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Great book of Amber
Great book of Amber
by Roger Zelazny
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Story in Amber, June 11 2001
This review is from: Great book of Amber (Paperback)
The Amber series is probably Zelazny's most popular work, and the first two or three books in the series were among his better (though not best) work. The first five books are all good Zelazny, and the first book of the second set of five was a very good read, but the story seems to have gotten away from him before it was finished and leaves too many unanswered questions to satisfy at least this reader. From another author, it would've earned at least four stars, but Zelazny, as I've noted before, can only be compared to Zelazny.

BLACK ON BLACK
BLACK ON BLACK
by K.D. WENTWORTH
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Science Fiction, June 6 2001
Although traditional science fiction isn't my usual cup of tea, I found BLACK ON BLACK to be a very good read. The world is real enough to almost leave grit in your teeth and the characters, most of them alien, come alive, with complexities one wouldn't expect from most writers. I'm looking forward to reading her next book, STARS OVER STARS, and future books.

Freddy And The Ignormus
Freddy And The Ignormus
by Walter R Brooks
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Terrible Ignormus, May 21 2001
This is another one of the Freddy books written after Walter R. Brooks began to hit his stride as a writer. Here, the Bean farm is being terrorized by the minions of a creature, called the Ignormus, who lives in the Big Woods. As usual, lots of fun and excitement, and several excellent lessons, none of which are preached at the reader.

Misery
Misery
by Stephen King
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars True Misery, May 21 2001
This review is from: Misery (Mass Market Paperback)
True misery is reading this novel. By the time he'd written this, King had succumbed to the "my every word is golden" delusion, so the thing is much larger than it needed to be. After reading this because I promised a friend I'd do it (oh, what we do for pretty women)I decided that even 180 pages would've been too long. The conclusion is unsatisfactory because some of the cast of characters survive.

We'll Sing in the Sunshine
We'll Sing in the Sunshine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Singing the Blues in the Sunshine, May 18 2001
This CD contains both the hit version and an earlier version of Gale Garnett's signature song, and it's interesting to compare the subtle differences, but Garnett was primarily a Blues singer and listening to this album can cause the impressionable to want to sit in a tub of warm water and open their wrists -- not because it's not great, but because it is. "The Prism Song" and "Sleep You Now" add a whole new dimension to bittersweet. And "Malaika," sung in Swahili, is a special treat. The worst song on the CD is good, and almost all are unique treasures.

Lord Demon Mm
Lord Demon Mm
by R Zelazny
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Demon Lord, May 18 2001
Like DONNERJACK, this is a collaboration with Jane Lindskold but this one is closer to seamless. As one expects of Zelazny, the characterization has more depth than most writers can show. The protagonist is a Chinese demon who is facing a hidden enemy. Adventures abound, and the odd paradox as well. It will be hard to look at a bottle again without wondering what sort of world it holds.

Donnerjack
Donnerjack
by Roger Zelazny
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Mythology, May 18 2001
This review is from: Donnerjack (Mass Market Paperback)
This collaboration between Roger Zelazny and Jane Lindskold, while not entirely seamless, is very smooth. As one would expect of a Zelazny book, the characters and settings are wildly inventive. The virtual world, populated by living programs and mythic deities, is attempting to take physical reality in the "real" world. This is only the background plot. Much of the opening deals with a deal with a devil -- or Death, and the rest of the novel is involved with the consequences. Not quite as taut as, say, Lord of Light, the novel is nevertheless excellent. The novel would deserve a five-star rating if I were comparing it to the work of almost any other writer, but Zelazny can only be compared to Zelazny.

Lord of Light
Lord of Light
by Roger Zelazny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let there be Light!, May 18 2001
While A NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER may be Zelazny's most fun book, LORD OF LIGHT is probably the greatest. It's science fiction written in the vocabulary of fantasy. Basically, settlers on an alien world, using advanced technology, create a world corresponding to Hindu mythology, with members of the crew taking on the aspects and powers of Hindu deities. There is even a means of electronically providing for reincarnation. The battles between the gods are epic and the verbal depictions are as good as a mural. The ending is also some of Zelazny's most touching writing, without ever dipping into the maudlin.

FREDDY GOES CAMPING
FREDDY GOES CAMPING
by Walter R. Brooks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freddy and the ghosts, May 11 2001
This review is from: FREDDY GOES CAMPING (Paperback)
This may well be the best of the Freddy books written by Walter R. Brooks (its only competition is Freddy the Magician). Children and adults alike will find this one of the most fun books they've ever read. I can still remember the delicious chills I felt when reading this book at twelve, and still enjoy reading it today. As usual, Freddy gets into trouble trying to help friends -- Mr. Camphor to get rid of his aunts and an innkeeper whose hotel is haunted.

Freddy And The Bean Home News
Freddy And The Bean Home News
by Walter Brooks
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bean Home News, May 11 2001
This is one of the really great Freddy books, ocurring in the middle of Brooks' career. Written during the Second World War, there are mentions of rationing and scrap iron drives, but most children won't find these a distraction. This seems to be the first appearance of Freddy's nemesis, Herbert Garble, and there are the usual --unpreachy-- lessons, such as not to take onesself too seriously, and plenty of excitement. This is one of the many Freddy books that adults will enjoy as well. Gives one a great excuse to read to your child.

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