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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

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I'm glad a fantasy series came along and became the biggest publishing phenomenon of my lifetime. I'm not so glad that it was this one. I finally read this one after much prodding, and I was not impressed. Please stop telling me that I have to read to book [three/five/four/seven] to like it. "Really, you only have to endure about three books of pain, then it starts getting where you actually don't hate yourself anymore!" Okay. I'll be over here reading something else.

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Ulysses

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I admit it, this book broke me. I couldn't finish it. It makes me wonder, are some of these "classics" really worth the time and difficulty?

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Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, #2)

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Terry Goodkind wrote a good first novel. As with most first fantasy novels, it is intended to be able to be read on its own, while leaving the opportunity for sequels. Well, he got the chance to write his sequels, but he mostly squanders the momentum he had from his first book. It meanders, fails to develop the characters significantly, and introduces "Oh shoot, did I kill off the last bad guy, who I represented as the ultimate personification of evil? Just kidding, this new bad guy is way worse, wink wink."

This book starts what will become a pattern in the series: Goodkind starts nakedly ripping off other fantasy series in comically inept fashion. Stone of Tears? How about the Stone of Tear, an important fortress from Robert Jordan where the protagonist grows into his power. Or the Sword of Truth? No relation to Terry Brooks' Sword of Shannara, whose eponymous artifact is sometimes called the sword of truth. Yikes. Even if Goodkind didn't intend this rehashing (which seems dubious), his editors or SOMEBODY at his publisher should have pointed out the painfully obvious. Avoid this book, and avoid this series.

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Castle of Wizardry (The Belgariad, #4)

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I slogged through the first three books, trying to find something to like about this series. By the time I finally got to book four and still didn't like it, I gave up. Bleah.

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Majyk By Design

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I love this one. Humorous fantasy at its best. I've yet to run into anybody else who's read it, though. Deserves more recognition.

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The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8)

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The worst of Jordan's Wheel of Time series. This one really plods along and does very little to move the plot along. As a big fan of the series, I still think it's alright, but it's a distant cry from the best books.

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The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book

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The single best collection of comics I have found, and I've read a few. Watterson's commentary is incisive, meaningful, and sometimes touching. This, along with Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics clued me in that perhaps there's more to comics as an art form. This is a book that everyone should read.

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