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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
3.83
really liked it
Engaging characters (& the bibliomystery angle) grabbed me almost immediately & rarely let me go. Tightly plotted mystery within mysteries all ...more
Apr 22, 2017
Feb 21, 2017
 
Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris, #1)
3.81
it was amazing
Abook for those who love books from any angle!

Highly recommended to fantasy fans and those who just love a fun yarn (with more teeth behind the ideas
...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
 
The Library
3.69
really liked it
Amazing collection of six short stories all metafictionally linked (via the 6th story) and all about libraries (and books, bibliophiles, etc.).

I foun
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Apr 28, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
 
October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween
4.03
really liked it
Rereading snippets of this book for the season reminded me how solid and informative an anthology collection can be. The jewels in this book are vario ...more
not set
Oct 21, 2010
 
Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)
4.26
really liked it
Engaging character(s) and solid world building with an intriguing plot that kept me flipping pages long after I should have been asleep. Not as world- ...more
Sep 06, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4.17
it was amazing
Incredible book with more depth than even Michael Chabon can squeeze into his own movie adaptation. If you've ever loved comic books or simply want a ...more
Jan 2001
Apr 23, 2007
 
Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores
3.77
it was amazing
If you love books, this is one of the best anthologies ever! Imagine stories by Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Gene Wolfe, and Nina Kir ...more
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Sep 26, 2008
 
Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
4.20
really liked it
Fascinating amalgam of science, esoterica, and philosophy that neither bored nor pandered to the reader.

Note: I received this via NetGalley for an ho
...more
Jan 09, 2016
Jan 07, 2016
 
Comic Book Fever
3.89
really liked it
I'll confess that this is a purely personal reaction to the book, not necessarily an objective opinion.

I'd give this book two stars if I were simply c
...more
Dec 16, 2016
Sep 15, 2016
 
Justice League of America, Vol. 4: Sanctuary
3.20
it was ok
Sub-par collection of backup stories, vignettes, and the start of a longer mulit-part arc that does not hold together well at all.

This collection mad
...more
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
Foucault's Pendulum
3.89
really liked it
The only reason this dropped to 4 stars is because the first 140 pages or so are nigh-impenetrable exposition and set-up for the remainder of the book ...more
not set
May 09, 2007
 
Batman: Gates of Gotham
3.93
really liked it
Good solid story that both expanded and deepened the "history" of Gotham but also did so without running roughshod over established character continui ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
 
Coliseum Morpheuon Anthology of Dreams
4.67
really liked it
Thinking a lot about this book tonight due to the untimely passing of its publisher, and hoping a few folks will look up Rite Publishing and what hear ...more
not set
Jan 20, 2014
 
Batman: R.I.P.
3.79
did not like it
Batman RIP: WTH?

Morrison's capable of doing incredible things (Doom Patrol, Invisibles), but his Batman work is a bit off the rails from the get-go. N
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not set
Sep 22, 2009
 
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
3.90
it was amazing
May not be for everybody but it was exactly what I needed right now for inspiration & motivation
May 29, 2016
Aug 09, 2015
 
Bedtime for Batman
4.01
really liked it
Great read for my little heroes at bedtime.
Sep 08, 2016
Sep 08, 2016
 
X-Men: Battle of the Atom
3.61
it was ok
What a mess. I enjoyed the first three collections of the time-tossed Original X-Men that led up to this. Then Bendis and company dumped every bad ide ...more
May 20, 2014
May 21, 2014
 
Grants Pass
3.77
really liked it
A very well done anthology of stories about a modern apocalypse and the fabled safe haven of Grants Pass, Oregon. The world falls apart due to bioengi ...more
Aug 06, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
 
The Alchemy of Animation: Making an Animated Film in the Modern Age
4.41
really liked it
Even if you're not interested in animation, this is a great book for breaking down massive creative projects into increments & building teams to m ...more
Feb 19, 2017
Feb 19, 2017
 
Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
3.82
really liked it
If you want to read a great book by a heartfelt and honest optimist, give this a read.

This follow-up memoir to Fox's LUCKY MAN is even better than it
...more
Nov 03, 2010
Nov 02, 2010
 
Krampus: The Yule Lord
4.09
really liked it
Great read with many surprises, more than a few horrific or gross out moments (I'm not too squeamish, but portions of this were a bit bloodier than I ...more
Dec 18, 2013
Dec 11, 2013
 
Titans Vol. 2: Made In Manhattan
3.68
really liked it
Slightly heavy handed but with great heart for & within the characters. Vast improvement from first volume that was Wally & his Amazing Friend ...more
Oct 11, 2017
Sep 30, 2017
 
DK Adventures: Marvel The Avengers: Battle Against Ultron
4.33
it was amazing
Great piece of work by (my friend) Matt Forbeck, who has managed to take 40+ years of highly tangled comics continuity with Ultron and the Avengers an ...more
Apr 27, 2015
Mar 03, 2015
 
The Big Book of Adventure Stories
4.33
liked it
I've read a great many of these stories either as ebooks or in other collections, but for anyone looking for some good solid grounding in the non-fant ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
 
Fantastic Four: Season One
3.42
really liked it
Maybe my expectations were low, but I really was surprised at how much I enjoyed this retooling/retelling of the FF's origins. If nothing else, it cry ...more
Apr 25, 2012
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Apr 26, 2012
 
Edgar Rice Burroughs : Master of Adventure
4.03
really liked it
Loads of fun to read this 40 year old biography/history/bibliography of ERB and get tons of other old and nigh-forgotten books of many authors to read ...more
Jun 30, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
 
Moonheart
4.06
it was amazing
This is an urban fantasy that delivers on every promise it makes; unlike many of the current crop, this book gives you characters to really care about ...more
not set
Jul 12, 2008
 
Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World #1 (Crossovers, #1)
4.59
really liked it
Great reference and fun read of multitudinous cross-overs among genre books and other media by one of the custodians of Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newt ...more
Aug 11, 2011
May 27, 2011
 
Infinity
3.79
it was ok
I respect Jonathan Hickman and have liked some of his work in the past.

What he does with the Avengers just doesn't work for me.

Too many attempts at
...more
Jul 17, 2014
Jul 17, 2014
 
The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1)
3.73
liked it
Fun read with engaging characters, even though there was a tendency building toward & at the climax to be too inside Irene's head with exposition. ...more
Sep 12, 2016
May 16, 2015
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