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Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #3)
it was amazing
Where to begin...

It's too late to start at the beginning, and too soon to start at the end, yet here we are. The final page has been turned, the cover
Sep 10, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
Steel Victory
really liked it
tldr: 4.5 stars - fascinating mixed genre world, very RPG-able, and spurs some DMing advice at the end.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced reviewer e-c
Jun 10, 2015
Jun 06, 2015
Steel Magic
it was amazing
Disclaimer: I read an advanced reviewer copy of this book from the author, who is both a friend and one of the players in my Friday night D&D game ...more
Jul 10, 2016
May 24, 2016
it was amazing
Hellbender is the followup novel to The Devil and Preston Black, but Preston doesn’t actually show up till rather late into the book, and isn’t the fo ...more
Apr 16, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
Nevermore (Supernatural, #1)
liked it
This was a book I wanted to like more than I did. Getting to see the Winchesters in New York City was fun. Sam bitching about the only open spaces bei ...more
Jun 23, 2017
Jun 22, 2017
Steel Blood
it was amazing
Disclaimer: I read an advanced reviewer e-copy of this book from the author, who is a friend (and one of the former players in my Friday night D&D ...more
Jun 18, 2017
Jun 15, 2017
The Devil and Preston Black (Murder Ballads and Whiskey)
it was amazing
4.75 stars
I don’t think reading this on the Appalachian Trail colored my impression too much, but I'll leave it for you to judge.

Preston Black is a
Apr 15, 2015
Apr 06, 2015
The Revelations of Preston Black
really liked it
Things are going well for Preston. He’s with the love of his life, successfully making music with her, and even has a record deal. In fact, he’s on to ...more
May 02, 2015
Apr 27, 2015
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)
really liked it
Leviathan Wakes (or Leviathan Awakes, as the narrator calls it for some reason) is a solid work of sci-fi, providing interesting flawed characters thr ...more
Jul 30, 2013
Jul 01, 2013
Roughing It
liked it
Mark Twain’s Roughing It is a mostly (somewhat?) autobiographical travelogue. I listened to this as an audio book, and I have to say that the reader w ...more
Jul 23, 2011
Jul 03, 2011
Ill Met in Lankhmar (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #1-2)
really liked it
I really enjoyed both the stories and the format of the book, as well as the writing style. Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser are so very clearly the inspira ...more
Nov 25, 2015
Nov 13, 2015
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)
it was amazing
Have you ever just needed to walk? To move, to go, to put one foot in front of the other? Sometimes you start because you’re walking toward something, ...more
Mar 18, 2016
Mar 18, 2016
The Sundered (Star Trek: The Lost Era, 2298)
liked it
The gap of time between the launch of the Enterprise B (and supposed death of James Kirk), and the launch of the Enterprise D spans a solid 60 years. ...more
Jul 03, 2017
Jul 04, 2017
Beasts of New York
it was amazing
Those random books you decide to read just because you need something to read, and aren’t sure what else to grab sometimes end up being amazing. Thoug ...more
Jul 17, 2017
Jul 14, 2017
Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone
did not like it
I picked this book because the title caught my eye, and the blurb on the cover said “Shirley Jackson meets The X-Files in this riveting novel of super ...more
Jan 08, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
Clockwork Angels: The Novel
liked it
I was browsing the new audiobook shelf in the library when I saw this book. Curious, I picked it up to see what it was about. Based on a CD by Rush? R ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Mar 01, 2013
The Lost World, with eBook
really liked it
Fun classic pulp, with 4 not quite cliched protagonists. The plucky journalist wasn't the dumb kid I expected, and I cheered at the unexpected resolut ...more
Jul 18, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
Sten (Sten, #1)
liked it
I picked this up at a used book sale without any idea what it would be like, but figuring that it would be a quick pulpy read. Based on the blurb on t ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
The Field of Swords: Book Three of the Emperor Series
really liked it
I picked this up at the library completely randomly. I had no idea that it was book 3 in the series, just that it started with Caesar in Spain, and wo ...more
Jan 20, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
Actors Anonymous: A Novel
it was ok
This is an interesting book, from a structural standpoint. There are multiple layers of narratives, that all *sort of* come together and interweave in ...more
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
Harbinger (Star Trek: Vanguard, #1)
really liked it
This is the first book in the Vanguard series. Set in the early days of the original series at the very beginning of Kirk’s command of the USS Enterpr ...more
Jun 06, 2011
May 31, 2011
Quarter Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #1)
really liked it
18 year old Ishmael Horatio Wang’s mother, a professor on a corporate world, is killed in an accident. Ishmael is given 90 days to find employment or ...more
Jun 07, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
The Leftovers
really liked it
Disclaimer: Virginia O'Connell received a free copy of this book from the publisher via the Goodreads First Reads program. I got to read it after she ...more
Aug 17, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest For Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, And Other Dwellers Of Imaginary Realms
really liked it
Ethan is a gaming geek and a fantasy freak. He had set aside geeky things for a long time, but has been called back, and he has to decide whether to a ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #1)
it was amazing
Young Prince Jorg is the heir to one of the hundred thrones of the broken empire, and he is a monster. He looks like a pretty normal 14 year old boy, ...more
Jul 31, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
The Unincorporated Man
it was ok
I started off really enjoying this book. The world building was interesting, the characters were decently fleshed out, and the idea of a world in whic ...more
Oct 10, 2016
Sep 26, 2016
Among Thieves (Tales of the Kin, #1)
really liked it
I almost didn’t make it past the first disk of the book. It starts with a kin (member of the underworld) literally over a barrel, and while Drothe’s h ...more
Nov 09, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
Casino Royale
liked it
Bond. James Bond.

It's classic line, isn't it? Now, I'm not a big fan of 007, or of the spy genre in general, but Casino Royale was both very well wri
Mar 16, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
Gulliver's Travels
it was ok
I'm glad that I read this, but it was a bit of a slog by the second half. The story is divided into 4 parts. The first two are the ones that everyone ...more
Mar 18, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
Cugel's Saga
really liked it
The third book of the Dying Earth saga continues to follow Cugel as he once again has to make his way back to revenge himself against the Laughing Mag ...more
Jun 10, 2011
May 31, 2011
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