Book Reviews

To be a great writer is to be a great reader. From every author, there is something to learn, whether a literary technique or an archaic noun. But the best stories not only entertain, they take us to new horizons and broaden our minds, helping us to see the world with greater richness and clarity. Here are my book reviews, from the time I started this blog, from oldest to most recently reviewed.

Key to my rating system:

*      —  Meh: Boring and poorly written. I typically don’t review these books to avoid hate mail!

**    —  Entertaining: A “good” read, mostly for fun or simply to pass the time.

***  —  Awesome! This book is fun, clever, and hard to put down.

**** — Enlightenment: An absolute must read, the very best of what fiction can achieve. May even change your life.

 

  1. 1984 by George Orwell (1949) ****
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling (2016) **
  3. The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (2004) ***
  4. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (1963) ** 1/2
  5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling (2016) ** 1/2
  6. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin (2015) ***
  7. The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993) ** 1/2
  8. The BFG by Roald Dahl (1982) **
  9. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (2005) ** 1/2 
  10. The Martian by Andy Weir (2011) ** 1/2
  11. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006) ***
  12. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005) *** 1/2
  13. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (2009) *
  14. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1914) **
  15. ??? by ??? (1962) *
  16. Watership Down by Richard Adams (1972) ****
  17. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937) ****
  18. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1985) ** 1/2
  19. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doecher (2013) **
  20. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (1999) ** 1/2
  21. The Dark Age of Enya by Nick Alimonos (2003) **
  22. American Gods, 10th Anniversary Edition, by Neil Gaiman (2011) ** 1/2
  23. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001) ****
  24. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (2004) ****
  25. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865) **
  26. The Never Ending Story by Michael Ende (1979) ****
  27. The Princess Bride by William Goldman (1973) ***
  28. The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny (1970-1992) **
  29. A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony (1977) ***
  30. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (1950) ****
  31. Theft of Swords by Michael Sullivan (2011) ***
  32. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008) ****
  33. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912) ***
  34. Never Knew Another by J.M. McDermott (2011) **
  35. Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock (1984) ***
  36. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (1968) ****
  37. The Writer’s Book of Hope by Ralph Keyes (2003) ****
  38. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (1995) ****
  39. Lamb by Christopher Moore (2003) ***
  40. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman (1989) ****
  41. The Catcher in the Rye  by J.D. Salinger (1951) ****
  42. The Once and Future King by T.H. White (1958) ****
  43. Dune by Frank Herbert (1965) ****
  44. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939) ****
  45. Frankenstein by Marry Shelley (1818) ****
  46. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2007) ****
  47. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (1997—2007) ****
  48. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (1996) ***
  49. The Darkness that Comes Before by Scott Bakker (2004) **
  50. The Other Wind by Ursula K. Leguin (2001) ****


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