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This is good, it's a fun read, but I don't love it nearly as much as the Percy Jackson or the Heroes of Olympus books. Overall I'll likely keep reading the series, however.

Rating: 7 of 10
So far I have found that I prefer Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear the most when they write together. That said, this short story collection had some gems in it, it was long (which is nice in a collection), and I enjoyed reading the whole thing.

Rating: 8 of 10

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Apparently I forgot to rate this.

I liked this novel although it had some oddly judgmental stuff in it that implied an unclear (or specifically chosen take) on evil. It was a fun-ish read although it didn't leave a huge impression.

Rating: 7 of 10

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

Apparently I forgot to review this. It was good, not great, but a fun read.

Rating: 7 of 10

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I actually really enjoyed this book. I wasn't expecting much (it was compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train) but I'd already picked it up on a close-out table and I figured I'd give it a go. Of the three books mentioned, I definitely liked this one best. Unlike The Girl on the Train, where you have to really force yourself to pay attention to the time-stamps on the chapters so you know when you are, the story-telling in this book makes the time switches seamless and easy to track. The book is well-written and enjoyable. It was fun!

Rating: 8 of 10


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

It's a decent book, once you get the hang of the time jumps. That was my biggest complaint - you REALLY have to pay attention to the time stamps at the start of each chapter or things get confusing. I do always enjoy a flawed protagonist and this book delivers on that front. This is not a game-changing book, just a solid read for pleasure if you like light mystery.

Rating: 7 of 10

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

I've been wanting to read a Robert Galbraith for some time and the recommended starting point was this book, so here I am. The thing about Rowling, she's just a fucking good writer. I'm not a huge fan of noir-ish detective mysteries but this book was fun, her characters are interesting, and the writing is solid.

I finished the book right before I left for Hoggstowne, a Harry Potter-themed immersion event where I was teaching divination. It felt right, somehow, to finish the book the night before I left.

I'd read another Robert Galbraith book for sure. Not always my genre but I like the author very much.

Rating: 9 of 10

Codex by Lev Grossman

A lot of people who read the Magician's series said they just didn't like any of the characters in it - somehow I did, or I was able to find a work-around. The same cannot be said of Codex. I just...yeah...I didn't like or care about what happened to anyone in the book. I kept thinking the action of the story would carry it, the writing is fine, but it just never gelled for me.

Rating: 6 of 10

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This book was recommended by several people and I LOVED it. It's not what I expected and so much more than I expected. Great book.

Rating: 9 of 10
This was a recommendation by a friend and I'm glad. The book isn't great, in fact it is often lacking, but it's FUN and it was perfect for beach reading. I'd read more in this series.

Rating: 8 of 10


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