Book Reviews by Genre

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

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

NARRATIVE NON-FICTION:
Legends of the Tour – Jan Cleijne – ***** (5)

(MOSTLY) MUNDANE FICTION:
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon – ****** (6!)
Babbitt
– Sinclair Lewis – ***** (5)
Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse – ****** (6!)
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell – ***** (5)
The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy – ****** (6!)
The Man Who would be King & Other Stories – Rudyard Kipling – ***** (5) [N.B. ridiculously long review in five parts]
The Rider – Tim Krabbé – ******* (!7!!)
The Story of San Michele – Axel Munthe – ****** (6!)
The Theban Plays – Sophocles – ***** (5)

LIMINAL FANTASTIKA:
The Affirmation – Christopher Priest – ****** (6!)
Black Juice – Margo Lanagan – ****** (6!)
Not After Midnight and Other Stories – Daphne du Maurier – **** (4)
Dhalgren – Samuel Delany – ****** (6!)
Fictions – Jorge Luis Borges – ***** (5) – review in two parts, here and then here.
The Man Who Was Thursday – G.K. Chesterton – ******* (!7!!)
The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov – ***** (5)
The Prestige – Christopher Priest – ******* (!7!!)

PARALLEL FANTASTIKA:
Fatherland – Robert Harris – ***** (5)

EPIC FANTASTIKA:
Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb – **** (4)
Assassin’s Quest – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)
Blue Moon Rising – Simon R. Green – **** (4)
The Diamond Throne – David Eddings – *** (3)
Fool’s Assassin – Robin Hobb – ******* (!7!!)
Fool’s Errand – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)
Fool’s Fate – Robin Hobb – ****** (6!)
Fool’s Quest – Robin Hobb – ******* (!7!!)
The Golden Fool – Robin Hobb – ****** (6!)
Legend – David Gemmell – **** (4)
Royal Assassin – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)
The Ruby Knight – David Eddings – **** (4)
The Sapphire Rose – David Eddings – **** (4)
Seraphina – Rachel Hartman – ***** (5)
Shadow Scale – Rachel Hartman – **** (4)
Watership Down – Richard Adams – ****** (6!)

SAGA FANTASTIKA:
A Dance With Dragons – George R.R. Martin – ***** (5)
Daughter of the Empire – Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts – **** (4)
A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin – **** (4)
The Mad Ship – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)
Mistress of the Empire – Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts – ***** (5)
Servant of the Empire – Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts – **** (4)
A Shadow in Summer – Daniel Abraham – ***** (5)
Ship of Destiny – Robin Hobb – ****** (6!)
Ship of Magic – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)

REALIST FANTASTIKA:
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
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!)
Dragon Haven – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)
Dragon Keeper – Robin Hobb – ***** (5)
Dragonsinger – Anne McCaffrey – *** (3)
Dragonsong – Anne McCaffrey – *** (3)
Dreamsnake – Vonda N. McIntyre – ***** (5)
Equal Rites – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Feet of Clay – Terry Pratchett – ****** (6!)
The Fifth Elephant – Terry Pratchett – ****** (6!)
Going Postal – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Guards! Guards! – Terry Pratchett – ***** (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)
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin – ******* (!7!!)
Lords and Ladies – Terry Pratchett – ******* (!7!!)
Maskerade****** (6!)
Men at Arms – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Monstrous Regiment – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Mort – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Moving Pictures – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Night Watch – Terry Pratchett – ******* (!7!!)
Pyramids – Terry Pratchett – ****** (6!)
Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett – ****** (6!)
Snuff – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Soul Music – Terry Pratchett – ***** (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!)
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)

PULP, NEOPULP and ADVENTURE FANTASTIKA:
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller – *** (3)
Beyond the Moons – David Cook – ** (2)
Dance of the Dead – Christie Golden – **** (4)
Dark Heart – Tina Daniell – *** (3)
God’s War – Kameron Hurley – ***** (5)
Johnny and the Bomb – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
Johnny and the Dead – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
The Last Continent – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
The Last Hero – Terry Pratchett – ****** (6!)
Lord Toede – Jeff Grubb – *** (3)
The Light Fantastic – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
Never Deal With A Dragon – Robert N. Charrette – ** (2)
The Princess Bride – William Goldman – **** (4)
The Skylark of Space – E.E. Smith  – *** (3)
Sourcery – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
The Spirit Thief – Rachel Aaron – ** (2)
The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester – ****** (6!)

EXPLORATORY FANTASTIKA:
The Brides of Rollrock Island – Margo Lanagan – ****** (6!)
Dragonsdawn – Anne McCaffrey – **** (4)
Only You Can Save Mankind – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Tender Morsels – Margo Lanagan – ****** (6!)

ROMANTICIST FANTASTIKA:
Figures of Earth – James Branch Cabell – ****** (6!)
The Happy Prince and Other Stories – Oscar Wilde – ***** (5)
Jurgen – James Branch Cabell – ******* (!7!!)
Lady into Fox – David Garnett – ****** (6!)
Lord Foul’s Bane – Stephen Donaldson – **** (4)
The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster – ***** (4)
Riddley Walker – Russell Hoban – ***** (5)
Shardik – Richard Adams – ****** (6!)
Small Gods – Terry Pratchett – ******* (!7!!)

HYPERFANTASTIKA:
Babel-17 – Samuel Delany – ***** (5)
The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett – ***** (5)
Eric – Terry Pratchett – **** (4)
Only Forward – Michael Marshall Smith – ****** (6!)
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)