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Priceless (Rylee Adamson, #1)
3.92
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I debated giving this novel a single star - something I typically reserve for DNF books - because it was such a hot mess of inconsis ...more
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
 
The Concrete Jungle (Laundry Files, #1.5)
3.91
it was amazing
THIS is what The Atrocity Archives wanted to be - or, perhaps, what I wanted The Atrocity Archives to be.

Quick-witted, clever Lovecraftian take on the
...more
Jan 10, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
 
Spartan Gold (Fargo Adventure, #1)
3.81
it was ok
I...am having a hard time figuring out what to say about this novel. I believe the "ARGH" pencilled in near the end of the copy I read may say it all. ...more
Aug 14, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
 
In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food
3.67
it was ok
I had high hopes for this book, and it didn't really meet many of them. It's more a collection of vignettes and anecdotes, loosely organized according ...more
Aug 2011
Jul 14, 2011
 
The Breach (Travis Chase, #1)
4.01
really liked it
Be forewarned: This book is BRUTAL.

No, really. It's brutal. While the descriptions are never over the top - for the scenarios involved, the prose is r
...more
Mar 2012
Feb 28, 2012
 
The Legend of Eli Monpress (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #1-3)
4.16
really liked it
Originally read these as three separate editions, but looking forward to the omnibus with its much prettier cover!

SPIRIT THIEF:
An EXCELLENT fantasy de
...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
 
Mogworld
3.88
liked it
This is really more of a two-and-a-half, but I'm being generous on the grounds of "great idea, iffy execution."

This would've made a spectacular short
...more
Oct 15, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
 
Simple Genius (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #3)
3.89
did not like it
I couldn't do it. I just couldn't do it.

The prose is abysmal - clunky and ill-formed, repetitive and childlike - and the mechanics are just...awful. W
...more
Feb 09, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
 
Kraken
3.60
really liked it
An extremely engaging, erudite, and altogether weird book. I think I loved it.

This is NOT a book for everyone - Mieville plays with words, phrases, to
...more
May 29, 2011
Sep 16, 2010
 
Peter and the Vampires
3.91
it was amazing
I really have no idea what I was expecting when I went into this...but it's not the book I got.

And that's GOOD.

I mean, really really good. This is som
...more
Dec 03, 2012
Nov 27, 2012
 
Broken (Extrahumans, #1)
3.48
it was amazing
From start to finish, Broken is snappy, well-paced, and utterly engaging. Although the prose is often stark, it fits well with the bleak, dystopian fu ...more
Jan 27, 2011
Sep 14, 2010
 
Mr Blank (Fill in the Blank, #1)
4.18
it was amazing
It's a classic noir trope that the lead has a mysterious past - but in MR BLANK, Justin Robinson takes it one step further. His narrator has no past a ...more
Nov 04, 2012
May 07, 2012
 
Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!
3.74
did not like it
I couldn't finish. I just couldn't.

It started out promisingly enough - the introduction began as a cheeky recalling of Adams's various attempts to do
...more
not set
Feb 28, 2012
 
The Demon Trapper's Daughter (The Demon Trappers, #1)
4.00
really liked it
GREAT book. Engaging characters, really engrossing world and wonderful world building without getting infodump-y, and a plot that sucks you in from th ...more
Feb 10, 2011
Oct 27, 2010
 
SWELL
3.30
it was ok
Based on the cover art and the description - Christopher Moore meets Neil Gaiman? Sign me up! - I thought I'd enjoy this novel.

I was wrong.

That's not
...more
Feb 06, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
 
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)
4.05
really liked it
**spoiler alert** A solid YA fantasy with an intriguing plot, unusual characters, and well-wrought prose.

I was particularly impressed by the lack of i
...more
Jan 10, 2013
Dec 14, 2012
 
City of Devils (City of Devils #1)
4.40
it was amazing
Life ain't easy for a private eye - especially when you can't go out after dark and the things that go "bump" in the night now run the world. Nick Mos ...more
not set
Jul 16, 2013
 
Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)
3.92
it was amazing
My only complaint, really, is that the original English edition had a MUCH better and more appropriate title and cover.

If you're a fan of Neil Gaiman'
...more
Dec 30, 2012
Jan 11, 2011
 
Dragons Wild (Dragons, #1)
3.69
it was ok
Actual rating: 1.5. Only exceeded 1 because I didn't DNF. Barely.

I wanted to love this book. I really did. It's got a great concept and setting, and t
...more
May 18, 2016
May 18, 2016
 
Beyond Hades (The Prometheus Wars, #1)
3.65
liked it
**spoiler alert** A fast, fun, action-packed SF/F thriller with a solid basis in Greek mythology.

Some of the writing was a little hackneyed for my tas
...more
Dec 27, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
 
The Witches of Chiswick
3.77
it was ok
I wanted to like this book.

I really did.

But damn, did Rankin ever make it difficult.

It's not the self-referential humour or the constant breaking of t
...more
Jan 03, 2011
Dec 30, 2010
 
Blindsight (Firefall, #1)
3.99
it was amazing
This is an extremely difficult, extremely worthwhile book.

It's not an actiony space thriller, even though it deals with an alien invasion.

It's not abo
...more
May 2011
Jan 17, 2011
 
There Goes the Galaxy (There Goes the Galaxy #1)
3.61
really liked it
A very fast, very fun read in the tradition of Douglas Adams.

In fact, it's a pretty darn direct descendant of Hitchhiker's Guide, right down to the ve
...more
Sep 11, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
 
Fat
3.64
liked it
A whole lot of infodumpin' goin' on in this one. That said, the narrative was well-constructed and I did find myself caring about the characters, espe ...more
Sep 21, 2010
Sep 15, 2010
 
Dead Spots (Scarlett Bernard, #1)
3.82
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This is what more urban fantasy should be. Yes, there are vampires and werewolves and witches (oh my!) and yes, there is a hot, dama ...more
Dec 31, 2012
Jan 01, 2013
 
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
4.02
it was amazing
An absolutely phenomenal book, and especially compelling for the first novel in a series. I desperately need to get my hands on the rest of this serie ...more
Jan 15, 2011
Jan 17, 2011
 
On the Train
3.72
really liked it
A bit of an uneven ride - Harry's writing is definitely more developed and skillful than his daughter's, a result of having spent much longer as a pro ...more
not set
Dec 28, 2012
 
Awake (A Fairytale Trilogy #1)
3.66
liked it
A very fine debut from a promising author. This novel details the story of a very self-conscious, unconfident high school girl as she spends her last ...more
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
 
Brooklyn Knight (Piers Knight, #1)
2.96
it was ok
Another book that I really wanted to like, and wound up very disappointed in.

The concept is great - a director/curator/professor at the Brooklyn Museu
...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
 
Whole Lotta Trouble
3.76
liked it
**spoiler alert** The copy I got was billed as a "humorous romantic mystery," which is a little deceptive - it's not a funny novel, despite some cleve ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 08, 2012
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