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Outlander (Outlander, #1)
did not like it
I read the first 300 or so pages of the book. The first 200 had me hooked...and then the sex scenes started. I've got nothing against a sex scene or t ...more
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Aug 26, 2007
Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions
it was amazing
Wow. I have to say that just about every story in this collection was highly engaging, and I had strong emotional reactions to several of them, and ma ...more
Dec 21, 2008
Oct 07, 2008
Reserved for the Cat (Elemental Masters, #6)
liked it
Not as riveting or as engaging as Ms. Lackey's first Elemental Masters novels, but still entertaining and enjoyable. I found the introduction of Wolf, ...more
not set
Apr 09, 2009
Nancy and Plum
it was amazing
This is my absolute favorite childhood book. It deals with so many amazing issues, but the best part is having two very different protagonists who bot ...more
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Jun 20, 2007
The Persian Pickle Club
really liked it
This came recommended from a friend who's recommended other books to me in the past -- ones I would normally have completely bypassed, like The Help a ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2010
Cast in Secret (Chronicles of Elantra, #3)
it was ok
As with Cast In Courtlight, I really struggled to like this book. I read it primarily because I'd purchased it WITH Cast In Courtlight, after being so ...more
Jan 2009
Dec 23, 2008
Cast In Courtlight (Chronicles of Elantra #2)
it was ok
I cannot remember the last time I have wanted to like a book so much & wound up being so incredibly annoyed with it. I was deeply disappointed in ...more
Sep 24, 2008
Sep 21, 2008
What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat
it was amazing
I was actually highly impressed with this book, and that's strong praise considering it's one that typically I would not seek out. I would have to say ...more
not set
Feb 22, 2008
Dark Moon Defender (Twelve Houses, #3)
it was amazing
Some have said that of the Twelve Houses books thus far, this is Sharon Shinn's weakest effort ... well, I beg to differ. I loved it. I think I liked ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 17, 2008
The Shape-Changer's Wife
really liked it
I can certainly see why this novella earned Sharon Shinn the Best First Fantasy Book award from Locus! It is very well thought out & sweet moralit ...more
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Jun 20, 2008
The Reader
it was ok
I read this book after having seen the movie, and I have to say that I prefer the movie, which rarely happens for me. I think it may be that there was ...more
not set
Apr 09, 2009
The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)
it was amazing
This book is hard for me to review. Do I compare it to other epic novels (i.e. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time)? If so ... this is a 5. Do I compare it ...more
not set
Jul 21, 2010
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
really liked it
First of all, this was not quite what I was expecting from this book, and that's a GOOD thing. Although friends I know had rated this highly, I was an ...more
Sep 04, 2008
Sep 03, 2008
The Art of Racing in the Rain
really liked it
This is a book I normally wouldn't have given a second glance, but it was given to me by a dear friend with a stellar recommendation. That, plus Sara ...more
Jun 05, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
really liked it
The pace of Eclipse seemed a bit off to me, but to be honest, I read half of it, went on vacation, and came back to read the other half, so it may hav ...more
Oct 07, 2008
Sep 25, 2008
Water for Elephants
it was amazing
I have to say I found this book an easy read & thoroughly engrossing. It moved along at a rapid pace, and the author did a fabulous job of portray ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
The Night Circus
really liked it
The best adjective I can use to describe this novel is "exquisite." The language is elegant and the words are carefully chosen by the author. As with ...more
Dec 02, 2013
Dec 03, 2013
Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
it was amazing
Again, Jim Butcher does not disappoint. With rich characterization & bold storytelling, Death Masks treads the lines between black and white, enco ...more
Aug 04, 2008
Jul 31, 2008
Terrier (Beka Cooper, #1)
really liked it
Written as a journal, it was fun to feel like I was glimpsing the world through Beka's eyes. The only part I felt was a bit jarring was the sheer volu ...more
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Nov 21, 2007
Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)
it was amazing
The books in the Dresden Files series just keep getting better. Halfway through the book, new characters were still being introduced, and it felt like ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
The Blood of a Dragon (Ethshar, #4)
it was amazing
As with other of Watt-Evans' books set in Ethshar, it features an unexpected hero, who has to cope with mundane issues in a magical world. The author ...more
not set
Apr 29, 2008
Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar (Tales of Valdemar #4)
did not like it
4/2/09: I've read 9 of the short stories thus far ... and only 3 of them are mildly appealing. So far, this book is a huge disappointment. It definite ...more
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Apr 03, 2009
The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #6)
really liked it
Another enjoyable historical fiction from Philippa Gregory! I very much liked the character of Catalina/Katherine of Aragon, and it was a nice tie-in ...more
not set
Oct 05, 2008
it was amazing
A delightful read!!! :D A good friend loaned me his copy to read & I am ever so pleased to have been exposed to this book! It was a fascinating st ...more
Sep 19, 2008
Sep 14, 2008
Reader and Raelynx (Twelve Houses, #4)
really liked it
Another great novel in this series! I enjoyed seeing all of the characters develop further & to see lots of loose ends get tied up (the appearance ...more
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Jan 08, 2009
The Vondish Ambassador (Ethshar, #10)
really liked it
Another enjoyable journey to the realm of Ethshar, by Mr. Watt-Evans. Like his other works, this is an enjoyable blend of fun fantasy & the amusem ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2009
The Ninth Talisman (The Annals of the Chosen, #2)
really liked it
Another brilliant offering from Watt-Evans, a favorite author of mine for some time. The story flowed very smoothly & even as it drew to a conclus ...more
Dec 2008
Nov 25, 2008
The Well of Shades (The Bridei Chronicles, #3)
really liked it
Another beautifully stirring tale by Juliet Marillier. It has a little bit of everything: historical fiction, sweeping romance, grand adventures, hein ...more
not set
Apr 20, 2009
Dear Birthmother: Thank You for Our Baby
it was amazing
This book was recommended to me as a "classic" in adoption literature, and I would have to concur with this assessment. Originally written in the earl ...more
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Jan 17, 2009
The Snow Queen (Five Hundred Kingdoms, #4)
really liked it
Another amusing romp in The Five Hundred Kingdoms, full of plucky & wry heroes and heroines. If I'd managed to wait to read it for summer, I'd say ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2009
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