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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman couldn't put it down
The Witch's Daughter - Paula Brackston I was thoroughly impressed for the first half of the book...and then it got a little too weird (not sure that's the word in looking for). at the end I feel like the author did better with the past then she did with the present.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke good book, just way too long. Too many stories with in the story
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt Very good. I am not a non-fiction fan, though our book club book was non fiction of your choice so I was stumped. I read that this book was a work of non fiction but read more like a novel so I thought I would give it a try. They were right, I read it quickly and enjoyed it thoroughly

The School of Essential Ingredients

The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister I really liked this book. I read it quickly, was left wanting more and eagerly await her next book. Ms. Bauermeister painted a picture with every sentence. This is not a genre that I usually enjoy, but I know I will find myself reading this novel again and again.
The Blood King (Chronicles of the Necromancer, Book 2) - Gail Z. Martin I really enjoyed this book, up until the last three or four chapters. When I read the first in the trilogy (The Summoner) I couldn't put it down. The second book is just as good, with one let down. The Summoner takes you through 637 pages, 33 chapters, on a journey to the climax. the Blood King continues that journey, through the first 35 chapters all the way to the meeting that you have waited for, the climax of the book. That meeting is met, fought and resolved in three chapters' 41 pages to be exact. Really? It took all that training and all that preparing for something that easy? I was a bit let down in that, wishing that there was a little more focus as that is the thing that you are rooting for all the way there and then it's done.
I still really enjoy Ms. Martin's writing and have begun the next book in the series, I just hope that the next climax wont leave me wanting so much more.
Mad Merlin - J. Robert King interesting after you get past the first 50 pages or so