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Planetary VOL 02: The Fourth Man
Planetary VOL 02: The Fourth Man
by Warren Ellis
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good writing; Excelent Art, May 25 2004
This is the second work of Ellis I've read. The first was the previous Planetary volume. In this one, aside from crafting a tale of espinoge and intrigue that reads like the X-files meet the X-men, Ellis continues to reinturrpet pop culture archetypes. Here he brings in analogues to John Constantine, James Bond, Marilyn Monroe, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and even Morpheus from the Matrix. Even more than that he explores and developes these ideas and uses them to create a strange and compelling universe.
If I have one complaint, it's that Ellis doesn't get into the psyches and background of the characters as much as I'd like to see. We do get into the territory by the end of the book, though,

Ficciones
Ficciones
by Jorge Luis Borges
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Borges is very good., Feb. 17 2001
This review is from: Ficciones (Paperback)
Borges influence Gene Wolfe the best writer to appear in the last 30 years. His fantasies are some of the best I've read. His prose translates well into English. Here you find a few psuedo-literary criticism articles, a mystery involving the Kabbala, a tale of imaginary countries that are becoming real, a tale of chance set in ancient Babylon, and a library that maybe the entire universe.

The Best From Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology
The Best From Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology
by Edward L. Ferman
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best, Jan. 12 2000
Terry Bisson, Ray Bradbury, Paul di Filippo, Harlan Ellison, Esther Friesner, Elizabeth Hand, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Reed, Bruce Holland Rogers, Bruce Sterling, Kate Wilhelm, and Gene Wolf are all writers whose name alone would qualify at least serious consideration for buying an anthology. This has them all. F&SF has long been a testiment to the greatness of speculative fiction and these stories are the essence of what the editors strive for: unrealistic stories of the highest literary caliber. Give this book to any one who loves SF, for that matter give this to anyone who hates SF and see if they don't love these stories.

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