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121. Shatterpoint (Star Wars: Clone Wars Novel)
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-27)
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Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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“The Jedi are keepers of the peace. We are not soldiers.”
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Mace Windu is a living legend: Jedi Master, senior member of the Jedi Council, skilled diplomat, devastating fighter. Some say he is the deadliest man alive. But he is a man of peace—and for the first time in a thousand years, the galaxy is at war.

Now, following the momentous events climaxing in the Battle of Geonosis, Master Mace Windu must undertake a perilous homecoming to his native world—to defuse a potentially catastrophic crisis for the Republic . . . and to confront a terrifying mystery with dire personal consequences.

The jungle planet of Haruun Kal, the homeworld Mace barely remembers, has become a battleground in the increasing hostilities between the Republic and the renegade Separatist movement. The Jedi Council has sent Depa Billaba—Mace’s former Padawan and fellow Council member—to Haruun Kal to train the local tribesmen as a guerilla resistance force, to fight against the Separatists who control the planet and its strategic star system with their droid armies. But now the Separatists have pulled back, and Depa has not returned. The only clue to her disappearance is a cryptic recording left at the scene of a brutal massacre: a recording that hints of madness and murder, and the darkness in the jungle . . . a recording in Depa’s own voice.

Mace Windu trained her. Only he can find her. Only he can learn what has changed her. Only he can stop her.

Jedi were never intended to be soldiers. But now they have no choice. Mace must journey alone into the most treacherous jungle in the galaxy—and into his own heritage. He will leave behind the Republic he serves, the civilization he believes in, everything but his passion for peace and his devotion to his former Padawan. And he will learn the terrible price that must be paid, when keepers of the peace are forced to make war. . . .
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellence....pure excellence
Shatterpoint was by far the best Star Wars book I have read to date. This was an excellent "coming out" for The Man, The Myth, and the Jedi legend known as Mace Windu.

The supporting characters, are comical and lovable without being annoying (think Jar Jar) and showed impressive skills.

I am not sure what rock I was hiding under, because I found out about the book quite by accident, but I was excited to get a chance to read it, and IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT.

Of course there's only so much you could have discerned about Mace through the movies, so it was very refreshing to see the true nature of the character, what motivates him, and that he admits he likes to fight and isn't always about the deep questions and yoda'isms!! (No disrespect to Master Yoda intended).

To see Yoda whip up on Count Dooku in the lightsaber in Episode II was cool, but I must say, I hope we get to see a bit of Mace and his Vaapad in Episode III!! To see Samuel L Jackson whip some serious a** would be great wouldn't it?!?!? Mace likes to fight, so lets see it, eh George?

It is a very grown up, albeit dark story, but exciting nonetheless. I checked it out at the library, but I am ordering a copy for myself today!

4-0 out of 5 stars A extremly entertaining entry to the Extended Universe
THE GOOD: This is a telling tale of Mace Windu. Yes, writen well for the older audience, (finally!). The Carectors are well drawn, and developed. The story is fast paced. The action sequences are overall well done. The thing this book acomplished the baest was to make the invincible action Hero, and jedi counsil member Mace Windu, much more human.

THE BAD: Continueing with the idea of the action. A lot of time there was too much deatail, and not enough explainaition. I felt like i lost track of what was going on, and somtimes i just felt it was time for the plot to go on. Finally,there wasn't as much dveoping of the clone war on a lager scale as i had hoped.

THE UGLY: This is a story of a genocidal war that has been going on for years. Be warned some scences are particularly grusome, not what you would expect from the PG rated Star Wars Universe.

---Don't get me wrong this was a wonderful read. I would recomend it to any Star Wars fan, even if you have never read any Star Wars fiction before!---

1-0 out of 5 stars Sick of Dreadfully Violent and Depressing Star Wars Books
If you like the implacable enemy, bloody violence and lots of it, Jedi are weak saps that can barely escape the "dark side", this is the book for you. Not that Stover does not have talent, but I am sick of the excessive violent (NC-17 if on the screen) claptrap that Star Wars books have been marked by since "New Jedi Order". I know that "Clone Wars" is about the disintegration of the Republic and murder of the Jedi, but do all the books have to be written by authors from the DARK SIDE?

3-0 out of 5 stars The tale only gets interesting in the last pages
I bought the novel because it dealt with one of my favorite characters. But it has quite disappointed myself... it reminded me so much of "Splinters of a minds eye" which centered on Luke's second encounter with Vader face to face but you had to read 300 pages of boring pages until you got to the interesting part.

In this book you learn of Mace's journey back to his home planet in his search of his missing Padawan: Depa. Depa had been on a mission to make the local Guerrilla join the Republic and fight the planetary forces which had joined the Separatists.
You will see how Mace finds out by himself how has his ability to control the force diminished and lost many of his capabilities.

But I was mentioning before that you the good thing was in the last pages. It's true. You have to endure boring chapters and chapters of Mace's adventures in the jungle until you find interesting stuff. This almost made me leave the book but somehow managed to keep on reading.

The story is not bad, but it could have shortened to a 200 page book, and you would have gotten the same...

5-0 out of 5 stars dark, gritty, and the best Star Wars that i have read
After "Attack of the Clones", this is the first novel to be set during the Clone Wars. With the war between the Republic and the Separatists raging all over the galaxy, the Republic has sent out the Jedi to create insurgency on various planets to fight against the Separatists. The Republic is not used to full scale war and has only a scant clone army compared to the countless droid army of the Separatists. The Jedi, while powerful, are not soldiers and walk a fine line between the path of the Jedi and that of the Dark Side. The Jedi Council sent Council member Depa Billiba to Haruun Kal (the birthplanet of Mace Windu) to aid in the battle against the Separatists.

Something goes wrong. The Council receives a message that shows a massacre of civilians (women and children) that is purportedly orchestrated by Depa herself. This should be unthinkable for a Jedi. Against the judgment of Chancellor Palpatine, Mace Windu decides to return to his birthplanet and investigate. You see, Depa Billiba is more than just a Jedi; she was once Mace Windu's Padawan apprentice. Palpatine wonders if Mace would be able to strike down Depa if the situation calls for it.

Mace journeys alone through the jungles of Haruun Kal in search of Depa. The war that is taking place is one that has been going on for generations (it is, ultimately, a civil war), but with the Clone Wars having begun and the Separatists having interfered, there is a new level of brutality and genocide taking place. It is into this horror that Windu arrives.

"Shatterpoint" is unlike any Star Wars novel that I have read. It is much darker (which fits the jungle theme), and it is a violent novel. It is also a much better written novel than what one might assume with the Star Wars name attached to it. No matter what universe this story takes place in, "Shatterpoint" is a very good novel. It just happens to be Star Wars. I appreciated the switching of viewpoints between the typical third person storytelling to excerpts of "the private journals of Mace Windu". Between the two perspectives, Matthew Stover did an excellent job of storytelling, and both felt appropriate. While in the movies, Windu has a very limited role (even being a Senior member of the Jedi Council), but "Shatterpoint" gives Mace Windu a voice and a personality and we get an excellent idea of what sort of man Windu is and what drives him. We see his strengths and his flaws and he in one novel he is a stronger character than I had possibly imagined him to be. No longer is Mace the Jedi who is interesting only because he is played in the movies by Samuel Jackson. He is a character who was given a dark, gritty novel. "Shatterpoint" brings the Clone Wars into perspective and shows how it impacts individual planets, what it is going to bring to the Jedi and why, and the difficulty the Republic will have in possibly winning the war. We even see what it might take and all of this is told in a story about one little planet and a fallen Jedi. I can only hope that "Shatterpoint" will be indicative of the quality of the Star Wars novels (past and future), because this is a very good one.

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122. And Eternity (Incarnations of Immortality Series, Book 7)
by Piers Anthony
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Catlog: Book (1990-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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In Pursuit of the Ultimate Good

After an overwhelming succession of tragedies, life has finally, mercifully ended for Orlene, once-mortal daughter of Gaea.

Joined in Afterlife by Jolie -- her protector and the sometime consort of Satan himself -- together they seek out a third: Vita, a very contemporary mortal with troubles, attractions, and an unsettling moral code uniquely her own.

An extraordinary triumvirate, they embark on a great quest to reawaken the Incarnation of Good in a world where evil reigns -- facing challenges that will test the very fiber of their beings with trials as numerous, as mysterious, and as devastating as the Incarnations themselves.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect ending
First of all, for anyone who has not yet read a book by Piers Anthony: Piers is an outstanding writer. He has written many series in various genres, and has proven apt at all of them. Whether he's writing Xanth or Adept books (to pay the bills), Incarnations or Mode books, or his Geodyssey series, his words are almost enthralling. I tend to read a book at night to help me go to sleep, but without fail his books keep me up until I hear birds singing outside my window and I realize that the sun has risen on a new day. At that point I have to reluctantly put the book down and go to sleep still imagining the worlds he has created on the page and in my mind. He is a gifted writer, regardless of the genre.

Secondly, this series has been especially thought-provoking. Whether or not we believe in the Incarnations is irrelevant. It's the idea of these incarnations, moral rules, and the basis of our own humanity is what makes these books so worthwhile to read. The fact that Piers can make these heady and intricate issues so very exciting, captivating, and entertaining is the mark of a talented writer.

To say that one book in the series is better than another is very difficult to do. I enjoyed them all immensely. This one was particularly good, in part because it dealt with the one Incarnation that I, as someone that was raised in the Christian faith, was already familiar with. Piers didn't create an Incarnation of Good (aka God) that was one iota different from the Christians believe. So we're entered into a story where there are a bunch of deities that exist only in this series (essentially), plus one that we already believe in, and everyone around us believes in too. It's a fascinating experience, because Piers starts with God as we know "him", but then takes that groundwork and evolves it into a new and belivable dogma.

I won't say anything at all about the plot. I will say that the story was not as strong as some of the previous Incarnations books'. However, the ideas he discussed within the telling of the story were better than the other books, in my opinion. And when you reach the big finale, you realize that the story worked very well to support the ending of the Incarnations of Immortality series.

All-in-all, this is a fantastic book. Piers is a master storyteller and writer, and this book is particularly thought-provoking and entertaining. Of course you should only read this book after you've read the six preceeding books. If you've done that, then of course I recommend this book. But if you have read those six already, I'm sure you don't need my recomendation -- you've already bought this book and are halfway through it by now.

(If you're interested in anthropology, studying human history through the past millenia, try his Geodyssey series. As an anthro. minor in college, I know more than enough to know that he knows exactly what he is writing about.)

1-0 out of 5 stars Seriously people!
I was so excited to grab this book the other day. I loved the rest of the series and except for some slow spots gave this series a solid four out of five stars. Ten pages into this book and I had to take a double look at the front to make sure I had the right author. I can't think of a single reason why this book is getting good reviews here on Amazon but I just have to clear the air in case someone has the idea to read this book to cap off a great series. Skip it.

I still have about fifty pages to go but even if the ending is wonderful and totally takes me by suprise it still won't make up for this book ever having been written. Now just so it doesn't seem like I am giving such a negative review for no reason, I will tell you why it is so awful.
First, it is very repetitive. You basically know what is going to happen at every turn and even if you didn't, it really is boring. Also, this introduction of Vita, the new underage character who loves sex (not being paid, just doing it for free) is very annoying. As a character she is pretty shallow. Actually all the characters in this book are shallow. Orlene has to ask all the incarnations for a favor and EACH one tests her before they give her the item or perform the favor she asks, even though they all basically are related to her (Mother, Grandmother, Father, Stepfather, Lover, etc.). Very unrealistic (I know it's fantasy but c'mon, a little real human emotion wouldn't hurt.)

And the asking of favors and the testing her (them, actually but that is another boring aspect of this book I won't get into) is literally 200 pages. You know she will get the items in the end, so why strech it out? Why have Vita/Jolie/Orlene banging away with the Judge for pages on end? Boring, Boring stuff Piers and I wish you would have stuck to your guns and not wrote this piece, or at least tried to make it interesting.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good ending to a good series
"And Eternity" serves as a good ending to Anthony's excellent Incarnations of Immortality series. Throughout the series we are given hints as to the role of God. His position has been described as aloof, even to the point of doing little or nothing to counter the machinations of Satan. This book attempts to answer the question of God's laissez faire attitude. The story revolves around three main characters. Jolie returns from the last book in spirit form. Orlene, daughter of Gaiea also returns. A new character, Vita is introduced. Vita is a troubled teenager, trying to make ends meet through prostitution. Orlene and Jolie show up in an attempt to save Vita, for she is supposed to play a role in the fate of humankind. The trio wind up on a grand adventure in an attempt to replace the incarnation of God. The story climaxes with appearances by all of the incarnations, culminating in a marvelous plot twist. The end is a satisfying conclusion to the series.

3-0 out of 5 stars great series
Its more like 2.5 stars. I read the other books in this series at a rate of a book every 2 days, they were that good. After finishing "For Love Of Evil", i could not wait to read this book. I cracked it open expecting to FINALY get to see God's point of view.....what a let down! I am curently more than half way through this book and there is no sign of God, just 3 women in 1 body (sound familiar?) doing what basicaly amounts to nothing. It seems Mr. Anthony just could not put himself in the mindset of God, and so decided to write this fluff. I will finsh this book sometime in the future because i want to see how this series ends, but as of now im to dissapointed to continue. I give the other books in this series no lower than 4 stars (most 5), but i couldnt do the same for this one. I'm sorry Mr. Anthony but you could have done much, much better.

3-0 out of 5 stars Just Okay
Not a bad book but not as good as the others in the series. ... Read more

123. Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 3)
by Frank Herbert
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Catlog: Book (1991-09-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Next to Dune, the best of the lot
Children of Dune, the third book of the Dune chronicles, tells the story of the Atreides destiny after the disappearance of Muad'dib. The children of Muad'dib, Leto and Ghanima, now must take up the heavy burden left by their father. Old faces pop up, and there are many plot twists (but do we expect any less from Herbert's grand work?). The scope of this book is much broader than in Dune Messiah, which makes it a more enjoyable read. How can a series of books continue to produce, particularly under such heavy expectations? Who knows, but Children of Dune continues the rich tradition of the series

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Dune Book Yet
This is the best Dune book writen so far. After Messiah some poeple were turned off from the seris, I was one of them. But I read on hoping that it would get better. It did, it go a lot better. In COD Leto II and Ghani who are Paul's twin children, try to keep from becoming an Abonamation. Alia has already become an Abonination and has been taken over by a familar enemy to the Atradies. The Lady Jessican comes back in this book and she and Alia don't get along very well. There is also another new character, The Preacher. Some of the Fremen believe he is Maud'Dib come back from the desert. And there is a conspiracy to kill the twins coming from the Corrino family. But it seems the leader of the Corrino family doesn't even know about it. There is a lot of plotting and thinking going on in this book which I think gives it depth. Leto II is the most fancinating Sci-Fi character ever. And twords the end of this book something really cool happens to him. I won't say what it is cuz it might ruin the book but let me tell you, IF YOU THINK THE BOOK IS DULL IN THE BIGGINNING READ ON. IT WILL GET BETTER.

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't give Up on Dune
I can see how someone can get confused reading some of the reviews here. Some people love the politics and discussion of religion that dominates this book. Others are simply galled at the trudgingly slow plotline. I'll admit that after watching the plot grind slower and slower in the last book, Dune Messiah, I was looking for something that resembled Dune (book 1) in pacing. I didn't find it. After a few hundred pages I was so disgusted with the book that I put it down and shelved it.

But wait, there's more. After more than a year, I picked the book up again and resumed reading it. At first, I was a little lost in all the names and foreign sounding words I hadn't bothered to remember. After a while, without the expectation of the action from the first book, I came to appreciate that this is a richly written, if slow at times, great story.
My advice is to read this book even if you get bored with it. It has a great ending that segues nicely into the next books. This is the main reason I am glad I finished Children of Dune, the next installments of the Dune series were fantastic (good action too), more than rivalling the original one. Read Children of Dune (even if you don't like it) for the rest of the series which you will like no matter whether you like this or not.

3-0 out of 5 stars Child of Dune might have been a better title
This book is way better than the second book, but it still does not fulfill the expectations left from the first book. Leto and his sister "spoils of war" are growing up and dealing with all the political intrigue and double crossing that Dune readers are familiar with. I really liked Alia befor this book, but Herbert ruined her here. This whole book screams "man strong, woman weak!" It almost seems as if Herbert writes himself into a hole and has to dig himself out. This book like the second lacks the vision of the original. It was interesting though and is not a waste of time. Recommended to those whom really want more Dune.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than 2, not than the original
This one was alright...By this time, you must be a fan to sit through Dune Messiah as it was kinda slow. ... Read more

124. Fall of the Sith Empire (Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi)
by Kevin J. Anderson, Dario Carrasco, Dario Carrasco Jr., Bill Black, David Jacob Beckett, Ray Murtaugh
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Catlog: Book (1998-05-06)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Sales Rank: 105806
Average Customer Review: 3.27 out of 5 stars
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The Sith Empire has rallied its forces for an all-out battle for control of the galaxy. Its goal: Crush the Republic. And with so many Sith Masters among them, the goal is not unachievable. As Naga Sadow readies his fleet to attack, one lone person threatens to undermine the entire campaign -- Jori Daragon. She isn`t a Jedi. She`s an explorer, a mapper of hyperspace who stumbled on the plans of the Sith. And she just may be the savior of the Republic. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I do not agree with any of the negative past reviews given here. I thought Fall of the Sith Empire was a fitting conclusion to the setup in The Golden Age of the Sith. The information within and its events lead up to other comic and Star Wars storylines. It is told more like a story passed down for generations, a feeling I think the author wanted. In actuallity it is a story told from the events known to a young jedi who is now a master. He is later seen, much older, in the Dark lords of the Sith series (the story of Exar Kun).So there is not great detail in points that do not need more info. You are getting the basic story as to what happened and why, and that is great. No one else has tried to tackle this era in the Star Wars history. Also, i think the art work is justified in its rought style. The setting is in the SW past, and the story is not overly detailed; these characteristics lead to a rough look that was very satisfying. It would not be perfect like the Star Wars present and future time periods. People are entitled to their opinions, but I think some missed the point when actually figuring out why elements of the comic where done in certain ways.

2-0 out of 5 stars Now we take we back to ancient egypt...
This is the conclusion of the Golden Age of the Sith. The Fall is also set 5,000 years before NEW HOPE. While the art work also improves, yes I said improves, the story seems to disintegrate into itself. Since I like some of KJA's work, I am assuming that he was not the lead writer, just placed first alphabetically. Nothing important happens here so don't feel you need to waste your money buying this book, unless you want to buy mine!

1-0 out of 5 stars Isn't there supposed to be a point?
Once again, I state that I've never been an Anderson fan. 'Golden Age of the Sith' had some streong points, like a decent plot and beautiful art. Alas, the art quality drops a bit here and the story goes into a nosedive. There's almost no plot, save for a big battle. Granted, it can be pretty visually complex and interesting, drawing back to an old style of combat, but overall its quite lacking.

I've gotten out a fine-toothed comb, but cannot find any cohesive story, unfortunately. Read it only as a conclusion for 'Golden Age', but don't expect a lot.

5-0 out of 5 stars WoW it is Exar Kun!
This is a cool book that is about the Sith and moast of all Sith Lord Exar Kun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Action packed conclusion to The Golden Age of the Sith
If you liked The Golden Age of the Sith but wanted much more action, this is the perfect addition for you to read. It concludes the events in its predecessor with great storytelling and it's jam-packed with action. This is one of the best stories in the Star Wars universe, with several conflicts occurring at once. You'll also discover an age where everything was primitive by Star Wars standards and Coruscant looked like a large Egyptian city. This TPB continues Dark Horse's tradition of classic action-packed stories combined with descriptive and entertaining illustrations. A must-have, but make sure you read The Golden Age of the Sith first! ... Read more

125. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
by Joe Casey
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Asin: 0785114386
Catlog: Book (2005-05-11)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
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This is where the legend began! A look into the early, pivotal period of the Marvel Universe, when five fledgling heroes - Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man, the Wasp, and the Hulk - banded together to fight the foes no single hero could overcome! But how did the public react? How did the U.S. government react? Previously untold secrets surrounding the formation of the Avengers are revealed here. Five individuals must learn to work as a team and forge a legend!Collects Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #1-8. ... Read more

126. Crown of Slaves
by David Weber, Eric Flint
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Baen
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Beginning a new blockbuster series set in the "Honorverse"-the universe of Honor Harrington. The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs.Add to that the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon's stellar back yard, a problem which High Ridge also ignores. Finally, the recent assassination of the Solarian League's most prominent voice of public conscience indicates the growing danger of political instability in the Solarian League - which is also close to Erewhon. In desperation, Queen Elizabeth tries to defuse the situation by sending a private mission to Erewhon led by Captain Zilwicki, accompanied by one of her nieces. When they arrive on Erewhon, however, Manticore's most capable agent and one of its princesses find themselves in a mess. Not only do they encounter one of the Republic of Haven's most capable agents - Victor Cachat - but they also discover that the Solarian League's military delegation seems up to its neck in skullduggery. And, just to put the icing on the cake, the radical freed slave organization, the Audubon Ballroom, is also on the scene - led by its most notorious killer, Jeremy X. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars not up to snuff
for those fans of honor harrington (she's my hero), this book falls woefully short.the storytelling is a roller-coaster ride of incosistantcy.sometimes it was the taut plotlines of a harrington other times, adolescent twadle.i pushed through sections of garbage in the hope of achieving better writing.after 600 pages i could take it no had become drivel.
don't waste your time with this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars spies unlimited
If you want Military Sci-Phi or Honor skip this book. If you want high action, intrigue, and great charachters buy it last week.

David, the last 2 books have dragged a little bit. It seemes that Eric has forced you to tighten up your story telling. Repitition is way down; the number of key charachters in the book are down; and, action and story development are way up.

Please keep this up.

This is a spy novel. Most of the charachters in this novel come from short stories written in the antholigies that accompany David's original series. On the other hand, this is a well thought out and scripted novel. The story parrallels the tail end of War Of Honor and expands the evil Manpower and Mesa story lines from those antholigies.

As a political junky I love reading about a world government based on Italian Mafia political structure. I wish some real exploraition of the politics of Mesa and Manpower had been explored inthis book, but I am told that the Weber-Flint stories should go thru at least 3 more collabaritive novels. This series has alot of potential. I read this book in a day and a half, with time out for 2 ten hour shifts at work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Splendid Addition to the Honorverse
David Weber and Eric Flint have wrought yet another thrilling installment of the "Honorverse", which can be seen as a prequel to "War of Honor", setting the stage for Erewhon's defection from the Manticoran Alliance to the Republic of Haven. It is being advertised as the start of yet another series set in the Honorverse. Havenite secret agent Victor Cachat arrives on Erewhon to cultivate possible ties between it and the Republic of Haven, as the Erewhonese reconsider their relationship with Manticore, angered by the indifference shown them by Prime Minister Baron High Ridge's government. Hoping to bring Erewhon back into the fold, a Manticoran delegation led by Princess Ruth Winton, the Queen's adopted niece, former RMN captain Anton Zilwicki - who may be Manticore's best secret agent - and his daughter Berry, arrives for the state funeral of an important Solarian League politician. And a Manticoran heavy cruiser commanded by High Ridge's cousin, Captain Michael Oversteegen (His second appearance in the saga, about a year after the events of "Service of the Sword", a recent novella written by Weber.), is sent to "show the flag" in the Erewhon system. All of these Manticorans are soon drawn in Cachat's Machiavellian scheme to create a planet ruled by ex-slaves, a brand-new star nation devoted to ending slavery, along with, Thandi Palance, a dedicated Solarian Marine lieutenant who is as ruthless as Cachat. There are exciting battles aboard space stations featuring Masadan fanatics, members of the ex-slave terrorist organization Audubon Ballroom, and Mesan slavers. This is yet another splendid installment in the Honorverse, showing political brinksmanship involving Haven, Manticore, Erewhon, Mesa,and the Solarian League. Indeed, this book shows the importance of both Erewhon and the Solarian League as key star nations and empires within the Honorverse.

If you like intrigue, drama, humor, combat and romance then CROWN OF SLAVES is for you!Set in the same universe as Mr. Weber's Honor Harrington stories this one tracks the exploits of a group of super spy's as they battle for, sometimes with and sometimes against each other to free the slaves held by the insidious Manpower Inc.

Although the cast of characters is fairly large the principals are surprisingly well developed and intimately believable as you follow them through the twists and turns of what is a deceptively simple plot.

Billed as the first in a series this is one heck of a start although to be honest it does just fine as a stand alone novel.Hopefully any follow-up volumes will just as riveting and exciting.


5-0 out of 5 stars Not big on epic space opera, this one...
...the biggest spaceship battle with as much as a significant reference is Oversteegen's run-in with The Four Yahoos (as mentioned in The Service of the Sword), although there are a few excellent Marines-aboard-ship battles and one brief but amusing standoff involving a goodly number of smaller warships.

However, there is a great deal of interplay between nascent characters, a few new and interesting characters like the extremely deadly Solarian Lieutenant Thandi Plane are introduced, and a few interesting characters like Michael Oversteegen, Victor Cachat, the Audubon Ballroom and some "Scrags" get considerable depth added to their characters.

We have the traditional Weber young-girls-doing-brave-things scenes, although none as young as Stephanie Harrington: Princess Ruth (also ex TSotS in "Promised Land") and Berry Zilwiki as late-teens/early-twenties get major parts and do well with them.

Anton comes and goes, but I enjoy almost every scene of his in this book, his Highlander personality comes across well. There is an undercurrent of big changes afoot for the Solarian League, including an interesting new character in Solarian Captain Luiz Roszak which bodes well for the megabattle aspect in following books.

All in all, a great read.

Favourite quotes:


"I will leave out of all this the petty consideration that we're talkin' about the life of a teenage girl. I realize that's a matter beneath your contempt. I will just take the opportunity t' tell you, since I don't believe I've ever done it before at one of our family gatherin's - not precisely, I mean - just how brainless you are, [Countess] Deborah [Fraser, Manticoran Ambassador to Erewhon]. Truly brainless. Not simply stupid. Bar-ain-less. As in: brains of a carrot."

GINNY USHER (wife of Kevin Usher, head of Haven's internal security)

"Don't believe 've been introduced," Ginny blurted out. Words were at a premium now, running out like water on a beach before the tidal wave hits. "You people really make me sick."

The tsunami arrived, then, washing across five of the six before it was done. Some portion of Victor's brain decided he was witnessing a miracle. Two miracles, in fact - first, that any of the six diplomats had emerged unscathed, given the volume of thetorrent and its volcanicenergy; second, that a woman as small as Ginny could produce such a volume in the first place.


"See here!" he [Victor] heard one of the diplomats cry out angrily.

"Sure," hissed Ginny. "Did I miss one?" She began struggling in Victor's grip, apparently determined to return and rectify the oversight. ... Read more

127. Mission to Minerva
by James P. Hogan
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When explorers on the Moon found a skeleton in a space suit of strange design, a baffling mystery began. The skeleton was undeniably human, but carbon dating showed it was older than the human race itself. The mystery deepened with the discovery of a wrecked ship on a moon of Jupiter, showing that another race had once inhabited the Solar System, originating on the now-shattered planet whose remains form the asteroid belt. Then a ship manned by the humanoid "giants" returned, bringing with it answers to the riddle of humanity's origins. But it brought great danger, as Earth found itself caught in a battle between a benevolent alien empire, and another offshoot of the human race who regarded the Earth as their property and were bent on taking it over. That was in the recent past, and the future now looked bright for Earth, as trade and knowledge flowed back and forth between Earth and Thuria, the world the Giants colonized when they left the Solar System aeons ago. Then Dr. Victor Hunt received a phone call-and the face in the phone's video screen was an older version of himself, calling from a parallel world. That was the first step in bridging the gap between the parallel universes of the "multiverse." Unfortunately, it also meant that the enemies who had been decisively defeated in one universe might still be alive and dangerous in another, and could arrive in force at any time. And the possibility soon became a frightening reality. . . . ... Read more

128. Debt of Bones
by Terry Goodkind
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The exciting prequel to Terry Goodkind's much-loved, highly successful Sword of Truth series--complete with a specially commissioned author's introduction and exclusive full-page illustrations by artist Keith Parkinson! Goodkind's fervent admirers have sent all his books in this landmark fantasy series soaring to the top of the best-seller lists...and the Debt of Bones will surely continue tradition. Pre-dating Wizard's First Rule, and featuring one of the fans' favorite characters (First Wizard Zedd), this epochal tale gives fresh insight to that later story. It begins as a young woman arrives at Aydrindril to petition for help in the war against D'Hara and the vicious rule of Panis Rahl. Little does the First Wizard, much less the woman herself, realize an act from her past will force him into a cataclysmic duel of magic with Panis Rahl himself.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not a novel novella
Terry Goodkind has become well-known amongst fantasy fans for his epic "Sword of Truth" series. Now, with "Debt of Bones", he revisits the world of his creation with a tale of old history.

This is a story about Zedd, the First Wizard of the Midlands. Readers of Goodkind's books will know some of the events that took place when Zedd's wife was killed and his daughter's life also at stake; now the story is revealed in detail. Grieving, bitter and disillusioned, Zedd closets himself from the world and its troubles. It takes a courageous young woman with a desperate need of her own to reach him and convince him to help her. The events that follow will change the world and shape the course of history.

Although I enjoyed reading this book- Goodkind's skill at weaving a convincing, enthralling story is as obvious as ever- I was somewhat disappointed with it. The book is quite short, more a novella than a novel, and is largely a reworking of a story by the same title that was previously published as part of an anthology, "Legends". Excellent novels can sometimes be produced in a similar manner, and many classic books (especially of the sci-fi genre) had their start as a short story. However, I feel that in this case, little has been added to the original in terms of quality or quantity.

In summary: I will always read Goodkind's books, but this one wasn't as worthwhile as I have come to expect.

7 stars out of 10

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice, but doesn't compare to SoT novels
If you are a fantasy reader and have never read Goodkind before, you will enjoy this. If, however, you are looking for something that will be as good as the novels in the "Sword of Truth" series, I think that you will be, unfortunately, a little disappointed. Even so, it was interesting taking a look at Zedd's past and the story of the boundaries.

4-0 out of 5 stars Brevity and Stretching as an Author
I've read some of the reviews here, and many of them mention how short the book is. Yes, the book is short, but the impact of the book is greater due to its briefness. It would be nice to have a full-length novel of the time before the boundaries, but Goodkind has decided to give us as readers a teaser, a little tidbit of history to whet our appetites. Will Goodkind give us a full-length novel of pre-Boundary times? Maybe he will, maybe he won't. The point is that the brevity of Debt of Bones is part of the reason it's such a good story. It's also a nice change of pace for Goodkind, whose novels are very epic and grand in scope. Maybe he was just trying to do what other great authors have done, stretching his skills to see what he can accomplish. Goodkind has broadened his writing style to include small, self-contained stories as well as grand, world-sweeping epics. Kudos to you, Terry Goodkind.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Story - Much too short
This book was good but a lot more could have been done withi it- he could have made it into a 700 page novel if he wanted to- i know that the book is from legends a collection of short stories but he could hve taken it and expanded it into a really good and long prequel... but still a very good book- buy it when it is out in soft back though

5-0 out of 5 stars A great SHORT story telling of the rise of the boundaries
While this book wasn't on the same level as the other books by Goodkind (meaning that its not an epic story of 700+ pgs) this short novella is still great. It tells a story that has desperately needed some clarification in relatively few pages. Zedd is a badass who cannot be stopped and the other characters in this one don't distract the reader from the main purpose of the story. I can understand how some fans could be disapointed, but you can't expect an epic tale about a time gone past and a story that you already know the outcome of. For anyone interested in Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, I would reccomend this book. It doesn't take much time (one day) and adds to the realism of Goodkind's world. ... Read more

129. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords : Prima Official Game Guide
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130. The Illustrated Man (Grand Master Editions)
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That The Illustrated Man has remained in print since beingpublished in 1951 is fair testimony to the universal appeal of Ray Bradbury's work. Only his second collection (the first was Dark Carnival, later reworked into The October Country), it is a marvelous, if mostly dark, quilt of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. In an ingenious framework to open and close the book, Bradbury presents himself as a nameless narrator who meets the Illustrated Man--a wanderer whose entire body is a living canvas of exotic tattoos. What's even more remarkable, and increasingly disturbing, is that the illustrations are themselves magically alive, and each proceeds to unfold its own story, such as "The Veldt," wherein rowdy children take a game of virtual reality way over the edge. Or "Kaleidoscope," a heartbreaking portrait of stranded astronauts about to reenter our atmosphere--without the benefit of a spaceship. Or "Zero Hour," in which invading aliens have discovered a most logical ally--our own children. Even though most were written in the 1940s and 1950s, these 18 classic stories will be just as chillingly effective 50 years from now. --Stanley Wiater ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Really does earn all five stars
This was an extremely good one-day read. It's short, entertaining, and completely worth devoting a few aimless hours to. This was my first exposure to Bradbury, and it did not disappoint in the least. Though probably classified as sci-fi due to the overall themes and the author's writing history, this book belongs, in my opinion, in the horror genre. Not all of the stories are particularly frightening, but many of them convey such a sense of dread and terror, much appealing to the psychological aspect, that it left me a bit less prepared to sleep in a dark room that night. One in particular that stands out is 'the Veldt', in which future-modern home technology turns devastatingly bad on some of its owners' intended victims. This book is worth a look, for certain, but can be picked up in most decent used book stores for much less than the new list price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Illustrating Human Nature
Sometimes it's hard to remember that Ray Bradbury approaches the art of the short story in a very unconventional way. His collections of short stories are often tied together by common sub-themes or settings, although each story could also stand on its own. Such is the case here, though the running theme to the Illustrated Man collection is mostly an abstraction. Apparently the stories here are told by a man's haunted tattoos, but don't worry about that too much. The true theme holding this group of stories together is examinations of human nature and mankind's place in the universe. Bradbury's frequent use of Mars (and occasionally other planets) as a setting, with the obligatory spaceships and technology, is merely his method of creating alternate realities to bring human nature into bold relief.

Bradbury's classic examinations of the dark and melancholy side of humanity are well represented here as always, with his trademark poetic writing style and underlying sense of creeping dread. The classic virtual reality tale "The Veldt" is found here, with the typical misuse-of-technology theme presented in an unexpectedly haunting fashion. More evidence that the stock sci-fi themes are merely a thin backdrop can be seen in "The Other Foot," a chilling examination of race relations; or "The Rocket," which deals with the yearning of regular people to reach beyond the confines of Earth. Other winning stories include "Kaleidoscope" and "The Long Rain" which are haunting tales of how human nature can still undermine the greatest achievements of cold technology. So don't concern yourself with the typical sci-fi backdrop, and get in tune with what Ray Bradbury is really talking about.

4-0 out of 5 stars Poignant Tales of Yesterday┬┐s Future
This group of highly imaginative tales, written in 1948-51, do nothing if not illustrate that 1) it's extremely difficult to predict the future and 2) no matter how much we struggle against it, we probably are doomed to reflect our own times and cultural environment. Over half a century after Ray Bradbury wrote these entertaining stories, we have a lot of answers to questions about the (then) future thanks to hindsight. Bradbury's characters still smoke like chimneys, they still use clunky mid-20th century machines for the most part---lugging electrical equipment and card tables across the light years in their bronze spaceships. There's only the vaguest hint of a computer ("The City") and then of the giant, controlling variety. Above all, there is no vision of the infinitely varied America of today---the space explorers in these stories are nearly all white Anglosaxons who speak and behave as white people did in the early 1950s. The cultural oppositions and arguments in the stories are those of mid-century America. While it is true that Bradbury writes of human nature it is also true that the nature he describes is as we saw it half a century ago.

However, Bradbury covers a wide range of topics: child psychology; machine vs. man; imagination and emotion vs. cold science; religion; time travel, and race relations. Some of the stories are unbelievably poignant. In fact, I would say that poignancy---the ability to bring out that quality without being sappy or twee---is Bradbury's strongest suit. If you don't like science fiction, this book probably isn't for you, but it certainly has made its mark on American culture, with 47 printings through 1990. One story, "The Exiles", probably laid the basis for his later "Fahrenheit 451". Bradbury wrote many stories which featured the "wrap-around-comfort, totally mechanized houses" that appear in several works in this volume. How many Hollywood movies of the last 15 years owe a debt to "The Fox and the Forest", a story of people escaping through time from a bad future to a quieter or more prosperous present ? THE ILLUSTRATED MAN is a minor American classic in a perennially shortchanged genre, science fiction. The dated technology and cultural styles may seem primitive today, but even they add a dimension of telling us about the times in which they were written as well as about the future as they saw it then.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you don't like Science Fiction......
read this and change your mind.

The narrator met a man covered in tattos, tattos that moved to tell stories, eighteen of which are told in this volume. The stories, many of which have been published separately, are:
THE VELDT - overindulgence is bad for both parents and children
KALEIDOSCOPE - doomed astronauts floating in space
THE OTHER FOOT - reverse discrimination with a vengence
THE HIGHWAY - sometimes life passes you by and sometimes it doesn't
THE MAN - is it the journey or the destination that matters?
THE LONG RAIN - sometimes madness is the answer
THE ROCKET MAN - career vs. family
THE FIRE BALLOONS - is religion the answer or the question?
THE LAST NIGHT OF THE WORLD - the end with a whimper not a bang
THE EXILES - do people live for art or does art live for people?
NO PARTICULAR NIGHT OR MORNING - again the answer could be madness
THE FOX AND THE FOREST - you can run but you cannot hide
THE VISITOR - sometimes you don't know what you've got 'til its gone
MARIONETTES, INC. - machines can be asked to do too much
THE CITY - revenge can be served very cold
ZERO HOUR - parents need to parent
THE ROCKET - Desire, envy and the triumph of the human spirit

Although these tales are hauntingly disturbing and many contain rather gruesome images Bradbury writes with a gentleness that takes material that could be shocking in another writer's hand and instead makes it poignant. He allows the more subtle message of the stories to come through by taking the edge off the sensationalism.

It is particularly interesting to read these stories and rember (or discover) what life was like in the fifties and then reflect (investigate) what changes took place in the subsequent fifty year.

For those who have read this and didn't like it try it again in a few years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bradbury is a master storyteller
These are stories that go beyond "science fiction." The technology aspects are part of the canvas, but these stories are powerful because Bradbury paints with emotion and metaphor. He builds more empathy with characters in a few short words than other authors do in an entire novel, and his descriptions return us to a time when we were young, and simple objects filled us with awe and wonder.

There is something here for everyone. Read them for yourself. Read them for your children. This short book is a celebration of the art of storytelling. ... Read more

131. Animal Farm and 1984
by George Orwell
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George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture. It is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm--a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is reestablished with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: But some Animals Are More Equal Than Others. . . .


In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.
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132. I Was Poisoned By My Body: The Odyssey of a Doctor Who Reversed Fibromyalgia, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - Naturally!
by Gloria Gilbere, Gloria Gilbere PhD, Beata Golau, Tama Bergstrand, Janice Phelps
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This book is the first of its kind to directly connect the causes of autoimmune disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and multiple chemical sensitivities with colon and digestive disorders. It offers safe, alternative, natural choices to drug therapy.

A personal note from Dr. Gilbère:

Dear Reader,
My book will assist you in natural non-drug solutions to heal and repair damage from prescription drugs, years of health depleting dietary choices, and chemically induced immune system disorders. It’s surprising how many symptoms stem from leaky gut and toxic liver syndromes. No, leaky gut is not a dinner table topic, but will soon become a household word. This increasingly common disorder is not well known in traditional medicine, rarely tested for, and much less understood. Leaky gut syndrome is the disease of the 21st century. The gut houses over half the body's immune and detoxification system, therefore, an unhealthy gut is what holds back many people from ever getting well. It doesn’t matter what your diagnostic label is, if your gut isn’t healthy, your body cannot repair. This syndrome will soon be as widely discussed and written about as colon cancer, menopause, prostate disorders and arthritis.
—Dr. Gloria Gilbère, June 1, 2000

Take charge of your health... get to the gut causes... read this book! "We have become a society that expects instant results instead of taking full responsibility for our health. Doctors and health-care professionals are physicians, not magicians. The information provided in this book will assist you in making informed decisions, because, after all, it’s you who must live with the consequences of your choices." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Saved my life!
I have had MCS, fibromyalgia, leaky gut for over twenty years. I have read a plethoria of books and have been to the most notable in this field without relief. After reading this book and following Dr,. Gloria Gilbere's program I am, for the first time in years, experiencing less symptoms, and am feeling healthier than I thought possible. Dr Gilbere works closely with me, has the patience of a saint, considering how complicated and overwhelming this illness can be, and I get a sense that she not only cares about me but have found her to go above and beyound the call of duty. This book will change your life but one needs to work hard by sticking diligently with teh program. It then will transform your life. good luck and happy reading. Jennifer Millett New York

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
This book has allot of information on how your gut, colon and intestines and how important they are to your health. This book is an easy read- not a medical textbook but a very easy to read and understand book. It details out how the gut, colon and intestines can affect your overall health. I got the book for Chemical Sensitivity and I feel she is "Right on the money" when she discusses the causes and how to go about treatment.

She is a wonderful person and does truly care about the wellness of her patients. Check out this book and for more in-depth information on this subject get her other book "Invisible Illnesses" it is even better!
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good info, needs a good editor
This is a frustrating book to write a review about. This subject really needs a book like this; professionally published, nicely formatted, attractively done, well advertised - something that the general public can latch onto and absorb. The information is important and advanced in a simple and easy to read fashion.... But who edited this book? It either appears to have been written rapidly with little concern for sentence structure or perhaps Dr. Gilbere is originally a foreign speaker? This is one of the poorest written book I have come across. Alot of work went into producing, formatting, and advertising this book. Maybe next time they will put some into editing. Not really a big problem given that theres alot of good info and this is a subject crying out for alternative points of view.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ammo for health
Shame on the medical profession for ommitting this most valuable diagnostic and treatment information from the training of doctors. Again, it comes down to the fact that no pharmaceutical company or patent holder stands to become rich from such simple health care. Instead, millions of people grope desperately as their lives disolve around them, all because no one has understood the effective diagnosis and treatment as outlined in this book. I spent 25 years trying to find these answers - and when I did - reading this book gave me the personal and medical ammunition to turn my health around immediately. Although it will be several months before I completely recover - (whats a couple of months after 25 years!) - I feel better after less than a few weeks.
I read the book at one sitting. The next morning my husband read it in one sitting and immediately had the vocabulary and understanding to explain to weary and unsupportive relatives that I was not a hypocondriac. That was worth the price of the book alone. Although I have a Doctor who will oversee the treatment for me - I have insisted on using Dr. Gilbere's plan. She has tested and found the best products - I don't have to be my own Dr. anymore - finally - someone who knows more than I do. I look forward to the sequel. which is due shortly.

5-0 out of 5 stars My clients want to continue reading this book....
Being a Colon Therapist and Holistic Practitioner, this book is in our reception room. Clients come in and start reading this book and don't want to put it down. My clients, as well as I relate to what Dr. Gilbere has so astutely put into words. This is informational and practical. Fortunately Dr. Gilbere has listed not only many problems, but also a number of solutions to environmental and food caused illnesses that a lot of us can identify with. ... Read more

133. The Demon Soul (Warcraft: War of the Ancients, Book 2)
by Richard A. Knaak
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Led by the mighty Archimonde, scores of demonic soldiers now march across the lands of Kalimdor, leaving a trail of death and devastation in their wake. At the heart of the fiery invasion stands the mystic Well of Eternity -- once the source of the night elves' arcane power. But now the Well's energies have been defiled and twisted, for Queen Azshara and her Highborne will stop at nothing to commune with their newfound god: the fiery Lord of the Burning Legion...Sargeras.

The night elf defenders, led by the young druid, Malfurion Stormrage, and the wizard, Krasus, fight a desperate battle to hold back the Legion's terrible onslaught. Though only embers of hope remain, an ancient power has risen to aid the world in its darkest hour. The dragons -- led by the powerful Aspect, Neltharion -- have forged a weapon of incalculable power: the Dragon Soul, an artifact capable of driving the Legion from the world forever. But its use may cost far more than any could have foreseen.

The second novel in an original trilogy of magic, warfare, and heroism based on the bestselling, award-winning electronic game series from Blizzard Entertainment.

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134. Hero's Guide (Star Wars Roleplaying Game)
by J. D. Wiker, Rodney Thompson
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Follow your own path.

Bold individuals from countless star systems aspire to greatness. But the galaxy’s real heroes are those dynamic characters who blaze their own way to fame or infamy. Like them, you possess a unique combination of skills, abilities, traits, and talents that enables you to succeed where others fail. With your vision and drive, you will leave your mark on the galaxy.

This sourcebook features:
• Over 90 new feats, including Blasterslinger, Dark Power, and Kinetic Combat, as well as seven feats that reflect mastery of each of the lightsaber forms.
• Over 30 new prestige classes, such as the master duelist, sharpshooter, Bothan master spy, and berserker droid.
• Over a dozen factions, such as the Rebel Alliance, Bounty Hunters’ Guild, and the Hutt Criminal Syndicate, along with rules for joining each one.
• New equipment, including weapons, military hardware, and cybernetics.

To use this sourcebook, you also need the Star Wars Roleplaying Game Revised Core Rulebook.

This product is for use with all Star Wars eras.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Star Wars Player's Best Friend
In a very basic sense, the Hero's Guide is like an advanced expansion of the Revised Core Rulebook, but it's much more than that. The main purpose of this book is to provide tools for the player- and it definitely delivers. Gamers looking for long sections of background and history are advised to go elsewhere, but considering all that it offers, I'd consider this book a must-have for any serious player.

First off, the Hero's Guide follows in the high-quality style of other recent products such as the Ultimate Alien Anthology and Coruscant And The Core Worlds. Like its cousins this book is full-color and hardcover. One immediately notices the large amount of original artwork and still photos. The main index is organized alphabetically by topic, which makes finding most things mercifully simple. This book is well presented, easy on the eyes, and fun to read, but of course that's not why it deserves a spot on your bookshelf.

This book is simply filled to the brim with a vast array of new game rules and character options.

The main standouts are the chapters on Feats and Prestige Classes. In terms of Feats, over 120 new feats are offered, including feats for six distinct martial arts disciplines as well as feats depicting the seven forms of lightsaber combat. There is also a wide selection of faction-related feats. With such a wide selection even the pickiest player should be able to find something that fits his or her character.

Players will also like the selection of nearly 30 new prestige classes. Many of them are tied to specific factions, and some are definitely harder to qualify for than others, but they represent such a wealth of progression options that just about anybody should be satisfied. The full list includes: Chief Engineer, Infiltrator, Loyal Protector, Martial Arts Master, Master Duelist, Outlaw Slicer, Priest, Sharpshooter, Treasure Hunter, Antarian Ranger, Black Sun Enforcer, Black Sun Vigo, Master Spy, CorSec Officer, Corporate Troubleshooter, ISB Special Agent, Crime Broker, Mistryl Shadow Guard, Lord of the Expanse, Rebel Organizer, Sienar Engineer, Baran Do Sage, Matukai Adept, Zeison Sha Warrior, Espionage Droid, and Berzerker Droid.

Noticeably absent are the Jensaarai Warrior and the Dathomiri Witch, but at least the Jensaarai has an official entry in Dungeon Magazine 98 (Polyhedron 157).

The Hero's Guide also showcases the concept of character archetypes. Basically, an archetype is a multiclass character that replaces certain class features with ones that better fit a desired character concept. This sets a welcome precedent: if it doesn't fit, change it!

Also introduced is the concept of Sympathy. Sympathy is similar to and works in conjunction with Reputation, but it only applies when dealing with members of a faction with which you have Sympathy. Unlike Reputation, however, Sympathy can go up or down based on a character's actions.

In addition to all this there is a chapter devoted to character creation, another that discusses new uses for existing skills, a selection of new equipment (including the long-awaited rules for cybernetics), a chapter on new combat moves, a chapter that discusses the Force, and finally a chapter devoted to Droids.

After having read through it several times, I simply can't find a bad thing to say about this book. It may very well be the best SWRPG sourcebook published so far. Hats off to the authors and the entire team who put it together.

And if you still aren't satisfied, the Star Wars RPG section of the Wizards of the Coast website has a web enhancement for the Hero's Guide that includes even more archetypes and prestige classes.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book rocks
To be perfectly honest, I hate Star Wars. I think the movies [are bad] and are completely uninteresting. But this book is a different story altogether. It brings to life what the movies can't. The writing is superb. Highly Recommended!! ... Read more

135. Doomworld (Star Wars: A Long Time Ago..., Book 1)
by Roy Thomas, Archie Goodwin, Don Glut
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-03)
Publisher: Dark Horse
Sales Rank: 283100
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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Dark Horse Comics is proud to present Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... featuring classic Star Wars stories not seen in over twenty years! Originally printed by Marvel Comics, these stories have been recolored and are sure to please Star Wars fans both new and old. Volume 1 contains stories from the original Marvel run like the riveting classics"Eight for Aduba-3," "Star Search," and the smash hit of June 1978 "Doomworld!" ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars 20 stories all in one hugh book
This is a review of Star Wars - A Long time Ago... Doomworld, also referred to as volume I, which collects issues 1 through 20 of the Marvel comic series Star Wars. This is ISBN 1569717540 published June, 2002; made in China.

First the binding. Because Dark horse has had trouble with the TPB's bindings that are made in China, and because this is 369 pages, my copy has excellent binding. I actually read it without the comic falling apart in my hands!

With the exception of the binding problems, Dark horse has been producing comics that are visually awesome in terms of the inking and reproduction quality. You can still argue about the artwork and pencil work itself, because they use so many people and try different styles. There are those artists whose style I just don't care for. I say that to remind one that these are reproductions of comics that marvel created A LONG TIME AGO... Dark Horse has actually enhanced the original quality.

The quality of the pencil work varies here by story, but generally it was not bad. You'll have little trouble identifying who is who. Generally the artwork is a D to a C when compared to what DH produces today. However the inking is excellent. I recall no story where the color appeared to be washed out.

As for the stories themselves, I read these with my son, and he likes the ones with lots of action and vibrant drawings. You get both here, because with 20 different stories you do get variety.

This is a 2.5 star rounded up to 3 for the effort that DH put into improving the quality of this comics visual elements.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Blast From the Past (When Comics weren't Just For Adults!)
I was 6 when Star Wars was first unleashed on the public, and I was lucky enough to have a Mom that supported her young son's comic-book reading habit; The biggest problem of any comic reader in those long-forgotten days was spotty newsstand distribution- It was almost impossible to collect EVERY issue of your favorite comic.....for almost 25 years I've been wondering how Luke and company managed to get off of that Water Planet in Star Wars #14....

THANK GOD FOR DARK HORSE! My wondering days are over! Doomworld collects issues 1-20 of Marvel's original Star Wars series in glorious full-color, on beautiful paper with great production values. The book opens with an incredibly faithful adaptation of the movie, then goes off into some surprising territory: Han and Chewie star in an outer-space "Magnificent Seven", where they team with a giant green Rabbit and an old man named "Don-Wan Kihotay" to face off against "Serji-X Arrogantus", a thinly disguised version of Mad Magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones; Luke and the Droids crash on a Waterworld years before Kevin Costner made that awful movie; Han squares off against a "Gaily" attired pirate and his man-hating female crony; and everyone ends up in the deep-space Las Vegas for the big cliffhanger. The stories are a bit removed from what the films delivered, but I took a bit of umbrage at the back-cover copy which calls the Marvel stories "Kitschy"; Dark Horse has published a few duds themselves ("Union", anyone...?); At least these stories are entertaining!

As a kid, I hated the artists that worked on these stories. As an adult, I can appreciate the draftsmanship and storytelling ability that they brought to the series. Howard Chaykin, Carmine Infantino, Tom Palmer, Terry Austin, Herb Trimpe, Al Milgrom...They're all legends, and with good reason. (The only gaffe, artwise, is the pairing of Chaykin and Frank Springer in chapter seven. Springer's inks are atrocious!) The art looks better than ever, thanks to the vibrant colors and slick paper. And aside from Roy Thomas' propensity for making Han say (OVER and OVER again!) "WELL then there now!", the characters STAY in character. Lucasfilm may have decided that the stories are no longer canonical, but that doesn't mean they're not fun! And the price just can't be beat! Give Doomworld a try if you're looking for something a little bit different. WELL then there now!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic and Corny
Before the days of Dark Horse there was: THIS STUFF. On the one hand, this is what we once had. On the other hand, some of it was really corny. Sometimes the art was pretty awful. Other times it was the story line. Yet, through it all it was a lot like a grade B movie in comic book form; fun to read though you could never take it too seriously.

Some of the ideas were pure corn. How about a giant carnivorous rabbit (Jaxxon). The Don Wan Kioti character was right out of "The Man of La Mancha." There are other examples, but these suffice to give you a rough idea.

In spite of all the corn, these things are fun to read. The stories take me back to the days of yore when comics really were oriented towards young boys rather than adults, and we ate these things up. Of course, these were what we had, and we had no comparison to the quality graphics in todays comics. Many people in the industry are loath to call them comics.

While the book is a bit pricey, on the other hand you do get 20 comics. The book is pretty thick and the reproductions are good. You have to be a hard-core Star Wars fan or nostalgic for original Star Wars comics to want these, but for either of those groups, enjoy!

3-0 out of 5 stars Weak movie adaptation improves afterward
Howard Chaykin is one of my favorite, if not the favorite comic book artists/writers. That is why it is so disappointing to see his work in this compilation. It is incredulous that the man who produced the gorgeous, crisp, clean art of American Flagg was responsible for the sloppy, hurried art presented in his issues. After Carmine Infantino takes over though, the art improves markedly.

The first six issues are an adaptation of the movie, although it bears much more resemblance to the novelization as it includes such things as Luke seeing his friends on Tatooine, Luke being a part of Blue group rather than Red. The first cover features a red-headed Princess Leia and a green Darth Vader in a mistake of galactic proportions. Also editing errors are rife throughout the adaptation with weapons being called different names throughout and not often matching what they were called in the movie. I can only hope they rushed these out 1 a week the quality was so low.

After we get through the movie adaptation things improve, though for a while we get some really bad editing. Names spelled differently in different panels for one thing. Still though, despite the improvement in plotting there are still some laughably bad ideas such as Don-Wan Kihotay(also spelled Don-Wan Kioti) the Man of La Mancha Jedi ripoff.

There is continual improvement though and we eventually get to see some nice, plausible adventures of what may have happened to our heroes after the destruction of the Death Star. Chewbacca though never really looks much like Chewbacca.

Two stars for the beginning, and the continual improvement brings it up to three stars.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good writing, goofy art. OK extrapolation from original.
Archie Goodwin's plots were great, but the art that accompanies these stories are sometimes painful to look at. The square-jawed, super-muscled look doesn't really match our on-screen versions of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. The idealized voluptiousness of Leia isn't exactly a dead ringer for Carrie Fisher, either. And if you're looking for Jabba the Hutt, this isn't the place to see him unless you remember him as a yellow, seal-faced humanoid.

Despite the cosmetic differences though, the characters are decently expanded and given interesting things to do. Luke's adventures on a water planet 20 years before Attack of the Clones make us wonder why we didn't see Jango and Obi-Wan riding the serpents in their modern version. The blind, vengeful Baron Tagge provides an interesting side to the Jedi mythology as he seeks to destroy Darth Vader, the man who robbed him of his sight. And assorted background characters like The Starkiller Kid and Valance the Hunter bring some fresh perspective to the events of the galaxy. These were the first looks at Luke and friends from outside the eyes of Rebellion or Empire, decades before the "Tales from the..." anthologies were published. ... Read more

136. The Golden Age of the Sith (Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi)
by Kevin J. Anderson, Chris Gossett, Dario Carrasco Jr., Bill Black, David Jacob Beckett, Stan Woch
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Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Sales Rank: 301251
Average Customer Review: 3.54 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Fair Book
Golden Age of the Sith is not the best Star Wars comic I have read. I recomend it to any Star Wars fan who wants to learn more about the Sith.

3-0 out of 5 stars Confusing start for the Old Republic Jedi
On the SW time line this is the first of the OLD REPUBLIC ERA stories released Aug 1997. Written by Kevin j Anderson, author of the JEDI ACADEMY TRILOGY (1994), KJA is one of the more important writers in the SW universe, or at least he was. He wrote the young jedi series, and those kids are now the heart of the jedi in the NJO series of books. He also wrote the Essential chronology with Daniel Wallace released in 2000. These old republic are comics have been criticized as almost unrecognizable from the jedi that luke is training.
It is not my job to defend KJA and his story, but times were different. What I can't explain away is the poor editing. All the ORE comics are confusing as heck. Most of them have no importance to the Skywalker era. The art work that gets a C grade, but Darkhorse has made tremendous strides in later comics. Comics produced in 2002 and 2003 have stunning artwork! I'll give this comic a 3 star review for starting things off.

4-0 out of 5 stars 5,000 years before Anakin and Luke
This is actually the first STAR WARS story in the entire chronology. Although be advised that it was published by Dark Horse Comics later in the TALES OF THE JEDI (TOTJ) run, in 1996-1997, as 5 issues and one #0 issue.

If you're going to read the TOTJ series, I recommend you start with this one. It's a great introduction to the Old Republic and the hidden Sith empire.

Kevin J. Anderson does a good job with the story and the characters. Some backstory on the origin of the Sith is provided. It is very cool to see the Sith and their manipulations, the conflict among themselves. The art is very good, with impressive planets and character designs. There is a nice level of detail and the coloring is above average.

I really like TOTJ because it is so far removed from all other incarnations of SW. There is so much to explore, and the history of the Sith is something that has always been of keen interest to me.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE SITH is a fast-paced read that entertains all the way through.

This story is concluded in TALES OF THE JEDI: THE FALL OF THE SITH EMPIRE.

2-0 out of 5 stars Interesting SW history, but hard to like
'Golden Age of the Sith', as the other Tales of the Jedi books, is a bit of a hard sell for fans and non fans. Fans of Star Wars will buy this book to complete their collections, and just might enjoy it for it's historic tale set in the far past of the Star Wars continuity. However, the tale is so bizarre that it bears almost no resemblance to the current Star Wars universe. For some it might be a drawing point, but I think others will be turned off by this. Non fans will turn away, as the story isn't particularly intriguing and the art is sub-par. The rest of the 'Tales of the jedi' stories are much better.

2-0 out of 5 stars Hardly the best of Star Wars
I found this to be a mixed package. Once again, I state that I've never been a Kevin J. Anderson fan. His earlier novels and comics were pretty good, but after his first few the quality virtually vanished.

The story of Gav and Jori is a bit of a bore, and even though you're supposed to feel sympathetic toward these two, I just didn't feel it. The Sith, meanwhile, turn out to be a bunch of squabling fools. The only character who is really worth a dime is Naga Shadow.

The art by Carrasco was good, though. His art style is well-fitted for the ancient 'Tales of the Jedi' series. (Any attempts to transplant him into 'modern' Star Wars, though, don't prove very fortunate, as 'Leviathan' proved.) The Sith architecture and garb is well-done, with beautiful vistas and the Egyptian-style tombs and architecture. Even the warships have a certain flair to them.

Overall, the art's about as good as the story is lackluster. Insight into the ancient Sith is unfortunately little. Flip through it, take a look at the nice, old-style art, and then I reccomend putting it back on the shelf. ... Read more

137. Planetary Vol. 3: Leaving the 20th Century
by Warren Ellis
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Planetary 3
Solid installment of Ellis' _Planetary_ series. The threads begin to come together even more tightly, but remain loose enough for continued mystery as the series continues.

5-0 out of 5 stars rare 21st century gem
Beautifully drawn and conceived.Ellis takes us on stunning walks of levity and gravity, fantasy and gritty realism.One cannot help but wonder how much is imagained and how much is based on fact.He's found the line where pop-culture and reality collide ... some of his best work, certainly, and perhaps the first great comic book to define life in te 21st century.

A word to the wise, though ... don't pick this volume up if you haven't read the first two ... you'll be missing out.

1-0 out of 5 stars Warren Ellis is strange and a terrible writer.
The writings of Warren Ellis, well they promote drugs, paranoia, inmature dialoge between men and women, and commentey by aman who clearly hates himself and the world around him. As this load of garbage shows.DC Comics should have nothing to do with this quack's wriings, and speaking as someone who works in the publishing field as both editor andwriter.I would not give the man's scripts one passing thought, They are not worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Planetary: Leaving the 20th Century
In this 3rd installment of Planetary (collecting issues 13-18), Ellis and Cassaday take their X-Files-on-steroids creation through a familiar landscape of comicbook/literary/pop culture - including take-offs on the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Thor, kung fu flick 'Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon', Tarzan, and Jules Verne's sci-fi classic 'From the Earth to the Moon'.

Warren Ellis rivals Alan Moore aned Neil Gaiman as a writer who commands repeated readings as the war between Planetary and the Syndicate(X-Files)-like 'Four' (who are themselves evil send-ups of Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four) escalates. John Cassaday's art is consistently breathtaking and more than equalls Ellis' strong writing.

Do read the first 2 Planetary graphic novels first ('All Over the World' and 'The Fourth Man') before continuing here and beyond. The good news is there is more to come.

Also recommended: Planetary:Crossing Worlds (excellent short stories outside of regular continuity); Alan Moore and Kevin O'neil's 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' (both Vol. I & II are great). ... Read more

138. Blood Angels: Deus Sanguinius (Warhammer 40,000)
by James Swallow
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Asin: 1844161552
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Games Workshop
Sales Rank: 12459
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Epic conclusion to the story of the Blood Angel Space Marines Rafen and Arkio, started in Blood Angels: Deus Encarmine where a battle brother emerges as the re-incarnation of the Patriach of the Blood Angels. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Predictable conclusion to Deus Encarmine
This novel was short, predictable and conclusive.
Anyone who's read the first novel can already guess with
90% accuracy what will happen in this one:
Blood Angel vs Blood Angel and what will happen in the end.

I rated this 3 stars, exactly the same as the first novel
since this novel should have been the second half of the
first novel.My review of the first novel still applies
to this one as well.
The overall feel of this novel is the same as the first since
it continues off exactly where Deus Encarmine left off.
The one good thing I will give it is that the action is
fast and the story progresses at a good rate thus making
it a very quick read.

One thing that still irks me to no end is that the
author should have been more familiar with Blood Angels and the
Adeptus Astartes in general.When an imperial inquisitor has
the authority to promote Blood Angels to leadership positions
in the official ranks even before they are corrupted, something is seriously off kewter with the authors knowledge.
The only time this might actually work is inquisitors
and the Grey Knights.

Another thing to note if the readers have read recent space
marines novels, every single novel seems to end with Exterminatus.Check out Crimson Tears, Lord of Night,
Iron Hands, etc.I had predicted before reading this novel
that some poor planet would need to be exterminated in order
to keep some kind of "space marines love to blow up planets

My next prediction: in a year or so, these two novels will
be released in a single novel edition.
If you must read this novel and you haven't read the first,
wait until it comes out in a single novel format. ... Read more

139. Arms and Equipment Guide (Star Wars Roleplaying Game)
by Jeff Grubb, Owen K. C. Stephens
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Asin: 0786927828
Catlog: Book (2002-11-09)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Sales Rank: 22818
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for having a good blaster at your side.

The galaxy is a dangerous place, and even the most capable heroes need the right equipment to get the job done. Outfitting for a rescue mission on a frigid ice planet differs from gearing up for an assault on a crime lord's jungle world headquarters. But with the right connections, and enough credits, heroes can acquire all the weapons and tools needed to survive any situation.

This sourcebook features:
• An arsenal of weapons and armor, along with rules for customizing and personalizing them.
• A wide variety of droids from across the galaxy, including the legendary R-Series astromech droids, binary load lifters, and the RA-7 "Death Star" droid.
• An array of vehicles from landspeeders to military walkers.
• Essential survival equipment, including breathers, comlinks, scanners, medpacs, and tools.

To use this sourcebook, you also need the Star Wars Roleplaying Game Revised Core Rulebook.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Finally a book that answers questions
Glad I bought this book. The Star Wars RPG left many questions about weapons and technology open. This book answers about 30% of those questions, which is a lot of material.

4-0 out of 5 stars for added flavor
To add a better sense of diversity, this book is an awesome tool.
It give a greater depth to the technical players out there

5-0 out of 5 stars A lot of stuff... A must have for any GM
If you are GMing star wars, living force or the like... this is a must. Why? It provides so much more than the Core Rule book does as far as specialized weaponry. It has simply pictures of selected weaponry, devices and droids. It has several new things that can really give your campaign that edge, taking into a different level of difficulty or adventure. It can also give your characters power they didn't know existed.

Each item comes listed with its type, a small description, Price (standard), how available it actually is and which Era it comes from (a real plus). For weapons it gives everything the RCR gives along with Hardness and Break DC's. Such weapons include the BlasTech DLT-20A 3d8+3 30m Long blaster, Disruptor Pistols, Mobile Mortars, a variety of Hold out blasters, including the Happy Surprise (palm blaster). It's melee section isn't nearly as extensive as its ranged section. There are some nasty specialized weapons like the Verpine Shatter Gun (6d6) or the Rodian Repulsor Knives. Many different types of weapon attachements and a guideline for customizing your own weapons.

Similarly there are the same thing for armors. Featuring multiple types of armor, from A/K Tracker Utility Vest, to the Shadowsuit to the AV-1A Assault Armor (that looks like something off of Warhammer).

There is a nice list of droids that basically is an expansion of the RCR's list. Nothing really new, as far as game mechanics go, but a nice new list to pick and chose from. There is also a nice new listing for Vehicles in the same way for the droids, a basic expansion from the RCR. The Equipment section has a new lift providing different brands of the most common items, with a more extensive list and with some more speicalized items, like detection equipment, sensors and blaster repair kits. Again, everything comes priced with listedd availability and era availability.

Again this is a must have for any GM. One of the first books I pass around before each module is this one. People make profession rolls, get some money, want to buy something, and this book is the first thing they turn to for merchandise. Now being the GM i am, i place certain restrictions, but that's just between you as the GM and the player. As far as any player goes... this is the book that you'll need to make that signature weapon for your bounty hunter, the location to find that R2 unit you've been looking for, or just finally have that little mobile mortar handy when you need it.

"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for having a good blaster at you side."

4-0 out of 5 stars Guns, armor, and crunchy goodness...
This is probably the one book that players of SWRPG have been waiting for. At first glance the book seems to be a bit on the small side at only 96 pages, and in truth it is- however, the authors have managed to do a good job of cramming all kinds of fun stuff in here.

And now for a synopsis.

Chapter 1: Weapons starts off with a quick-and-easy system for customizing your character's personal weapons. No longer must a character be a Tech Specialist to build a unique weapon (although it's still true that only Tech Specialists can mastercraft). Now anyone can make certain modifications or personalizations, as long as you have a sufficient Craft skill. Examples include increased range, improved critical, reduced weight, and increased accuracy. It is also very thoughtful that most modifications are balanced with a tradeoff in some other aspect of the weapon.

There is also a small but useful section that describes the process of Concealing a weapon on your person.

The main body of this chapter describes over 50 different blaster weapons, which is more than the entire weapon list from the Core Rulebook. There are also a few Ion Guns, a handful of lethal Disruptors (think disintegrator guns), slugthrowers, dart pistols, flechette launchers, crossbows and magna casters, wrist weapons, a good-sized list of melee weapons, grenades and grenade launchers, flamethrowers, sonic weapons, and even a few species-specific weapons like the Squip Tensor Rifle and the deadly but fragile Verpine Shatter Gun. Whew!

Chapter 2: Armor also starts off with a description of how armor can be modified, just like Chapter 1. In total 17 pieces of armor and protective gear are described, from simple tracker vests and leather jerkins up to some very tasty (and very expensive) sets of power armor.

Chapter 3: Droids, as you might guess, has an extensive list of Droid types. There are a lot of droids here, almost 20 pages worth in fact, which was a bit of a surprise. The droids cover the entire spectrum from Mouse Droids and assassin droids to Astromechs and tutoring droids. There is also some additional info on playing Droid characters.

Chapter 4: Vehicles is pretty short but still manages to describe a good array of machinery, including speeders, swoops, aircars, and walkers. Like chapters 1 and 2, there are additional rules for customizing vehicles.

Chapter 5: Equipment describes dozens of pieces of miscellaneous gear. Examples include breathers, comlinks, sensors, and medical equipment. Nothing here stands out as overly powerful, but most of it seems to be useful for a character to have.

And there you have it. There's enough equipment and technology in here to keep players and GMs picking and choosing for quite some time. In that respect, the book certainly delivers. All the items seem to be well thought out and nothing appears to be game-breaking or overbalanced.

The interior of the book is in black and white, not color, but is nonetheless tastefully done and easy to look at. The buyer should be aware that only about half the items described have a picture, but I found this to be acceptable, especially where a group of items were closely alike.

I did have a few complaints. In some cases, the picture for a given weapon or Droid is not on the same page, but on a page several numbers away. This is just a tad annoying. While I like the rules for modifications, I was disappointed at the utter lack of blaster pistol attachments (0) and rifle attachments (a mere 2). There were no cybernetics, also a disappointment (although rumor is cybernetics will appear in a future book).

In addition, there is not an alphabetical index, which can cause a bit of delay in finding a specific item. Finally, I felt that the book should have been hardcover. I don't like softcovers since they are too easy to damage. I would have gladly payed the few extra bucks.

Overall, though, these were minor complaints. I was very pleased with the book and feel that it can add a great deal of depth to any campaign. The GM can now unleash a bunch of new equipment, and the players have enough options to keep them happy too.

In total I give this book an extremely strong 4 out of 5. Along with the Core Rulebook, it is definitely the other "must have."

5-0 out of 5 stars great star wars accessory
the only thing lacking in this book is more detailed artwork. Yes, it has pictures, and lots of them, but it is simple line art lacking shading and flair. Not a major complaint, and some readers might not even care. As far as game mechanics, there are tons of weapon options for flamers, disinegrators, sith weapons, as well as droids. A great accessory any player or GM can use. ... Read more

140. Shadow Puppets (Ender, Book 7)
by Orson Scott Card
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Catlog: Book (2003-06)
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
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Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars
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A Sequel to The New York Times Bestselling Enders's Shadow

Bestselling author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth.

Earth and its society has been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics--the unity enforced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.

But one person has a better idea. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older, more ruthless, brother, sees that any hope for the future of Earth lies in restoring a sense of unity and purpose. And he has an irresistible call on the loyalty of Earth's young warriors. With Bean at his side, the two will reshape our future.

Here is the continuing story of Bean and Petra, and the rest of Ender's Dragon Army, as they take their places in the new government of Earth.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Another good addition to the Ender Series
The Battle School Children keep growing up in the continuation of the Ender's Shadow series. Ender and Petra mature into adults and struggle with the ramifications of having children. Peter deals with reality as a politician, not just an essayist. Achilles returns and is working for Peter? As the time moves on, child geniuses are teen geniuses running the world that is in political turmoil. The book mostly focuses on Bean and Petra and their running away from Achilles, convinced he is going to murder Bean for wrongs he committed (All are Achilles killings are people who have made him vulnerable). We learn more about Bean's past and his inevitable, distressing future.

Thing that impressed me most about the book was Orson Scott Card didn't pull any punches; no cheesy easy ways out and no infuriating extensions the series (there is another book coming, but has the potential to be a very good book with a real story to tell). If you can't get beyond genius children manipulating world politics, then the books won't be as interesting. Political machinations make this more than a horror book with the evil villain pursuing the virtuous couple. The USA isn't the focus of all the political force that is affecting the world, but merely a reactor to other more powerful countries (which is odd for an American writer to do). The villian, Achilles, has depth and deviousness in his character that makes him believable as well as understandably evil, and Bean, the hero, is a squirmy stubborn who has to be manipulated to realize his own humanity. An odd person to root for certainly and Card makes you care about him.

A Good read with engaging characters and plot lines. If you haven't read any of the previous books, I suggest starting with Ender's Game or Ender Shadow (Ender's Game is best read before Ender's Shadow but is not necessary).

Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets.

3-0 out of 5 stars Intermittently engaging and boring
It seems that Orson Scott Card has two personae as a writer -- the pedantic bore, and the gripping plotter. At his best, his books are impossible to put down.

But then there's Shadow Puppets. It seems that Card has lost his way in this series (as he did in the first 4-part Ender saga). While the base story line is interesting, the surrounding details are tedious.

The plot is rich and complex -- Bean battles Achilles for control of the earth, after China has invaded India. How the two characters plot against each other is the best element of this book.

But the sections which move the plot forward are interspersed with two dull elements. First, there is the witty banter between the main characters (Bean and Petra, Bean and his parents, etc.). Except that its not that witty, and it just goes on and on. Fictional characters' pointless sarcastic repartee has to be really part of the story, or it becomes dull. I thought it did here.

Then there are the long rambling speeches, drilling Card's personal philosophy into you over and over. This is similar to the worst of Children of the mind -- nothing I hate more in my action sci-fi then rambling lecturing.

Mercifully, this book is brief, so it's not too painful to skip the dull bits. It would have been far better to have been edited down a LOT ... but then we'd probably have a Bean novella on our hands.

The Shadow series seems to really be running out of interesting ideas. Too bad. I thought the first two were much more consistent and interesting. If you're absolutely committed to Card, it's worth a quick read. Otherwise, skip it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Shadow Puppets is Right!
Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead are two of my most favorite books. This flimsy excuse for a book seemed like just another attempt by Card to cash in on the success of the rest of the franchise. I wonder if he realizes that while he may gain profits in the short the long term it only serves to denigrate and hurt the whole series. I found the characters uninteresting as they seemed to really be puppets, acting out the desires of the author with no real sense of purpose or reason...other than thats where the author wanted to go. The plot was uninteresting and made me feel like I was watching a bad B (or C if there is such a thing) Sci-Fi movie.

I am starting to wonder if William Shatner "Shadow" wrote this book. It's that bad. Don't waste your time.

4-0 out of 5 stars You like it or you don't.
SHADOW PUPPETS is one of things that you either REALLY like it or you REALLY don't. You can see that from the other reviews. The numbers are one, two, four, five. No three stars. If you need some explaining, here it is:
Shadow Puppets is about Bean and Petra all the way. Some people might find it kind of disturbing that two people of such different ages get married and so on.

Petra talks a little bit too much about forcing Bean into having kids. Some people probably think that part is a little weird.

Peter is the Hegemon, trying to find world peace. People might find that because China, Thailand, and many Asian and Middle Eastern countries have to do with this that the book is racist. Look, being Swedish, I don't think it is a problem. But if it was about Sweden being allies with a mass-murderer I would have been a little disappointed. It matters what view you have on the counties at hand.

But, as usual, OSC writes a great understanding of young geniuses. I think that his writing abilites, intelecual strengths, and vocabulary make this book and all the others awesome.

Also, Peter shows a soft spot in this book, which is a little refreshing. His new personality proves that he might actually be human.

And, as someone else mentioned, Bean gives Achilles some of his own medicine. That is REALLY refreshing.

4-0 out of 5 stars This volume is... different from the others- but still good!
Sure, some of the topics are slightly disturbing, but the book is still terrific! Yes. Bean and Petra get married and try to have kids. They do talk about trying to have kids too many times, but that's OK.
If this review just made you kind of iffy on the book,know this: Bean gives Achilles some of his own medicine in this book. So it's still worth the read! ... Read more

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