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Index of all books I have reviewed on this LJ, in alphabetical order by authors' last names. I usually cross-post my reviews to bookish and bookshare, as well as books1001, sf_book_reviews, and/or fantasywithbite, as appropriate.
— A —
Abe, KoboThe Woman in the Dunes
Adams, DouglasThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Alleyn, SusanneMedieval Underpants and Other Blunders
Amado, JorgeTent of Miracles
American, A.Going Home
Anderson, Kevin J. and Savile, StevenTau Ceti
Anderson, TaylorInto the Storm
Ansary, TamimDestiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes
Asimov, IsaacThe End of Eternity
The Currents of Space
Atwood, MargaretThe Handmaid's Tale
Austen, JanePride and Prejudice
Northanger Abbey
Mansfield Park
Emma
Persuasion
— B —
Bacigalupi, PaoloShip Breaker
The Windup Girl
Banks, Iain M.Consider Phlebas
Banville, JohnThe Sea
The Untouchable
Barbery, MurielThe Elegance of the Hedgehog
Barnes, DjunaNightwood
Barnes, JohnLosers in Space
Directive 51
Bell, AldenThe Reapers are the Angels
Bellow, SaulHenderson the Rain King
Berman-Gorvine, MartinSeven Against Mars
Bernheimer, JimConfessions of a D-List Supervillain
Beukes, LaurenZoo City
Bick, Ilsa J.Ashes
Bodard, Aliette deThe Waiting Stars
Borges, Jorge LuisLabyrinths
Bova, BenMars
Brackmann, LisaRock Paper Tiger
Hour of the Rat
Bradbury, RayThe Illustrated Man
The Martian Chronicles
Bradley, JamesFlyboys: A True Story of Courage
Brady, FrankEndgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness
Bray, LibbaBeauty Queens
Brin, DavidThe Postman
Brontë, CharlotteJane Eyre
Brontë, EmilyWuthering Heights
Burt, AndrewPrivacy Most Public
Butcher, JimStorm Front
Butler, Octavia E.Parable of the Sower
Parable of the Talents
Fledgling
Buzzati, DinoThe Tartar Steppe
— C —
Campbell, JosephThe Hero with a Thousand Faces
Carroll, LewisAlice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Carson, RaeThe Girl of Fire and Thorns
Chiang, TedThe Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling
Chu, JohnThe Water That Falls on You from Nowhere
Clarke, Arthur C.Rendezvous with Rama
Clarke, SusannaJonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Clines, PeterEx-Heroes
Ex-Patriots
Ex-Communication
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Coetzee, J.M.In the Heart of the Country
Colby, DavidDebris Dreams
Collins, SuzanneThe Hunger Games
Mockingjay
Cooper, SusanThe Dark is Rising sequence
Corey, James S.A.Leviathan Wakes
Correia, LarryHard Magic
Spellbound
Warbound
Corson, TrevorThe Story of Sushi
Cronin, JustinThe Passage
Cutter, NickThe Troop
— D —
Danielewski, Mark Z.House of Leaves
Day, Thomas A.A Grey Moon Over China
de Vries, JetseShine: An Anthology of Optimistic SF
Deas, StephenThe Adamantine Palace
Demick, BarbaraNothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Dempsey, MichaelNecropolis
Deshpande, ShashiSmall Remedies
Dickens, CharlesA Christmas Carol
A Tale of Two Cities
Bleak House
David Copperfield
Great Expectations
Doctorow, CoryLittle Brother
Dostoevsky, FyodorThe Brothers Karamazov
Douglas, JohnInside the Mind of BTK: The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer
Du Maurier, DaphneRebecca
Dumas, AlexandreThe Count of Monte Cristo
Duncan, Andy and Klages, EllenWakulla Springs
Dyachenko, Sergey and MarinaThe Scar
Vita Nostra
— E —
Effinger, George AlecWhen Gravity Fails
Egan, GregZendegi
Elgin, Suzette HadenThe Ozark Trilogy (Twelve Fair Kingdoms, The Grand Jubilee, And Then There'll Be Fireworks)
Yonder Comes the Other End of Time
Eliot, GeorgeMiddlemarch
— F —
Faulkner, WilliamLight in August
Ferraris, ZoeCity of Veils
Fine, CordeliaDelusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences
Fishman, CharlesThe Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
Flaubert, GustaveMadame Bovary
Fleming, IanCasino Royale
From Russia with Love
Dr. No
Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories
Foer, JoshuaMoonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Forstchen, William R.One Second After
Foster, Thomas C.How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Frank, PatAlas, Babylon
Franklin, TomCrooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Franzen, JonathanFreedom
Fuchs, Anthony J.The Danger of Being Me
— G —
Gaiman, NeilAmerican Gods
Anansi Boys
The Dream Hunters
Gaskell, ElizabethNorth and South
Gaskell, JaneStrange Evil
Gibson, WilliamPattern Recognition
Neuromancer
Glukhovsky, DmitryMetro 2033
Gogol, NikolaiDead Souls
Gran, SaraClaire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
Grant, MiraFeed
Deadline
Blackout
Parasite
Green, JohnPaper Towns
Greenberg, PaulFour Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
Gregory, DarylRaising Stony Mayhall
Grisham, JohnThe Appeal
Grossman, AustinSoon I Will Be Invincible
Grossman, LevThe Magicians
The Magician King
— H —
Hamilton, PeterPandora's Star
Judas Unchained
Hammett, DashiellThe Maltese Falcon
Hare, RobertWithout Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
Harington, DonaldLightning Bug
Harkaway, NickThe Gone-Away World
Angelmaker
Harrison, HarryThe Stainless Steel Rat
Heinlein, RobertHave Space Suit, Will Travel
Starman Jones
I Will Fear No Evil
Hesse, HermannSteppenwolf
Heuvelt, Thomas OldeThe Ink Readers of Doi Saket
Hiaasen, CarlNature Girl
Hill, SusanThe Woman in Black
Hillerman, TonyThe Sinister Pig
Skeleton Man
The Shape Shifter
Hines, JimThe Stepsister Scheme
The Mermaid's Madness
Red Hood's Revenge
The Snow Queen's Shadow
Hodder, MarkThe Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
Hotta, YumiHikaru no Go
Howey, HughWool
Hugo, VictorNotre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Les MisÈrables
Hurley, KameronGod's War
Hurwitz, GreggTell No Lies
— I —
Ishiguro, KazuoNever Let Me Go
— J —
Jackson, ShirleyWe Have Always Lived in the Castle
Jacobs, John HornorSouthern Gods
Jemisin, N.K.The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
Johnson, Les and McDevitt, JackGoing Interstellar
Jordan, RobertThe Eye of the World
— K —
Kane, StaciaUnholy Ghosts
Kasischke, LauraMind of Winter
Kaufmann, NicholasChasing the Dragon
Kawabata, YasunariThe Master of Go
King, StephenBlaze
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Lisey's Story
Cell
The Shining
Duma Key
Kloos, MarkoTerms of Enlistment
Kopans, Leigh AnnOne
Kowal, Mary RobinetteThe Lady Astronaut of Mars
Krakauer, JonInto the Wild
Kunstler, James HowardWorld Made By Hand
— L —
Lackey, Mercedes and Libbey, SteveThe Secret World Chronicle
Lamb, HaroldHannibal: One Man Against Rome
Lamplighter, L. JagiThe Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin
Lansing, AlfredEndurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Larson, B.V.Steel World
Leckie, AnnAncillary Justice
Le Carré, JohnThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold
The Mission Song
A Most Wanted Man
Le Guin, Ursula K.The Dispossessed
Lee, Sharon and Miller, SteveCrystal Soldier
Lem, StanislawSolaris
Leonard, ElmoreThe Hot Kid
Lessing, DorisThe Good Terrorist
Martha Quest
Lewis, MichaelThe Big Short
Lewis, SinclairElmer Gantry
Lippert, G. NormanJames Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing
Locke, M. J.Up Against It
Long, NathanJane Carver of Waar
Lovecraft, H.P.At the Mountains of Madness
Lynch, ScottThe Lies of Locke Lamora
— M —
Maberry, JonathanGhost Road Blues
MacNeal, Susan EliaMr. Churchill's Secretary
Mamatas, NickStarve Better
Move Under Ground
Marchetta, MelinaOn the Jellicoe Road
Martel, YannLife of Pi
Martin, George R. R.The Skin Trade
Matheson, RichardI Am Legend
Shadow on the Sun
Mauldin, John, and Tepper, JonathanEndgame: The End of the Debt Supercycle and How It Changes Everything
Maxey, JamesNobody Gets the Girl
McCammon, RobertSwan Song
Speaks the Nightbird
McCarthy, CormacBlood Meridian: or The Evening Redness in the West
No Country for Old Men
The Road
McDevitt, JackThe Engines of God
McEwan, IanThe Cement Garden
McIntosh, WillDefenders
McKay, EmilyThe Farm
McKinley, RobinSunshine
Mitchell, DavidThe Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Cloud Atlas
Mitchell, MargaretGone With the Wind
Moon, ElizabethSheepfarmer's Daughter (The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book One)
The Speed of Dark
Moore, PerryHero
Morgan, Richard K.Altered Carbon
Mullen, ThomasThe Last Town on Earth
The Revisionists
Murakami, HarukiKafka on the Shore
Norwegian Wood
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
— N —
Nantus, SherylBlaze of Glory
Heroes Without, Monsters Within
Heroes Lost and Found
Neville, StuartThe Ghosts of Belfast
Newman, KimMoriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles
Niven, Larry, and Pournelle, JerryFallen Angels (with Michael Flynn)
The Mote in God's Eye
Lucifer's Hammer
— O —
Oates, Joyce CarolThe Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares
O'Brian, PatrickMaster and Commander
Okrent, ArikaIn the Land of Invented Languages
Orlean, SusanThe Orchid Thief
Orczy, Baroness EmmuskaThe Scarlet Pimpernel
— P —
Palahniuk, ChuckDiary
Damned
Panshin, AlexeiRite of Passage
Pfeffer, Susan BethLife As We Knew It
Picoult, JodiThe Tenth Circle
Piper, H. BeamThe Fuzzy Papers (Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Sapiens)
Portis, CharlesTrue Grit
Powell, AnthonyA Dance to the Music of Time: Part I and Part II
Pratchett, TerryGoing Postal
Preston, L.M.The Pack
Puzo, MarioThe Godfather
Pynchon, ThomasThe Crying of Lot 49
Inherent Vice
— R —
Rajaniemi, HannuThe Quantum Thief
Rawles, James WesleyPatriots
Reding, NickMethland
Reitman, JanetInside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion
Reynolds, AlastairHouse of Suns
Revelation Space
Terminal World
Ringo, JohnUnder a Graveyard Sky
Roach, MaryPacking for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Robinson, Kim StanleyRed Mars
Ronson, JonThe Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
Roth, PhilipThe Human Stain
Rothfuss, PatrickThe Name of the Wind
The Wise Man's Fear
Roussel, RaymondLocus Solus
Rushdie, SalmanMidnight's Children
The Satanic Verses
Russo, Richard PaulShip of Fools
Rutherfurd, EdwardSarum: The Novel of England
Ryan, CarrieThe Forest of Hands and Teeth
— S —
Sa, ShanThe Girl Who Played Go
Salkin, DavidDeep Black Sea
Salmonson, Jessica AmandaThe Tomoe Gozen trilogy (Tomoe Gozen, The Golden Naginata, and Thousand Shrine Warrior)
A Silver Thread of Madness
Ou Lu Khen and the Beautiful Madwoman
Samatar, SofiaSelkie Stories Are for Losers
Sanderson, BrandonElantris
The Mistborn trilogy (Mistborn: The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages)
The Alloy of Law
Steelheart
The Way of Kings
Sawyer, Robert J.Factoring Humanity
Scalzi, JohnThe Android's Dream
The God Engines
Agent to the Stars
Fuzzy Nation
Redshirts
Selvon, SamThe Lonely Londoners
Shelley, Mary WollstonecraftFrankenstein
Shepherd, MikeKris Longknife: Mutineer
Simak, Clifford D.Way Station
Simmons, DanHyperion
The Fall of Hyperion
Endymion
The Rise of Endymion
Simon, DavidHomicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
Sinclair, UptonOil!
The Jungle
Smiley, JaneThirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel
Good Faith
Smith, Alexander McCallThe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Smith, Guy N.Night of the Crabs
Smith, Sherwood and Towbridge, DavidThe Phoenix in Flight
Smith, Tom RobChild 44
Steakley, JohnArmor
Steele, AllenCoyote
Apollo's Outcasts
Sex and Violence in Zero-G: The Complete "Near Space" Stories, Expanded Edition
Stephenson, NealReamde
Stirling, S.M.Dies the Fire
Stoker, BramDracula
Stout, MarthaThe Sociopath Next Door
Stross, CharlesAccelerando
Saturn's Children
Neptune's Brood
Equoid
Swift, E.J.Osiris
Swift, JonathanGulliver's Travels
A Modest Proposal
Swirsky, RachelIf You Were a Dinosaur, My Love
— T —
Takami, KoushunBattle Royale
Taylor, LainiDaughter of Smoke and Bone
Theroux, MarcelFar North
Tinti, HannahThe Good Thief
Tobar, HéctorThe Barbarian Nurseries
Tolstoy, LeoThe Kreutzer Sonata
Toole, John KennedyA Confederacy of Dunces
Torgersen, BradThe Chaplain's Legacy
The Exchange Officers
Tregillis, IanBitter Seeds
The Coldest War
Necessary Evil
TrevanianShibumi
Trollope, AnthonyCan You Forgive Her?
The Way We Live Now
Trussoni, DanielleAngelology
Tuchman, BarbaraThe Zimmermann Telegram
Tyson, TimothyBlood Done Sign My Name
— U —
Ulinich, AnyaPetropolis
— V —
Valente, CatherynneThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two
The Habitation of the Blessed
Silently and Very Fast
Deathless
Six-Gun Snow White
Vance, JackThe Dying Earth
VanderMeer, JeffWonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
Vaughn, CarrieAfter the Golden Age
Kitty and the Midnight Hour
Straying from the Path
Verissimo, Luis FernandoBorges and the Eternal Orangutans
Verne, JulesJourney to the Center of the Earth
Master of the World
Vinge, VernorA Fire Upon the Deep
A Deepness in the Sky
The Children of the Sky
Rainbows End
VoltaireCandide
Vonnegut, KurtSlaughterhouse-Five
Vox DayThe Wardog's Coin, A Magic Broken, and The Last Witchking
— W —
Wallace, David FosterThe Broom of the System
Walsh, MichaelHostile Intent
Watts, PeterBlindsight
Weber, DavidOut of the Dark
Wecker, HeleneThe Golem and the Jinni
Weeks, BrentThe Way of Shadows
Wein, ElizabethCode Name Verity
Wells, DanI Am Not A Serial Killer
The Butcher of Khardov
Wells, MarthaThe Cloud Roads
Wharton, EdithThe Age of Innocence
Whedon, JossBuffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales and Buffy Season Eight
White, Skylerand Falling, Fly
Wilde, OscarThe Picture of Dorian Gray
Willett, JincyThe Writing Class
Wilson, CintraA Massive Swelling: Celebrity Re-Examined as a Grotesque Crippling Disease
Wilson, Robert CharlesThe Chronoliths
Wolfe, GeneThe Shadow of the Torturer
Woodrell, DanielWinter's Bone
Woolf, VirginiaMrs. Dalloway
Wrangham, RichardCatching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
Wright, RichardNative Son
— Y —
Yegulalp, SerdarSummerworld
Youmans, MarlyThe Curse of the Raven Mocker and Ingledove
Thaliad
Young, MoiraBlood Red Road
— Z —
Zelazny, RogerThis Immortal

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deepseasiren
Jul. 3rd, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
That is truly a monumental list! Awesome!!
inverarity
Jul. 27th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Thank you!
fenrir77
Dec. 28th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Hi there :)

Long term fan of your writing, first reading your HHD on mugglenet fanfiction and then the quality of that convinced me to get over my initial scepticism about your AQ series. Which I am delighted I did, I finished the first two books within a week and began reading The Deathly Regiment just as it was being uploaded.

The constant checking of your website for AQ updates got me reading your reviews as well.

While we have varied reading tastes a few have looked interesting enough for me to read (Such as "The Magicians" which I intend to buy when I get time...), a few classics I got an overview of and even when I am not interested in the subject, I still find you a good enough reviewer to read anyway, even though I am not a massive reader. Just really to say thank you.

I also wonder if you had any plans to review George R. R. Martins series, A Song of Ice and Fire? I know I sound a bit fanboyish here but I found it revolutionary and I wonder if I just have book-goggles on while reading it or if someone wider read would find it as compelling as the amount of twists and turns in it, in a good way, ruined TV series' like Homeland, as I was able to predict many of the twists due to the forward thinking paranoia that GRRM instilled.

I would also wonder if you planned to review books like C.S Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, or Tolkien? You have alluded to reading Lewis previously and I would love to hear your opinion on both.

Finally, if you are looking for an under-rated series, Glenn Cooks "The Black Company" series is worth a look. Each book being relatively short and the first relatively predictable in instances, his unique telling of the story, drawing on his own experience, really is fantastic. It starts of as a slog to read but, and you don't notice it, you slowly find yourself falling in love with the books.

Thanks again :) Looking forward to reading your SF novel when it comes out :)
inverarity
Dec. 28th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Hello!

Thanks for your kind words.

I have not read ASoIaF yet - I do intend to get to it eventually, but it's hard to work up enthusiasm to dive into a massive epic fantasy series that isn't even finished yet. I may wait until the last book is published... sometime this century.

I read The Chronicles of Narnia when I was much younger. I don't have any immediate plans to reread it (I don't think I'd like C.S. Lewis much now that I'm older and more atheistic), but I may do so someday.

Tolkien is another one on my TBR list. Yeah, I have never actually read LotR all the way through - heresy, I know.

I've heard of Glenn Cook, but not read anything by him. May try him out one of these days, if I find one of his books while I'm in the mood.
surrey_sucks
Oct. 2nd, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
Wandered here from bookish. OMG, this is amazing!
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