The list author says: "I've got two other lists up along the lines of 'the Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi' and 'the Worst Fantasy/Sci-Fi.' But I felt like I was missing some books in there. So this list is for the books that were just... good. Entertaining, decent reads, sometimes even great reads. They just weren't good enough to qualify as the best. If you're looking for something to read while you're waiting for something else to come out, maybe you'll find it here. Thanks for reading! Please see my other lists if you enjoy this one. If you have a question, comment, or recommendation, please email me. My email's on my profile page."
"This book is a bit of a nightmare, and struck me as borrowing a bit too much from Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series, but I enjoyed it a lot. Very entertaining, and I loved the characters. The other three books following it were very disappointing, though."
"I loooooved this book. Fan-freaking-tastic. However, it doesn't really stand alone, and all I remember of the second book in the trilogy is that it was torturous. And I didn't make it all the way through the third. But it's worth trying."
"I truly love this author. However, although this trilogy seems like it should be more serious, and darker, than her Nightrunner series, I found it to be a little childish, and also a little boring. It was a struggle staying absorbed through three books."
"I enjoyed this book a lot. It starts off slow but ends up being quirky, dark, entertaining, and cute, which makes for an interesting combination. It's not great, the writing's choppy, but it makes for a good read."
"Entertaining, decently written, way over-hyped. This is good but not nearly as good as everyone seems to think. The main character is a bit of a god character- even when he's wrong, he's right. And the writing is obviously inidicitive of a first-time novelist."
"Including this here because I kinda dis the first book. And it needs that dissing. This book, the second book, though, is truly fantastic. One of the best fantasy novels I've ever read. It has almost none of the flaws the first book has. Don't skip it."
"The first book by these authors is one of my new favorites. I really enjoyed this one, too, but I'm putting it in this list because it just wasn't as good. And, contrary to reviews, I enjoyed the one after, Dragonsoul, more than this, too."
"This series starts off just as fantastically as all of Robin Hobb's books. She's one of the most creative authors out there. However, this trilogy should have only been two books. I found myself wishing for resolution and end."
"I really enjoyed the Belgariad, (the first 3 books in a 5 book series). They're decently written, humourous, and fun. I got really bored with the 4th and 5th books, though. Seems like the author tried to stretch the story, and instead lost the thread."
"This author really took me by surprise with a fantastic story. I think all the posing may turn people away from this book, but if you treat it as a kind of sign language, it fades into the background, letting great characters and writing come through. In the first 50 or so pages, there's a disturbing scene, but keep reading. You'll understand why it's there."
"A lot of reviewers didn't like this book as much as the first, but I really enjoyed it. I include it in this list because the third book in the series was dull and I never made it to the end, never mind into the fourth book."
"As you probably know from reading the million and one lists that mention this, these books are superbly written. And they really are, no argument there. Fantastic story and plot. However, I found myself not liking or caring about the characters."
"This book's biggest flaw is that I felt there should be more character developement. It just doesn't have the emotional impact that I love in a book. However, I really enjoyed this. It's fast paced, and you fall right into the story. Reading it makes you feel good."
"I actually liked this book a lot. It flowed right along, was very entertaining, and had more to it than I first expected. I didn't love the ending, though, so I can't recommend it as the best book ever, but it is worth a read."
"This is almost a great book- the writing is excellent, draws you in immediately, the story is solid and novel, and the sci-fi aspects are dealt with nicely. But not everything was explained by the end of the book, and I found the main character to be exactly the same as Del from "Pandemonium.""
"I absolutely loved this book. It was a great story, great characters, everything you want in a book. In the next two books, though, the characters seem to change completely, and I felt like I was reading something entirely different."
"This was almosot really, really good. Something about it, though, seemed to keep it at arm's length, so I have to rate it as decent instead of great. The wild-west/fantasy combination is refreshing, though, for sure."
"I am NOT one of those people who loves 'Twilight,' but I did like this. I had a hard time believing anyone could maintain the panic level the main character does here, but the story is quite good, and original."
"This was actually pretty awesome. Very different and pretty well written. The character relationships were just so WEIRD though... Ok, the whole book was weird, but that was the only problem I had with it."
"Is this perfect? No. However, the two stories (one fairy tale, one modern) are both excellent. The writing and voices are superb. And the entire idea of the book is captivating, touching, and interesting. Worth checking out."
"The description makes it sound like a romance, but this is really a light adventure story. Easy to read, exciting, never boring. I loved a lot of aspects of this little book. Hard to find but worth checking out."
"Interesting and absorbing, with well-thought out characters. Nicely written. Side story somewhat mirrors British rule over India. It gets a little drawn out at the end, but definitely entertaining enough to read."
"The writing in this was really good- the premise was captivating, and I didn't have any trouble falling into the story. However, most of the characters were terrible people, and the end of the story was poorly done."