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The Tomb (Repairman Jack, #1; Adversary Cycle, #2; The Secret History of the World)
4.05
did not like it
The only book I have read in the "Repairman Jack" series, and, I think, the last.
Repairman Jack is a below-the-radar fixit guy that "repairs" problems
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not set
Dec 18, 2008
 
A Canticle for Leibowitz
3.98
really liked it
I remember reading an old first edition paperback as a teen and having my cousin's confirmation teacher disapprove of it. Want to make a curious teen ...more
not set
Aug 31, 2007
 
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)
3.91
liked it
First the good stuff: I liked this book, although it reads more like urban fantasy than the mystery book it was sold to me as. I especially liked how ...more
not set
Apr 27, 2008
 
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
3.97
really liked it
What a world this guy wrote up. At first it was hard getting my head around some of the beings in this place, but Mieville helps by going deep and giv ...more
not set
Aug 31, 2007
 
The Best Ghost Stories Of Algernon Blackwood
4.17
really liked it
Creepy. Master of atmosphere. Guy can spook with a phrase.
not set
Dec 25, 2007
 
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, #1)
3.70
it was ok
Basic premise: Well, it's in the title, so never mind.
This reads like a Lincoln bio retro-fitted to have vampire stuff in it. A lot of footnotey stuf
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not set
Jul 01, 2012
 
Seven for a Secret (New Amsterdam, #2)
3.72
it was ok
Lurid cover, blurb describes werewolves and vampires and sorcery, first chapter has a couple of school girls kissing. Think this book is going to be p ...more
not set
Aug 26, 2009
 
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
4.21
really liked it
I came relatively late to the Hyperion series (I think Hyperion was originally published over 20 years ago) and in fact was unfamiliar with Dan Simmon ...more
not set
Apr 03, 2009
 
The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #4)
4.16
liked it
Simmons' technical skills as a writer greatly increased in the decade plus from the publication of Hyperion to Rise of Endymion. However, this finale ...more
not set
Apr 15, 2009
 
Lamentation (Psalms of Isaak, #1)
3.70
liked it
I enjoyed this fantasy novel. It's set in a world with pre-industrialized cultures, although it is intimated that that wasn't necessarily the case. In ...more
not set
Aug 20, 2009
 
Mean Streets (Remy Chandler, #1.5; Greywalker, #3.5; Nightside, #9.5; The Dresden Files, #10.5)
4.01
liked it
An collection of four novellas by today's hottest writers of the trendy new genre blend of hardboiled noir with urban fantasy. I call it 'para-noir.' ...more
May 24, 2009
Apr 20, 2009
 
London Revenant
3.45
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Dark and disorienting, this novel reads like one of the protagonist's narcoleptic hallucinations. The central conceit of this book i ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 04, 2007
 
Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)
3.61
liked it
What is it about contemporary fantasists from the UK? They love to have crazy weird characters in gritty urban landscapes. But the urban settings all ...more
not set
Dec 17, 2008
 
Shadows Bend: A Novel of the Fantastic and Unspeakable
2.76
did not like it
The central conceit of this novel is that the prolific pulp fiction writers H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Howard (who had a friendship by correspondence b ...more
not set
Sep 06, 2008
 
Underground (Greywalker, #3)
3.86
liked it
Definitely the best of the Greywalker series so far. Richardson has fleshed out her main character (who gained her 'grewalking' abilities after being ...more
not set
Apr 02, 2009
 
City of the Dead (The Rising #2)
3.86
it was ok
Story takes off where the cliff hanger ending of "The Rising" stops. The gore and detailed, horrific deaths of individual characters gets a little wor ...more
not set
Dec 27, 2007
 
Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10)
4.44
really liked it
This latest entry of the Dresden Files has our hapless wizard ensnared in another convoluted plot, this time one hatched by our favorite fallen angels ...more
not set
Dec 07, 2008
 
Three Man-eaters of Lion-Camel Mountain
4.00
really liked it
This book is the 24th in what was called the "Monkey series," which was an illustrated adaptation of a classic Chinese fantasy story called "Journey t ...more
not set
Sep 23, 2007
 
A Winter Haunting
3.58
really liked it
This could be a kind of sequel to Summer of Night (a great horror book much in the style of Stephen King)but the horror depicted is more psychological ...more
not set
Sep 25, 2007
 
The Last Light of the Sun
3.91
really liked it
Kay is a master of historical fantasy. Obviously modeled on Northern European history, especially Vikings and the British Isles, Kay also shows this w ...more
not set
Oct 19, 2008
 
Nekropolis (Matt Richter, #1)
3.69
it was ok
Waggoner must read a lot of Simon R. Green
not set
Dec 25, 2010
 
Ariel: A Book of the Change
3.63
liked it
I really liked this book even though it has some problems. For example, a lot of the combat scenes in the book seem unrealistic and no one ever tries ...more
not set
Oct 20, 2007
 
Blade of the Immortal, Volume 1: Blood of a Thousand
4.11
really liked it
This manga series is part revenge story, part redemption story and part political intrigue story set in feudal Japan. Lots of ronin and ninja types ch ...more
not set
Sep 23, 2007
 
Dreamcatcher
3.60
did not like it
Ever notice how if there's a retarded kid or a working class black dude in a Stephen King book they actually have some kind of supernatural powers? Th ...more
not set
Oct 08, 2007
 
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
4.55
really liked it
A very well written book with an interesting premise. A mild mannered inn-keeper (calls himself Kote) in a backwater village is found to be an infamou ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2008
 
Three Days to Never
3.64
liked it
Described on the back as "genre-bending" (which it is, I guess) this novel is full of theoretical physics and Kabbalahism all mumbo-jumbofied and, kin ...more
not set
Jan 30, 2008
 
Nightlife (Cal Leandros #1)
3.64
liked it
Urban fantasy about two brothers running from some supernatural beings, the Aufes (which are really cruel, cunning elves--their reputations mellowed b ...more
not set
Jul 29, 2008
 
Bridge of Birds (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, #1)
4.30
really liked it
Truly "a novel of an ancient China that never was"although the story is set in the milieu of Chinese mythology and history. The novel starts as a youn ...more
not set
Sep 24, 2007
 
Magic Time (Magic Time #1)
3.55
liked it
I liked the book fine. Doesn't really break out of the standard post-apo conventions--stayed engaging and entertaining. I thought the pay off for stic ...more
not set
Mar 02, 2008
 
The Rising (The Rising #1)
3.77
liked it
Pretty good zombie book, with a new take on why zombies are zombies. It's not a virus, and human corpses aren't the only things being reanimated...
Kee
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not set
Dec 26, 2007
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