Reviews by Author

This site began in 2004 as a personal listing of what I’d been reading. These days I put more time into it, but older “reviews” tend to be brief and sometimes cryptic. I include them here, however, since they can help interested readers triangulate my tastes. Feel free to comment on them, though: I do get notified of comments on the old posts, so I’ll see it and probably reply.

First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie (4 stars)
Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham (4 stars)

Prince of Nothing Trilogy by R Scott Bakker (3 stars)
Neuropath by R. Scott Bakker (2 stars)
Transition by Iain M. Banks (1 star)
Surface Detail by Iain M Banks (4 stars)
Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (3 stars)
Lighthouse Duet by Carol Berg (3 stars)
The Manual of Detection by Jedidiah Berry (4 stars)
The Etched City by KJ Bishop (3 stars)
Jhereg by Steven Brust (3 stars)
Taltos by Steven Brust (3 stars)
Teckla by Steven Brust (4 stars)
Yendi by Steven Brust (3 stars)
A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold (4 stars)
Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold (4 stars)
Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold (4 stars)
Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold (4 stars)
Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold (3 stars)
Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold (3 stars)
Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold (4 stars)
Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold (3 stars)
The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold (4 stars)
Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold (4 stars)
Storm Front by Jim Butcher (3 stars)
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (4 stars)

Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card (3 stars)
Bones of the Moon by Jonathan Carroll (3 stars)
Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll (4 stars)
Sleeping in Flame by Jonathan Carroll (3 stars)
The Final Solution by Michael Chabon (4 stars)
Hammerfall by CJ Cherryh (2 stars)
Regenesis by CJ Cherryh (4 stars)
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang (4 stars)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (4 stars)
The Dragon Never Sleeps by Glen Cook (4 stars)
Little, Big by John Crowley (3 stars)

Secret Country Trilogy by Pamela Dean (4 stars)
Way of the Pilgrim by Gordon R Dickson (3 stars)
First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson (3 stars)
Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson (3 stars)
House of Niccolo by Dorothy Dunnett (5 stars)

Belgariad by David Eddings (4 stars)
Mallorean by David Eddings (3 stars)
Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson (3 stars)
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson (4 stars)
House of Chains by Steven Erikson (4 stars)
Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson (4 stars)
Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson (4 stars)
Reaper's Gale by Steven Erikson (4 stars)
The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson (4 stars)
Night of Knives by Ian C Esslemont (3 stars)

Black Sun Rising by CS Friedman (3 stars)
Madness Season by CS Friedman (2 stars)

Stardust by Neil Gaiman (3 stars)
Thunderer by Felix Gilman (3 stars)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (4 stars)
Commonwealth Saga by Peter F Hamilton (4 stars)
Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein (4 stars)
Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb (5 stars)
Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb (4 stars)
Tawny Man Trilogy by Robin Hobb (3 stars)

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (3 stars)

Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones (3 stars)

Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay (3 stars)
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (4 stars)
Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay (4 stars)
The Rose and the Entire by Kay Kenyon (2 stars)
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress (3 stars)

Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem (3 stars)
Moneyball by Michael Lewis (3 stars)
Magic For Beginners by Kelly Link (5 stars)
Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (4 stars)

Stone Canal by Ken MacLeod (3 stars)
The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod (3 stars)
The Light Ages by Ian R. Macleod (3 stars)
The Great Wheel by Ian R Macleod (3 stars)
A Song of Ice and Fire 1 – 4 by George R R Martin (3 stars)
Counting Heads by David Marusek (3 stars)
Book of Knights by Yves Maynard (4 stars)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (4 stars)
Riddle-master Trilogy by Patricia McKillip (4 stars)
Positively Fifth Street by James McManus (3 stars)
Embassytown by China Miéville (3 stars)
Iron Council by China Miéville (3 stars)
Kraken by China Miéville (3 stars)
The City & the City by China Miéville (2 stars)
The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller (3 stars)
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (4 stars)
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore (2 stars)
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (4 stars)
Watchmen by Alan Moore (5 stars)
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan (3 stars)
Silverlock by John Myers Myers (4 stars)

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness (4 stars)
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (3 stars)
Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund (2 stars)

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (4 stars)

Engineer's Trilogy by KJ Parker (2 stars)
Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake (2 stars)
Anubis Gates by Tim Powers (4 stars)
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (3 stars)

The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (4 stars)
Salt by Adam Roberts (2 stars)
Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson (2 stars)
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (4 stars)
Air by Geoff Ryman (4 stars)

Berserkers: The Beginning by Fred Saberhagen (3 stars)
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (4 stars)
Mistborn Trilogy by Brandson Sanderson (4 stars)
Old Man's War by John Scalzi (3 stars)
The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (3 stars)
Olympos by Dan Simmons (3 stars)
Talion: Revenant by Michael Stackpole (4 stars)
Anathem by Neal Stephenson (4 stars)
Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson (2 stars)
Schismatrix by Bruce Sterling (4 stars)
Blade of Tyshalle by Matthew Stover (4 stars)
Heroes Die by Matthew Stover (4 stars)
Family Trade by Charles Stross (3 stars)
Singularity Sky by Charles Stross (3 stars)
No Present Like Time by Steph Swainston (2 stars)
Year of Our War by Steph Swainston (4 stars)
Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick (4 stars)

City of Pearl by Karen Traviss (3 stars)
The King of Attolia by Megan Whelan Turner (4 stars)
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whelan Turner (4 stars)
The Thief by Megan Whelan Turner (4 stars)
Conspiracy of Kings by Meghan Whelan Turner (4 stars)

Dying Earth by Jack Vance (3 stars)
The Dragon Masters by Jack Vance (4 stars)
The Eyes of the Overworld by Jack Vance (3 stars)
Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge (3 stars)

Starfish by Peter Watts (4 stars)
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams (3 stars)
War of the Flowers by Tad Williams (4 stars)
Book of the Long Sun by Gene Wolfe (5 stars)
Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe (5 stars)
Book of the Short Sun by Gene Wolfe (5 stars)
Castleview by Gene Wolfe (3 stars)
Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe (5 stars)
Free Live Free by Gene Wolfe (4 stars)
Home Fires by Gene Wolfe
Innocents Aboard by Gene Wolfe (3 stars)
Solder of Arete by Gene Wolfe (4 stars)
Soldier in the Mist by Gene Wolfe (4 stars)
Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe (3 stars)
The Sorcerer's House by Gene Wolfe (4 stars)
The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe (5 stars)
Urth of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe (4 stars)
Wolf's Cub by Mackay Wood (4 stars)
Golden Age Trilogy by John C Wright (4 stars)

A Night in Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny (4 stars)
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny (5 stars)
The First Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny (3 stars)

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