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Revelation Space
3.97
it was ok
2.5 STARS that I cannot round up to 3.

I like long books. After a while, there's a sense of familiarity that comes from having been immersed in a world
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Mar 20, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
 
The Pearl of the Soul of the World (Darkangel Trilogy, #3)
3.97
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I remember waiting ages for the library to get this to me via inter-library order, very many years ago. I was obsessed to the point ...more
Jan 1997
Jan 03, 2011
 
Chasm City
4.12
it was ok
This novel tried my patience. It was a struggle to plough through these 600+ pages, with seemingly no payoff at the end to warrant reams and reams of ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
 
Two Hearts (The Last Unicorn, #1.5)
4.16
liked it
Peter S Beagle has been very reluctant to write a sequel to his best novel, THE LAST UNICORN, and with very good reason. The original story was a fabl ...more
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 26, 2009
 
Keeper of the Dream
3.94
did not like it
The good: Above-average writing. A good sense of historical setting. I could feel the dirt and smell the grime. The last third of the book settles int ...more
Jan 09, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
 
God Stalk (Kencyrath, #1)
4.15
it was ok
The city of Tai-tastigon, mysterious as it is, fails to draw me in. It forms no shape in my mind's eye, and slips like shadows from my dreams' landsca ...more
Oct 11, 2009
Jul 03, 2009
 
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne, #1)
3.69
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Plot: absurd and overly complicated. There is much action, but little sense.

Characterization: virtually nonexistent. People are diff
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May 07, 2011
Jun 10, 2010
 
The Master (The Gameshouse, #3)
4.05
it was ok
Infuriating.

The ending, (view spoiler) so problematic. I think it renders all t
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Jan 27, 2016
Jan 23, 2016
 
The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
4.43
liked it
3.5 STARS

Serviceable. An interesting world, a thoroughly thought-out magical system, tight plotting, but--flat characters, written to service plot rat
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Jul 04, 2016
Jun 28, 2016
 
Prince of Swords
3.67
did not like it
Wow, the hero and heroine REALLY GOT ON MY NERVES!!

I know Anne Stuart always write about masterful, amoral and ruthless men, with "strong" but actuall
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Dec 05, 2010
Dec 04, 2010
 
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
4.04
it was amazing
4.5 STARS

Compelling. The lucidity of language, so clear as to seem simple. The plot -- not entirely original, some hints of Kage Baker's COMPANY serie
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Jul 16, 2015
Jul 14, 2015
 
Precious Things
3.83
liked it
**spoiler alert** A mainstream romance in the vein of Barbara Delinsky.

The hero is deaf from birth, but blends perfectly into hearing society. He is t
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Dec 17, 2010
Dec 17, 2010
 
The Poison Master
3.60
liked it
**spoiler alert** Score breakdown:
- 4 for the world building, the fascinating cultures based on alchemical elements
- 2 for plot, characterization, th
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Nov 2009
Nov 03, 2009
 
Historical Whodunits
3.89
liked it
PART I: The Ancient World
The Locked Tomb Mystery - Elizabeth Peters

An Egyptian Sherlock Holmes pastiche, Amenhotep the eagle-nosed detective and his h
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Aug 25, 2015
Aug 16, 2015
 
A Madness of Angels (Matthew Swift, #1)
3.75
it was amazing
Fabulous. Just... fabulous.

From its first pages, we are plunged headlong into endless action, interspersed with dense descriptions of urban London. Th
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Mar 23, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
 
Dreamsnake
3.85
really liked it
Absorbing story set in a well-realized world. The tale of one lone woman travelling through a harsh land and cultures differentiated by different leve ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
 
Can Love Last?: The Fate of Romance over Time
3.98
really liked it
A neo-psychoanalytical take on the vicissitude of love and romance. Mitchell's foundation argument is, romance requires spontaneity and uncertainty. W ...more
Feb 11, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
 
Inversions (Culture, #6)
3.89
really liked it
I've been going through Banks' The Culture series and, despite their wide acclaim, found myself strangely unmoved. However awesome and amazing it woul ...more
May 17, 2012
May 14, 2012
 
Ready Player One
4.31
it was ok
2 STARS.

Glorified fan fic, protagonist clearly stand-in for author, stuck at 16-years-old teenage boy mentality. No depth, no nuance in plot, charact
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Jan 07, 2013
Jan 03, 2012
 
Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot: An Authoritative Examination of the World's Most Fascinating and Magical Tarot Cards
4.19
it was amazing
Truly a necessary beginner's primer on the Thoth Tarot.

I'd been immolating my brain upon Aleister Crowley's original accompanying text The Book of Tho
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Feb 2012
Jan 28, 2012
 
Low Town (Low Town, #1)
3.85
liked it
2.5 STARS

Racist stereotypes substituting background "diversity" is bad enough. OUTDATED racist stereotypes are just plain offensive.

These Kiren heret
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Sep 20, 2016
Sep 19, 2016
 
We Were Liars
3.85
liked it
Huh.

Curiosity for the secret twist ending got me reading.

It began rather well, and I can see what she is trying to do, but I don't think the story i
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not set
Sep 30, 2016
 
Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)
4.21
liked it
Listened via audiobook, which may be the only reason I was able to complete it from beginning to end. Had I been reading this, its flaws would have be ...more
Mar 13, 2016
Mar 11, 2016
 
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
3.99
really liked it
Written very straightforwardly, as befitting a lawyer trained under the Plain Language movement, this is an interesting look into the kind of culture ...more
Oct 15, 2016
Oct 14, 2016
 
Homunculus 1
4.18
it was amazing
This review is for the entire series, which is gross and terrible and horrific, like a Greek tragedy. Highly recommended.

(view spoiler)
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not set
Jul 23, 2016
 
Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal, #1)
3.77
liked it
YA genre fiction that tries very hard to (1) present racism /sexism; (2) Regency language and mores; and (3) fairy tale darkness. Kudos for trying, I ...more
Apr 28, 2016
Feb 19, 2016
 
Staying Dead (Retrievers, #1)
3.51
it was ok
Competently written, albeit completely generic, urban fantasy.

Spunky feisty female protagonist: check.
Calm and collect male partner with mysterious pa
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Mar 10, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
 
Masques (Sianim, #1 / Aralorn, #1)
3.86
it was ok
**spoiler alert** This is one of Ms. Brigg's earliest books, and it shows. Although the writing quality here is already better than most of what's out ...more
Jun 12, 2009
Jun 07, 2009
 
Agent of Change (Liaden Universe, #9)
4.17
liked it
An extremely quick and pleasant read, polished off in a day.

This is space opera without melodrama, sf light on science (no more than a handful of scie
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Feb 24, 2012
Feb 23, 2012
 
Candles in the Wood
4.28
really liked it
Jacket blurb:

"Only in her wildest dreams could Helen Comyn hope to return to Gallowmerry. She had grown up a servant's child on the Grant family's es
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not set
Jan 09, 2011
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