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Heart of Stone | C.E. Murphy
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After the first few pages I was pretty sure this would not be a pick for me. The main character (Margrit, who prefers to be called "Grit") is an allegedly smart lawyer who likes to run by herself in Central Park near midnight. There are also several editing errors and lots of illogical behavior from characters used to solely to propel the story along or make a point, but completely unrealistic. Interesting enough to finish, but not well-written.

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A Killing Frost | Seanan McGuire
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Mehso-so

Still entertaining and very readable, like all the other books in this series. But the writing was a little repetitive at times. The ending seemed a bit forced. Even though important things do happen, this felt more like a filler book. Kind of like, there was a pre-determined story arc, but then the series got renewed for another couple seasons and the original arc had to be extended. Hopefully the next two books are back on track.

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The Dark Forest | Cixin Liu
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Different from the first book, but still very interesting. Unlike The Three Body Problem, The Dark Forest gives the reader a lot more information about what's going on. It is about humanity's reaction to the events of the first book. Broken into sections of time rather than chapters makes the timeline of the book very clear (but also makes it even easier than normal to read WAY too late into the night). Definitely recommend.

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Recommended to me by my aunt. This was a really interesting book! Science fiction translated from Chinese. The book starts out during the Cultural Revolution and includes several helpful footnotes for context. The story is very compelling, even though I didn't really understand what was going on or what the overall plot was going to be until about halfway through the book. Definitely looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy!

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Though it lacked some of the charm of the first book, it was still a delightful read, and the characters are still very endearing. It was fun to revisit the characters "Ten Years After" the events of the first and second book. A fun book about the Austen-style regency period, but with magic. Recommend.

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Wishsong of Shannara | Terry Brooks
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This whole series was pretty meh. It was good enough that I didn't think it deserved to be bailed on, but found it difficult to get motivated enough to read it for more than one or two chapters at a time. I was often frustrated by the characters, who would regularly do stupid things without much reason to do so. Even the "smart" characters often did things that made no sense and lacked foresight. Unclear how this became a "best seller".

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A very interesting book. Lots of good information about martial arts history (and Far East history in general). The author has an engaging style of writing where he mixes historical reports, illustrative fictional accounts, and personal anecdotes, which makes for an enjoyable read. I found the start of this chapter particularly amusing.

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This book is highly entertaining. Full of the same satirical hilarity one expects from the website. After reading this chapter title, I couldn't help, but take a picture to post here.

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It only took 180 pages to start talking about quarks (pronounced "kworks" apparently). But this part is extremely interesting. This is what I was hoping the book would be like when I picked it up.

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This book had been interesting so far (even though it didn't start talking about actual physics into about a third of the way through). However, I get the sense that I wouldn't really like the author personally. In this section he compares the observational skills of people who don't understand quantum physics with the observational skills of a chinchilla. The man seems to have a "Smarter-than-thou" sort of complex, which I dislike.

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Take a Thief | Mercedes Lackey
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Mehso-so

I found this book to be just alright. The first half of the book read like backstory. Granted, I haven't read many of the other Valdemar books, so maybe it would be more interesting if I had that background. After the halfway point in the book, when it seemed like the story was finally starting, the book was actually pretty good.

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Really interesting book. It was very readable for a history book. Lots of interesting information and accompanying anecdotes/examples.

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The second book the the October Daye series. Just as good, if not more engaging than the first book. I accidentally stayed up until 3am to read "just one more chapter" (i.e. 10-15 not chapters). Looking forward to sharing the next book in the series.

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Excellent book. The characters are interesting and likeable; the plot is enhancing and exciting. This book was recommended to me by some friends and did not disappoint.

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Excellent read. Adam Ford's comics are entertaining with straightforward and logical messages. They offer eloquent explanations of many basic Christian beliefs.

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The Egyptologist: A Novel | Arthur Phillips
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Very, very interesting. The book is told from several different (often conflicting) points of view. A thoroughly engaging story and unique method of storytelling.

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The Egyptologist: A Novel | Arthur Phillips
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"No matter, I shall edit when I return home. And I shall. But, of course, should I be beaten to death and shoved inside a gangly Earl's travelling trunk and then hacked to pieces and my shreds lazily flipped overboard to peckish sharks, well, then, a pity indeed that I did not edit my work when I had the chance."

I am excited for this book. Only a couple pages in and I'm already intrigued (and amused).

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Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
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I first read this book in high school. Always a good read, though it feels unfortunately pertinent to the state of the world today in many cases.

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Graystone | Marta Stahfeld
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Very enjoyable! This is the third book in the series, which takes place a while after the first two books. At first I was a bit disappointed that we didn't see more of the main characters from the first two, but it was easy to become just as attached to the next generation of protagonists in the Darkwoods universe. The author does an excellent job of writing varied and interesting characters.

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Graystone | Marta Stahfeld
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"There is always a time in a creature's life where everything send dark, and light is but a distant memory. One thing i have learned is that in these times, the good in creatures shines more bright and fair."

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Pasadagavra | Marta Stahlfeld
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[Note: This is actually from Graystone, the 3rd book in the Darkwoods series]
"But she's dead," said Conch blinking.
"Yes, she is," Rainbow agreed, "And her transgressions and heroism, both unpaid for, are passed on to her children."

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Pasadagavra | Marta Stahlfeld
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[This is actually from Graystone, the next book in the series, but it doesn't seem to be in the database Litsy uses]
"She was the closest to Nurida in age [...] and the closest in coloring and personality. Like Nurida she had brilliant amber fur, bright green eyes, and was usually quiet. The difference was that she was like a snake, coiled and waiting to spring; Nurida was more like a fire hidden under a bowl."

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Very interesting book so far. Here it is describing how accurate ancient descriptions of snake bites are.

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The Princess and the Hound | Mette Ivie Harrison
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I wasn't terribly fond of this book. The writing tended to be a bit repetitive, particularly in terms of word choice (the phrase "animal magic" is used probably at least once every page on average). Also, it takes a while to even get introduced to the title characters, which seems like an odd choice. Overall, I didn't really care for any of the main characters, so I was less forgiving of the redundancy and predictable plot lines.

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Pasadagavra | Marta Stahlfeld
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An engaging and entertaining read. The characters are varied and interesting. A very good book, particularly from such a young author.

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Pasadagavra | Marta Stahlfeld
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"'Oh, are you now?' Poison's voice was like honey mixed with salt -- smooth but irritating -- to the ears."