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The books I've read since January 1, 2007

1. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
2. Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
3. The Sharing Knife I: Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold [x]
4. Emily Climbs by LM Montgomery
5. Emily's Quest by LM Montgomery
6. Archangel by Sharon Shinn
7. Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
8. The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathon Stroud [x]
9. The Bridei Chronicles: The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier [x]
10. The Bridei Chronicles: The Blade of Fortriu by Juliet Marillier [x]
11. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
12. The Taking by Dean Koontz
13. Dusk by Tim Lebbon [x]
14. Heart of Gold by Sharon Shinn [x]
15. The Last Mimzy: And Other Stories (originally published as The Best of Henry Kuttner) [x]

[x] first-time read

So far books this year have been kind of disappointing. The first Bartimaeus book I'd give 3/5 because it was very clever and yet the main character, I thought, was rather poorly developed. The Bridei Books... well, the first one was veeery slow. The second one picked up a little but Juliet played the old ship-switcharoo which always grates. Dusk was one that I had higher hopes for... the characters just didn't seem real to me. Heart of Gold was probably the worst of Shinn's that I've read, which is a bummer... after the amazingness that is the Archangel books I want everything she writes to be that good. Bleh. In any case, the stories in the "Mimzy" collection were on the whole excellent, and that makes me happy. Right now I'm reading Flowers for Algernon because it needs to be returned to the library by Saturday. Whoops. Maybe I'll take it by tomorrow and get it renewed. If I remember.

Can anybody recommend any novels/short story collections? Stuff with good, well-developed, interesting characters. Science fiction or fantasy, ideally, although I tend to get turned off by anything related to vampires or werewolves or the like. And dragons... meh. Here's last year's books for reference.
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