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A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
I have come to the conclusion that there are four types of people who read (or at least begin to read) Song of Ice and Fire

1. People who start to read
Jul 2011
May 21, 2007
I can see both sides of the debate people seem to be having about this book. Yes, it's not as rich and deep as his other work. Yes, sometimes it felt ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 13, 2007
Od Magic
McKillip is a pleasure to read. She writes these little books that are more like fairy tales than they are anything else. They are finely drawn, beaut ...more
Jan 06, 2009
Oct 31, 2008
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)
This series lures you in. The author is a passable world builder. But the, at some point (for me the ninth book; I'm slow) you realize 1) All the wome ...more
Jan 1998
May 21, 2007
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Reading this book was a bit like being smacked upside the head with one of those really firm couch cushions by an overenthusiastic playmate. It didn't ...more
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love (Kushiel's Legacy #1.5; Phèdre's Trilogy, #1.5; The Dresden Files, #11.5; Outlander, #8.5)
Wow talk about your sucker punch to the stomach. I thought Martin and Dozois were just being irritating by holding Diana Gabaldon's story until last i ...more
Aug 16, 2011
Nov 04, 2010
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
I started rereading this book to follow along as I watched HBO's miniseries (which, by the way, was impressively close to the book). Rereading the boo ...more
Jun 14, 2011
May 21, 2007
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
I can see why people were so upset by this book. Two of my favorite characters are left in awful cliff-hangers. There wasn't much of Dany, Jon, Tyrion ...more
Jul 07, 2011
May 21, 2007
The Woodcutter
Kate Danley, in this book, is like one of those people at the self-serve frozen yogurt shop who have just completely lost focus: "I love cheesecake! I ...more
Mar 06, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
Lord Foul's Bane (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, #1)
I've been told for years now that this book is one of the pillars of fantasy. If that's true, then the whole genre is due to collapse any day now. The ...more
Apr 2007
May 21, 2007
A Natural History of Dragons (Memoir by Lady Trent, #1)
Sometimes you love books you really shouldn't.

Or, no, it wasn't quite love. Not exactly. It's more like a hedonistic weekend with someone you know isn
Mar 02, 2013
Feb 22, 2013
The Mirror of Her Dreams
After 11/22/63, I needed a palate cleanser. Something I didn't have to worry about too much. This book--which I first read back in junior high or high ...more
Jun 24, 2012
May 23, 2007
Sailing to Sarantium (The Sarantine Mosaic Ser., Bk. 1)
After reading River of Stars, I remembered why I fell in love with Guy Kay in the first place, and went back to the last ones his I loved: The Saranti ...more
Apr 08, 2013
May 21, 2007
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
Clash of Kings continues and deepens the plots set up by A Game of Thrones. We lost Eddard Stark as a point-of-view character, but gained Ser Davos Se ...more
Jun 24, 2011
May 21, 2007
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
I've been reading a lot of reviews of this book that say it wasn't everything they expected it to be. I think, after six years of waiting, it would be ...more
Jul 19, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
Storm Warning (Valdemar: Mage Storms #1)
I forget that, while some of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books are exactly the kind of light summer reading I enjoy, I find others of them vaguely tedi ...more
May 21, 2014
May 26, 2014
The Wizard Hunters (The Fall of Ile-Rien, #1)
Martha Wells has more imagination and more heart than any other 12 authors put together. (Unless you're exceptionally persnickety about which authors ...more
Jun 21, 2015
Jun 15, 2015
The Tropic of Serpents (Memoir by Lady Trent, #2)
When I was growing up, every summer we'd spend a week at the beach. And I'd spend most of that week reading. It was during one of those summers that I ...more
Mar 24, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
Last Argument of Kings (The First Law, #3)
Well. That certainly was realistic. I am trying hard to remind myself that's a good thing. I do like realistic endings. I adored the end of Castaway. ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1)
The Fionavar Trilogy are the first books Guy Kay wrote after helping young Chris Tolkien organize the Silmarillion. They are written as a response to ...more
Jun 2001
May 21, 2007
The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and the Coin, #1)
Daniel Abraham is one of my new favorite authors. I liked the Long Price Quartet, but I didn't love (most of) them. I love this series.

Let me tell yo
Jan 28, 2015
Jun 28, 2013
I haven't enjoyed an anthology this much since Warriors. Or maybe even Legends.

Unfettered is an amazing anthology with a noble purpose: to help a memb
Feb 22, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet, #1)
This book is extremely difficult to categorize. It's fantasy, of course. It involves things that can't happen in our world. It also involves fictitiou ...more
May 20, 2014
Jun 28, 2013
Exile's Honor (Heralds of Valdemar, #6)
Now, this is what well-drawn characters look like! For the most part, I'm generally inclined to steer clear of prequels that follow the background of ...more
Jun 29, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
In the Cities of Coin and Spice (The Orphan's Tales, #2)
I read this hot on the heels of In the Night Garden, which may be the best way to read it: when the braided threads of the stories are all fresh in yo ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1)
The main word I would use to describe this book is "uneven." Parts of it were extraordinarily well-written and spectacularly well-executed. And then p ...more
May 15, 2015
May 08, 2015
Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)
Here, Nighteyes comes into his own. He's almost worth the entire book.

Royal Assassin continues and deepens the story begun in Assassin's Apprentice.
Nov 12, 2010
Nov 10, 2010
Pegasus (Pegasus, #1)
This book is lovely, lyrical, compelling, and a wonderful read. Not that I'd expect anything less from Robin McKinley. Other reviewers have complained ...more
Dec 22, 2010
Dec 20, 2010
The Magician King (The Magicians #2)
Even more than The Magicians, this book plays with, and subverts, the tropes of the Narnia novels. And this book delves even more deeply into that wor ...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
Jingo (Discworld, #21; City Watch #4)
Poor Vimes. He never gets straightforward assignments. (Actually, he probably does. Pratchett just writes books about the odd ones because, let's be h ...more
Jan 16, 2014
Jan 13, 2014
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