The entries marked with a (*) are rereads.

In what follows:

Do note that my ratings are based on either how much entertainment/escape I had reading the book or how much new stuff I learned/noticed while reading it. This isn't a literary merit rating, except maybe for the exclamation mark books. Which might be exclamation mark for a wide variety of reasons as well, including "it's a classic," and "it details a worldview/scientific information that I think everyone should be aware of."


January 2004
The Diamond Throne (*)D. Eddings Fantasy; The Elenium v. 1. 3 stars
The Ruby Knight(*)D. Eddings Fantasy; The Elenium v. 2. 3 stars
The Sapphire Rose (*)D. Eddings Fantasy; The Elenium v. 3. 3 stars
Dünyanìn Gözü (*) (The Eye of the World)R. Jordan Fantasy; The Wheel of Time v. 1. 5 stars
Translation: 4 stars
The Guns of AvalonR. Zelazny Fantasy; The Amber Chronicles, v. 3. 3 stars
QuicksilverN. Stephenson Historical fiction, v. 1 of the Baroque Cycle. 5 stars
Good Omens N. Gaiman and T. Pratchett Fan....tasy, I guess; The Apocalypse with a _lot_ of great humo(u)r. 5 stars A must read
The Hand of OberonR. Zelazny Fantasy; The Amber Chronicles, v. 4. 4 stars
The Courts of ChaosR. Zelazny Fantasy; The Amber Chronicles, v. 5. 5 stars
Native Dancer: The Grey GhostJ. Eisenberg Nonfiction: The story of one of the most famous racehorses of the USA. 4 stars
A Wizard of EarthseaU. LeGuin Fantasy; First of the Earthsea books. 5 stars
The Tombs of AtuanU. LeGuin Fantasy; Second of the Earthsea books. 5 stars

February 2004
HogfatherT. Pratchett A Discworld book, standalone. 5 stars
Men at ArmsT. Pratchett A Discworld book, the Night Watch. 5 stars
JingoT. Pratchett A Discworld book, the Night Watch. 5 stars
Moving PicturesT. Pratchett A Discworld book, standalone. 4 stars

March 2004
Men at Arms (*)T. Pratchett A Discworld book, the Watch. 5 stars
The Fifth ElephantT. Pratchett A Discworld book, the Watch. 4 stars
The Letters of J.R.R. TolkienH. Carpenter (ed). What the title says. 4 stars
The Grand CrusadeM.A. Stackpole Epic fantasy, the DragonCrown War Cycle v. III. 5 stars
The Fellowship of the Ring (*) J.R.R. Tolkien Fantasy; The Lord of the Rings III. 5 stars A must read

April 2004
Conquerors' HeritageT. Zahn SF: Book 2 of the Conquerors' series. 4 stars
New SpringR. Jordan Prequel to the Wheel of Time. 4 stars
Brothers in ArmsL.M. Bujold A Miles Vorkosigan novel 4 stars
Reaper ManT. Pratchett A Discworld book, standalone. 4 stars

May 2004
Mirror DanceL.M. Bujold A Miles Vorkosigan novel 5  stars
Death of a DoxyR. Stout Mystery, a Nero Wolfe novel 3 stars
The IliadHomer Epic poem. Yes, that epic poem. 4 stars
Feet of ClayT. Pratchett A Discworld book, the Watch. 4 stars
Carpe JugulumT. Pratchett A Discworld book, vampires... no, vampYres vs. the Witches of Lancre. 5 stars
Legends IIR. Silverberg (ed.) Stories and short novels by epic fantasy writers set in their "main" fantasy worlds. The rating is an average for the stories. 4 stars
Night WatchT. Pratchett A Discworld book, the Watch. 5 stars

June 2004
Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix (*) J.K. Rowling Year 5 at Hogwarts. 4 stars
The ConfusionN. Stephenson Historical fiction; Vol. II of the Baroque Cycle. 5 stars
Tigana (*)G.G. Kay Quite unusual fantasy. 5 stars
Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone (*) J.K. Rowling Year 1 at Hogwarts. 3 stars
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (*) J.K. Rowling Year 2 at Hogwarts. 3 stars
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (*) J.K. Rowling Year 3 at Hogwarts. 4 stars
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (*) J.K. Rowling Year 4 at Hogwarts. 4 stars

July 2004
River out of Eden: A Darwinian View of LifeR. Dawkins Nonfiction: What the title says. 5 stars
Daughter of the BloodA. Bishop Fantasy, v.1 of the Black Jewels Trilogy. 3 stars
Heir to the ShadowsA. Bishop Fantasy, v.2 of the Black Jewels Trilogy. 2 stars
Queen of ... um, somethingA. Bishop Fantasy, v.3 of the Black Jewels Trilogy. 2 stars

August 2004
Rogue Squadron (*)M.A. Stackpole Star Wars, v.1 of the X-Wing series. 4 stars
Wedge's Gamble (*)M.A. Stackpole Star Wars, v.2 of the X-Wing series. 4 stars
The Krytos Trap (*)M.A. Stackpole Star Wars, v.3 of the X-Wing series. 4 stars
The Bacta War (*)M.A. Stackpole Star Wars, v.4 of the X-Wing series. 4 stars
Wraith Squadron (*)A. Allston Star Wars, v.5 of the X-Wing series. 4 stars
Iron Fist (*)A. Allston Star Wars, v.6 of the X-Wing series. 4 stars
Solo Command (*)A. Allston Star Wars, v.7 of the X-Wing series. 4 stars
Heir to the Empire (*)T. Zahn Star Wars Extended Universe. 4 stars
Dark Force Rising (*)T. Zahn Star Wars Extended Universe. 4 stars

September 2004
The Last Command (*)T. Zahn Star Wars Extended Universe. 4 stars
Rock This!C. Rock Non-fiction: Short humorous articles. 4 stars
Isard's Revenge (*)M.A. Stackpole Star Wars, v.8 of the X-Wing series. 4 stars
I, Jedi (*)M.A. Stackpole Star Wars Extended Universe. 5 stars
Starfighters of Adumar (*)A. Allston Star Wars, v.9 of the X-Wing series. 5 stars
Specter of the Past (*)T. Zahn Star Wars Extended Universe. 4 stars
Vision of the Future (*)T. Zahn Star Wars Extended Universe. 5 stars
The Father Brown StoriesG.K. Chesterton 19th Century mystery short stories. 4 stars
Conquerors' LegacyT. Zahn SF, v. 3 of the Conquerors trilogy. 4 stars

October 2004
The Last HeroT. Pratchett A Discworld book, standalone, but with many established characters 4 stars
The Great CrashJ.K. Gilbreath Non-fiction: A history of the great stock market crash of 1929, short cause/effect analysis 4 stars
The Truth (*)T. Pratchett A Discworld book, standalone. 5 stars
Night Watch (*)T. Pratchett A Discworld book, The Watch. 5 stars
The Color of Magic (*)T. Pratchett A Discworld book, Rincewind. 3 stars
Jingo (*)T. Pratchett A Discworld book, The Watch. 5 stars
The Fifth Elephant (*)T. Pratchett A Discworld book, The Watch. 5 stars
MemoryL.M. Bujold A Miles Vorkosigan novel. 4 stars
KomarrL.M. Bujold A Miles Vorkosigan novel. 5 stars
Warrior's Apprentice (*)L.M. Bujold A Miles Vorkosigan novel. 4 stars
On Writing: A Memoir of the CraftS. King Non-fiction: About writing fiction. 5 stars
Sein LanguageJ. Seinfeld Non-fiction: Comedy sketches. 3 stars

November 2004
A Civil CampaignL.M. Bujold A Miles Vorkosigan novel. 5 stars
Survivor's QuestT. Zahn Star Wars Extended Universe. 5 stars
Monstrous RegimentT. Pratchett A Discworld book, standalone. 5 stars

December 2004
The Curse of ChalionL.M. Bujold Fantasy. 4 stars
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated RodentsT. Pratchett A Discworld book, standalone. 5 stars
The Gilded ChainD. Duncan Fantasy. 3 stars
Diplomatic ImmunityL.M. Bujold A Miles Vorkosigan novel. 5 stars
The Truth (*)T. Pratchett A Discworld book, standalone. 5 stars
Cetaganda (*)L.M. Bujold A Miles Vorkosigan novel. 4 stars
Ethan of Athos (*)>L.M. Bujold A Miles Vorkosigan-universe novel. 4 stars


I sometimes prefer to let some time elapse before I rate a book, to see how well it "ages" in memory.

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