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The Fire Rose (Elemental Masters, #1)
3.95
it was ok
I was excited as hell when I saw that Lackey had done a fairy tale retelling, as I tend to like her work, and I love fairy tale retellings.

However, I
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Aug 2002
Jun 12, 2007
 
Outlander (Outlander, #1)
4.21
it was ok
I... don't even know what to say after finishing this book.

Someone told me that it began life as a Doctor Who fanfic before its metamorphosis into it
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Oct 28, 2014
Oct 26, 2014
 
A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
3.99
really liked it
The Earthsea cycle was originally classified as a YA series, but really, I think the books are far too complex for the average teen to enjoy. Le Guin ...more
Jun 1998
Jun 07, 2007
 
Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, #1)
4.16
liked it
I absolutely adored all of Lackey's Valdemar novels when I was an adolescent, but a lot of them are a little too emo for me now. I still truly enjoy h ...more
Aug 1998
Jun 07, 2007
 
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
4.05
really liked it
Fun and entirely charming. Combining dragons with age of sail was inspired, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself throughout the story. My only complaints a ...more
Oct 02, 2017
Jun 06, 2016
 
Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)
3.90
liked it
I didn't like this one as much as the first book- it lacked some of the charm, and if possible, had even less of an actual plot. Despite a huge chunk ...more
Oct 06, 2017
Oct 04, 2017
 
Black Powder War (Temeraire, #3)
3.90
liked it
This started a bit slow, but picked up quite a bit as it went along, and wound up being almost as charming as the first book. Getting back into the me ...more
Oct 16, 2017
Oct 15, 2017
 
Among Others
3.68
it was amazing
I can't even remember the last time I read a book that absorbed me this much; a book that brought me back to the same sort of headspace I used to get ...more
May 29, 2015
May 11, 2015
 
Keturah and Lord Death
3.87
really liked it
These days, while reading YA, I frequently end up commenting that I wish I had found a book when I was younger. The sad truth is that now, as an adult ...more
Apr 06, 2013
Apr 06, 2013
 
Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)
3.74
really liked it
I have a serious weakness for Beauty & the Beast adaptations, and so this one caught my eye, as I'd never seen a version where Beauty was being tr ...more
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
 
Tam Lin
3.84
really liked it
Of all the books in the "Fairy Tales" series, this one ranks as my favorite.

Tam Lin is a retelling of a Scottish Ballad, and Dean sets it at a Midwest
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Aug 1998
Jun 07, 2007
 
Polgara the Sorceress
4.08
liked it
It's nice to see things from Polgara's perspective, but a lot of what I was most interested in was skipped over. There are also some inconsistencies f ...more
Jan 1999
not set
not set
Jun 06, 2007
 
Snow White and Rose Red
3.74
liked it
A decent fairy tale retelling, set in Elizabethan England, but not up to Wrede's usual standards. After the hysterically funny Dragons Quartet, I expe ...more
Feb 2004
Jun 13, 2007
 
Wise Child (Doran, #1)
4.12
liked it
I wish I'd found this when I was still little, because I think I would have absolutely adored it then. Coming to it as an adult, I didn't get quite so ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
 
The Belgariad, Vol. 1: Pawn of Prophecy / Queen of Sorcery / Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad, #1-3)
4.27
liked it
Forget Robert Jordan. David Eddings is the one who knows how to write compelling fantasy- with humor, with love, and with great characters.

The Belgar
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Mar 1997
Jun 06, 2007
 
The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)
4.22
really liked it
The second installment of the series turns the dials up on everything and takes no prisoners. Much like the first book of the series, Turner plays wit ...more
Aug 13, 2017
May 2008
May 08, 2008
 
Glory Road
3.78
liked it
The only Heinlein fantasy novel is as excellent as anything he writes. As per usual, he takes many of the cliches of the genre and turns them on their ...more
Jan 1997
Jun 07, 2007
 
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15; City Watch #2)
4.36
really liked it
In my opinion, the Guard books are the best of the Discworld series. Pratchett takes a bit of a serious turn with the second in the series, without lo ...more
Aug 2002
Jun 06, 2007
 
Thick as Thieves (The Queen's Thief, #5)
4.18
really liked it
Another excellent entry in The Queen's Thief series giving us a much deeper look at the Mede Empire, as the book is from the perspective of Kamet, a s ...more
Aug 14, 2017
Aug 14, 2017
 
Briar Rose
3.78
really liked it
A truly powerful fairy tale retelling, set against the Holocaust.
Jan 2002
Jun 15, 2007
 
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
3.80
liked it
Entertaining and must-read of the genre.
Oct 1999
Jun 07, 2007
 
Snuff (Discworld, #39; City Watch #8)
4.16
liked it
I was sort of disappointed with this one. The Guards books are my favorite subset of Discworld, and while I enjoy Sam Vimes, I much prefer him in an e ...more
Jul 15, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
 
Jim Henson's Labyrinth: The Novelization
4.20
liked it
Labyrinth has always been one of my favorite movies, so I was excited to get a copy of the 30th anniversary edition of this book. And it is a beautifu ...more
Mar 03, 2017
Mar 02, 2017
 
Passage (The Sharing Knife, #3)
3.89
it was ok
This book was better than Volume Two, but it certainly was not anything more than extremely average for the genre, and it has some gender issues I fin ...more
Mar 17, 2009
May 05, 2009
 
Heart's Blood
4.09
really liked it
I'd actually had no idea going into this one that it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but it became rather apparent pretty early on that this ...more
Jun 13, 2013
Apr 04, 2013
 
Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire, #6)
3.69
it was ok
Disappointing- this was definitely my least favorite Temeraire book so far, and one that feels very filler-y. Not much happens plot-wise or character ...more
Dec 26, 2017
Dec 24, 2017
 
In the Coils of the Snake (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #3)
4.05
liked it
I definitely liked the first book of this series the best, and I even found that one problematic in several ways. This one was even more so, but lacke ...more
Jun 02, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
 
Black Ships (Numinous World, #1)
3.91
really liked it
A fascinating and lovely re-telling of the Aeneid from the female perspective. Wonderful world-building, excellent characterization- the author breath ...more
Jun 25, 2010
Jun 24, 2010
 
The Tamuli Omnibus (The Tamuli, #1-3)
4.22
it was ok
The Elenium is my favorite of all of David Eddings' series, but I almost wish he hadn't written The Tamuli, because it's more than slightly sub-par in ...more
not set
Jan 18, 2011
 
Close Kin (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #2)
3.97
liked it
Another one with excellent world building, and I was happy to get more of Emily and Seylin, but again, so much of what I was most interested in was wh ...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
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