I've had a flurry of reading over the last couple months. I don't trust my ability to assign quality ratings since I'm influenced by what other people say about books or the opinions I hear about a writer or even just how much the books seems like it ought to be considered good.
So I'm using a more empirical scale:
Q Quit reading the book.
Q+ Quit reading the book, but might read another book by the author.
R Read the book, but probably won't read another book by the author.
R+ Read the book, will read more books by the author.
It actually takes me a while to truly quit a book -- usually about page 100 before I get irritated enough to dump it and decide that I'm not picking it up again. Not sure about the qualitative difference between Q+ and R, thus no real star system.
The Tourist R+
I'm waiting for more modern era spy novels by this guy. I liked finding a modern spy novel that wasn't mired in the wars I can get mired in by turning on the news.
A Spy by Nature R
Up until the ending it's rather slow, but feels like an accurate description of a spy op. The ending felt like it went a bit Hollywood, which was jarring compared to the rest of it.
Already Dead and the rest of the series R+
Was really reticent about this since I'm not big on vampire novels, but really dug the lean and nasty writing.
Closing Arguments R+
Domestic life complicates theosophy and a mystic assault from beyond.
Magic to the Bone Q
Our broke heroine spends her last ten bucks on a taxi. Then her friend later gives her 100 bucks which she promptly blows on on more taxis. Get a bus pass! I got a hundred pages in and noticed I was starting to obsess over this taxi business instead of the story, so figured I'd move on.
I couldn't get past the killer remote control Humvee that FBI agents apparently didn't realize you could hide behind a thick tree in order to avoid.
The Breach R+
Fun and fast-moving, one of two new authors from whom I'm definitely getting their second book.
Some interesting writing style but I need to be fed regular little plot pellets like the reading rat I am.
Child of Fire R+
Starts off fast and keeps moving. What I particularly liked was the lead characters and their complex, evolving relationships. The second author where I'm definitely getting book two.
A Corpse in the Koryo R (first eBook read on iPad)
Really cool idea, a detective story set in North Korea where detective also has to navigate complexities of politics. But the ending felt a little deus ex.
Songs of Innocence R
This is pretty fucking dark! Gritty pulp noir updated to today.
I read and loved Heart-Shaped Box, then discovered this kid's lineage... Anyway, the first book had already scored an R+ on its own.
Beautiful Lies R+
Even though not paranormal fantasy, this is what provoked the Urban Fantasy Mary Sues post. But the story was tense and fast-moving. Gonna give Black Out a try.
American on Purpose R
I suppose he'd have to re-incarnate in order to write a second biography.