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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
4.55
liked it
Although not a bad book, I found this to be the weakest book in the series. But that's beside the point isn't it? If you're reading the whole series y ...more
Jan 2006
Aug 17, 2007
 
Transit to Scorpio (Dray Prescot, #1) (Delian Cycle, #1)
3.57
really liked it
A Conan by any other name would still smell as sweaty...

Technically this is a "Sword and Planet" novel, a quite specific little fantasy sub-genre wher
...more
Jan 1982
Dec 08, 2008
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
4.62
did not like it
sigh.

The Harry Potter series provided an imaginative and exciting, albeit often shallow, experience for five books. Then something happened. Perhaps t
...more
Sep 2007
Aug 17, 2007
 
Alif the Unseen
3.84
it was ok
A fantasy mash-up of computers, jinn, Arab Spring, and ABC Afterschool Special.

This is a rather unsophisticated novel that I think would make more sen
...more
Jul 31, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
 
Fish Tails (Plague of Angels, #3)
3.44
did not like it
I cannot believe I am giving a Sheri Tepper book a one star review, but this book is a horrid mess.

Plot: sequel to Water Rising...the entire Earth is
...more
Dec 20, 2014
Dec 20, 2014
 
The Fallible Fiend (Novarian, #3)
3.57
liked it
L. Sprague De Camp is famous for his numerous light fantasy novels. They are sort of the potato chips of fantasy lit, tasty but not particularly filli ...more
Jan 2008
Feb 01, 2008
 
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15; City Watch #2)
4.37
really liked it
It's hard mixing multiple genres together. Sometimes you get a headache inducing dissonance of clashing notes, sometimes a deafening blare of too much ...more
Jun 2008
Aug 24, 2008
 
Brotherhood of the Wolf (Runelords, #2)
3.83
liked it
Book two is still one of the better fantasy series out there because it struggles to avoid the cliches of the genre. It still fails. It also violates ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 11, 2008
 
Jack of Shadows
4.01
liked it
The nightside thief Jack of Shadows is killed for merely contemplating a theft, but those from the nightside have multiple lives and a thirst for veng ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 19, 2007
 
Throne of the Crescent Moon (The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, #1)
3.63
liked it
A slightly above average traditional Sword & Sorcery fantasy. Instead of using a generic medieval European setting, it uses a generic medieval Mid ...more
Apr 08, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
 
Seventh Decimate (The Great God's War #1)
3.23
liked it
Stephen Donaldson major repeated theme is writing about imperfect men becoming better men, and to be blunt quite often "imperfect" means being some va ...more
Jan 24, 2018
Jan 24, 2018
 
The Corpse-Rat King
3.28
really liked it
Marius follows other people to their battles, then raids the corpses afterwards for loot. It may seem like a low down job, but you have to be clever b ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 22, 2014
 
The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1)
4.14
it was ok
This books opening ends with Logen Ninefingers hanging off a cliff edge with a ravenous orc chomping through his calf, and he desperately pushes himse ...more
Nov 28, 2014
Nov 21, 2014
 
Memory and Dream (Newford, #2)
4.22
liked it
This story is primarily about an painter dealing with (a) her ability to perform magic through her painting and (b) her troubles dealing with the nega ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 21, 2007
 
Fortress Draconis (The DragonCrown War Cycle, #1)
3.95
it was ok
Most fantasy novels are derivative dreck, but this one manages to be boring derivative dreck. I forced myself through 50 pages and this is what I got ...more
Aug 2007
Sep 04, 2007
 
A Night in the Lonesome October
4.22
liked it
This books starts out in such a lightweight tone (Hi - I'm Snuff - I'm a watchdog - I fetch things for my master.) that it always surprises me as it g ...more
Jan 2004
Nov 26, 2007
 
The Magicians (The Magicians #1)
3.49
really liked it
Perhaps "Harry Potter for adults" is not a fully adequate description of this book, but there's good reason why that pops into mind when trying to des ...more
Jan 2011
May 10, 2011
 
The Sleeping Dragon (Guardians of the Flame, #1)
3.97
really liked it
Seven college age role-players get zapped into their fantasy universe. "What was only game suddenly becomes a matter of life...or death!" Um, sorry, g ...more
Jan 2000
Jan 12, 2008
 
The Runestaff (History of the Runestaff, #4)
3.87
liked it
In a decaying society, a hero's fate is bound to a mysterious magical artifact which encompasses his success and his doom. In other words, exactly lik ...more
Jan 2000
Jan 10, 2008
 
Making Money (Discworld, #36; Moist Von Lipwig, #2)
4.24
liked it
There were only a few scenes I liked, so I'm wondering if even 3 stars is more based on my warm feelings for Pratchett rather than the book itself. Th ...more
Jan 20, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
 
The Goblin Emperor
4.04
liked it
The Goblin Emperor is an intimate merging of two stories into a single character and novel. The first story is a detailed depiction of the work of an ...more
Sep 02, 2015
Sep 09, 2015
 
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
3.96
liked it
The story of a dumb blond with large breasts dating a man who is both physically and emotionally cold. There's some murders and stuff, but the book do ...more
Sep 2009
Sep 23, 2009
 
Earthquake Weather (Fault Lines, #3)
3.83
really liked it
A two-fer. A reintegration of old mythologies into modern California, and a recasting of personal struggles within a supernatural framework.

The founda
...more
Apr 18, 2009
Apr 18, 2009
 
Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence, #1)
3.98
really liked it
A satisfying new entry at the border of the urban fantasy genre. It eschews the typical real world setting to create a world where the magic that powe ...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
 
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
4.23
it was ok
This book should be subtitled Harry Potter for Dummies. First, the book has no originality. All it does is take pieces of Greek myths and shove them i ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 08, 2009
 
The Jewel in the Skull (History of the Runestaff, #1)
3.83
liked it
In a decaying society, a hero's fate is bound to a mysterious magical artifact which encompasses his success and his doom. In other words, exactly lik ...more
Jan 2000
Jan 05, 2008
 
Asimov Fantasies: Devils
3.78
liked it
Stories about devils, with about 1/3 being the classic "deal with the devil" style. Contains the classic "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Benet and a ...more
Jan 2000
Jan 31, 2008
 
Exile's Gate (Morgaine Saga #4)
4.08
it was amazing
There is a plot, but it is merely a structure to drape the book over. (Morgaine and Vayne, liege and vassal, ride from world to world to destroy the r ...more
Jan 20, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
 
Another Fine Myth (Myth Adventures, #1)
4.04
really liked it
A humor-fantasy series at the YA level. There are two points that interest me in surveying the series. The first is the little dialogs in most of the ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 15, 2008
 
The Warlock in Spite of Himself (Warlock, #1)
4.02
really liked it
Competent, rising a bit above average but ultimately nothing special. I wish Goodreads had a 3.5 rating for books like this.
Jan 05, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
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