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Passion Play (River of Souls, #1)
it was ok
I'm glad I only paid a few dollars for this book (I got it at one of the Borders fire sales). My first complaint is that it seemed to be marketed to a ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Sep 06, 2011
Wildfire: A Novel
it was ok
This book is well written, but didn't grab me quite the way its predecessor did. I guess I'm a sucker for love stories, and for most of the plot Firet ...more
Oct 17, 2009
Oct 11, 2009
Some Tame Gazelle
liked it
As other reviewers have noted, this book is not without its flaws. There's not much in the way of A Plot, it's true. However, not everyone has mention ...more
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
Keeping It Real (Quantum Gravity #1)
really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book. The first fifty pages or so felt a little disjointed; as the main character herself expresses it (with regard to someth ...more
Jun 11, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
The Writing Class: A Novel
liked it
I read this book on my best friend's recommendation, and I'm pretty sure I didn't like it as well as she does. It's certainly a good book, and a zip t ...more
Nov 06, 2010
Nov 02, 2010
Lips Touch: Three Times
really liked it
I zipped right through these three stories (they're probably a little on the long side for short stories, but almost certainly too short for novellas. ...more
Mar 18, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
really liked it
This book was certainly gripping. It deals mostly with the youth of the main character, Kvothe, in the form of his own narration to a scribe. He's unl ...more
May 02, 2010
Apr 05, 2010
Pump Six and Other Stories
liked it
These stories were very well written. Bagicalupi's certainly a master of packing a lot of world and characterization into a small number of pages. In ...more
Dec 18, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
The Pattern Scars
really liked it
This book is by turns startling, sad, disturbing, and beautiful. I feel like the less said about the plot, the better (no spoilers!), but the author d ...more
Mar 02, 2013
Mar 02, 2013
The Mirador (Doctrine of Labyrinths, #3)
liked it
Okay, the Felix/Mildmay love-hate dynamic is starting to get a little old at this point. You just want to shake them both, because they really want th ...more
Dec 14, 2009
Dec 12, 2009
Courting Trouble (Rosato & Associates, #7)
really liked it
This is crime-flavored literary cotton candy, made with high-quality sugarfloss. Scottoline does a great job of making it easy to empathize with a her ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 05, 2009
Dragon Prince (Dragon Prince, #1)
it was ok
There's nothing like a good trashy fantasy novel to speed through (or fill up your GoodReads annual goal). Trashy in the sense that it's not that well ...more
May 29, 2012
May 28, 2012
The Virtu (Doctrine of Labyrinths, #2)
really liked it
I thought this was a really enjoyable read. I guess the cyclical nature of the two main characters' relationship can get a little old, but they're bot ...more
Dec 12, 2009
Dec 09, 2009
The Huntsman (Warriors of the Wasteland, #1)
it was ok
I looooved Douglas Hill when I was a kid (ColSec, Last Legionary, etc.), and I was so excited to find this out-of-print edition in an antiquarian book ...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
Magic for Beginners
it was ok
Most of these stories were surreal in a way that seemed somehow disingenuous, like they were supposed to be charming and quirky but really the lack of ...more
Dec 25, 2012
Dec 24, 2012
The City Watch Trilogy
liked it
I have several friends who are absolutely nutty about Discworld. For me, they seem to hold limited appeal. Of course, it may be my own fault for havin ...more
Dec 02, 2009
Nov 25, 2009
Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks, #1)
liked it
It was cute, and certainly something that habitual fans of the genre (which I am not) will enjoy. The cat is lovable. I got annoyed at times with the ...more
Oct 16, 2010
Oct 11, 2010
Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern, #1)
liked it
I've read a LOT of Pern books, all several years ago. I adored them at the time, but suspect I wouldn't be quite so enchanted these days. Still, McCaf ...more
not set
Jun 19, 2010
A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell, #2)
liked it
I enjoyed this, but found it somewhat lacking in zing. The heroine, while admirable and smartly written, spends more time on introspection than in the ...more
Aug 08, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
Heart of Gold
liked it
I enjoyed this, but didn't find it as compelling as other Shinn books I've read. She sort of whacks you in the face with the -SOCIOPOLITICAL COMMENTAR ...more
Nov 22, 2010
Nov 26, 2010
The Associate
it was ok
This is the first Grisham book I've read, and from this (very) limited sample I have to say I don't see why he's so popular. This book wanders through ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
Written on the Body
liked it
My Goodreads shelves are quite arbitrary and fluid. I'm almost calling this one a novel, but the narrative is not especially apparent or cohesive; it' ...more
Jun 21, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
User Friendly
liked it
This is the first Spider Robinson I've ever read. The essays actually stuck with me better than most of the short fiction. The stories were written we ...more
not set
May 31, 2010
The Legend of Nightfall (Nightfall, #1)
it was ok
This is an old-school fantasy novel, pretty light stuff. Despite giving it a relatively low rating, I did blast through it more quickly than either of ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 21, 2011
A Matter of Magic (Mairelon, #1-2)
liked it
I'd call this a solid book from a very talented author. The protagonist is both believable and likeable; the plot moves along at a good clip. Wrede ha ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Oct 23, 2010
Sharp Teeth
liked it
This is an unusual blend of "lit noir", verse, romance, and science fiction. It's definitely unique and the story is strong on plot and character, but ...more
Mar 27, 2010
Mar 28, 2010
really liked it
I vastly preferred this to some of the Discworld novels I've read. It's a little lighter on satire and heavier on character and plot. Pratchett is a w ...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jul 02, 2010
Corambis (Doctrine of Labyrinths, #4)
really liked it
Oh yay, they're finally starting to get it! (That is, Felix and Mildmay.) This was a pleasure to read, with a good balance of action and characters an ...more
Jan 07, 2010
Jan 07, 2010
The Graveyard Book
it was amazing
Wow. Just wow.

I just finished this book last night, and I adored it. Gaiman has done, as usual, a fantastic job creating a different feel to his chara
Feb 08, 2010
Feb 10, 2009
The Resurrectionist
it was ok
Flickers between subtle and over-the-top violent in an unsettling sort of way. Often lyrical, but not much of a page-turner. I always figured that thr ...more
Jun 16, 2010
May 30, 2010
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