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Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
4.10
it was ok
This one has been getting a lot of praise, but it didn't do much for me. Although I liked the premise––a strong heroine with a moral dilemma! danger a ...more
Mar 23, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
 
Melting Stones (Circle Reforged, #2)
3.83
it was ok
I fell in love with Tamora Pierce's books at the age of about 10 or 11 and because of this I still have a great deal of affection for her writing. I l ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle, #3)
4.04
liked it
To me this reads rather like Diana Wynne Jones trying to write a book that would translate perfectly into a Hayao Miyazaki movie. This sets it apart f ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 07, 2008
 
Moonwise
3.95
it was amazing
A tangled wild wood of a book, written in a sort of low Jacobean style that I found mostly delightful but occasionally infuriating. It's a quest story ...more
Feb 21, 2009
not set
Sep 17, 2008
 
The Explosionist
3.47
it was ok
I really wanted to like this; and in some ways I did. It's set in a very interesting alternate history, and the details about this alternate world's p ...more
Jun 26, 2009
May 29, 2009
 
The Shadow Speaker
3.95
liked it
The world this book creates is fantastic. It brims over with creativity and ideas. Ultimately, however, I felt that the plot and characters fell a bit ...more
Mar 25, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
 
The Fall of the Towers
3.62
really liked it
Samuel R. Delany keeps blowing my mind, and all I've read so far is his early stuff--practically juvenilia. I can't wait to get my hands on some of th ...more
May 02, 2011
May 07, 2011
 
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
3.83
it was ok
I read this partly out of a sense of duty--I sell children's books, and want to be able to give useful feedback when someone asks me about this series ...more
Feb 17, 2010
Mar 01, 2010
 
Ghost Summer: Stories
4.09
liked it
Tananarive Due takes fairly standard-issue speculative fiction scenarios - a ghost story, a zombie story, a pandemic story - and makes them come alive ...more
Jan 14, 2017
Jan 14, 2017
 
The Years of Rice and Salt
3.72
liked it
I enjoyed reading this, and sped through it. Seeing what things Robinson would come up with was interesting, and I liked the way the structure of foll ...more
Jan 07, 2010
Feb 05, 2010
 
In the Palace of Repose
3.65
really liked it
A collection of beautifully written, oblique yet highly readable stories that skirt the uncertain boundaries of fantasy. Some fall clearly within the ...more
Nov 29, 2009
Nov 29, 2009
 
The Dubious Hills
3.66
liked it
I feel I should have liked this more than I did. I did like the poetry spells, but grew frustrated with the characters. Will try rereading it sometime ...more
Jun 25, 2006
May 11, 2009
 
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5)
3.92
liked it
Only worth reading if you've read his other books (or at least The Name of the Wind), this is typical Rothfuss: full of meticulous details, probably a ...more
Sep 21, 2016
Sep 30, 2016
 
The Lost Conspiracy
4.11
liked it
I liked this a lot; the world is rich and creative and the tale exciting. But I didn't quite love it. In all of Hardinge's books so far there's been s ...more
Oct 27, 2009
Nov 05, 2009
 
Cold Fire (The Circle Opens, #3)
4.06
liked it
**spoiler alert** I really liked the worldbuilding of the city (ice-skating on the frozen canals!) and the moral complexity of the story. And I love D ...more
Jan 2002
Mar 01, 2009
 
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1)
4.03
really liked it
I was struck by how my experience of reading this book differed from the conversation around it, which seems to be mostly defining the book as a hard- ...more
Jun 09, 2015
Jun 10, 2015
 
Ninefox Gambit (The Machineries of Empire #1)
3.88
really liked it
Yoon Ha Lee does this thing of combining military science fiction with rather intricately aestheticized worldbuilding in a way that is very much my ja ...more
Dec 23, 2016
Apr 15, 2016
 
Travel Light
3.95
really liked it
Charming, melancholy fairy-tale of a book: girl is raised by bears and dragons, wanders through a landscape that is loosely that of Dark Ages Europe. ...more
Dec 22, 2008
Dec 22, 2008
 
Summers at Castle Auburn
4.02
liked it
The weirdest thing about this book was that I read it shortly after finishing reading George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire books (those published ...more
Jul 28, 2012
Feb 18, 2014
 
Snow Crash
4.03
liked it
Fantastic popcorn reading: like watching a great trashy action flick with a healthy load of geeky imagination thrown in. Too bad the biology isn't as ...more
Apr 17, 2008
Apr 16, 2008
 
Red Shift
3.59
really liked it
Good but very dense, and compact, very strange... This reminded me of Beckett more than anything, which is an odd thing to say of an ostensibly young ...more
Jul 17, 2010
Feb 28, 2009
 
The Changeover:  A Supernatural Romance
4.08
liked it
I remember reading this when I was quite young--7 or 8, I think--and thinking it was absolutely amazing. Rereading it now, for the first time in over ...more
Jan 1995
Jun 30, 2007
 
The Speed of Dark
4.01
really liked it
I really liked this. It gets you inside the narrator's head and I found it utterly gripping. One of those books that makes you think about being human ...more
Apr 10, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
 
Winter of Magic's Return
4.27
really liked it
This is one of those books that I loved when I was a kid and that I'd be afraid to go back and reread now in case it is not that good. At a certain po ...more
Jan 1996
May 11, 2009
 
Fahrenheit 451
3.98
really liked it
A classic, the good kind. Scary and beautifully written and very short, so you have no excuse for not reading it.
Jan 1996
May 08, 2009
 
The Iron Ring
3.82
really liked it
One of my favorite Alexanders as a kid (after Prydain, naturally). Relatively unappreciated.
Jan 1997
May 11, 2009
 
Squire (Protector of the Small, #3)
4.28
liked it
The best of the Protector of the Small series, in my opinion.
Jan 2001
Mar 01, 2009
 
Trickster's Choice (Daughter of the Lioness, #1)
4.28
did not like it
My least favorite Tamora Pierce book. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing: I love Tamora Pierce on the whole. But I could not stand Aly, the main char ...more
Jan 2003
Mar 01, 2009
 
Switchers (Switchers, #1)
3.80
really liked it
I loved this book as a 10-year-old.
Oct 1997
Feb 28, 2009
 
Raven Stratagem (The Machineries of Empire, #2)
4.20
liked it
Space opera with an anti-imperialist ethos, set in a universe whose governing mechanisms are delightfully baroque. I am here for this (and pretty much ...more
Jul 08, 2017
Jan 15, 2017
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