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The Seventh Book of Lost Swords: Wayfinder's Story
Fred Saberhagen
Batman: The Dark Knight Saga Deluxe Edition - Frank Miller, Frank Miller

Loved the story and art work!

A Storm of Swords  - George R.R. Martin

What can I say? I loved it and can't wait to read the next book.

Rama II  - Arthur C. Clarke, Gentry Lee

Ok, I don't understand why people hate on this book so much. Yes it starts slow giving the background of events and politics for the human race since the first Rama, but once the crew get to Rama II, things pick up. It's not perfect, but all in all it's not a bad story and I will definitely read Rama III.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, Lynn Varley

I loved the story! Great artwork!

Batman: Dark Victory (new edition) - Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale

Again a great story with great art work!

Batman: The Long Halloween - Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale

Great story and amazing art work! A must read for any Batman fan.

Timescape - Gregory Benford

The mixed reviews of this book fascinate me! I am wondering of this is due to how hard it is to understand the hard science. I am not a theoretical physicist, so my own understanding probably didn't even scratch the surface. But I became fascinated with the idea of sending messages to the past and considering that instead of having paradoxes, the universe would split and start a new timeline.

This story had a slow start and and found it hard to get into and understand the storyline, but once I did I was hooked!

Crisis on Infinite Earths - George Pérez, Marv Wolfman, Jerry Ordway

I read these individual comics back when they were first published. While I hated seeing some of the heroes die, I was so glad to see that DC was cleaning up from all the different Earths. Although some of the dialogue is a little dated, this is a great story with great artwork.

Along with all 12 issues, this book also includes a history of the DC universe.

Hyperion (Hyperion, #1) - Dan Simmons

This is a book 0f many smaller stories compiled into one larger story structured like Chaucer's Cantebury Tales. I don't think I can add anything that other excellent reviewers haven't already said. I loved this book and I think you will too.

Mona Lisa Overdrive - William Gibson

Really good story that was somewhat faster paced than the previous book in the trilogy. I was a little surprised at the reference to a second matrix at the end and where it originated.

Life During Wartime (paperback) - Lucius Shepard

I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. I had a hard time getting through the whole book only reading a few pages every so often but I absolutely loved the story and characters. I think it may have been because of Shepard's prose. After reading a little I think I just had to step away and let it "sink in" some before continuing.

Highly recommended!!

Burning Chrome - William Gibson

This collection of short stories is a great introduction to the Sprawl. I highly recommend this as it will give a greater understanding of the follow-on trilogy.

Helliconia Summer (Helliconia Trilogy) - Brian W. Aldiss

This book continues the story of the human race on fare distant Helliconia. It does not pick up immediately after the first book, but rather hundreds of years in to the future. Everything is still being observed by the people of the Avernus satellite and beamed back to Earth. In the story the summer of the Great Year (1829 normal years) is approaching. Many tropical areas have become almost unlivable. The Phagors (ancient enemies of mankind) are in a docile period preparing for the Winter. The story includes political intrigue, murder, divorce, etc.

All in all a good story with good characters. I will be reading the last book in the trilogy.

Helliconia Spring: The First Book in the Helliconia Trilogy (Helliconia Trilogy, Book 1) - Brian W. Aldiss

The central character in this book is the planet Helliconia. The story shows how the primitive civilizations and flora and fauna are influenced by planetary forces with seasons that last thousands of years. Readers must keep in mind that this book is the start of a trilogy or they will not like the ending.

All in all it is a good start and makes me want to read the next book in the trilogy.

Grass - Sheri S. Tepper

Plaque, teleportation, mind control and wiping, monster killer "horses" called Hippae, monster "foxes" called foxen, a planet covered almost entirely in grass, fox hunts, a long dead alien race called the Arbai.... these are a few on my favorite things.

This is a great story. While some of the characters seemed a little shallow at times, the story moved at a good pace. I must say I was a little surprised with the ending.

Highly recommended!

Downward To The Earth - Robert Silverberg
There have been many excellent reviews of this book and I agree with every one of them. Very good read and highly recommended.