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Perfect State (Kindle Single)
Perfect State (Kindle Single)
Price: $2.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concept, disappointingly short. NOT a novella, this is a short story., April 5, 2015
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Perfect State hits all the right buttons with me. It's a delightful combination of traditional fantasy, sci-fi, and urban fantasy that effortlessly merges the genres without seeming forced. My only disappointment is that this is a very short story. I honestly feel that calling it a 'novella' is misleading and if it weren't so good I would deduct a star based on that. I read VERY slowly and it barely took me over an hour to read this book. I can see an average reader getting through this in 40 minutes easily.

Forged by Battle (WarVerse Book 1)
Forged by Battle (WarVerse Book 1)
Price: $3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi and Fantasy Collide, January 1, 2015
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Enjoyable world building and an interesting intersection between sci fi and fantasy. Loller's military experience shows through in the writing, lending a believable style and tension to the ground combat and medical scenes. The book teases quite a bit of info that is never realized/revealed to the reader, but it seems safe to assume that's all part of the roadmap since the ending makes it known that the second book will be coming in 2015.

Heart of Ice (Critical IF gamebooks)
Heart of Ice (Critical IF gamebooks)
by Dave Morris
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.99
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gamebook sci-fi done right. Artificial Intelligence, ray guns, and psionics! Oh My!, September 6, 2014
Gamebooks don't do sci-fi nearly as often as they should. Heart of Ice is a refreshing take on a genre overwhelmingly full of elves, wizards, and barbarians. Set hundreds of years in the future here on Earth, this post-apocalyptic gamebook is replete with meaningful choices which impact the story, enjoyable sci-fi elements such as robots, artificial intelligence, and mechanized monsters, and a dice-less system (keywords, attributes) that is just complex enough to be interesting while not being overly unwieldy. It's a race to the end of the world and you're not the only one in the running! Friends become enemies and enemies will become allies before the end.

Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus Volume 2
Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus Volume 2
by John Byrne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $98.23
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story, art, and reproduction. Terrible build quality, February 10, 2014
There are already numerous reviews detailing the excellent nature of this story and the chronicle of Byrne's legendary Fantastic Four run. The story and art easily get 5 stars from me. So why deduct a star? The consistent downgrading of quality from Marvel in their book build quality which has been noted by several collectors in popular forums across the net.

This book is yet another victim of Marvel's decision to cheap out on paper quality. Comparisons between this volume and the much earlier printed Byrne FF Vol 1 omnibus are night and day. The paper in this book is so thin you can see through to the next page in several places and is EXTREMITY affected by weather extremes. This winter, for instance, I have seen the pages bow and flex and bubble into waves of their own accord within minutes after I open the book. This NEVER happened with any of my older more quality Marvel omnibuses. The paper is poor cheap stock easily affected by any temp changes or humidity which would barely phase a more quality paper like Marvel used to use. Also, the new matte covers (as opposed to the faux leather coverings of the past) feel exceedingly cheap and mark up easily even from the most ginger of handling.

My understanding is that in some climates where there are less extremes this might not be an issue for you. But if you live in a very warm or cold area, buyer beware. Marvel has us paying a premium price for an increasingly poor quality product and it's only getting worse folks if the recent even worse abysmal quality of the Age of Ultron and Infinity hardcovers are any indication.
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The Stand Omnibus (Stand (Marvel))
The Stand Omnibus (Stand (Marvel))
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $109.29
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptation and art, poor quality control on binding, June 8, 2013
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The content of this book is excellent from artwork to the adaptation process of King's masterwork. I am very happy with those aspects.

What does bother me, as has been noted in a few other reviews both here and on collected edition forums, is that the binding of this collection is VERY poor. Most copies have the signatures separate from the ribbon in part or entirely by the time you are halfway through the book due to what I can only imagine is a bad batch of binder's glue and lack of quality control which has been getting worse and worse at Marvel's manufacturers lately. This leads to issues including signature separation, horrifying cracking sounds every time you open the book, and overall lack of structural integrity. There have been many pictures shared of this phenomena on comic forums and I am entirely sure that this defect is not limited to my copy. Buyers beware.

Rising Stars Compendium
Rising Stars Compendium
by Fiona Avery
Edition: Paperback
Price: $59.99
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story in the shoddiest of packages, March 11, 2012
This is a review of the physical product, not the story contained within. I want to make that clear because I think the Rising Stars story is fantastic and would give it 4 or 5 stars.

Unfortunately, this edition has the WORST craftsmanship of any book I have EVER read.

The first thing that happened when I opened the book was the cover falling right off the spine as the dry cheap glue let out a 'crinkle-snap!'. About a tenth of the way into the book, half the pages fell out of the binding. I thought the Amazon (and other) reviewers might be exaggerating about this product's defects. They were not.

I am very good with my books. I have an extensive collection of over 300 graphic novels and they are in PRISTINE condition. No matter how reverently you treat this book, it is IMPOSSIBLE to read without having it fall apart. It cannot be done.


Dark Avengers
Dark Avengers
by Brian Michael Bendis
Edition: Hardcover
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incorrect description!, July 29, 2011
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This review is from: Dark Avengers (Hardcover)
This book is very good and I loved the concept, writing, and art, but this collection does NOT include every issue as the description says. It is missing issues 7 and 8, presumably because they were in the Utopia trade. But this book was billed as a COMPLETE collection, so I'm a little miffed, hence dropping one star.
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Mortal Kombat Kollector's Edition: Prima Offical Game Guide
Mortal Kombat Kollector's Edition: Prima Offical Game Guide
by Adam Hernandez
Edition: Hardcover
39 used & new from $9.51

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BUYER BEWARE! Incomplete, useless garbage., April 21, 2011
First off, many features listed in the product description simply do not exist in this book.

* Massive concept art section
* Character histories with Fatality gallery and warrior evolution

Neither of these are there. At all.

The book is FULL of typos. Combo sections are switched (yes SWITCHED) between Liu Kang and Kano. (did they even proofread this thing?) Many moves and combos on the cheap 'laminated' cards are wrong. Misspellings and badly listed moves are everywhere.

I suggest returning this book back for a FULL refund as it is not as described. That's what I did today. MASSIVE disappointment.

Incredible Hulk, Vol. 3: World War Hulks
Incredible Hulk, Vol. 3: World War Hulks
by Greg Pak
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.53
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conclusion to Fall of the Hulks, April 11, 2011
First, I'll get the few negatives off my chest.
1) Marvel has been getting pretty skimpy with the amount of issues in each collection. 3 current issues in one book is an all-time low. There IS an extra issue in this book though, but from the 80's, not advertised here on amazon. More on that below.
2) The cover art sucks. I don't know what's up with the Hulk series for the last 5 years or so. They've had absolutely brilliant interior art, but always seem to choose the more terrible artist for the cover. How does that make sense? The difference in quality between the cover and the internal art is night and day.

The positives!

Greg Pak continues his brilliant run on the Incredible Hulk book, finishing off Banner's (Green Hulk) side of the Fall of the Hulks saga. Pelletier's pencils continue to be an absolute delight with artwork leaping off the page.

This trade is very well put together and the story order, unlike many Marvel trades lately, is put together in a way that makes sense. The primary story (World War Hulks) is collected at the beginning, the secondary stories surrounding hulk's 'Dark Son' Hiro-Kala are collected in the center of the book, and a surprisingly topical and poignant tie-in 80's issue of Incredible Hulk at the end.

The theme of the book continues to be 'family'. If you're more interested in 'Hulk Smash!' you might do better to check out the 'Hulk' trades for the latest adventures of the Red Hulk. There IS a good deal of smashing in this, but it's mostly between father and son, and the story, even during the fights touches on some very meaningful aspects of family. I never expected to be so moved by a Hulk book, but the ending of the main story honestly made me shed a tear and a smile for how things came together.

The surprise for me was just how well the newer issues were made to fit in with older Hulk cannon, which is demonstrated in the unlisted issue (Incredible Hulk #312) which goes back in time to illuminate in (horrific) detail certain matters of Bruce's past.

Despite its faults, I rate this book 5/5. If I could take off a half star for the bad cover art, I would, but the story doesn't deserve that disservice.
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by Craig Kyle
Edition: Paperback
Price: $23.69
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Out of order and uneven. Rushed., February 28, 2011
This review is from: X-Necrosha (Paperback)
As others have already said, this trade is completely out of order with the 3 set-up issues in the far back of the book as well as fragments of the Necrosha book strewn throughout at random without any mention of what they actually ARE. There's also an X-Men Legacy issue in here that has NOTHING to do with Necrosha at all and is seemingly tossed in there to pad length into the book.

The artwork in the X-Force issues is downright awful and is impossible to follow 50% of the time. Much worse than the art in the earlier X-force issues, seems rushed and incomplete.

2 stars for the New Mutants books though. Excellent writing on those 3 issues.

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