Book Reviews: All of the Them

It’s incredible! My index of book reviews is up to date!
OK, so it won’t be by the time you read this, but it is at the moment, and that’s astonishing enough all by itself.

I start off with two bits of housekeeping: an over-long little explanation of how I approach these reviews and what the scoring system really means; and a brief run-down of the current best-books-I’ve-reviewed. Then we get to the lists: a long list of fiction I’ve reviewed and a very short list of non-fiction.

If you scroll down past the ‘Fiction’ and ‘Non-Fiction’ sections, there’ll be links to pages for particular authors, organised in order, and maybe with some additional comments. However, I’m only going to do that for authors where I’ve actually read enough for it to be worthwhile (currently, that means Terry Pratchett and Robin Hobb, since they’re among my favourite authors and I’m doing complete re-reads of both).

Most of my non-review talk about books is not on the blog – it’s in conversations on Goodreads and on various forums. However, if you scroll down to the bottom I’ll try to link to any non-review literary ramblings I post.

HOUSEKEEPING:

The Scoring System
The Top Ten Books I’ve Reviewed on This Blog

FICTION:

The Affirmation – Christopher Priest – ****** (6!)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon – ****** (6!)
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb – **** (4)
Assassin’s Quest – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)
Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis – ***** (5)
Babel-17 – Samuel Delany – ***** (5)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller – *** (3)
Beyond the Moons – David Cook – ** (2)
Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse – ****** (6!)
Black Juice – Margo Lanagan – ****** (6!)
Blue Moon Rising – Simon R. Green – **** (4)
The Brides of Rollrock Island – Margo Lanagan – ****** (6!)
A Canticle For Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller, Jr. – ****** (6!)
Carpe Jugulum – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
China Mountain Zhang – Maureen McHugh – ***** (5)
City of Dragons – Robin Hobb – ****** (6!)
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell – ***** (5)
The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Dance of the Dead – Christie Golden – **** (4)
A Dance With Dragons – George R.R. Martin – ***** (5)
Dark Heart – Tina Daniell – *** (3)
Daughter of the Empire – Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts – **** (4)
Dhalgren – Samuel Delany – ****** (6!)
The Diamond Throne – David Eddings – *** (3)
Dragon Haven – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)
Dragon Keeper – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)
Dragonsdawn – Anne McCaffrey – **** (4)
Dragonsinger – Anne McCaffrey – *** (3)
Dragonsong – Anne McCaffrey – *** (3)
Dreamsnake – Vonda N. McIntyre – ***** (5)
Equal Rites – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Eric – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
Fatherland – Robert Harris – ***** (5)
Feet of Clay – Terry Pratchett – ****** (6!)
Fictions – Jorge Luis Borges – ***** (5) – review in two parts, here and then here.
The Fifth Elephant – Terry Pratchett – ****** (6!)
Fool’s Assassin – Robin Hobb – ******* (!7!!)
Fool’s Errand – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)
Fool’s Fate – Robin Hobb – ****** (6!)
Fool’s Quest – Robin Hobb – ******* (!7!!)
A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin – **** (4)
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy – ****** (6!)
God’s War – Kameron Hurley – ***** (5)
Going Postal – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
The Golden Fool – Robin Hobb – ****** (6!)
Guards! Guards! – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
The Happy Prince and Other Stories – Oscar Wilde – ***** (5)
A Hat Full of Sky – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Hawk and Fisher – Simon R. Green – **** (4)
Hogfather – Terry Pratchett – ****** (6!)
Interesting Times – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
Jingo – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
Johnny and the Bomb – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
Johnny and the Dead – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
Jurgen – James Branch Cabell – ******* (!7!!)
Lady into Fox – David Garnett – ****** (6!)
The Last Continent – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
The Last Hero – Terry Pratchett – ****** (6!)
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin – ******* (!7!!)
Legend – David Gemmell – **** (4)
Legends of the Tour – Jan Cleijne – ***** (5)
Lord Foul’s Bane – Stephen Donaldson – **** (4)
Lords and Ladies – Terry Pratchett – ******* (!7!!)
The Light Fantastic – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
Lord Toede – Jeff Grubb – *** (3)
The Mad Ship – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)
The Man Who Was Thursday – G.K. Chesterton – ******* (!7!!)
The Man Who would be King & Other Stories – ***** (5) [N.B. ridiculously long review in five parts]
Maskerade****** (6!)
The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov – ***** (5)
Men at Arms – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Mistress of the Empire – Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts – ***** (5)
Monstrous Regiment – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Mort – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Moving Pictures – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Never Deal With A Dragon – Robert N. Charrette – ** (2)
Night Watch – Terry Pratchett – ******* (!7!!)
Not After Midnight and Other Stories – Daphne du Maurier – **** (4)
Only Forward – Michael Marshall Smith – ****** (6!)
Only You Can Save Mankind – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster – ***** (4)
The Prestige – Christopher Priest – ******* (!7!!)
Pyramids – Terry Pratchett – ****** (6!)
Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett – ****** (6!)
Riddley Walker – Russell Hoban – ***** (5)
The Rider – Tim Krabbé – ******* (!7!!)
Royal Assassin – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)
The Ruby Knight – David Eddings – **** (4)
The Sapphire Rose – David Eddings – **** (4)
Seraphina – Rachel Hartman – ***** (5)
Servant of the Empire – Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts – **** (4)
Shadow Scale – Rachel Hartman – **** (4)
A Shadow in Summer – Daniel Abraham – ***** (5)
Shardik – Richard Adams – ****** (6!)
Ship of Destiny – Robin Hobb – ****** (6!)
Ship of Magic – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)
The Skylark of Space – E.E. Smith  – *** (3)
Sluggy Freelance – Pete Abrams:
Chapters 1-12 – **** (4)
Chapters 13-22****** (6!)
Chapters 23-32****** (6!)
Chapters 32-39 – ***** (5)
Chapters 40-48 – ***** (5)
Chapters 49-59 – ***** (5)
Chapters 60-62 – ***** (5)
Small Gods – Terry Pratchett – ******* (!7!!)
Snuff – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Sourcery – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
Soul Music – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
The Spirit Thief – Rachel Aaron – ** (2)
The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester – ****** (6!)
The Story of San Michele – Axel Munthe – ****** (6!)
Tender Morsels – Margo Lanagan – ****** (6!)
The Theban Plays – Sophocles – ***** (5)
Thief of Time – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
The Truth – Terry Pratchett – ****** (6!)
Thud! – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Unseen Academicals – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
Watchmen – Alan Moore – ****** (6!)
Watership Down – Richard Adams – ****** (6!)
The Wee Free Men – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Winner Takes All – Simon R. Green – *** (3)
Wintersmith – Terry Pratchett – ****** (6!)
Witches Abroad – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Wyrd Sisters – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)

NON-FICTION:

One on One – Craig Brown – xxx.xx (5/8)
Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy – Mark P. Witton – xxx.xxx (6/8)

AUTHORS:

Robin Hobb
Terry Pratchett

OTHER LITERARY RAMBLINGS

Why we care that Terry Pratchett has died (10 reasons) – a eulogy/analysis
How I’m organising my SF&F on Goodreads – a stab at a more useful way of diving up subgenres
Tough Travelling – True Love! – 13 very different depictions of some sort of ‘true love’, ‘instalove’, etc in Fantasy.
Why Tolkien Isn’t A Conservative
Virginia Woolf and Modernism
On the Genealogy of Morals – a commentary in progress

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