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Bozimus

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  1. A few days ago, I finished reading "Three Hearts and Three Lions" by Poul Anderson. I picked up this book for two reasons... 1. Supposedly, this is one of those fantasy classics that predates The LOTR trilogy (if only by a year). 2. I usually enjoy books that feature a modern man thrust against his will into a parallel Earth where magic works. Thankfully, this is a very short book. More of a long novella in my opinion. I would not have finished it (and almost didn't) if it were longer than 170 pages. I did find parts interesting… Sadly, I found an equal number of parts annoyin
  2. I just finished "Clementine" by Cherie Priest. This is the second book of "Clockwork Century" series that I have read. Not really a book, more of a novella. This was a light, fun read. Nothing stupendous, just a good story with lots of steampunk elements I have come to enjoy. Thus far, Ms. Priest has exhibited a style of writing I find very agreeable. Her characters are neither saintly nor are they evil incarnate...they come across as real people with both good and bad qualities. I look forward to reading the next book... "Dreadnought".
  3. This is my review of a book I just finished this morning..."The Long Run" by Daniel Keyes Moran. Part two in "Tales of the Continuing Time" series. (This first paragraph was written almost a year ago and posted on Goodreads) My rating (5 out of 5 stars) is based upon having read this book for the first time (on or about) the year 1989. I remember eagerly turning pages as Trent escaped one hair-raising action sequence before entering another. This book was for me like crack is to a crack addict. I am tempted, oh so tempted, to read it again. 3-20-2013 UPDATE: Having just compl
  4. Re: What Fiction Book (other than Science Fiction or Fantasy) have you recently finis I finished "Monster Hunter International" by Larry Correia several days ago. This book started off great...tons of action combined with an "easy to read" writing style. I was happily flipping the pages until Mr. Correia committed an unpardonable sin...not once, but TWICE! ****SPOILER**** At one point, every main character died INCLUDING OWEN PITT the protagonist! But wait...he didn't really die! His spirit talked to the ancient artifact and told it to roll time back 5 minutes. POOF!!! Everyo
  5. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it...
  6. Re: What Fiction Book (other than Science Fiction or Fantasy) have you recently finis I just finished "Lords of the North", book 3 of the Saxon Tales by Bernard Cornwell. This was my least favorite (thus far) of a very enjoyable series. Not saying it was bad, just not as good as the previous two books. This book had more filler/pointless scenes than book 1 or book 2. Most of them revolving around the character of Guthred. Even though this third book wasn't up to the standards set by the first two, it was still a fun and exciting story. I will gladly read book four,
  7. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... Finished "The Man Who Never Missed" by Steve Perry. This book may be the first "Matador" novel in published order, but it is not the first book of the series in chronological order. That honor belongs to "The 97th Step". I read "The 97th Step" approximately 10 years ago. The fact that it took me 10 years to get around to the sequel ("The Man Who Never Missed") should speak volumes. I wanted to like both of these books. The title of "The Man Who Never Missed" seems to offer a promise of lots of action
  8. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... IMO, the first 5 books of Zelazny's "Amber" series are among the best fantasy books you could hope to find. You are in for a treat!!! While not on the list, you might also consider "The Fionavar Tapestry" series by Guy Gavriel Kay and "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever" series by Stephen Donaldson. A word of warning about the Donaldson books...only buy "Lord Foul's Bane" (book 1, series 1). If you do NOT throw the book against the wall after reading about Covenant's despicable act (i
  9. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... I just finished "Deliverer" by C.J Cherryh... This is the 9th book in "Foreigner" series and not surprisingly, sequelitis has taken residence in the basement like an adult child that just won't launch. And it is just about as welcome... Let me be perfectly clear...Cherryh is a favorite author of mine. "Downbelow Station" was a GREAT book! I thoroughly enjoyed her "Chanur" series. I even enjoyed roughly 6 of the 9 "Foreigner" series books I have read (despite Cherryh's tendency to obsess over mundane details
  10. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... He must have liked Crichton quite a bit to have given him a "happy ending"!
  11. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... Jason, I plan to follow the Malazan chronology listed here... http://thewertzone.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-malazan-reading-order.html Erikson and Esslemont have made a mess of their series' chronology. I have forgiven them for this small inconvenience since they have provided me with thousands of pages of dark fantasy goodness.
  12. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... Thanks for sharing that! I think Butcher proved his point...
  13. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... Just finished "Captain's Fury" by Jim Butcher... This may be the fourth book of a very solid fantasy series (Codex Alera) but it is the first book of the series to earn a five star rating from me. The previous three books came close to 5 star ratings...but minor quibbles kept them from getting a full five stars. This book has everything I like to see in a book (lots of fighting, pathos, unique magic system, logical/interesting character progression, etc). Author, Jim Butcher, is a very good storyteller who knows
  14. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... I just finished "Revelation Space" by Alastair Reynolds... I have wanted to read this for a long time, but other books got in the way. It took a little while to get REALLY interesting. I read a little, put it down, read a little more, put it back down....lather, rinse, repeat. Then the pace began to pick up a third of the way in. At roughly 66%, the two groups of major characters began to interact in earnest. I like books whose protagonists have hard edges and this one had plenty of gritty types (murde
  15. Re: What Fiction Book (other than Science Fiction or Fantasy) have you recently finis What did you think of it? Good, Bad, or just plain Fugly?
  16. Re: What Fiction Book (other than Science Fiction or Fantasy) have you recently finis I just finished "The Sun Over Breda", book 3 of "The Adventures of Captain Alatriste" by Arturo Perez-Reverte. I started this book with slight reservations. The previous book in this series, "Purity of Blood", did not exactly "knock my socks off". But I decided to give this third book in the series a chance based upon the high regard I hold for the author, Arturo Perez-Reverte. I keep hoping for another "El Club Dumas" and I keep getting disappointed. Don't get me wrong...this book was a p
  17. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... I just finished reading "Under Heaven" by Guy Gavriel Kay. G.G. Kay is one of my favorite authors. I had high hopes for this book because of my interest in ancient China and I was not disappointed. This book is like a pot of red beans & rice...it took awhile to really start to simmering. Then it became hard to put down...a good sign that you are reading a good book. Lots of politics and world building with fully developed characters. A little light on the action side, but for once, I didn't mind.
  18. Re: What Non-Fiction Book have you just finished? Michael, You make some interesting points. Especially about the pyrrhic nature of victories that often results from putting down a rebellion.
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  20. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... My pleasure! Hope you enjoy it!
  21. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... I just finished "Hounded". This is the first book of the "Iron Druid" urban fantasy series by Kevin Hearne. I finished this book in a little over two weeks, which is pretty fast for me since I read three to four books simultaneously. Hearne has impressed me with his ability to write such a compulsively readable book. Why did I like it so much? The main reasons are listed below... I am a big fan of Jim Butcher's "Harry Dresden Files" series. That series has a wise-cracking wizard for a protagonist and to
  22. Re: What Non-Fiction Book have you just finished? This one is on my "to read" list!!!
  23. Re: What Fiction Book (other than Science Fiction or Fantasy) have you recently finis That explains things! Thanks!
  24. Re: What Fiction Book (other than Science Fiction or Fantasy) have you recently finis I assumed as much.
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