Presented just for the heck of it, here is the list of books I finished in 2014. Like last year, I'm a bit disappointed, but considering I doubled the amount of kids in my house, I think I have a valid excuse. My favorite of the year? Probably "Spin." But I enjoyed the hell out of the Merchant Princes series. (My favorite genre is alt-history and I especially enjoy alt-history books that mix in our world as well.) My least favorite was "The Uncertain Places." I nearly gave up about halfway through.

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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/804878129?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget" title="The Family Trade (The Merchant Princes, #1)"><img alt="The Family Trade" border="0" src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1408262924m/17861.jpg" /></a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8794.Charles_Stross">Charles Stross</a>
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        Really happy with it!
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8794.Charles_Stross">Charles Stross</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8794.Charles_Stross">Charles Stross</a>
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        So far so good. 
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8794.Charles_Stross">Charles Stross</a>
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        Decent enough book.
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/589.Orson_Scott_Card">Orson Scott Card</a>
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        I'd love to give this book a higher rating. It has a great premise, and cool moments, but so much of the book was mind numbingly boring I wanted to give up. It seemed like every other page was:

And then Dan learned that his gate magic X...