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The Last Days of Krypton
3.76
did not like it
Possibly the most disappointing book I have read this year (2007). It disappoints on so many levels and in so many ways. For starters, with over sixty ...more
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May 18, 2008
 
Lonesome Dove
4.47
it was ok
Lovesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, a loan and recommendation from a friend, happily to say, it was one of the smoothest reads I have enjoyed in a long t ...more
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Jul 03, 2009
 
In the Courts of the Crimson Kings (Lords of Creation, #2)
3.69
it was amazing
Wow, just plain wow, one of the best new old-time SF novels I have read in years. It is filled with great ideas, good characterizations, and thrilling ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 23, 2008
 
Traitor's Knot (Wars of Light and Shadow, #7)
4.21
it was amazing
Traitor’s Knot, seventh book in The Wars of Light and Shadow series. Robert Jordan should be reading Janny Wurts to see how it is done. Complex charac ...more
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May 17, 2008
 
Giant of World's End
3.28
liked it
Lin Carter was a GREAT editor and a bad but prolific writer, this is one of his few gem. Herioc warrior comes out of The Time Vaults to save mankind a ...more
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Apr 27, 2008
 
The Gods Laughed
3.36
really liked it
After the disappointment of both City of Embre and the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still movies, I needed some GOOD SF! I turned to Poul Anderso ...more
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Dec 18, 2008
 
The Parade's Gone By...
4.43
liked it
The Parade's Gone By... by Kevin Brownlow was informative and interesting but likely not as much for me as for someone else. I have been a fan of sile ...more
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Jan 21, 2010
 
Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe (Halcyon Blithe, #1)
3.63
it was ok
I was less than impressed although the person who recommended it,loved it, because as she says she loves the underdog. Halcyon Blithe was far from an ...more
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Jan 21, 2010
 
The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America
3.81
liked it
Much of the history and content of The Ten-Cent Plague was already known to me: EC, Dr. Wertham, the Senate subcommittee hearings on comic books and j ...more
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Jul 03, 2009
 
A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet, #1)
3.59
it was ok
Daniel Abraham’s A Shadow in Summer, Book One of the Long Price Quartet. Doesn’t anyone write stand alone novels anymore? By page 94, I was still will ...more
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Jul 03, 2009
 
Shades of Grey
4.14
liked it
Once again, Jasper Fforde scores high points for creativity and originality although for much of Shades of Grey I felt like I was not only reading a c ...more
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Jan 21, 2010
 
Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia and Kate, #1)
4.00
it was amazing
It is collaboration between Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (who is unknown to me). It is a novel of letters between two cousins; Cecy left b ...more
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Apr 23, 2008
 
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
4.55
really liked it
I had been looking at The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss for months and finally picked it up during a lunch break at Borders for something to re ...more
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May 18, 2008
 
Bloodring (Rogue Mage, #1)
3.71
really liked it
Faith Hunter’s Bloodring turned out to be a good enough read that I have moved on to read the second book in the series, Seraphs; which opened up with ...more
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Apr 24, 2008
 
Ghosts in the Snow (Dubric Bryerly, #1)
3.77
liked it
Tamara Siler Jones’ Ghost in the Snow, however, is another matter. It is a combination forensic thriller, fantasy and suspense. I thought that George ...more
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May 18, 2008
 
Shadowplay (Shadowmarch, #2)
3.88
it was amazing
ShadowPlay was everything and more that I hoped it would be. Granted, it took a chapter or two to get back into the book completely. Although, not as ...more
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May 16, 2008
 
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister (The Children of the Red King, #2)
3.88
really liked it
One of the results of reading two GOOD British juvenile fantasy novels back-to-back, was that it made me really realize what pieces of crap the Harry ...more
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May 29, 2008
 
Gods Behaving Badly
3.39
really liked it
Although far from new idea, this first book by Maria Phillips, Gods Behaving Badly is part Terry Prachett, part Thorne Smith, and all fun. Premise: th ...more
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Apr 24, 2008
 
The Children of Húrin
3.95
it was ok
Unfortunately The Children of Hurin was something of a disappointment; although not as dry as The Silmarrillion, it was not as lively written as The L ...more
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May 29, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
4.54
really liked it
I had the benefit of coming to Harry Potter a bit late, so that I was able to read the first three books, one after the other. I think of the series ( ...more
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Apr 24, 2008
 
The Historian
3.77
liked it
Although reasonably well written, Elizabeth Kostova’s Historian, I am glad I have waited this long to have read it. I fear that if I had read it back ...more
Jan 2008
Apr 24, 2008
 
Now and Forever
3.66
it was amazing
Now and Forever contains two novellas, Somewhere a Band Is Playing and Leviathan ’99. Somewhere a Band Is Playing is classical Bradbury, making one ye ...more
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May 16, 2008
 
Midnight for Charlie Bone (The Children of the Red King, #1)
3.80
really liked it
The worst thing that might be said about the Charlie Bone series is that it is yet another Harry Potter clone; HOWEVER, it is actually fairly original ...more
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May 29, 2008
 
Half-Moon Investigations
3.76
it was amazing
Eoin Colfer’s Half-Moon Investigations, yet another delightful Independent Reader/Young Adult from the talent that brought us the numerous Artemis Fow ...more
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Apr 24, 2008
 
Three Days to Never
3.64
really liked it
Three Days To Never is Tim Powers’s latest novel and possible strangest. It seems, like Declare, to be part dark fantasy and part spy/thriller. Becaus ...more
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May 18, 2008
 
Regina's Song
3.42
it was ok
As what has become usual, the Eddings couple fail to deliver. Although the characterizations are good, perhaps a little too goody after that it quickl ...more
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Oct 21, 2008
 
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
4.25
it was amazing
Shadow of the Wind is a strange, well written and interesting read; at this writing I find myself about halfway through the novel and still have no id ...more
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May 13, 2008
 
Threads of Malice  (Dubric Bryerly, #2)
4.19
liked it
. Ghad, was this book brutal to its characters, a fine tradition started by Katherine Kurtz. It is an edge of your seat read, and even though I read i ...more
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May 18, 2008
 
A Companion to Wolves (Iskryne World, #1)
3.66
it was ok
A Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear, the extensive use of Germanic/Teutonic names, words and language made this a really “jaw cr ...more
Jan 2008
Apr 24, 2008
 
Scandinavian Legends & Folk-Tales
3.66
really liked it
Retold by Gwyn Jones and illustrated by Joan Kiddell-Monroe. Over twenty tales to be found under such groupings as Princes and Trolls, Tales from the ...more
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May 18, 2008
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