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American Gods by Neil Gaiman
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Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Anathem
by Neal Stephenson
recommended for: Fans of philosophy, sci-fi, alternate worlds, and/or mathematics
read in November, 2008
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Stephenson creates his own vocabulary in this book, and getting up to speed with it and all the various idiosyncrasies of the world he has created make for a slow start to this book. As things continue, it turns into a solid work, with good character...more
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Anathem by Neal Stephenson
" I think that Neal Stephenson is very intelligent and a terrific writer. That said, I found all the made-up googlies in this snarfle, really boinged my thnoode. Surely there is a slankier way of telling us that we are reading about another zoof tha... " Read more of this review »
Spencer rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2008
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Typical WWII era story, with all the goods and bads that entails. Reminds you of the highs and lows of humanity, and makes you wonder at the resilience of the people who lived through it.

I find non-fiction accounts of WWII events more moving, just b...more
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Water Sleeps And Soldier Lives by Glen Cook
Water Sleeps And Soldier Lives (The Black Company: Glittering Stone, Volume Ii)
by Glen Cook
recommended for: people who need to close out the series
read in October, 2008
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As far as I can tell, this is the last of the Chronicles of the Black Company. I felt this resumed the quality of the other books in the series, after a mild dip found in the Glittering Stone Vol. 1.

The end of a series is always tricky, and going in...more
Spencer rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Bleak Seasons and She Is the Darkness by Glen Cook
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I have mixed feelings on this portion of the Chronicles of the Black Company. On one hand, the move into the new territories added some fresh elements to the story line, and moved the plot in some interesting directions. On the other hand, I found mu...more
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The Books of the South by Glen Cook
The Books of the South: Tales of the Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #4-6)
by Glen Cook
recommended for: people who enjoyed the other Chronicles
read in August, 2008
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This book matched the other Black Company books pretty closely in quality. I thought this was an easy read, but none of the books in particular stood out as being outstanding (or poor), although the Silver Spike seems to be the most memorable, in ret...more
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The Born Queen by Greg Keyes
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This novel finishes up what has been one of the better series that I have read in this genre recently. I've rated all the books as four stars, but really I'd say the Briar King was a 4+, the middle two books are 4s, and the last book is a 4-.

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The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes
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This is the third book in the series, and the story engine is firing on all cylinders here. Lots of development in the various storylines, and plenty of mysteries and questions raised. Keyes does a good job of bringing some of the characters back tog...more
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