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Guards! Guards!: A Novel of Discworld
Terry Pratchett
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter
The Falcon at the Portal
Elizabeth Peters
Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret
Vera Nazarian, Jane Austen
The Rogue Crew - Brian Jacques I hate to give his final book only two stars, but I've really been struggling with these last few books. What made his earlier books great--strong, developing characters; well-written, evocative prose; nice variations on the hero's journey; the world he's created--seems to have been lost.

While the series has always had a steady stream of chairacatures, emphasized accents, and certain good/evil situations, I felt this one relied way too much on what I'd always considered set-dressing. There was very little prose (and thus a lot of dialogue) and very few characters lacked an accent...which in the end made events more difficult to track.

But it's the last...and that still does leave me sad.