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Neverwinter: The Neverwinter Saga, Book II
Neverwinter: The Neverwinter Saga, Book II
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, January 9, 2014
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Another outstanding tale in the life and journey of Drizz't. On to the next adventure in Charon's Claw and the final story, The Last Threshold.


Homeland (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1)
Homeland (Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1)
by R. A. Salvatore
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious beginning!, October 28, 2009
Being an avid reader of all types of genres, very few novels, much less trilogies have ever inspired me to go back and re-read them just a few years after reading them for the first time. This series is at the top of that exception list. Despite a glorious list of twenty plus novels in the Drizz't series, "Homeland" still stands out as the best in the lot.

R.A. Salvatore first introduced the character of Drizz't Do'Urden in "The Icewind Dale" trilogy where initially, he and the publisher had intended Wulfgar to be the main character and focal point of his novels. At R.A. Salvatore's own admission, two pages into writing "The Crystal Shard," he knew that Drizz't would be the character to run with. That being said, after the success of the "The Icewind Dale" trilogy, he knew he had to go back and give the back story for his most amazing character, Drizz't Do'Urden.

In giving us the back story for Drizz't, R.A. Salvatore guides us through Drizz't's birth and formative years in the Drow city of Menzoberranzan. The author deftly spins a superior tale for Drizz't as he grows up a Drow with a conscience in a race dominated and predicated on cruel murder, political intrigue and betrayal at every turn in a matriarchal society where males, even in a "royal" house, are considered to be second class citizens.

In this novel, the author establishes many of the basic tenets of the Drizz't Do'Urden character, Drow society and the Underdark in the Forgotten Realms novels. Many of Drizz't's associates are introduced here as well. From his Astral companion Guenhwyvar to Jarlaxle to a few other characters that make appearances in later novels, the author launches what most readers will find to be one of the most entertaining and long lasting series of novels available in the genre.

High praise goes to the publisher for re-releasing this outstanding novel in hardback format. Even more praise for this version goes to the Todd Lockwood cover which is far better than the cover on the original 1990 paperback release. The first of thirteen of these wonderful Todd Lockwood covers in the Dark Elf Series. Also of note are the Q&A interviews with R.A. Salvatore at the end of each hardback.

I highly recommend this novel and series if you're interested in some of the best fantasy fiction available. I would even go so far as to say that R.A. Salvatore, with this series, has established himself as the JRR Tolkien of our time. {ssintrepid}


In Sylvan Shadows: The Cleric Quintet, Book II
In Sylvan Shadows: The Cleric Quintet, Book II
by R. A. Salvatore
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superior fantasy novel, October 28, 2009
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In R.A. Salvatore's second novel of "The Cleric Quintet" series, R.A. Salvatore brings us some his best writing outside of the Dark Elf series. Break neck pacing, intriguing plot, well done character development and growth, hilarious comedic relief, basically, everything you want in a novel, the author packed into this novel.

"In Sylvan Shadows," for me, can be counted among the few novels where I had the time and more importantly, the inclination to actually sit down and read the novel in one day as I simply, could not put this novel down.

The premise:

Castle Trinity, after suffering the loss of the chaos curse and its bid to destroy the Edificant Library, unleashes its army of monsters upon the elves of Shilmista forest. Cadderly, Danica and the Bouldershoulder brothers join forces with the elves in an epic struggle to expel these monsters and regain control of the forest...

What follows is one of the best fantasy fiction novels available. I highly recommend this novel and the rest of "The Cleric Quintet" series to fans of this genre. A note of disappointment that the publisher hasn't made this novel available for Kindle. {ssintrepid}


Canticle: The Cleric Quintet, Book I
Canticle: The Cleric Quintet, Book I
by R. A. Salvatore
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good beginning, October 26, 2009
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In all honesty, I came to this series with a bit of trepidation. I was happily working my way through the Dark Elf series, having just finished "The Sellswords" trilogy and was greatly looking forward to starting up the "Transitions" trilogy while waiting on "The Ghost King" to be released this October. Several months ago, I had seen that "The Cleric Quintet" was being re-released and had dutifully purchased them and planned to read them after "The Ghost King." That plan of course, fell to the wayside a month or so before "The Ghost King" was released when I noticed on the covers of the "Quintet" novels that they were being labeled the prequel to "The Ghost King!"

Having read of Cadderly and his entourage of characters in several Drizz't novels, I waded into "Canticle" feeling as though I knew this character quite well. What I found though was a very young Cadderly Bonaduce that wasn't the confident, established character that I thought I knew.

In "Canticle," we're treated to the introductory account of Cadderly Bonaduce, a young priest in apprenticeship at the Edificant Library. Danica Maupoissant, a monk in training at the library and Cadderly's love interest. This is also where we're treated to the introduction of the dwarf brothers Ivan and Pikel Bouldershoulder, two extremely pivotal characters in this series and of the later Drizz't novels. These two provide some of the best comedic relief available in fantasy fiction.

The Premise:

A young Cadderly, who has lived his whole life in study at the Edificant Library suddenly, finds himself embroiled in a great mystery as his friends and colleagues start behaving quite strangely. Unbeknownst to him, the library is under attack. Not affected himself by whatever is causing the strange behavior, he and his two dwarven friends, Ivan and Pikel Bouldershoulder, who are not so greatly affected by magic, being dwarves, must find a way to end the attack and save the library and it's inhabitants...

What ensues is the introductory tale of some of R.A. Salvatore's best characters. This story would've garnered five stars but for the first fourteen or so chapters being the introduction of many characters and the author's pacing was somewhat slow. After the story gets rolling though, you're treated to R.A. Salvatore's usual page turning story telling.

I highly recommend this novel and series to any fan of the fantasy fiction genre. Whether you've read any of the author's novels or not a single one, you'll find yourself highly intrigued by his writing style and storytelling, finding yourself hooked like myself and many others. A note of disappointment to the publisher though, why is this novel not available on Kindle while the fourth and fifth books of the series are? {ssintrepid}


Amazon Kindle Replacement Battery (for 1st Generation Kindle)
Amazon Kindle Replacement Battery (for 1st Generation Kindle)

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2.0 out of 5 stars The Kindle Battery, July 22, 2008
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First and foremost, Kindle is an exceptional product. That being said, the battery provided for it, is not. After less than three months of moderate use, the battery that came with the Kindle went from working great to flat dead. I would definitely recommend that you buy at least one extra battery to have around just in case you find yourself inconvenienced by this poor product. Fortunately for us, the pricing on this battery is fairly low. Hopefully, the manufacturer is looking into this and will be providing better batteries down the road. {ssintrepid}
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Farther Shore (Star Trek: Voyager)
Farther Shore (Star Trek: Voyager)
by Christie Golden
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Voyager - The Farther Shore - A great ending, November 20, 2007
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While author Christie Golden did an excellent job of setting up the plot and events in "Homecoming," the first book in this duology, she concludes it quite exceptionally well here in "The Farther Shore." Given the great many plot lines she establishes in the first book, one could only wonder at how she was going to tie everything up in this conclusion novel. She does so here with an exceptional pace that never waivers, making this novel a real page turner.

Of special note for this duology is the side story of B'Elanna Torres and her search for her mother on Boreth, the Klingon's ancient monastery world. This entire subplot is very telling in its emotional depths as it harkens you back to the episode, "The Barge of the Dead."

The Premise:

As established in the first novel of this duology "Homecoming," Voyager has returned home to all the expected accolades only to find, a few short weeks afterwards, that a mysterious virus has started assimilating very young and very old people on Earth into a Borg collective. Admiral Janeway, several members of her senior staff, Data from the Enterprise and some new allies must find a way to stop this Borg virus from assimilating all of Earth while at the same time, establishing the innocence of members of her crew.

Overall, I highly recommend both "Homecoming" and "The Farther Shore" to all fans of the Star Trek Voyager series. Exceptionally well written Star Trek is oft times hard to find yet Christie Golden accomplishes it with ease in this inaugural re-launch duology. {ssintrepid}


Homecoming (Star Trek Voyager Book One of Two) (Pt.1)
Homecoming (Star Trek Voyager Book One of Two) (Pt.1)
by Christie Golden
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Voyager - Homecoming - Well written Trek, November 20, 2007
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For a great many Star Trek Voyager fans, "End Game," the final episode of this outstanding series was bittersweet. On one hand, we were finally able to see this intrepid crew make it home and on the other, it was the end of an exceptional series. In "Home Coming," Christie Golden brings us the story we all wanted to see; what happened when they got home.

Given that author Christie Golden more or less took the lead in writing Voyager novels, it was with no surprise that she was given the opportunity to pen this pivotal duology in the Star Trek Voyager series. Over the span of her Voyager novels, there's been a few that weren't exceptional but good stories in and of themselves. With "Homecoming" and the conclusion of this duology in "The Farther Shore," I believe she out did herself in this novel driven re-launch of the series.

She deftly portrays the homecoming of this valiant crew from the emotional standpoint of various crewmembers to establishing a well thought out and intricate plot involving the Borg and a potential assimilation of the entire planet coinciding with Voyager's return.

The Premise:

Voyager and her crew, after seven long years of being lost in the Delta Quadrant, finally make it home and, in quite a sensational manner. While they do their best to settle back into their lives among family and friends and determining what they will do with their lives, a series of events start to occur that has Starfleet questioning their loyalty. While adjusting to their lives back on Earth, they also experience first hand the aftermath of the Dominion War.

Admiral Janeway has to now figure out why members of her crew are being imprisoned while at the same time, several people on Earth have shown signs of being assimilated by the Borg by some sort of virus.

Overall, "Homecoming" is an excellent novel that portrays the events the crew of Voyager goes through upon their return from their long voyage home. I highly recommend this novel and its conclusion novel, "The Farther Shore." Christie Golden quite well shows in these two novels why she leads the way in Voyager novels. {ssintrepid}


Star Trek: Voyager: Endgame
Star Trek: Voyager: Endgame
by Christie Golden
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Voyager - Endgame - A well written novelization, November 20, 2007
Over the years, Diane Carey has been chosen for several episode novelizations and done and excellent job with each one of them. Her novelization of "Endgame" is no exception to this. She deftly handles all of the scenes with perfection while adding depth and emotions to each scene that cannot be seen on screen while at the same time, extrapolating quite well on what we did not see in the episode.

The Premise:

USS Voyager and her crew, lost in the Delta Quadrant for seven years are still some 30,000 light years from home. Twenty six years in her future is Admiral Janeway and those of her crew who made it through the epic journey home to Earth. Harboring a good deal of regret over the loss of some of her crew whether mentally or physically, Admiral Janeway has been plotting a way to get back to Voyager in the seventh year of their journey and considerably shorten the journey home. All she has to do is get past the Borg Queen...

Overall, for fans of Star Trek and in particular, the novels, this is a very well written novelization of Star Trek Voyager's epic final episode. I highly recommend it to all readers. {ssintrepid}


The Getaway (Uncut, Unrated)
The Getaway (Uncut, Unrated)
DVD ~ Alec Baldwin
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Getaway - A great action flick!, May 2, 2007
This review is from: The Getaway (Uncut, Unrated) (DVD)
While "The Getaway" has been widely perceived as a flop of a remake, I've always considered this movie to be one of the better and more intriguing actions flicks of the 90's. The action in this movie is pretty much non stop and only slows down for some intriguing, if not gratuitous, love scenes between the film's two main stars, Alec Baldwin and the ever beautiful Kim Basinger. The film is further enhanced with well played out performances by Michael Madsen, Jennifer Tilly, James Woods and several other bit players.

Although this film was a remake and "generally" followed along the same lines as the original movie, one can definitely say that director Roger Donaldson made this movie his own. Given other film credits such as "No Way Out" and "The Bounty," I'd definitely put this film amongst his best list. The score for the film plays into the film rather seamlessly.

The Premise:

Master criminal Doc McCoy (Alec Baldwin) and his wife, Carol (Kim Basinger) find themselves in the position of having to do "one" last job after Carol negotiates Doc's way out of a Mexican prison. What follows is no less than an exceptional action flick with all the usual tricks; gun battles, betrayal, car chases and a memorable performance by Jennifer Tilly playing a sexy twit.

Overall, this film delivers both drama and action quite well and it effortlessly pushes from scene to scene leading up to an excellent finale. I would highly recommend this film to any and all. {ssintrepid}

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The Astronaut's Wife
The Astronaut's Wife
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Astronaut's Wife - A lackluster film, May 2, 2007
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"The Astronaut's Wife" is simply one of those films that I think I picked up due to an interest in Charlize Theron and Johnny Depp's acting careers more so than in the film itself. Having said that, this DVD still sat on the shelf for a number of years until recently. From a purely "psychological thriller" point of view, this film delivers but does so in a rather mediocre way. From a Sci-Fi, point of view, the film struggles in all aspects other than the basic concept of the plot.

In typical fashion, Charlize Theron delivers her part seamlessly. As with all the parts I've seen her play, she gets inside the role and plays it out extremely well. It's just too bad her performance cannot save the script or the director's vision of this film. I can't say that I'm a huge Johnny Depp fan but I can say that I have a passing interest in his film career and have definitely seen much better performances from him prior to and after making this film. Granted, the part he played here may have been a rather subdued role however; his interpretation of the role left much to be desired in his performance.

I cannot say that I've seen any of the very few other films that have been directed by Rand Ravich however, given this film's performance both in the theaters and in post theater market, one can easily see why he's directed very few films since. The score for the film was fitting per scene though.

The Premise:

Spencer (Johnny Depp) and his fellow astronaut end up out of communication for a mere two minutes while working on a satellite. Upon their return to Earth, those two minutes become pivotal in the effect it has on Spencer and Jillian's (Charlize Theron) lives and the lives of his fellow astronaut and his wife played by the ever beautiful Donna Murphy.

Overall, I would recommend this film only in the light that if you're a fan of either Johnny Depp or Charlize Theron and wishing to review their entire bodies of work. Beyond that reason, the film fails to deliver in either genre that it was reaching for. {ssintrepid}

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