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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
by Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2013
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4.25, provisionally, until I finish the series.

An all-around very good fantasy novel. Good coherent new magic system, very good characters, excellent plotting and pacing. I'm going to read a lot more Sanderson.
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Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
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Fun for what it is: James Bond for young teens. And there's certainly some advantage of pitching over-the-top spy thrillers to that age: realism is even less important. But there's nothing here more than simple escapism.
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
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I was expecting to like this a little, but didn't at all. The main character is just a jerk, and the book is really little more than a series of unconnected episodes of him being a jerk. There's no narrative arc at all.

I can appreciate that my kids...more
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Ungifted by Gordon Korman
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10 Leaders Who Changed the World by Clive Gifford
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China Miéville
“Part of the appeal of the fantastic is taking ridiculous ideas very seriously and pretending they're not absurd.”
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“[…] detective novels are not novels of detection, still less of revelation, still less of solution. Those are all necessary, but not only are they insufficient, but they are in certain ways regrettable. These are novels of potentiality. Quantum narratives. Their power isn’t in their final acts, but in the profusion of superpositions before them, the could-bes, what-ifs and never-knows. Until that final chapter, each of those is as real and true as all the others, jostling realities all dreamed up by the crime, none trapped in vulgar facticity. That’s why the most important sentence in a murder mystery isn’t the one starting ‘The murderer is…’ – which no matter how necessary and fabulously executed is an act of unspeakable narrative winnowing – but is the snarled expostulation halfway through: ‘Everyone’s a suspect.’ Quite. When all those suspects become one certainty, it’s a collapse, and a let-down. How can it not be? We’ve been banished from an Eden of oscillation.”
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