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it was amazing
When people force me to choose a single favorite book, I often name this one. It begins as a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Then the time-travelers sho ...more
Jan 2004
Jun 30, 2007
really liked it
In the parallel universe where our evil selves have goatees, Firethorn would be a romance novel. In this one, it's something darker and much more inte ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 20, 2010
The Female Man
it was ok
This is an important book for feminist science fiction, but it's not an entirely successful one. It's all polemic and very minimal plot. Much of the b ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 17, 2010
The Etched City
it was ok
Given the wealth of glowing reviews on the cover, I went in hoping to like this book, but I couldn't. The main problem was that I couldn't connect wit ...more
Mar 2012
Apr 01, 2013
Winter Study (Anna Pigeon, #14)
it was amazing
From the moment the deformed and dying moose staggers in on page 9, Winter Study builds an atmosphere of dread. Something's rotten on Isle Royale Nati ...more
Aug 24, 2008
Aug 25, 2008
The Iron Tree (The Crowthistle Chronicles, #1)
it was ok
Not as good as the author's previous trilogy. Her writing is often lovely, and the places she imagines are fascinating. I love detailed world-building ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 27, 2007
it was amazing
I first read this book in high school and utterly adored it. I was somewhat concerned that a reread might reveal it to be lousy. What a relief to disc ...more
May 2010
not set
not set
Jun 02, 2010
Tam Lin
liked it
Tam Lin's strengths include vivid, immensely sympathetic characters, a strong sense of place, and a loving depiction of the life of the mind at a smal ...more
Sep 24, 2015
Sep 17, 2015
The Hobbit
really liked it
When I re-read The Hobbit in preparation for the upcoming movie, it made me even more excited about the prospect of the movie than I had been. The Hob ...more
Nov 2012
Dec 02, 2012
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
really liked it
Full of rich imagery and a deep sense of dread, Annihilation is a gripping and deeply strange SF/horror novel. Four women–a biologist, a psychologist, ...more
Aug 13, 2015
Aug 14, 2015
The Sword-Edged Blonde (Eddie LaCrosse, #1)
liked it
If this book had been published several decades ago by an author I'd never heard of, I'd have been very pleased with the interesting mix of noir with ...more
Sep 11, 2015
Sep 12, 2015
Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3)
it was amazing
Ancillary Mercy provides a satisfying conclusion to one of the most interesting series of science fiction I've read in many years. This world and the ...more
Jan 15, 2016
Jan 17, 2016
Ascension (Tangled Axon, #1)
liked it
I wanted so much to love this book. The protagonist, a "sky surgeon" or starship mechanic, is a lesbian woman of color! The book has the diversity man ...more
Jun 2014
Jun 01, 2014
Croak (Croak, #1)
it was ok
Croak can be summed up with a four word blurb: Hot Topic: The Novel. For those unfamiliar with it, Hot Topic is a chain of stores with a typical clien ...more
Aug 2014
Sep 18, 2014
The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
it was amazing
This book is magnificent! Stephenson creates a richly developed future world, exploring both the scientific (nanotechnology) and social sides of thing ...more
Jan 2009
Feb 01, 2009
The Doctor and the Dinosaurs (Weird West Tales, #4)
did not like it
This book has a really fun premise–dinosaurs in a steampunk-ish Wild West–but that premise is about all it has going for it. The prose is clunky. The ...more
Apr 13, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
Welcome to Night Vale (Night Vale, #1)
really liked it
If you like the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, then you'll probably enjoy this novel set in the same small desert town where creepy supernatural event ...more
Dec 28, 2015
Dec 29, 2015
Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence, #1)
it was amazing
Three Parts Dead is a really well done fantasy novel that's definitely a bit different from most of what's out there. It's got fantastic, innovative w ...more
Mar 14, 2014
Mar 14, 2014
Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch, #2)
really liked it
I very much enjoyed this sequel to the magnificent Ancillary Justice, if perhaps not quite as much as the original. The premise of the series (a prota ...more
Oct 30, 2015
Oct 30, 2015
The Silvered
really liked it
Fascinating worldbuilding, a gripping plot, and interesting characters make The Silvered a very worthwhile read.

I loved the idea that in a fantasy ki
Jul 2014
Sep 18, 2014
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
really liked it
I read this book in about thirteen hours during a day in which I was supposedly doing several other things, and frankly I would be shocked to find any ...more
Dec 29, 2009
Jan 17, 2010
A Walk in the Woods
it was amazing
Dignity protection warning: this book will make you guffaw in public. I've enjoyed every Bryson book I've read, but this may be my favorite. It tells ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 27, 2007
The Hero and the Crown (Damar, #2)
it was amazing
I'm pretty sure I read this as a preteen, but I'd completely forgotten how awesome it is. Aerin is just the sort of female character I like to see, es ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 18, 2010
Tony Wheeler's Bad Lands
liked it
Bad Lands chronicles Wheeler's travels in the Axis of Evil and other countries with unfriendly governments. It's a fascinating insight into places few ...more
Oct 2011
Nov 12, 2011
it was amazing
I usually love Robin McKinley's books, and this is no exception. Chalice is an elegant, moving high fantasy novel. It tells the story of Mirasol, a yo ...more
May 2010
Jun 02, 2010
The Jigsaw Woman
liked it
Like The Female Man, this falls in the category of "feminist speculative fiction that I really wanted to love, but didn't." The main character, Keelie ...more
Aug 18, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
Justice Hall (Mary Russell, #6)
really liked it
Justice Hall provides another stirring adventure for Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Friends made in an earlier sojourn in Palestine unexpectedly dr ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 26, 2011
Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic, #1)
it was amazing
Skin Hunger is a dark and compelling fantasy novel. It alternates chapters of two separate stories set centuries apart, though some connections manife ...more
Oct 2009
Nov 22, 2009
Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)
liked it
Ethan of Athos is a fun, fast-paced space thriller. Perhaps a little too fast-paced, since there were some intriguing characters and bits of worldbuil ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 01, 2010
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1)
it was amazing
Sherlock Holmes meets a spirited fifteen year-old girl with an intellect to match his own. They fight crime! sounds like the summary of a lousy fanfic ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 16, 2010
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