3 investigators. 20031014. R.X. modern revamp of the series. blah. a 1.
Adams, Scott. God's Debris. R.X. 200212. interesting, but kinda dull. not funny, but has some ideas. a 3.
ADAMS, DOUGLAS & MARK CARWARDINE. LAST CHANCE TO SEE. HB,1ST,R,NF. Sent Adams around the world to write about endangered species not what you'd think to do but it's a rather interesting book, and a bunch of really odd things. a 6 or 7 , some funny bits but not that kind of book really. The audiobook version is read by Douglas Adams, and is quite well done.
ADAMS, SCOTT. THE DILBERT PRINCIPLE. hb,DJ,R. funny lots of strips and the book is fairly amusing as well.
Alexander, Lloyd. Prydain Chronicles 1 The Book of Three
Alexander, Lloyd. Prydain Chronicles 2 The Black Cauldron
Alexander, Lloyd. Prydain Chronicles 3 The Castle of Llyr
Alexander, Lloyd. Prydain Chronicles 4 Taran Wanderer
Alexander, Lloyd. Prydain Chronicles 5 The High King
Alexander, Lloyd. Prydain Chronicles 0 The Founding & Other Tales of Prydain.
ALEXANDER, LLOYD. THE PRYDAIN CHRONICLES 0 THE FOUNDLING AND OTHER TALES OF PRYDAIN
ALEXANDER, LLOYD. THE PRYDAIN CHRONICLES 1 THE BOOK OF THREE
ALEXANDER, LLOYD. THE PRYDAIN CHRONICLES 2 THE BLACK CAULDRON
ALEXANDER, LLOYD. THE PRYDAIN CHRONICLES 3 THE CASTLE OF LLYR
ALEXANDER, LLOYD. THE PRYDAIN CHRONICLES 4 TARAN WANDERER
ALEXANDER, LLOYD. THE PRYDAIN CHRONICLES 5 THE HIGH KING
BC,no DJ,R. A BC HB THAT COLLECTS ALL 5 NOVELS IN THE SERIES PLUS THE BOOK OF CONNECTED SHORT STORIES. doesn't age that well. it's wonderful-great if you catch it at the right age tho. a 7
ALEXANDER, LLOYD. WESTMARK.
ALEXANDER, LLOYD. KESTREL.
ALEXANDER, LLOYD. BEGGAR QUEEN. YA,R, even better than cauldron for teenagers 13-16, and is great a 9+
Anderson, M.T. Thirsty. R.X. TPB. 20051229. teen vampire. interesting world very modern with addition of all occult and fairy in the background and the media and the tabloids. all to be hunted and killed. black humor. normal teen angst, girl problems, and he's turning into a vampire. even the forces of light aren't really very nice beings. didn't care for the end, but quite good up to then. a 4.
Anderson, Poul & Gordon R. Dickson. Hoka. R. Great! really funny. (TOR pb 1st, signed by Anderson) an 8-9
Anderson, Poul. Brain Wave. everyone gets smarter. R.k. a good one. one of my favs by Anderson. a 9.
Anderson, Poul. New America. R.k. revolutionary war on another planet.
ANDERSON, KEVIN J. & DOUG BEASON. ILL WIND. PB,R,X. stuff up. not very apocalypse tho. multi character viewpoints, some were a lot better than others, "Civilization might come to an end but Rock and Roll will never die"!!! that was so corny and actually very funny too. best line in the book. a 5
ANDERSON, KEVIN J. CLIMBING OLYMPUS. R,X. Why do all the mars books seem so similar - even with totally different characters and plot? the adin and dva's were interesting but no character was really that great. terraforming mars and altered men who do it.
ANDERSON, POUL. HIGH CRUSADE. R. great stuff - medieval knights vs. aliens in spaceship & the knights win ) !
ANDERSON, POUL. LONG WAY HOME, THE. R,X. hyperspace discovered ftl travel or so they thought, it is only ftl for them the universe still ages a year for each light year they cross, so 500,000 years later they come home! Sol and Centarui are human occupied but decadent and slave ridden, ugly future and even Anderson didn't think it was a
great story but it has a good adventure feel to it if only a 5
Anthony, Patricia. Conscience of the Beagle. pb,x,r. not as good as cold allies, but not bad, cream of the cops but each picked to fall apart, more of a SF mystery, a 5
Anthony, Piers & Robert Kornwise. Through the Ice. X. posthumous collaboration.
ANTHONY, PIERS. ADEPT 1 SPLIT INFINITY. X, ONE OF HIS GOOD SERIES (AT LEAST THE FIRST 3 ARE) a 6
ANTHONY, PIERS. ADEPT 2 BLUE ADEPT. X, ONE OF HIS GOOD SERIES (AT LEAST THE FIRST 3 ARE)
ANTHONY, PIERS. ADEPT 3 JUXTAPOSITION. X, ONE OF HIS GOOD SERIES (AT LEAST THE FIRST 3 ARE)
ANTHONY, PIERS. ADEPT 4 OUT OF PHAZE. X,R. BEGINNING OF SECOND TRILOGY not recommended a 4
ANTHONY, PIERS. ADEPT 5 ROBOT ADEPT. X,
ANTHONY, PIERS. ADEPT 6 UNICORN POINT. X,R
ANTHONY, PIERS. ADEPT 7? PHAZE DOUBT. R,
ANTHONY, PIERS. INCARNATIONS OF IMMORTALITY 5 BEING A GREEN MOTHER. HB,DJ,1ST,R, quite an interesting series an 8 the series
ANTHONY, PIERS. XANTH GOLEM IN THE GEARS. x,R. AS THE SERIES GETS ALONG THEY GO DOWNHILL a 3
Antieau, Kim. Jigsaw Woman, the. pb,r. excellent revised Frankenstein, metaphysical past-live memory, feminist, very Tepper-ish, a 9
Anvil, Christopher. Pandora's Planet. R. 20051212. excellent old space opera SF. lion-aliens gigantic empire attacks earth, has hard time overcoming tricksy humans, co-ops them into empire - looses all the myriad screwballs of earth on the cosmos, war of empires ensues, eventual assimilation - good story, lacks depth of character, but is only
175 pages - a modern novella length - a 6.
Applegate, K.A. EverWorld 01 R. YA. a very good series, all worlds mythology all mixed together. like it, an 8
Applegate, K.A. EverWorld 02 R
Applegate, K.A. EverWorld 03 R
Applegate, K.A. EverWorld 04 R
Applegate, K.A. EverWorld 05 R
Applegate, K.A. EverWorld 06 R
Applegate, K.A. EverWorld 07 R
Applegate, K.A. EverWorld 08 R
Applegate, K.A. EverWorld 09 R
Applegate, K.A. EverWorld 10 R
Applegate, K.A. EverWorld 11 R
Applegate, K.A. EverWorld 12 R. didn't really like the ending should have had 2 or 3 more books, should have seen them defeat Ka Anor, should have gotten the scroll the 'software', what happens with Christopher?, Doesn't April go back?, etc. too much unanswered. But a good series up 'til then.
Applegate, K.A. Remnants. R.YA. 200302. end of the world via asteroid. a select few escape via space shuttle & cryonics. an 8.
Armstrong, Kelley. Bitten. Women of the Otherworld 1. TPB R. 200908? good werewolf story, keep for maybe sequel. reminds of Laurel Hamilton. a 7
If you like this try Laurell K. Hamilton - Anita Blake. Charlaine Harris. Robin Mckinley - Sunshine. Nancy Collins - Sonja Blue. Kim Harrison. Carrie Vaughn.
ASHER, MARTY. SHELTER. TPB,R. JOHN LENNON TELLS HIM TO FIX THE NUCLEAR WAR PROBLEM = TRIPPY
Asimov, Isaac. Foundation 4 Foundation's Edge. R.X.
ASIMOV, ISAAC & CARR & GREENBERG. 100 GREAT FANTASY SHORT SHORT STORIES. ANT,R, A marvelous selection of true gems tiny little gems but a terrific collection. a 9 only because shorts are harder to get into.
ASIMOV, ISAAC & SILVERBERG. NIGHTFALL. R,X. MORE COMPLEX AND PERHAPS MORE TECHNICALY 'REAL' BUT I THOUGHT THE ORIGINAL SHORT STORY WAS AS GOOD OR BETTER. A 5
ASIMOV, ISAAC. END OF ETERNITY, THE. -X. THE CHARACTER IS NOT REALLY ALL THAT LIKEABLE, AND THE STORY BOGGS DOWN IN THE EXPLORATION OF ASPECTS OF TIMETRAVEL TO THE DETREMENT OF THE PLOT, WHAT THERE WAS OF IT. END'S NEAT. A 3
ASIMOV, ISAAC. FOUNDATION AND EARTH. -X, NOT BAD BUT VERY COMAN THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE ROBOT MYSTERIES AND THE FOUNDATION SERIES, THE FOUNDATION FINDS EARTH
Asprin, Robert & Linda Evans. For King & Country. R.X. 20051101 time travel to the past into someone's head. King Arthur in a very historical context. IRA vs. Orangemen - Irish troubles - a bit overdone. good king Arthur stuff. a5. worthwhile but there's so much king Arthur stuff around, and the IRA stuff was a bit overly politically done.
ASPRIN, ROBERT. BUG WARS. R
ASPRIN, ROBERT. COLD CASH WAR, THE. R
ASPRIN, ROBERT. MYTH 1 ANOTHER FINE MYTH. R,
ASPRIN, ROBERT. MYTH 2 MYTH CONCEPTIONS. R
ASPRIN, ROBERT. MYTH 3 MYTH DIRECTIONS. R
ASPRIN, ROBERT. MYTH 4 HIT OR MYTH. R
ASPRIN, ROBERT. MYTH 5 LITTLE MYTH MARKER. R-X
ASPRIN, ROBERT. MYTH 8 M.Y.T.H. INC. IN ACTION. R-X
ASPRIN, ROBERT. MYTH 9 SWEET MYTH=TERY OF LIFE. R,X. TPB, ILL FOGLIO, R. NOT HIS BEST, THEY'VE BEEN GOING DOWNHILL SINCE THE 4TH OR 5TH, TOO MANY CHARACTERS AND NOT ENOUGH ACTION. I MUST SAY THO I LOVE THE QUOTES.
ASPRIN, ROBERT. PHULE'S COMPANY. R,X.
ASPRIN, ROBERT. PHULE'S PARADISE. R,X. THE CASINO ONE
Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia. In the Forests of the Night. 20050703 ReRead.k. mini-HB amazing for a 13 year-old-girl's first novel, short juv vampire story, quite good, interesting modification/modernization of the vampire mythology. Raisika the Tyger. a 7.
Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia. Demon in My View. 20050703 R.k.mini-hb/DJ. sequel of sorts to Forests, the villain of Forests, Aubrey, and the girl who writes the true history of the vampires all unknowingly - at first. a bit more of a standard vampire-story plot, more about the Witches vampire-hunters. considerably more polished. a 6.
Austin. J.D. Bobby's Girl. R.X. film industry & aliens... ok trying for humor. a 4
Babbitt, Natalie. The Search for Delicious. R. TA.- like nesbit. cute & amusing and fun a 7
BABBITT, NATALIE. SEARCH FOR DELICIOUS, THE. R. OS,CS. a nice story aimed at a young audience, boy searches out kingdom for definition of delicious and helps mermaid regain doll saves kingdom from civil war. AN 8
BABBITT, NATALIE. TUCK EVERLASTING. CH,OS, & PB,R,YA. frontier family finds fountain of 'youth' (immortality), regrets it, but are nice. interesting a family of pioneers drinks from a small spring(the fountain of youth) and thereafter never age. they grow to regret it but cannot be killed! aimed at a young audience but a good story a 7
BALDWIN, BILL. CANBY'S LEGION. X. Fairly good large cast legionary to mercenary story - very corrupt and nasty earth at times a bit much. 5
Ball, Margaret. Mathemagics. R.X. continuing from the short story in Chicks in Chainmail. but it worked better as a short. a 4
Ball, Margaret. Weaver 1 Flameweaver. R.X. Russian vs. British raj. Gandhara magic
Ball, Margaret. Weaver 2 Changeweaver. R.X. into forbidden china and change the world into 'real' past. they get too romancy & don't really like the setting Tibet/china/Mongol etc. area all that much. a 4 not bad. 200211
BALL, MARGARET. MATHEMAGICS. R,X. 199902. doesn't make a lot of sense lest you read the short story in the chicks in Chainmail anthology. but isn't all that great afterwards either. good short story material but.. as a novel it lacks. some cute SF in jokes, Michael valentine, Dune, others, a 4
BANKS, IAIN M. USE OF WEAPONS. R,X. 199901. extremely creepy (practically military Sf/horror) - very especially the end. The Chairmaker!. if that doesn't remind me... a 7
Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. R. a 7 really well written you really get to like the guy as he's finding his memories & then you both discover he's really rather an evil guy - creepy Memes, the Organization, CTC time line loops.
BARNES, STEVEN. STREETLETHAL 1 STREETLETHAL. PB,R. BEGINNING OF A TRILOGY good, somewhat unpolished but strong, strong main character in more ways than one. a 6
BARNES, STEVEN. STREETLETHAL 2 GORGON CHILD. pb, r. continuation from streetlethal better polished but sort of retread of the interior conflict of Aubrey an 8
BARNES, STEVEN. STREETLETHAL 3 FIREDANCE. pb, R. continuation from gorgon child, the kid is cool, lethal but cool, again Aubrey seems to have lost the resolution he gained at the end of the last book, but it ends well, perhaps over polished an 8, would love a sequel strictly from the kids pov.
Barry, Dave. Big Trouble. R. funny mystery, hilarious characters. expected barry quality. humor as per expectations. a 7 (there was a movie made - )
Barton, William. Acts of Conscience. R. Alice. ick. get over himself, sex, little fuzzies, sex, lots of sex problems, and never got anywhere. Well written and strong character, but a 2. all social & psych, not space. loneliness, trust, fear, sex, lots of depression.
BAUDINO, GAEL. DRAGONSWORD 1 DRAGONSWORD.
BAUDINO, GAEL. DRAGONSWORD 2 DUEL OF DRAGONS
BAUDINO, GAEL. DRAGONSWORD 3 DRAGON DEATH. R. 199901, good series, which get better as it goes. a 'created' world from the strong emotions of a few people from earth, lots of Kent State flashbacks wraps up well. a7
BAUDINO, GAEL. GOSSAMER AXE. R. SORT of modern Celtic fant - delintish
BAUDINO, GAEL. GOSSAMER AXE. R.X.
BAUDINO, GAEL. STRANDS OF STARLIGHT. R,X. OKAY SERIES a 4
BAUDINO, GAEL. MAZE OF MOONLIGHT. R,X. SEQUEL TO STRANDS OF STARLIGHT A 4
BAUDINO, GAEL. STRANDS OF SUNLIGHT. pb. SEQUEL TO SHROUD OF SHADOW
BAUER, STEVEN. SATYRDAY. R. GREAT FANTASY mythic woods
BAUM, L. FRANK. LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS, THE. R. A very different legend of Santa's beginnings from the usual, foundling of fairies and lastly made immortal. a 7
Baum, L. Frank. 01 THE WIZARD OF OZ. R
Baum, L. Frank. 02 THE LAND OF OZ . R
Baum, L. Frank. 03 OZMA OF OZ. R. mostly the story of Ev a kingdom off to the side of oz, with Dorothy and tic tok. Against the Nome king, they steal/win his magic belt. the one in which ozma says she'll check on Dorothy with the magic picture. a 7
BAUM, L. FRANK. OZ 04 DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD IN OZ R. Actually they're only in oz at the very end, mostly they're in the center of the earth fallen thru a crack from an earthquake, with the vegetable people and guy who makes rustles, some very strange wooden gargoyles and
dragonettes! a 7
BAUM, L. FRANK. OZ 05 THE ROAD TO OZ. R. The shaggy man and polychrome the rainbows daughter go with Dorothy to ozma's birthday party. Also there are Santa Claus, Queen Zixi of Ix, the John Dough and the Cherub, and others from Baum's other books. light hearted cute a 7
BAUM, L. FRANK. OZ 06 THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ. R. Dorothy brings her Aunt & Uncle to OZ, the Nome king tries to invade with a tunnel under the desert and Glinda makes OZ invisible to all so it won't happen again = says is the last oz story (tho it isn't) one of the better ones, an 8
BAUM, L. FRANK. OZ 07 THE PATCHWORK GIRL OF OZ. R.
BAUM, L. FRANK. OZ 10 RINKITINK IN OZ.
BAUM, L. FRANK. OZ 11 THE LOST PRINCESS OF OZ.
BAUM, L. FRANK. OZ 13 THE MAGIC OF OZ. PB
BAUM, L. FRANK. OZ 14 GLINDA OF OZ. LAST BAUM OZ.
BAXTER, STEPHEN. RING (4th in series) R,-X. REALY huge story, extremely long and near immortality and end of the universe and the end of his long timeline. interesting lisel and stuff, ok but as read the end first don't know how compares w/previous. at times too hard sf tech and I just skip it.
BEAGLE. FOLK OF THE AIR. R
BEAGLE. LAST UNICORN. R
Bear, Greg. Vitals. R.X. 20060812. ugh, a disappointment, actually rather reminded me of Tim Powers last - Declare. starts off as if it's going to be an interesting immortality story and ends up a spy/intrigue/mind-control story. Never really got into the biologist character - I remember being at pg 80 and thinking, when is it going to get good... The historian character (2 character pov story, half way thru switches) was much more interesting - but it could have been that the plot was going strong by then. but worst of all he loses, and never really figures out exactly what was going on... bah. I'd expected much better from BEAR, GREG. since THE INFINITY CONCERTO. was amazing, but this isn't up to his old stuff. It is a good spy/mind control/mild sf story, and might appeal to the Dan Brown Da Vinci Code crowd, if they weren't too much into the art & religion aspect of that story. a 4.
BEAR, GREG. BEYOND HEAVEN'S RIVER. R. JAP PILOT IN WWII CAPTURED BY ALIENS AND MADE NEARLY IMMORTAL, MILENIA LATER LEFT OF PLANET AND TAKEN IN BY HUMANS - CULTURE CLASH AND PUZZLES
BEAR, GREG. THE INFINITY CONCERTO. R.
BEAR, GREG. THE SERPENT MAGE. R. series very well described musical aspects really recommended to those who like classical music even a little, also a very admired world view, God is an Elf=mage! or was, fairyland is an alternate 'world' created by the elf=mage, and elves are back to being haughtily evil or not caring or some few liking humans. Michael, goes to fairyland and comes back 5 years later and saves the world. Fairyland collapses and elves return to earth, could easily be classified as a modern fantasy like the borderlands, dozens of 'races' tho few are met, an ancient human mage from before the garden of Eden who was the snake, elves stealing the best artisans from all history and hiding them away in the realm (fairyland), music a magic, Mozart!, the mage of birds, ancient half=elves. and much more, this is a marvelous fantasy. an 8 for the series. bk 1 drags slightly, and there is no real surprize at how it ends.
Beard & Kenney. Harvard Lampoon's Bored of the Rings. R.X. amusing but not really well done. Dildo Bugger a Boggle of the Sty. a 4.
BENARY-ISBERT. THE WICKED ENCHANTMENT. YA.R. COOL, IT WAS SO OBVIOUS, AND I DIDN'T GUESS UNTIL THEY HIT ME OVER THE HEAD WITH IT. THE STATUES CAME ALIVE WITH THE OWL KING WHO CAME
BACK TO LIFE! OF COURSE, REMICENT OF DR. DOLITTLE WHAT WITH SO MANY ANIMALS WHICH SEEM TO BE ABLE TO TALK. FUN, AIMED AT BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS.
BENNETT. BEYOND THE DRAAK'S TEETH. R.
BENNETT. WHERE THE NI-LACH. R.
Berg, Carol. Song of The Beast. R. 20061204. good fantasy, interesting dragons, bard, dragon riders. a 7. very strong moral character - won't kill for revenge, just doesn't think it worthwhile. an interesting beginning reminds me of Bujould's Curse of Chalion.
BISCHOFF & BROWN & RICHARDSON. A PERSONAL DEMON. R. NEAT IDEA AND PRETTY NEAT BOOK, PERHAPS A LITTLE OVER DONE 'TOO MANY COOKS' AND ALL THAT
Bishop, Anne. Black Jewels 1 Daughter of the Blood. R.txt files.
Bishop, Anne. Black Jewels 2 Heir of Shadows
Bishop, Anne. Black Jewels 3 Queen of Darkness. a good series. an 8 overall. had to read #2 on computer. interesting setting. a sort of elvenland 3 layers of the world, (and would have been _much_ easier to understand if they'd been a tad explained 1st!) sort of mortal land, shadow land, and underworld. interesting as lots of the characters would be 'evil' but do 'good' - bit creeps with lots of child molest in #1 but gets over it. a tad too much unrequited love , but over all comes off great.
Bishop, Anne. Black Jewels The Invisible Ring. R.20030410.X a 5. taking a small story from the trilogy expanded and explained it. but really should have spent the time on something new or.. didn't have the impact of the trilogy because you already know how it turns out in the broad sense. did have some good stirring stuff at the climatic battle, but the characters weren't as strong as in the trilogy.
BISHOP, MICHAEL. UNICORN MOUNTAIN. R,X, Aids and unicorns. the spirt world of the Indians - the land of the dead has unicorns (who come back sometimes) there all these dead people do the
normal stuff they did in life - have tv shows and everything!!@ too much real life and rather depressing. a 4.
BLAIR. FINAL FAIR. R. REN FAIR mystery
BLAYLOCK, JAMES. LAST COIN. R,-X. SLOW AND BORING FOR SUCH A NEAT IDEA, JUDAS' silver coin made into a sliver spoon, a 4
Block, Francesca Lia. Weetzie Bat. ya. R. a really cool book, that's her name for one thing. and all set in the late 60's but you figure it out not told, set in LA/Hollywood, with a Genie a neat book great writing packed for such a skimpy little thing. a 9
Block, Francesca Lia. Weetzie Bat 2 Witch Baby. ya. R. sequel to Weetzie bat, Witch baby is the sort of daughter of Weetzie and her adventures in the 70's & 80's and finding herself, and she's a genie type magical being, just as good, a 9
Block, Francesca Lia. Weetzie Bat 3 Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys. ya.R. 3rd in the series of sorts Weetzie's real daughter and her friends and witch baby and their band the goat guys and magic things they get and loose a 9 the 'series' in toto is a 9 very neat and cool, which to it would be the greatest of compliments.
Block, Lawrence. Burglar 01 Burglars Can't be Choosers. R. reread 200408?. amusing and a good fun mystery. a 7.
Block, Lawrence. Burglar 02 The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling. R. fun bookish mystery.
BORDERLAND; SHETTERLY. ELSEWHERE. R, A BORDERLANDS SERIES NOVEL
BORDERLAND; WINDLING, TERRI & ARNOLD, MARK ALAN. BORDERLAND. ANT SERIES. A BORDERLAND SERIES NOVEL. R. GREAT FANTASTIC, MOSTLY, IT'S GOT A STEVEN R. BOYETT (THE ARCHETICT OF
SLEEP) STORY WHICH TAKES OF THE 1ST THIRD OF THE BOOK, AND IS VERY SIMMILAR TO HIS NOVEL ARIAL.
BOVA. PRIVATEERS. R.
Boyer, Elizabeth H. Keeper of the Cats. R.X. highland historical fantasy mystic cats, good but only 4
BOYETT, STEVEN R. ARIEL. post apocalypse fantasy semi-elsewhere style. an 8.R.
BRADBURY, RAY. OCTOBER COUNTRY. R. one of my favorite bradbury's the Autumn people, The Traveler, Uncle Einar, Homecoming. an 8-9
Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Holly Lisle. Glenraven R.X.
Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Holly Lisle. Glenraven 2 Into the Rift. R.X. okay, but not up to standard for either of 'em! a 4 the set
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer & ZIMMER. HUNTERS OF THE RED MOON
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer & ZIMMER. HUNTERS OF THE RED MOON 2 SURVIVORS. R.
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer. LYTHANDE. R. (Partially THIEVES' WORLD).
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer. SWORD OF THE ALDONES, THE / PLANET SAVERS, THE (ACE double F-153) PB
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer. DARKOVER FOUR MOONS OF DARKOVER (FM).ED.
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer. DARKOVER HAWKMISTESS!. R.
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer. DARKOVER HERITAGE OF HASTUR. R.
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer. DARKOVER LERONI OF DARKOVER. ED..
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer. DARKOVER PLANET SAVERS, THE & THE SWORD OF THE ALDONES +(THE WATERFALL). R. PB.
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer & LACKEY, MERCEDES. DARKOVER REDISCOVERY; A NOVEL OF DARKOVER.
PB,-R. DARKOVER AGAINST THE TERRANS; THE 1ST AGE.
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer. DARKOVER RENUNCIATES OF DARKOVER (). ED. R.
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer. DARKOVER STORMQUEEN. R.
BRADLEY, Marion Zimmer. DARKOVER SWORD OF CHAOS (). ED.. R.
BRADLEY, MARION ZIMMER. DARKOVER EXILE'S SONG. R, Good, but too much romance novel influence = i don't remember the others being so much like that, but well done, start of a new trilogy after the shara rebellion, with lew's daughter, an 8
BRIN, DAVID . UPLIFT WAR R. A 9.
Brin, David. Uplift Trilogy 2 #1 Brightness Reef. R.X. Bantam. 553573306 1996
Brin, David. Uplift Trilogy 2 #2 Infinity's Shore. R.X. Bantam. 553577778 1997
Brin, David. Uplift Trilogy 2 #3 Heaven's Reach. R.X. Bantam. 553574736 1999. not quite as good as the original uplift books, but definitely a galactic space opera.
BRIN, DAVID & BENFORD, GREGORY. HEART OF THE COMET. R, good, a bit technical and hard sf at the beginning and turns soft sf at the end, woman in the machine, symbiotics and mega symbiotics with hugely ancient lifeforms which created life on earth, pre=uplift but there is a small mention of uplift institute on Hawaii, so the comet men
could return and find lots of aliens! better than sundiver but not as good as uplift, the end was better than the beginning, an 8.
Britain, Kristen. Green Rider. R.x. 20040902. nicely written takes a little long to get into the characters, never do like it when it starts with the villains pov. very reminiscent of Lackey's Heralds the green riders are messengers with magic in a land where magic is mostly gone & feared. was a good villain tho & a good resolution. 6.
Britain, Kristen. First Rider's Call. R.x. 20041214. better than the 1st one, more mature, lots of 'romance' but unsuccessful, obviously set for a 3rd. still not a bad story, some time travel, lots of ancient history learned, no defeat of evil just a putting off. a 7.
Brizzolara, John. Empire's Horizon. R.X. Africa in space
Brooks, Terry. Trolltown 1 Running with the Demon. R. Ballantine. 345422589 1998 FANTASY CONTEMPORARY. uber-prequel to Shanara stuff. reread 20040127
Brooks, Terry. Trolltown 2 A Knight of the Word. R. Ballantine. 345424646 1999 FANTASY CONTEMPORARY reread 20040127
Brooks, Terry. Trolltown 3 Angel Fire East. R. 20040128. good stuff! sorta sad bittersweet end, but good characters and the knight of the word is an excellent invention. an 8 or 9 for the trilogy.
BROOKS HERITAGE OF SHANNARA 2 THE DRUID OF SHANNARA -X HB,1ST THE HERITAGE SERIES WASN'T ALL THAT GREAT, TOOK 4 BOOKS TO DO WHAT HE'D DONE IN 1 BEFORE
Brown, Mary. Pigs Don't Fly. R. 7
Brown, Mary. Master of Many Treasures. R. sequel to Pigs Don't Fly. she goes across the world to find her dragon lover. 6
Brown, Mary. Strange Deliverance. R. not bad a 5. again with the unicorn horn ring. Alice reference pg 76. post apocalypse reconstruction with aliens & magic stone circles.
Brown, Mary. Dragonne's Eg. R. 200407? continuation of the series.. of sorts. late 1800's Victorian era woman gains the unicorn ring & returns the eg to china. opens orphanage in countryside for poor Londoners. really the least of them. a 4. series starts off strong but gets less as it goes - a disappointment. recommend #1 but not the rest.
Brown, Simon. Keys of Power 1 Inheritance. R.X. 20060621
Brown, Simon. Keys of Power 2 Fire and Sword. R.x. 20060622
Brown, Simon. Keys of Power 3 Sovereign. R.X. 20060623. not bad, a bit formulaic, but very well done battle sequences, and quite an interesting vampire - the wood vampire. somewhat standard, youngest royal sun betrayed seeks vengeance, and sort of a butler did it, the chancellor regicide. but good adventure getting there. a 6-7 the series.
BROWN, RITA MAE. VENUS ENVY. R. 35 YR-old woman thinks she is dying and writes letters to everyone she knows telling them she was gay. then she doesn't die (it was all a mistake) and goes around the town trying to live with it, it's funny and at the end 1 of her paintings (she owns a gallery) "comes alive" and she meets the Greek gods and has a nice orgy with Venus. it's strange. and only mildly sf (fant) but I thought it was fun.
BRUNNER, JOHN. MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN. PB,R,X. weird hyperspace monstrous beings 'borrow' the bodies of the 1st spacemen. really rather creepy, and stuff about how 'men' were from hyperspace but have 'fallen' and don't remember why, etc. a 5.
BRUST, S & LINDHOLM GYPSY, THE R
BRUST, S BROKEDOWN PALACE IN THE EASTERN (HUMAN) LANDS OF TALTOS R
BRUST, S TALTOS 1 JHEREG R
BRUST, S TALTOS 2 YENDI R
BRUST, S TALTOS 5 PHOENIX R
BRUST, S TALTOS 6 ATHYRA R
Brust, Steven. Jhereg 08 Dragon. 20031028. reread. a good look at fantasy medieval warfare from the pov of a grunt, and an interesting Jhereg story, but probably not the best of the series. a 6 this read thru.
BRUST, STEVEN & EMMA BULL. FREEDOM & NECESSITY. PB,R. a good one, mostly historical english, with a tiny little bit of magic thrown in. very stylistic. an 9. another epistolary novel!
BUDRYS, ALGIS. HARD LANDING. PB,R,X. a 50's sf book (written by a 50's sf writer) in the 90's- not bad but sort of nostalgic - there were some neat Nixon connections. stranded aliens who look superficially human were supposed to keep hidden but one uses his knowledge to gain wealth - but eventually catches or even causes AIDS and dies a 4
Buettner, Robert. Orphanage. R. 20060615. good very gungho pro military sf. believable excuses for using 'antique' modern weapons in space infantry warfare. well done overall. a 7. there's a sequel
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Vorkosigan 00 Falling Free. R.k. Quaddies
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Vorkosigan 01 Shards of Honor. R.X. 20021224. Cordelia & Aral
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Vorkosigan 02 Barrayar. R.X. Cordy preggers
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Vorkosigan 03 The Warrior's Apprentice. R.X. miles fails physical, dendarii.
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Vorkosigan 04 The Vor Game. R.X. rescue emperor
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Vorkosigan 05 Cetaganda. R.X. star crèche
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Vorkosigan 07 Brothers in Arms. R.X. clone on earth
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Vorkosigan 08 The Borders of Infinity. R.X. shorts, prison break
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Vorkosigan 09 Mirror Dance. R.X. miles killed on Jackson's whole
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Vorkosigan 10 Memory. R.X.
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Vorkosigan 11 Komarr. R.X. meets ekaterian
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Vorkosigan 12 A Civil Campaign. R.X. wedding romancing, internal politics
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Vorkosigan 13 Diplomatic Immunity. R.X. 20030102 married & quaddies plague ceta liked the Dendarii stuff better, action rather than politics as the last few, good series overall tho necessary to read them all to get the latest. a 7 the series
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Ethan of Athos. R.X. 20060616. not a Vorkosigan book, but in the same universe has Quinn in it. planet of only men, and spy intrique on a space station. not bad, surprising the way it ended. I'd expected - in general that Athos would be changed to add women, but no.. a 6.
Bull, Emma. Finder. TOR. c.1995. BORDERLANDS R. excellent a 9.
BULL, EMMA. Bone Dance. R. 199901. psychic powers and post apocalypse and Voodoo and artificial people and without the normal post apocalypse feel. very well done. an 9
BULL, EMMA. FALCON. PB,R. Celtic sf! at least the 1st half - seems 2 books in one. 1st is Celtic planet in civil war with near monarchy system and royal kid helps with rebels. then kid is starpilot and at end develops power of teleportation!! - could have a really neat sequel if wanted. a 7 or 8, the 1st half was better.
BULLA, CLYDE. CHALK BOX KID, THE. CH, OS , R
BulletProof Monk. TPB, comix. Michael Avon Oeming art. reread 20040215 sun. R.X. interesting, good art, disjointed story, but works well, disappointing ending. better than the movie, but mostly because didn't like the kid in the movie, otherwise the movie had a better plot.
Bunch, Chris. Last Legion 1 Last Legion. R.x. 20040812
Bunch, Chris. Last Legion 2 Firemask. R.x. 20040814.
Bunch, Chris. Last Legion 3 Storm Force. R.x. 20040815.
Bunch, Chris. Last Legion 4 Homefall. R.x. 20040817.
military sf not bad, not as good as drake or weber but interesting characters pretty good battle scenes. a 5 the series.
Bunting, Eve. Will You be by POSSLQ? R. YA. cute & with cancer & 1st sex & stuff. 7
BURT, K . GIRL ON A BROOMSTICK OS,CH =X sort of sappy girls book, no real witchcraft just coincidence, but strong character and likeable, young romance, nice a 5
BUSBY, F.M. RISSA 1 YOUNG RISSA X, R RISA/TREGARDE 1 TRILLOGY - they get better the 3rd is actually fairly good but you'd need the background of the 1st 2 to get much. in total a 4
BUSBY, F.M. RISSA 2 RISSA AND TREGARE X, R RISA/TREGARDE 2
BUSBY, F.M. RISSA 3 THE LONG VIEW X, R RISA/TREGARE 3
BUSBY, F.M. RISSA 4 ALIEN DOUBT x,R continues risa/tregarde after end of long view
best of the 4 he was getting better but still too stilted style and long boring segments
Butcher, Jim. Dresden Files 01 Storm Front. black magic
Butcher, Jim. Dresden Files 02 Fool Moon. werewolves
Butcher, Jim. Dresden Files 03 Grave Peril. Vampires
Butcher, Jim. Dresden Files 04 Summer Knight. faerie war
Butcher, Jim. Dresden Files 05 Death Masks. shroud of Turin. 20040319-23. R.k. good series. sorta a male anita Blake. a wizard in the modern world. 1st book isn't written all that great a 5., but gets better in 2 and much better by 4 is up to an 8.
CADIGAN, PAT. MINDPLAYERS. PB,R,X. cyberpunk, mental weirdness - legal psychosis etc. franchises personalities, mindwipe, she becomes like a psychologist. ok a 5 didn't;t like
that there was no major plot.
CADIGAN, PAT. SYNNERS. R. A good cyberpunk book, speed thrash, corp scum, just breaking tech to plug into 'net' Artificial intelligence, Rock Video instead of music, post big
one L.A. It was sometimes difficult to figure out which character we were with nearly the first half of the book, minor notices at chapter heads with the name of the current main character would have helped greatly to keep the flow going, mostly it took all of a page or so to get who it was, after a while they all got together and it became
easier to tell them apart. much surreal stuff, neat. a 9
Callahan - Levels of Insanity. 200410?. cartoons, some good stuff but nothing outstanding in this one. a5.
Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Shadow 1. R.X.
Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon 2. R. very military not much like the later Ender books, a 6
Card, Orson Scott. Shadow Puppets 3. R. 20031230. but good a 7.
Card, Orson Scott. Homecoming 1 Memory of Earth. R.X. a 4 for series ok but not good sf
Card, Orson Scott. Homecoming 2 call of earth. R.X.
Card, Orson Scott. Homecoming 3 ships of earth. R.X.
Card, Orson Scott. Homecoming 4 earthfall. R.X.
Card, Orson Scott. Homecoming 5 earthborn. R.X.
Card, Orson Scott. Songmaster. TOR. c.1987. R.X.
CARD, ORSON SCOTT. ENDER 3 XENOCIDE R HUMANITY TRIED TO DESTROY THE NEW WORLD WITH 3 INTELIGENCES ON IT. AND 1 OF IT. NOT AS GREAT AS ENDER'S GAME BUT.. A 7
CARD, ORSON SCOTT. TREASON . R, GOOD STUFF
CARROLL, JIM. THE BASKETBALL DIARIES. PB,R,bio. Quite a psycho junkie boy he was and way young at it! good stuff. an 8.
Cassutt. Michael. Dragon Season. R.X. a rather neat modern/alternate reality fantasy/sf. Men as God. vs. atomic missiles. neat plot, interesting alternate world where everything is grown/bio where prayers are answered if God is interested, where God is just this guy. But too much Xian stuff in our world at the end. a 5
CHALKER & RESNICK & EFFINGER . RED TAPE WAR . X, R, too many cooks...
CHANDLER, A. BERTRAM. STAR COURIER. R. TALK ABOUT THE COVER NOT HAVING ANYTHING! TO DO WITH THE STORY 'A BARBARIAN ON HORSEBACK' NO HORSES AT ALL AND I DON'T REMEMBER A SWORD
EITHER = A DEEPSPACE VERSION OF HORNBLOWER STUFF = GOOD ADVENTURE A 6
Chant, Joy. Red Moon and Black Mountain. 20030624. R. an 8 an excellent YA Fantasy, quite readable by adults. childrens zapped to fantasy land and overthrow the evil due to prophecy, but well done. good writing. nice ending. unicorn horses, star magic, moon magic, gods & evil (very xian setup fallen 'god' as the evil but done well) [first of 3 books set in this world]
Chaykin - American Century Scars & stripes (14) tpb Comics Vertigo. 20040809. R.x. Chaykin story & covers - but not art which was somewhat disappointing. still it was well done and a good action story. but not a type I'm really into - 50's era Latin America drugs revolutions and gun running CIA & USSR, murder and dogfights. well done for what it
was. a 5.
Cherryh, C. J. Cyteen Pt. 1 The Betrayal. c.1989 R.X.
Cherryh, C. J. Cyteen Pt. 2 The Rebirth. c.1989 R.X.
Cherryh, C. J. Cyteen Pt. 3 The Vindication. c.1989 R.X. good series, but not great. I always like her stuff, and she has a few outstanding books, but mostly just good enough. a 5.
CHERRYH, C. J. FADED SUN KUTATH . R
CHERRYH, C. J. FADED SUN KESRITH . R
CHERRYH, C. J. FADED SUN SHON'JIR R
CHERRYH, C. J. CHANUR 1 THE PRIDE OF CHANUR . PRETTY GOOD, INTERSETING THAT SHE BARELY LET THE HUMAN COMMUNICATE. the series as a whole would get a 4
CHERRYH, C. J. CHANUR 2 KIF STRIKE BACK, THE
CHERRYH, C. J. CHANUR 3 CHANUR'S VENTURE . THRID CHANUR BOOK
CHERRYH, C. J. CHANUR 4 CHANUR'S HOMECOMING . It's not a bad series, a bit long, being a single adventure split into three books, (the 1st is separate) but okay and the Knnn and
the methane breathers are some of the most interesting and bizarre aliens I've ever seen, Knnn esp where they'd been taught to 'trade' so instead of just taking and pillaging anything they wanted, they first dump something off then take anything they wa1nt. The 4th book in the series
CHERRYH, C. J. CHANUR 5 CHANUR'S LEGACY . TPB, ADVANCE, SIGNED TO ARIC . It's Hilfy instead of Panfar and the Legacy instead of the Pride and no Tully (which annoys Hilfy to no end) this is not the best of the series #4 or #1 was but the whole series is not so hot. The reverse sex discrimination thing is just too overdone and been dragged out too much. it works good but you can get tired of it. I would love to see one with humans in it more tho. a 4
CHERRYH, C. J. GATE 1 GATE OF IVEREL R, A GREAT SERIES - FANTASY WITH SF
CHERRYH, C. J. GATE 2 WELL OF SHIUAN R
CHERRYH, C. J. GATE 3 FIRES OF ASEROTH R
CHERRYH, C. J. GATE 4 EXILES'S GATE R, GREAT sf-fantasy series
CHERRYH, C. J. FAERY IN SHADOW. PB. R. 6 not one of her greatest, very Celtic, powerful sidhe, hero very reminiscent of Elric, but often disjointed too much bemoaning his fate not enough action. no resolution to the heros real problem. Caith and his sidekick help a pair of twins from a evil witch, the twins selkie father from the sea and the boy get killed cause of Caith and she turns pure sidhe and Caith is left with sidekick and no change in his
fortune for all that trouble. 980330
CHERRYH, C. J. HEAVY TIME. -X, R. SORT OF BORING, VERY TECHNICAL, THE REBELLION WAS NEAT BUT IT WAS ONLY A FEW CHAPTERS NEAR THE END, THE END WAS DISAPOINTING, TOO 'REAL' NO WINNERS.
CHERRYH, C. J. PALADIN, THE. Quite liked this one, the farm girl forces the older paladin to train her (and boy does he have a 'different' view of women, and a high value of his sexual prowess.) They fall in love (kinda, actually it's real slow and mostly him) and then they go off to tear down the evil regent. She does a great job of showing the action especially of the swordfights so that you know without being told that they're using Japanese technique and style weapons with out any mention of any asian words. I thought that that was very well done and difficult to do, esp so well as she did it. The plot is tame and 'tho there are a few twists (mainly with the girl) it is the development and the great action which make the book. an 8 or 9
CHERRYH, C. J. PORT ETERNITY. R. CLONES AND THE ARTHURIAN LEGEND, I'D LIKE TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY AND/OR PLAY BASED ON THIS ONE, CLONES NAMED AFTER ARTHURIAN LEGENDS, ILLEGALY GET AHOLD OF A MINDTAPE PLAY OF THE LEGEND AND THEN BEGIN TO ACT OUT THEIR PARTS - ON A SPACESHIP TRAPPED IN HYPERSPACE. WITH METHANE BREATHERS ON THE ATTACK. a 9
CHERRYH, C. J. RUSALKA. PB,R good different fantasy, 1st Russian fantasy.
CHRISTOPHER, JOHN. WHITE MOUNTAINS 1 THE WHITE MOUNTAINS
CHRISTOPHER, JOHN. WHITE MOUNTAINS 2 THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD
CHRISTOPHER, JOHN. WHITE MOUNTAINS 3 POOL OF FIRE, THE. CH, YA, R. GOOD KIDS SCI-FI
CLAREMONT, CHRIS. FIRST FLIGHT (have 1ST signed? pb-keep)
CLAREMONT, CHRIS. GROUNDED
CLAREMONT, CHRIS. SUNDOWNER. R,X. Good, nothing like his x-men sf, recent warp drives, 1st contact trilogy, alien intelligences cat-men, altered DNA stuff, virtual reality. but mostly fighterjock actions /boredom. a 5 - great stuff about Lila Cheny (sp) the rocksinger from the x-books!!
Clayton, Jo. Duel of Sorcery 01 Moongather. DAW c.1982. R.
Clayton, Jo. Duel of Sorcery 02 Moonscatter. DAW c.1983. R.
Clayton, Jo. Duel of Sorcery 03 Changer's Moon. DAW c.1985. R.
[unread RETURNING TO THE "DUEL OF SORCERY" UNIVERSE"Dancer" 1)Dancer's Rise, 2)Serpent Waltz, 3)Dance Down the Stars]
CLAYTON, JO. DIADEM 1 DIADEM FROM THE STARS. R. interesting human aliens and space faring and the fantastic diadem. part of a long series, a good story a 6
CLAYTON, JO. DIADEM 2 Lamarchos
CLAYTON, JO. DIADEM 3 IRSUD. R
CLAYTON, JO. DIADEM 4 Maeve
CLAYTON, JO. DIADEM 5 STAR HUNTERS. R
CLAYTON, JO. DIADEM 6 The Nowhere Hunt
CLAYTON, JO. DIADEM 7 Ghosthunt
CLAYTON, JO. DIADEM 8 THE SNARES OF IBEX. R
CLAYTON, JO. DIADEM 9 QUESTER'S ENDGAME. R. end [1939 02 15 to 1998 02 13]
CLEARY, B . MOUSE & THE MOTORCYCLE L
CLEARY, B . RUNAWAY RALPH HB
CLEARY, B . RALPH S. MOUSE
CLEARY, BEVERLY. STRIDER. CH PB,X. Sequel to Dear Mr. Henshaw. and interesting - meets girl, refriends dad,
CLELAND, JOHN . MEMOIRS OF A WOMAN OF PLEASURE (FANNY HILL) . TPB,XXX
CONSTANTINE, STORM. WRAETHTHU 2 THE BEWITCHMENTS OF LOVE AND HATE. PB,R. a really interesting and mental post apocalypse and alternate humanity - new race.
COOK, GLEN. STARFISHERS 1 SHADOWLINE. R, interesting and not really connected with the others except as background for mouse who is only the sidekick in the others. - very LIKE David drake merc's stuff. a 7
COOK, GLEN. STARFISHERS 2 STARFISHERS. R, infiltrate starfishers and begin stuff a 7
COOK, GLEN. STARFISHERS 3 STAR'S END. R. the war against the enemy - bio terraforming machines a race that destroys all to make planets for it's owners = who are long dead!! and worse yet the book doesn't hold out much hope for their success!! and then ends!! a 7
COOK, GLEN. SWORDBEARER, THE. R, poor guy gets a magic sword, no really you would not want to get a magic sword in this place, very much like the Elric stories but with some twists that make it cooks story not Moorcock's, an early book but still good, not the happiest of endings. a 6.
COOPER, LOUISE. BOOK OF INDIGO 05 TROIKA. R
Cooper, Louise. BOOK OF Indigo 06 Avatar. R. demon=fear. dark jungle. not bad a 5.
COOPER, LOUISE. BOOK OF Indigo 07 Aisling. R. TOR 812508084 1994 They get less great as the series goes on the first 4 or so were really good and the rest less so, her descriptions are great and character development does go on but the story seems to lag especially when compared to the 1st episode. this one's about a village (which
seems vaguely oriental and very communist) in which logic and wealth are king, anything else is deemed unproductive and there is no greater disparagement. yet there are childish laughing 'ghosts' following the townsfolk about or at least Indigo sees them.
Cooper, Louise. Indigo 08 The Revenant. R. TOR. 812508076 1993. end of series... finally... started out so good, but the last 3 or 4 sort of dragged...
COOPER, LOUISE. TIME MASTER 1, INITIATE. X, R. GOOD SERIES ESPECLALLY IF IT WAS HER FIRST (WHICH IT SEEMS) INTERESTING WAS THE SMALL SIZE OF THE 'PLANET' A SINGLE CONTINENT
WHICH COULD BE CROSSED BY HORSE IN 15 WEEKS (DAYS? I DON'T REMEMBER), it seemed VERY SMALL. AND THE RELEGIOUS ASPECTS SHOWING THAT TOO MUCH ORDERS IS JUST AS BAD AS TOO MUCH CHAOS. I DIDN'T KEEP 'EM 'CAUSE I SEE THEM ALL OVER AND THEY ARE THE WORST-WRITTEN OF HER BOOKS, THE REST OF WHICH ARE MUCH BETTER. a 6 or 7 (of course now that I'd like to reread them there no where to be found!)
COOPER, LOUISE. TIME MASTER 2 THE OUTCAST. X, R
COOPER, LOUISE. TIME MASTER 3 MASTER. X. R.
COOPER, SUSAN. DARK IS RISING 1 OVER SEA, UNDER STONE. YA, R. one of the best YA series! the 1st isn't as good as the later, but the series as a whole is a 9 Arthurian-ish ya fantasy
COOPER, SUSAN. DARK IS RISING 3 GREENWITCH. HB,DJ,YA , R.
COOPER, SUSAN. DARK IS RISING 4 THE GREY KING. YA, R.
COOPER, SUSAN. DARK IS RISING 5 SILVER ON THE TREE (END). HB,DJ,YA,R. SUPER GREAT CELTIC/ARTHURIAN MODERN FANT A 9! FOR SEIES
Cooper, Susan. King of Shadows. Clapp, John (illustrator). Simon & Schuster
Children's. c.1999. ARC Proof. R. back in time to Shakespear.
Cornwell, Bernard. Gallows Thief. R.X. 20060614. 2 years after the battle of waterloo an english gentry after his father lost all their money is looking for work. he gets a one shot employment as an investigator, and actually tries to do it, annoying his employer. newgate prison, murder, lords, painters, money. an interesting murder mystery, an interesting character, and setting, well shown, and well written. some of the minor supporting characters were actually better than Rider Sandman. a 5.
COWPER, RICHARD. BIRD OF KINSHIP 1 THE ROAD TO CORLAY. R. In the 1st bk there are flashes back the present and minds flying to the far future of corlay but it falls off in the later books, and the 3rd is so far in the future that the 1st story is legend! very religious and x=ian but also much anti=x=ian a good trilogy an 8
COWPER, RICHARD. BIRD OF KINSHIP 2 A DREAM OF KINSHIP. R
COWPER, RICHARD. BIRD OF KINSHIP 3 A TAPESTRY OF TIME. R
Crane, Jordan. The Last Lonely Saturday. small GN. 2004? R.x. excellent nearly all 'silent' little short of a lonely old man visiting his wives grave, and dies & her ghost welcomes him, touching. a 6.
Crean, Michelle Shirey. Dancer of the Sixth. R.X. 20060804. an excellent 1st book. Military, Spy, fighter jock, secret spy organization, in depth secrets, multiple races of men, torture death. well written for the most part, just a few bits where it gets confusing, unfortunately the end is one, not the big finish, but the denouement is off, bit of romance. a solid 6. great potential for further stuff. good plotting. excellent detail filled setting. One of the fighter-jock sf sub-sub-genre. Dancer code name of a former hot shot pilot now assumed KIA, joins the 6th - apparently the clean up crew war, sort of well armed spies, full of vengeful Aruyx a race of minor telepaths massacred by the enemy who has an odd love of torture. She finds a double has taken her place in the 4th (the fighter-jocks) and is in their version of the Blue Angels. There are some excellent twists and revelations. It's set up for a sequel without truly needing it to finish the story. I would have said she was a writer to watch out for - great things might be forthcoming - if it didn't look like this book from 1993 is her one and only book. A shame, she had a good voice, and this could have been expanded to an excellent trilogy. If you like this you might like LEWITT, S.N. CYBERSTEALTH, & DANCING VAC.
Crichton, Michael. Eaters of the Dead. ill ed. R.k. (made movie 13th warrior). excellent story, the footnotes are hillarious. at least an 8.
CRICHTON, Michael. EATERS OF THE DEAD. R. Great! Crichton best ever, made into
not so good movie 13th warrior. the footnotes in the book are really cool, and amusing
CROWLEY. BEASTS. REALLY NEAT SORT OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST AT FIRST AND THEN HE GETS
INTO HOW HUMANOID BEASTS WOULD REALLY BE AND THEY'RE AS ALIEN AS ANIMALS, THE FOX-MAN RENYARD (OF COURSE) IS A NEAT CHARACTER, WELL DONE AND INTERSETING AS ALL CROWLEY'S ARE. PERHAPS NOT UP TO LITTLE, BIG, BUT IT'S SHORTER AND EARILER. so an 8 or 9.
Czerneda, Julie E. In the Company of Others. 20040909. R.x. she's an excellent writer - but this exploration into 3rd person wasn't as successful as her 1st person narratives. Still it's an excellent self contained story. a 6.
Dahl, Roald. James & the Giant Peach. YA. the movie was nearly as good.! R. 9
DAHL, ROALD . MATILDA . CH,OS,R, very good a 9
DAHL, ROALD . ENORMOUS CROCODILE, THE . OS,CH , R. young childrens book, a 5
DAHL, ROALD . MAGIC FINGER, THE . CH,OS,PB . ONE OF HIS BOOKS FOR YOUNGEST AUDIENCE, VERY SHORT.
DAHL, ROALD . BFG, THE . YA,PB,R,. interesting language the giants use and it's neat of course, it's dahl after all. a 6
DAHL, ROALD. MY UNCLE OSWALD. BRIT PB. FUNNY AND RISQUE, SORT OF, NOT FANTASY, or kids stuff.
DAHL, ROALD. WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR & SIX MORE. L,CH,R, good, NF and stuff, a 7
DALEY, B. HAN SOLO & THE LOST LEGACY. R
DALEY, B. HAN SOLO'S REVENGE. R
DALEY, B. HAN SOLO AT STARS' END. R. fun pre-star wars setting, good smuggler stuff.
Daley, Brian. Gammalaw 1 Smoke on the Water. X.Read
Daley, Brian. Gammalaw 2 a Screaming Across the Skyx. X.Read
Daley, Brian. Gammalaw 3 the Broken Country. X.Read
DALKEY, KARA. CURSE OF SAGAMORE. R. a neat little fantasy and some good funny bits.
DALMAS. FANGLITH. RETURN TO FANGLITH. R,X. Fanglith is medieval earth! and kind of obvious stuff happens
Dalmas, John. Kalif's War. Baen. c.1991. R.
Dalmas, John. The Three-Cornered War. Baen. c.1998. R.
Dalmas, John. The Regiment's War. Baen. c.1993. R. Military SF.
DALMAS, JOHN. REGIMENT 1 THE REGIMENT. R,PB. good war sf. a 6 or 7
DANIELS, LES. BLACK CASTLE. vampire. R,X.
DANIELS, LES. SILVER SKULL.vampire. R,X.
DANIELS, LES. CITIZEN VAMPIRE. R,X.
HAWKE, SIMON. DARKSUN TRIBE OF ONE 1 THE OUTCAST. R,X.
HAWKE, SIMON. DARKSUN TRIBE OF ONE 2 THE SEEKER. R,X.
HAWKE, SIMON. DARKSUN TRIBE OF ONE 3 THE NOMAD. R,X.
a very interesting idea many minds in one body was very disappointed at the end to see that they were not many parts of his mind but really other minds, the story was interesting but constrained by the darksun rules not as good as it felt it could have been for the total series a 6
David, Peter. Knight Life. R. Ace. 441451306 1987 Humor/Fantasy/King Arthur.
DAVIDSON, AVRAM. PEREGRINE PRIMUS. R. VERY ANTI ESTABISHED CHRISTIANITY = MAKE IT SEEM LIKE A SCATTERING OF CULTS, PRINCE OF THE LAST PAGAN COUNTRY IN EUROPE! A 6 BUT NEAT.
DAVIS, MARGARET. MINDLIGHT. R,. good, very similar plot to something else I've read but finishes out different. another 1st contact story. a 6
de Lint, Charles (Samuel M. Key). Angel of Darkness. R.X. 20050820. more a horror than a modern fantasy, otowa as usual, magic evil, some rather gruesome & vile sexual assaults & deaths. bittersweet ending. a 5. well written but too many POV's and too horror.
De Lint, Charles. Someplace to be Flying. R. 20030210. 3alice. excellent, modern fantasy, Amerindian shapechangers, crow, fox, coyote, raven. very _nice_ tricksters rather than villain except for the cuckoos. an 8 a strong full novel (rather than coll of linked shorts as is usual from him)
De Lint, Charles. Svaha. future sf/fant with Indian myth. not really much like his modern fant stuff, but good.
DE LINT, CHARLES. DREAMING PLACE, THE. PB,R. Sort of a ya delint, girls get put into animal bodies, and the homeless person is a witch.
DE LINT, CHARLES. GREENMANTLE. R. This is good, but not as great as moonheart, but very similar (and I think it came earlier) the green man and the God Pan and such living in a small wood in upstate Canada and murder and mayhem from the American Italian mob, and an assassin who quit. a 6
DE LINT, CHARLES. JACK OF KINROWAN. R. includes jack the giant=killer and sequel a 9
DE LINT, CHARLES. JACK, THE GIANT-KILLER. R. good, very much like moonheart, a 9 (to X)
DE LINT, CHARLES. LITTLE COUNTRY, THE. R. in Ireland(I think) and with old Celtic stuff
DE LINT, CHARLES. SVAHA. X,R. The only problem is how they got the tech in the first place, the Indian enclaves of native peoples all across the world, but the story was good
action as well, much cyberpunk around the edges.
DE LINT, CHARLES. WOLF MOON. R. a good werewolf hunted by an evil bard odd twist, good characterization nice fantasy an 8
DE LINT, CHARLES. YARROW. R. A GOOD ONE, ANOTHER OF HIS MODERN FANTASY BOOKS, LESS OF FEY MORE DREAM MAGIC BUT GOOD, AN 8, rotten cover for it tho.
DE CAMP. DIVIDE & RULE. R
DE HAVEN, TOM. CHRONICLES OF THE KING'S TRAMP 1 WALKER OF WORLDS. R.199901. a great fantasy series with the feel of SF, unique magic and creatures with a strong feel of history about them, tons of truly 'alien' stuff. a 9
DE HAVEN, TOM. CHRONICLES OF THE KING'S TRAMP 2 THE END-OF-EVERYTHING MAN. R.199902 a great fantasy series with the feel of SF, unique magic and creatures with a strong feel of history about them, tons of truly 'alien' stuff. a 9
need #3 The Last Human
Deakins, John. Barrow. pb,R. neat connected short stories - original? or 1st done as SS'
s? - can't tell, about a God-like magician and the place where he dwells, and the people around about the town, reminds me much of the thieves world at the end of the series, good a 6 - could be a sequel
DEAN, PAMELA C. SECRET COUNTRY, THE. R.
DEAN, PAMELA C. HIDDEN LAND, THE R. SEQUEL TO THE SECRET COUNTRY
DeCHANCIE, J. Castle 2 CASTLE PERILOUS -X
Deitz, Tom. Windmaster's Bane. Rx. 200501?. reread. Celtic Sidhee in the Appalachian mtns. help the good faerie vs the bad one. a 6.
Deitz, Tom. Fireshaper's Doom. Rx. 20050106. reread. new plot but continues with the same villains & characters. in faerie. a 6.
Deitz, Tom. Darkthunder's Way. Rx. 20050106. the Indian with the Irish name, Alex does a bad thing. a 6.
Deitz, Tom. Sunshaker's War. R. 200501? the war in Faerie is wrecking the Indian myth land & need to stop it. a 5.
Deitz, Tom. Stoneskin's Revenge. Rx. 20050116?. something let out leftover from the previous book, this one's all Cherokee mythology. a 6
Deitz, Tom. Ghostcountry's Wrath. Rx. 20050118. another leftover a year later from the last book. again all Cherokee, but with Dave and crew back again. a 6.
Deitz, Tom. Dreamseeker's Road. Rx. 200502?. back to faerie and David and his pals, the wild hunt, and more. a 6.
Deitz, Tom. Above the Lower Sky. Rx. 20050120. 25 years in the future of the same series - a son of a minor character, & dolphin mages. not bad, nice future building Indian style. a 5.
Deitz, Tom. The Demons in the Green Rx. 20050206. direct sequel to "Above the Lower Sky" just days later. a bit bloodier, a bit better. a 7.
DEITZ, TOM. GRYPHON KING, THE. R. stand alone?
Devenport, Emily. Scorpianne. R. mars, bioengineered people, child octogenarians, porn machines. cool looking cover that has absolutely nothing to do with the book. interesting odd ideas a 6
Devenport, Emily. Shade. N A L c.1991 R.
Devenport, Emily. Larissa. N A L. c.1993 R. excellent SF series and 8 or 9
DICK, PHILLIP K. & ZELAZNY. DEUS IRAE. CORBEN CVR,PB. NOT THE GREATEST - DIFFICULT TO GET INTO, NOT VERY SIMPATHETIC CHARACTERS. shame with such great authors, but guess didn't add up well. a 3
DICK, PHILLIP K. WE CAN BUILD YOU. R,X?. THE PYCOITICS & LINCOLN ROBOT,
Dickinson, Peter. The Changes 1 The Devil's Children. R.x. a 5
Dickinson, Peter. The Changes 2 Heartsease. R.x. a 4
Dickinson, Peter. The Changes 3 The Weathermonger. 20040311. R.x. 3 connected books, but different characters in each. an interesting sf/fantasy. England suddenly reverts to the dark ages, madness ensues. finally 2 kids figure it out and put Merlin back to sleep. a 6
Dickson, Gordon R. Dorsai/Childe Cycle 01 Necromancer. R.k. Ace. 441568548 1983.DAW
Dickson, Gordon R. Dorsai/Childe Cycle ? The Genetic General. R.k.
Dickson, Gordon R. Dorsai/Childe Cycle ? Soldier, Ask Not. R.k.DAW
Dickson, Gordon R. Dorsai/Childe Cycle ? The Spirit of the Dorsai. R.k. up to here this is excellent military sf 6 to 8
Dickson, Gordon R. Dorsai/Childe Cycle 05 Lost Dorsai. R.k. Ace. 441493009 1981. the early Dorsai stuff is the epitome of military SF, but the end stuff is too politically oriented and slow. a 4 or 5
Dickson, Gordon R. Dorsai/Childe Cycle 07 The Final Encyclopedia. r. x. boy does this get long. a4
Dickson, Gordon R. Dorsai/Childe Cycle 09 Chantry Guild. R.x. too much a4
Dickson, Gordon R. Dorsai/Childe Cycle 10 Young Bleys. R.x. I just don't really like the stories where you already know the main character is the villain - you can see _some_ good in what he does but it's all downhill. a4
Dickson, Gordon R. Dorsai/Childe Cycle 11 Others. R.x. I just don't really like the stories where you already know the main character is the villain - you can see _some_ good in what he does but it's all downhill. a3
Dickson, Gordon R. Magnificent Wilf, the. X,R.199902 ok, reminds me of retief the galactic diplomat a lot, and was interesting and funny but not a whole lot so. a 4
Dickson, Gordon R. Spacepaw. R. sequel to spacial delivery. okay a 4
DICKSON, GORDON, R. NONE BUT MAN. R,. (with extra chapter at beginning) Highjack spaceliners for rebellions ships, revolutionary war in space again. but dickson does it pretty good.
DICKSON, GORDON R. OUTPOSTER, THE. R, the meda V'dan space nomads and barbarians.
Dietz, William C. Freehold. R.k. 200408? rotten cover. military sf mercs - coming 'home' to the planet they fight for. good adventure story desert planet (sort of dune-ish) pirates & aliens & evil big corps. an 8.
Dietz, William C. Halo the Flood. 2005061?. gah video game novelization, but not bad military stuff, Dietz has done much better tho. a 4.
Dietz, William C. Legion of the Damned 1 Legion of the Damned. R. 200408? good military sf foreign legion in space, cyborgs, camoronne. a 7.
DIETZ, WILLIAM C. LEGION 2 FINAL BATTLE. R, GOOD MILITARY SF FORIEN LEGION OF CYBORGS, AN 8 OR 9
Dietz, William C. Legion of the Damned 3 By Blood Alone. R. 200408?
Dietz, William C. Legion of the Damned 4 By Force of Arms. R. 20040901. 2 linked sets of dualogys 1+2 and 3+4 but they all go together. 3+4 are bill booly 3rd, 3 = mutiny and takeover of earth. 4 = aliens chased by killer robots. - not really sure I like the rather deux ex machina (literally!) ending for 4 but it works okay, just too fast and not really pat enuf. a 7 the series.
Dietz, William C. Prison Planet. R.k. 200408?. a quickie adventure -with really good cyborg stuff. killer planet makes man of mouse... etc. gets 'revenge' & the girl. classic stuff. but well done a 6.
Dietz, William Drifter. R. ends as if it were starting the 2nd book already, pirate sf very very hansoloish. not bad written tho. a 6. main characters name is Lando )
Douglass, Sara. Wayfarer Redemption, the. 1 of 6. 20030506. R.X. a 4. not bad writing, but one of those prophecy series (like Jordan's) & I'm just kinda sick of 'em. Pretty interesting characters, but a few too many to know them well. non-standard fantasy races, treefolk, wingfolk, underground charons, and humanfolk.
Downer, Ann. The Spellkey Trilogy (Spellkey, Glass Salamander, Books of the Keepers) R. 200303?. like the last best - bookmakers } a 7 the 1st 2 a 5 sometimes hard to follow.
Doyle, Debra & James D. Macdonald. Mageworlds 1 Price of the Stars. 20031116. a good adventure with some mystic (sorta star wars force magic) stuff. actually a lot of star wars the extra fast, armed merchant ship, did the net in 6.21 hours(like the falcon and the kessel run) but good characters even if elements were lifted from pop movies.
Doyle, Debra & James D. Macdonald. Mageworlds 2 StarPilot's Grave. 20031117.
Doyle, Debra & James D. Macdonald. Mageworlds 3 By Honor Betray'd. 20031118. 1st 3 = a 7
Doyle, Debra & James D. Macdonald. Mageworlds 4 The Gathering Flame. 20031119. the prequel the parents of and & older characters from the first 3 books. seemed a bit short. a 6
Doyle, Debra & James D. Macdonald. Mageworlds 5 The Long Hunt. 20031120. the kids of the characters in the 1st 3 books. a 4, not much to it, reuses the villain of the 1st story arc to not really that great effect.
Doyle, Debra & James D. Macdonald. Mageworlds 6 The Stars Asunder. 20031120. the professor as a youngin' (part 1 of a new story arc) a bit flat, as you know the ending already, but interesting enough, some excitement, but since you already know he gets thru it all alright it does sorta fall a bit flat. a 6. of all the series the 1st 3 are best.
Doyle, Debra; MacDonald, James D.. The Knight's Wyrd. R. Harcourt. 152015205 1997 KNIGHTS MAGIC MIDDLE AGES JUVENILE HISTORICAL MEDIEVAL ROYALTY Fantasy. dark fantasy and strong and good characters. an 8.
DR. BONES 1; LEIGH, S. THE SECRET OF LONA. R. THIS ONE WAS GOOD BUT THE OTHERS IN THE SERIES...
DRAGONLANCE; WEIS & HICKMAN. CHRONICLES 1 V 1 DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT. R.x. THE BEST TRILOGY OF THE BATCH (ALSO THE 1ST)
DRAGONLANCE; WEIS & HICKMAN. CHRONICLES 1 V 2 DRAGONS OF WINTER NIGHT. R,x
DRAGONLANCE; WEIS & HICKMAN. CHRONICLES 1 V 3 DRAGONS OF SPRING DAWNING. R.x.
Drake, David (editor); Miesel, Sandra (editor). A Separate Star. Baen. c.1989.R.
Drake, David & Eric Flint - Belisarius 01= An Oblique Approach. R.Reread 200512
Drake, David & Eric Flint - Belisarius 02= In the Heart of Darkness.R. Reread 200512
Drake, David & Eric Flint - Belisarius 03= Destiny's Shield. R.Reread 200512
Drake, David & Eric Flint - Belisarius 04= Fortunes Stroke. R. Reread 20060123 an 8 for the series so far.
Drake, David & Eric Flint - Belisarius 05= The Tide of Victory. R. 20031223. Great historical military SF. SF not fantasy - which is interesting, Roman empire vs. India, with beings from the far future giving advice & technology, romans and machine guns!, cannon & war galleys. but overall very good characters & character development, a lot of characters - but not too many to keep track of, usually, - (some times the names are hard to separate, but that's prob historical accuracy getting in the way of the story ). excellent military stuff, both in detail & in large overall strategy. as good as anything either has done on their own. better than the 1632+ universe by a slim margin (but getting better faster), the military stuff is more 'real' & I suspect that's Drake's attribute. a 9
Drake, David & Eric Flint - Belisarius 06= Dance of Time. R.reread.20061014. excellent finish to a great series. bittersweet end, but fitting. a 9. Drake says (on his website) this whole series is mostly Flint's work, so my estimation of Flint is up tremendously.
Drake, David. Cross the Stars. a hammer's slammers tie-in novel. ReRead 200505?. more space fantasy than military fiction in this one. Good, liked it better before tho. a 7 & a 6.
Drake, David. Fortress. R. TOR. 812536207 1988. terrorism, post-modern day, space-station, spy-intrigue-action.
Drake, David. Lt. Leary Commanding. R. sequel to With the Lightning's. neat warp tech, sails & veins & such, Good a 7.
Drake, Emily. The Magickers. R.X. 20041225. sort of a an American harry potter at summer camp. but not as good. not bad, but took too long to get into the magic, and the threat - tho spoken of was too far off until the very very end. has potential, but feels like a HP knockoff. a 4. there's a sequel the curse of arkady. Emily was at comiccon04, but I missed her.
DRAKE, DAVID & WAGNER, K E. KILLER. X,R. PRETTY GOOD, THEY REALLY LIKE ROMAN STUFF (THIS IS THE THRID DRAKE, DAVID I've SEEN USING IT) AND THEY GET THAT ACCROSS FAIRLY WELL BUT IT'S
NOT CLOSE TO HIS BEST, AND COMMAN. a 5
DRAKE, DAVID. HAMMER'S SLAMMERS, R.X. (reissued in different order in Tank Lords, Caught in the Crossfire, & The Butchers Bill)
DRAKE, DAVID. Rolling Hot. R.X. (reissued in Tank Lords)
DRAKE, DAVID. Counting the Cost. R.X. (reissued in Caught in the Crossfire.)
DRAKE, DAVID. HAMMER'S SLAMMERS THE SHARP END. R all 8
DRAKE, DAVID. IGNITING THE REACHES. R. VENUS BREAKING FROM EARTH IN SPACE MERCHANTS = CERMAMIC SHIPS, FIGHTING BUT NOT REALLY A WAR NOVEL, GOOD, BUT NOT AS SLAMMERS, A 7
DRAKE, DAVID. OLD NATHAN. R fantasy
DRAKE, DAVID. PATRIOTS. PB,R. a sf take on early revolutionary war, green mountain boys. The best part is in the into where he talks about Allen and the green mountain boys. but it's not bad, much less battle than in most of his books, a 7.
DRAKE, DAVID. REDLINERS. a whole company of troops (or what was left) pushed a little to far a gone slightly haywire, or to be redlined, but the bureaucratic head of the humanity feels mad about it and to redeem them and himself drags them thru hell on a nasty planet which does not like them at all! some very good characters and great military writing as is usual from drake. one of his better books, up there with the slammers novels, an 8.
DRAKE, DAVID. STARLINER. R
DRAKE, DAVID. THE VOYAGE. R. A SF RETELLING OF THE PLOT OF JASON AND MEDA (WITH THE SEXES REVERSED) WITH PLANETS INSTEAD OF ISLANDS, NOT HIS BEST BUT I LIKE THE IDEA AND HIS
WRITING IS Polished, a 7
Drake, David. Isles 01: Lord of the Isles. Reread 20061231. excellent epic high fantasy series. a 9. mulitple characters, but kept within a reasonable and rememberable number, excellent magic, and lots of alternate worlds. but mostly just great characters, and good battles.
Drake, David. Isles 02: Queen of Demons. Reread 20061231. an 8.5
Drake, David. Isles 03: Servent of the Dragon. ReRead 20070101. again great characterization, epic -cross-dimensional battles, necromancy and armys of undead. an 8.5
Drake, David. Isles 04: Mistress of Catacombs. R. 20070103. further adventures, and bring more islands into the kingdom, some time travel as well as dimension hopping, all leading to the same point, woven toghether quite well. Giant spiders. an 8
Drake, David. Isles 05: Goddess of the Ice Realm. R. 20070110. more in a similar vein. The group is split each to their own quest, then reunites at the final battle at the end. Ilna - the evil version. an 8.
Duane, Diane. Wizard 01 So You Want to Be a Wizard. R. great YA modern magic a 9
Duane, Diane. Wizard 02 Deep Wizardry. R. not quite as good a 7
Duane, Diane. Wizard 03 High Wizardry. R.
BCE HB 1st 3 books. K.
Duane, Diane. Wizard 04 A Wizard Abroad. R. Ireland a 7-8
Duane, Diane. Wizard 05 The Wizard's Dilemma. R. 20051016. HB. Neet's Mom. Very sad an 8
Duane, Diane. Wizard 06 A Wizard Alone. R. 20051017. HB. 7 autism.
DUANE, DIANE. TALE OF THE FIVE 1 DOOR INTO FIRE, THE. X,R. EACH IS WRITEN FROM THE POV OF A DIFFERNT CHARACTER IN THE GROUP, THOUGH THE 3RD BOOK BEGINS TO SWAP CHAPTERS SOMETIMES.
DUANE, DIANE. TALE OF THE FIVE 2 DOOR INTO SHADOW, THE. X,R
DUANE, DIANE. TALE OF THE FIVE 3 DOOR INTO SUNSET, THE. X,R. THIS SERIES HAS REALLY NEAT IDEAS FOR DRAGONS, ALIENS WHO DON'T EAT AND USE MAGIC, BUT IT'S OVER WEIGHED BY THE HOMOSEXUAL AND RELIGIOUS ASPECTS. THERE'S TO BE A NUMBER 4 DOOR INTO STARLIGHT
Duncan, Dave. King's Blades 1 The Gilded Chain. R. 200302?. a 8 an interesting gimmick both the bonding of the blades, (which was quite a good new? idea) and the trilogy which was also a neat idea but didn't quite pull off as well.
Duncan, Dave. King's Blades 2 Lord of the Fire Lands. Rx a 5
Duncan, Dave. King's Blades 3 Sky of Swords. R.x a 4
Duncan, Dave. King's Daggers 1 Sir Stalwart. R.x. a 5 YA. not bad but with nothing new
Duncan, Dave. The Cursed. F,X,R.199704. interesting idea sickness brings psychic powers 'curses' to those who don't die. but it seems that the fact of foreknowledge wrecked the ending could have been a trilogy but just skipped over the building of the empire and then 'the end'. okay book by okay writer = a 5 an average book.
DUNCAN, DAVE. A MAN OF HIS WORD 1 MAGIC CASEMENT. PB,R,X
DUNCAN, DAVE. A MAN OF HIS WORD 2 FAERY LANDS FORLORN. PB,R,X
DUNCAN, DAVE. A MAN OF HIS WORD 3 PERILOUS SEAS. PB,R,X
DUNCAN, LOIS. A GIFT OF MAGIC. YA,R my favorite of hers.
DUNCAN, LOIS. FIVE WERE MISSING (AKA RANSOM). YA, R =X. kidnapers take a bus near the end of it's route and parents manage to get them back while kids manage to escape. Good interpersonal of teenagers, personal growth of each of the 5 or 4 at least. and some good adventure. okay not her best by far but she's a good author. Done in '66
so it is kind of old fashioned in one or two spots, but not greatly so. A 4
DUNNING, JOHN. BOOKED TO DIE. MYS,R. A really good mystery if you're in the book trade, lots of hints for bookscouts, the mystery part wasn't really all that interesting to me. but the book stuff was really neat, an 8.
DUNNING, JOHN. BOOKMAN'S WAKE, THE. mys,R. more of a mystery less bookdealerish, but a lot about small press stuff, also very interesting, more interesting people, a 7.
Dunning, John. The Bookman's Promise (3). 20060522. A good mystery, Sir Richard Burton as the theme. A bit depressing at the end, but not as much as the 1st one in the series. Overall not as gripping as the 1st book, maybe I just wasn't as interested in Burton as I was with a used bookstore. Did like the burton stuff, but didn't feel the
murder was really necessary, could have had an excellent mystery without killing her. imo. still, ends on a bit of an up.a 7.
DUNSANY, Lord. CHARWOMAN'S SHADOW, THE. R
Durgin, Doranna. Touched by Magic. R. X. magic comes back. 4 something annoying...
Durgin, Doranna. Wolverine's Daughter. R.X. 20030304 good barbarian characters (destroy magic, etc.) ap hugh did a better female warrior, not superb writing but good, enough. author of dun lady's jess (and better than it). a 4.
DURGIN, DORANNA. DUN LADY'S JESS. R,X. NEAT STORY, THE IDEA WAS GREAT AND KEPT WELL, THE CROSSING OF THE MAGICAL AND 'NORMAL' WORLDS WERE GOOD, AND IT WAS INTERESING, NEAT TO BE A reverse TRANSFORMATION FROM A HORSE TO A HUMAN. a 4
Eddings, David & Leigh. The Redemption of Althalus. R. great his/their best a 10. wonderful fun cat goddess, (rather creepy cover for the story tho) thief & murderer & rather nice guy overall ) Althalus gets caught up with the goddess & the fight of law vs. chaos. lots of great stuff. the evolving relationships are well done & satisfying
endings. Reread, 20050926 still excellent -some great humor, insights, and fun adventure & good evil.
Eddings, David. The Losers. 200305. R an 8. really cool non-sf. finding out about self, become self-reliant, & overcoming the depression, 'evil' 'friend' cripples. and a very scathing commentary on the welfare system and social workers. excellent!
NOT AN SF NOVEL (despite recent covers) BUT GOOD strong character = 8
EDDINGS, David. Belgariad 1 PAWN OF PROPHECY. R.X.
EDDINGS, David. Belgariad 2 QUEEN OF SORCERY. R.X.
EDDINGS, David. Belgariad 3 MAGICIAN'S GAMBIT. R.X.
Eddings, David. Belgariad 4 Castle of Wizardry. R.x. standard fantasy series. a 5.
Eddings, David. Belgariad 5 Enchanters' End Game. R.X.standard fantasy series. a 5.
Eddings, David. Malloreon 1 Guardians of the West. R.X.
Eddings, David. Malloreon 2 King of the Murgos. R.X.
Eddings, David. Malloreon 3 Demon Lord of Karanda. R.X.
Eddings, David. Malloreon 4 Sorceress of Darshiva. R.X. repetitious - overall a redo of the plot from Belgariad. a 4
Eddings, David. Malloreon 5 Seeress of Kell. R.X. repetitious a 4
EDDINGS. ELENIUM 1 DIAMOND THRONE. r. prob 2 copies to X
EDWARDS, JULIE. LAST OF THE REALLY GREAT WHANGDOODLES, THE. CH,R,. REALLY JULIE ANDREWS (Edwards)
EFFINGER, GEORGE ALEC. WHEN GRAVITY FALLS. R,. Arabic cyberpunk Mafia story more Arabian futurist than cyber but chipping personalities etc.great series an 8
EFFINGER, GEORGE ALEC.A FIRE IN THE SUN. R. SEQUEL TO WHEN GRAVITY FALLS. an 8
EFFINGER, GEORGE ALEC. EXLIES KISS, THE. TPB. THIRD FROM WHEN GRAVITY FALLS, cyberpunk in the middle east. A 7
EFFINGER, GEORGE ALEC. WOLVES OF MEMORY. R. creepy, but good sf and weird memory stuff. and interesting AI
Elder, Joshua & Erich Owen. Mail Order Ninja v1. R. 20061110. Graphic Novel. Amusing idea, adequate art, a few in jokes (like the article by Charles 'Eastman-Laird', or the Asimovian aliens). Overall quite pointedly aimed at 5th graders. similar to ninja high-school, only it's grade school, and while it has it parts, there's a bit too much kiddie to it. a 4.
ENGH, M.J.. WHEEL OF THE WINDS. to be -X'ed when found. AN EPIC OF PLANETARY Circumnavigation - Not at all, the outside just doesn't sound like the book inside, not that it's bad, interesting but the pov and way it was written was not conductive to great enjoyment, in short it was kind of boring even though it has great interesting things
about the planet and races etc.
ETHERIDGE, RUTLEDGE. LEGEND OF THE DUELIST. R,X. A 6, not bad, reminiscent of Steve perrys first 3 matador books, but the end with the aliens was kind of odd, and a bit to quick, several bits I just didn't quite get. bunch of aliens who think they're god because they can't remember anyone else creating them so they must have created it all
themselves. yeah makes perfect sense !!?, good action, sort of wrestlemania/boxing to the death kind of bloodsport stuff,
Fabri, Mark. Wyrm. R. a 10 super excellent as good in it's way as snowcrash. as charles Sheffield's review says in the blurb - "All Hackers should have this book; so should anyone interested in; the internet, computer viruses, role-playing games, mythology, science fiction, Lewis Carroll, or Monty Python. Anyone not in this group has my sympathies." very 'real' hacker stuff, and very fun online-games stuff. interesting ideas religion as an 'information' virus running in human brains. (meme programs - like in the very creepy Barnes - Kaleidoscope Century)
FARMER, NANCY. THE EAR, THE EYE, AND THE ARM. YA ch,R,. YA sf in Africa of the far future! mutants with powers and spoiled rich kids,
FARMER, PHILIP JOSE. RIVERWORLD 1 TO YOUR SCATTERD BODIES GO
FARMER, PHILIP JOSE. FABULOUS RIVERBOAT, THE; RIVERWORLD 2
FARMER, PHILIP JOSE. DARK DESEIGN, THE; RIVERWORLD 3
FARREN. PHAID THE GAMBLER. R
FARREN. VICKERS. R. SAME UNI AS PHAID
Feinberg, Jennifer & Todd Meister. Little Scrowlie 1 The Call of Cuthbert. 20041018. GN collection. cool detailed art - the lettering is very interesting but often a bit hard to decipher. the cats are cool & the people often brainless. fun. an 8.
Feintuch, David. The Still. R.X. okay so having the kid be an annoying brat at the beginning was to show how he grew later on but it went on too long and just didn't like him much at all. a 5
Feintuch, David. Voices of Hope. Warner. c.1996. R.X. gah depressing, great military sf, but..
FEINTUCH, DAVID. THE STILL. X,R. Not bad. but not great. Magical kingdoms that each give the rulers some minor power, kid (brat) to be king learns to like peasants etc. gains power gets kingdom. has to stay virgin so he messes around with boyfriend. a 4 not much original but really not too over done. His 'Hope' stuff was better, but much more
FEIST. RIFTWAR 1A MAGICIAN APPRENTICE.
FEIST. RIFTWAR 1B MAGICIAN MASTER.
FEIST. RIFTWAR 3 A DARKNESS AT SETHANON
FEIST & WURTS. MISTRESS OF THE EMPIRE
FEIST & WURTS. RIFTWAR SERVANT OF THE EMPIRE
FEIST, RAYMOND & JANNY WURTS. DAUGHTER OF THE EMPIRE. PB,R,SIGNED!.
FEIST. KING'S BUCCANEER, THE. PB,R.
FEIST, RAYMOND E. SERPENT WAR SAGA 1 SHADOW OF A DARK QUEEN, RIFTWAR. REG PB
FEIST, RAYMOND E. SERPENTWAR SAGA 3 RAGE OF A DEMON KING. R,pb. A Good conclusion to the trilogy but not as good as the 2 books before it. calis & thomas loose their valerhu-ness! poor pug = everybody dies on him, but good, an 8
FENN, LIONEL. SEVEN SPEARS OF THE W'DCH'CK, THE .-X
Fforde, Jasper. Next 1 The Eyre Affair. 20050625. R. hav signed HB. very good, very literate, with more adventure/action than I'd expected. alternate universe, books & authors as if sports & entertainment, characters in books as real, time-travel, oppressive authoritarian corporation in control of England. packs a lot into it. An 8 or 9. [alice
Fforde, Jasper. Next 2 Lost in a Good Book. 20050627. R. hav signed HB. very good, better than the 1st, (esp for the introduction of the Cheshire Cat & Red Queen). packs even more oddity into it, finally get well into the jurisifiction, book travel, time travel, alternate universes, well written very literate. an 8.
Fforde, Jasper. Next 3 The Well of Lost Plots. 20050630.R. hav signed HB. nice continuation, best ending of the 3 so far, multiple plots going all over, but all concluding or continuing, none lost. an 8 or 9. fun well written series.
Fforde, Jasper. The Big Over Easy (A Nursery Crime). R. 20061112. a crime noir mystery, with characters from children's nursery rhymes, as real. Humpty is murdered, Jack Spratt (the giant killer) investigates, with Sergeant Mary Mary. A wild cast of characters you instantly recognize, or eventually recognize with surprize, including Prometheus, Old Mother Hubbard, all the famous detectives of fiction from Sherlock Holmes, to Mrs Marple, Solomon Grundy, Georgie Porgie, the woodcutters, 3 Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf, and many many more, all for some reason living in Reading. A true crime mystery with all the trimmings, and all the extra's you'd expect from Fforde. an 8.
FIORE & MCLUHAN. MEDIUM IS THE MASSAGE, THE. R.X. - photographic juxtaposition of text as art - no real story, but a message - and philosophy -eh. a 3.
FITZHUGH, BILL. PEST CONTROL. PP,MYS. R.199903 Very funny, lots of bugs (oops insects) great you got the wrong person plot. lol funny. a 9
Flint, Eric. 1632. R.k+file 20040130. good alternate history, modern day town sent to the year 1632 in Germany - gustav the 'father' of modern warfare general of guns & artillery. an 8. good military sf (historical military...) large cast tho.
Flint, Eric & David Weber. 1633. R.k+file 20040131. if anything better than the original, more political, a bit less action perhaps, but more emotional & stronger purpose showing in the characters. an 8. good stuff.
Flint, Eric. Ring of Fire. R.20060127. sequel anthology to 1632. pretty good a 6.
Flint, Eric & Andrew Dennis. 1634 The Galileo Affair. R. 20060129. Good, lots of political, stuff, intrigue and such, not much action. a 7.
(apparently going to be a long series, the afterword mentions at least 4 more novels in the works) interesting Protestant vs Catholic wars give new view to the troubles in Ireland, not something 'new' or unique, been going on for centuries!
FORGOTTEN REALMS; NILES. MOONSHAE 1 DARKWALKER ON MOONSHAE. R,-X
FORGOTTEN REALMS; NILES. MOONSHAE 2 BLACK WIZARDS. X
FORGOTTEN REALMS; NILES. MOONSHAE 3 DARKWELL. X-unread
Forward, Eve. Villains by Necessity. R. very good a 9 or 10. good has triumphed & the world is BORing! ) so the last assassin, thief, an evil sorceress, warrior, and a druid who wants to fix the 'balance' set off to try & rescue evil. some really good stuff, the nifty gnomes (smurfs) were hilarious, great characters showing evil doesn't mean crazy or unloyal traitorous. the assassin is strictly lawful evil the thief is a good friend, they're just not 'good', very very AD&D like spells & monsters with different names, really familiar seeming, esp. with all the alignment stuff. Great fun.
Foster, Alan Dean. Commonwealth 1 Phylogenesis. R.20050213.X. the 1st 'mad' thranx poet.
Foster, Alan Dean. Commonwealth 2 Dirge. R.20050213.X. The Pitar war.
Foster, Alan Dean. Commonwealth 3 Diuturnity's Dawn. R.20050214.X. the coming together & signing of the commonwealth, the united church. overall interesting, but all really just background stuff, bits and pieces already known from other humanix stories, the 2nd with the Pitar was the most interesting. lots of characters, and large jumps in
time between novels, (like the structure of his the Damned series) sort of like the simillarion vs. LotR interesting background but not really necessary, and with only one book each, don't get so into any one character to want it to continue. a 5.
Foster, Alan Dean. Interlopers. R. 20061021. very lovecraftian, invisible tenticled things from other dimensions feed on bad thoughts, and cause them. not bad a 5.
Foster, Alan Dean. Jed the Dead. R.x. 20041217. good amusing, but not on par with his great Glory Road or Quzol. dead alien, amusement, bit of thwarted romance, not too evil army intelligence, interesting aliens, death not withstanding. a 5.
Foster, Alan Dean. Pale Rider. R.X. Clint Eastwood western movie novelization. well done.
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. BLOODHYPE. R
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. CODGERSPACE. R,X,. not one of his best, it takes forever to get to the point where it even introduces the main characters. a good quarter of the way into the book, and hey old farts aren't the best character if you make them 'be' old farts! okay they got better some, but not great, not nearly on par with Quzol or glory lane with which it was compared on the cover, 2 of his very funniest books, it had some funny bits as all the AI's in the humanity started to try and find a higher intelligence because well, humans just couldn't be the top!, but not much was done with them, the end was interesting but really zipped by. amusing a 4, but not more.
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. FOR LOVE OF MOTHER-NOT. R
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. GLORY LANE. R. VERY very funny a 9
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. HOWLING STONES, THE. R,. a new humanx book, but not as good as the flinx stuff- superscience/magic and alternate dimensions/universes and HELL and the Devils as a scientific presence!! slow beginning and kind of a let down ending. but interesting. a 6
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. ICERIGGER. R, X. not bad, just too cold.
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. LAST STARFIGHTER, THE. R,-X novelization
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. MAN WHO USED THE UNIVERSE, THE. R. from master criminal to master politico, to savior of the universe by putting on the biggest hoax in the galaxy!
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. MIDWORLD. R
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. SPELLSINGER 1 SPELLSINGER. R,-X
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. SPELLSINGER 2 THE HOUR OF THE GATE. R,-X
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. SPELLSINGER 3 THE DAY OF DISSONANCE. R,-X
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. SPELLSINGER 4 THE MOMENT OF THE MAGICIAN. R,-X
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. SPELLSINGER 5 THE PATHS OF THE PERANBULATOR. R-X
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. SPELLSINGER 6 THE TIME OF THE TRANSFERENCE. R-X
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. SON OF SPELLSINGER. R,X a 2 rap-magic!!?
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. THE DAMNED 1 A CALL TO ARMS. R
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. THE DAMNED 2 THE FALSE MIRROR. R
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. THE DAMNED 3 THE SPOILS OF WAR. R. one of the best "aliens come to get humans because they can fight and use them to fight the great galactic war" stories. See John Ringo,
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. TO THE VANISHING POINT. R
FOSTER, ALAN DEAN. WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE... (). R
Frankowski, Leo. A Boy and his Tank. 20030428. R. a 5. like it says sort of Bolos & Slammers, but not really quite as good, took a long time to get to the action, the dreamworld was interesting, a lot of European politics as history Yugoslavia, but good character & well written. - keep for sequel.
Frankowski, Leo & Dave Grossman. The War with Earth. (sequel to A Boy and his Tank) R.20060625. excellent characters, they have such fun building their dream palaces. AI's very much infused with the spirit of Heinlein. a 6. excellent sequel, pretty good military stuff when they got around to it. there is a 3rd too.
FRAZETTA & SILKE. FRANK FRAZETTA'S DEATH DEALER 1 PRISONER OF THE HORNED HELMENT. -X great art, didn't really get much story there. a 3.
FREIREICH, VALERIE J. BECOMING HUMAN. R. GOOD STUFF, CLONE SLAVES GENETICLY 'INFERIOR' (EVEN THO GENETICLY BETTER SENSES AND SUCH) HE BRINGS SOME CHANGE TO THE SOCIETY = A 9
FREZZA, ROBERT. A SMALL COLONIAL WAR. R,X. AN Interesting book the beginning was too full of jargon and too disjointed but it got better further on and became not bad, the regiment was mostly Russians and but the leaders of the future are jap imperials and the war is corporate and cowboys = very reminiscent of a slammers books but not quite as good. a 5 = See David Drake - Hammer's Slammers
FRIEDMAN, C. S. COLDFIRE 1 BLACK SUN RISING. R. ONE of the most intriguing evil characters I've ever read is Tarrent, off to rescue the priests new girlfriend, and fight the natives of the planet.
FRIEDMAN, C. S. COLDFIRE 2 WHEN TRUE NIGHT FALLS. R. off to find where the villains from last time came from and defeat them.
FRIEDMAN, C. S. COLDFIRE 3 CROWN OF SHADOWS. R. to defeat the force behind the villains behind the 1st bk. and find the other space traveling aliens on the planet! most of whom didn't even know of their own existence! Quite a good series a 8 or 9, one of the best 'Cleric' characters.
FRIEDMAN, C.S. IN CONQUEST BORN. X. the fantasy series was good, this is very similar but not as well developed. a 3 too many characters too few sympathetic.
Gaiman, Neil. 1602. rx. 20061012. Graphic Novel. the beginning of the marvel universe as it would have happened in 1602. All the greats, Fury, Strange, X-men, Doom, daredevil, Magneto, Thor. and he even made it work without being an elseworlds story, (although I think that would have worked just as well) excellent cover art by Mckowen very much in the style of woodcuts. An interesting story but more a gimmick than anything great. a 5.
Gaiman, Neil. Coraline. 20040218. R. TPB. quite a good kids novel. perhaps a bit lower written than I would have thought for 8 year olds, but the story was good, creepy and interesting, not his best tho, and good for the age level it was aimed at but not the best ever, reminded me of Sleator or Avi. a 7.
GAIMAN, NEIL & JONES, S. NOW WE ARE SICK. ANT,, TPB. COLLECTION OF HORRIBLE POEMS - REALLY GREAT STUFF, GAHAN WILSON CVR
GAIMAN, NEIL & PRATCHETT, TERRY. GOOD OMENS. HB,DJ,1ST,R a 9 or 10
GAIMAN, NEIL. NEVERWHERE. BCHB,DJ,R. A great sort of de lint=ish faery tale story set in London, or rather Under London, creepy, and more intricate than most de lint stuff, reminds me of the modern elves stuff but with a darker feel, He helps and is caught in the underground, tags along, saves the day (sort of) and is able to return, regrets it and is able to go back. sort of standard plot wise but a nicely done bit, applaud the angel a 9. easily as good as his sandman stuff and sustained only by the prose. 19980510
GARDEN, NANCY. LARK IN THE MORNING. HB,YA,1st,DJ,R. Very reminiscent of Voigt's Dicey stories - the 1st one, but stuff about homosexuals, and suicide and runaways pretty good, a 7
Gardner, Craig Shaw. Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2 Return to Chaos. R. druids, ethan good a 6.
GARDNER, JAMES ALAN. EXPENDABLE. R. Bizarre super intelligent aliens which tho aren't 'seen' are out there, humanity is one of the lesser races, but of course they don't really
think so. physically deformed people 'ugly' but not in any other major way defective, (easily cure able but of course they are needed so... they 'can't' be.) festina and her partner and an admiral are sent to explore a planet from which no one has ever returned, sort of a legal way to dump them with out killing which is not allowed by the higher races, = after all the planet is perfectly capable of supporting human life, but.... there are some interesting secrets. Invisible people who live forever and eat N sunlight! (radiation) for just starters. sort of dirty dozen feel to the ending but it was very good. a 7. definitely a great 1st novel.
GARNER, ALAN & FOREMAN, MICHAEL. THREE GOLDEN HEADS OF THE WELL, THE. SPB,CH,R. A very funny little kids fairytale with a horrible ending for the bad guys. GREAT AN 8 OR 9
GARRETT, RANDALL & HEYDRON, VICKI ANN. GANDALARA CYCLE 1-3 GANDALARA CYCLE I THE STEEL OF RAITHSKAR, THE GLASS. OF DYSKORNIS, THE BRONZE OF EDDARTA. pb no cvr
GARRETT, RANDALL & HEYDRON, VICKI ANN. GANDALARA CYCLE 1 THE STEEL OF RAITHSKAR
GARRETT, RANDALL & HEYDRON, VICKI ANN. GANDALARA CYCLE 2 THE GLASS OF DYSKORNIS
GARRETT, RANDALL & HEYDRON, VICKI ANN. GANDALARA CYCLE 3 THE BRONZE OF EDDARTA
GARRETT, RANDALL & HEYDRON, VICKI ANN. GANDALARA CYCLE 4-6 GANDALARA CYCLE II THE WELL OF DARKNESS, THE SEARCH. FOR KA, RETURN TO EDDARTA
GARRETT, RANDALL & HEYDRON, VICKI ANN. GANDALARA CYCLE 4 THE WELL OF DARKNESS
GARRETT, RANDALL & HEYDRON, VICKI ANN. GANDALARA CYCLE 5 THE SEARCH FOR KA
GARRETT, RANDALL & HEYDRON, VICKI ANN. GANDALARA CYCLE 6 RETURN TO EDDARTA pb no cvr
GARRETT, RANDALL & HEYDRON, VICKI ANN. GANDALARA CYCLE 7 THE RIVER WALL. pb. conclusion
GEAR, W. MICHAEL. WARRIORS OF THE SPIDER, THE. R.
GEAR, W. MICHAEL. THE WAY OF THE SPIDER. R.
GEAR, W. MICHAEL. THE WEB OF THE SPIDER. R. good series, a 7 , got better written as it went on, perhaps a few too many characters, very plot driven. Spider is God and the directorate is Sheep.
GEAR, W. MICHAEL. FORBIDDEN BORDERS 1 REQUIEM FOR THE CONQUEROR.R,X.
GEAR, W. MICHAEL. FORBIDDEN BORDERS 2 RELIC OF EMPIRE.R,X.
GEAR, W. MICHAEL. FORBIDDEN BORDERS 3 COUNTERMEASURES.R,X. extremely long, better at the beginning - too many characters. good concept, but ends with freedom -too soon. okay 5
Gemmell, David The Stones of Power 1 Ghost King
Gemmell, David The Stones of Power 2 Last Sword of Power
Gemmell, David The Stones of Power 3 Wolf In Shadow (The Jerusalem Man)
Gemmell, David The Stones of Power 4 The Last Guardian good series 1st 2 are king Arthur 2nd 2 are post-apocalypse and much creepier & perhaps better because I'm kinda tired of king Arthur. but it was an interesting series - recurring characters between the 2 stories. good adventures a 6 -X
Gemmell, David. Drenai Quest for lost Heroes. R. 3 old men out of retirement to kick ass. a 7.
Gemmell, David. Drenai Waylander. R. 200303 good an 8 the start of the 30.
Gemmell, David. Drenai Winter Warriors. 200303 R. seems quest over again a 7.
Gemmell, David. Drenai 3? The King Beyond the Gate. R. cross-breed king. a 6.
Gemmell, David. Drenai 1 Legend. R. excellent last stand of the old hero. possibly his best. an 8. BRIT CVR. -X. GOOD SEIGE WARFARE, BUT ALL THE SUDDEN AT THE END ALL THIS MAGIC STARTS HAPPENING AND YOU DIDN'T EVER REALIZE SUCH STUFF EXISTED IN THIS LAND. OKAY BUT NOT GREAT.
GEMMELL, D. KING BEYOND THE GATE, DRENAI 2. -X. GOOD PLOT AND ACTION BUT...
Gemmell, David. Drenai The First chronicles of Druss the Legend (prequel to Legend). 20031128-9. quite good an 8 only because it's a prequel so there is not any real suspense, but good strong adventure.
Gemmell, David. Morningstar. R.x. 200408? standard Gemmell - good story but not great plots. another or those where the future is set and can't change it. he's going to be the mythic hero of the past - time travel etc. not bad story tho. a 5
GERROLD, DAVID. WHEN HARLIE WAS ONE. PB,R. A REALLY GREAT ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE STORY 'RUINED' BY A BAD ENDING. HARLIE IS TERRIFIC BUT THE EXPLAINATION AT THE END RUINS THE FEEL.
A COMPUTER THAT THINKS IT'S HUMAN, OR A MAN IN THE BODY OF A COMPUTER. AND THE COMAPANY IS TRYING TO SHUT HIM DOWN, WHICH TO HARLIE IS THE SAME AS IF THEY WANTED TO KILL HIM SO HE FIGHTS BACK, WITH INTERESTING RESULTS. 8 OR 9
Gibson, William & Bruce Sterling. The Difference Engine. R.X. 200407? read when helping Aron with move to Seattle. cyberpunk of the 1800's too many characters tho hard to really get into any one of them. not as good a their stuff individually has been. a 5.
GIER, SCOTT. GENELLAN PLANETFALL. -X. NOT BAD FOR A FIRST BOOK, NEAT ALIENS, INTERESTING SITUATION, BUT NOT ANYTHING SPECTUALR EITHOR, GOOD BUT... a 5
GILDEN. Mel. HAWAIIAN U.F.O. ALIENS. R,
GILMORE, KATE. ENTER THREE WITCHES. YA,R. his mom is a witch, not really a bad witch more like a wicca witch, but the old lady in the basement apt is a voodoo sorceress, it's a neat story he finds a girlfriend but is afraid to bring her home and reunites his estranged parents. a 6
Godwin, Parke. Limbo Search. Morrow/Avon. c.1995. R.
Godwin, Parke. Waiting for the Galactic Bus. Bantam c.1989. R.
Golden, Christopher & Nancy Holder. Buffy The Vampire Slayer 1 Child of the Hunt. R. much better than I expected for a media Tie-in novel. quite good the wild hunt & slayers past. A Ren-Faire. Runaways, set after "Anne" an 8
Golden, Christopher & Nancy Holder. Buffy the Vampire Slayer 3 The Gatekeeper Trilogy 1 Out of the Madhouse. R. alice. not bad
Golden, Christopher & Nancy Holder. Buffy the Vampire Slayer 4 The Gatekeeper Trilogy 2 Ghost Roads. R. alice. not bad
Golden, Christopher & Nancy Holder. Buffy the Vampire Slayer 5 The Gatekeeper Trilogy 3 Sons of Entropy. R. alice. not bad a 5 the series
GOLDIN & MASON. REHUMANIZATION OF JADE DARCY 2 JADE DARCY & THE ZEN PIRATES. GREAT STUFF 9 OR 10 hoping for more - there were rumors - but so far... don't know if they continued the series.
GOLDIN, S. ASSAULT ON THE GODS. GOOD ADVENTURE STORY, HI=TECH, (SILLY MAN DOESN'T BELIEVE COMPUTERS CAN BE WEAPONS THOUGH) TAKES CREATION MYTH AND MAKES SCIENCE OUT OF IT, WORKS
WELL, COULD HAVE SEQUEL = SHE HAS ALIENWARSHIP NOW. 6=7
GONICK, LARRY. THE CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE (VOL 1=7) FROM THE BIG BANG TO ALEXANDER THE GREAT. TPB,COMIX,HIST,R,. a marvelous, humorous, and very factual history book.
GOODKIND, TERRY. THE SWORD OF TRUTH 1 an 8.
GOODKIND, TERRY. THE SWORD OF TRUTH 2 STONE OF TEARS. R. a very long book but also very good, a 9.
GOODKIND, TERRY. THE SWORD OF TRUTH 3 BLOOD OF THE FOLD. R. a 7. sort of confusing and kind of slow beginning = I think if I'd read it directly after the 1st 2 it would have been fine.. but. it got better, 2 had felt kind of finished but he expanded a new villain, continues to be a good story, with good old standard wizardly not the psychic stuff that's everywhere else these days, he finally gets together with the girl at the end. seres as a whole is an 8 so far tho this is not the best of the 3, a 7.
GOODKIND, TERRY. SWORD OF TRUTH 4 TEMPLE OF THE WINDS. BC,DJ,R,x, well they finally get married at the very end, haven't beat the dream king guy yet, but Nathan the prophet is coming along neat. reunited boy and g'father. better than 3rd, an 8
Goodkind, Terry. Sword of Truth 5 Soul of Fire. Mother & Rahl finally get some '} sort of strings on but tis a good series. R. a 6
Goodkind, Terry. Sword of Truth 6 Faith of the Fallen. Rahl captured and taken to empire, does capitalist (very soviet empire) becomes sculptor, creates revolution. R. an 7
Goodkind, Terry. Sword of Truth 7 The Pillars of Creation. R. 200304. a 5. new characters, not Richard & Kahlan, boo. also stepping back for most of the story (about kin of richard) so you know how it has to end out. #6 was far better. reread 20041009 trying to remember the story so to go on to book 8.
Goodkind, Terry. Sword of Truth 8 Naked Empire. 20041011. R. beh the last 2 have been sidetracks from the main story and not really very good - this one was a thinly veiled philosophy of life and pro-death penalty mentality anti-caseworker thought - not that I necessarily disagree but I don't need it rammed down my throat. a 5 maybe - story
was okay written but not as well done as previous stuff has been - get on with it!
Goodkind, Terry. Sword of Truth 9: Chainfire. R.20060624. much better in that it gets back to Richard, still the whole book is nothing but a side plot, a good one, but wished it could have gotten to the point faster. Kahlan out of mind and memory. a 7. seems to be building to a conclusion of everything could happen in the next one, but prob 2 or even 3 more.
GOULD, STEVEN. JUMPER. R, TREMENDOUS 1st book, well wrought, very realistic, if you suddenly found you could teleport this is the kind of stuff you'd use it for. a 10. 20050819 2am reread. still excellent, getting a little bit long in the tooth due to anachronisms ( of terrorism, but one of the greats.
Gould, Steven. Reflex. R. 20061126. sequel to Jumper. a good story but doesn't have the umph of jumper. much more a spy story with teleportation than a teleportation story with spycraft. an 8.
GOULD, STEVEN. WILDSIDE. R,. another great book, very very reminiscent of that Robert Adams books where he finds a door to another land, but this is based on science once they
find out about the machinery hidden the tunnel, great characterization. again great attention to real details, another 10
Grace, Fran. Branigan's Dog Handbook. Macmillan. c.1982. R.
Graham, Mitchell. The Fifth Ring. R.k.20041219. cool fencing } not a bad far future post-apocalypse fantasy. good live steel fencing descriptions. authors 1st book, Mitchell was a top fencer in his day (I'll assume he was an A rank) should send off for an autograph would be cool. overall good coming of age story, mild on the romance. a 5.
GRANT, RICHARD. VIEWS FROM THE OLDEST HOUSE. R. 96 SEP 17, VG A 10. INTRICATE WITH A VERY LYRICAL AND VERY INTELEGENT VOCABULARY, HINTS OF BASIS ON THE ARTHURIAN MYTHOS BUT NOT SO MUCH THAT EVERYTHING IS OBVIOUS. EASILY THE BEST I'VE READ IN A YEAR OR SO. THE MIX OF HIGH SCIENCE WHICH IS MAGICAL REMINDS ME OF CROWELY - Little Big AND THE LANGUAGE REMINDS ME OF Gene WOLFE. WHICH ARE 2 OF THE GREATEST RECOMENDATIONS I COULD POSSIBLY GIVE!
GRAY, EJ. ADAM OF THE ROAD. YA,R,X - medieval minstrel boy
GRAY, NICHOLAS STUART. THE SEVENTH SWAN. YA?,R. IT'S NEAT A CONTINUATION OF THE FAIRY TALE OF THE SEVEN BROTHER TURNED INTO SWANS AND THE GIRL MAKES SWEATERS TO FIX BUT DOESN'T GET ONE SLEEVE DONE SO ONE ENDS UP WITH A SWANS WING FOR AN ARM THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO HIM
AFTER. GAELIC AND GOOD. an 8 or 9
Green, Simon R. Blue Moon/Hawk & Fisher 1 Blue Moon Rising. R. an 9
GREEN, SIMON R. Blue Moon/Hawk & Fisher 2 BLOOD AND HONOR. R. GOOD STANDARD 'CLASIC' FANTASY THE UNICORN AND DRAGON ARE GREAT CHARACTERS. A 9
Green, Simon R. Blue Moon/Hawk & Fisher 3 Swords of Haven (Hawk & Fisher, Winner Takes All, The God Killer). R. an 7 - is better once figure out it's the characters from Blue Moon
Green, Simon R. Blue Moon/Hawk & Fisher 4 Guards of Haven (Wolf in the Fold, Guard Against Dishonor, The Bones of Haven) R. a 8
Green, Simon R. Blue Moon/Hawk & Fisher 5 Beyond the Blue Moon. R. an 9. a great series all told. Didn't like the Hawk & Fisher stuff as much at first, because mystery & short, but once you have the back story it's better, and liked the ending. MUCH more satisfying than Deathstalker ended!(hmm except looks like Deathstalker isn't over yet) quite fun stuff, from the start.
Green, Simon R. Empire/Deathstalker 0 Twilight of the Empire (Mistworld, Ghostworld, Hellworld). R.8. mist & Ghost 9, hell 7 introduce Topaz in mist; Frost & Silence with diana vertue & Carrion in ghost. really gives depth to them in deathstalker.
Green, Simon R. DeathStalker 1 Deathstalker. R. a 9 for series.
Green, Simon R. DeathStalker 2 DeathStalker Rebellion. R.
Green, Simon R. DeathStalker 3 DeathStalker War. R. A good series but his fantasy is better done, kind of longwinded, and the evil is just too corrupt for real belief, mostly, but the captain and the investigator are great! well polished. an 7.
Green, Simon R. DeathStalker 4 DeathStalker Honor. R.
Green, Simon R. DeathStalker 5 DeathStalker Destiny. R. a 9 till the end, ah drat. his future in locked as the psi from 1st book says is exactly how it ends for him. ends unsatisfactory but okay.
Wait! there's a another book! perhaps it redeems the story!
Green, Terence M. Blue Limbo. R. cyberpunk, modern, life after death for a few hours. mostly a mystery & character study divorced dad cop. good strong plot. a 6
Greenberg, Martin H.; Editor. The Further Adventures of Batman 14 All-New Adventures of the Caped Crusader. X.Read
GREENLAND, COLIN. TAKE BACK PLENTY. A GREAT FIRST, WON A BUNCH OF AWARDS, NEAT ALIENS, HUMAN ALIENS,AND THE GREATIST DENUMENT OF ALL TIME, BUG EYEED ALIENS BUZZINGEARTH IN FLYHING SAUCERS HUMAN WITH GIANT HEADS! AND IN SIDE WERETHE REAL ALIENS WHO HAD LOCKED HUMANITY UP IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM,AND A REAL NEAT AI. GOOD STUFF, PERHAPS NOT PERFECT, THE
WRITINGQUALITY WASN'T AS POLISHED AS MANY, BUT A TREMENDOUS FIRST EFFORT(i THINK IT'S A 1ST) a 9
Grell, Mike. Sable. R. pb novelization of his comic book series. very well done. action adventure Africa. a 6, the comic series had more story, but this has more back story
Grell, Mike. The Longbow Hunters. 20031016. Comics TPB (coll 1-3) interesting. early mature readers Green Arrow, not Grell's best, Sable probably was better, but lead into his Green Arrow continuing series which was - mostly - very good, & had crossover with the Warlord! yay!. but I have to say Kevin Smiths Green Arrow mini-series was more fun and just as mature. but Grells Arrow was less 'in' the DCU so it stood on its own much better.
Gross, Peter. Empire Lanes book 1 Arrival (1-4), V2,1; keyline (comico). 20030909. a 9 story, 8 art. the great story of fantasy adventurers group lost in Chicago & taking up residence in an old bowling alley. one of the best chapters is the blues bar & the priest (cleric) who has lost his faith, just great storytelling, and adventure is
interesting but it's the characters who make this so good. The thieves are amusing but also interesting. the interaction as the characters 'get' the modern city. (Gross also did art for some of Books of Magic)
Grossman, Dave & Leo Frankowski. The Two-Space War. R. 20061208. excellent space opera very very hornblower (or aubry) in space. great references to sf as classic lit of the future heinleiners, webers, tolkien, and a very good sailing ships in space story with a well thought out and reasonable - reason for them. the whole of 2-space was well done. flatland, compressing the universe so things are closer. a bit overdone pushing the military science, tho sort of a authors personal crusade going drops if from truly great to just very good. Still the poetry was excellent and well woven into the story more tolikien influence. an 8. ending set it up for sequels sort of leaving it hanging a bit much.
GYGAX, Gary. GREYHAWK 1 SAGA OF OLD CITY; GORD 1 -X GORD
GYGAX, Gary. GREYHAWK 2 ARTIFACT OF EVIL; GORD 2 R
Haldeman, Joe. Forever Peace. R. not a sequel to forever war it is quite good possibly his 2nd best after forever war an 8. not sure if it's wonderful or kinda creepy the ending. 'peace' but.... the book thinks it's wonderful no one left who can do harm - but just still seems a bit odd to me. it reuses quite a bit of the underlying aspects of forever war.
HALDEMAN 2 & DANN. HIGH STEEL. -X. INDIAN VS. MEGACORP IN SPACE GETS SPACESHIP
HALDEMAN, JOE. WORLDS APART. R,X. ww3 plague & orbiting space stations post apocalypse death after 20 plague and the saving of earth and sending off of a generation ship. freaky mason/christ cultists. a 5 good. 199907
Hambly, Barbara. Darwath B IceFalcon's Quest. R. x-over sun wolf & Starhawk & Darwath series.
Hambly, Barbara. Darwath Sun Wolf & Starhawk 1 The Ladies of Mandrigyn. R.
Hambly, Barbara. Darwath Sun Wolf & Starhawk 2 The Witches of Wenshar. R.
Hambly, Barbara. Darwath Sun Wolf & Starhawk 3 The Dark Hand of Magic. R. nearly her best series a 9
Hambly, Barbara. Stranger at the Wedding. R.X. from other series but w/o any cross over characters. a 4. cute but.
HAMBLY, B. DRAGONSBANE. R. best dragon slaying ever, the most realistic, more beliveable dragonslayer ever depicted. absloutely great. 9 or 10
HAMBLY, B. THOSE WHO HUNT THE NIGHT. -X. VAMPIRES, NOT SO GREAT a 4
HAMBLY, BARBARA. DARK 1 THE TIME OF THE DARK. PB,R. Evil dark things kill everybody! alternate dimension get woman and biker but! it's the girl who becomes the warrior. these are good a 6 for all.
HAMBLY, BARBARA. DARK 2 THE WALLS OF AIR. PB,R
HAMBLY, BARBARA. DARK 3 THE ARMIES OF DAYLIGHT. PB,R. the hero's from earth save the day but decided to stay instead of return to their old lives.
HAMBLY, BARBARA. DARK 4 MOTHER OF WINTER. PB,R. A sequel to the 1st trilogy, an even older life from before the dark tries to bring back the ice age to get the world back to a more comfortable temperature. there's to be a 5th
Hamilton, Laurell K. A Kiss of Shadows. 1st elvish series. R. 20051125. lots of rough sex, not much story. a 7.
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 1 Guilty Pleasures. R. a 9
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 2 Laughing Corpse. R. a 9
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 3 Circus of the Damned. R. 9-10
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 4 The Lunatic Cafe. R. a 10
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 5 Bloody Bones. R. a 10
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 6 The Killing Dance. R. a 10
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 7 Burnt Offerings. R. a 10
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 8 Blue Moon. R. Excellent! a 10 series, each one gets better & better. accurate cover blurb - an 'adult' Buffy. one of the strongest female characters ever.
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 9 Obsidian Butterfly. R. best of all. a 10.
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 10 Narcissus in Chains. R. weird & lots sex & bondage, not quite as good as usual. an 8
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 11 Cerulean Sins. werewolf assassin serial killer, vampire politics, Asher. good stuff, lots of action, lots of sex, but not quite the overwhelming level of the last one a 9.
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 12 Incubus Dreams. 20060607 a 7. taking the adult part of the adult buffy blurb to new heights, lots of triple action. Vampire serial killer, who escapes. extra powerful Anita. (at this rate she gonna end with goddess powers)
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 12b Cravings 20060607 short stories, the short story has been rewritten to be the beginning of Incubus Dreams a 6
Hamilton, Laurell K. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter 13 Micah, 20060607 shorter, and almost just a short story, an 8. a needed backstory on Micah some more Fed stuff, and mob.
If you like this try Charlaine Harris. Kelley Armstrong. Robin Mckinley - Sunshine. Nancy Collins - Sonja Blue. Kim Harrison. Carrie Vaughn.
Hamilton, Laurell K. Nightseer. R.200606? strong with a lot of fantasy RPG flavor, ends abruptly, not real completely. an excellent 1st novel a 6.
Harris, Charlaine. Southern Vampire 1 Dead until Dark. R. 200511.
Harris, Charlaine. Southern Vampire 2 Living Dead in Dallas. R. 200511.
Harris, Charlaine. Southern Vampire 3 Club Dead. R. 200511.
Harris, Charlaine. Southern Vampire 4 Dead to the World. R. 200511. much like Hamilton's vampire stuff, but a bit less. the southern stuff is interesting, and they are very much mysteries with extra, overall a 6 or 7.
If you like this try Laurell K. Hamilton - Anita Blake. Kelley Armstrong. Robin Mckinley - Sunshine. Nancy Collins - Sonja Blue. Kim Harrison. Carrie Vaughn.
HARRIS, DEBORAH TURNER. CALEDON OF THE MISTS
HARRIS, DEBORAH TURNER. THE QUEEN OF ASHES
HARRIS, DEBORAH TURNER. THE CITY OF EXILE. R,X. interesting Scottish-fantasy - very much Scotland, alternate dimensionally traveling Elves, but all in all more long and slow than really
griping. there are many good bits, but... a 4 for all. marvelous covers tho by Don Maitz
Harrison, Harry. The Hammer and the Cross. R. 20060611. Vikings vs England, Norse pantheon vs Christianity. mostly military fantasy, with little fantasy but the visions of the gods. pretty good characters, perhaps a bit much political explanations, and a few more asides to other povs than the main character than I'd have preferred, but
overall a good start to the series. a 7.
Harrison, Harry. One King's Way. R. 20060612. more Vikings and swedes, trolls, and becoming the one king of the north. a 7.
Harrison, Harry. King and Emperor. R. 20060613. a good ending for the trilogy. a 7.
Harrison, Harry & Marvin Minsky. The Turing Option. R. 20061120. hmm AI or MI (machine intelligence) development and the reconstruction of the creators brain via high tech surgery after getting shot in the head. very tech intensive, and if you're into how the brain works perhaps highly interesting... the main character isn't all that likeable tho. and the MI is sort of creepy. still all in all an interesting murder mystery. a 5.
Harrison, Kim. Dead Witch Walking. R.20060529
Harrison, Kim. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead. R.20060530
Harrison, Kim. Every Witch Way but Dead. R.20060531
Excellent series very reminiscent of Hamilton's Anita Blake but without feeling like a knock-off. interesting characters, stumbles a bit on the 1st book, throws a lot of stuff in all at once, but once you get the setting and background the story flows smoothly. Witches, vampires, werewolves, pixies and elves oh my... magic as a college course,
demonology, dark books, vampire mobsters. Sexy main characters, tough, 'runners' sort of bounty hunters/detectives. excellent settings, such as their home/office/church. a 9.
If you like this try Laurell K. Hamilton - Anita Blake. Charlaine Harris. Kelley Armstrong. Robin Mckinley - Sunshine. Nancy Collins - Sonja Blue. Carrie Vaughn.
HARRISON, Harry. BILL THE GALACTIC HERO 1 THE PLANET OF THE ROBOT SLAVES -X SILLY
HARRISON, Harry. DEATHWORLD TRILOGY, DEATHWORLD 1, 2, 3 R.
HARRISON, Harry. MONTEZUMA'S REVENGE MYS,X FUNNY MYSTERY
HARRISON, Harry. QUEEN VICTORIA'S REVENGE, MYS, -X. THESE ARE PRETTY FUNNY BETTER THAN HIS SERIOUS SF
HARRISON, Harry. STAINLESS STEEL RAT 1 THE STAINLESS STEEL RAT
HARRISON, Harry. STAINLESS STEEL RAT 2 THE STAINLESS STEEL RAT'S REVENGE
HARRISON, Harry. STAINLESS STEEL RAT 3 THE STAINLESS STEEL RAT SAVES THE WORLD
HARRISON, Harry. STAINLESS STEEL RAT THE STAINLESS STEEL RAT FOR PRESIDENT
HARRISON, Harry. STAINLESS STEEL RAT THE STAINLESS STEEL RAT WANTS YOU! R great spy/theif sf short simple funny stuff 8-9
HARRION, HARRY. STAINLESS STEEL RAT SINGS THE BLUES, THE. R,X. really disappointing, not funny and good like the old stuff, and not adventuresome good like the later stuff, tries to mix them and it didn't work
HARRISON, Harry. WEST OF EDEN. -X.it's okay but not what I'd call great, none of the humor of the Rat series and too much, well just kind of long.
HARRISON, Harry. WINTER IN EDEN. =X,UNREAD
HARRISON, Harry. RETURN TO EDEN. =X,UNREAD - don't like these pre-history ones.
HAWKE, SIMON. DARKSUN TRIBE OF ONE 1 THE OUTCAST. a very interesting idea many minds in one body was very disappointed at the end to see that they were not many parts of his mind but really other minds, the story was interesting but constrained by the darksun rules not as good as it felt it could have been for the total series a 6
HAWKE, SIMON. DARKSUN CHRONICLES OF ATHAS 3 THE BROKEN BLADE
HAWKE, SIMON. WIZARD OF 4TH STREET, THE. R.
HAWKE, SIMON. THE WIZARD OF WHITECHAPEL. R.
HAWKE, SIMON. THE WIZARD OF SUNSET STRIP. R. cool future with magic powered everything. short bks, battle against N ancient evil with Merlin. a 5, 199901
HEALD, DENISE LOPES. MISTWALKER. PB,R. Ecological - green stuff - and alien planet good.
Heinlein, Robert A. Between Planets. 20030314 R.YA. one of his juvies, sort of American revolution with Venus vs. earth being USA vs. UK. starts sort of slow. but good adventure, a bit strong military aspect near the end. not one of his very best a 5.
Heinlein, Robert A. Beyond This Horizon. R. An interesting idea = gene tampering to make the 'best' combination available = plus a society like the old west where manners are settled by gunfights. and a revolution of fools. yet the ending seems like a different book, the search for more. for PSI for god for anything just the search = and a huge segment of the people get behind this. it's neat. and reincarnation which turned out kind of scary. It doesn't really seem to fit in his universe that well, except if it comes before the flight of the long lived ones. a 5
reread 20030313. read this one before, I'd forgotten the title. ultimate 'best of breed' of man. an interesting society everyone goes armed, and duels, but that keeps everyone polite & promotes the peace. group of malcontents try to take over but are a bunch of fools and get shot down, literally. then it goes metaphysical into the scientific search for the meaning of life. bring up every question you can think of & answers none - it's the search... a good one a 7.
Heinlein, Robert A. Glory Road. 20030318.R a 7. "any sufficiently advanced science is indistinguishable from magic." he's done better but has a good characters, Vietnam vet goes to alt world with beautiful 'empress' standard adventure story done well, fantasy aspects from Science Fiction perspective. magic is just science you don't understand. etc. but the last bit is what happens after the world is saved,
what do you do with a retired hero who has anything he wants...?
Heinlein, Robert A. Space Cadet. 20040318. YA SF adventure. one or 2 small anachronisms, but on the whole holds up quite well. training and a short adventure, nothing major. a 4.
Heinlein, Robert A. The Door into Summer. R.K. long sleep, time travel stuff, paradoxes- travel back in time invent something that he used to use all the time in the future!!. in love with child who grows and then sleeps to future to be with him at a legal age. a good one. 8
one-way time travel, the big sleep, in the far future of the year 2000 a.d.!
Heinlein, Robert. Revolt in 2100. R. evil dictator prophet rules usa. there is a revolution. evolves into society from Coventry - "an thou hurt none do as thou wilt. " a 5
Heinlein, Robert. Sixth Column. R. 'pan-asian' attack & take over USA (written prior to the outbreak of WW2!) small cadre of military-scientists invent ray - secretly fight back. - good a 7
HEINLEIN, ROBERT A. CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY. YA,PB,R,X. slaves in space, a 5.
HEINLEIN, ROBERT A. FARNHAM'S FREEHOLD. R. It's nothing like the cover and blurb say. not that it's bad just nothing like what was represented. nuclear war and the family and
a few friends who were over run to farnham's shelter down in the cellar. boom they are transported to ?an alternate earth? they set up home and struggle to survive loosing one woman in childbirth. then they are discovered by the rulers of this world they where transported hundreds of years into the future. the world is controlled by a cliche of
black people who have all white(and orientals) as slaves. and breed them and keep them docile by castrating them and cutting their thumbs off and feeding them a 'happiness' drug. and farnham discovers later they also eat them. then farnham and his sweetie are sent back in time via an experiment by their master. then for one chapter it's like the
cover and blurb describe the book to be. an after ww3 world.
!!!!Any BOOK Accepted as Cash!!!!
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FARNHAM SCHOOL OF CONTRACT BRIDGE
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Ring Bell. Wait, Advance with your Hands Up. Stay on the path, avoid mines. We lost three customers last week. We can't afford to lose YOU. No sales tax."
Thus quotes the rear cover.
HEINLEIN, ROBERT A. PODKAYNE OF MARS. R. And this is the version with the 'happy' ending!, I'd have broken down reading the real sad version. sort of misleading title, yes she is from mars (it's a name yes) but most of the story is in the space ship or on Venus. Pody & her brainy brother with no scruples and her uncle go on a trip to earth
with a stop over at Venus, uncle is actually more important than Pody thought some one tries to bomb the ship but brother fixes it, but on Venus,. Well Pody is a really nice girl, and if she sees her brother as a bit of a brat well aren't they all? unfortunately they are all captured to force uncle to vote the 'right' way but brother masterminds
an escape leaving that bomb he disarmed, Pody goes back to rescue a nasty little Venusian's baby and doesn't get quite far enough away = but saves the baby, thing, a really emotional ending = originally Heinlein had her die but they made him rewrite it so she's only in intensive care and will probably live, the book is actually about brother =
even if it is mostly in Pody's pov, and has much to say about how you ought to rear a child = Heinlein gets a little preachy with the uncle but not badly,. a 9 = - but certainly my favorite Heinlein juvenile bar none.
HEINLEIN, ROBERT A. ROLLING STONES, THE. R. One of the juveniles, there's lots of science of course but it's kept simple and the end is great when they decided to continue on with grandma.
HEINLEIN, ROBERT A. STARMAN JONES. R. A JUVIE, NEAT, THE ASPECT OF GUILDS TAKEING OVER ALL ASPECTS OF WORK WAS SCARY BUT THE ADVENTURE WAS GOOD, A 7
Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. R. Since the movie just came out = thought I'd reread this before I went. Heinlein was very much pro=military tho that should come as no surprize the navy was his life before he got deep sixed for TB. the world he created for starship was directly in reaction to Eisenhower signing a ban on nuclear
testing with USSR which Heinlein did not think the 'commies' would keep but which we would, putting us in danger. He was very much in favor of the 2nd amendment as well. In order to vote one must join the military for a usual 2 years (tho there was no upper limit = they'd keep you as long as they wanted but 2 year was usual) thereafter you could
vote, so Johnnie against his fathers wishes and against his better judgement (to impress a girl) joins, and gets put in the infantry. most of the book is him going thru boot camp, at the end there is a war against a hive intelligence of giant spiders, (that's what the movie is loosely based on) but it's mainly J coming to realize that this is
something he wants, to defend his people. an good military book, strong, good details, holds up well over the decades, an 9 spectacular = I think puppet masters was better (tho it was an awful movie)
20031026?. reread. one of his very best, a military sf story, but there's not really a lot of action, there's some and it's enough, but you don't notice that it takes about half the book to get there. a lot of political and moral philosophy of military necessity etc. far far far superior to the dumb
movie. a 9.
HEINLEIN, ROBERT A. TO SAIL BEYOND THE SUNSET. R. adventures of Lazarus's mom and the cat. AN 8
HEINLEIN, ROBERT A. TUNNEL IN THE SKY. R, X. JUVIE, FORESTER/TRACKER SCHOOL DUMPS THRU SPACE WARP TUNNEL AND LOOSES CLASS WHICH MAKES COMMUNITY a 6.
HENDERSON, Z. PILGRIMAGE THE BOOK OF THE PEOPLE. -R. THESE ARE PRETTY GOOD, PSI TALENT STORIES, BUT SOMETIMES IT GETS TOO GOODY-CHRISTIAN FOR ME. A 7
HICKMAN & WEIS. DRAGONLANCE; CHRONICLES 1 V 3 DRAGONS OF SPRING DAWNING. R. X.
HINZ, CHRISTOPHER. PARATWA 1 LIEGE-KILLER. R,
HINZ, CHRISTOPHER. PARATWA 2 ASH OCK. R, A great sf series - still need #3
Hoban, Russell. the Mouse & his child. R. YA. sad ending... but a great story living toys.
Hobb, Robin. Farseer 1 Assassin's Apprentice. R. Bantam. 55357339x 1996
Hobb, Robin. Farseer 2 Royal Assassin. R. Bantam. 553573411 1997
Hobb, Robin. Farseer 3 Assassin's Quest. R. Bantam. 553565699 1998 good stuff. an 8 the series
HODGELL, P. C. GOD STALK. R. NEAT, AND THE VARIOUS GODS ARE INTERESTING, BUT THE CHARACTERS ARE VERY INTERESTING, DIFFERENT 'RACES' OF HUMAN'S, GOD'S COMING FROM ALTERNATE DIMENSIONS/WORLDS, AND THIEVES GUILDS, AND MAGES, AND WARRIORS. an 8or9 IT SOUNDS AS IF A SEQUEL IS POSSIBLE - I'D LOVE TO GET IT.
HODGELL, P. C. DARK OF THE MOON. R. SEQUEL TO GOD STALK. unfortunately not as good tried to get too much into it and it also seems to want a sequel but not as hard. a 7
Hogan, James P. Bug Park. X.R very 60's sf, but done in the 1990-2000s?
Hogan, James P. Voyage from Yesteryear. R. 20060131. good, the Centarui society very reminiscent of Heinlein's Coventry stuff, good mix of adventure, combat, discovery, and political/social & scientific discovery. a 6.
Hoffman, Nina Kirki. A Fistful of Sky. R.20061102. a good modern fantasy. romantic. family of powers. simple living life. a family story with magic. kind of similar to Alice Hoffman. ends oddly tho. a 5.
Holder, Nancy & Debbie Viguie. Wicked Witch. R.X. 20060610. bah a poor rip-off
of Buffy from BtVS. no nice characters, too much time spent with the villains. 2/3 of the book before it got better. a 3. witches warlocks covens devils and the black flame - which they oh so wanted, but didn't seem to do anything of interest at all.
Holder, Nancy. BtVS adult 15 The Book of Fours. R.X. 4 slayers, rather disjointed, not nearly as well written as Child of the Hunt. interesting ideas, references both child & gatekeeper. a 4. the dialogue was good but the interior monologue wasn't up to the same level, too many pov's too much jumping around. a bunch of unnecessary asides. X.
HOLMAN, FELICE. SLAKE'S LIMBO. YAPB,R. A really neat view of a young kid on his own homeless as he makes a way to live in the subways. an 8. Reread 200510 excellent very young YA.
HONEYCUTT, N. ASK ME SOMETHING EASY. YA -X. NEAT, DIVORCE, AND THE TWINS ARE COOL
Hopeless Savages 3 Too Much Hopeless Savages. 200411?. R. not as good as 2 which wasn't as good as the 1st. relationships, martial arts - and far too little punk rock. a 5.
HUBSCHMAN, T. SPACE ARK. -X. GOOD PLOT AND GOOD IDEAS, BUT NOT VERY Polished, BEATS YOU OVER THE HEAD WITH HIS PHILSOPHY AND STUFF, VEGAN, ALL CREATUES FEEL, AND RACIAL ISSUES, AND BE GOOD TO THE EARTH STUFF - ALL FINE SENTIMENTS BUT NEED TO BE HANDLED WITH MORE CARE FOR THE STORY. a 3
Huff, Tanya. Keeper's Chronicles 1 Summon the Keeper. R.
Huff, Tanya. Keeper's Chronicles 2 The Second Summoning. R. neat series great Cat!. interesting idea background plot. good a 6 the set.
Huff, Tanya. Of Darkness, Light, and Fire The Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light & The Fire's Stone, combo edition. The Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light is great a 10, excellent modern fantasy right down DeLint's alley even unto Canadan, Bards, Goddess, Angels Demons, pixies, Trolls, retarded women... great characters. The Fire's Stone is
quite good an 8, but really they have nothing in common a pure fantasy, mages, thieves and warrior princes, a quest, and a drunk. again great characters, good plotting, if just a tad D&D grouping.
HUFF, TANYA. GATE OF DARKNESS CIRCLE OF LIGHT. R. SEPERATE FROM HER OTHER SERIES, FUN AS I REMEMBER.
If you like this try Charles DeLint.
Huff, Tanya. Quarters 1 Sing the Four Quarters. R. bards, reminds of lackey, good a 7 (Daw # 970). c.1994. R.
Huff, Tanya. Quarters 2 Fifth Quarter. R. the assassins, a 9
Huff, Tanya. Quarters 3 No Quarter. R. the assassins continued. excellent! best duo a 9
Huff, Tanya. Quarters 4 The Quartered Sea. R. kinda annoying sorry for himself. a 5
Huff, Tanya. Valor's Choice. Reread. 20060408. A good military sf story. On the edge platoon trapped on backward planet attacked by nearly unarmed natives, who won't stop. 4000 vs. 50. Good alien races, quickly and deeply described. Well done infantry battle, without being bogged down with too intricate detail, good main character.
Essentially a further along "aliens can't fight so they get the barbaric humans to do it" story (with addition of a few other fighting races too) but better done than almost any other. Could be a great series, doesn't need a sequel, but there is one. an 8 or 9.
Huff, Tanya. The Better Part of Valor. 20060606. sequel to Valor's Choice. excellent military sf, not quite as good as the 1st, a bit like one of those computer games maybe like halo going thru the ship solving puzzles fighting aliens. some more political dreck. but excellent characters. an 8.
HUFF, TANYA. BLOOD 1 BLOOD PRICE. R.
HUFF, TANYA. BLOOD 2 BLOOD TRAIL. R.
HUFF, TANYA. BLOOD 3 BLOOD LINES. R,X. the mummy and ancient Egyptian god. a 6
HUFF, TANYA. BLOOD 4 BLOOD PACT. R,X. mad scientist and zombies/Frankensteins!! and she gets turned to a vamp. - are there any more? seems like the end of the series. a 6
HUGHART, BARRY. BRIDGE OF BIRDS (1). R. hilarious. a 9
HUGHART, BARRY. STORY OF THE STONE (2). R an 9. hilarious
HUGHART, BARRY. EIGHT SKILLED GENTLEMEN (3) R. hilarious
but they are! they're great!! 9 - humor is slightly diminished in a series the 1st you read is always the best but they are a great comedic oriental fantasy
HUGHES, MONICA. INVITATION TO THE GAME. YA,CH PB,R. the game prepares them to be sent to another planet and colonize it unknowingly! as good as Isis light. A 8
HUGHES, MONICA. KEEPER OF THE ISIS LIGHT an 8.
Hunt, Walter H. The Dark Wing. R. 20060929. good space opera, fairly polished, a bit of honor harrington and bit of Babylon 5 a bit of Enders Game. interesting aliens, simplistic military maneuvers and combat, but good intrigue. a 6.
Hunt, Walter H. The Dark Path. R. 20060930. part one of a series. a continuation of The Dark Wing but not directly following it, 80 years later. a lot more about the mental special abilities, and the Zor mythology and prescience. a 6.
Hunt, Walter H. The Dark Ascent. R. 20061001. direct sequel to path, jackie continues lots of mystical dream stuff. some minor revelations about the masterminds behind it all. a 6.
Hunt, Walter H. The Dark Crusade. R. 20061004. jump 20-some-odd years, war with the Bugs. still the 6 colors the villains behind the scenes. Cults, AI, betrayals. not over yet. a 5.
Identity Crisis (Meltzer, Morales, Bair). GN. R.X. 20061018. excellent story, JLA/JSA classic DC comics characters, and a few of the old unused ones. very gripping, emotional story, 'real' deaths, and some excellent character developments. if it wasn't for so much needed backstory to get some of the characters, or history to understand the
emotions, it would be even better, but you just can't get that with an ensemble cast of characters with such long back stories. still excellent writing, and good art. exposition of the why behind the secret identities. a 7.
JACQUES, B. REDWALL (1). R
JANIFER, LAURENCE. SURVIVOR. R, X. Gerald Knave occupation Survivor. humans are great vs. evil aliens who already live on the planet that humans want to colonize. & look like giant
clams. and have mental powers. a western in space. well done tho. a 5. 199907
JEFFERIES, M. LOREMASTERS OF ELUNDIUM 1 THE ROAD TO UNDERFALL. X,R. Booooring!. slow and very distancing writing, very difficult to get into the story didn't bother to read the other 2 in the series - a 1
JEFFERIES, M. LOREMASTERS OF ELUNDIUM 2 PALACE OF KINGS. X
JEFFERIES, M. LOREMASTERS OF ELUNDIUM 3 SHADOWLIGHT. X
Jeter, K.W. Star Wars the Bounty Hunter Wars 1 the Mandalorian Armor. X.R, no character development allowed.
JETER, K.W. DR. ADDER. TPB,R,ILL BY MATT HOWARTH. An anti-hero bodysculpting and sort of gross stuff too, the Howarth ill's actually tone down the ickyness of it. not bad early cyberpunk. really a neat - cutting edge for it's time kind of thing. a 6
JETER, K.W. FAREWELL HORIZONTAL. R
JOHNSTONE, WILLIAM W.. HUNTED. R.X. 19960917 = IMMORTAL WEREWOLF IN IDAHO MTNS. THE PROBLEM IS THAT WHILE THE WRITING IS OKAY (NEEDS WORK ON POV) BUT THE NARRATOR KEEPS INTERJECTING POLITICAL OBSERVATIONS AND VERY SLANTED DESCRIPTION WHICH DOES NOT COME FROM THE POV OF ANY ONE BUT THE AUTHOR WHOSE FAR TO THE RIGHT ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE RACIST
SURVIVALIST LEANINGS MAKE MY STOMACH QUEEZY. WITHOUT THE OVERLY PREACHY POLITICS I'D SAY AN 7 BUT WITH THEM A 1 = NOT RECOMENDED AT ALL.
Jones, Diana Wynne. Archer's Goon. R. Berkley Publishing Group. 425098885 1987 FANTASY WIZARDS JUVENILE. Humor.
Jones, Diana Wynne. Chronicles of Chrestomanci 1 Charmed Life & the Lives of Christopher Chant. R. YA. good an 8. Cat comes to chrestomanci castle & chant becomes Chrestomanci
Jones, Diana Wynne. Chronicles of Chrestomanci 2 The Magicians of Caprona & Witch Week. R. YA. a 7 (not as continuous) good series overall but jumps & each novel chapter is essentially a new story with just the basic overall idea of Chrestomanci in them & don't know if its' Cat or Chant! Caprona is fun Italy of mythic past. & witch is kinda depressing too much repression. Reread Caprona 20061030. it's a good YA story.
Jones. Diana Wynne. Castle 1 Howl's Moving Castle. R. 20030206?. an 8. YA. good story.characters with strong flaws, and strong virtues, interesting magic, crossover with 'real' world Wales, - to be a Movie by Miazaki (Spirited Away)
Jones. Diana Wynne. Castle 2 Castle in the Air. R. 20030207?. a 7. YA. Arabian fantasy, sort of sequel-cross over at the end. dinjin. set up for a good 3rd.
JORDAN, ROBERT. WHEEL OF TIME 1 THE EYE OF THE WORLD. R,X. A very very long and quite complex and fairly interesting series, it has it's slow spots but all in all is a good story, a bit too much prophecy for me everything is mapped out for him, but there are soooo many characters and each are given equal time, Mat is one of my favorites
the gambler who now has memories from the ancient past, and a charm against aies sedi magic, a good series a7 at whole, long but not dragging muchly,
JORDAN, ROBERT. WHEEL OF TIME 2 THE GREAT HUNT. R,X
JORDAN, ROBERT. WHEEL OF TIME 3 THE DRAGON REBORN. R,X
JORDAN, ROBERT. WHEEL OF TIME 4 THE SHADOW RISING. R,X
Jordan, Robert. Wheel 5 Fires of Heaven. R,X
Jordan, Robert. Wheel 6 Lord of Chaos. R. while the girls still annoy me the story is got me.
JORDAN, ROBERT. WHEEL OF TIME 7 A CROWN OF SWORDS. R,X. the girls got better finally back to a characters I could care about , they were getting really stupid and bitchy for a few books there, the seachan return at the end the Mat is going to finally meet that woman he was warned
about, bah! the hell with it I'm not reading another until he's TOTALLY finished with the series!
Jordan, Robert. Wheel 8 The Path of Daggers. R. like mats stuff & rand & Perrin but the chicks are really.... getting a little better but still mostly too bitchy & annoying.
Jordan, Robert. Wheel 9 Winter's Heart. R.
20010722. R. some good stuff with Rand, not enough Perrin the wolf, or Mat the lucky. Perrin looses Faile to the saidio aiel, rand does Elayne & bonds with Min Elayne & Aviendha. mat meets the daughter of 9 moons finally, Rand cleanses the male source at the very end. is truly getting too big to remember dozen concurrent the stories anymore between books. but is still good. an 8 for the book & for the series so far. tho not sure I'm going to continue... ends with Rand cleans the saidin.
I give up - again! if he ever finishes I reread them all, but until then I'm not reading anymore!
Kaufman, Charles. The Frog and the Beanpole. R. HB 200509. neat YA reminds of NIMH sorta, intelligent, invisible frog. and tall young girl, bad scientists, good circus folk. a 6.
KAY, GUY GAVRIEL. A SONG FOR ARBONNE. -X. KAY IS OKAY, HIS STUFF IS RATHTER LONG, BUT HE GETS LOTS OF DETIAL AND THE PLOT ARE USUALY INTERESTING, STANDARD FARE, BUT VERY
ROMANTICIZANT, NOT BAD, BUT NOT GREAT EITHER - I'D GIVE IT 6. SAME AS TIGANA.
KAY, GUY GAVRIEL. TIGANA. VERY LONG, AND PARTS OF IT ARE MUCH BETTER THAN OTHERS, TOO MUCH OF THE CONQUBINE/QUEEN. VERY GOOD FEELING AND BOND BETWEEN THE OTHERS.
A 6, R.X.
Kaye, M.M. The Ordinary Princess. R. YA. runs away & finds a prince anyway.
Kaye, Marilyn. Replica 01 Amy, Number Seven. identity
Kaye, Marilyn. Replica 02 Pursuing Amy. bad boyfriend
Kaye, Marilyn. Replica 03 Another Amy. movie star
Kaye, Marilyn. Replica 04 Perfect Girls. 11 girls
Kaye, Marilyn. Replica 05 Secret Clique. psi powers. 20040323. R.YA.k. good juv series, clones, esp, super-human - not more than but as much as possible. not great, but ok. a 5.
Keith, Sam. Ojo. GN,TPB. R 20060114. going to more of the Maxx area, than his previous few stories. A little girl without a Mom, and little monster missing it's Monster Mom who lives in a culvert. a touching loss of a mother and trying to cope story, with monsters, and a giant trout headed alien/mystical being. good an 8.
Kendall, Gordon. White Wing. R. Good an 8 better in plot than in execution. similar to the movie Titan AE. but only humanoids in universe and lots of fighter pilot mentality. no surrender no retreat death before capture. but strong and gripping. also reminds of Allan Dean Foster's call to arms (pseudonym of Susan Shwartz & S. N. Lewitt)
KERR, KATHARINE. A TIME OF EXILE. R,X
KERR, KATHARINE. A TIME OF OMENS. R,X. DEVERRY too much no free will prophecy stuff
KERR, KATHARINE. DAGGERSPELL. R,X
KERR, KATHARINE. THE BRISTLING WOOD. R,X
KERR, KATHARINE. THE DRAGON REVENANT. R,X
KESSEL, JOHN. GOOD NEWS FROM OUTER SPACE. PB,SF?. NEAT ALTERNATE EARTH AND PSEUDO SF END OF THE WORLD STORY, THE DADIST PUNKS WERE GREAT, BROKE INTO HIS CAR AND INSTALLED AN EXPENSIVE STEREO! ZOMBIES! THE END OF THE WORLD! (ALMOST). AN 9
KINDL, PATRICE. OWL IN LOVE. PB,YA. NEAT! A OWL-WERE BORN TO A FAMILY OF WITCHES! THE STORY IS MOSTLY ABOUT HOW SHE IS IN LOVE WITH HER SCIENCE TEACHER BUT THE JUXOPOSITION OF HER WEIRD LIFE WITH THE TOWN. SHE IS AN OWL IN A GIRLS BODY! EATS RODENTS AND CAN'T EAT 'PEOPLE' FOOD OR SHE LOSES HER ABILITYS (FOR A WHILE). WELL DONE REALLY
GET INTO THE QUITE
STRANGE PERSONALITY OF OWL. an 8
King, Gabriel. The Wild Road. R.
King, Gabriel. The Golden Cat. R. wonderful!! best animal stories since Adams, far better than tailchaser. a 10 for sure. great fantasy as well.
King, Stephen. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. 20040531. R.X. pretty good modern fantasy-horror. little girl lost on the AT in Maine the God of the Lost hunts her and follows her and is creepy, but eventually her courage and determination beat it. Excellent character. a 7. Much shorter work than usual - practically a novella from King.
KING & WRIGHTSON. CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF. TPB -signed
KING. FIRESTARTER. good psy=power story - (reminds of some Darkover stuff -stormqueen).
Klause, Annette Curtis. Blood and Chocolate. 20050703. R. werewolves in the suburbs, family, pack, and high-school, punk, biker gangs, murder, interesting, and pretty good. a 6.
Konigsburg, E.L. (george). YA. he's got a another mind in his head ) ! R.
Korman, Gordon. Son of Interflux. R. 20030209. YA. good highschool story. quite amusing, good relations within family. a 6.
KORMAN, GORDON. BRUNO & BOOTS BEWARE THE FISH. CH,OS, R. NEAT KIDS STORY BOARDING SCHOOL AND TROUBLE MAKERS AND STUFF.
Kurtz, Katharine. St. Patrick's Gargoyle. R.X. fun for a short story, but slow stretched into a short novel, packed with xian religion, but the gargoyles were neat. a 3.
KUSHNER, ELLEN. SWORDSPOINT. PB,R. sort of a alternate tiny France in the late 1800's no fantasy really, some interesting stuff, gay main character, good swordfights, a 5.
KUSHNER, ELLEN. THOMAS THE RHYMER. PB,R,. retelling and novelization of the story of thomas with some additions and combinations with a few other thomases. pretty good. nice
straightforward fantasy a 6.
L'ENGLE. TIME TRILOGY (TT) BOXED SET a 9-10 excellent!YA sf
L'ENGLE. WRINKLE IN TIME, A (1), TT a 10/9
L'ENGLE. WIND IN THE DOOR, A (2), TT a 9/8
L'ENGLE. SWIFTLY TILTING PLANET, A (3), TT a 10
L'ENGLE. MANY WATERS (4) 4TH IN THE 'TRILOGY' AND NOT NEARLY AS GOOD, WITH THE TWINS, the twins go back in time to meet Noah. really not very good. a 3.
L'ENGLE. AN ACCEPTABLE TIME (5). THE 5TH IN THE TIME TRIL ABOUT HER DAUTHER BETTER THAN WATERS BUT NOT IN THE SAME CLASS AS THE 3RD PERHAPS CLOSE TO QUALITY OF THE 2ND a 7-8
Lackey, Mercedes & Josepha Sherman. The Bard's Tale 1 Castle of Deception. X.Read.
Lackey, Mercedes & Ru Emerson. The Bard's Tale 2 Fortress of Frost and Fire. X.R.
LACKEY, MERCEDES & SHEPHERD. SERRATED EDGE WHEELS OF FIRE. X
LACKEY, MERCEDES & LISLE. SERRATED EDGE WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS
LACKEY, MERCEDES & DIXON, LARRY. CHROME CIRCLE, A SERRATED EDGE NOVEL. PB. SEQUEL TO ?WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS? THE ONE (W/TANNIM WITH THE GUNNUTS), TANNIM IS STILL A GREAT CHARACTER.
LACKEY, MERCEDES & DIXON, LARRY. BORN TO RUN, A SERRATED EDGE NOVEL. PB. GOOD, TANNIM IS A GREAT CHARACTER, AND THE STUFF WITH THE GHOSTS IS GREAT.
LACKEY, MERCEDES; GUON. BARD 0 BEDLAM BOYZ
LACKEY, MERCEDES & GUON. BARD 1 KNIGHT OF GHOSTS & SHADOWS. FAIR,-R
LACKEY, MERCEDES & GUON. BARD 2 SUMMONED TO TOURNEY. -R
Lackey, Mercedes & Rosemary Edghill. Beyond World's End. R. 20061005. Continuing Bedlam's Bard + Knight of Ghosts & Shadows (and apparently mostly Rosemary's work). bard goes to NYC to finish Juliard. meets Guardian House, magic guardians of NYC, & a gargoyle. The Wild Hunt which is rather taken aback to find they're not much of a threat to
modern armed paramilitary drug runners. Good story, but takes along time to get going, and you really do need the backstory of the previous books to know the characters, in fact you ought to have read all the serrated edge books too (not as necessary but there are references). a 6.
Lackey, Mercedes & Rosemary Edghill. Spirits White as Lightning. R. 20061008. Direct sequel to world's end, with all the same characters, but a new plot. govt agency after elves and search for 1/2elf breeding info. lord of the hunt - scary guy, but some interesting background on him. a 5. Really overall sort of Lackey-lite.
Lackey, Mercedes & Rosemary Edghill. Mad Maudlin. R. 20061010. more gripping that the previous 2. some tail ends unfinished, and a sequel at least is listed. some good interweaving of story lines, the mad protector/Bloody Mary was interesting. a 7.
Lackey, Mercedes. Bardic Voices 2 The Robin & the Kestrel. R. x good series better than the computer game bard stuff.
Lackey, Mercedes. Bardic Voices 3 The Eagle & the Nightingales R. x
Lackey, Mercedes. Bardic Voices 4 Four & Twenty Blackbirds. R.
Lackey, Mercedes; Sherman, Josepha. Bardic Voices ?3?6? Bardic Choices A Cast of Corbies. R. BAEN. 671722077 1994.
Lackey, Mercedes. Brightly Burning. good, very similar story to last herald mage tho - done in 1 book not 3, an 8 i'm a sucker for this type of stuff, and lackey can write. 20010722
Lackey, Mercedes. Exile's Valor. R. 20051127. a 7.
Lackey, Mercedes. Exile's Honor. R. 20051126. an 8.
LACKEY, MERCEDES & GUON, ELLEN. WING COMMANDER FREEDOM FLIGHT. R. Not bad esp as made from a game, 199901
LACKEY, MERCEDES. ARROWS ARROWS OF THE QUEEN. 1ST OF VALDEMAR GOOD FOR 1ST? BOOK
LACKEY, MERCEDES. ARROWS ARROW'S FLIGHT. LOTS OF CHARACTER
LACKEY, MERCEDES. ARROWS ARROW'S FALL. GOOD FOR FIRST SERIES an 8 for the trilogy
LACKEY, MERCEDES. BURNING HANDS. PB. DIANA TREGARDE - SMOKING MIRROR AND THE FEATHERED SERPENT LOTS OF AZTEC GODS AND MAGIC
LACKEY, MERCEDES. TREGARDE 2 CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT
LACKEY, MERCEDES. JINX HIGH. PB,R. 3rd Tregard and the best of them, even if it really needs a sequel, the evil witch has her old and mature body back = prob more powerful, and she swore vengeance against Diana, There's Diana's old 'crew' to help, and she never used her new supercar, etc... but it seems some psycho threatened Lackey and she
doesn't want to do any more. an 8
LACKEY, MERCEDES. BY THE SWORD
LACKEY, MERCEDES. HERALD MAGE 1 MAGIC'S PAWN. R. STRONG AS STRONG AS ARROWS, AND MUCH MORE POLISHED, HOMOSEXUAL.GREAT EPIC FEEL. a 9 or 10
LACKEY, MERCEDES. HERALD MAGE 2 MAGIC'S PROMISE./R
LACKEY, MERCEDES. HERALD MAGE 3 MAGIC'S PRICE. R
LACKEY, MERCEDES. MAGE WINDS 1 WINDS OF FATE. R. THE MAGE WINDS SERIES IS LONG AND OVERBLOWN AND REMINDS ME OF TAD WILLIAMS LAST BOOK, TOO MUCH AND NOT ENOUGH EDITING, SHE'S GOT TOO POPULAR AND THE EDITORS WON'T TELL HER IT'S TOO MUCH. I LIKED THE BASIC PLOT BUT THERE WAS NO EMOTIONS, THE WRITING WAS POLISHED BUT THERE WAS NO FEELING LIKE
THE FIRST SERIESES. A DISAPOINTMENT. A 4 FOR THE SERIES SO FAR (1,2,) too over blown and not enough feeling for the characters.
LACKEY, MERCEDES. MAGE WINDS 2 WINDS OF CHANGE. R. i don't remember reading this one, but...
LACKEY, MERCEDES. MAGE WINDS 3 WINDS OF FURY. R. THE 3RD WAS a vast improvement, up to a 7, and a direct tie-in with the mage storms trilogy, perhaps it was because they finally returned to Valdemar or that there was more action, or an'ashenda character finally got
some more emotional impact to the story. THE 3RD WAS a vast improvement, up to a 7, and a direct tie=in with the mage storms trilogy, perhaps it was because they finally returned to
Valdemar or that there was more action, or an'ashenda character finally got
some more emotional impact to the story.
LACKEY, MERCEDES. MAGE STORMS 1 STORM RISING. R. A 9
LACKEY, MERCEDES. MAGE STORMS 2 STORM WARNING. R. AN 8
Lackey, Mercedes. Mage Storms 3 Storm Breaking. DAW c.1997. R. A 7. The trilogy as a whole would get an 8, but it got continually worse, not that it ever got bad! but it started out better than it finished up. The 1st book was very good even with the death of his master the kid from karse was a great character - on par with taila from the arrows books, but it didn't stay. The ending was a disappointment, and the Iftel being just Karseites was also a disappointment all that build up I thought it would be something more. or different.
LACKEY, MERCEDES & DIXON, LARRY. MAGE WARS 1; THE BLACK GRYPHON. BETTER THAN THE MAGE WINDS SERIES, BUT STILL BELOW THE POTENTIAL SHOWN IN HER EARLIER BOOKS, BUT ESPECALLY NEAT AS IT'S THE FAR PREHISTORY WHICH CONNECTS TO MAGE WINDS.
LACKEY, MERCEDES & DIXON, LARRY. MAGE WARS 2 THE WHITE GRYPHON. R,X. really rather disappointing. you could have had the whole book w/o the gryphon and it wouldn't have missed anything! a 4 = it's unfortunate her stuff is going down more as she goes on.
LACKEY, MERCEDES & LARRY DIXON. MAGE WARS 3 THE SLIVER GRYPHON. X. The story of the black gryphon's(now white) son & amberdrakes daughter in the psudomilitary/police force the 'silver gryphons' sort of a fantasy ya scouting book made me think of a ya book because the characters a often bemoaning their parents sort of a fleeing the nest
bk, the 2 characters get
'shot' down in the jungle and use survival and find evil monsters and parents and other silvers come to save them and dismiss the monster to their peril. an ok book a 5 well written but not much umph nothing like the 1st.
LACKEY, MERCEDES. SACRED GROUND. PB,R. Indian private investigator =- would be a really cool crossover with tregarde!!MODERN INDIAN PI/SHAMAN, WOULD CROSS WITH THE TREGARD STUFF REAL
LACKEY, MERCEDES. VOWS & HONOR 1 OATHBOUND
LACKEY, MERCEDES. VOWS & HONOR 2 OATHBREAKERS
LACKEY, MERCEDES. OATHBLOOD. R 199901,. '3rd' in Oath series but is a collection of short stories from the sword and sorceress seres with one new novella. but! is better than the last few novels she did, back to a more action style I guess. a 9
Lahey, Michael. Quest for Apollo. R. neat little take off on Dante w/o the hell, Virgil (Dante's guide) shows this American writer and they get sent on a quest by Diana to find Apollo
cause if they don't ww3! neat ideas, an 8
Langford, David. The Space Eater. 200411?. interesting 'immortality' of soldiers - seen similar where they're continually revived/resurrected. but the story isn't really about that - after chopping them up and sending them thru a 1.9 cm diameter worm hole (eww) they're to try and dissuade the people on the other side from using the
technology so as not to destroy the universe. some good ideas writing is good. nice end. rather unkind to the military establishment. jk potter cover. creepy stuff at first but he gets more human as it goes. a 6.
LAUMER, K. END AS A HERO. A man fighting an alien planet mind (along with the rest of the
fleet) gains psychic powers and finds a way to defeat it, and is feared and hunted by men on earth. good action piece
LAUMER. RETIEF DIPLOMAT AT ARMS. R
LAUMER, K. RETIEF & THE PANGALACTIC PAGEANT OF PULCHRITUDE.
Lawrence, Jack. The Complete Darkham Vale. TPB/GN comic (1-10). R 200603. manga influenced art, but good fantasy story, British feel, and interesting monsters & supporting characters. Liked the twist at the end with the secret. a 6/6.
LE GUIN. EARTHSEA 1 A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA
LE GUIN. EARTHSEA 2 TOMBS OF ATUAN
LE GUIN. EARTHSEA 3 FARTHEST SHORE excellent YA fantasy a 7 or 8 or 9 the set
LE GUIN. EARTHSEA 4 TEHANU (a 5) a let down
Lee, Tanith. Tales from the Flat Earth 1 Night's Master. R.X. short stories in a middle-eastern vein, just not my cup o tea.
LEE, STAN. DOCTOR STRANGE 2 COLOR. STRANGE TALES 130-144) CMX -X
LEE, TANITH. A HEROINE OF THE WORLD. R,-X a 3. ROMANTIC BUT BORINGLY SO
LEE, TANITH. CYRION. R,-X. SHORT STORIES OKAY NOT NEAR GREAT a 4
LEE, TANITH. KILL THE DEAD. R. A great ex(ghost buster!) story really good. a 8-9
LEE, TANITH. NIGHT'S MASTER. pb. Reminds me of my stuff and not in a good way, the style (and it's very well done) is like a spoken story silted like a Arabian nights
tale, and too distant there is nothing to pull the reader into the stories. It was very neat the way she connected all the stories 'tho. Interesting but not gripping. It's a series of tales containing the demon king Azhram Night's master and the nefarious doing of his creatures. each story is connected in a small way to every other, mentioning
characters, or items created in other tales, an all around nice job. I'LL KEEP IT TIL I'VE READ THE REST, BUT IT'S NOT A REAL BIG KEEPER. 4 or 5 which is too bad as her stuff is often quite good.
Leiber, Fritz. Fafhrd & Gray Mouser 4 Swords Against Wizardry. R.
LEIBER, FRITZ. FAFHRD & THE GREY MOUSER 1 SWORDS & DEVILTRY. R
LEIBER, FRITZ. FAFHRD & THE GREY MOUSER 2 SWORDS AGAINST DEATH
LEIBER, FRITZ. FAFHRD & THE GREY MOUSER 3 SWORDS IN THE MIST
LEIGH, S. DR. BONES 1 THE SECRET OF LONA. THIS ONE WAS GOOD BUT THE OTHERS IN THE SERIES...
LEM, STANISLAW. FUTUROLOGICAL CONGRESS, THE. PB. FUNNY SOCIAL SATIRE, A BIT RUSHED AND NOT WELL DECRIBED IN A FEW SECTIONS (THO THERE IS GREAT DEC IN OTHERS) BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN
EXPANDED WITH SOME MORE. SHORT AND FUNNY.
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. YA. R. an fun and interesting take on Cinderella - with the 'blessing' of _always_ being obedient! usually to her detriment. quite cute. good weave of the old fairy tale & the interesting new fantasy land. good girl meets boy love story. a 7. better than the movie(always a given) but much different, the
movie is good in it's own way but there's more depth to the story, still liked the music in the movie.
Levine, Gail Carson. The Princes Test. R. 2006071? cute novella, ya, classic princess tests, pea in the bed etc. nowhere near as good as Ella enchanted. but of the same style. a 5
LEWIS, C.S. NARNIA 1, 3C THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE
LEWIS, C.S. NARNIA 2, 4C PRINCE CASPIAN
LEWIS, C.S. NARNIA 3, 5C THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER
LEWIS, C.S. NARNIA 4, 6C SILVER CHAIR
LEWIS, C.S. NARNIA 5, 1C THE MAGICIANS NEPHEW
LEWIS, C.S. NARNIA 6, 2C THE HORSE & HIS BOY
LEWIS, C.S. NARNIA 7, 7C THE LAST BATTLE. CH a 7 the series, better if you just ignore the xian stuff.
LEWIS, C.S. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA 2 THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE R, X new printing
LEWITT, S.N. Blind Justice. R. 20060402. interesting AI stuff different setting than the other books. but much similarity drug induced AI contact. lots of frenchy setting, flower drug, with the addition of time dilation for star travel. odd confusing ending. didn't explain, either everyone is going to die of the virus or something... a 6.
LEWITT, S.N. Cybernetic Jungle. R. 20060403. Cyberpunk in Brazil. quite a bit on interesting Capoeria ? stuff, waveriding cyber stuff, again the end is... slow and disappointing - but not bad. a 5.
LEWITT, S.N. CYBERSTEALTH. interesting ideas - like to find a further sequel if there is one, neat gypsies in space. a 7-8? Reread 20060331. lots of fighter jock slang. a 6.
LEWITT, S.N. DANCING VAC. R. interesting ideas, esp the mind/maze/alien/computer/light thing. neat gypsies in space culture. a 7-8? reread 20060401. a 7 [half of Gordon Kendall with Susan M. Shwartz]
Lindholm, Megan. Alien Earth. Bantam. c.1992. R.
Lindholm, Megan. Wizard of the Pigeons. Ace. c.1986 R.
Lindskold, Jane. Smoke and Mirrors. R. 20051128. nice cover which is actually supposed to be the character - but has nothing whatsoever to do with her or the story. psi powers and golden whore, lots of sex, good characters. spooky enemies, invisible controlling could be anyone. a 6.
Lindskold, Jane. Wolf 1: Through Wolf's Eyes. 2004?. R.k. neat feral wolf-raised girl to 'queen' animal speaker. good battle & some intrigue. a 9. Reread 20061212
Lindskold, Jane. Wolf 2: Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart. 200505? R.k. more intrigue, more magic. an 8 very good sequel. Reread 20061213
Lindskold, Jane. Wolf 3: The Dragon of Despair. 20050513. R.k. revolt of the beasts, to new Kelvin and oddities and more magic an 8. good series, set for more. reread 20061215
Lindskold, Jane. Wolf 4: Wolf Captured. 20061216 R. kidnapped to a distant - sort of aztec - land, much to-do with religions, more romance than usual. Derian & woman of the new land, Firekeeper & Blind Seer (yow). Lots of divine and divination, not quite as good as the previous a 6. answers some minor questions from the very beginning. missed the usual gang tho, with only 3 characters from the previous books involved.
Lisle, Holly. Minerva Wakes. R.X. modern fantasy/alternate world. mommy power. a 4
Lisle, Holly. The Secret Texts 01 Diplomacy of Wolves. R. 2006071?
Lisle, Holly. The Secret Texts 02 Vengeance of Dragons. R. 2006071?
Lisle, Holly. The Secret Texts 03 Courage of Falcons. R 2006071? a 7 or 8 the series. far future? magic or superscience, very interesting werewolves, shifters, and magically changed "people".
LISLE, HOLLY. FIRE IN THE MIST - a 6
LISLE, HOLLY. BONES OF THE PAST -NEED?read?
LISLE, HOLLY. MIND OF THE MAGIC. R, the 1st was better, small land of magic. magic city split male/female wizards. return of past evil. #1 a 6 #3 a4
LISLE, HOLLY. HUNTING THE CORRIGAN'S BLOOD. PB,R. vampires in space!!! don't know about them for a while, but... ends kind of sad all her friends dies and she turns hard and goes off to battle vamps for the rest of her life. but good a 8. could have a good sequel...
LISLE, HOLLY. MINERVA WAKES. R 199902 ,X. the title and the blurb were almost enough to throw me off reading it but it was cute and the sections withe the children were very well done, character growth story, rings which let them create the universe. a 4
LLEWELLYN, EDWARD. SALVAGE AND DESTROY. pb,R. the violent earthmen to the rescue again - humans make the best spacers 0 lots of neat stuff in it tho. 199903
LOFTING. STORY OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE. CH
LOFTING. VOYAGES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE. CH
LOFTING, HUGH. VOYAGES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE, THE AND OTHER TALES. OS,CH
Logston, Anne. Firewalk. R. magic & intrigue, society & plainsmen. god-type magic. good a 7.
Logston, Anne. Waterdance. tpb ARC. sequel to Firewalk. R. strong story sacrifice, tragic love, etc.. ) good an 8
Logston, Anne. Guardian's Key. magic castle that contains nearly the world. a romance. R. not bad a 6.
Logston, Anne. Exile. sequel to Guardian's Key R. better their kid form 1st book. grows up. a 7.
Logston, Anne. Wild Blood. R. a 7. prequel to Shadow books. sequel of sorts to Greendaughter. 1st human elf pair to govern city.
LOGSTON, ANNE. SHADOW.
LONDON. CRUSE OF THE 'DAZZLER', THE/ CALL OF THE WILD. HB
Lone Wolf & Cub. 1-28. (Dark Horse) 20030323 finally finished tpb.comix. a 10. by far the best samurai comix ever. excellent story, the art does sometimes get a bit off, but the characters are sharp and recognizable, but real. love the cub stories, but the whole is excellent, and a good strong end not a cop-out thing like anime often does.
LONE WOLF 1; DEVER & CHALK. FLIGHT FROM THE DARK. WW
LONGYEAR, Barry B. INFINITY HOLD. R,PB. A REALLY INTERESTING VIEW OF PRISONS, AND Their NEW 'LAWS' ARE GREAT AND SUCH, BUT TOO MUCH RAPE STUFF AND IT NEVER REALLY FINISHES, OF COURSE IT WOULD BE TOO MUCH TO COMPLETE IN A SINGLE NOVEL BUT THERE IS NO DENUMONT. I'D LIKE TO SEE THE PRISON PLANET IN 100 YEARS OR SO AFTER THEY'VE TAKEN OVER
THE PLACE AND UPPED THEY'RE TECH TO COMBAT THE SHIPS AND EARTH. WOULD BE AN INTERESTING SEQUEL. IT'S GOOD ENOUGH, but an 8 for ideas but 5 for follow-though still - it sticks in your head for a long while.
reread 20060528 it's not spectacular literature, but it is well written. In Enemy Mine he took on prejudice and war, in Infinity Hold Longyear takes on Prisons and Justice. major thematic ideas well executed. realistic criminals. reminiscent of transporting criminals to Australia, but more about the creation of Law and justice from nothing. I
think I liked it better this time. 'got' it more, it's not about how it turns out as much as how it begins.
It sticks in your head for a long while.
it's not spectacular literature, but it is well written. In Enemy Mine he took on prejudice and war, in Infinity Hold Longyear takes on Prisons and Justice. Major thematic ideas and they are well executed. Realistic criminals, with a plot reminiscent of transporting criminals to Australia. But the story is more about the creation of Law and
justice from nothing, and the redemption of themselves. It's not about how it turns out as much as how it begins. I'd love to see a sequel of the place years later after they've 'taken over' and what they'd do about the continuing disregard of the other planets. - Ah there are 2 sequels!!Infinity Hold trilogy Infinity Hold, Kill All The Lawyers,
and Keep The Law
David, Peter. Sir Apropos of Nothing. 20060527. Excellent pun reading. Amusing, sardonic, but still mostly an adventure. Lots of modernisms thrown in as humorous asides. Some of his best work. There's lots of brutal action and dark comedy, and some fun situations. a 7
David, Peter. Sir Apropos of Nothing book 2 The Woad too Wuin. 20060528. Excellent Pun reading. Amusing, sardonic, but still mostly an adventure. Lots of modernisms as humorous asides. Some of his best work. The 1st was a bit better overall, but this has a great LotR parody intro, just enough to make fun without being too long and involved.
There's lots of brutal action and dark comedy, and some fun situations. a 6.
LONGYEAR, BARRY B. IT CAME FROM SCHENECTADY. R. COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES, GOOD STUFF, AN 8
Lovecraft, H.P. At the Mountains of Madness. x. creepy, but too episodic.
Lowachee, Karin. Warchild.1 R.X. 20040526. a 4, well written, adventure/military sf theme but really a psychological-sociological character study-story. far too much child molestation and consequences, tastefully done, but not my favorite story type. writing a 6, plot a 7, - overall a 4. the Aliens were well done and even tho humanoid were
alien enough to feel it. The politics were realistic, and the military stuff felt quite 'real' as well. good story, but not one I'll want to re-read.
Lowachee, Karin. BurnDive.2 R.X. 20050814. the son of Azarcon spoiled and more psychological horror, but less nasty, just horror of death. a mildly upbeat end reconciliation with his dad but not enough to overcome the story. a 4
Lowachee, Karin. Cagebird.3 R.X. 20050814. another protegee pirate, more psychological sexual horror, continuing the story, from 2nd and not finished yet, bah don't think I bother, theres some good writing but such nasty psychological horror going on it's hard to stomach. as with the previous there is a successful 'win' at the end, but it's
just not enough. a 4.
LUMLEY. NECROSCOPE 1 NECROSCOPE. R,. NEAT a really interesting idea well done, slow beginning but strong. an 8. always thot I wouldn't like these - but they're much better than they appeared from the covers.
MacLACHLAN, PATRICIA. THE FACTS & FICTIONS OF MINNA PRATT. YA,X. VIOLA PLAYING AND ETC.
MADDOX, TOM. HALO. R,. AI and cyberspace in space... station. some neat stuff growth of machine intelligence and self awareness, with out the evil machine
stuff. a 6 a very good 1st.19901
MANES, STEPHEN. BE APERFECT PERSON IN JUST THREE DAYS!. =X. A NEAT KIDS STORY OS PB, FUNNY.
Marco, John. Jackal of Nar. R.
MARGERY SHARP. RESCUERS, THE = SEE = MISS BIANCA AND THE RESCUERS. OS,CH
MARGERY SHARP. TURRET, THE = SEE = MISS BIANCA AND THE RESCUERS. OS,CH
Marks, Laurie J. Dancing Jack. R. interesting fantasy with steamboats, very character driven & really good characters. as good as her other SF series on it's own a 9.
MARKS, LAURIE. CHILDREN OF TRIAD 1 DELAN THE MISLAID. R. very reminiscent of Darkover=the feel the multitude of sentient life the female "character" of the story=not as polished as Bradley but not bad, at the beginning could have used some more desc of the differing races, of all the creatures=hard to see them and got lost once or twice
with the characters=an editing problem more than anything. a 6 but a good start feels like a 1st book. but a lot of work went into it.
MARKS, LAURIE. CHILDREN OF TRIAD 2 THE MOONBANE MAGE. R. totally new character it's delan's child but doesn't know it, better written technically than the 1st, id falls in love with a human 'mage' of all things. a bunch more of the 4th sentient race. they really oughtn't call it triad anymore. a 6
MARKS, LAURIE. CHILDREN OF TRIAD 3 ARA'S FIELD. R.
Martin, George R.R. Song of Fire & Ice 01 Game of Thrones. R. 20040227.
Martin, George R.R. Song of Fire & Ice 02 A Clash of Kings. R. 20040302.
Martin, George R.R. Song of Fire & Ice 03 A Storm of Swords. R. 20040306. not yet over but a chillingly good fantasy with a leaven of horror, zombies, ice wraths, and the regular political sewer crap, some great characters, shorter chapters for each so you can keep better track of what's going on (unlike Jordan). excellent an 9 thus far and promising better.
MARTIN, George R.R. TUF VOYAGING. R. A SERIES OF WELL=LINKED SHORT STORIES, THE TRAVELS OF TUF AFTERHE AQUIRED A EEC BIO=WAR SEEDSHIP THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD. HE GOESOFF AND DOES GOOD DEEDS AND GROWS ANIMALS FOR PLACES WHICH NEEDTHEM. AND BECOMES LIKE A GOD. ALL THRU HE STAYS VERY MUCH HIMSELFEVEN WITH ULTIMATE POWER IN A 30 KIL LONG STARSHIP
THE BIGGESTKNOWN SHIP AROUND, ALL BY HIMSELF EXCEPT FOR HIS CATS. a 7
Matas, Carol. After the War. R.X. 200212. YA. post holocaust Jews escaping to Israel. rather sad but interesting historically. a 5.
MATHESON, R. I AM LEGEND. a 9,. Exccellent! vampire story, reverse vampire! one of the best vampire hunter stories ever.
Matz, Marc. Nocturne for a Dangerous Man. 20050812. R.X. good, depth to the backstory & language & locals, a spy story of the near future, good action, good detecting, a very intriguing character - perhaps a bit too much, but excellent to see a older character in the main. a 7. a very intelligent worldly view. and good action adventure - no
killing quirk, worked in well. amusingly incorrect cover art depicting the final battle.
McCaffrey, Anne. Planet Pirates. trilogy R.x. 20040810? liked it better the 1st time thru but it's a fun story, the 'time travel' via cold-sleep angle is neat. the military stuff is pretty good, )(Elizabeth Moon's contribution) a 6 or 7 the series.
McCAFFREY, ANNE & MARGARET BALL. ACORNA. PB,R. Much like the sasinik stuff and as good, they're really into the plight of child/slave labor. quite an interesting look at unicorn/ki-ryn as an alien race. very well done. a 9
McCAFFREY, ANNE. PERN 01 DRAGONRIDERS 1 DRAGONFLIGHT. R
McCAFFREY, ANNE. PERN 02 DRAGONRIDERS 2 DRAGONQUEST. R
McCAFFREY, ANNE. PERN 03 DRAGONRIDERS 3 WHITE DRAGON. R
McCAFFREY, ANNE. PERN 04 HARPER HALL 1 DRAGONSONG. R
McCAFFREY, ANNE. PERN 05 HARPER HALL 2 DRAGONSINGER. R
McCAFFREY, ANNE. PERN 06 HARPER HALL 3 DRAGONDRUMS. R
McCAFFREY, ANNE. PERN 12 ALL THE WEYRS OF PERN. R
McCAFFREY, ANNE. PERN 13 THE DOLPHINS OF PERN. R, a bit of a let down, nothing much - redo of plots from moreta & harper stuff.
McCAFFREY, ANNE. PERN 14? GIRL WHO HEARD DRAGONS, THE. ANT
McCAFFREY, ANNE. PLANET PIRATES 1 DINOSAUR PLANET. R,
McCAFFREY, ANNE. PLANET PIRATES 2 DINOSAUR PLANET SURVIVORS. R,
McCAFFREY, ANNE & MOON. PLANET PIRATES 3 SASSINAK. R,
McCAFFREY, ANNE & NYE. PLANET PIRATES 4 DEATH OF SLEEP. R,.
McCAFFREY, ANNE & MOON. PLANET PIRATES 5 GENERATION WARRIORS. R,. All told a good series, many interesting aliens, and characters, Lunzie & sassinak are the best, death of sleep is great what with the cold sleep stuff, the first 2 are much the same story completed, then the rest mostly take some minor characters from 2 and go back and pre=dino and on to the conclusion.. of the pirates/heavyworlders stuff,
McCAFFREY, ANNE. SHIP 1 SHIP WHO SANG, THE. R.
McCAFFREY, ANNE & MARGARET BALL. SHIP 2 PARTNERSHIP. R,X. NOT THE BEST OF THE SERIES A 6. THE goody=goody ship not a bad book but not up to par.
McCAFFREY, ANNE & LACKEY. SHIP 3 THE SHIP WHO SEARCHED. R, GOOD, I LOVE THE ROBOTS SO NOW SHE HAS A MOBILE BODY AND CAN HAVE SEX AND STUFF. HEH HEH, THE ARCEOLOGIST ONE. AN 8
McCAFFREY, ANNE & S. M. STIRLING. SHIP 4? THE CITY WHO FOUGHT. R,PB. A Space station with a shellperson and they fight off an invasion and there's a girl living in the repair ducts. with McCaffrey to give the people some 'likeable' characteristics and stirling to give it a good
strong war the combination works much better than most of the rest in this series. a 7.
McCAFFREY; SHIP; STIRLING, S.M. THE SHIP AVENGED. R 199907, X. SEQUEL to the city who fought. but city was better, Joat & her ship WYAL (While You Ain't Looking) pirates, & Kolnari villains, several dumb plot twists that shouldn't have happened if she'd just talked to her friends! a 4.
McCAFFREY, ANNE & JODY LYNN NYE. SHIP 5? THE SHIP WHO WON. R,X. Pseudo=psi=sorcery is over done, and the ship was rather unlikable, on a whole this series is not very compatible some good some great some poor. a 3.
McCAFFREY, ANNE. TALENT GET OFF THE UNICORN.
McCARTHY, WIL. WAISTERS 1 AGGRESSOR SIX. R,PB. ROC SF, 1994.. Quite a good 1st novel, not greatly polished but good, basic plot is an old standard, aliens attack human race, human race can't understand them, humans finally figure out how to think like aliens, talk to them war ends, so sorry, they leave. but it's very well done, and the aliens aren't even hardly in the story, it mostly focuses on Ken (and would have been better if it fully focused on him) and his experience having fought the aliens then being forced to think like them and he 'becomes the enemy' as he feels he is supposed to. In the end it is because of his going a bit overboard that they figure things out. = some interesting ideas for the last ditch effort to keep humanity alive, like seeding comets and such with N frozen pods. A well done war story, which happens to be on a space station. a 7
McCRUMB. BIMBOS OF THE DEATH SUN. MYS,R. CON'S - funny.
McCRUMB. ZOMBIES OF THE GENE POOL. MYS,R - not as good but amusing
2 copies with different covers - keep old one
McDEVITT, JACK. ANCIENT SHORES. R,X. not bad but kind of corny especially the end here they come to save the day authors!, but the Indian stuff was good, and the adventure/discovery was exciting if kind of slow to get there. and too much politics -realistic
but not nice. a 6.
McDonald, Ian. Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone. ARC proof. R. very literate sf good stuff. a 7
McDonald, Ian. Desolation Road. R.k. (his 1st novel?)weird mars.
McDonald, IAN. KING OF MORNING, QUEEN OF DAY. R. a great modern(ish) fantasy by a really good writer, three women in three decades and their connection with a fairy wood and the fairy world. a 9
McHugh, Maureen F. China Mountain Zhang. TOR. c.1993. R.X. the future is Chinese
MCINTYRE, VONDA. STARFARERS. =X. TOO SLOW= NOTHING HAPPENED IN THE WHOLE BOOK, THEY WERE TO GO OFF AND EXPLORE BUT BY THE END THEY HAD BARELY LEFT! IT WAS OKAY BUT I'D BEEN MISLANT,
Mckenna, Juliet E. Einarinn 1 The Theif's Gamble. Elemental magic, atheric magic, evil Eskimo people, a fun story mostly. a 6 Livak the theif's pov
Mckenna, Juliet E. Einarinn 2 Swordsman's Oath. Ryshad the warrior's pov. too little Livak in it. but more odd cultures shown, the archipelagoes. find the lost land. revive the lost people.
Mckenna, Juliet E.Einarinn 3 The Gambler's Fortune. 20060730. a 6 the series so far, at least another probably 2 more books to finish. Livak the theif pov. the forest folk, and the mountain folk this time.
McKiernan, Dennis L. Caverns of Socrates. R. 20060406. a fun VR fantasy with AI SF, with some intellectual nature of reality stuff. do quite like the end. brains in the jar of an evil genius. hmm. too bad the AI was so flat a villain. a 7.
McKIERNAN, Dennis L. IRON TOWER 1 DARK TIDE R.x.
McKIERNAN, Dennis L. IRON TOWER 2 SHADOWS OF DOOM
McKIERNAN, Dennis L. IRON TOWER 3 DARKEST DAY. a total lord of the rings rip-off, one could claim it a pastiche but really just too similar in plot, character, and structure.
McKILLIP, PATRICIA A. RIDDLEMASTER 1 THE RIDDLEMASTER OF HED. R, X. TRILOGY A GOOD STORY, BUT.. A 5
McKILLIP, PATRICIA A. RIDDLEMASTER 2 HEIR OF SEA AND FIRE. R, X. TRILOGY. A GOOD STORY, BUT.. A 5.
McKILLIP, PATRICIA A. RIDELEMASTER 3 HARPIST IN THE WIND. R, X. TRILOGY. A GOOD STORY, BUT.. A 5
Mckinley, Robin. Sunshine. 200506? R.K. might be a sequel - very much in the vein (pun intended) of Hamilton's vampire slayer series. much more of an alternate world - everyone know the vamps demons etc are there. and there was as 'war' on them not too long ago - things are rebuilding people repopulating. very good characters. an 8.
If you like this try Laurell K. Hamilton - Anita Blake. Charlaine Harris. Kelley Armstrong. Nancy Collins - Sonja Blue. Kim Harrison. Carrie Vaughn.
McKinley, Robin. The Blue Sword. - #1 of a series. R. Berkley. 425088405 1985 DAMAR
McKINLEY, R. OUTLAWS OF SHERWOOD, THE. R. This is neat a robinhood who can't shoot worth a damn and Marion who's the sharpshooter and all around neat book
McKINLEY, ROBIN. DEERSKIN. expansion of an old fairytale where the father lusts after his daughter who looks too much like the dead wife.
McKINNEY, JACK. KADUNA MEMORIES. PB,R. Neat! AI and cyberpunk and aliens who don't care at all about discovering humans they just broke down and want to get home. An AI who can't tell the difference between real life and fiction. good stuff. a 7. (author of the Robotech novelizations)
McMurtry, Stan. The Bunjee Venture. PB,OS Ch. R.
MEIER. SHADOW'S DAUGHTER. R. NOVEL OF THE FIFTH MILLENNIUM INTERESTING HISTORY AND SOCIETY. NOT NICE, BUT VERY STRONG. AN 8?
MEULCH, R.M. CHICAGO RED. PB,R. post apocalypse, and rerun of the french revolution in post apocalypse America. interesting ideas and some neat characters. a 7
MEYERS, RICHARD S. DOOM STAR. R,. funny acerbic sly and a good adventure - not the best craftsmanship a 7
MEYERS, RICHARD S. DOOM STAR NUMBER TWO. R,. NOT nearly as good as the first for some reason, not as humorous a 5, and could you think of a more boring title!
MICHAELS, M. FAR HARBOR. R. Nice alien thinks it's human, wicked stepparents and hunted by Men until it (she) finds her own kind (of which she is a princess) and helps them come back into their own bringing back traditions lost the situation of the aliens is very reminiscent of Native American. good
MICHAELS, MELISA C. SKYRIDER 1 SKIRMISH. R,X. a good very female han solo type character, a loner, fighter, nearly forget she's a she sometimes = very not to type, well done, if not great, she should probably have gotten together with the guy at the end, but there's
obviously supposed to be a sequel, the beginning was quite good, some emotional impact, fair action sequences, mostly an action book, with some tricksy stuff, a 6 with potential for the next. Simplistic but could get better.
MICHAELS, MELISA C. SKYRIDER 2 FIRST BATTLE. PB,R. NOT as good as the 1st but not much lesser, not as much showing what was going on or her emotional state, a action piece. a 5 a let down as the first showed a lot of promise that this didn't fulfill.
3rd Last War. 1986
4th Pirate Prince. 1987
5th Floater Factor (have)
Milan, Vicotor. CLD Collective Landing Detachment. R.X. depressing but strong, enforced military of convicts. a 5
Miller, Frank. Batman The Dark Night Returns. reread 200411?. what can you say about his classic - it's classic because it's just that good. a 9. only because it does get a bit wordy at times. strong emotional impact great character development.
Miller, Frank. Batman The Dark Night Strikes Again. 200411?. great art, good story, fun to see all my fav's at grown up. but the plot.. didn't like the explanation (spoiler!) that it was all lex & brainiac's fault! took away from DKR. too little of the 'bat-boys' and the catgirl-robin too much superman. a 7. still great but DKR is a better story as a stand alone.
Millionaire, Tony. Billy Hazelnuts. R. 20061011. Graphic Novel. astounding turn of the century style art & story. very reminiscent of Winsor McCay. Girl scientist, boy poet, billy the thing the rats made! A grave yard for worn out & broken planets, flying ships, magic-science. marvelous. a 9.
Millionaire, Tony. The Adventures of Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey. R. 20061107. TPB. excellent. reminds me of Edward Gorey - the style looks old and turn of the century, you might think. the humor is bright, with dark twists. Uncle Gabby the sock money, and drinky Crow the drunken toy crow have adventures, involving toy ships constantly on the attack. death, insanity. an 7.
Millionaire, Tony. Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Uncle Gabby. R. 20061107. GN HB. in nice muted color that gives it an extra wow. Edward Gorey meets Winsor McCay. Sock monkey poetry, toys adventure, marvelous monsters, flying ships, and Uncle Gabby discovers the sad truth about his owner-creator Ann-Louise. an 8.
Millionaire, Tony. Premillennial Maakies. R. 20061109. HB. 5 years collection of the weekly independent Maakies comix featuring Uncle Gabby the monkey, and Drinky Crow in all their blasphemous, darkly suicidal, murderous, hilarious, glory. part Winsor McCay part George Herriman part Partrick O'Brian, dash of don martin, with plenty of blood and gore. tremendously well illustrated in a turn of the century style, with darkly humorous, surreal, and/or just violent stories. quite fun. an 8.
Millionaire, Tony. Sock Monkey V3+4 TPB. R. 200611. a dark children's version of Maakies, without the truly adult topics, but with the same sensibilities. a 7.
Millionaire, Tony. When We Were Very Maakies. R. 20061122. More of the same - great! - stuff. Blasphemous, darkly suicidal, murderous, hilarious, gorey, obsessed with alcohol, venereal disease, suicide, and other amusing topics. Part Winsor McCay part George Herriman part Partrick O'Brian, dash of don martin, with plenty of blood and gore. tremendously well illustrated in a turn of the century style, with darkly humorous, surreal, and/or just violent stories. quite fun. an 8.
Millionaire, Tony. That Darn Yarn. R. 2006127. Kids picture book, Uncle Gabby the sock monkey. rather a mobius story about uncle gabby's creation and the slide down the bannister, and over,or which was first.. ? amusing. a 6. first of a trilogy with (Sky Maze, Shinkei)
MILNE, A A. WINNIE THE POOH. HB.
MILNE, A.A. HOUSE AT POOH CORNER, THE. HB,DJ.
MILNE, A.A. ONCE ON A TIME. pb. This is a funny fantasy, and cute.
Mitchell, Elizabeth. Alien Stars 4 Free Lancers. 20030320.R again. (novellas) Orson Scott Card - the story that became Folk of the Fringe - creepy stuff happened to the kid before the post apocalypse future, always makes me choke up. a very good strong story. David Drake - a Hammers slammers tie-in the liberty port the postmaster guy who lost his legs and the android 'dolls'. lois McMaster Bujold - the prison dome story least of the 3 because you need more of the background of Vor- to get into it. [want to find the rest of these Alien Stars series...]
Mizuno, Junko. Pure Trance. 20050905. R. Graphic Novel. an 8 awesome art - surreal story, but sometimes the storytelling was hard to follow. lots of weird women, and post apocalypse setting, but more a horror story with redemption (and faeries), strange powers and 99% naked women.
Modesitt, L.E. Jr. The Octagonal Raven. R.x. 20041101. a 4. well written but slow as should be expected from the society behind the plot of the story, fairly good characters, but when dealing with utopian society it always gets a bit boring - everything is too easy. As Niven did in one of his short stories - after a while there's nothing to write about in a pure utopia - nothing can happen. even the major conflict of the book is a way of looking at things - it is a massive upheaval but not a massive idea-.- there is a sequel and if it gets into the Aliens barely touched upon in this one it should be a better book. nano-tech and gene-selections and strata of society with uber rich and everyone else in the low middle class = poor even if not 'poor' from a historical pov. nice thick book and enjoyed it, just not enough happening thru all that is going on.
Modesitt, L.E., Jr. The Parafaith War. X.R, too much religiosity. well written and plotted, but not fun. a 4.
MODESITT, L.E., JR. MAGIC OF RECLUCE, THE. R,X. RECLUCE isn't all that interesting.
MODESITT, L.E., JR. TOWERS OF THE SUNSET, THE. R,X.
Moon, Elizabeth. Deed of Paksenarrion 1 Sheepfarmer's Daughter. R. BAEN. 671654160 1988
Moon, Elizabeth. Deed of Paksenarrion 2 Divided Allegiance. R. BAEN. 671697862 1988
Moon, Elizabeth. Deed of Paksenarrion 3 Oath of Gold. R. BAEN. 671697986 1989. the 1st 2 books are great! and it's excellent medieval military fantasy, but the deux ex machina ending is just over done. an 8 then a 6.
Moon, Elizabeth. Familias 01 HUNTING PARTY. =X. THIS IS THE BEST OF THE TRILOGY (SPORTING CHANCE, WINNING COLORS) BECAUSE IT DEALS MOSTLY JUST WITH A SMALL PLOT AND ENDS VERY NICELY NEARLY ALL TIED UP. A 7
Moon, Elizabeth. Familias 02 SPORTING CHANCE. =X A 6
Moon, Elizabeth. Familias 03 WINNING COLORS X,R, IT WAS ALL A TRICK! THE WHOLE THING! O WHAT A WAY TO END IT. NOTHING SHE DID IN THE THREE BOOKS WAS ON HER OWN THEY WERE WATCHING HER AND MOSTLY GUIDEING THE WHOLE THING! AND SHE JUST TAKES IT AND GOES BACK. PISSED ME OFF. IT DID FINISH OFF THE PLOT BUT NOT VERY SATASFACTORALY. A 4
Moon, Elizabeth. Familias 04 Once a Hero. Esmay 1. a 6. bloodehorde attack repair station again esmay gets command of a ship & help fight them off.
Moon, Elizabeth. Familias 05 Rules of Engagement. A 6 esmay in command school. Brun kidnapped by texans
Moon, Elizabeth. Familias 06 Change of Command. A 6
Moon, Elizabeth. Familias 07 Against the Odds. R. 20030420. A 5. Mutiny [have pb now get rid of HB BC.]
MOON, ELIZABETH. SURRENDER NONE; THE LEGACY OF GIRD. R-X. OKAY, GOOD HISTORICAL WARFARE, Peasant WEAPONS AND SUCH, BUT THE MAGIC WAS VERY LITTLE AND NOT WELL INTERGRAted, EVEN THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN OKAY, THERE WERE NOT MAJOR CHARACTERS WITH MAGIC AND TRUE MAGELORDS WERE RARE,
BUT AT THE END SUDDENLY A GODDESS OR GODHEAD COMES DOWN ONTO GIRD AND HE MAKES THE WHOLE COUNTRY BETTER. A MORE BLATANT DEUX EX MACHINA I'VE NOT SEEN. IT KILLED THE STORY FOR ME.
Moon, Elizabeth. Liar's Oath (Sequel to 'Legacy of Gird').X.R
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. ETERNAL CHAMPION 1 THE ETERNAL CHAMPION . R
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. ELRIC 1 ELRIC OF MELNIBONE (THE STEALER OF SOULS).
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. ELRIC 2 SAILOR ON THE SEAS OF FATE (THE SINGING CITADEL).
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. ELRIC 3 WEIRD OF THE WHITE WOLF.
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. ELRIC 4 VANISHING TOWER.
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. ELRIC 5 BANE OF THE BLACK SWORD.
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. ELRIC 6 STORMBRINGER.
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. ELRIC 7 THE FORTRESS OF THE PEARL.
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. ELRIC 8 THE REVENGE OF THE ROSE.
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. HAWKMOON 1 CHRONICLES OF CASTLE BRASS 1 COUNT BRASS.
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. HAWKMOON 2 CHRONICLES OF CASTLE BRASS 2 THE CHAMPION OF GARATHORM
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. HAWKMOON 3 CHRONICLES OF CASTLE BRASS 3 THE QUEST FOR TANELORN
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. HAWKMOON 4 HISTORY OF THE RUNESTAFF 1 JEWEL IN THE SKULL
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. HAWKMOON 5 HISTORY OF THE RUNESTAFF 2 THE MAD GOD'S AMULET. R.
MOORCOCK, MICHAEL. HAWKMOON 6 HISTORY OF THE RUNESTAFF 3 THE SWORD OF DAWN. R.
Moore, Alan & Kevin O'Neill. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1. GN/TPB. R. 20031113. Graphic Novel (collection) excellent, they upped the splash value for the film (and added dorian & mina's powers) but the book's just as good, it's more interesting seeing mina as the leader & quartermain as an opium addict as well, but I thought connery did an excellent job in the movie, most of the thematic elements are the same 'M' is the same. There are a lot more references in the book than the movie, and it's fun picking them out as you go. Quite a fun story. a 7.
Moore, Alan. w/Garry Leach, Alan Davis, Rick Veitch. MiracleMan (MarvelMan) #1, Book 1 A Dream of Flying (1-3), Book 2 the Red King Syndrome (4-7, 9-10). Eclipse. R.20030911.very good, I'd meant to read these for ages, & now I can't wait to find the 3rd collection so I can read some more. #1 has a long intro not included in Book 1. & #8 is a fill-in and not really germane to the story at all. One of the better superheroes in the 'real' world stories, and seems like an influence to Rick Veitch's Maximortal, especially in the violence category. Good to great art Leach, Davis, Veitch are all strong artists, some issues were better than others, davis perhaps the best of the 3 IMOHO. I can certainly see why this was such an amazing story when it first came out all those years ago, the characters are _good_ they're real if not always likable, they feel like real people, and then suddenly superpowers, the alien aspect was done well. Alice reference in the Red King Syndrome of course as the others were afraid to wake the red king because he might be dreaming them & if he woke they might all cease to exist. an 8 story & 8 art.
Moore, Christopher. Bloodsucking Fiends. TPB. R. 20051019-28? humorous, good vampire story, very minimal vampires - only one other. great characters. very much in his usual style. sardonic wit, and humor. a 7.
MOORE, CHRISTOPHER. PRACTICAL DEMON-KEEPING. PB. SOUNDS FUNNIER THAN IT WAS AND THE COVER IS A LIE. NEAT STORY BUT VERY SIMPLE IN THE MAGICAL ELEMENTS. I MEAN IF DEMONS ARE REAL WHY NOT LOTS OF OTHER THINGS? HAS AN INTERESTING TAKE ON DINJIN THO. a 5 good first book and he gets a lot better.
Moore, Christopher. Fluke. R. 20060913. excellent as usual. Even though for quite over half the novel it's still about scientists studying the whale songs - it's still quite gripping and funny, he does excellent characters, dialogue, and plotting. It's both real and humourous. Then it goes SF on you and gets even more fun. Okay so the villain is a bit flat, and only comes in at the end of the story, but it's not about that sort of conflict. a 7.
Moore, Richard. Boneyard 1 20041018. GN collection. A 6. the art is quite good but the story is not quite as good. still a good mix of characters & humor & romance etc.
Moore, Richard. Boneyard 2 20041018. GN collection. nice cartoonish - but sexy art. fun characters, and nice characters. slow seeming story in the second book. overall a 7.
Moran, Daniel K. Emerald Eyes. Bantam. c.1988 R.
Morgan, Aishling. Deep Blue. R. 200406? xxx, and likely a pseudonym. but really a good story lovecraftian gods of sex. an 8.
Morris, Janet. The Kerrion Empire 1 Dream Dancer. X.Read
Morris, Janet. The Kerrion Empire 2 Cruiser Dreams. X.Read
Morris, Janet. The Kerrion Empire 3 Earth Dreams. X.Read
BEYOND SANCTUARY; THIEVES' WORLD NOVEL 1
BEYOND THE VEIL; THIEVES' WORLD NOVEL 2
BEYOND WIZARDWALL; THIEVES' WORLD NOVEL 3
Murphy, Mark. House of Java. 20030325.R.X a 5. HB,comics, interesting slice of life short comics, most with a coffee theme, most rather dark, but not depressing just, sort of as they go, living thru it. art with lots of dark blacks, little shading, a good strong line. drug dealers, lovelorn, kiss fans, tornado alley, past crimes to light.
Myers, John Myers. Silverlock. R. lots of references to everything myths/other books characters etc. (check if there's an Alice, if not then X) a 4
MYERS MYERS. SILVERLOCK. ACE A-8, 1ST PB).
NASIR, JAMIL. HIGHER SPACE. R,. SF Cyberpunk shamanism in modern time. interesting.
NAYLOR. RED DWARF 1 INFINITY WELCOMES CAREFUL DRIVERS.
Niven, Larry; Pournelle, Jerry; Flynn, Michael. Fallen Angels. Baen. c.1991. R.
NIVEN & POURNELLE. INFERNO. R.
NIVEN & POURNELLE. MOTE IN GOD'S EYE. R..
NIVEN, LARRY. DESTINY'S ROAD. 199901 R,X. neat and some great science stuff, colonization of planet and half the pop kept 'down' lack of essential mineral supplied by other group,. a good story, but not in his usual universe. an 8
NIVEN, LARRY. WORLD OF THE PTAVVS. N. pb,R. Niven 1st book, and pretty good - into ARM and some really old alien and psy powers. 199903
NIVEN. MAN-KZIN WARS 1 THE MAN-KZIN WARS. ANT,R.
NIVEN. NEUTRON STAR (NS). R.
NIVEN. PROTECTOR. R.
NIVEN. RINGWORLD. R.
NIVEN. RINGWORLD ENGINEERS, THE. R,.
NIVEN, LARRY. RINGWORLD THRONE, THE. R,. Hey guess what! the ringworld was made by protectors! oops shouldn't have said that huh? but you would have known already from engineers, = much ristiva going on in this one damn horny little buggers, tela (remember her the human breed for luck from ring world) well all is well on the ringworld again but it seems that luis is still stuck there, and another sequel is definitely a possibility but not a necessity.
the series is good an 8.
NIVEN. TALES OF KNOWN SPACE (). R.
Niven, Larry. The Magic Goes Away. R. 220611. heavily illustrated by Maroto. interesting novella about magic being used up. good story a 5 or 6.
Niven, Larry.(editor) The Magic May Return. R. 200611 sequel of sorts. shorts by Niven, Saberhagen, Ing, Barnes, and Anderson & Broxon set in the same 'world'. Ing's was fun, Anderson's sort of depressing with a slight upbeat end, a 5 the set.
Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Burning City. R. 20061124. an excellent story set in the Magic Goes Away universe, an 8. starts oppressive religions, gangs and gang culture, for a long while I was worried he was going to be stuck, but he eventually does find a way out of the gang. Then an interesting culture of traveling trader and all grown up. a very nice ending. Some great magic, excellent gangs and culture problems. Fun links to the future, unicorns, gods, etc.
NOEL, ATANIELLE ANNYN. DUCHESS OF KNEEDEEP, THE. R. A BEAUTIFUL GIRL AND HER FAITHFUL ROBOT ON WILD PLANET, OK, GREAT (I THINK ) A 9 OR 10
NORDHOFF & HALL. BOTANY BAY. HB,X=LIB,NFF - Australia.
NORDHOFF & HALL. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. HB,X=LIB,NFF.
NORDHOFF & HALL. MEN AGAINST THE SEA. HB,X=LIB,NFF.
NORDHOFF & HALL. PITCAIRNS ISLAND. HB,X=LIB,NFF.
NORMAN, LISANNE. TURNING POINT. R,PB. PSI STORY HUMAN & ALIEN CAT PERSON, (REMINDS ME OF B&B) SHE FALLS IN LOVE WITH THE CATMAN, THEN REBELS FIGHT OTHER LIZARD ALIENS FOR THE PLANET. CLICHE' PLOTS BUT WELL DONE.
Norton, Andre. Lavender-Green Magic. R.k. ya. the garden maze.time-travel, magic.
Norton, Andre. Night of Masks. R.
NORTON, ANDRE & LACKEY, MERCEDES. ELVENBANE, THE. R. GOOD STUFF AN 8
NORTON, ANDRE & LACKEY. ELVENBLOOD. R. (2ND ELVENBANE) A PRETTY GOOD SERIES = NOT QUITE VALDEMAR BUT BETTER THAN SOME OF LACKEY'S LATER STUFF, REALLY EVIL ELVES THO. AN 8
NORTON, ANDRE. BROTHER TO SHADOWS. r 199902,. in the same universe as solar queen and zero stone, oathfull assassins and a machine which shows the past. good, a 6
NORTON, ANDRE. DARK PIPER. =X, R.
NORTON, ANDRE. HERE ABIDE MONSTERS. R. neat use of Bermuda triangle theory to mix fairy stuff up, and in the end they must become of the fairy to stay, or be hunted. THE 'BERMUDA TRIANGLE' IN THE WOODS = MUCH ANTI ESTABLISHED RELIGION, I LIKE, a 7 or 8
NORTON, ANDRE. LAVENDER=GREEN MAGIC. R, X. A JUVIE, THE MAZE OF MAGIC 'SALEM' TYPE WITCHCRAFT TIME TRAVEL IN GARDEN MAZE, MAIN CHARACTER ARE A FAMILY OF BLACK CHILDREN A 6
NORTON, ANDRE. STAR GUARD. R - 4, reread 200502. like the overall stuff, okay plot. still a 4.
NORTON, ANDRE. UNCHARTED STARS. R 199902,. referenced obliquely in brother to shadows, the sequel to Zero Stone, but not nearly as good. too much bossy cat and dumb kid stuff, Free Trader /jeweler and mean Patrol & evil Thieves Guild. a disappointment a 5
NORTON, ANDRE. ZERO PATROL, THE. HB, X-LIB, 1ST, one of my favorite Norton's. a 9.
NORTON, M. BORROWERS, THE. YA.
O'DELL, SCOTT. SARA BISHOP. PB,YA,R,X. THE REVOLUTONARY WAR, BUT MOSTY NOTHING HAPPENS
O'riordan, Robert. Cadre One. 1 R.x.
O'riordan, Robert. Cadre Lucifer. 2 R.x.
O'riordan, Robert. Cadre Messiah. 3 R.X. way too weirdly metaphysical powers at the end & it didn't start like that at all a 4 it had good parts esp at the beginning reminded me of Steve perrys' matador stuff.
Oberndorf, Charles. Foragers. R.X. weird
Oblong, Angus. Creepy Suzie and 13 other tragic tales for troubled children. 20041012. r.k. a 9. excellent Edward gorey-ish art & stories. many of the characters went on to the Oblongs animated show. 1st TPB.
Offutt, Andrew J. War of Gods on Earth 1 Iron Lords. X.Read
Offutt, Andrew J. War of Gods on Earth 2 Shadows Out of Hell. X.Read
Offutt, Andrew J. War of Gods on Earth 3 the Lady of the Snowmist. X.Read
OFFUTT. WAR OF THE GODS ON EARTH 1 IRON LORDS.
OFFUTT. WAR OF THE GODS ON EARTH 2 SHADOWS OUT OF HELL
OFFUTT. WAR OF THE GODS ON EARTH 3 LADY OF THE SNOWMIST, THE
ORE, R. ILLEGAL REBIRTH OF BILLY THE KID. X. NEAT IDEA PROGRAM A 'CHIMERA' (ANDROID) TO THINK IT'S BILLY THE KID, PROGRAM IT TO SEE EVERYTHING IN OLD WEST TERMS, GAS LAMPS, CARRIGES, TRAINS, ETC. REALLY COOL, BUT THE WAY SHE WORKS IT OUT AT THE END WASN'T
VERY FUFILLING. NO WINNERS NO LOSERS JUST LET IT BE SORT OF LOST EVEN, CONFINED TO THE 'RESERVATION' LOSING HEALING POWER AND THE GIRL LOSES HER JOB GETS A SHITTY REPLACEMENT. JUST NOT VERY UPBEAT. SORT OF, WELL WE Survived a 3 or 4.
Osborne, Cary. Deathweave. 20030320.R.X. a 4. some good stuff bit of samurai stuff. but the characters seem dull.
PALMER, DAVID R. EMERGENCE. PB, SP ANT, W/ NEW AFTERWORD AND FIXED SMALL PROBS. APOCALYPSE NOVEL, TWIST WITH NEW KIND OF MEN A 9 OR 10. reread 20040419. a 10. possibly the best post-apocalypse book ever. - excellent, takes a bit of effort to get into it, but once you do it flys. very entertaining, just great characters, and even tho the 'voice' is odd it (for me anyway) wasn't hard to decipher - after the 1st page or so you get into it and don't notice, until it goes back to regular English, that it was so odd. a few anachronisms, but most very minor, and don't remember noticing them the 1st time I read it. - spectra signature edition with special afterword, mostly explaining why hasn't written more stuff.
PALMER, DAVID R. EMERGENCE. PB, OLD VERS. TO BE X'D , APOCALYPSE NOVEL, TWIST WITH NEW KIND OF MEN
Paolini, Christopher. Inheritance 1: Eragon. R. 20061115. A good mix of Tolkien High-Fantasy with a dash of Harry Potter. Epic feel, high elves, powerful mysterious evil. Interesting dragons. Nothing that you've never seen before, but a good interesting mix put together well with a few good twists to make it somewhat unique. Growing up and leaving home, finding friends, some excellent supporting characters, perhaps overly evil villains, but a staple of high fantasy. Well developed magic system, and societies. good especially for a first novel a 7.
Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia. R.YA. sad and grand and excellent. a 9.
Patterson, James. Maximum Ride the Angel Experiment. 20051018. R. HB. excellent YA adventure, mad scientists, mutant children, (reminds of - well lots, Replica, others) good characters tho, the villains - odd, strong book. an 8 or 9. start of a series...
Patterson, James. When the Wind Blows. R.X. 200510. Max and the flying children. the first version that he later took and rewrote in a much more SF version in Maximum Ride. a 4.
Patterson, James. The Lake House. R.X. 200510 sequel to When the Wind Blows, repetitive and not as good a plot. a2.
Patton, Fiona. The Stone Prince. R. 200502.X. a 3. hard to like anyone - but eventually they do get better.
Patton, Fiona. The Painter Knight. R.X. 200502. better characters - but not as good plot 4.
Patton, Fiona. Granite Shield. X - unread.
Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. R. 20061115. YA adventure. 12 year old Brian lost in the Canadian Wilderness uses his wits to survive, and becomes more than an average kid. The first of the Brian books, has a sub-plot about his parents divorce. The sequel revises the ending of this book so that he doesn't get rescued quite as easily. good stuff a 6.
Paulson, Gary. Brain's Winter. R. 20061016. Young Adult. sequel of sorts to Hatchet. What if Brian had not be rescued and stayed the winter? an excellent outdoors survival novel. excellent descriptions, and narration. You're in Brian's head the whole time and deep in his thought and musings. a 6.
Paulson, Gary. Brian's Return. R. 20060921. can't stand civilzation any longer Brian returns to the woods for a 'vacation'.
Paulson, Gary. Brian's Hunt. R. 20060921. direct sequel to Return. Good, very short, reminds of My Side of the Mountain, but more spiritual-bonding to nature. one with nature, young teen on his way to being a mountain man' of the north Canadian woods. a 7. Continuation of Hatchet books 3 & 4.
Paxson, Diana L. Mistress of the Jewels. TOR. c.1991 R.
PEAK, M. CAT HOUSE. GREAT! (BETTER THAN TAILCHASERS SONG, BUT VERY SIMILAR) SOME
'FIXED' FEMALES WHO STILL WANT TO HAVE FUN.
Peck, Richard. Don't Look and It Won't Hurt. R. Morrow/Avon. 380007819 1979 FICTION GENERAL. YA. family problems, strong characters.
Peck, Richard. Ghost 1 The Ghost Belonged to Me. R. YA. 1st ghost book. 7-8
Peck, Richard. Ghost 2 Ghosts I have Been. R. YA. 2nd ghost book
Peck, Richard. Ghosts I Have Been. Random House c.1979 R.
Peck, Richard. Secrets of the Shopping Mall. R, YA.. creepy but interesting;' 6-7
PECK, ROBERT NEWTON. SOUP ON WHEELS. CH,OS. READ A SOUP BOOK (FOR PREZ) AND LIKED (TOM SAWYERISH)
Perry, Steve. Tom Clancy's Net Force 1. R. 20050223. Russian terrorists
Perry, Steve. Tom Clancy's Net Force 2 Hidden Agendas. R. 20050224. redneck good-o-boy, senators aide buying an African country.
Perry, Steve. Tom Clancy's Net Force 3 Night Moves. R. 20050225. Return of the British empire. quantum computer.
Perry, Steve. Tom Clancy's Net Force 4 Breaking Point. R. 20050226. insanity wave. Tesla.
Perry, Steve. Tom Clancy's Net Force 5 Point of Impact. R. 20050227. purple pill superman drug.
Perry, Steve. Tom Clancy's Net Force 6 Cybernation. R. 20050228. ha brief oblique reference to his matador stuff. the Bonne Chance, Capoeria.
not a bad series 5. minor SF, mostly all VR stuff. minor cyber stuff, but still not bad FBI style - always a shoot out at the end. lots of Silat martial arts. lots of interpersonal relations - just about everyone pairs off and gets married by #6!
Perry, Steve & Larry Segriff. Tom Clancy's Net Force 7 State of War. R. 20050301. more cybernations corrupt lawyer pushing their agenda. so far a 5 the series.
Perry, Steve & Larry Segriff. Tom Clancy's Net Force 8 Changing of the Guard. R.20050303. everybody quits, new boss, new military guy, Jay's gonna have a kid, Russian Spy stuff. New Boss is into Fencing - lots of good Epee stuff, but just for color really. classical guitarist hitman. didn't like as well, but perhaps just because got rid of the
characters I'd grown to like. a 4.
PERRY, STEVE. Trinity Vector, the. R,199901 X. 'magic' boxes which know the future and evil religous guys and evil govt org, and some good near future action adventure but too much religous stuff. a 5.
Philbrick, Rodman. Freak the Mighty. R.? very good YA friendship story a 9.
Philbrick, Rodman. Max the Mighty. 200307?. ya. a very good sequel to Freak the mighty. near as good. a 7.
PHILBRICK, RODMAN. FREAK THE MIGHTY. HB,YA, intersting pair have strange fantasy adventures, shrimp & giant, = "If you try hard enough you can remember anything - whether it happened or not." a 9
Phillips, John Aristotle & David Michaelis - Mushroom The True Story of the A-Bomb Kid. Imminently readable, if a bit dated, autobiography about a college kid who proved anyone could get the parts and put together an atomic bomb that would fit in a suitcase in 1976. I'm not really a big fan of autobiographies, but this was well written, and
interesting. There was supposed to have been a TV movie done, with Phillips in the lead playing himself, but I've been unable to determine if it actually exists. a 5
PIPER. SPACE VIKINGS. R
Poe, Michael. Exploitation Now V1. TPB 2004? R.K. printed webcomic. random scatter-story, gobs of crude humor (yay) but eventually gets a set of main characters (who start out in the supporting cast) and take the story to adventure and loss. some good stuff. a 6.
Pohl, Frederik. Heechee 1 Gateway. R.X. 20041227. hmm. very well written and a good read, but.. more a psyhonalitical study than much of an adventure. guy's just too messed up, gets rather creepy. a 4.
Pohl, Frederik. Heechee 2 Beyond the Blue Event Horizon. R.X. 20041228. very good, excellent writing and high science, still with a good story. adds some other character POV's to Rob from the 1st book, but they never drew me out of the story, even the asides kept well in the voice of the story. much better. an 8.
Pohl, Frederik. Heechee 3 Heechee Rendezvous. R.X. 20050501. gets better as it goes, but more a political/scientific story than a personal/adventurous story. like the wife, a very well done character, and Albert too, but not enuf of them. a 6.
Pohl, Frederik. Heechee 4 The Annals of the Heechee. R.k. 20050622. finally 'meet' the assassins-foe enemy. not the best of the 4 but not bad, a 6. all AI and stored personality, the foe similar & like them. nothing of the 'plan' changes - just the Human/Heechee view of it might. [alice 172.]
Pohl, Frederik. Man Plus. R.x. 200403. some creepy stuff, a bit of a surprize ending finding out about the computers. a 4.
Pohl, Frederik & Thomas T. Thomas. Mars Plus. R.x. 20040316. interesting, slow start I thought, better once Roger from 1st book got back into it. a 4.
Pournelle, Jerry. Birth of Fire. R.k. sent to mars colony and the mars revolt. - very revolutionary war. a good one, a 6-7?
Pournelle, Jerry. High Justice. R.
Pournelle, Jerry. Janissaries 1 Janissaries. R. good military SF. 3 books in the series, but it doesn't end needs a 4th!
Pournelle, Jerry; Green, Roland. Janissaries II Clan and Crown. R. Ace. 441382983 1986
Pournelle, Jerry; Green, Roland. Janissaries III Storms of Victory. R. Ace. 441382991 1988. excellent military SF.
POURNELLE & STIRLING. CHILDREN'S HOUR (KZIN)
POURNELLE, J.E. THERE WILL BE WAR 1 , R
POURNELLE, J.E. THERE WILL BE WAR 2 MEN OF WAR, R
POURNELLE, JERRY. EXILES TO GLORY (revised ed.). R,199901. a juvie, but not bad, high science astroid mining and intrique. a 6
POURNELLE. KING DAVID'S SPACESHIP (A SPACESHIP FOR THE KING) (FALKENBERG'S
POURNELLE. MERCENARY (Falkenberg 1)
Powers, Tim. Declare. R. 200512. His usual excellent job of combining historical weird facts with plausible fantasy fiction. Sometimes even after, you're suspired what was real and what he'd made up. Still the setting 30's-60's cold-war and ww2 spy stuff wasn't a big thrill for me. seems an excellent book if you liked Dan brown's da Vinci code. the Angels and Djinns were well done, the fantasy takes along time to enter the story but does fittingly. end is good. a 5. Alice-477 HB.
POWERS, TIM. ANUBIS GATES . SIGNED. A 7 or 8
POWERS, TIM. DRAWING OF THE DARK . SIGNED "for Aric, This celebration of dark beer! (Thanks for having me in the store again!) Cheers, Tim Powers" BAD CONDITION-torn cvr bagged,PB,R. as good as would be expected - meaning quite good! fantasy and BEER! magic Beer! and an old warrior - some arthur and merlin and earlier incarnations. good stuff. 8
POWERS, TIM. LAST CALL. R. a 10. one of the best modern fantasy books, and Tim's best ever. Las Vegas, mandelbrot, tarot, poker, and incarnations of mythic powers.
POWERS, TIM. EXPIRATION DATE. HB. A second in a series of sorts he says, that the next book will have characters from this and Last Call in it. Not his best, not his worst but I like stress, last call, and on stranger tides better, it's certianly good, as good as anuibus gates but it seems a fall after each of the 3 preceeding books were just getting better and better. the ideas are neat but there were too many characters each with their own pov and it muddled down sometimes. a 6
POWERS, TIM. EARTHQUAKE WEATHER. R. not quite as good as last call. still excellent an 8.
POYER, D.C. STEPFATHER BANK. R,X. 19990720. The Great True Universal Rational General Free United Amalgamated Democratic First Federal People's Imperial Scientific Soviet Socialist Republican Independent Liberal Moslem Metropolitan Royal Anarchist Feminist Constitutional Revolutionary Patriarchal Autonomous Technocratic Neutral Orthocratic
Pacifist Pan-African / European / Asian / Australian / interAmerican / Oceanic / Antarctic / Lunar / Interplanetary Reconciled Holy Catholic Apostolic Orthodox Protestant Liberated Unitarian Transcendentalist Pentecostal Hindu Buddhist Humanist Animist Atheist Baha'i Jewish Reformed Gay Brotherly Paternal Pantisocratic Greatmother NCorporation,
Limited. = otherwise known as the 'bank' which controls everything & everyone 'cept for Berlew the 'poet' & the eventual destruction & salvation of the solar system. works good a 5.
PRATCHETT, TERRY. DISKWORLD 01 THE COLOUR OF MAGIC. pb,R
PRATCHETT, TERRY. DISKWORLD 02 THE LIGHT FANTASTIC. PB,R
PRATCHETT, TERRY. DISKWORLD 03 EQUAL RITES. PB,R
PRATCHETT, TERRY. DISKWORLD 04 MORT. PB,R
AN extremely funny series while it can get redundant if too many read too often they are all equally good (just don't really get much better) an 8 series.
Proctor, Geo. W. Stellar Fist. pb,R. neat, a very interesting wrap-around for the story, acting as it was a historical fiction from the even farther furture, mental powers, spies, and
odd symbiotic aliens, really seems to want a sequel - what happens to the AI/mind who cloned herself a body? a 6
Pullman, Philip. His Dark Materials 1 The Golden Compass. R. the girl and frozen north
Pullman, Philip. His Dark Materials 2 The Subtle Knife. R. the boy & the knife that cuts thru dimensions
Pullman, Philip. His Dark Materials 3 The Amber Spyglass. R. HB. together & love., but have to make great sacrifice at end, emotional strong. great. series a 9 excellent YA
REAVES, MICHAEL & STEVE PERRY. DOME. R,. the world dies but they're "under the sea!" and survive. pretty good, plus artifical merman.
Reichert, Mickey Zucker. Flightless Falcon. 20040327. gah, I love her stuff, but this one is just bad. slow plot, juvenile depiction of the characters, patronizing ending. a 2. very disappointed!
Reichert, Mickey Zucker; Wingert, Jennifer. Spirit Fox. DAW. R.k. mickey is always excellent.
REICHERT, MICKeY ZUCKER. The LAST OF THE RENSHAI 1 THE LAST OF THE RENSHAI
REICHERT, MICKeY ZUCKER. The LAST OF THE RENSHAI 2 THE WESTERN WIZARD
REICHERT, MICKeY ZUCKER. The LAST OF THE RENSHAI 3 CHILD OF THUNDER. R,. GOOD SERIES an 8 or 9
REICHERT, MICKEY ZUCKER. BIFROST GUARDIANS 5 BY CHAOS CURSED. =X. NOT A bad series has potential for interesting #6 if she goes for it (she could try to stop Gary Magnus from doing the time travelbit.) Probabaly the best of the 5 as she improved with each. Very good characters and strong=especally the 'nam flashbacks,
REICHERT, MICKEY ZUCKER. LEGEND OF NIGHTFALL, THE. Interesting ideas of magic, sorcers steal the natal talents of 'lucky' individuals and so gain their talents as spells. Nightfall
is a great theif/assassin and the story is interesting delves well into his head he changes too easliy perhaps but with everthing going on it's not too difficult. a 7 or 8
REICHERT, MICKEY ZUCKER. UNKNOWN SOLDIER, THE. R. time traveler from future an early reichert, ok.
Resnick, Mike. Soothsayer. R.X.
Resnick, Mike. Oracle. R.X. anti-heroes
RESNICK, MIKE. IVORY. R. interesting historicaly real future sf, last of the masi and the mountain the walks. a bit depressing at the end but a neat construct story. a 7
RESNICK, MIKE. SANTIAGO. R. liked it, an 8
RESNICK, MIKE. SOOTHSAYER. R. 1ST OF TRILOGY, in the same univere as santiago, but not quite as good, because it's sort of a anti=hero story, the little girl was evil! I was so
sure that the Iceman was going to be wrong and he was already the badguy = everybody was a badguy, These storys are very much the old west in space, each planet is like a town or city, on the frontier, bounty hunters, killer, etc. abound, good adventure but few 'good' people. well written. a 7
RESNICK, MIKE. ORACLE. R. SOOTHSAYER even less 'good' people but more action, another 7
RICE, ANNE . WITCHING HOUR, THE . VERY EROTIC HORROR
RICE, ANNE. VAMPIRE CHRONICLES 5: MEMNOCH THE DEVIL . R,X .ugg too much xianity and stuff, not much andvenure lost philosphical metaphical stuff.
Rice, Anne. Pandora. Ballantine. c.1998. R. X.
Ringo, John. A Hymn Before Battle. R.X. attack on other planet kick ass with battlesuits. a 7.
Ringo, John. Gust Front. R.X. a 7. good characters, tho lots, very Heinlein battlesuits, very hardcore military SF. aliens attack & humans join with other aliens to be the front line troops. -again with the only humans can kill theme (best done I think by foster in the call to arms series, but done pretty well here,) attack on earth lots of destruction but kick ass on first wave. gung ho stuff. reread 200509??
Ringo, John. When the Devil Dances. R
Ringo, John. Hell's Faire. HB (signed). R. 20050919 excellent SF military series, very hardcore military, but good alien stuff going on in the background,. a bit too many characters at first to really get into but by the 3rd book you do know them well enough to sink into it. An 8 the series
Ringo, John & Michael Z. Williamson. The Hero. 20051016? R.X. LURPs on bug planet. then hunt & stalk each other. a bit simple, and not pushing the storyline any. a 4.
Ringo, John & Julie Chchrane. Cally's War. R. 20061020. pretty much all Julie I think, an interesting spy/intrique/assassin story, but does little to futher the plot of the overall series. a 6.
Ringo, John & Tom Kratman. Watch on the Rhine. R. HB. 200510? Pos vs. the SS. hardcore military SF with a lot of German SS historical stuff. pretty good a 6. end chapter fast forward to destroy the 'Elves'.
Ringo, John. Princess of Wands. R. 20060907. interesting modern fantasy. Christian with out bible thumping. - as the character is also. really a collection of 3 short stories, one fairly long, one novella, and a short ender. Con stuff in the 2nd story, and several characters who were certainly parodies of real sf authors including the villain who had to be David Drake, allusions to Robert Jordan, a character who had to be Baen, and one may have been Ringo too. secret magical defenders in the FBI to fight the demons and monsters which are really there. power of faith, any faith, even Christian ) to combat evil. good stories. a 6.
Ringo, John. There Will be Dragons. R.K 20060907. excellent historical-military with high-tech nano-SF, body mods, universal power utopia. a bit hard to swallow that they so quickly accept the loss of all the high-tech. but once that's done, it does go very well. several hints of previous 'history' and excellent fantasy/medieval warfare.
start of a series. a 7.
RIPLEY, Karen. PRISONER OF DREAMS . NOT BAD, A PLANET NAMED AFTER HEINLEIN! YAY, ANOTHER WITH HELPING THE LOWER CLASSES, SOME RACES OF HUMANS NOT ALLOWD TO PROCREATE BEACUSE OF
GENETIC DIFFERENCES, (ALOT LIKE BRIN'S UPLIFT) AND SECRET GOVT. BADDIES AFTER THE PSI'S. OKAY A 7.
RIPLEY, Karen. The Tenth Class. sequel to prisoner of dreams, she acts like a nincompoop and runs off on her own and everybody has to come and help her. the 10th classes are mutants!
ROBERSON, JENNIFER. CHEYSULI 1: SHAPECHANGERS, X god awful romance in the guise of fantasy, neat ideas, nice changers, too pernish at times, but not very well done socialy too many romance cliche's and forcing main female character disliked most of it. a 2. maybe it'll get beter but I don't know if I want to bother to find out.
ROBERSON, JENNIFER. CHEYSULI 2: THE SONG OF HOMANA, X it does get much much better tho
ROBERSON, JENNIFER. CHEYSULI 3: LEGACY OF THE SWORD, X
ROBERSON, JENNIFER. CHEYSULI 4: TRACK OF THE WHITE WOLF, X
ROBERSON, JENNIFER. CHEYSULI 5: A PRIDE OF PRINCES, X
ROBERSON, JENNIFER. CHEYSULI 6: DAUGHTER OF THE LION, X
ROBERSON, JENNIFER. CHEYSULI 7: FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN, X
ROBERSON, JENNIFER. CHEYSULI 8: A TAPESTRY OF LIONS, X while it does get quite a lot better and the scope is neat - too much Live for propehcy stuff which I've always disliked. series in whole (minus # 1) would get a 7.
Roberson, Jennifer. Sword 01 Sword-Dancer. reread 20040113. R. not bad, stereotype northern swords woman goes to stereotype desert 'south' but interesting, good interpersonal between the woman and the man. a 6.
Roberson, Jennifer. Sword 02 Sword-Singer. reread 20040114. R. he gets a little whiny ( but I can understand it - cold is just too cold. ) She gets even harder, the end was a bit of a surprize. and came out well from the following plot, but unfinished. a 5
Roberson, Jennifer. Sword 03 Sword-Maker. 20040116. R.X.
Roberson, Jennifer. Sword 04 Sword-Breaker. 20040117. R.X. better ending than middle a 6. a good series intesting and actualy from the guys pov lots of good stuff, gets better as it goes sort of fades off at the end but nice, lots of dessert and some snow mtns, honor and sworddancing, magic swords and evil magicans infesting magic swords, fairly good inerpersonal male/female relations. an 8 for the series.(end of the original series, but 5 continues right from this end point)
Roberson, Jennifer. Sword 05 Sword-Born. 20040119. R. the best yet, much more mature writing, better relationship of del & tiger, a 6.5 (best cover so far as well)
Roberson, Jennifer. Sword 06 Sword-Sworn. 20040202. R. a very nice ending for the series, ties up all the ends, and very happily ever after - but nice not hokey, a 6
ROBERTSON, K. HENRY REED, INC. CH , R.X.
Robinson, Jimmie. The Adventures of Evil & Malice #1,2,3.; Image. 20030909. a7 So cute! and quite amusing, anime fans would like, no real depth, but very , well cute. daughters (Evelyn & Malinda) of the town supervillian 'pretend' to be superheroes to help dad against some more eviler supervillians that he just doesn't notice are out to get him. a fun story with no complications.
ROBINSON, BARBARA. THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGENT EVER . R,CH a neat x=mas story, churchy, but not too x=ian, funny & cute, a 6
ROBINSON, SPIDER. CALLAHAN 5 LADY SLINGS THE BOOZE 2nd lady Callahan A 'MYSTERY' WITH THE stopwatch of time, lots of puns, is really 2 linked stories, but he's best with short stories anyway. a good book, an 8
ROBINSON, SPIDER. CALLAHAN 6 CALLAHAN TOUCH, THE Actually it isn't Callahan's at all but a new place Jake made called Mary's Place = a very good book even if it felt like a long short story. The mix was just right, flowed on and didn't feel long or anything. Lots of magic in this one, a 9+ (at least) not a 10 only because you have to have read the others to get a lot of it. bunch of Irish fairies or goblins, the internet, the old crew, a great jam and a marvelous weeklong party.
ROESSNER, MICHAELA. VANISHING POINT . R. neat different post apoclapse - or at least very differnt apocayplse alternate realitys and many many cults. good an 8
ROSENBERG, JOEL . GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME 1: THE SLEEPING DRAGON . BOX . GREAT SERIES OF FORMER RPG'ERS SENT TO THEIR GAME WORLD
ROSENBERG, JOEL . GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME 2: THE SWORD & THE CHAIN . BOX
ROSENBERG, JOEL . GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME 3: THE SILVER CROWN . BOX
ROSENBERG, JOEL . GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME 4: THE HEIR APPARENT . BOX
ROSENBERG, JOEL . GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME 5: THE WARRIOR LIVES .
ROSENBERG, JOEL . GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME 6: THE ROAD TO EHVENOR . VERY GOOD AND ONE OF THE FUNNIEST POV'S HE'S DONE
ROSENBERG, JOEL . GUARDIANS OF THE FLAME 7: THE ROAD HOME
Rosenberg, Joel. Guardians of the Flame ? Not Exactly the Three Musketeers. R. very good a 9. Karl's companions on his last ride continue on their own, not the usual cast.
ROSENBERG, JOEL . EMILE & THE DUTCHMAN . R. finds new planets and checks to see it they're ok, or destroys all life if they prove threatening! Nasty job and some real characters in the storys. a 7
ROSENBERG, JOEL. TIES OF BLOOD AND SILVER . R. neat sf, set in future of a planet discovered from a dutchman story with aliens from another dutchman story, very atmospheric didn't really like the ending greatest but it was good, a 7
Rosenberg, Joel. Keepers of the Hidden Ways 1 Fencing! - and very well shown. a 9
Rosenberg, Joel. Keepers of the Hidden Ways 2 The Silver Stone. R. great a 9. his best series ever. more Ian & Torrie. this is a great series - as good as guardians - and with fencing!. A 9
Rosenberg, Joel. Keepers of the Hidden Ways 3 The Crimson Sky. R. good. bit too much about Ian's dad but great series with fencing! an 8-9
ROSENBERG, JOEL . D'SHAI . an interesting oriental flavored fantasy/mystery, or a mystery in an oriental flavored fantasy setting, the D'shai is the finder or truths or a detective for all intents, its not the most interesting of his books, but is a good story, a 5
Rosenberg, Joel. HOUR OF THE OCTOPUS. sequel to D'SHAI and is of much the same stripe, except he is made into a member of the 'beloved ruling class' by the local lord, a 5
they are good stories but nothing like the flame or the future stuff he's done before which I liked much better. a mystery/fantasy. R,X-all
Rowley, Christopher. The War for Eternity. R. 20060920. a 5. starts a bit disjointed, but he writing really picks up by the last 1/3 and the quality improves noticeably. had a hard time keeping track of the characters at first. good adventure/military stuff, and the addition of the 'spirits' and the created world was interesting. 1st written in a series of 2 with 2 prequels.
Rowley, Christopher. The Black Ship. R. 20060925. sequel to war for eternity. a 6. good continuation of the story. excellent military adventure, with the addition of mental powers. A combination of stories, the military sf, 1st contact, and human evolution of the mind. well written, his skill was raised to a good level by the end of war for eternity and stayed there.
Rowley, Christopher. The Founder. R. 20060926. prequel to war for eternity. a 5. the writing was good, polished, but the plot jumped from childhood, to young adult, to the trip, then when I'd just gotten a good hold on the character - he had a breakdown. the revolution in the ship was well plotted, the new info on the woodwose was interesting. But being a prequel there was nothing surprising.
Rowley, Christopher. To A Highland Nation. 20060927. R. 2nd prequel, Fair Fundan's history, the beginning of the Fein/human highlander community, less military sf than guerilla warfare, and banditry. a 5. Suggested reading order The Founder, To A Highland Nation, The War for Eternity, The Black Ship. Since Black Ship is really major ending to the series, and the prequels don't give away anything of the plot.
Rowling, J.K. 1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. (aka Sorcerer's Stone) 9
Rowling, J.K. 2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 8
Rowling, J.K. 3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. a 9 best fantasy kids stuff since lloyd Alexander or Susan Cooper. R.
Rubinstein, Gillian. Space Demons. R. 20061129. YA. not bad, sort of hard to start into, the characters are not greatly sympathetic, but there seems to be a good theme, and emotional breakthroughs, each comes to a new understanding of themselves. Yet it's most a SF computer game that sort of eats them and tries to get hate to escape into the real world, and they have to figure a way to stop it. a 5.
RUCKER, RUDY. SOFTWARE. R
RUCKER, RUDY. WETWARE, R. pb. THE SEQUEL TO SOFTWARE; A GREAT BOOK, RUCKER IS ONE OF THE
PREMENINT CYBERPUNK WRITERS, VERY FUNNY BUT STILL EXCITING, AND TRUELY UNIQUE AND BELIVABLE HI-TECHNOLOGY AI'S BUILDING ANDROID/HUMANS (AND WHY NOT THE HUMANS BUILT THE AI'S - FAIR'S FAIR
RIGHT?) HE CAN MIX ULTRA HI-TECH SCIENCE AND HIPPY COOLNESS AND MAKE IT WORK AND UNDERSTANDABLE - LOVE IT. RUCKER'S GOT 5 (COUNT'EM) MORE NOVELS OUT SINCE THIS ONE. A 10 FOR THE 3
Rusch, Kristine K.. Heart Readers. N A L. c.1993. R.X.
RUSE, GARY ALAN. DEATH HUNT ON A DYING PLANET . R,X. Kind of juvenille, the writing and even the plot, tried to do a little character development but it was just embarrassing as the girl tells the strong guy she loves him etc. too many anachronisms as well, why would 700+ years in the furture still have file cabinets with the secret plans in them? etc. not very good, but a great cover. a 3 not disgustingly bad but not worth reading unless there's nothing else.
RUSSELL, Eric Frank. MEN, MARTIANS & MACHINES. PB. SHORT STORIES JAY SCORE, MECHANISTRIA, SYMBIOTICA, MESMERICA THE best was Jay Score, Mesmerica wasn't bad, but most had too many anachronisms, fragile photographic plates, and other old fashioned technology, somewhat amusing but mostly not for humor which was his best stuff. in whole a 3, jay a 6, some of the least good of his stuff I've read. But it was a fairly cohesive 'novel' made out of four short stories.
RUSSELL, Eric Frank. NEXT OF KIN. pb. A NOVEL, HE HAS A FEW, NOT As FUNNY AS A SHORT STORY BECAUSE HE HAS TO KEEP IT UP BUT STILL VERY HILARIOUS NONE-THE-LESS, BUT WHAT ELSE
WOULD YOU EXPECT FROM EFR an 8 or 9
Sachar, Louis. Holes. hb, scholastic. a neat juvie weird history makes current life of kid. R.
Salvatore. R.A. Spearwielders Tale 01 The Woods Out Back. . all the references to tolkein's hobbit were cool, but all in all fairly bland, quest with band of adventurers story, faeire was interesting in that is had changed for the worse and people lived normal lives there as well as the elves and goblins and rock-eating dwarves. OK a 4. Reread 20040330 R.X. rather mediocre and boring. just over done, and simplistic. a 3.
Salvatore. R.A. Spearwielders Tale 02 The Dragon's Dagger. 20040401. R.X. better but not much. a 3.
Salvatore. R.A. Spearwielders Tale 03 Dragonslayer's Return. 20040404. R.X. a 3. concludes pleasantly.
SALVATORE, R.A. CRIMSON SHADOW 1: SWORD OF BEDWYR
SALVATORE, R.A. CRIMSON SHADOW 2: LUTHIEN'S GAMBLE
SALVATORE, R.A. CRIMSON SHADOW 3: THE DRAGON KING. R,X. not bad, but very much like a D&d game. interseting setting england/europe renamed but moslty with the lines and countrys intact. FREE
SCOTLAND! or whatever he called it. a 6
Samurai Executioner 1 Dark Horse GN. 20041116. R. a 5. a tad gruesome & sick. piss drinking, child molestation & murder, etc. art of the same quality as Lone Wolf, but plot a bit less.
Sarti, Ron. The Chronicles of Scar. R. Post-apocalypse, beggar to king, good a 7.
SAUNDERS & WALDROP. THE TEXAS-ISRAELI WAR: 1999 . PB. QUITE DATED BECAUSE THEY NAMED YEARS IT IS NONE-THE-LESS A GOOD FUTURE WAR STORY ON PAR WITH DRAKE & POURNELLE a 7
Schusterman, Neal. The Dark Side of Nowhere. YA. SF, excellent story, coming of age. the glove thing that they always use for the cover is an odd aspect to focus on. boring town has secrets that, once discovered, will change the world. Jason is in the middle of it, there's a girl he likes, a friend who's just died, maybe... a mysterious janitor, and secrets in old town. Nature or nurture? go with the crowd, or do what you think is right. a 7.
Schusterman, Neal. Speeding Bullet. YA, posibly sf - or maybe it was concidence? Great chracters - get into the story imediately. excellent innercity, and YA interpersonal relationships, family relationships. and adventure, similar to the movie unbreakable, he does a heroic deed and feels as if he now has a heroic 'power' of luck. Dreams of celebrity and power - but are they what he realy wants? effects of doing good deeds on the dooer. an excellent finding your path story. a 7.
Sheckley, Robert. Dimension of Miracles. R. Cosmic sweepstakes prize mix-up. can't find Earth, live for the moment. some good humor - sort of disturbing ending but a good book a 6
Shelley, Rick. Officer Cadet. R. x. ok military book with SF background. too gung-ho for me. a 3
Shelley, Rick. The Buchanan Campaign. R. x. military vs. homesteaders, better than cadet, but kinda loose plot & been done better a 4.
Shetterly, Will. Elsewhere. Borderlands novel. a really great shared universe. R. 9 or 10
Shiras, Wilmar H. Children of the Atom. R.k. old sf, but a really good story post atomic bomb testing children born very smart find each other create their own school and are frankensteined. an 8.
Shwartz, Susan. Second Chances. 200306. R.X. a 2. Blah, well written, joseph conrad lord jim homage is SF but ugh I just couldn't stand the ending the early bit was some good action, but the honor stuff was just, off... (quite a shame since she's half of Kendall, Gordon author(s) White Wing)
Simmons, William Mark. One Foot in the Grave. R. BAEN. 671877216 1996 VAMPIRES
Smith, Jeff. Bone. R.k. complete epic in one volume. TPB. B&W GN. excellent! a 9. amusing, gripping, romance, comedy, adventure, it has it all. Carl Barks Donald, Scrooge, & goofy mixed with Conan, one of the great epics of comics of all time. a series with a great story, and a good ending. 200503? a 9.
Smith, Jeff. Stupid Stupid Rat-Tails. (with Sniegoski & Sakai) R.K. 2005032?. amusing, quite funny tall-tale of earliest Bone. an 8.
Smith, Jeff & Charles Vess. Rose. R.k. 2005032? nice art! bit more backstory on Rose, L?, Briar, & red Dragon. an 8.
Smith, Kristine. Code of Conduct. 20030320.R boring title, but a good book a 7. strong characters, interesting alien society, and future.
SMITH, L. NEIL. HENRY MARTYN. R. YET ANOTHER SAILING THE STARS BOOK, I WISH WE'D STAYED WITH 'HENRY' MORE OR AT LEAST FOLLWED ALL HIS ADVENTURES INSTEAD OF SKIPPING THE MIDDLE AND WATCHING HIS EVIL BROTHER SO MUCH. BUT A GOOD BOOK, IDEAS 8, STORY 7 WRITING 6. Reread 20060818. that was neat, but perhaps a bit overly brutal? Still quite, fun, and yes should have stayed more with 'Henry' and less with the villains, but that's my nitpick with POV and not necessarily a fault of the story. rather think it's more an 8 this time there was a lot of invented modified language, but I 'got' it more this read. Loved the archaic Walther .22 and the old Lego style of building! amusing fun bits. but the story freedom vs. governance of empire underlying theme is still a good one.
SMITH, L. NEIL. Bretta MARTYN. sequel to Henry Martyn. R. 20060821. very libertarian, and it shows in the luna colony. not quite as good as Henry, not due to story, but due to sequel, spent quite a lot of the beginning - felt like over half recapping (and revising) the 1st book, but it was all telling little showing. Once it finally took off =- when they took off, it when quick and was quite fun. A bit less rape and pillage, lots of adventure & pirates at war. anti-slavery, pro-self government. a 7.
SMITH, L.N. BRIGHTSUIT MACBEAR. PB. 2ND BOOK IN THE TOM PAINE MARU 'SERIES' THESE ARE NEAT BOOKS THE UNIVERSE IS ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING I'VE READ.
SMITH, L.N. TAFLAK LYSANDRA. PB. SEQUEL OF SORTS TO BRIGHTSUIT MACBEAR, 3RD IN THE TOM PAIN MARU 'SERIES'
Sojourn. TPB (0-6) crossgen. 20040215. R. comix. great art, good plot, ok story.
Sonnenblick, Jordan. Drums Girls & Dangerous Pie. R. 20061004. TPB ARC. Young Adult tear-jerker. Quite well written. Brothers. cancer. Girls. and Drumming. an 8. Astounding depth to his passion for drumming - something which comes through well. Love of brothers and annoyances of little brothers, family crisis and growing up, taking control of
what can be controlled. Girls, finding what was there all along, not what it looked like. Much sadness, quite a tear-jerker esp near the end, but a nice upbeat heartwarming ending. A little pat, but I was beginning to worry he was going to die, and I'd of thrown the book across the room if he'd had. Strong emotional story similar to much of
Spencer, William Browning. Resume With Monsters. R. Very funny & creepy Lovecraft pastiche, for the longest time you're not sure if he's not just sort of crazy hallucinating the Lovecraft monsters cause of his dad, but at the end!! Azathoth is a cross-dimensional 'pen'/phone-pal !) really got some great, tho dark, comedy to it. a 9.
Spencer, Wen. Tinker. R. 20061027. a good elves and sf story. near future and someone built a machine that opened the way back up to elfhame of old. good characters. the sex scenes were cribbed from a typical romance novel, a bit stereotypical feeling. the ideas magic as a waveform, spells as a type of technology, the 2 able to work together science and magic print out magic spells, cast them - was interesting. But the best of it was the main character, able to overcome her enemies without being a 'fighter' using her considerable brains instead. a 6.
Spencer, Wen. Alien Taste. R. 20061102. other than the title giving away too much it's excellent! an 8. very good near future sf. boy raised by wolves with near supernatural abilities. gangs of feuding aliens trying to take over the earth. excellent PI search, good gunfights, satisfying ending, although it doesn't close up all the loose ends, and there could easily be a sequel. cover looks more high-tech than it is. good characters, good low-level romance, excellent adventure, and finding self story. several sequels.
Spinrad, Norman. Little Heroes. R.X. rock-n-roll cyberpunk.
Springer, Nancy. Apocalypse. 200411? R.X. a 4. too many POV's until it finally settles on Cally & Barry - hard to get into anyone they were all difficult to like characters (except maybe barry but you didn't get to stay with him enough) interesting plot, amusing how they became the 4 horsewomen of the Apocalypse Famine - anorexia, Death - cancer, War - violent, Disease - AIDS. upbeat ending, but downbeat story overall. depressing town & townsfolk.
Springer, Nancy. The Hex Witch of Seldom. Baen. c.1989. R. contemporary fantasy with a horse?. Ozark mtns. and the dark stranger man. romance and fantasy. a 4.
Stanton, Mary. The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West. R.X. too horsey.
Stephenson, Neal. Cryptonomicon. 20040104. good, ends awfully abruptly tho. quite interesting cyrpto stuff, 2 stories one of WW2 crypto and one of hackers grandchildren of the characters of the WW2 storyline. a good weave of story and very intellectually interesting. an 8 or 7
Stephenson, Neal. Zodiac. ReRead 200511. an 8 or 9. hillairouis!
Stewart, Sean. The Night Watch. R. 20061227. modern fantasy, similar to De Lint. Strong with great depth to the story. futuristic and mythic, in the near future the magic returns, bringing with it powers of grand design. 2 cities one of the plains, one a Chinatown, with all their historical magical background become real, one high tech, one infested with gods. a very good story and certainly near as good as Nobody's Son - one of my favorites. a 9.
Stewart, Sean. Nobody's Son. R. What happens after the questing hero peasant beats the 'dragon' and comes to claim the princesses hand and half the kingdom... very intersting a 9-10.
Stiegler, Marc. Earthweb. R.K. 2004112?. interesting interpellation of the internet, neat ideas, but too many characters, and no strong pov looses interest - tries to be a tear-jerker ending but it's too obvious. Still could have an interesting sequel. and the ideas used were interesting even if the overall wasn't so great. a 5. ok. save for possible sequel.
Stirling, S. M.; Lisle, Holly. The Rose Sea. R.X. BAEN. 671876201 1994.
Stirling, S.M. & Shirley Meier. Sharpest Edge. R. Shkai'ra & Megan series, other books written by either author., and at least one by someone else. a 6.
Tannen, Mary. The Wizard Children of Finn. YA. want more of this! was really neat. R. a 9?
Thesman, Jean. When the Road Ends. YA. R. foster kids make a family. good strong. a 7 or 8.
Tingle, Rebecca. The Edge on the Sword. R.x. 200410? ya. daughter of medieval king thwarts enemies & gains a husband in a new land. good adventure, girl learns to fight Celtic/ancient Britons. reminded me of Finn but overall just not very 'epic' a 5.
Trondheim, Lewis & Joann Sfar. Dungeon V1 Duck Heart. small GN. 2004? R.k. (translated from the french?) NBM. quite amusing very D&D 'dungeon' and the monsters who inhabit it, the 'heros' who come to conquer it, etc. the duck who accidently gets the hero killed and takes his place. fun, a 6.
Turtledove, Harry. the Tale of Krispos. 1 Krispos Rising. R.X.
Turtledove, Harry. the Tale of Krispos. 2 Krispos of Videssos. R.X.
Turtledove, Harry. the Tale of Krispos. 3 Krispos the Emperor. R. X prequel to legion, good, a 5 but legion was the best of these 'cause of the cross over stuff
Turtledove, Harry. the Guns of the South. R.X. Civil war alternate history, Gen. Lee with AK-47's good plot, well derived, but as usual with Turtledove didn't get into the characters enough. a 4
Turtledove, Harry. Wisdom of the Fox (Wereblood, Werenight - as Eric Iverson, & Prince of the North - combined) R. a 7 this one.
Turtledove, Harry. King of the North. R.
Turtledove, Harry. Fox and Empire. 200304. R. a 7-8 for the series. some of the best he's done a strong main character throughout developing as he gains age & power excellent historical stuff you can really feel the accuracy of the way of life dark ages fantasy, chariots before horse riding, the armor, the food, the forts, the way of life, all strongly shown. (he does excellent history) then add the ghosts & the gods & the magic. and follow it logically. even the way the characters think feels historically accurate, they don't seem like modern people out of time. Fox is stuck in a land much like Britain as the roman empire was pulling out. fending off the barbarians & trying to civilize the country he keeps gaining more control of. some deux ex machina to fix the major battles but it worked well enough.
Two Over Ten. 200411?.R.X. tpb comic. an interesting story plot & fair art. but the end is disappointing -sets up for continuation but I'd rather it didn't. a 4. everyone has a ability but they're all taken at birth by this girl, then she looses them & they all go back, most are too dangerous for people to really use, and cause wielders problems & death. she tries get them all back, with help, but at the end, you see her help is really the enemy.
Valentino, Jim. ShadowHawk. comic collection (issues 1-4 +preview & extras), hb signed. 200311. okay, nothing so really great, adequate art somewhat interesting writing not really anything special. interesting that you don't know who shadowhawk _is_. crossover with Spawn & Savage Dragon. a 3
Valentino, Serena & FSc. Nightmares & Fairy Tales Once upon a Time... 20041018. GN issues 1-6. nice art, interesting creepy revisionist fairy tales with a doll to hold the various stories together. Cinderella was especially good, snow white was especially creepy, but I liked the monster parents the best. good Goth comix. an 8.
Varley, John. Red Thunder. R.X. 20060806. good story, lots of gosh wow, great fun yay we did it, and excellent built it ourselves stuff. a 6. The adventure is great, the afterwards was inconclusive, and sort of a let down. but easily dismissable. an excellent hard sf story, with the addition of the one 'fantasy' element of the drive,
all else is quite 'real' science and tech. very like a perhaps somewhat more thoughtful Heinlein juvenile.
If you like this you might like Frankowski, Leo & Dave Grossman. The War with Earth.
Vaughan, Brian K. & Niko Henrichon. Pride of Baghdad. RX. 20061012. Graphic Novel. an excellent talking animals story, very 'real' feeling the lions freed, and confused, wandering in the ruins. loosely based on true events, which make for a sad ending. a 7.
Vaughn, Carrie. Kitty and the Midnight Hour. 20060830. Werewolves and dominance, Dj's and vampires and murders. starts a bit wavering, but ends well, there are sequels, and is as good as Charlaine Harris or Kelley Armstrong. a 7. an excellent start. as good as the first Hamilton Blake.
If you like this try Laurell K. Hamilton - Anita Blake. Kelley Armstrong. Robin Mckinley - Sunshine. Nancy Collins - Sonja Blue. Kim Harrison. Charlaine Harris'- Southern Vampire series.
Veitch, Rick. The One. GN.(King Hell) TPB coll. R. 200312. the one vs the other the meta-global-unconsciousness vs. the selfish. interesting, superheroes fun 'Itchy' Itch the oldest poor little rich boy. superheroic clones of Earheart & Lindberg. the unstoppable ubermouse. very scary cold war stuff, and very 60's consciousness, love conquers all. interesting. a 7.
Vinge, Vernor. Tatja Grimm's World. X.R. sort of depressing, but well written, she's a villian throughout and kept expecting her to become the good 'guy'
Vining, Dan. The Quick. R. 20061228. 1st novel, 1st of a trilogy. interesting characters, quite like the way he investigates, just letting things happen, rather haphazardly, but eventually learning what he needs. quirky plot, excellent feel of LA, a bit slow in the characters, but they are all a bit off so it does work. a 6. it does end rather suddenly, but as it's the 1st of a trilogy it should work out.
Voigt, Cynthia. Building Blocks. Ballantine. c.1985 R.
VOIGT, CYNTHIA. KINGDOM 1 JACKAROO. YA.
VOIGT, CYNTHIA. KINGDOM 3 THE WINGS OF A FALCON. A STRONG and sadly ended book, good characters strong story, a sense of place, tho' more once we finally go to the kingdom, orieland griff and GREAT HEROIC saga in which the hero had to be murdered so as to keep the legend but it was sad, tho' the very end became more upbeat. a 7
VOIGT, CYNTHIA. TILLERMAN CYCLE 1 HOMECOMING. R, a 10
VOIGT, CYNTHIA. TILLERMAN CYCLE 2 DICEY'S SONG. R a 10
VOIGT, CYNTHIA. TILLERMAN CYCLE A SOLITARY BLUE. R GOOD, (THEY ALL ARE) NOT REALLY TILLERMAN, IT'S ABOUT DICEY'S BOYFRIEND, HIS LIFE AND STUFF UP TILL THE END OF THE 2ND DICEYBOOK. a 7
Voigt, Cynthia. Tillerman Family 7 The Runner. R. Bullet brother to dicey's mom. dies in Vietnam, strong as usual, very good tho I didn't really expect to like it as much, and did after all, - dicey's uncle - dies in Vietnam, better than I expected. an 8.
VOIGT, CYNTHIA. TILLERMAN CYCLE SONS FROM AFAR. the 2 boys find dad
VOIGT, CYNTHIA. TILLERMAN CYCLE SEVENTEEN AGAINST THE DEALER - dicey grown up, some mean stuff, but real life, perhaps just didn't want so much bad stuff to still get her didn't like it as well as the earlier stuff a 7.
Volsky, Paula. The White Tribunal. R. pretty good a 6.
VOLSKY, PAULA. ILLUSION. R, VERY WELL DONE MAGIC FRENCH REVOLUTION. ONE OF THE BEST SOCIETY/WORLDS I'VE SEEN. THE 'MAGIC' WAS GOOD= MENTAL MOSTLY, AND THE CLASIC LOW BORN HIGH
BORN ROMANCE WAS HANDLED WELL, REMINDED ME OF DICKENS FOR SOME REASON. a 6 or 7
VOLSKY, PAULA. WOLF OF WINTER, THE. R. NECROMANCY, and sort of Russian flavor, not her best, well written but bland. a 5
VOLSKY, PAULA. LUCK OF RELIAN KRU, THE. R
Vonnegut, Kurt, jr. Cat's Cradle. R. ages ago read this in Flordia that summer we lived out there. Ice-9 another end of the world! good a 7
Walton, Jo. The Kings Peace. R. there should be continuing story. an alternate Arthurian story interesting even w/o the Arthur stuff. all the names changed places peoples but it's England after romans have left and she helps Arthur unite land as eventually a general of one of the armies. pretty good a 7. a little magic lightly spread and dying out. the white god (xian) pushing out the old gods. keep for sequels.
Waters, Elisabeth. Changing Fate. DAW c.1994. R.
Watt-Evans, Lawrence. Denner's Wreck. Morrow/Avon. c.1988. R.
Watt-Evans, Lawrence. Lords of Dus 1 The Lure of the Basilisk. R. X. 20060617
Watt-Evans, Lawrence. Lords of Dus 2 The Seven Altars of Dusarra. R. X. 20060617
Watt-Evans, Lawrence. Lords of Dus 3 The Sword of Bheleu. R. X. 20030619
Watt-Evans, Lawrence. Lords of Dus 4 The Book of Silence. R. X. 20030620. interesting series - obviously his first, and if it were the 1st I'd read of him I wouldn't have been rushing to get all the rest. a 4 to 5 overall, starts a bit odd, sometimes the characters act, stupid, not the actions, but they act without modern intelligence, not out of character, but... liked it really, but the character was just a bit stand-off-ish, couldn't really get into him. still it worked. The 1st is somewhat stand alone, the other three are a trilogy, all are one story, the end of the world, the king in yellow was a well done character, as well as several of the other wizards, but the villain's a bit flat one-dimensional. as was Garth the overman. the overmen were just not quite likeable mostly, but the magic was well done, and the menace, and end of the world greatly shown. and it ends well, with some hope, but not cheezey happily everafter.
Watt-Evans, Lawrence. The Cyborg and the Sorcerers. R. 20051230
Watt-Evans, Lawrence. The Wizard and the War Machine. R. 20051230
2 volume series, post interstellar war, left over cyborg scout finds planet of psychic-wizards. thwarts his suicidal computer in Vol 1 and a second homicidal cyborg in Vol 2. not quite as good as his strictly fantasy books. a 6 the series. as usual LWE has excellent 'normal' people characters (well less normal in this one) put in extraordinary situations, they're rarely out to be heroic, just to get by, yet won't compromise their principles. despite his powers he remains a very human regular guy.
Watt-Evans, Lawrence. The Spell of the Black Dagger. R. 20060617. hmm. it was good, but went in an unexpected direction. the thief became so evil so quickly, and it didn't really seem her fault, a shame. It seemed it was the dagger. but pretty good story, characters from previous Ethsharian stories showed up. more a detective story, but not a mystery since from the pov of both the investigator and the murderer. a 5. not as good as his others.
Watt-Evans, Lawrence. The Unwilling Warlord. R.20030312. sorry I never got into LWE before, the covers turn me off, I never have liked Sweet's people. another excellent fantasy by LWE. one of the best explanations of different types of magic ever come across, witch ,warlock, wizard, sorcerer, cleric, etc..everyone uses them but they never get into what's the difference. I like LWE characters - normal people sort of get stuck with something, in this case he's stuck with a bit of guilt for starting the situation. follows through & ends well. an 8
Watt-Evans, Lawrence. With a Single Spell. R. neat fantasy. only knows one spell, trapped in alternate universe via tapestry, love, a 7
Weber, David & John Ringo. March 1 March Upcountry. R.k+file good an 8 better than Ringo alone. maybe not quite as good as Weber alone. the kid is bratty but gets over it quick enough that you don't end up disliking him. wagons west on another planet ) having to 'go native' to get weapons. guns & dinos. an interesting setting. hardcore military SF. Reread 20040120.alice.
Weber, David & John Ringo. March 2 March to the Sea. R.k-file 20040122. lots of vs. barbarians, developing primitive artillery & guns. much the same, only larger scale. a 7 or 8.
Weber, David & John Ringo. March 3 March to the Stars. 20040208. R.x. take the port, easy enough, lose more and more people tho, sad end, but the series isn't over at least one more, prob only one more. a 7.
Weber, David & John Ringo. March 4 We Few. R. 20061026. finish the story of sorts, but sets up for new stuff. a 6. loses the effect of the 'march' but still good fun. Becomes more intrigue, less battle, 'tho there is still much. Add many more characters - tho lost many in book #3 so prob didn't add overall to the number. The series is Written by Ringo from an outline by Weber. Ties up most of the previous loose ends, and only makes few more. Ringo's website says something about 3 more books to finish the series, but there is a good ending to the plot in this one, not particularly happy, but successful.
Weber, David & Steve White. 1 Insurrection. R.x. sort of American revolution type story. a 6.
Weber, David & Steve White. 2 Crusade. R.Reread 20050208.X. good military sf, navy and a bit of marines/guerrillas, a tad too many characters to get well into any one of them, but good. a 6.
Weber, David & Steve White. 3 In Death Ground. Reread 200502?.X. good stuff as weber always is a 6.
Weber, David & Steve White. 4 The Shiva Option. R.20050211.X. direct sequel to death ground and continuing characters so a bit better character development in that respect, still the whole series is rather more tech than character oriented. a 6.
Weber, David. Heirs of Empire. (3rd in empire of man series) Reread 200502 a 6.
Weber, David. Honor 01. R
Weber, David. Honor 02. R
Weber, David. Honor 03. R
Weber, David. Honor 04 Field of Dishonor. R.K. possibly the best one! (also saddest..)10
Weber, David. Honor 05 Flag in Exile. R.K.
Weber, David. Honor 06 Honor Among Enemies. R.K.
Weber, David. Honor 07 In Enemy Hands. R.K.
Weber, David. Honor 08. R
Weber, David. Honor 08b Worlds of Honor 01 More Than Honor R
Weber, David. Honor 08c Worlds of Honor 02 Worlds of Honor R
Weber, David. Honor 09 Ashes of Victory. R.x(hb) excellent. Honor series is a 9/10!
Weber, David. Honor 09b Worlds of Honor 03 Changer of Worlds. R.K.
Weber, David. Honor 10 War of Honor. R. 2004112?. where WhiteHaven gets Samantha & Honor & WH learn they Love each other - not one of the better ones, all politics, little action. a 5.
Weber, David. Honor 10b Worlds of Honor 04 The Service of the Sword. R. 2004121?
Weber, David & Eric Flint. Honor 10c Honorverse 01 Crown of Slaves. R. 200510? Zilwicki, Erewhon. an 8-9
Weber, David. Honor 10d Honorverse 02 The Shadow of Saganimi. R. 200510? HB.BC a 7-8. at least it's a return of individual action, not admirals & politics, but no Honor.
Weber, David. Path of the Fury. R. Baen. isbn 67172147x 1992. Possibly his best ever a 10. (alice p322). Reread 20040113. ancient Greek fury, very slick drop commando highly modified battle upgrades, and the AI ship, one of my favorites. read at least 4 times.
Weber, David. In Fury Born. HB. R. 20061023. not really a sequel, more of a prequel plus. a combo of a prequel and the original into one volume, about 50% new, tacked onto the front of Path. Very well done hard military marine sf, but not a better book. Sure there's ton's more backstory on Ally, but with out the 3 fury's the 'hook' of path is missing, and while good military sf, it lacks the great that Path had on it's own. Sure the original is still all there, but with such a long buildup it come off a bit odd. a 9.
Weber, David. The Apocalypse Troll. R. BAEN. 671578456 2000. Possibly his best ever, (yeah I've said that already, but) a 10
Weis, Margaret & Don Perrin. The Knights of the Black Earth Mag Force 7 #1. R.X.
Weis, Margaret & Don Perrin. Robot Blues Mag Force 7 #2. X.R.
Weis, Margaret & Don Perrin. Hung Out Mag Force 7 #3. X.R.
WEIS & HICKMAN. DragonLance CHRONICLES 1 V 1 DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT. R, to X. THE BEST TRILOGY OF THE BATCH of all the TSR books (ALSO THE 1ST)
WEIS & HICKMAN. DragonLance CHRONICLES 1 V 2 DRAGONS OF WINTER NIGHT. R, to X.
WEIS & HICKMAN. DragonLance CHRONICLES 1 V 3 DRAGONS OF SPRING DAWNING. R , x. prob the best novelization of a RPG game session ever done. but still a 5.
Weissman, Steven. The Kid Firechief. 2004? R.k. small GN. excellent story in his 'kid' series-world. The orphan kid Firechief talks of his parents, and fights the greatest blaze of all time in Nero's Rome!. a 6. not my very favorite of his but quite good.
Wells, Angus. The Godwars 3 Wild Magic. X.Read
West, Michelle. Hunter's 1 Oath. R.
West, Michelle. Hunter's 2 Death. R. Keep. sounds like there might be a third
White, Steve. Eagle Against the Stars. R. 20060408. okay, bit bludgeoning with it's political rhetoric 'tho. too bad, he does some ok plotting and the tech was passable, but without weber the interpersonal suffered. still his other books have been much better. just being overly obvious about things I guess, huge broad hints, etc. humans better than aliens, individual better than government, human ingenuity better than alien know how, still some good quadruple cross intrigue and action and a last ditch space battle. a 4.
WILHELM, KATE. WHERE LATE THE SWEET BIRDS SANG. BC,ESCHER CVR,R. clones, humanity, very good book, GD, END OF WORLD, CLONES, CLASSIC a 9 or 10
Williams, Tad. OtherLand 1, 2, 3, 4. 200306-200310-20031116-20031130
even longer than memory sorrow & thorne, thankfully not as boring, - but still probably 2 books more than needed. just overdoes it, well not to the level of Jordan but still, his best is still his first, tailchaser's song. AIW through the looking glass land of the chessboard.
in book 3 & they're still just wandering around. in bk 4 they still don't know what's going on and they're still just wandering around. finally finished, gah, took too long, the characters ended up about where you expected they would, some interesting developments in the other' and the 'real reason' but just not really worth the wait. overall a 5. the good writing/storytelling just couldn't make up for such slow plotting.
Williams, Walter Jon. Ambassador of Progress. TOR. c.1987 R.x.
Wood, N. Lee. Looking for the Mahdi. Ace. c.1997. R.
Wrede, Patricia C. Enchanted Forest 1 Dealing with Dragons. R.k. YA. a 9 good stuff. the best of them perhaps,. headstrong princess runs away to be a dragons princess and prefers it to being a princess.
Wrede, Patricia C. Enchanted Forest 2 Searching for Dragons. R.k. YA.an 8 good stuff. the king of the enchanted forest goes with the princess to find her dragon
Wrede, Patricia C. Enchanted Forest 3 Calling on Dragons. R.k. YA. a 9 good stuff. the witch's story. and the fire-witches, - cliffhanger ending!
Wrede, Patricia C. Enchanted Forest 4 Talking to Dragons R.k. YA. an 8 good stuff. the son grown saves the day
Wrede, Patricia C. Enchanted Forest 5 Book of Enchantments R.k. shorts. a 6 some shorts set in Enchanted Forest. 200212
ZAHN. STAR WARS 1 HEIR TO THE EMPIRE. PB R.X.
Zahn, Timothy. Cobras Two (Cobra & Cobra Strike (books 1+2)) 20031201.
Zahn, Timothy. Cobra Bargain (book 3).ebook 20031202. a good sf military ground forces stories superenhanced warriors and the problems they represent & create and the war and small planets vs. main planets. even though it's multigenerational it flows quite well better than most of that sort, you don't miss the original characters in the later books. a 7 the series.
Zelazny, Roger. Eye of Cat. Morrow/Avon. c.1991 R.
Zelazny, Roger. Forever After. 2006051?. neat little amusing story with center or gritty toughness, return the magic items after evil has been defeated, because they're causing problems, too much magic power in one place. with Robert Asprin, David Drake, Jane Lindskold, and Mike Stakepole. Zelazny's last completed work. a 6. good fun.
ZELAZNY, ROGER. AMBER 1-10 TPB collection. A GREAT series a 9-10 the set
ZELAZNY, ROGER. AMBER 06 TRUMPS OF DOOM
ZELAZNY, ROGER. AMBER 07 BLOOD OF AMBER (HB,1ST,DJ -x)
ZELAZNY, ROGER. AMBER 08 SIGN OF CHAOS (HB,DJ,1ST -x)
ZELAZNY, ROGER. AMBER 10 PRINCE OF CHAOS (BCE-x)
ZELAZNY, ROGER. DAMNATION ALLEY. pb, R. AN OLD BOOK, THEY MADE A REALLY BAD MOVIE OUT OF IT. A REAL EARLY FAIRLY CYBERPUNK BOOK
ZELAZNY, ROGER. DOORWAYS IN THE SAND. R. neat the one where he tried to stay in college, and climbs the buildings all the time with the star=stone thing that gets in his blood. an 8 or 9
ZELAZNY, ROGER. EYE OF CAT. R. good - far future native American & alien hunter!
Zimmer, Paul E. The Dark Border 1 The Dark Border. Berkley. c.1983. R.
Zimmer, Paul E. The Dark Border 2 King Chondos' Rule. Berkley c.1984. R.
Zimmer, Paul E. The Dark Border 3 A Gathering of Heroes. Ace. c.1987. R.