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review 2017-09-15 07:28
Fire Sea by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Fire Sea - Margaret Weis,Tracy Hickman

Book 3 of the Death Gate Cycle is an entertaining, action packed, and sometimes intense, romp through Abarrach, the less-than-pleasant Realm of Stone (not to mention lava and poisonous fumes).  Haplo and Dog make new "friends" and meet old enemies.  The world building is deliciously original, with a rather interesting take on some old tropes.  The cover art for this book also exquisite!


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review 2017-09-11 06:57
Broken Bow by Diane Carey
Broken Bow - Diane Carey

Broken Bow is an adequate, though bland, novelization of the Enterprise's pilot episode.  There is no deviation and very little additional material from the original episode.  This is a rather disappointing retelling of rather mediocre episode.

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review 2017-09-08 15:45
The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire
The Brightest Fell - Seanan McGuire

From the Blurb:


For once, everything in October “Toby” Daye’s life seems to be going right. There have been no murders or declarations of war for her to deal with, and apart from the looming specter of her Fetch planning her bachelorette party, she’s had no real problems for days. Maybe things are getting better.

Maybe not.

Because suddenly Toby’s mother, Amandine the Liar, appears on her doorstep and demands that Toby find her missing sister, August. But August has been missing for over a hundred years and there are no leads to follow. And Toby really doesn’t owe her mother any favors.

Then Amandine starts taking hostages, and refusal ceases to be an option.


A wonderfully enjoyable, exciting and heart-rending addition to the October Daye series. 

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review 2017-09-07 07:10
Elven Star by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Elven Star - Tracy Hickman,Margaret Weis

From the blurb:


"On steamy Pryan, never-ending sunlight and plentiful rain have created a jungle so vast that humans and elves dwell high in the trees and only dwarves live anywhere near the ground. From the treetops the aristocratic elves sell weapons to the other races, whose incessant warfare sends a steady steam of profits and essential resources skyward. Now, generations of dissent and race hatred will not heal -- not even under the threat of annihilation at the hands of legendary Titans. Armed with little more than their wits and prophecy, an elf, a human, and a dwarf must unite to try to save the world from destruction."


This is the second book in the complete Death Gate Cycle.  It's a bit thin on plot but the characters are entertaining (Zifnab and his dragon are rather amusing or irritating depending on your tastes) and Dog makes a reappearance.  The world building is original and fascinating.  While this book is a complete story it doesn't really hold up without the rest of the series.  It is however, still entertaining and run to read.




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review 2017-09-01 08:27
Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Dragon Wing - Tracy Hickman,Margaret Weis

Dragon Wing is book 1 in the completed Death Gate Cycle of 7 books.  The first book contains a complete story but there is quite obviously something more complex going on.  The best part of this book is the world building - it is original, even after all these years.  The characters are also fairly well written and complex.  Even the dog has his own personality.  The book starts off with an assassin in what is superficially a medieval world and ends up with a variety of elves, dwarves, humans, an "adorable" manipulative little child, wizards of various kinds, a man with bandaged hands (and his dog) in a world that isn't all that medieval anymore and on the cusp of change.  Book 1 takes place in the World of Air, which is a world of floating continents with a contraption (of unknown purpose) called the Kicksey-winsey worshiped and maintained by the locals.  Travel between these floating islands is via dragon back or airship, and the local currency is barrels of water or their equivalent in coin.  This adventure is a fun, action packed romp through an interesting realm.  If you want to know what happens in such a fascinating world, you are just going to have to read the book (and the rest of the Death Gate Cycle).


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