Equal Rites (Terry Pratchett)
This was brought down by the story revolving around a character I really didn't care about. I was interested in Granny Weatherwax and wanted to see more of her, but every time the focus switched to Esk my eyes would glaze over.
A Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula K. LeGuin)
It's an easy read, but the story moves too fast to have a chance to really develop. It was also extremely frustrating to put up with Ged's moaning about how he'll never conquer the shadow that pursues him if he doesn't know its name when I knew what the shadow's name was since Ged's encounter with the dragon, but Ged didn't figure it out until the third-to-last page.
Mort (Terry Pratchett)
The humor had me in stitches and the characters were memorable, but the story is a huge mess. Everything hinges on Mort's insistence on saving some princess bitch he's only seen once in his life who probably doesn't even know who he is, and I didn't understand why Death went all emo and started trying to find a new job. And I couldn't decide if Mort and Death's showdown at the end was sadistically hysterical or just cruel. But hey, Death loves kitties, what more can I ask?
For Love of Mother-Not (Alan Dean Foster)
I had the same problem as I did with Equal Rites, but it was much worse here. I guess I didn't really mind Esk, but I spent this entire book wanting to kick that Mother Mastiff character down a flight of stairs. A little ironic when you think about it, because in Equal Rites it was the old woman I wanted to see more of. The story isn't that good, and Foster seems to have a problem with time management. For example, Mastiff buys Flinx when he's eight, a few chapters pass, then suddenly bam, he's sixteen. There was also one time in the middle of the book when Flinx takes off with that park ranger in an airship, and the very next paragraph took place five frikkin' days later. I'm willing to give the series the benefit of the doubt, though: I found out only after I was done with this book that while it's the first Pip and Flinx book chronologically, it wasn't the first actually written, and as was the case with Phantom Menace, Lufia 2, and Crisis Core, Foster is fumbling around, trying to tell a story where there was none.
Sourcery (Terry Pratchett)
So Rincewind's back, and at first it seemed like losing his comic foil in Twoflower was going to make him a dull character. It took a little while to get going, but the climax and end are a blast (if a bit depressing if you don't know Rincewind's plight is resolved in Eric) and the snakepit scene was golden. Although I really don't know what Conina's business in the story was.