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Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz, #1)
really liked it
I gave Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson to my son for Christmas and recently had the chance to read it myself. I’ve thoroughly ...more
Jun 10, 2008
May 08, 2008
Firefight (The Reckoners, #2)
really liked it
First impression: Well, that was unexpected!

On further thought:
“Babilar was starting to grow on me,” David comments in Firefight, a book that is growi
Jan 11, 2015
Jun 05, 2014
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
really liked it
An entertaining and unconventional approach to the magician/apprentice/djinn trialectic. The djinn Bartimaeus is an amusing narrator who garnishes his ...more
Aug 18, 2009
Sep 16, 2008
Heroes of the Valley
really liked it
Without the recognizable name of Jonathan Stroud one might overlook Heroes of the Valley. The title and the cover are not especially engaging, which b ...more
Feb 27, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia (Alcatraz, #3)
really liked it
Alcatraz Versus His Own Reputation could be an alternate title for Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia, the third book in Brandon Sanderson’s ma ...more
Feb 04, 2010
Mar 20, 2009
Goliath (Leviathan, #3)
really liked it
Finished my summer reading back where I started it: with Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series. The departure of the Leviathan in this finale is, well, ...more
Sep 30, 2011
Jun 08, 2011
The Rithmatist (Rithmatist, #1)
it was amazing
Triangles within circles within squares – it’s an indecipherable puzzle. But these aren’t crop circles; they’re chalk circles. The magic system in The ...more
May 19, 2013
Sep 27, 2012
Calamity (The Reckoners, #3)
really liked it
Feb 25, 2016
Mar 01, 2015
The Thief Lord
liked it
This may have been one too many thief books for me. This was the first Cornelia Funke book I have read and, coming on the heels of The Book Thief, I’m ...more
Oct 13, 2008
Oct 09, 2008
Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones (Alcatraz, #2)
really liked it
The anti-heroic autobiographer Alcatraz Smedry returns with a new supporting cast in Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones (ostensibly) by Brandon San ...more
Jan 02, 2009
Sep 08, 2008
Chasing the Prophecy (Beyonders, #3)
really liked it
There’s only one way to overthrow the evil emperor Maldor, and it’s not the secret word – it is Chasing the Prophecy. The word with the power to unmak ...more
Mar 24, 2013
Mar 29, 2012
The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus, #0.5)
really liked it
The wisecracking djinn Bartimaeus is back, this time to match wits with the wisest of the wise, King Solomon! It may be more precise to say the reader ...more
Feb 19, 2011
Oct 07, 2010
A World Without Heroes (Beyonders, #1)
really liked it
A World Without Heroes, the first book in a highly anticipated new series by Brandon Mull, came out this spring, but I wasn’t able to get to it until ...more
Dec 12, 2011
Dec 07, 2010
The Comet's Curse (Galahad, #1)
liked it
The Comet’s Curse is the first book in the Galahad series by Denver DJ Dom Testa. The series has been acquired by Tor Books, which will release The Co ...more
Jan 07, 2009
Oct 02, 2008
Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens (Alcatraz, #4)
really liked it
Book One of the Stormlight Archive has the Shattered Plains, while Book Four of the Alcatraz series has the Shattered Lens. Were the Towers of Midnigh ...more
Jan 24, 2011
Feb 17, 2010
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
it was amazing
Initially I added this to my list after reading “On Daemons & Dust”, an essay in Michael Chabon’s collection Maps and Legends. The appeal is unden ...more
Dec 09, 2011
Aug 08, 2008
Seeds of Rebellion (Beyonders, #2)
it was amazing
Seeds of Rebellion builds upon the first Beyonders book, A World Without Heroes. It goes well beyond comparisons to the Chronicles of Narnia: this boo ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Nov 21, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
really liked it
The Hunger Games is the second-most read book on this site, after Twilight and before The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. I tend to be prejudiced against s ...more
Jun 22, 2011
Jan 07, 2011
The Great Brain (Great Brain #1)
really liked it
I enjoyed reading these books when I was in grade school, perhaps because my older brother was a deal-making master like Tom.
not set
Jan 27, 2009
Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven, #2)
really liked it
Interesting parallels between this and the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: girls using magical objects to turn invisible, r ...more
Apr 23, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
The Cay (The Cay, #1)
I know I read and re-read this multiple times in my youth, but I don't know how to rate it now.
not set
Jan 19, 2011
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven, #4)
really liked it
I saw through the illusion of the big reveal without the aid of magical walrus butter, but that made it no less potent a device in this enthralling st ...more
May 09, 2010
May 03, 2010
Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven, #5)
really liked it
Brandon Mull is currently in Moscow, Russia, one of the few sites not visited by his young adventurers in this exciting conclusion to the Fablehaven s ...more
May 17, 2010
May 10, 2010
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)
really liked it
Terrific blend of the ancient with the current!
May 23, 2010
May 22, 2010
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
really liked it
Bonus points for the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain reference!
Apr 25, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
Odd and the Frost Giants
really liked it
I was impressed by Gaiman's American Gods, so I was curious about how he would handle a more traditional approach to Norse mythology. Odd and the Fros ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Feb 09, 2009
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
really liked it
I liked the story development better than the first installment (the foment of the rebellion in particular), although the cliffhanger endings could be ...more
Jul 11, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven, #3)
it was amazing
Dark middle acts really speak to me!
May 02, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
Lost Train of Thought (The Seems, #3)
really liked it
The third book in this fun series comes out in paperback today, yet it seems it hasn't been discovered by many goodreaders. Like F. Becker Drane, I'm ...more
Oct 2010
Sep 09, 2010
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
liked it
I've given this a lot of thought, resulting in the loss of a star in my rating. It was disappointing on many levels. Somehow the professional writing ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
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