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A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
it was amazing
This what A Wizard of Earthsea taught me:
* To know a thing's true name is to know its nature.
* Don't fuck with dragons (unless you know their true n
Apr 04, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
The Magicians (The Magicians #1)
liked it
If you write enough book reviews, eventually you start sounding like everyone you never wanted to be. Today, I'll be the annoying guy who brags about ...more
Feb 19, 2010
Aug 12, 2009
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
liked it
N.B.: When it comes to spoilers, I'm going to be talking rather liberally about the events of A Game of Thrones, so if you have not read the first boo ...more
Apr 22, 2011
Jul 23, 2009
The Witch's Daughter (The Witch's Daughter, #1)
it was ok
You’re just going about your daily business, healing people and whatnot, and then what happens? The plague. Suddenly everyone in town is accusing you ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 25, 2011
Kafka on the Shore
liked it
So, yeah, I don't really understand this book.

It is not often that I admit a book has defeated me intellectually; upon the rare occasion that it happe
Jul 13, 2010
Dec 19, 2009
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
really liked it
N.B.: As with my review of A Clash of Kings, I will avoid spoilers for this book but not for previous books.

We had a good thing going back in the begi
May 21, 2011
Jul 11, 2010
The Magic of Recluce (The Saga of Recluce #1)
it was ok
Sometimes I worry I've become too cynical in my old age (says the nineteen-year-old). When I read The Magic of Recluce for the first time, I thought i ...more
Aug 14, 2009
May 16, 2009
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)
it was amazing
Third review: February 28, 2015

I was a bad boy and only recently purchased Republic of Thieves. Instead of starting it immediately, I decided to delay
Feb 28, 2015
Aug 23, 2008
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
really liked it
N.B.: As always, this review does not contain spoilers for this book, but there are significant spoilers for previous books in the series.

All right, I
Jul 21, 2011
May 23, 2011
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
really liked it
Valar morghulis. All men must die. And in A Dance with Dragons, everyone dies.

OK, I'm teasing you. But I'm also being completely serious.

N.B.: As alwa
Aug 2011
May 23, 2011
The Enchantress of Florence
really liked it
As a neophyte of Salman Rushdie's work, I was not fully prepared for The Enchantress of Florence, although I should have been. Rushdie possesses an un ...more
Jul 13, 2008
Jun 05, 2008
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2)
liked it
Second Review (Read on March 4, 2015)

So Locke Lamora won the day at the end of his first book, but at a terrible price. He and Jean are the last survi
Mar 04, 2015
Sep 10, 2008
it was ok
Books create whole other worlds, and nowhere is this phenomenon more explicit than in fantasy and science fiction. More than just telling a story, gre ...more
Jul 03, 2010
Jun 11, 2009
Kushiel's Scion (Imriel's Trilogy, #1)
liked it
So you wrote a highly-successful trilogy. Congratulations! What now? Well, you could write a sequel trilogy: new narrator, same old world and intrigue ...more
Sep 25, 2010
Dec 13, 2008
Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, #2)
it was ok
This book was bad. I found parts of it way better than the first book, Wizard's First Rule, and parts of it abysmal. The only saving grace was the fac ...more
Jul 25, 2008
Jul 24, 2008
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
really liked it
I know I keep telling this story over and over, and I feel like I've been talking about those books I consider "formative" to my interest in fantasy a ...more
Apr 11, 2011
May 24, 2009
Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra #1)
it was ok
From the other reviews here on Goodreads, I am relieved to see that I am not the only one whose dominant feeling while reading Cast in Shadow was one ...more
Aug 03, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising, #1)
it was ok
Over Sea, Under Stone reminds me of that endless string of ’80s and ’90s movies featuring plucky groups of child protagonists outwitting bumbling adul ...more
Jun 27, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
really liked it
In everyone’s life there is always at least one door. You know the door I mean. It’s the one that you’ve never opened, even though you’ve always wante ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** Lately I’ve been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood . It’s a video game in which you assume the persona of an assassin ...more
Dec 27, 2011
Mar 07, 2010
it was ok
I went to the library last week for the first time in too long. I got 14 books, most of them added to my to-read list in 2009. I love that Goodreads l ...more
May 18, 2012
May 16, 2012
Mélusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths, #1)
did not like it
Mélusine suffers from two narrators: Felix Harrowgate and Mildmay the Fox. I say “suffers” because Monette switches between the two perspectives more ...more
Aug 11, 2013
May 12, 2009
Iron Council (New Crobuzon, #3)
it was ok
Recall in my review of The Scar how I was whining about my opinion of China Miéville and his novels remaining relatively constant? How I wanted to rea ...more
Apr 17, 2011
Jul 11, 2010
The Goblin Emperor
really liked it
Nearly two years ago, I read a book by Sarah Monette called Mélusine, and I hated it. I considered it a train wreck of a novel. I wasn’t looking to re ...more
May 17, 2015
Apr 27, 2014
Saga, Vol. 1 (Saga, #1)
it was amazing
Saga first came onto my radar last year when it was nominated for a Hugo Award. (Volume Two was nominated this year!) In fact, I’m pretty sure that it ...more
Dec 23, 2014
Dec 27, 2014
The Scar (New Crobuzon, #2)
really liked it
I'm not sure how I feel about China Miéville.

On one hand, Miéville is a competent writer and, even better, a superb storyteller. The three books of hi
Apr 02, 2011
Dec 16, 2009
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
liked it
Oh dear God I want to kill Kvothe.

I don’t want him to die. I want to kill him.

I would like to excise him from this book. Could I possibly get a Kvothe
Sep 04, 2014
Sep 01, 2014
Napier's Bones
it was ok
Do you ever feel like you have let down a book, not the other way around? That if you had been smarter, funnier, prettier, then the book wouldn’t have ...more
Feb 10, 2012
Mar 29, 2011
The Steel Remains (A Land Fit for Heroes #1)
it was ok
Goodness, it’s been a long time since I read Altered Carbon , and nearly as long since I heard about The Steel Remains, Richard K. Morgan’s foray int ...more
Dec 18, 2012
Sep 22, 2009
The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita, #1)
it was ok
Somewhere between the title of the book and the fact that it is a fantasy setting, I became convinced that The Edge of the World was set in a world th ...more
Oct 27, 2010
Aug 31, 2009
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