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Anno Dracula (Anno Dracula, #1)
did not like it
Boy, was this ever a chore. It was a long way to go for not very much. The premise is mildly interesting, but the story is superficial and doesn't del ...more
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
The Blade Itself (The First Law #1)
really liked it
So refreshing after reading The Wise Man's Fear (truly execrable). Abercrombie knows how to write action, and how to pace it, but he also creates seve ...more
Jun 13, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
really liked it
I gave Dean Koontz a few tries, but he never clicked for me. King, however, is a guilty pleasure I can get behind. He's produced his share of garbage ...more
Jul 13, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman #1)
it was ok
Read this on a recommendation after being disappointed (perhaps that's too strong a word) by other Gaiman books. It was fine, but since I'd heard this ...more
Jun 27, 2012
Jun 28, 2012
Before They Are Hanged (The First Law #2)
liked it
Didn't grab me like the first in the series, but Abercrombie on his worst day (so far) is miles above Patrick Rothfuss on his best. I can't help but c ...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
it was ok
Enjoyable in a lazy, there's-nowhere-I-need-to-be kind of way. The character development is unhurried, a rather sedate coming-of-age story punctuated ...more
Mar 16, 2012
Mar 01, 2012
The Daylight War (Demon Cycle, #3)
liked it
I always enjoy these books more at the start than at the end, and not just because Brett's endings leave me a little flat. I have the sense starting o ...more
May 03, 2013
May 22, 2013
Warlock: A Novel of Ancient Egypt
liked it
It's embarrassing to have read another one of these Smith books while I've still got Catch-22, The Executioner's Song, and Treasure Island on my list. ...more
Nov 14, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
liked it
Clarke is fun to read. It was easy to forget (for me, at least) that this book was completed in the early 21st century, not 200 years earlier. Old-fas ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
did not like it
I don't know if I can read any more of this guy. Kvothe is just too almighty amazing in every way, yet somehow it's still the story of Kvothe the unde ...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
Last Argument of Kings (The First Law #3)
liked it
Plain vanilla conclusion to the series, filling in details, delivering comeuppances, and generally tying up loose ends. The most interesting character ...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
liked it
I figured I'd come for the controversy and stay for the story, but the dust-up—see what I did there—seems overblown. As fantasy fare, the book is fair ...more
Mar 30, 2012
Jul 14, 2010
Mistborn (Mistborn, #1)
liked it
The inventive "magical" system introduced in Mistborn: The Final Empire drew me in quickly, and I enjoyed the gradual reveal as more details were expl ...more
Mar 25, 2011
Dec 25, 2010
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
it was ok
Miéville creates a world that I might enjoy exploring in additional books, despite its rather dark aspect. My main problem with Perdido Street Station ...more
Dec 15, 2010
Nov 14, 2010
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
really liked it
This was much more fun to read out loud (to a rapt audience) than when I tackled it as a pre-joy-of-fatherhood twenty-something (wow, was it that long ...more
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
The Quest
did not like it
These books just keep getting weirder. Taita's story has been, at times, graphic, improbable, gruesome, and fabulous, but it always remained entertain ...more
May 12, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
liked it
Didn't have the same impact it did when I was twelve, and I certainly don't remember all the God talk. Was that always in there? The story's a classic ...more
Jul 2012
Jun 18, 2012
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
liked it
Finally finished... It took three-and-a-half months to read the whole thing out loud, about as long as it took to read Infinite Jest silently to mysel ...more
Oct 22, 2012
Jul 01, 2012
Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King (The Guardians, #1)
it was ok
This was a big hit at bedtime, even though it seemed a little abstract to me. There was endless questioning as we worked through the plot together ("W ...more
May 06, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
The Scar (Bas-Lag, #2)
liked it
I enjoyed this book much more than Perdido Street Station, in part because it focused on fewer main characters, but painted them in richer detail. Aga ...more
May 04, 2011
Sep 08, 2010
Dominion (The Coldfire Trilogy, #0.5)
it was ok
Utterly forgettable. Just a few months after reading this book, I couldn't remember a single thing of substance about it. It may provide additional co ...more
Jun 30, 2013
Sep 27, 2016
The Lost Gate (Mither Mages, #1)
it was ok
According to the author's bombastic afterword, this book was 30 years in the making. He developed the system of magic early, then toyed with character ...more
Dec 25, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
it was ok
There were really only three interesting characters in this book, and the main protagonist wasn't one of them. Turns out the main villian isn't that i ...more
Feb 03, 2011
Jan 01, 2011
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas
really liked it
So interesting to read the original after only having seen dramatic adaptations. The details of Christmas Past never made much of an impression on me ...more
Nov 27, 2012
Dec 01, 2012
The Anvil of the World
liked it
Only the second Kage Baker book I've read, I found it a little less enjoyable than The House of the Stag. Anvil was much more light-hearted, which is ...more
Jul 28, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
it was ok
This short book was painful at times, mostly due to the affected language of the title character. It's just a style thing, but it didn't appeal to me. ...more
May 29, 2011
May 31, 2011
Toys Go Out
liked it
Read this mostly to Zane (6), whose sprawling menagerie of stuffies guaranteed he would identify with StingRay, Lumphy, and Plastic. It took a little ...more
Oct 27, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
liked it
Held little appeal when read recently for myself, but very enjoyable when read aloud. The boys, six and nine, were fascinated by the macabre end faced ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 06, 2012
really liked it
A great, super-fast read that I'll definitely try with the boys. I still remember the 1975 television special (I was six), and I think it did the stor ...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)
it was ok
Gave the second series book a try, but probably won't start the third one. The characters/magic system just aren't compelling enough to keep going (at ...more
Mar 28, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
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