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The Eyes of the Overworld by Jack Vance

The Eyes of the Overworld by Jack Vance

The Eyes of the Overworld's matter-of-fact narration is easy to follow and the adventures of our "hero" are engaging. Cugel may look out for himself first and foremost, but his knack for getting himself into one ridiculous predicament after another is both endearing, laughable, and, most importantly, kept me turning the pages....

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The Dying Earth by Jack Vance

The Dying Earth by Jack Vance

Tales of the Dying Earth takes place in a future so far advanced that technology has become more akin to magic. This compilation spans four separate tomes and is written in the classic, no nonsense style as befitting a grandmaster of science fiction. The book is entertaining nonetheless, and should be on every serious reader's list....

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Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

Spin isn’t necessarily bad, but it isn’t necessarily good, either. It's somewhere inbetween, which isn't good enough for me to want to continue with the series....

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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

An ambitious story, plenty of twists and turns, and a unique magic system all come together to make Mistborn one of Sanderson's best....

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Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

A seventy-five year old widower, John Perry finds the Colonial Defense Force's offer of a new, youthful life intriguing. The CDF fulfills their end of the bargain, now he needs to fulfill his: ten years' commitment as a space marine, fighting the worst the universe has to offer. Funny, thoughtful, and packed with action, Old Man's War is a great read and one of Scalzi's seminal works....

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The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by Paul Malmont

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by Paul Malmont

I really wanted this one to work. With names like William Gibson, Lester Dent, H.P. Lovecraft, L. Ron Hubbard, Louis L'Amour, and Chester Himes all playing roles in the story, who wouldn't want it to? Ultimately, though, The Chinatown Deatch Cloud Peril was too confusing and did not contain enough of the ingredients I love in a good book....

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The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is a gritty, in-your-face, rollicking good time of a story. Full of deeply thought out, colorful characters, there's something for every fan of the fantasy genre here....

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The Alchemist's Apprentice by Dave Duncan

The Alchemist's Apprentice by Dave Duncan

Nostradamus has predicted a government official's murder and now that person has wound up dead. Did the Maestro perpetrate the crime to enhance his reputation as a soothsayer or is something more foul afoot? Mystery, intrigue, daring, and magic prevail in this debut novel in Duncan's Venice Series. As usual, Duncan does not fail to deliver....

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Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Boneshaker is full of goodness: zombies, airships, polarized goggles, gas masks, steampunk weapons, a particularly mad and devious scientist/inventor, and a strong female lead who doesn't know when to quit. Great read!...

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