Woo Hoo! The new Spectrum collection is out! You have no idea how thrilled I was to receive this book in the mail from amazon.com. My heartbeat and breath literally quickened as I flipped the pages, revealing every fantastic image. I would consider this book the equal of the previous collection, but with a few differences. First of all, there are no absolute stinkers in this book. There were only three in Spectrum 4, and two by the same artist, but they were very distracting. I'm sure some of you know the paintings I mean. Gun-toting T-rex and monster-stuffed house. This book is stinker-free. But there are also fewer great works, like "Prudence II" or "Number 16" or "Wintermute." Sure, this book has Thom Ang's "Can We Find A Cure for Heart Disease?" and Brom's "Seeker," but there are few more truly exceptional works. Also, there are *way* too many paintings of dragons, and bare-breasted women. Yes, I know this is a collection of fantastic art, but c'mon. Entire pages are dominated by bare-breasted Amazons, or fire-breathing dragons. After the originality of Spectrum 4, this seemed a little generic to me. All in all, this book is an outstanding collection of fantastic artwork, and I am proud to own it. I hope Spectrum 5 garners a Hugo nomination this year.