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Shadows
3.66
it was ok
I hate to say this about one of my absolute favorite authors, but this book is... only okay.

The biggest flaw was the uncertainty McKinley seemed to fe
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Nov 05, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
 
Tam Lin
3.84
really liked it
I actually rather enjoyed this book, but readers should know going in that the fantasy elements are rather... subtle. They only become explicit/certai ...more
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 14, 2015
 
Declare
4.03
liked it
I strongly considered rating this book higher, and I might yet go back and change it.

Good points:

- Strong and believable blending of the mundane and
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not set
Sep 12, 2010
 
Cleopatra 7.2
3.21
it was ok
This felt like a book that wanted to have magic involved, but wanted to pretend it was science. Unfortunately, this amounted to characters saying "It' ...more
Dec 15, 2014
Dec 15, 2014
 
The Twenty-One Balloons
3.96
really liked it
A Newbery Medal book written about 70 years ago, The 21 Balloons is a quick, enjoyable, and imaginative read. I read it once when I was a kid and it s ...more
not set
Aug 28, 2014
 
Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
3.85
it was ok
So, here's the thing. A lot of people love these books, and I can see why. The worldbuilding is great. That being said, the accessibility is terrible! ...more
not set
Jun 22, 2011
 
The Copper Crown (The Tales of Aeron, #1)
4.02
did not like it
This book had an interesting premise, but the writing falls short. The foreign-language terms are far too numerous, and it seems most characters have ...more
not set
Sep 09, 2014
 
Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris, #1)
3.81
liked it
Enjoyed the magic system, but it bogs down the story sometimes as the magic system's limitations aren't totally clearly defined and so some conflicts ...more
not set
May 14, 2012
 
Chronicles of the Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #1-3)
4.20
really liked it
It's played much straighter than I expected - I was sort of expecting slapstick, but this isn't really a humor book. It's epic fantasy, told from the ...more
not set
Aug 04, 2015
 
Steadfast (Elemental Masters #8)
3.73
it was ok
I enjoy the Elemental Masters series, but the close similarities between this and "Reserved for the Cat" made the beginning feel tedious, a bit like a ...more
not set
Jul 10, 2014
 
The Player of Games (Culture, #2)
4.26
really liked it
It was okay. It starts very slowly and is a little too self-congratulatory about how amazing and wonderful the Culture is. Once the main character act ...more
not set
Nov 18, 2016
 
The Grand Tour (Cecilia and Kate, #2)
3.65
liked it
Not nearly as enjoyable as Sorcery & Cecelia. It suffered from a lack of clarity about the stakes. While there were quite momentous and dangerous ...more
not set
Jun 18, 2014
 
This Time of Darkness
4.23
it was amazing
Oh my God, I'm glad I ran across the title of this book again because I read it as a kid and let me tell you, it was THE BEST. Why is there not more f ...more
Jan 1995
Feb 22, 2016
 
The Court of the Air (Jackelian, #1)
3.30
liked it
Need to re-read it. Different, certainly, kind of steampunky... I really enjoyed the portrayal of the "steamman" race in the books... believably robot ...more
May 25, 2009
May 26, 2009
 
Stormqueen!  (Darkover - Chronological Order #3)
3.90
liked it
Started off well and intriguingly. Ended disappointingly, apparently mired in some desire to be "gritty" and "shocking."

Nice first half, but the endin
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not set
Nov 21, 2014
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.95
it was amazing
I read this book last summer. It was amazing. An incredibly beautifully written romance shares words seamlessly with a really interesting look at how ...more
Jun 2008
May 26, 2009
 
Black Dogs Part One: The House of Diamond
3.96
liked it
Pretty good. Honestly, I expected to enjoy it more after reading her Livejournal for so many years. Still, I believe this was her first effort at book ...more
May 2009
Jun 03, 2009
 
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street (Transmetropolitan, #1)
4.23
it was amazing
This comic book series is quite crude and shocking. But it is also quite good. I very much recommend it, I just want people to know what they're getti ...more
Feb 2009
Jun 03, 2009
 
Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (Cecelia and Kate, #1)
4.01
really liked it
If you enjoy fantasy and liked Pride & Prejudice, you'll likely take to this.

It also pleasantly reminded me of Court Duel by Sherwood Smith
not set
Jun 18, 2014
 
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
4.25
it was amazing
It would not be an overstatement, I feel, to say that this was one of my formative books. Excellent even when re-read years later, this book really ma ...more
Jan 1995
Sep 23, 2007
 
The Sable Quean (Redwall, #21)
4.12
really liked it
I would have rated this a two, but am giving it a four purely for the illustrations, easily the best of any Redwall novel.
Apr 07, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
 
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
3.70
it was ok
Decidedly sub-par. A disappointment after P&P&Z. Sloppily done and hard to believe, didn't really have any magic to it.
not set
Apr 08, 2010
 
Bleeding Violet
3.63
liked it
some quite brilliant stuff (like the opening) counterbalanced by lazy writing and apparent deus ex machina
not set
Apr 28, 2017
 
Dream A Little Dream: A Tale of Myth And Moonshine
3.72
did not like it
got this in a bundle, realized 10% of the way through that I had zero interest in what happened next
not set
May 03, 2017
 
Jennifer Government
3.65
it was ok
I was pretty hopeful about this book... I was disappointed when it ended up only being "okay at best."
Aug 2011
Sep 02, 2011
 
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
4.10
it was amazing
It's funny how frequently people end up unhappy as a result of choices they've freely made. Dan Ariely is a behavioral economist at MIT, and he uses t ...more
Mar 07, 2012
May 29, 2009
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
it was amazing
A surprisingly good read! Really fantastic speculation here. The premise is that an incurable disease has broken out which causes people to act, physi ...more
Dec 2007
Aug 12, 2007
 
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
3.96
did not like it
You know, if your book has no point, please do us all a favor by not writing it.
not set
Apr 07, 2010
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.57
liked it
Neither the best nor the worst book ever written. Enjoyable. Readable.
Jan 2009
May 26, 2009
 
Sweet Dreams Are Made Of Teeth
4.00
really liked it
a very strange and creepy book, yet enjoyably unique
not set
Nov 09, 2016
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