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Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade  (Lord John Grey, #2)
really liked it
warning: spoilers follow!

I think this is definitely the best of the Lord John books so far. I'm really delighted to see a mainstream bestseller write
Oct 2007
Oct 23, 2007
Out of the Blue
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I want to give this more stars but I HATE noncon-kink and I loathe the "boy blackmails boy into sex, only to later confess there was ...more
Mar 23, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
liked it
**spoiler alert** Not really three stars. Parts are 2 stars, parts are solidly at least 4. Which means the writing is uneven in the way that first nov ...more
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
In the Shadow of Gotham (Simon Ziele, #1)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** so full of anachronisms. It's supposed to be 1905, not 2005. It's also really obviously a first novel, but it's not a bad premise. J ...more
Aug 13, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
For Whom the Bell Tolls
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** I've read this before in excerpts but never the entire novel.

About this edition, this is an audiobook read in a matter-of-fact, almo
not set
Jan 24, 2009
The Winter People
it was ok
Valuable for the traditional lore about the land and the narrator's native culture. The prose itself is pretty average, and the first several chapters ...more
Mar 08, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
The Leper of Saint Giles (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #5)
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Eh. This one did not work for me at all. I was bugged throughout by the vast number of unsympathetic characters and wildly uneven pa ...more
Feb 26, 2014
Feb 25, 2014
Justice Hall (Mary Russell, #6)
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Holy crap, this was wonderful. I both lost it laughing and actually wept, and I haven't cried at a book in ages. Happily, I was comp ...more
Sep 26, 2010
Sep 26, 2010
A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell, #2)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Hated the romance plot. Liked the primary plot well enough. Deeply hated the heroin subplot, as it reeks of authorial ignorance to t ...more
Aug 22, 2010
Aug 21, 2010
The Meaning of Night
liked it
**spoiler alert** oh, man, where to begin. I loved and hated parts of this book, and I totally get how the reviews swing from one extreme to the other ...more
Jun 23, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1)
really liked it
Years ago I used to run across Derek Jacobi's Brother Cadfael on PBS. I don't recall him being quite as cunning or irreverent as he is here, but I lik ...more
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
As Meat Loves Salt
really liked it
**spoiler alert** More notes than a review. I'm still processing it.

Really well-crafted. Dark like Faulkner. Jacob is a train-wreck and a fairly satis
Aug 19, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil: And Other New Tales Featuring the World's Greatest Detective (Sherlock Holmes, #4)
did not like it
**spoiler alert** edit, days later: I realized yesterday what really bugged me, above everything else that's wrong with this book: Thomas uses even FE ...more
Sep 08, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
The God of the Hive (Mary Russell, #10)
liked it
**spoiler alert** This should have four stars, but the ending sort of fell apart for me. I wish West had more going on, motive-wise, than simple appar ...more
Jan 2011
Dec 29, 2010
The Luminaries
it was ok
**spoiler alert** This should have been better.

I was interested in this because a) great setting, and b) interesting conceit. I'm already familiar wit
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 11, 2014
The Terror
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I listened to the audiobook version of this, read by John Lee, and really enjoyed it. The voice acting was excellently done. Very, v ...more
Apr 10, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
Mycroft Holmes
liked it
2.5 stars. A very good idea that should have been better executed. Nice to bring a critique of imperialism and entrenched racism to the Holmesian genr ...more
Dec 17, 2015
Dec 18, 2015
O Jerusalem (Mary Russell, #5)
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Oh, I enjoyed this one a lot! It brought back college history classes from nearly twenty years ago and put a much more vivid spin on ...more
Sep 14, 2010
Sep 14, 2010
The Queen's Head
did not like it
Absolutely terrible.

Glbt-interest tag: the sole queer character is a pedophile and child predator. Gender politics tag: female characters are whore (a
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
The Historian
liked it
**spoiler alert** My brain is all aswirl with this, so apologies if this comes across as flaky. In short, parts of this were awesome and parts had me ...more
Aug 25, 2010
Jul 17, 2010
Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire, #6)
liked it
**spoiler alert** Okay, first, I adore this 'verse. I love the characters, the transformation of history into what it would be with dragons -- and I'm ...more
Aug 28, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell, #3)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Technically I would give this 2.5 stars, and I ought to be generous and round it up to 3, but I'm too annoyed at the ending. The end ...more
Sep 02, 2010
Sep 01, 2010
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** 4 1/2 stars, rounded up. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this. The female-centric historical fiction I've read in the ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Dec 27, 2013
The Name of the Rose
liked it
**spoiler alert** Huh. I *thought* I'd been spoiled for the ending, but the spoiler was wrong, so I guess that was a nice surprise. I'm giving this a ...more
Feb 28, 2014
Nov 08, 2007
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
liked it
**spoiler alert** some were very entertaining, some were a bit of a trial. The preponderance of fic with Cthulhu references cracked me up, but those w ...more
Jul 10, 2010
May 19, 2010
Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man's Smile (The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, #3)
did not like it
Anti-rec. ALL of the victims are people of color. There's a hideous apologia for father/daughter incest. The deaf character is proved a liar and cheat ...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 16, 2012
Locked Rooms (Mary Russell, #8)
liked it
**spoiler alert** 3.5 stars.

Better than the last one (with the bizarre look at colonial British India). Bringing Dash Hammett into the 'verse is a lit
Oct 25, 2010
Oct 25, 2010
Wilderness Tips
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed several of the stories in this collection. A few didn't really grab me, a couple were really excellent, but they we ...more
Apr 13, 2009
Oct 03, 2008
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
liked it
4 star action plot, 2 star romance plot, 2 star mystery plot, 1 star for basically all the men. Also, how is there no Amelia/Evelyn in the archive? Th ...more
Mar 27, 2017
Mar 26, 2017
The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)
liked it
This was an engaging and fairly well-balanced read. I get bored by courtly intrigue and don't really have much patience for historical romances, but I ...more
Oct 2007
Jun 11, 2007
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