quite real...more
Oct 02, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
This book has strengths and weaknesses. Among the former are the lovely language; the realistic teenage girls, who begin as cardboard cut-outs, perhap...more
Sep 13, 2011
Aug 29, 2011
Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1)
This is not my usual type of reading material, but I saw it on the new shelf at the library and picked it up because I had just a couple of weeks ago...more
Apr 04, 2009
Apr 04, 2009
I really wanted to like this, because, GIANT SQUID. But - I think this book is less than the sum of its parts. The writing is brilliance polished to a...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
I like what Cashore is doing with the Mary Sue trope here; Fire is beautiful and perfect and everybody loves her, but that's not always a good thing,...more
Sep 29, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
Time and Again
[Reread, although I first read it a long time ago and have clearly forgotten a lot of it. I only remember loving it.] And now that I have read it agai...more
Sep 10, 2011
Sep 08, 2011
An Echo in the Bone (Outlander, #7)
Gabaldon's readers apparently fall into two camps; those who love Lord John and those who hate him. I'm in the former camp, so the many pages devoted...more
Mar 23, 2010
Mar 01, 2010
The Hallowed Hunt (Chalion, #3)
I didn't enjoy this as much as the first two books in the series, maybe because it stands alone a little too much - while the second book at least mad...more
Mar 11, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)
I don't know if it's the change to third person, the reader complicity with an unreliable narrator rather than an unreliable narrator that also is int...more
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 15, 2012
The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)
Two and a half stars, a let-down after the first two more enjoyable books. First, it felt very much like a WIP that should have been held until it was...more
Nov 07, 2011
Oct 16, 2011
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)
3.5 stars, but I'll round up, because this is so far my favorite in the series. The plot hangs together a lot better than the previous books, some gun...more
May 08, 2011
Apr 30, 2011
The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two)
3.5 stars. It's funny, with all the pop culture references (Thanatos using an iPad and offering to Skype Pluto! Amazons based out of!) but...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
Tooth and Claw
Victorian romance with dragons and way too many comma splices. Great world-building, but honestly, if they had been people rather than dragons it woul...more
May 30, 2012
May 28, 2012
Voyager (Outlander, #3)
A trashy escapist romp. Parts of this book are impeccably researched, and parts stun me with their clever twists that intricately fold back on themsel...more
Nov 10, 2009
Oct 07, 2009
Ballad (Books of Faerie, #2)
I think I liked this a little better than Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception even though I really hate the device of multiple first-person POVs. The...more
May 11, 2014
May 12, 2014
Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)
Reread, but it's been so long since I read this that only bits and pieces are familiar to me. Sweeping fantasy with lots of characters with intersecti...more
Jul 08, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
Point of Dreams (Astreiant, #2)
More cohesive and better-paced than the first book, and of course the whole thing, from the mystery to the light touch of magic to the clever worldbui...more
Aug 21, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
Among Others
A lot about this book resonated with me, because the protagonist is a geeky 15-year-old girl SF fan, in the same year (more or less) that I was also a...more
May 20, 2012
May 18, 2012
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