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Book: The Uncertain Places
By: Lisa Goldstein
Pages: 240
Release Date: June 15, 2011 (paperback edition)
Stars: 1 1/2

Berkley student Will Taylor meets the Feierabend sisters through his friend Ben, and soon finds that there is something rather strange about the family.

Here there be spoilers )


Jul. 30th, 2011 05:48 pm
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Book: Green
By: Jay Lake
Pages: 368
Release Date: June 9, 2009 (hardback) and February 15, 2011 (paperback)
Stars: 1

Here we have the story of a girl who is bought from her father by a foreigner who takes her to a school so that she can be brought to possibly be chosen to be the cortisone for a duke. She spend several years there being taught how to be a "lady", while being beaten for having any sort of thoughts of her own. By the time that she is about twelve, she kills the woman who is in charge of her schooling, and runs away. She then becomes a sort of warrior monk, but is cast out when she helps one of her former teachers not be murdered in a mob. And as part of her punishment, she is forced to go back to the city where she had been held captive and taught to be the perfect lover to a duke.

Here there be spoilers )

All in all, I'd say completely skip this one. You'll be much happier about this if you do.
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Book: A Game of Thrones
By: Greorge RR Martin
Pages: 831
Release Date: August 4, 2007
Stars: 4

This is the story of a land called the Seven Kingdoms, and the power struggle that is happening between two families (the Starks and the Lannisters). It has been described as being something akin to the story of the War of the Roses by some, but set in a fantastical world.

Here there be spoilers )

The Strain

Mar. 6th, 2011 08:24 pm
reviewthat: (Books: Bookgasim)
Book: The Strain
By: Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Pages: 608
Release Date: June 29, 2010 (paperback edition)
Stars: 3 1/2

The book opens with the landing of an airplane at JFK airport, where all the power has gone out, and all but four of the people on the plane have died (with no explanation as to why or how). It is soon discovered by Eph Goodweather (who works with the CDC) that the people who had been on the plane had contracted a parasitical disease that turns them into vampires.

Here there be spoilers )
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Book: Wizardry and Wild Romance: A Study of Epic Fantasy
By: Michael Moorcock
Pages: 206
Release Date: October 25, 2004 (Revised Edition)
Stars: 2

In this book, Moorcock examines the influences of early writers of epic fantasy writers on the current writers.

Here there be spoilers )
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Book: The Interpretation of Fairy Tales
By: Marie-Louise von Franz
Pages: 208
Release Date: July 9, 1996 (second edition)
Stars: 3

Von Franz uses Jungian psycology to examine the collective unconcious and reoccurant themes within various fairy tales.

Here there be spoilers )

If you have a mind that is bent toward analyzing fairy tales, this is a book to at least check out.
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Book: The Heroine's Journey
By: Maureen Murdock
Pages: 232
Release Date: June 23, 1990
Stars: 2

This book is an examination of what it takes for women to survive in a male dominated society, and the sacrifices that they make for that survival. There is also a great deal of examination on what the author believes is needed to heal not only society as a whole, but women specifically (with many examples from not only her own life, but the lives of women that she has come into contact with).

Here there be spoilers )

Norse Code

Jan. 10th, 2011 05:37 pm
reviewthat: (Books: I Write Like a MoFo)
Book: Norse Code
By: Greg Van Eekhout
Pages: 292
Release Date: May 19, 2009
Stars: 3

This is an urban fantasy that centers around the Valkyrie Mist, who goes AWOL when she looses faith in the Valkyrie project and the manner in which the dead are being recruited to fight on the side of the gods during Ragnarök. Leaving her post, she goes looking for the Norse messenger god (Hermod), and the two of them attempt to stop the end of the world.

Here there be spoilers )

I'd say to check it out as a light read, but don't go into it thinking you might get anything truly deep out of it.


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