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Reamde by Neal Stephenson
by Neal Stephenson
read in January, 2012
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Let's start with the good stuff: Reamde is an entertainingly-plotted book. The threads all cross and re-cross in exciting (if occasionally improbable) ways, and the ending leaves less loose ends dangling than your average Neal Stephenson.

So Reamde sh...more
Making Waves by Tawna Fenske
Making Waves
by Tawna Fenske (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2011
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FULL DISCLOSURE: I don't know the author of Making Waves personally, but I enjoy reading her blog and have in fact appeared on it bare-chested. So this is not a 100% uninfluenced review.

That said, it's hard not to come away from Making Waves with a...more
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
read in April, 2014
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I will always love Kate Atkinson's prose.

That said, this was "Groundhog Day" re-written for the New Yorker set, which isn't inherently a bad thing, but by the end of 500+ pages gets a little wearing.

It could have been shorter, it could have been le...more
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
" This complex book by Kate Atkinson is a departure from her earlier work -- a concept novel about time and choice that is both fascinating and frustrating. I am not sure she needed over 500 pages to make her point, yet the historic settings in Engl... " Read more of this review »
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
" So, there's an established phenomenon that I don't think anyone has coined a snappy title for yet, in my head I call it "Fabulous but Unpredicted Success Leads to a Complete lack of Editorial Constraint or Outside Input Whatsoever which-in-turn Le... " Read more of this review »
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A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan
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This book made me glad I stuck with the series.

It's no genre-changing work of genius, but it brought the thousands and thousands of pages leading up to it home in a satisfying manner.

Brandon Sanderson's key contribution, here as in the other two Wh...more
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell
read in April, 2013
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Loved the prose, liked parts of the plot; tolerated the unifying conceit.

Mitchell is a great storyteller. He excels when he's narrating events, and Cloud Atlas is mostly told in directly-narrated formats: a diary, a series of letters, etc.

That make...more
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
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A worthy sequel to Wolf Hall. It's hard to say which I liked better -- Wolf Hall is a little more fast-paced, especially in Cromwell's early history, while Bring Up the Bodies focuses very minutely on a fairly short span of time.

That results in a det...more
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