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Roil - Trent Jamieson Did not finish. Multiple major formatting errors, including missing section breaks when perspective shifts. No baseline for the world so we have no idea what the characters are like before things go to hell. No real character work at all. Just lots and lots of weird things that aren't very well explained. Shame really because the world is quite interesting.
The Mad Scientist's Daughter - Cassandra Rose Clarke A bit rough around the edges, but ultimately a fantastic story. The standard debut author ticks are here, but they're nothing that experience and a more aggressive edit won't fix.As an aside, I went out of my way to avoid reading the back of the book and I'm really glad I did. The blurb focuses on Finn when this book is really Cat's story and is narrated entirely from her perspective.
Emperor's Knife (Tower and Knife Trilogy) - Mazarkis Williams So very close to perfection. If it had just been a little less vague about everything and hadn't ended quite so abruptly...
Chronicles of the Black Company - Glen Cook Read the first "book", didn't really enjoy it. I found it hard to keep track of what was going on and wasn't given any reason to care about any of the characters. Not going to be reading the rest.
Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations) - Michael J. Sullivan Couldn't bring myself to finish the second "book". Everything, from the dialogue to the plot progression felt so forced. There were some fun moments, but my time is at a premium.
Greatshadow - James Maxey 3.5 stars really, but not 4.
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch Well written, but ultimately felt like it was treading water. Very little of the interesting stuff hinted at in the previous books was explored and at 400+ pages each I hope to hell that this series doesn't descend into episodes. Overall, it was fun and I'll pick up the next volume in the hope that the overall plot progresses a bit.
Department 19  - Will Hill Equal parts fun, gory and brutal. This is a very good debut that loses a star for some ridiculously obvious telegraphing and some bizarre abuses of perspective. The next one looks like it will probably involve a love-triangle as well...
The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson Over-long, over-complex and over-explained with massively over-developed sub-plots that bring minor characters to the fore for no good reason. There's some clever plotting here, but by the end I just didn't care. Then... Let us just say that certain of the authors personal beliefs make themselves very clear in the ending...
The Straight Razor Cure - Daniel Polansky Well written with interesting characters, but the plot was little predictable and I couldn't quite place it in time. Props to the author for making the protagonist genuinely unpleasant.
Prince of Thorns - Mark  Lawrence Very quick and entertaining read with an evil little sod of a protagonist.
Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch Much better than the first one!
The Stormcaller - Tom Lloyd Interesting characters and quality prose are marred by a meandering narrative with no real focus.
The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson Not nearly as good as the first one. Way too much politicking and emo rubbish. It really picks up in the last couple of hundred pages, but the entire middle section really didn't need to be there.
Iron Jackal - Chris Wooding Yet more awesome fun with the crew of the Ketty Jay.Not sure who wrote the blurb that's up on Goodreads though as it bears no relation to the actual plot of this book. If anything it sounds like a potential plot for the fourth book...
Gridlinked - Neal Asher Well that was a whole lot of words about nothing. There's some okay action, but don't expect anything close to a satisfying ending that actually explains what on earth was going on.