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The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith Yes. I read this because I heard it was j.k. Rowling. I thought maybe this would be the perfect intro into a genre that I have not really ventured into, but I have to admit, I found it a little dull. Most of the book was just conversations with very little action. I liked the main characters and wanted to find out what would happen to them but I was bewildered by the minor characters and had a hard time keeping them straight. The long build up and climax all felt like "info dumps" instead of action. Maybe this is what detective fiction is like, and if so, I'll stick to sci fi, or the Dresden files, or Harry Potter

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History - S.C. Gwynne Very factual but overall underwhelming. Very little of the book dealt with Quanah, while most of it dealt with military events in unnecessarily minute detail. The writing quality at the sentence level was often confusing and sloppy. The "real story" should have been (SPOILER ALERT) Quanah Parker's complete transformation from violent warrior of the plains into a docile white mans pet. That was the real story and that's what I hoped to get insight into, but no commentary was offered. It was not a biography of Quanah Parker. It was a military history of the Texas - Commanche battles of the middle 1800's and it should have been publicized as such. Ok, I admit. I learned a few things but it could have been a decent National Geographic article, not a full length book. Very interesting subject matter but handled only fair, in my opinion.

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings - What is there to say? Its my favorite book of all time. I have read it maybe seven or eight times and it feels different every time. Much better than the movies (which are awesome!)

The Map of Time

The Map of Time - Nick Caistor, FĂ©lix J. Palma An amazing book! A very unique premise for a novel. Clever interweaving of several historical events around the end of the 1800's in London. Great characters and beautiful writing. One of the most original books I have ever read. Read it! You will be blown away!

The Hobbit

The Hobbit - I love The Hobbit, but I can't help thinking that I would like it more without the narrator voice. But then again, it hooked me when I was 12 and it wasn't until years later that I was able to tackle the more adult, serious tone of The Lord of the Rings and fully appreciate the masterpiece that it is. So The Hobbit served its purpose as a juicy appetizer. It still holds up after many many re-readings.

Leviathan Wakes: Book One of the Expanse series

Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey Even better the second time! Very nuanced and dealt with issues of morality in a substantial way.

The Watchers

The Watchers - Jon Steele This book was a departure from the usual stuff I read, but it turned out being one of the most engrossing, absorbing books I have ever read. Amazingly drawn characters and the mood and "scenery" were completely visceral. I can't wait for the next book.

The Troupe

The Troupe - Robert Jackson Bennett I found it hard to get into this book. It was atmospheric but the almost non- existent plot made no sense to me. It felt like solid writing but even when it aw sover I really had no idea what happened.

River of Blue Fire

River of Blue Fire - Tad Williams Although Tad Williams seems to take longer than is necessary to tell his story, I really enjoyed this book. Great characters and some awesomely crazy scenes but it never was too wacko to believe it. A big ok but a great page turner. Epic story

Changes (Dresden Files, Book 12)

Changes (Dresden Files, Book 12) - Jim Butcher I have thoroughly enjoyed every Dresden book and this was no exception.

Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, Book 11)

Turn Coat - Jim Butcher Still awesome after 11 books. Great characters, nuanced plot, big monsters. What else do you need?

Ready Player One

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline This book rocked! Great plot, characters, pacing, and even though it's a digital geek-fest it says a lot about reality and society and where we might be heading. Totally fun! A slam dunk with all the eighties pop culture references

The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles Series #2)

The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles Series #2) - Incredible! I read the first book, The Name of the Wind, and this book back to back and there was not one dull patch, although there were not a lot of action scenes. A very non-traditional plot structure with no huge climax, but still riveting. This is the best long story I have read since The Lord of the Rings.

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles Series #1)

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss I've read it twice, and will keep reading it! Non-traditional plot structure but never a dull moment. Riveting writing and terrific characters. Even better on the re-read. This may be my favorite book (other than Lord of the Rings). The sequel is even better!

Genesis

Genesis - Bernard Beckett A fascinating novella that contemplates the nature of consciousness and ideas. It was like a great novel with all the extraneous set-up and exposition taken out, leaving only the central conflict. Only 150 pages but more meaningful that most novels

Into the Wild

Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer I read the book, saw the movie, and listened to the brilliant soundtrack (and still do all the time) and this story haunted me deeply for a long time.