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"Really good." - by Iza
Though I have major love for historical romance novels, I've never heard of Outlander. I admit it took the TV show to have my attention captured and kept, because I'm a huge fan of the show. It gave me all the feels, so I decided it was time to read the book.

And I regret nothing. For two weeks, every night after work I have read as much as I could. I got used to doing so. It became a part of my every day routine to see what they were up to.

Claire goes back in time and meets Jamie. I love that there's no insta-anything there. No lust, no chemistry or attraction. After all, Claire is a happily married woman. Granted, there are a few bumps in the road but she's happy with Frank. But as time passes, and circumstances force Claire and Jamie to became an item, things change. ... full review
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"Pulse Pounding, Heartbreaking, and Impactful" - by BalesOHay (THREE LAKES, WI, United States)
** spoiler alert ** Kingdom of Ash was the epic conclusion to the Throne of Glass series. I don’t know if it is possible to talk about it without giving away spoilers, so you’ve been warned. There were many intense scenes throughout the book. Action packed, this story had me on the edge of my seat every hundred pages or so. Aelin’s escape was pulse pounding, heartbreaking, and impactful in equal measure. Aedion leading the battles in Terresan was stressful and epic. The battle of Anielle kept the hits, both emotional and physical, coming. Elide’s desperate search of the battlefield had me glued to the page. Dorian’s assault on Morath had me totally fooled and confused until the end. I shouldn’t have fallen for it. It turned into one of the smartest parts of the book. When Lysandra fights as Aelin my heart was racing. When Manon shows up to ... full review
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"At a loss for words." - by S. Lee
I was drawn into this book on the very first page. I felt like I was actually in it. I have not felt so emotionally affected by a book in a very long time. I am not sure I can go to sleep until I have read the whole of book 2. Then I guess book 3 and 4. Maybe I can sleep again next week. :) Thanks for a fabulous read Tanya Bird!
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"One of the most inspiring works I have ever read" - by Adrian Jenkins (Ames, IA)
Prior to reading this gem, I had watched the movie trilogy "Mushashi" had inspired (the first of which won the Oscar for best foreign film in the 60's), and had read another of Yoshikawa's works, "Taiko", which I loved. But for whatever reason, I didn't exactly rush to read this book, which was a gift to me in Christmas, 2005. Perhaps it was the jacket cover describing this book as the "Gone with the Wind" of Japan (which brought a yawn to me), or the daunting length of the novel, which seemed undeserved considering the movies I had seen.

However, when I finally got down to the business of reading the book, I was well-rewarded - "Musashi" is an incredibly inspiring piece of historical fiction, a story of a man who, though seemingly an anachronism in a increasingly peaceful 17th century Japan, would rise to fame and greatness as a samurai, ... full review
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"For me, THE WAY OF KINGS was a TRULY AMAZING read" - by Hsmith
I absolutely LOVED this book. It was my first time reading a book by Sanderson and I was really blown away. It was surely the best Sci-Fi / Fantasy I have read in a VERY long time, perhaps ever. I'm a Terry Brooks fan from back when "The Sword of Shanara" came out, to give you an idea of the genre of Fantasy I go for. The first bit of this book was a bit confusing, not badly so, but you were thrust into this world with no context and slowly the characters and story are revealed in some incredibly clever ways. After a short while into the book, it is quite addictive. The way he developed the primary character plots through time movement was stunningly brilliant. As I said, it starts off a bit confusing as he paints out the character development paths, ... full review
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"Not for everyone - but for those who have a slightly off kilter sense of humor it's brilliant" - by Liz (Detroit, MI)
John Dies at the End is not a book I can in good conscience recommend to a general audience. It's going to appeal to more of a niche audience. By the time it was recommended to me around 2008 it already had a cult following. Part horror, part comedy John Dies at the end packs a whole lot of ideas into 479 pages. Trying to summarize it is difficult but I'll do the best I can.

The book is narrated by Dave, who with his best friend John are exposed to a new drug called "Soy Sauce." Most everyone who takes the drug dies. Those who do not die are given what can only be described as supernatural abilities. Suddenly, Dave and John can see and hear things that shouldn't exist, but do. Not all of them are friendly. Dave and John are anti-heroes at best - slacker losers that fight ... full review
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"Sanderson is one of the best out there, and Words of Radiance may be his best work to date." - by APS
Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy writers out there today. Not only are his stories engaging, exciting and fun, his characters are realistic and relatable. Words of Radiance is the second book in his epic fantasy series The Stormlight Archive (which is part of his even broader Cosmere universe) and boy, it is fantastic.

It takes the setting and story from the first book and improves on it in every way. Each majro character has very satisfying development over the course of the story, more of the world is revealed, and the threat level goes to midnight!

Seriously, if you enjoy epic fantasy, do yourself a real favor and read this series. In fact, read pretty much anything Sanderson has written. He is a prolific author who somehow manages to put out multiple books a year it seems, but the quality doesn't suffer. I'm sure at some point he will ... full review
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"Historical fiction as it should be" - by Rocco Dormarunno (Brooklyn, NY)
Toward the end of Edward Rutherfurd’s “New York”, Charlie Master muses, “Novelists liked to imagine the interconnectedness of things—as though all the people in the big city were part of some great organism, their lives intertwined.” With this sentence, Rutherfurd is describing exactly what he did in this epic novel which spans four centuries in the life of one of the most complex places (if not THE most complex place) on Earth, in which the generations of a half dozen families crisscross and sometimes collide.

For me, the enjoyment of historical fiction is derived from the author’s ability to populate a historical place and time with fictitious but credible characters which enhance both. On that plane, Edward Rutherfurd’s “New York” works well. What also makes the book successful is Rutherfurd’s unobtrusive style which some other reviewers seemed to regard as uninteresting or just plain. My feeling is that if Rutherfurd had ... full review
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"It's HUGE!" - by Carolyn Brubaker (Wyoming USA)
My 4th and 5th grade students love this series so I thought I would buy the whole set in one volume. They LOVE the way it looks (9-11 year olds are impressed by size, and this bad boy is the size of one of the last Harry Potter books!). Unfortunately, it's too big for them to handle comfortably, and since it's printed in black and white, they prefer the individual books. It works perfectly as a teacher's copy, however. I can put markers in for each student, and never have to hunt for my book. It's also considerably cheaper than buying the whole series individually. It's a great way to get the whole story and not have to worry about losing one or more books I'm very pleased with my purchase.
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"A superb retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae" - by Mary Soon Lee (Pittsburgh, PA United States)
This is a superb retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae and of the protagonist's life leading up to the battle. I note that it took a little while for the book to fully hook me, but then I was captured by it. The scenes about the soldiers' training, the scenes of actual battle, and most particularly the scenes after or between battles, are all excellent. The discussions of fear, and of how officers and soldiers should behave are likewise excellent. The characters are surprisingly diverse (including among them servants who have varying degrees of loyalty to the Spartans, plus a Spartan boy who is not by nature a warrior though he is being trained to be one, a merchant, a supreme young warrior, and an older platoon leader). Unsurprisingly the book portrays the Spartan warriors as heroic and honorable--and does so extremely well. But it did surprise me that it ... full review
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"Great continuation of a wonderful series" - by malicious butterfly (NYC)
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Not as much as Words of Radiance, but still quite a bit. We learn A LOT in this book. Both about certain characters and about the history of Roshar. Dalinar's back story is really interesting and seeing how much he has changed is amazing. Oh and can I say...I love Nightblood (the sword Szeth is wielding, for anyone who does not know...I recommend reading Warbreaker if you want some history on the sword). Please do give us more amusing Nightblood interactions in the future. Pattern is also as amusing as ever.

Anyway, I do have a few issues. I didn't like how Kaladin was sort of relegated to the sidelines in this book. I suppose Sanderson wanted to add some more view points beyond the usual Dalinar/Kaladin/Shallan, but in order to do that he kind of axed some Kaladin chapters and pushed him out of ... full review
"Wish I could give Twenty Stars" - by StevenPA (Cleveland, OH USA)
I find myself always in an awkward position when trying to review a book. Always too much time has passed since reading. But to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and series would be an understatement. I had heard of Joe Abercrombie and had planned on reading his books for many years, but never got around to doing it. There was always another book from my growing list of authors to read. I've read gifted writers, and Abercrombie ranks as one of the very best! Recently, I've been reading and listening to the audible narration, and if you haven't done that, I wholly recommend it. I don't remember ever being so entertained by both the writing of Abercrombie and the narration of Steve Pacey; had me trembling with excitement and shock while at the same time laughing out loud. I really can't give the author and this series ... full review
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"Impressive story" - by Audrey Elaine Robson (Spring Valley, CA, US)
Beautiful characterization all around. Loved all three of the first of this series. Tyron and Aldara are amazing together and those around them filled with so much life. Nothing graphic at all, yet the emotions are all there. Even the disturbing aspects of the Zoelin culture as well as those in the main city and the people they came from do not detract - in fact, they are very much an important part of the story. Eagerly awaiting the next installment with Petra and Tyron's friend.
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"A great book, expected nothing less from Sanderson." - by Krystal C.
I read and fell in love with Brandon Sanderson's book Warbreaker and I was told that the Mistborn trilogy is amazing, so I bought the set and finished the first book. I'll admit, in the beginning stages of the book it goes a little slow, and I had no idea who these people were until later on in the book when it's more explained, so I had a little bit of a hard time pushing through but so glad I did because man, it was incredible! You really feel a connection to the characters, they're not just words on a paper anymore. Everything is so perfectly described so that you can easily imagine what is happening, I've even added a mental soundtrack to some of the fight scenes because they are that epic (yes I'm weird!)

Brandon Sanderson truly has a way with words and I'm looking forward to finishing the ... full review
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"Overall this is a pretty good collection" - by C.R.
Overall this is a pretty good collection. But the first 1/4 or so of the book almost ruins the whole experience. Jeff Matsuda is one of the worst comic artists of all time. That entire run is riddled with mistakes (Wolverine has four claws in one panel!) And typos galore. Not only that, but at the time Marvel was still trying to adhere to the comics authority. So what we're left with is an over abundance of forced "swear" words. If Wolverine had said "flamin" one more time I was going to send this whole flaming book to kingdom come. If you can make it past one of Wolverine lowest points, there are some great issues after that.