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121. Condemnation (Forgotten Realms: R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen, Book 3)
by Richard Baker
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-16)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
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Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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The New York Times best-seller is now in paperback!

Now available in paperback, Condemnation is the third title in an epic Forgotten Realms series about one of the most popular races in the setting. Best-selling author R.A. Salvatore wrote the prologue to Condemnation and continues to consult on the series, lending his expertise as the author who brought drow society to the forefront of the Forgotten Realms setting.
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good story, and I can't complain
First off, for those that are reading this review to know if they should 'go on' in the series should stop right now and buy it. No matter how good this book is, it is a *must have* to continue the saga.

Secondly, I enjoyed the book. I was not bothered by anything in the style of writing such as the combat scenes, or character development. I believe this author gave more life and humor to some of the characters. Pharaun and Valas seemed to pickup a sense of humor in this book as compared to some of the prior books. Although some characters did not develop to a high degree, they assisted in pushing the storyline and the author spent more time on group interaction between the main Drow party. Overall a different author helps give you more experience with other writing styles.

It seems to me that each author does his best to make Quenthel more and more bitchy and "drow priestess" like. :) Each book she gets on my nerves more and more. Like a little spoiled girl with way to much power. Pharaun seems to act more like a teasing brother during this story.

Two things I did not enjoy which keep me from adding that last star:

1. The paper book cover over the hardcover novel is way to small and it makes the book hard to open, and slides off easily. Not a problem with Salvatores hardcover "Demon War Series". I just took it off while I read it (defeating the purpose of course).

2. Unless I am reading it wrong on page 315 the author writes: " 'Save your magic', Quenthel decided. 'That strand will do. Jeggred, Ryld, carry Valas and Danifae'" -- what? Jeggred is not even in the group in this scene, but back on the material plane while they are in the outer planes.... type-o? Pretty big inconsistency if I read that right...

Other then that, Its worth the money. Buy it, read it, and enjoy every minute.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disapointing
As some others have mentioned there are a number mistakes in the book. Also it seems that this guy didn't even read the other books in the series. The Sceptered one is clearly described as "half elf like" yet Mr. Baker describes him as a red skinned demon type. In the last book there were mini plots that this guy just ignored. My biggest complaint is that he doesn't write dark elves as dark elves. Can you Imagine a Drow wizard using speech like "Kin Folk" or "I reckon"???? da... they aren't ogers or hillbillies Mr Baker. The characters in the last book had a quick wit and very descriptive vocabulary in this book they are "dumbed down" the witty jousting between the wizard and priestess is reduced to a 5th grade lvl.

In the other 2 books Quenthel is the character you love to hate. I didn't like her but found myself routing for her at times and was impressed with her abilities. In this book she is little more then an irrational tyrant.

Pharaun was written as an articulate egotistical wise guy that always seemed to come out on top. In this book his jokes and off hand comments remind me of my 6 year olds attempts at humor.

The 2nd book in this series was a page turner possibly the most action packed book I have ever read, on top of that the author developed the characters and sub plots very well. If I were one of the other authors in this series I would be pretty upset at Richard Baker. In this book I found it hard at times to figure out what was supposed to be going on as it seemed that the writer didn't bother to finish thinking out what he was describing.

Also I'm not sure why he choose to tell the story from Hilistra's point of view. I liked her in the other book but hardly consider her a main character. In the last book she had a depth to her, she was a strong priestess but was struggling with emotions. In this book she is kind of an idiot. (One last rant then I'll stop). The romantic relationship that appears in the book really undermines the character development achived in the last 2 books. I found it a bit simple minded and sort of stereotypical bashing of strong willed women.

I will probably finish this series as I want to see how it turns out. If the the first 2 books weren't so good I would have trashed this book 1/3 of the way threw and not read the next 3 books.

P.S. If Richard Baker should happen to read this: Maybe you should write books about ogres and trolls. Lesser minded creatures might be easier for you, oh but make sure they have teleportaion abilities so you can have an excuse when they mysteriously appear on another plane of existence then disappear again without explanation.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read !
The use of 'lads' was unfortunate, I do agree.The book is slow to get going ,but it's worth the effort as the ending picks up the pace quite nicely. This book, while not as witty as the first 2, is GREAT in it's intrigue and the Pillar of Woe's battle was very interesting IMO!
The Drow backstabbing just keeps getting more fun! :)The ending did surprise me! It gives us an accurate feeling as to just how desperate Drow can get when Mother Lloth seems to be hard of hearing. Eh sonny...? Speak into the horn.... :)

3-0 out of 5 stars Could have been better.....
I read this book with high hopes. For the first hundred pages it seemed to go pretty well. It was a change to start seeing the story from Hallistra's view rather than Pharun's or Ryald's. Quenthel at the end of the the second book is a good round character that you can see her differet sides. In this book she is one dimensional, and boring.

Second hundred pages we see alot more of Valas, who becomes more and more useful to the party. Danfae starts to become more of a character but ends being a distraction, and not really contributing to the party, or the book.

Last hundred or so pages seemed rushed. The editing became poor and the story seemed to jump in different directions that made it hard to follow. The main point here is when Jaggred is told to carry Hallistra. When I read this I was taken back, the author not only lost track of his characters he seemed to give up the story. The battles were glazed over compaired to the last book and didnt have any of the depth, nor were there any of the intriguing sub plots that really made the second book shine.

3-0 out of 5 stars TSR needs a better editor
This is the third book of what was promising to be an epic. No other Forgotten Realms series, was planned to have so many books in the series. The Sembian series was an exception, and it was focussed on individual characters of a single household.

The fact that this series will have different authors for each book is both a boon and a bane.

The boon was that the massive scope of the series will have rich contributions from various perspectives, making it more multi-dimensional and more credible.

The bane was that the same characters written by different people will inevitably have different interpretations. Not all these differences are subtle, and I wonder at the end of Book 6, whether the characters will get as garbled as in a "secret message" game.

There were two threads of development in this book. One followed the party of drow despatched from Menzoberranzan to Ched Nassad, the other on a secret organisation of male drows engineering attacks on drow cities.

Barely escaping with their lives when Ched Nassad was destroyed, the party of drow picked up two additional travellers, and considered on the next step in order to learn of the silence of Lloth, the Spider Queen. Without her granting spells, drow societies, which had for millenias been ruled by her clerics, were under great tension and verge of breakdowns. The enemies of the drow cities were quick to take advantage, with a deep dwarven kingdom and a fiend-led horde of evil denizens converging on Menzoberranzan.

Here, colourful characters were fleshed out through witty dialogues and stylistic actions. Unfortunately for the book, editors, or the writer, failed to spot a number of irritating errors, which other reviewers have posted.

Another problem was the level of credibility.

The party of six drows and a draegoloth faced many enemies - their combat strength do not seem to be consistent. One moment they could fight off powerful foes in an apparently deserted city, the next moment they were fleeing from mundane pursuers. Then they would be taking on lower-planes denizens and an unusually powerful beholder.

There were several brief references to sexual encounters, which are reminiscent of Hollywoods obligatory nude scenes in many mainstream movies - these sections could have been better written to add to the characterisations. Unfortunately, each section was little different from each other without adding anything new.

Nonetheless, I look forward to reading the next book as this book ended with cliff hangers on each thread development. ... Read more


122. Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 3: Double Trouble Tpb (Ultimate Spider-Man (Paperback))
by Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley
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Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars In Love With Comics Again
The Ultimate Spider-Man series is the best thing that has happened to comics in a long time. I love what Bendis and the crew have done with my favorite web-slinger. I get done reading a few pages and just smile. The artwork in this series is pure and clean. I can't see any way to make it any better except to keep the issues coming. Gwen was always the one I wanted for Pete, even though MJ is the best. I hope this time around Gwen is here to stay.

2-0 out of 5 stars ugh
I started loosing interst in the newer spider man books after this comic, i found a disturbance with the second one that was more artist than story but volume 3's story is cheezy but spider man is still the man, even if they try to change his persona and twist the story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spider-Man takes on Doctor Octopus and Kraven the Hunter
Just when I thought the game plan of the "Ultimate Spider-Man" with regards to the love life of his alter-ego Peter Parker was to go directly to Mary Jane Watson, passing Betty Bryant and Gwen Stacy, when scribe Brian Michael Bendis drops the later into the action. This version of Gwen is big on the mascara and perfectly willing to pull a switchblade on a bully, both of which are completely valid reasons for Peter to have his eyes pop out of his head when he looks at her. Not even her police Captain father can reign in this blonde tornado.

At this point in the comic book the stage is merely being set for the impending love triangle, but I have to tell you that what is happening here is clearly a take off on "Dawson's Creek." Seriously. Peter is Dawson, Mary Jane is Joey, and Gwen is Jen (No, Flash is not Pacey; Kong is closer to being Pacey than Flash, but Peter Parker does not have a friend, which means Harry is not Pacey either). This should prove to be interesting, especially given that Mary Jane already know's Peter's big secret. But at this point the main problem is that Aunt May has an over inflated opinion about her nephew's love life. Yes, things might actually be worse for our hero this time around.

The title of "Double Trouble" has to do with the fact that in this collection of "Ultimate Spider-Man" #14-21, Spider-Man has not one but two villains after him (I was going to say two super villains, but that would not be the case). The new and improved bad guys this time around are Doctor Octopus, who has come out of his coma to discover his tentacles are fused to his skin, and Kraven the Hunter, who is now a reality television star from Down Under. Clearly, the more you know about the original Spider-Man comics and his various foes the more you will enjoy Bendis's refinements and provocative changes. At the end of this collection Spider-Man enjoys his biggest moment in the sun since the spider bit him, which quickly follows with a particularly low moment for Peter. Even when we think we know the rules of the game, Bendis continues to surprise us.

"Double Trouble" is the third trade paperback collection of "Ultimate Spider-Man" comics, which re-imagines the webhead as a younger Peter Parker trying to learn the ropes of being a superhero. But for those who read the first couple hundred issues of the original "Amazing Spider-Man" this is a hyper retelling of the tale. Forget all the ... superheroes Spidey had to fight with; this time around the focus is on the best and the baddest. The biggest difference between these first 21 issues of "Ultimate Spider-Man" and the original comic is that a single issue is no longer a complete story; it takes eight issues for the conflict between Spidey and Doc Ock to develop and be resolved. Consequently, we have the rather paradoxical fact that things are happening much faster for Spider-Man in this retelling of the tale while taking longer to develop. I continue to be impressed by this brilliant "re-imagining," which is drawn by Mark Bagley with inks by Art Thibert and Erik Benson.

5-0 out of 5 stars my favorite villan done right.
this is spideys best villans first apperance Doc Ock and it shows spideys but being handed to him and becoming infamous. But kraven fans beware he isnt at his best. it even has a sneak peek of sandman. and this is a must have

4-0 out of 5 stars Breathing new life into Spiderman
I just can't believe how much I'm enjoying Ultimate Spiderman, and this collection is the best story arc yet.

Brian Michael Bendis flawlessly introduces two major villains from Spiderman's rogue gallery, Doc Octopus and Kraven the Hunter. There is such a quality to this work, such an attention to detail. Bendis is really building this series from the ground up, really breathing new life and fleshing out Peter Parker. And while Bendis respects the history of Spiderman, he by no means is hampered by it, and has no problem discarding details that make no sense.

Mark Bagley is definitely improving as this series progresses. I have been really quite impressed, it seems his storytelling is improving, and the action is very easy to follow. To me, Bagley has become a part of the book, an integral part of the experience.

This is a very intelligent Spider-title, and it only stands that it will get better and better, as has been the case so far. ... Read more


123. Black Juice
by Margo Lanagan
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Eos
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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As part of a public execution, a young boy forlornly helps to sing his sister down. . . . A servant learns about grace and loyalty from a mistress who would rather dance with Gypsies than sit on her throne. . . . A terrifying encounter with a demonic angel gives a young man the strength he needs to break free of his oppressor. . . . On a bleak and dreary afternoon a gleeful shooting spree leads to tragedy for a desperate clown unable to escape his fate.

In each of Margo Lanagan's ten extraordinary stories, human frailty is put to the test by the implacable forces of dark and light, man and beast. black juice offers glimpses into familiar, shadowy worlds that push the boundaries of the spirit and leave the mind haunted with the knowledge that black juice runs through us all. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sense of Wonder
Read this collection. The stories are strange and different, the language is wonderful, the characters heartbreakingly real. This book is not particularly for teens -- these stories are sophisticated and some are quite dark. But more than that, these stories are full of that elusive "sense of wonder" that so many SF and fantasy readers are looking for. Look no further -- it's all here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book
This is Lanagan's first collection published in the US (she has a # of other titles available in Australia) and it is a cracker! I almost recommend reading the first story last: it is so good and odd and different that you might have to take a break after reading before you read the rest. And you won't want to take that break, because this is one of the best collections you will read this year.

Recommended for smart readers of any age. ... Read more


124. The Mediator #5: Haunted (Mediator)
by Meg Cabot
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Suze is used to trouble, but this time she's in deep: Ghostly Jesse has her heart, but Paul Slater, a real flesh -- and -- blood guy, is warm for her form. And mediator Paul knows how to send Jesse to the Great Beyond. For good.

Paul claims he won't do anything to Jesse as long as Suze will go out with him. Fearing she'll lose Jesse forever, Suze agrees. But even if Suze can get Jesse to admit his true feelings for her, what kind of future can she have with a guy who's already dead?

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125. Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 10: Hollywood Tpb (Ultimate)
by Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, Art Thibert, Scott Hanna, J. D. Smith, Chris Eliopoulos, Nick Lowe, Ralph MacChio, Jeff Youngquist, Jennifer Grunwald, Jeof Vita, Joe Quesada
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126. The Mediator #3: Reunion (Mediator)
by Meg Cabot
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The RLS Angels are out for blood, and only Suze can stop them--since she's the only one who can see them. The four ghostly teenagers died in a terrible car accident, for which they blame Suze's classmate Michael... and they'll stop at nothing until he's joined them in the realm of the dead.

As Suze desperately fends off each attempt on Michael's life, she finds she can relate to the Angels' fury. Because their deaths turn out not to have been accidental at all. And their killer is only too willing to strike again.

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127. Star Wars: Infinities--Return Of The Jedi (Star Wars (Dark Horse))
by Adam Gallardo, Ryan Benjamin, Dan Norton, JUVAUN KIRBY
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When the plan to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt falls apart, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, and Chewbacca embark on another rescue mission that puts them into direct conflict with Boba Fett. Meanwhile, Luke's late arrival on Dagobah ends with him being captured by Darth Vader and the Emperor, just as the second Death Star is about to go on-line! Will the return of the Jedi become the end of the Jedi? The surprising climax is as exciting as that of the film on which it is based, but different from anything Star Wars fans have seen before! ... Read more


128. Fruits Basket, Vol. 5
by Natsuki Takaya
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Tohru Honda was an orphan when one day fate kicked her out of the house and on to land belonging to the mysterious Sohma family. After stumbling upon the teenage squatter, the Sohmas invite Tohru to stay in their house in exchange for cooking and cleaning. Everything goes well until she discovers the Sohma family's secret, when hugged by members of the opposite sex, they turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing. Needent I say more. :P
Fruits Basket (or Furuba as it's known to many fans) is a truly amazing manga.

From the title of it, you would expect it to be very hentai-ish, but it's not. In my opinion it has to be the cleanest manga that one can possibly stand. (IE it's not so clean and happy go lucky as Hamtaro *shudders* Hamataro is evil, pure evil). Well I got off track. This review has spoilers abound so beware if you haven't read the manga (or seen the anime).

Fruits Basket is about a girl name Tohru Honda a girl with a heart of gold and truly a wonderful person, whoes father died when she was very young. She is now 16, her mother had just died in a car wreck, and she went to live with her grandpa on her fathers side. (Because her mother and she were not exactly on speaking terms with her mothers side of the family). Her grandfather has to get his house remoldeld for some distant relatives on his side of the family so Tohru has to move out for a while. He told her to find some friends to stay with.

Not wanting to be a burden to any of her friends Tohru decides to rough it, and she finds a tent and campsout for about a week, on the Sohma familys property (not knowing of course). One day while walking to school she comes across the Sohma family household. She looks around in it for a while and comes across some stones with the Chinese Zodiac on it. Than she run's into Shigura (who is the year of the dog) and Yuki (her high-schools "Prince" He is the year of the rat) Later on in the story we are introduced to Kyou (the year of the cat, who is not in the zodiac because he was betrayed by rat). And this is where the trouble starts.

The Sohma family is cursed and therefore whenever they are touced or huged by a member of the opiset sex of someone NOT in there family, they turn into the animal that they are the year of. Tohru finds out this secret, and therefore she might have to have her memories erased from her. What will become of our poor Tohru? Find out when you read the manga! And belive me, you will. It is a must read.

Now I odviously left out a lot of details from this manga, but I didn't want to give away the whole storyline, that would be quite dumb wouldn't it?

Also this manga is printed in the original left to right reading format, therfore preserving the original artwork and sound-effects. It makes it even more enjoyable. All in all this manga is a must read. It's kinda of a comedy/romance, kind of. And it's shojo, so it's more or less going to be apealing to the femail gender a little bit more. That's not to say that a guy wouldn't like it. It has quite a bit of action in it (not like Trigun action) more martial arts action. But it is a must read. And I really hope my review helped. Do you believe it was written by a 16 year old? The reveiw I mean.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just thought I'd mention this
I was depressed for several days, then I went to Border's and bought some manga, one of them Fruits Basket #3. I swear, I felt so... happy afterwards! I'm serious, every time I read Fruits Basket, it just puts me in such a good mood... it's full of hope and compassion without seeming forced or sappy. Natsuki Takaya really has a talent for this! In this volume, after Momiji was talking about "The Most Foolish Traveler in the World" story in the "funny" stories book, and how he related it to Tohru, I actually cried, and I rarely cry over manga! XD Most of my favorite mangas are the more serious or sinister kind for older audiences, such as Confidential Confessions, Petshop of Horrors, Uzumaki, etc. and I'd never thought I'd enjoy a series like this. But I love it and it's one of my favorites... even though it sounds a little rediculous in its description (turning into animals when hugging the opposite sex ^^;) when you actually read it, it's really enjoyable, touching, and funny, and the characters all have deep personalities. I highly reccommend Fruits Basket!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!!!!!!
I love this manga!!!!

Clean and sweet, without being sappy, Fruits Basket is a really cute story about a sixteen year old orphan named Honda Tohru. One day when walking through the woods, she discovers a strange house. Under further investigation, she finds that the house happens to be the home of none other than the prince of her school, Sohma Yuki. When Yuki and his cousin Shigure find out that Tohru had been living in a tent, they immediately take her in. However, Tohru soon discovers their family secret. The Sohmas are the bearers of the "juunishi" (zodiac) curse. When their bodies grow weak, or when they are embraced by a member of the opposite sex, they transform into their designated animal of the Chinese zodiac, or in Kyo's case the outcast aka the cat.

I have only read two volumes of the manga, but I own all four anime dvds and love them. It starts out sweet and gentle, but the end, of the anime at least, is dark, depressing and to use a word I hate a real "tear-jerker." I cried. A lot. Even so, it was wonderful. Don't not buy it now because you think it to be dark and full of pain and misery. It's not. Every {good} story needs some dark pasts, mental scars, and evils. Otherwise, how did the villian become a villian, why is the good guy good? There would be no motivation. GO buy the manga. NOW.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fruits Basket
Fruits Basket in general is a touching series that really makes you look at yourself--when you see what these people go through, and see that they can still smile, you'll wonder if crying was/is ever worth it in the first place.(But of course, we all don't have a cute little bordering house-maid to give us the wisdom we need in those times.)

Anyways.

The book can be described in a few words; really sweet. In this book we meet a new character, Hatsuharu Sohma(though you may have seen a little of him in number 2), who has a 2 sided personality. That's all I know--I have yet to buy the book.

But if *I* like it so much without even having seen it, then who says YOU won't like it either?

Fruits Basket just have something special about it. It's like a parasite--it weasels into you and embeds itself into your heart. I think everyone can find something they like about it, even male otakus(otaku=anime fans, though not all are pale-faced doughballs)...

Now. Go. Now. Grab all the money you have and waste it(heh) on Furuba(Fruits Basket) stuff. OR YOU SHALL DIE WITH THE HAUNTING KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU MISSED OUT ON SOMETHING GREAT. Heh-heh-heh. Bye. ^^;

5-0 out of 5 stars fRUITS bASKET
The book starts out with a young girl,Tohru, who with the death of her mother is living alone in a tent. She then meets the Sohma family who is suprised to hear that she lives near by, because all the land in the area is owned by them.
She goes to school with her new found friend Yuki who is the popular handsome guy of the school. Later you find that for some reason Yuki hates cats as they walk together. Yuki and Tohru go their seperate ways, but later that night Yuki finds Tohru living in a tent and he takes her in because she dosn't look well.
In return Tohru cleans the house to earn her keep. Then a boy named kyo challenges Yuki to a fight. As they fight Tohru falls and keeps her balance by hugging Kyo. Kyo then transforms into a cat.
Thoru freaks out and then everyone else in the family transforms into a different animal.
They explain that their family is cursed wwith the spirts of the Chinese Zodiac. Each family member is possesed by a different animal spirit and when under great stress or embraced by a member of the oppisit sex they transform.
This first book takes you through the events of the first 5 episodes of the anime.
This first book is awsome and is followed up by more just as good! ... Read more


129. Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern Trilogy (Paperback))
by ANNE MCCAFFREY
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?

To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.

But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . . .


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5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS BOOK!
I must say that this book is one of my ABSOLUTE favorites! I have read it so many times that I almost know it all by heart! This book tells the story of Lessa, (my fav. character) who Impresses the last golden-queen dragon of Pern, Ramoth and how, basically, they defy all and, against all the odds against them, the save the world. This was the 1st Pern book I have ever read, and I say you should definetly read this one first. It makes understanding the different ranks and colors of the dragons easier...it makes you understand the real, emotional bond that the dragons and their riders have...how their minds are linked and how they understand everything about the other... This world is so believable that it makes me want to go to Pern and Impress a dragon! (lol) One of my favorite parts would have to be when Ramoth rose in flight to be caught by Mnementh, whose rider is F'lar, who was the only bronzerider who believed that the ancient menace of Thread would fall once again in the skies of Pern. And lo, was he ever correct! He and Lessa and Ramoth and Mnementh make the BEST couple, and their fierce wit and sense of knowing make the story fast-paced and wonderful! You get to really know all the characters like you are actually standing there, with them...its great! This is a TOTAL read for dragon fans and even sci/fi and fantasy fans! Its great for all ages, though I do warn against the 10 and under year olds-they might not get the concept. PLEASE READ! ITS SO WORTH A HARBACK VERSION! (I have all these books, so trust me!) :OD

4-0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a pretty good thing...
This is a typical coming-of-age SF/fantasy story, where the protaganist must overcome overwhelming odds to triumph over the forces of evil. It's main selling point is that it's a hybrid, giving us dragons and romance in an SF setting (altho the reader isn't necessarily aware that it's SF at first).

Lessa is the Cinderella of the story, working as hard in her hold as the lowliest peasant despite being the heir. The arrival of dragonriders to the hold upsets all of her long-range plans and she eventually ends up 'impressed' to a dragon queen. This opens the way for romance and more adventures as 'thread' (a burning, sometimes fatal thing that falls from the sky like rain) suddenly returns to bedevil the lives of people on Pern.

The story of Lessa is perfectly aimed at the Young Adult audience, with lots of adventure and many chances for the reader to try to figure out what 'thread' is and where the people of Pern are from. I first read it in my 20s and have reread it and the next 3 books in the series many times since (altho after that the series goes down the tubes).

I consider it on the same par as the Foundation series - light SF/fantasy entertainment. It's nowhere near as difficult to read as Tolkien or Cherryh but you don't get the same payoff either.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great imagination...but somehow it still feels boring
Contrary to all the praiseful reviews, I think this book is a bit boring. Yeah, just as my title says, the writer has a great imagination. Also the story is quite complex - something I like - but somehow it's just boring. This has a lot to do with her writing style. It's so monotonous... A lot of spectaculair things happen, but they seem to go almost unnoticed. She describes action from a distance.

I want to experience the burning of 'the thread' in a dragon's wing..!! Just mentioning it doesn't get me arroused.

The only bit of action is in the dialoges. These are relatively well written, although sometimes hard to follow (it seems one needs to fill in gaps). Yet I kept waiting and waiting for Lessa and F'lar's romance. Hoping dearly for increasing tenderness between the two. No way, suddenly everything is alright... State affairs are the only fun thing to write about, according to Anne McCaffrey.

Well, I don't want to paint a very bad picture. Maybe you should give it a try.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent, light fun
Anne McCaffrey's famous Pern series is "Science Fantasy"--that is, it incorporates elements (such as, of course, dragons) commonly accepted as Fantasy, but explains them with science. Science that is sometimes a little shaky, but rational, not magical or mythical, explanations, nonetheless. So one person might call it "Fantasy" and another might call it "Soft Sci-Fi", and they'd both be right.

That aside, the world McCaffrey has created is well-envisioned and fresh. Though the prologue is dry, it's interesting because the world itself is interesting.

"Dragonflight" was just starting to capture my interest and bring me into the world when it kicked me out... with time travel. McCaffrey introduces it too late for it to feel real, and serious logic holes in its operation (of the "why has nobody figured this out before?" type) cause some serious skepticism on the part of the reader. It pulls you out of the world and significantly damages the believability of the story.

As sketchy is it is, the time travel is necessary for this to be a novel rather than a novella... and for many other reasons. But it's still a tired plot device used in a problematic fashion, and it's the crutch this novel rests upon.

The time travel is but one part of why this novel feels like light fantasy. Though they're not caricatures, the characters aren't particularly deep--but they get the job done.

McCaffrey's prose turned me off at first, seeming a little flowery, but it either got better or I got used to it, because it was very easy to read for the rest of the novel.

But more than anything, the reason this novel is merely average is because the premise for the story does not offer a very good conclusion. This isn't a character drama, it's not about relationships. It incorporates those elements and more, but what this story is really about is saving the world. That in itself is not a serious flaw, but the fact that it takes fifty years before the world can be considered 'saved' is one. Because of the admittedly interesting setup, the peril that the dragonriders are fighting will last for half of a century... so since the characters are quite human, McCaffrey has to end the story without truly accomplishing what it set out to do.

And the way she ends it works... sort of. It doesn't feel completely fulfilling, but she did the best she could with what she gave herself to work with.

I could talk about the problems of "Dragonflight" for hours, but the fact is, it's still fun. It's just downright fun to read. Take it too seriously and you'll be disappointed, but come in looking for a "book snack" and you'll enjoy yourself.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Satisfyingly Rational Approach to Flying Dragons
Anne McCaffrey walks the blurry line between science fiction and fantasy in this pleasing tale of men, dragons, time travel, and natural catastrophe on a faraway planet.

Leesa is an undistinguished servant girl in her home town when the dragon rider F'lar arrives. He recognizes her considerable natural gifts, and takes her home to be queen of Brenden Weyr. Unlike most of the inhabitants of the planet Pern, F'lar and Leesa believe the ancient ballads that foretell the coming of the Threads - a calamitous rain of death that comes from the sky every 200 years. It having been almost 400 years since the last attack, most people believe that the Threads have ceased, or are mere legends that never happened at all, and that the elaborate ongoing defensive preparations are mere idle rituals of the distant past, which more and more are being abandoned. Can Leesa and F'lar convince the people of the error of their ways, and fight off the coming attack of the all-consuming Threads?

The whole argument about sci-fi vs. fantasy is probably not that important, although it can be interesting, and this book makes for a good test case. McCaffrey has done an excellent job of using the tropes of fantasy: an armored warrior class, their daring and headstrong Queen, fire-breathing dragons, a medieval social structure, age-old prophecies, etc..., and giving them just enough historical and scientific background to make them credible. It seems a little too much to call this science fiction - the scientific explanations given are rarely more than a sentence or two, and they in no way dominate the story; but at the same time the very fact that there are explanations puts this book beyond the realm of garden-variety fantasy. There's no magic at work here - this story takes place in a logical universe where everything that happens does so for a reason.

McCaffrey's prose is sometimes a touch awkward, especially towards the beginning of the book, but it's still much easier reading than Tolkien or Cherryh, and the length is not intimidating, although there is a whole series of sequels available to those who want more (and many surely will). This novel is an excellent selection for teens, particularly young women, who may find Leesa easier to identify with than the standard fantasy hero. For them, this should be considered a 5-star selection. ... Read more


130. Abhorsen (The Abhorsen Trilogy)
by Garth Nix
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Orannis the Destroyer has been freed

And only Lirael, newly come into her inheritance as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any chance of stopping it. She and her companions -- Sam, the Disreputable Dog, and Mogget -- have to take that chance. If Orannis's unspeakable powers are unleashed, it will mean the end of all Life. With the help of her companions and a vision from the Clayr to guide her, Lirael must search in both Life and Death for some means to defeat the Destroyer -- before it is too late. . . .

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
This book continues the story of Lirael. Before reading this book you might first want to read Lirael the book that comes before this one. In Lirael you find out a lot about Lirael and who she is and where she comes from. Lirael lives in the Old Kingdom, a place filled with magic and mystery. The Old kingdom is ruled by King Touchstone and the Abhorsen Queen, Sabriel. An abhorsen is a person that protects innocents by putting dead spirits, raised by Necromancers, people who bring the dead back to life, back to rest again. In Lirael you find out that Lirael, a daughter of the Clayr, a group of seers, is really Sabriel's half sister. In Lirael there is a Necromancer named Hedge who is digging up something very evil. Lirael is trying to stop him, but is having trouble because of conflicts with other dead creatures. The story ends with a cliffhanger, but starts up again in Abhorsen. Abhorsen starts out with Lirael and her nephew, Sam, trapped in her house, surrounded by thousands of dead hands, dead bodies that have been infused with other dead spirits, controlled by a Necromancer, in this case one of the Greater dead, named Chlorr. This story continues the tale of Lirael and her quest to stop Hedge, from digging up the evil thing, at any cost, with the help from familiar characters such as the Disreputable Dog, Mogget, and a few others.
The author does a very good job at describing events, people, and places in the book. At one point he is describing a dwarf that is paddling in a stream. "His skin was a white as bone, and the hair on his head was whiter still, so white it shone in the darkness, even under the shadow of the trees where they overhung the water." The author also explains the place where Hedge is digging with the help of thousands of dead hands. Nix describes how the ground is covered with mud from being trampled on over and over by the feet of dead creatures, and how the dead bodies' joints creak and crack with every movement and how the flesh hangs off the old bones and smells so putrid. He also describes how there are black clouds overhead, attracted by the evil in the ground, and how lighting strikes at alternating intervals, sometimes burning the dead bodies to ashes.
Nix also does a good job at developing characters and showing their inner thoughts and how they change over the entire story. At one point in the story Lirael is very depressed when she must take up a role she wasn't really ready for, but she faces her doubts and fears about it and becomes determined to overcome these and succeed. Also you see the development of Sam as he faces both mental and physical obstacles that threaten to bring him down.
I enjoyed this book very much. I think Garth Nix did a wonderful job with the descriptions in this story; I could picture each person and place so clearly. I also this Nix did a wonderful job at keeping this story in context with the other two books in this series, Sabriel and Lirael. I also feel that Nix did a great job at developing the plot and characters throughout the whole story, making it engaging and keeping the reader enticed and on their toes through the whole thing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Met, but did not exceed, expecations
Garth Nix began this delightful series with Sabriel, followed by Lirael, and now finishes with Abhorsen. Finishing the story started in Lirael, Abhorsen highlights the journey of Abhorsen/Necromancer Lirael, Prince Sameth, Lirael's trusty dog, and the mysterious free-magic creature Mogget as they travel to battle the evil necromancer Hedge and his army of undead and prevent them from unleashing an evil the world hasn't seen in billions of years. The story begins slowly, but then shoots off. However, right at an exciting moment in the story, it changes tack and we begin hearing more about a different character. While supposedly a "good hook" to make you keep reading, I found these swift changes irritating, and I was hard pressed not to just skip ahead. Nix went into deep detail with some rather unimportant things, but neglected to explain some key events in enough detail to understand it. The story was rather flawed at points, seeming as if Nix had tired of writing the story and wanted to hurry up and finish it. However, while not as good as it's prequels, I found Lirael a worthy read and would highly recommend it to a fan of the series or of good fantasy.

4-0 out of 5 stars You had to get this one if you read the previous one
OK, Nix left you on the cliff with the previous book, so you had to get this one. It doesn't matter if you like it or not. You're going to have to read it. The only way to not read it is to not read Lirael.

Now there are some good points here. The character development is improving. You start to have a feel for them all, know where they stand. You get to meet the Gods of this world & a lot of it is very poetic. The names of the Gods are graceful. The land of the dead is captivating as well as suspenseful. The familiar animals, Mogget & the Disreputable Dog, are a nice sort of comic relief.

Unfortunately, the fields of destruction and death are pretty overwhelming. And, once again, the main characters can't turn around or take a breath without coming face to face with a zombie, in true video game like quality. I find this constant attack, attack, attack pretty dismal after a while.

And, of course (though this may be a spoiler) much like Sabriel, the ending is very abrupt. I would have liked to linger longer and savor some of it, but no. It's just over.

Speaking of spoilers, the editorial review reveals the name and identity of the secret bad guy who isn't revealed until near the end of the book. How dare they! A lot of this book is about mystery about who is being fought & what the enemy wants. These guys need about 1000 lashes with a wet noodle.

4-0 out of 5 stars Only three ... ?
On the whole, I really enjoyed the Abhorsen Trilogy, but I don't feel like it was written to fit into three books. There are still too many loose ends to make the books a coherent set that begins and ends. At the end of this third book, I turned the last page and wondered why there weren't more volumes. For example, there was absolutely no reason for Mogget to slip and almost say that Chlorr was a former Abhorsen ... but only if the trilogy really is a trilogy, with no more volumes. It didn't do anything for the plot: we never saw Chlorr again, and we already knew that Mogget likes dropping hints of his fundamental superiority and his impressive wealth of knowledge. Why include that bit of information if isn't designed to go anywhere?

Again, on the whole, I loved the books--I read the last two in a day and a half, not really wanting them to end. That said, I keep hoping that more books will be added to this finely constructed series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Even more than I was expecting...
In this continuation to Lirael, the young woman along with Prince Sameth and their two loyal companions, Mogget and the Disreputable Dog are at the Abhorsen's House. Alas, they must head to Red Lake, where they are trying to stop Hedge and his team of Dead Hands and other faithful servants from joining two silver hemispheres. If the two hemispheres are reunited, Orannis, the Ninth Bright Shiner, will be unleashed and all Life will be destroyed. In their quest to prevent this from happening, the reader is transported from the Abhorsen's House all the way across the Wall to Ancelstierre. The path Lirael and her friends take is filled with many dangers, and this book is filled with action and suspense that will leave you on the edge of your seat and always begging for more. However, the end of the book is a little bit disappointing. Even though Mogget and the Disreputable Dog's identities are finally revealed, I kept hoping Garth Nix would introduce a bit of romance between Nicholas and Lirael, and many of my questions are still left unanswered. I also found that Sabriel and Touchstone were not present enough. Apart from these almost insignificant disappointements though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is impossible to put down and makes me hope that there will be some sort of continuation to this story. Abhorsen is a must read! ... Read more


131. The Goose Girl (Bank Street College of Education Josette Frank Award (Awards))
by Shannon Hale
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-08)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
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Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her.Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A not too Grimm retelling
Debut author Shannon Hale succeeds wonderfully with her first novel, "The Goose Girl." A retelling of the moderately well-known tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, she reinvents the story for a modern audience.

Ani, a crown princess, learns at an early age that her special gifts are not those valued by her queen mother and her future subjects. She is eventually sent to marry a prince in a different kingdom, but along the way is overthrown by her lady-in-waiting. Ani becomes a servant, tending geese, while she searches for a way to return to the marriage and throne that is rightfully her own.

Hale has reimagined the story in such a way as to give us a strong, if flawed, heroine with a conscience. In this book, the reader isn't left wondering how a princess could allow herself to be displaced so easily from her birthright. We are also given a magical reason for Ani's successful sojourn with geese. Ultimately, Hale's prose is the book's greatest asset. Ani and her world are vivid creations, ready to be shared during a long, quiet read.

If you enjoy fairy tale novelizations, such as those by Robin McKinley and Donna Jo Napoli, this book will make a great addition to your bookshelf. If you simply like historical fantasy, forget the fairy tale, this novel will also please. Royalty, deception, intrigue, treason, and redemption make up a story that doesn't obviously derive from a fairy tale.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale is a fabulous book. Everything is described so well that you feel as if you were in the book. I love the way that in the beginning, the main character, Ani, never does anything right, but she grows throughout the story, and in the end she is brave and self assured, ready to lead a kingdom.
Ani is a princess who can talk to horses, birds, and the wind. she is on her way to the neighboring country, and her future husband, the Prince. But when her lady-in-waiting and most of her guard turn mutinous, she has to flee for her life. Ani has to go into hiding as a goose girl to keep from being found. However, when the lady-in-waiting, (who has taken Ani's place in the castle) tries to start a war between the two contries, Ani has to reclaim her title or have the blood of her nation on her hands.
I highly suggest this book. It has a little bit of everything, a little magic, a little adventure, a love story, everything. It is fabulous.

5-0 out of 5 stars 'The Goose Girl' Takes Flight
Imagine a rush of sweet, warm air washing over you, tingling your senses and flowing into a smile. 'The Goose Girl', by Shannon Hale, is like that soft breeze, a story of a girl of winds and birds. Crown princess Anidori-Kiladra was born with a mysterious love for the birds of her palace, especially the graceful swans. Encouraged and guided by her aunt, she quickly learns the tongue of her most beloved friends. But another friend awaits her. Falada, the colt who she saw taking his first breath, speaking his first word, talks to her and loves her even more than the swans did. Yet with the death of her aunt and her mother keeping her away from the swan pond, young Ani strugles to fit the mold of a princess.
Years later, with her father dead and her mother as cold as ever, Ani learns that she is betrothed to a prince in the next kingdom, Bayern. Ani, her lady in-waiting Selia, and all of her guard embark on a perilous journey through the Forest. Never having left her sheltered palace in Kildenree, Ani is easily amazed by everything she encounters, but soon the unthinkable happens.
Selia and half of her guard revolt, attacking the others and chasing Ani until she is lost in the Forest, thirsty, hungry, and mourning for her lost friends and Falada. Worst of all, she knows that Selia, whose plan is to pretend she is the princess and become queen of Bayern, will reach the kingdom before her. And even if Ani does make it to the king alive, how will she ever produce the evidence to prove that Selia and her band of murderous guards are frauds?
Ani makes it to Bayern alive, but she must hide. She knows if she reveals herself without protection and witnesses Selia's lover, Ungolad, will kill her, so she takes a job as the palace's goose girl.
A story of a confused girl with unexpected love and the struggle to find herself, this novel is a masterpiece. Each and every detail is beautifully woven and stitched into a magical, enchanting story.I loved it and it instantly became my favorite book. It keeps you thinking, wondering about the way the world works, wondering if everything has its own tongue...
When the wind whispers, can you hear it?

5-0 out of 5 stars Goose Girl
Goose Girl is a exciting book. Ani is a princess, who is knocked off her post by her lady-in-waiting and the soldiers who support her.When she finally gets to the kingdom where her betrothed husband, is her lady-in-waiting is already there acting as her in her place.Then she lives as a goose girl to make money.While she is doing that she meets a guard named Gridic. As for the rest u will have to find out for u'r self. i recommend this book for everyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Fairy Tale Remake
I absolutely loved this book, so much so that I didn't put it down. (Fortunately I was sick that day and didn't have to worry about doing anything else than moan/read). It is one of the best books I've ever read and gave such life to the old fairy tale of the goosegirl. The author did a great job of combining the well-known story with politics, intrigues, social status, and romance. The writing was beautiful, the characters extremely well developed, and the ending was perfect.

The story follows the crown princess Ani of Kilendree, who is painfully shy and has, or had, a secret gift of talking with animals. After her father's untimely death she is ceremoniously disposed of to make way for her brother to become an heir, for she is too shy and unsure of herself to properly lead the country, or so her mother thinks. For this, she is shipped off to Bayern, a neighboring kingdom, to ensure peace between the two kingdoms. However, a plot had been boiling, and while traveling to Bayern there is a mutiny. Ani is almost killed, but she manages to flee. The party that tried to kill her still continues to hunt for her while carrying out her plan, disgusing another woman as Ani and planning to have her marry the crown prince of Bayern.

Ani manages to find work in Bayern, pretending she is another Bayern girl, hiding her blonde hair beneath a scarf and darkening her eyebrows to hide their fairness. She takes a job as a goosegirl for the king, all the while trying to decide what she should do about thsoe that overthrew her. She knows they plan no good and she fears for her home kingdom.
Eventually she meets a young man with whom she begins to talk for many days. They develop a romance, but this is interrupted by her being discovered by the leader of the men that want her dead so that they can fulfill their plan. She has to flee again, but ends up finding some old friends. Together they manage to do great and wonderful things, and the story ends with a romance, which was quite pleasant.

This book was so good, I've even preordered the next book by Ms. Hale and I have absolutely no idea what it's about.(Generally speaking, I don't do that.) If you like fairy tale remakes, your time won't be wasted on this. ... Read more


132. Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books
by Francesca Lia Block
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Catlog: Book (1998-05-31)
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Lanky lizards! The slinkster-cool novels in Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat series have finally been compiled into one delicious volume. All of the ethereal, mesmerizing titles are here--Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, and Baby Be-Bop--together like the big, beautiful family described on their pages. Block's unique, poetic style immediately draws readers into an intoxicating magical-realist world populated by empathetic, original characters (as well as a few ghosts, fairies, and genies): "He kissed her. A kiss about apple pie à la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate, when you haven't eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs."

We cheer for these young women and men as they struggle with the universal trials of growing up, finding love, and letting go--all within the vivid, glittering, urban embrace of Los Angeles. Block's stories about finding yourself, being true to your dreams, and believing in what might seem impossible will inspire teens and adults alike with the resounding messages of hope and the transformative power of love.--Brangien Davis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Love is a dangerous angel...
I'd read the whole Weetzie Bat series before purchasing this book, but the problem was that no-one I'd loaned my individual copies of the stories to ever returned them. (Which may, in and of itself, be a testament to the kick-butt slinkster coolness that is intrinsically a part of this book.)

So anyway, as I was falling in love with a girl with whom I go to college, I read her Weetzie Bat. It was really cool. Especially the part in which My Secret Agent Lover Man expresses his undying love for Weetzie (I liked the part about "You are my martini..."). Since that time (about a month ago), however, this person has emotionally crucified me, and started dating an extremely goofy-looking boy.

Alas, that's the life portrayed in Ms. Block's novellas: hartbreaking and inspiring, exhilirating and melancholy. Read as modern day fairy-tales, they are wonderfully crafted pieces of fiction. Not surprisingly, however, I've read many scathing reviews of this series on Amazon.com. I think that for people to review it poorly, they have to miss the point--that these are fairy-tales. I wouldn't want a 13-year-old kid reading this as an instruction guide to life, but then again, how many people take fiction that seriously? (At least a few people do, as evidenced by the reviews.)

As with all fairy-tales, there is a moral behind the narrative: that love and universal acceptance goes a long way to make people happy, to heal hurt, and to generally make the world a better place--but also that things that some people take for love (that is, sex) can be devastating and hurtful. Love *IS* a dangerous angel. On that level, this book is not only a beautiful piece of prose, but of perhaps immeasurable value to a world torn by conflict, hurt, and hate. I just wish that more people would see the good in this book, instead of the bad.

(Good for high-school aged and up readers, but I'd probably have it tempered by parental guidance for anyone younger than, say, 15.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Lanky Lizards, it's a strange world!
When I first set eyes on this in a mid-town book shop, I put myself under the impression that it was going to be a mystical fantasy type book. I bought it. A few pages in and i'm thinking "What have I gotten myself into?" but I continued on and next thing I know i've read the first two Weetzie Bat books and am in awe. It's a strange world Francesca Lia Block creates for us. It's a mixed scene of retro 80's punk glam and spiritual awakening. Very odd indeed. Not only that but she has an amazing way of describing things that at first make you go "Who the hell speaks like that?" and then you re-read and think "My God! That makes perfect sense". There is one particular description of the first time Weetzie Bat kisses My Secret Agent Lover Man that really just made me sort of melt and laugh at the same because really is that not how kisses are? I don't know how she does it but she manages to find the words that you would never think of to say and describe things.

My only small complaint is the lack of timeline. With each new book time has passed between since the last one but yet we are never told how many years, months or whatever it has been. We're only given a vague idea. That made it somewhat frustrating and confusing.

I have read in some places of the suggested reading age being 12 and up but I think I would probably raise it more to somewhere around 14-16 as a good starting age for Weetzie Bat books. Not graphic or anything but there still is sex, drug abuse, self-mutilation and other things that I think make it more appropriate for teenagers than pre-teens. And though designed for young adults I do think anyone older could read these and still be just as thrilled with the world of Weetzie Bat.

4-0 out of 5 stars good
Well i havent quite finished this book yet... but so far it is kinda confusing. It is a really good book tho. It has love in different kinds of places. It tells about homosexuals, regular love, and different kinds of things about finding yourself and who you are. But i do plan on reading this book fully. It seems very good and the author is great. I plan on reading Girl Goddess #9.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tapestry Of Eye Pooping Words
While some characters may seem shallow and flat. Block does a beautiful job with her writing.
This is a very good strange romance series. I love it because it's so off beat and not like other romance novels.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Angels
I loved this book. My grandmother bought it for me on the 16th and I was done reading it on the 17. I read the entire book in two sit down sessions. The story is very realistic with just the right touch of fairy tale for it to be wonderful. I know this is a bad reviev but I'm only 13!! ... Read more


133. Star Wars Tales (Volume 5)
by Steve Niles, Joe Casey, Robert Williams, Jason Hall, Andy Diggle
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Catlog: Book (2005-02)
Publisher: Dark Horse
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Star Wars Tales Volume 5 features an astonishing variety of stories featuring Boba Fett, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul, and more! This substantial volume includes a Chewbacca story gorgeously illustrated by Cary Nord (Conan), Haden Blackman's unbelievable Han Solo tale, Scott Kurtz's parody of The Breakfast Club, and the "all-indie issue" - featuring many of the best independent comics creators in the business! ... Read more


134. First Meetings : In the Enderverse
by Orson Scott Card
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
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Meet Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the unforgettable boy-hero of Ender's Game--winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novel--and enter his Universe through this collection of stories.

"The Polish Boy" is John Paul Wiggin, the future father of Ender. In the years between the first two Bugger Wars, the Hegemony is desperate to recruit brilliant military commanders to repel the alien invasion. They may have found their man--or boy--in John Paul Wiggin....

In "Teacher's Pest"-a novella written especially for this collection--a brilliant but arrogant John Paul Wiggin, now a university student, matches wits with an equally brilliant graduate student.

"The Investment Counselor" is set after the end of the Bugger Wars. Banished from Earth and slandered as a mass murderer, twenty-year-old Andrew Wiggin wanders incognito from planet to planet as a fugitive--until a blackmailing tax inspector compromises his identity and threatens to expose Ender the Xeoncide.

Also reprinted here is the original award-winning novella, "Ender's Game," which first appeared in 1977.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Children in College, Mr. Card?
First, this is a nice collection. Anytime Card publishes, it's a delight. The stories work, and the original Ender's Game novella is a delight to see.

However. . .I get the distinct mental image of OSC about 3 or 4 years ago reviewing how many of his rug rats would be in college at the same exact time, figuring up how much college costs these days and going into full scale PANIC mode; hence this volume and another Alvin Maker and all those Ender volumes in such a short period of time.

Not that I blame him, and I bought all the books in hardback and enjoyed them more than I've enjoyed most of the books I read. But it's still very interesting to me that he's being so productive and publishing so many "safe" books (i.e. Ender's world books) in such a short time when his kids are at college age.

I pray that none of them want advanced degrees so that Mr. Card may go back to a more leisurely pace and do some original works in the future.

4-0 out of 5 stars Expensive for such a short book
Well written and interesting for all those who have eagerly read the book from the "enderverse". Led together by something other than fate, Ender's parents marry and have super children. Their children's brilliance is unexplained in the novels, and unquestioned, until the Shadow books. Ender's parents are decoded in these short stories as bright individuals born too early for the child military program. The pictures provide in the hardback book are cartoonish and didn't fit with my vision at all. In all actuallity, the drawing were a distraction that I could have done without. The original Ender short story is interesting from a writer's perspective; Orson's skill for story telling has greatly improved since it was written. After reading it, there was no doubt in my mind why he chose Bean to star in his parallel novel.

Overall I enjoyed the novel, though my wallet was still smarting from the price when I finished it. It took me about two movie lengths to finish the book, so it was about two movie tickets worth of entertainment.

Judge for yourself if that is worth the buy. I have the whole Ender collection, so I couldn't leave it incomplete for lack of this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars To buy or not to buy: hardback vs. paperback
I think it's worth it to get the hardback, because there are two problems with the paperback. First, the hardback illustrations are missing in the paperback, and they do change the way I see Ender's parents - Theresa is an entertainingly annoyed and angular grad student, and John Paul's insouciant arrogance and manga-like good looks make a fun contrast.

The other thing about the paperback is that unless I'm much mistaken, it's actually missing text - in story 1 someone is supposed to hit someone else, and it never happens in the paperback version (at least the one that came to Singapore). The text doesn't show any blank paper, but the rest of the plot does refer back to it just like in the hardback version, so I think it's a glaring printers' error.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good stories, but nothing new
I normally don't read short stories, but I liked the Ender series so much, the I thought I would make an exception for this collection.

I enjoyed all the stories, but I didn't feel like I was reading anything all that new. Card did a good job in the original books of giving you an idea of the history of everything, so these stories just seemed to give me more detail about the specifics. I really enjoyed reading the original Ender's Game story again, it makes me want to re-read the book.

All four of the stories were good, so if you are a fan of the Ender series, I would recommend this book, but don't expect anything exceptional.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good backstory.
I would not call these three new works novellas, but simply longish short stories; they are very quick reads.

The most memorable, I think, is "The Polish Boy". Concerning duels between a 5-year-old and various administrative figures, it recalls some of the best of "Ender's Shadow": the illustration of how a very young child can, with sufficient wit and preternatural maturity, overcome adult opposition.

"Teacher's Pest" is the least of the three. It concerns cleverness used in the furtherance of adolescent romance. While this might be as excitingly done as the first story, it would have to be on a higher level of wittiness to succeed as well. But it doesn't reach that level, and it seems a bit pedestrian.

"Investment Counsellor" is set in Ender's "quiet" stage--after he's overcome the trauma of "Ender's Game" and before he's set out upon his Speaker of the Dead life. The fireworks of his passion are missing here--neither his command skills nor his personal interaction livelihood are generating the sparks that provide much of the interest in the books. It's a connector piece, showing some origins of things to come. These are good things, and it's good to have their origins, but it's not very exciting story-telling.

The illustrations do nothing for the book but take up page-space, adding 10 or 12 pages to the total. Without them, the book would be under 200 pages in length--and better, in my estimation. (When are illustrators going to stop putting airplane wings, rudders, and elevators on spacecraft??)

Having the original "Ender's Game" included is rather interesting, allowing for comparison with the novel it spawned. Bean is there, in all his arrogance, but essentially none of the other characters that have made the continuing saga so memorable: no Valentine, no Peter, none of Ender's other sub-commanders, nor his tormentors. The Hive Queen has not yet been imagined, and Buggers are entirely faceless. But all the pathos of the child used as a soldier--that essential kernel is there in boldface. ... Read more


135. Star Wars: Empire Volume 1: Betrayal (Empire)
by Scott Allie, Ryan Benjamin
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-23)
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Sales Rank: 64130
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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In the weeks before the events in Star Wars: A New Hope, as the Death Star is readied for its fateful first mission, a power-hungry cabal of Grand Mofs and Imperial Officers embark on a dangerous plan to kill Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader and seize control of the Empire! When word that a "Jedi" has made an appearance on a backwater world lures Vader away from his master, the cabal makes its move. But even the galaxy isn't enough of a prize to sate the ambitions of some of the conspirators, and before long the would-be assassins are turning on one another. Their plans are further complicated by the actions of bounty hunter Boba Fett. And, of course, they may have fatally underestimated the cunning of their primary target: Emperor Palpatine! This is the first in a new line of graphic novels set during the early days of the Rebellion, when the Empire controlled the galaxy! ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Mediocre!
I have been singing the praises of dark horse for their run of excellently done Star wars based comics. That is why I was stunned at how poorly done this one was. The story is a mediocre telling rated at 2.5. Pencils are a 3, but coloring is just plain dull. There is not one page that makes you say WOW. I will certainly be more careful in my purchases of comics colored by Curtis Arnold and Dave Stewart in the future as they rate a 2.5 for this rush job. The best part of the comic is the pencil work of Ryan Benjamin, he gets a 4. Hopefully he gets teamed with a better group next time out.

3-0 out of 5 stars Buy out of desperation, and for nothing less
Simple observation cannot deny the cold truth of Empire: Betrayal. This is mediocre meat, a comic so laudably bland as to be purchased only for the determined collector or just curious buyer. And with so many peculiarities and problems here, preferably not at all.

The art is a mixed meal that incites disappointment. You have page after page of lacklustre illustration and dull colouring, interspersed with these intermittent panels of admirable artwork. The Star Destroyer shot, a familiar and faithful rendition from a movie screenshot, is one that certainly stands out. Strangely, I thought background scenery was actually rendered better and with more creativity than the foreground activity that is the primary focus of a reader.

Apparently there was some difficulty drawing the Padme character. Her hairline was so far back from forehead it brought reminders of Nomi Sunrider, a character from another comic whose half-bald head was most prominent. We also get that blasted face again you'll recognise it from the Mara Jade comic and the Imperial officer's face used for most Imperial officer faces there. Character poses were too often puerile and didn't parallel that character's speech. Like Vader trying to explain something to his Emperor, reaching out to him with one had; like his combat posture that too often just depicts him awkwardly bent. And of course, the Jedi girl was boobed up big, rather conspicuous when the rest if her attire is very covered.

Adding itch to scratch was the dialogue. Just as bad as the lines from Tales of the Jedi, the depth of character dialogue can be summed up as food without flavour, not just flavour missing from food. So many one-sentence lines, so many simple worded conversations as to render speech bubbles a waste of time. The Emperor had some damn good lines in Dark Empire; here he was as stale as the storyline.

That is, if you desire to call a cadre of top Imperial execs plotting the coup of the Sith themselves, as though such reality was possible. This comic lacked a cast readers could identify with. No exploration of the Imperial schemers, no insight to cybernetic Trachta, who was on comradely terms to Palpatine for three decades. They are just there, double-dealing each other, unknown other than name.

Scenes apparently flow they swift here, and without starting them with a new page they can get a bit too fast. You'll be reading the schemers, then abruptly a Vader scene, which is repeated over. Boba Fett was thrown in at the end for no other reason than to have an excuse to feature him for a few pages. His exclusion would have made little difference. And why now, after a couple decades, would Vader ponder his loyalty to his master, that he should flashback to his apprentice childhood?

What is the master plan for ridding themselves of the galaxy's two deadliest individuals? Lure Vader away, as though a contingent of troopers and riffraff would actually succeed where countless Jedi failed. Then---and the part I thought I had misread---march into the throne room and arrest Palpatine! But don't jump for the escape pods just yet, it gets better. You can't say the spastic-brained officer had no idea Palpatine has elite Royal Guardsmen or that he's a Sith, the plotters do say they want to end the Sith reign. And when Palpatine lets loose that lightning, what did that officer think was going to happen?

Overall, this is by far a comic better borrowed than bought, if these aspects are of concern for you. The art is far below par than what it can be these days, character dialogue way to simple and short, and a storyline with no surprises thrown in make this comic lacking behind better peers. ... Read more


136. Fruits Basket (Fruits Basket)
by Natsuki Takaya
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-01)
Publisher: TokyoPop
Sales Rank: 76619
Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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Tohru Honda was an orphan when one day fate kicked her out of the house and on to land belonging to the mysterious Sohma family. After stumbling upon the teenage squatter, the Sohmas invite Tohru to stay in their house in exchange for cooking and cleaning. Everything goes well until she discovers the Sohma family's secret, when hugged by members of the opposite sex, they turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing. Needent I say more. :P
Fruits Basket (or Furuba as it's known to many fans) is a truly amazing manga.

From the title of it, you would expect it to be very hentai-ish, but it's not. In my opinion it has to be the cleanest manga that one can possibly stand. (IE it's not so clean and happy go lucky as Hamtaro *shudders* Hamataro is evil, pure evil). Well I got off track. This review has spoilers abound so beware if you haven't read the manga (or seen the anime).

Fruits Basket is about a girl name Tohru Honda a girl with a heart of gold and truly a wonderful person, whoes father died when she was very young. She is now 16, her mother had just died in a car wreck, and she went to live with her grandpa on her fathers side. (Because her mother and she were not exactly on speaking terms with her mothers side of the family). Her grandfather has to get his house remoldeld for some distant relatives on his side of the family so Tohru has to move out for a while. He told her to find some friends to stay with.

Not wanting to be a burden to any of her friends Tohru decides to rough it, and she finds a tent and campsout for about a week, on the Sohma familys property (not knowing of course). One day while walking to school she comes across the Sohma family household. She looks around in it for a while and comes across some stones with the Chinese Zodiac on it. Than she run's into Shigura (who is the year of the dog) and Yuki (her high-schools "Prince" He is the year of the rat) Later on in the story we are introduced to Kyou (the year of the cat, who is not in the zodiac because he was betrayed by rat). And this is where the trouble starts.

The Sohma family is cursed and therefore whenever they are touced or huged by a member of the opiset sex of someone NOT in there family, they turn into the animal that they are the year of. Tohru finds out this secret, and therefore she might have to have her memories erased from her. What will become of our poor Tohru? Find out when you read the manga! And belive me, you will. It is a must read.

Now I odviously left out a lot of details from this manga, but I didn't want to give away the whole storyline, that would be quite dumb wouldn't it?

Also this manga is printed in the original left to right reading format, therfore preserving the original artwork and sound-effects. It makes it even more enjoyable. All in all this manga is a must read. It's kinda of a comedy/romance, kind of. And it's shojo, so it's more or less going to be apealing to the femail gender a little bit more. That's not to say that a guy wouldn't like it. It has quite a bit of action in it (not like Trigun action) more martial arts action. But it is a must read. And I really hope my review helped. Do you believe it was written by a 16 year old? The reveiw I mean.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just thought I'd mention this
I was depressed for several days, then I went to Border's and bought some manga, one of them Fruits Basket #3. I swear, I felt so... happy afterwards! I'm serious, every time I read Fruits Basket, it just puts me in such a good mood... it's full of hope and compassion without seeming forced or sappy. Natsuki Takaya really has a talent for this! In this volume, after Momiji was talking about "The Most Foolish Traveler in the World" story in the "funny" stories book, and how he related it to Tohru, I actually cried, and I rarely cry over manga! XD Most of my favorite mangas are the more serious or sinister kind for older audiences, such as Confidential Confessions, Petshop of Horrors, Uzumaki, etc. and I'd never thought I'd enjoy a series like this. But I love it and it's one of my favorites... even though it sounds a little rediculous in its description (turning into animals when hugging the opposite sex ^^;) when you actually read it, it's really enjoyable, touching, and funny, and the characters all have deep personalities. I highly reccommend Fruits Basket!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!!!!!!
I love this manga!!!!

Clean and sweet, without being sappy, Fruits Basket is a really cute story about a sixteen year old orphan named Honda Tohru. One day when walking through the woods, she discovers a strange house. Under further investigation, she finds that the house happens to be the home of none other than the prince of her school, Sohma Yuki. When Yuki and his cousin Shigure find out that Tohru had been living in a tent, they immediately take her in. However, Tohru soon discovers their family secret. The Sohmas are the bearers of the "juunishi" (zodiac) curse. When their bodies grow weak, or when they are embraced by a member of the opposite sex, they transform into their designated animal of the Chinese zodiac, or in Kyo's case the outcast aka the cat.

I have only read two volumes of the manga, but I own all four anime dvds and love them. It starts out sweet and gentle, but the end, of the anime at least, is dark, depressing and to use a word I hate a real "tear-jerker." I cried. A lot. Even so, it was wonderful. Don't not buy it now because you think it to be dark and full of pain and misery. It's not. Every {good} story needs some dark pasts, mental scars, and evils. Otherwise, how did the villian become a villian, why is the good guy good? There would be no motivation. GO buy the manga. NOW.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fruits Basket
Fruits Basket in general is a touching series that really makes you look at yourself--when you see what these people go through, and see that they can still smile, you'll wonder if crying was/is ever worth it in the first place.(But of course, we all don't have a cute little bordering house-maid to give us the wisdom we need in those times.)

Anyways.

The book can be described in a few words; really sweet. In this book we meet a new character, Hatsuharu Sohma(though you may have seen a little of him in number 2), who has a 2 sided personality. That's all I know--I have yet to buy the book.

But if *I* like it so much without even having seen it, then who says YOU won't like it either?

Fruits Basket just have something special about it. It's like a parasite--it weasels into you and embeds itself into your heart. I think everyone can find something they like about it, even male otakus(otaku=anime fans, though not all are pale-faced doughballs)...

Now. Go. Now. Grab all the money you have and waste it(heh) on Furuba(Fruits Basket) stuff. OR YOU SHALL DIE WITH THE HAUNTING KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU MISSED OUT ON SOMETHING GREAT. Heh-heh-heh. Bye. ^^;

5-0 out of 5 stars fRUITS bASKET
The book starts out with a young girl,Tohru, who with the death of her mother is living alone in a tent. She then meets the Sohma family who is suprised to hear that she lives near by, because all the land in the area is owned by them.
She goes to school with her new found friend Yuki who is the popular handsome guy of the school. Later you find that for some reason Yuki hates cats as they walk together. Yuki and Tohru go their seperate ways, but later that night Yuki finds Tohru living in a tent and he takes her in because she dosn't look well.
In return Tohru cleans the house to earn her keep. Then a boy named kyo challenges Yuki to a fight. As they fight Tohru falls and keeps her balance by hugging Kyo. Kyo then transforms into a cat.
Thoru freaks out and then everyone else in the family transforms into a different animal.
They explain that their family is cursed wwith the spirts of the Chinese Zodiac. Each family member is possesed by a different animal spirit and when under great stress or embraced by a member of the oppisit sex they transform.
This first book takes you through the events of the first 5 episodes of the anime.
This first book is awsome and is followed up by more just as good! ... Read more


137. The Lost Years of Merlin (Lost Years of Merlin, Bk. 1)
by T. A. Barron
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Asin: 044100668X
Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: Ace Books
Sales Rank: 11819
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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Washed up on the shores of ancient Wales, the boy had no home, no memory and no name... he was determined to find all three.

This best-selling series follows the adventures and training of young Merlin on the mist-shrouded isle of Fincayra, an enchanted land between earth and sky that is being destroyed by blight.With this land's inhabitants to guide him, the boy will learn that Fincayra's fate and his own quest are strangely interwined.

He is destined to become the greatest wizard of all time--known to all as Merlin.

"Fans who have followed young Merlin through his many adventures will still enjoy trekking with him." (The Horn Book)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Merlin's Beginnings
The book The Lost Years Of Merlin, by T.A. Barron, is the story of a seven year old boy who is thrown onto shore by a storm and, in the process, hits his head resulting in amnesia. A woman named Branwen, who claims to be his mother, takes him in and lives with the boy, Emerys, for six years. During this time, he discovers he has mystical powers. Since Branwen won't explain his past, Emerys finds he must travel to a world named Fincayra, a place Branwen claims to be from, to find out. Emerys sets out on a raft and reaches the coast of Fincayra. Emerys discovers that this land is in grave danger and he may be the only one who can save this world. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure, fantasy, mystical powers, and the possiblility of other worlds. You also get the chance to watch a boy's life unfold and discover his past along with the character himsself. It's wonderfully suspenseful as you meet new characters and discover the effect each one has on Emerys, who risks his life every step of the way. It is a very well written book that creates a perfectly woven image of a mystical world.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book for seven-year-olds who like fantasy
This book is absolutely brilliant! It begins with a boy who doesn't even know his name, washed ashore on the rocky shore of Gwynedd. He cannot remember his past, but he sees a woman, who may be his mother. The story gets properly started when Emrys finds out the name of the strange pendant that a person who claims to be his mother always wears. The pendant is called Galator, and turns out to have vast magic powers. But evil forces are looking for it. Always surprising, with exciting twists and turns, this book also has a great central character in Emrys. You can't help liking him because he's lost and lonely, but kind to growing things. This book and its sequels are for people who are thoroughly interested in Arthurian books, and in what happens to Merlin in his young life. It should be especially interesting for people who like magic and fantasy.

1-0 out of 5 stars just so shallow...
Spoiler Warning.

There are few books that I can find that I could personally find a better way to write it - this is one of them. It was painfully predictable - and get this. The dude is practically blind, and plainly says it's hard to see - then lists a million details. Is it just me, or is that wrong? In addition, I didn't like the writing style. At all. Randomly, our of the blue, things happen. Two characters were chatting, and boom! Six heavily armed goblins appear! Me, here's what I would have done. I would have built up the suspense - let the reader know something's out there before I introduce them. Next, the mom of the guy - the author plainly stated she wasn't the mother. I mean, come on! Be reasonable! A scene that just killed me what when a whole sequence was about eating. God. It's food. Get over it. What else can I say? Oh yeah, when the main character finds out who his dad is, it's just so cliche. Is this Star Wars? The sad thing is, in Star Wars, it worked! In this... it just didn't fly. If you actually want depth, don't read this book. You won't get any.

5-0 out of 5 stars Runescape Crooker
"This magical story is a great journey for the discryptive things young Emry's see's and does are extraordinary, "He goe's from small normal town with mean kids to a mystical island full of goblins and talking tree's. T A Barron does a great job of putting you in the driverseat, you can almost feel everything that happens.
The technoligy is not advance in Emry's world and he as many difficulty's traveling. he has an accident that change's him forrever, now he walk's through woods,grasslands,mashlands,and more.
I wood rate this book 10 out of 10 becaus of the challenge and conflicts of a (290) page story full of adventure.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I picked this book up at my library because I had nothing else to read, thinking that it might be interesting. It was better then that, T.A. Barron did a wonderful job of bringing Emyrs (Merlin) to life. A young boys journey to discover the truth about himself, it was great and I couldn't put it down until I finished reading through it. ... Read more


138. The Prophecy (Daughters of the Moon, Book 11)
by Lynne Ewing
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: Volo
Sales Rank: 9123
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Catty almost has her hands on the Scroll and its power to destroy the Atrox, but time is running out. Anyone who sets foot near the cursed parchment will die, and it's about to go on display at the local art museum. Before Catty can steal it, the Scroll is hand delivered to her by a surprising messenger ... but this gift has strings. In return she must travel to the dark world of Nefandus to finally meet her father, a member of the Atrox's inner circle. There, he awaits her with a tempting proposal. Will Catty succumb to her dark heritage? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Prophecy
I loved it. I mean Catty finally comes to face the past and kick it's arse! She deals with everything her mother told her (her birthmother, not Kendra). I liked the fact that it circled around Catty and it was as if Catty was the only character in the book and it was a monologue. I loved meeting Kyle Ormond( a guy who wanted to meet me), who is one of the main characters of the new series Ewing is writing "Sons of the Dark" which is awesome cause its tied in with DOTM....very cool...and you find out Kyle isn't that ordinary and that's awesome....I just felt bad for chris...

Jimena is AWESOME. I know what she is....(Refer back to #10 for more details....) I mean at first one would think "That's Vanessa" but Vanessa is still a daughter so its not her. Their powers are growing bigger and bigger.....and I think #12 may be close to the last one...(It's centered around Tianna, I believe) Anyway read and be well...

May the Godess the protect.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Prophecy
I just got this book yesterday and read it in one night!! It was sooo awesome!! Well, if you haven't read it yet, here are a few tidbits about the book:

- Serena seems to have changed: She's so obsessed with Stanton and doesn't really spend time with the Daughters anymore.
- Vanessa is a lot more rebellious. She's prepared to do anything to help Catty.
- Jimena is feeling so lonely and left-out from her friends. She knows the girls are hiding something from her. She also seems to be having premonitions 'cos she's always there when the Daughters need her and she's always giving Catty advice that eventually turns out to be true. I think she's going to replace Maggie. Plus, Serena can't read her mind anymore.
- Catty is falling in love with Kyle, and she's so jealous of her friends 'cos they all have boyfriends.
- Tianna broke her collarbone during cheerleading practice,and her powers got messed up. It's funny 'cos things just keep on flying around without her control. Also, Catty is feeling weary about her 'cos in the Scroll, there's a goddess opening the gates of hell that looks EXACTLY like Tianna. Also, there's a strange presence in Tianna's house that kind of gives Catty the feeling that she's being watched.
- What happens to Chris is so sad. (*sniff*)

okay i suggest you buy the book if you're a real DotM fan like me. =)

5-0 out of 5 stars Suspense and Story! More Catty, too.
I love the part about Catty and Vanessa and the others when they go to the museum and want to steal the Secret Scroll out of the art museum. They don't want the curse on the scroll to kill anyone more because it already has. They don't have any success. That makes good suspense because you know the police are going to catch them and they'll have to call their parents from jail!!! Also in this book Catty meets her father for the first time. But I don't know if he really is good or bad. I can't decide. Is he another Stanton? I think he is maybe but I don't know so I want to find out and want to know what Serena doing.

5-0 out of 5 stars DOTM RPG
hey everybody this serie is really good and that'S why my friend and i have decided to make a DOTM RPG. You can play a goddess, follower,guardian,etc. So if you want to play from the beginning join quick but you can even join later and enter the story. (...)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book For Catty Lovers
I just finished reading The Prophecy and I am half happy with the book and half disappointed.
First of all the storyline is that Catty and the other Daughters try to get the Scroll back from the museum before the curse destroys everyone. Then Catty meets her father who unleashes powers she has supressed. Along the way she finds herself falling for Kyle the dangerous bad boy who also paints.
But anyways I like the book because it does focus a lot around Catty whom along with Serena is my favorite Daughter. But other things disapoint me. First of all it's always the same person to come and cause suspense and Serena is spending too much time with Stanton. And even if Catty's my favorite Daughter I would like to see more of the other Daughters. Also the book ends with certain cliff hangers.
Overall plotwise I like it but add more Daughters and don't leave things too cliffy. ... Read more


139. The Akhenaten Adventure (Children of the Lamp)
by P. B. Kerr, Philip Kerr
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Asin: 0439670195
Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
Publisher: Orchard
Sales Rank: 1762
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You can tell from the very first page that P. B. Kerr had great fun writing his novel, The Akhenaten Adventure. The way the author introduces his cleverly named characters, the atmospheric setting, the fun tone of his narration--all indicate that a hugely entertaining story is in store. The first installment of his Children of the Lamp sequence is set firmly in the present day, but it soon breaks away and encompasses several wonderfully colorful parts of the globe, England and Egypt included.

John and Philippa Gaunt, two twelve-year-old not-very-identical twins, live a privileged life on the Upper East of Manhattan with their wealthy parents and two curiously-mannered Rottweilers named Alan and Neil. The twins realize there's something amiss with their world when a string of strange things begin to happen after their wisdom teeth are extracted--they dream the same dreams, become stronger, their zits clear up, and wishes wished in their presence inexplicably come true. And, when their estranged Uncle Nimrod asks them to come to England for the summer during one such shared dream, the discovery of their destiny is set in motion.

John and Phillippa discover that they are descended from a long line of Djinn, have great inherent powers. They must call on these powers a lot sooner than they anticipated, though, because the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten is not as dead as history has so far declared and his legion of seventy magical djinn could tip the balance of power in the magical realm and affect the whole world order.

P.B. Kerr, under his given namePhilip Kerr, is the author of several bestselling thrillers for adult readers. His debut novel for children is a slick, zeitgeisty fantasy adventure that is sure to win him a new raft of fans. The Blue Djinn of Babylon is next up for those who get hooked. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay ... Read more


140. The Light of the Oracle
by VICTORIA HANLEY
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Asin: 0385750862
Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Sales Rank: 879317
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