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Homeland (Forgotten Realms)
Homeland (Forgotten Realms)
by R. A. Salvatore
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outcast, December 19, 1999
R.A. Salvatore's Homeland begins the story of outcast Drizzt Do'Urden, a dark elf born to evil who literally fights his way to enlightenment and redemption. Set in the underground world of the Drow, the tone of this book is dark and menacing. The Drow society is horrible; the noble houses scheme against and murder eachother to the pleasure of their spider goddess. There is no shortage of hateful characters. Drizzt's only refuge is training weapons with his instructor, Zaknafein, with whom he shares a closer relationship. The setting is detailed and imaginative, the political intrigue is fascinating, the plot keeps one turning pages, but in truth this book would fly on the strength of Drizzt's character alone. You'll read the all of the following books

The Path of Daggers (The Wheel of Time, Book 8)
The Path of Daggers (The Wheel of Time, Book 8)
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.41
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3.0 out of 5 stars last battle please!, December 18, 1999
Robert Jordan's eighth Wheel of Time novel takes readers one infinitesimally small step closer to Rand al'Thor's date with destiny. Although Robert Jordan's style is relatively uncomplicated this is not necessarily a quick read. There is simply too much going on. Those of you unfamiliar with Robert Jordan shouldn't even pick this up. Read the first seven books first (you have three thousand years of exposition to catch up on). Interesting new developments include startling events regarding Callandor, Rand's second most powerful magical weapon, and the betrayal of his Asha'man. Unfortunately, that's about it. Some extremely important players failed to show up to the stage. Mat's disappearance is absolutely chafing, as Perrin's was in book five. Another point that will no doubt have readers gnashing their teeth is the possible return of Rand's mentor, Moiraine. One can almost smell her behind the pages. Jordan's ability to supply the reader with full resolution while leaving enough questions unanswered to keep things interesting (and us panting) is not apparent this time around. But this book is only bad when compared to the others. This is still the finest work of science fiction/fantasy in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Master of Puppets
Master of Puppets
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hetfield of play, December 18, 1999
This review is from: Master of Puppets (Audio CD)
Metallica's third full length release, Master of Puppets, is possibly their finest work. The lyrics are smart, the fast sections(and I mean fast) are impossibly tight, and the slow sections are melodic and chilling. James Hetfield's vocals aren't exactly pretty, but his intensity matches the music perfectly. Drummer Lars Ulrich manages to hold things together through myriad tempo changes and time signatures(not an easy task) but bassist Cliff Burton seems to get lost in the mix at times. Not to knock Cliff. Listen close in "Sanitarium" and "Orion" and you'll hear some of the best rock and roll bass ever recorded. Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett is a chameleon, blending in as the situation calls; he is at times frenzied, at others morose. James Hetfield's rhythm guitar work is so fast and precise one wonders how in the world he manages to sing while playing. The production is a little rough but even that seems to fit. All in all, it's scary how good this album is. Listen and see why in 1986 all of the heavy metal haters were scratching their heads and saying, "wow, these guys can really play."

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