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Hoard of the Dragon Queen (D&D Adventure)
Wizards RPG Team
The Power of Everyday Missionaries
Clayton M. Christensen
Art of Thank You
Connie Leas
Lectures on Faith
Joseph Fielding Smith
The Avengers Omnibus, Vol. 1
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
John Adams
David McCullough
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
Neil Gaiman
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
Barry Schwartz

A Tale of Two Castles

A Tale of Two Castles - Greg Call, Gail Carson Levine Were I younger--say about ten or twelve years old--I think I would have adored this book. However, it lacks the polish I've seen in Gail Carson Levine's earlier work, particularly Ella Enchanted. In particular, I had a hard time following event causation (things happened for no discernible reason, and often were not explained at all), many of the descriptions seemed aimed at showing off the world-building/culture rather than furthering the story, and the characterisation of the side characters seemed based largely on quirks in their speech (repeated words or phrases, particular sounds, etc). The net result, for me, was an overall inability to connect with the story in any meaningful way. Instead of being immersed in the story, I was removed from the action as I read.