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.


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.

**** — A Masterpiece (in gold): An absolute must read, the very best of what fiction can achieve. May even change your life.


Because I am fascinated by the evolution of literature, I have ordered my reviews from earliest publication date to latest.

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling (2016) **
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling (2016) ** 1/2
  3. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin (2015) ***
  4. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doecher (2013) **
  5. American Gods, 10th Anniversary Edition, by Neil Gaiman (2011) ** 1/2
  6. The Martian by Andy Weir (2011) ** 1/2
  7. Theft of Swords by Michael Sullivan (2011) ***
  8. Never Knew Another by J.M. McDermott (2011) **
  9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (2009) *
  10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008) ****
  11. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2007) ****
  12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006) ***
  13. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (2005) ** 1/2
  14. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005) *** 1/2
  15. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (2004) ****
  16. The Darkness that Comes Before by Scott Bakker (2004) **
  17. The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (2004) ***
  18. The Dark Age of Enya by Nick Alimonos (2003) **
  19. Lamb by Christopher Moore (2003) ***
  20. The Writer’s Book of Hope by Ralph Keyes (2003) ****
  21. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001) ****
  22. The Other Wind by Ursula K. Leguin (2001) ****
  23. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (1999) ** 1/2
  24. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (1997—2007) ****
  25. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (1996) ***
  26. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (1995) ****
  27. The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993) ** 1/2
  28. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman (1989) ****
  29. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1985) ** 1/2
  30. Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock (1984) ***
  31. The BFG by Roald Dahl (1982) **
  32. The Never Ending Story by Michael Ende (1979) ****
  33. A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony (1977) ***
  34. The Princess Bride by William Goldman (1973) ***
  35. Watership Down by Richard Adams (1972) ****
  36. The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny (1970-1992) **
  37. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (1968) ****
  38. Dune by Frank Herbert (1965) ****
  39. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (1963) ** 1/2
  40. ??? by ??? (1962) *
  41. The Once and Future King by T.H. White (1958) ****
  42. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952) **
  43. The Catcher in the Rye  by J.D. Salinger (1951) ****
  44. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (1950) ****
  45. 1984 by George Orwell (1949) ****
  46. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939) ****
  47. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937) ****
  48. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1914) **
  49. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912) ***
  50. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865) **
  51. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1818) ****


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