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Shadow's Edge: The Night Angel Trilogy, 2
Shadow's Edge: The Night Angel Trilogy, 2
by Brent Weeks
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.00
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great new author ... with room to grow, January 12, 2009
This is kind of a redo of a previous review. because my first review was pretty sloppy.

First of let it be said this is a good book series. the writer is new and so there are a few minor quibbles and gripes but the pacing and smooth the action well well done, the story compelling. long story short is that in every way that matters this book and this series are a good read.

since most of the reviews focus on how great the book is I just wanted to point out some of the flaws. first and foremost the writers voice is kind of... unusual. there are narrative descriptions of actions that read allot like a teenager telling a story to his friends at the mall.

This extends to the specific vocabulary. The story will often flow wonderfully until the author throws in a word that simply does not belong in the atmosphere created. its a sword and sorcery medieval fantasy but characters use words like Microbraids, contraceptive and bang (slang for having sex) which can be totally jarring in the middle of an otherwise well written narrative.

Avid readers will recognize the inspirational origins of many aspects of the story drawn from other stories especially, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, Magic for example is often described as knots or webs similar to the way the One Power is described. There is an organization of female magic users divided into subgroups based on their specific magical strengths or interests and labeled by color (women who specialize in healing magic are Green magae for example) Even their center of organization is not surprisingly a great white tower (in the shape of an angel) located on an island in the middle of a river/lake.

having said that even with the similarities to other writers the story maintains an overall uniqueness and originality that keeps you interested in the continued development of the story and characters.

I enjoyed this series and honestly look forward to more from this author. after a few more books in this world I would love to see something totally original as the writer develops.

The Way of Shadows: The Night Angel Trilogy: Book 1
The Way of Shadows: The Night Angel Trilogy: Book 1
by Brent Weeks
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read good fun, original... sort of, December 21, 2008
I usually shy away from assasin books... something about them tends to ruin my suspention of belief. while this book does trigger that at times (the wetboys dont seem to ever lack for work how many people can a small group of elite assasins be hired to kill?) I thuroughly enjoyed the book and am searching for the second one (i passed it over the first time as i was unsure i would like book one)

having said that I would like to temper all of the gusshing reviews with a bit of negative.

While the subject matter is definatly mature the writing style often leaves the impression of a teenager eagerly telling about a weekend party. not that it lacked depth... it just "sounds" a bit young

The author also has to work on his transitions... there were times where i a couple pages into a chapter and had to go back because i was totaly lost as to whos point of view i was reading from. I often found it hard to immagine what was happening because he does not always give a full description the first time we meet a character. he often uses the writing technique of simply giving you information from the characters level of familiarity and letting the story fill in the blanks later. Only it may be half a book before you fully grasp the full description or implication of something.

trust me its not a horrible thing but i found it annoying at times.

lastly if your an avid fantasy reader like myself you may get a touch of dejavu when reading through the first half of the book as he seems to borrow from many other writers. not steal or purger... but you can reccognize where he got ideas from. As an example The "island race" or seafaring race in the story are similar to the seafaring race in "Song of Ice and Fire" (black sailors who often go nakked on their ships)

once again its not a horrible thing. but its noticable.

Like i said I look forward to the next book and I look forward to following this writers career as he grows because if this book was any indication Brent Weeks is destined for a long wonderful career.
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A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $23.33
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be warned: here be no heroes, April 11, 2001
This book, this story is what I have always wanted. a book were bad things happen to the good and the bad. Were profecies dont always come true and were the great hero is just as vulnerable as the great enemy. as for the last part there is no great hero in this book and though there are many bad guys you cant tell who is the great enemy. do not, repeat do not try to predict this story exept in the most general terms because believe me what ever you are thinking its NOT going to happen unless it was the worst thing you could think of.
I loved the wheel before it got wobbely but now this book with its tight story and diverse caracters has taken the throne of best fantasy ever. look for maybe 3 more books before this story is finished but then again with the way this story is going that red comet may swing around the sun and crash in to westros killing every one. the way this story is going... it could happen.

by John Steakley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars he is like a human bolo., December 12, 2000
This review is from: Armor (Mass Market Paperback)
The book is set in a universe closely resembeling the Starship Troopers book. But is accually two stories in one. One storie is about Felix a bit of a loner with no past who simply refuses to die. the other is about about a bunch of scientists who relive Felixes battles through his suits mental interface. I just read this book for the second time. I read it a few years ago but this time I read it but skipped all of the middle parts about the scientists reliving his battles through the suit. And the book was better than ever.
i wonder if John Steakley has started on any sequels. the book has masive potential.

The Power Of One (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
The Power Of One (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
by Bryce Courtenay
Edition: School & Library Binding
Price: $21.92
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars something like forest gump. only better., November 18, 2000
the story is about a kid whos purity and strenth lead him to triumph even against all odds and without really trying. he becomes a legend not by trying to do something great but by trying to do something right.
if you have read this book I am looking for a recordig of the concerto of the great southland (if it exists) if it does please let me know.

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $23.51
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5.0 out of 5 stars above and beyond the standard story., February 18, 2000
I have noticed that many people who read the sword of truth swear by it and dont like the wheele of time. and people who read WoT dont like SoT. All I have to say is that one of the best ways to know how good something is is to look at how many people try to copy it. sure other people have writen long 5+ book stories but the current popularity of in them is all because of Robert Jordan and the Wheele of Time. so ask your self. Do you want to read stories that may be ok but are basicly people jumping on the band wagon. Or would you like to read the storie that will go down in history as one of the greates works of fantasy ever writen. one of those stories known not only in Sci-fi fantasy circles but world wide?
Buy it, read it, put it down and say 'WOW!' than pick it up and read it again because I garantee you missed something.

Ender's Shadow (The Shadow Series)
Ender's Shadow (The Shadow Series)
by Orson Scott Card
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.82
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could say 4 and 1/2, October 26, 1999
Shadow realy impressed me. i was expecting a copy of enders game but it truely was different. I would not push it as a stand alone book because many things go unexplained, the lasers and flash suits, some of the politics earthside, etc. all would have been lost to me if I hadn't read enders game. Also unless you are used to Card books with their super mature and intelegent children Bean would blow all credibility out of the water. I liked this book alot and it has me in a kind of loop reading enders game again and then shadow again to feel how they flowed togeather and although I liked enders game more than shadow. Enders Shadow still stands as an awsome book as most card books do. But I wonder what will be next in the Ender universe? will it be a second bean story or another parallax this time based on Patra, Ali, or Dink?

by James A. Michener
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.19
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I can relate., October 12, 1999
This review is from: Sayonara (Mass Market Paperback)
I am stationed in europe (you know the whole bosnia thing) but I was in korea for 3 years and am married to a korean. Even though this was 50 years ago and even though it was a white man and a japanes woman I can truely relate. I went through (and am still going through) many of the problems they faced in the book. the most important part of the book though is it helps one to understand the difference between american women and asian women. i have been asked why I went out with koreans and why I married one and it is hard to explain because the only way I could explain it came out in our 'liberal and equal' society came out sounding as if it is because asians are more docile or controle able. But that is definitely not the case and reading this book helped me to not only understand the people around me but my relation ship as well.
this is a great read for the casual reader and those looking to understand.

Great Milenko
Great Milenko
Price: $10.00
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down with the clown till Im dead in the ground, March 3, 1999
This review is from: Great Milenko (Audio CD)
ICP is not for every one ICP is a phycopathic wicked juggalo, dark carnival style of music that sounds something like a mix between the Beastie boys and Marylin Manson. half on ICP music is just for the sensless fun of it. and the other half says alot about life and society if you hear a song like Hall of illutions (Great Milenko) or 3 ring (Riddle Box) the first time. all you will hear is a dark song that seams to make fun of people with deformities or broken homes. but if you lissten a bit more and try to understand the songs are really about the Bad fathers who cause broken homes and the effects on the kids, and the way people in society treat the disfigured.
ICP is the S**T and if you want to be down buy this record

Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers
by Robert Heinlein
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.69
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5.0 out of 5 stars the real story, January 1, 1999
starship troopers the movie should never have been named after such a good book. they are totally different exept in names of some caracters. the movie was a acction and special F/X fest with plot holes you could land a space station on.
the book is not so much about war as it is about ones role in society and the troubles of growing up and facing reality. if you read this book PLEASE dont compare it to the movie. in fact if possible read the book first, if you dont like it because its not good thats fine. but if you dont like it because it wasnt as acction packed as the movie than you are missing out on alot.

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