Benjamin Thomas

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Location: USA
Birthday: Sept. 23
In My Own Words:
In my book reviews I do not regurgitate a plot synopsis, trying instead to give a feel for what it is like to read the book. Are the characters multi-dimensional? Does the plot drag? What was my reaction after completing the book? Hopefully my comments will be of some assistance to you.

I read about 150 books per year, mostly novels. I try to read books of all kinds, fiction and nonfiction, most genres.

I am also a book store owner, a writer, and a book cataloger.

I also love stories in other formats, i.e. movies, TV shows, com… Read more


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The Ruins of Dantooine: Star Wars (Galaxies) by Voronica Whitney-Robinson
The Ruins of Dantooine: Star Wars (Galaxies) by Voronica Whitney-Robinson
This is not Baldur's Gate 1 or 2. Thank your lucky stars! For fans of the on-line role playing game, Star Wars Galaxies (SWG), this is a neat little novel. I found the plot to be interesting, mostly because I have been playing SWG since it went retail and I thought it interesting to see how many of the game devices were woven into the plot. It's almost as if they developed a list of game characters, planets, professions, and beasts and see how many of them they could get into the book. They even refer to imperials as "imps". I could see my own character in the locations described and felt like "I" was there.
If you are not a player or fan of SWG then skip this… Read more
The Winter King: A Novel of Arthur by Bernard Cornwell
Some of my earliest memories of the world of fiction and story telling involve tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Most have read at least one such story in their childhood while many of us have consumed many versions of this classic and continue to do so to this day. So it was with a mixture of anticipation and some trepidation that I began this trilogy. Not having read Cornwell's well-received "Sharpe" novels, but having been inundated with praise for them, I wondered at how he would tackle this tale. Isn't it a bit presumptuous to re-tell such an oft-told tale? In fact, Cornwell, himself, says much the same thing. After all, hasn't it all been… Read more
The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley
The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley
I have long been a fan of Robin Hood and his friends, admired their noble purpose, and reveled in their narrow escapes from the Sheriff of Nottingham. But it seems that every time I pick up a book about their "real" story, the author is intent upon putting a new spin on the classic tale. Perhaps Robin is really the sheriff's brother, or maybe Robin and Marion are one and the same, or, heaven forbid, Robin is gay, leading to a completely different version. But at last, I have found a fine re-telling of the tale I have known and loved since childhood.
Robin McKinley is known for her re-telling of classic stories and fairy tales. But with this novel, she has not only told the tale,… Read more