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  Adams, Douglas Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy **** just remember 42
    Restuarant at the End of the Universe
* couldn't finish
    Dirk Gently's Holistic Dectective Agency  * great idea, bad implemntation
    The Long, Dark Tea Time of the Soul   * second try, last try
  Alten, Steve Meg *** (2003) very enjoyable
  Anderson, Kevin J. Jedi Search (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #1)
*** but too much assumption that the reader never had seen Star Wars
    Dark Apprentice (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #2)  *** better than the first
    Champions of the Force (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #3)  ***  
    Darksaber (Star Wars)   ****  
  Anthony, Piers A Spell for Chameleon  ***  
    Castle Roogna **   
    Source of Magic ***   
    Centaur Isle   **   
    On a Pale Horse (Incarnations of Immortality #1) ***  
    Bearing an Hourglass (Incarnations of Immortality #2) ***  
    With a Tangled Skein (Incarnations of Immortality #3) ***  
    Wielding a Red Sword (Incarnations of Immortality #4) ***  
    Being a Green Mother (Incarnations of Immortality #5) ***  
    For the Love of Evil (Incarnations of Immortality #6) * horrid, horrid book
    And Eternity (Incarnations of Immortality #7) * horrid, horrid book
  Asimov, Issac Caves of Steel  ****  
    Foundation ** not at all what I expected
  Atwood, Margret Bodily Harm ****  
    Surfacing ** are men ever good in her books?
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  Barrie, J.M. Peter Pan ***  
  Baum, Frank L.

The Wizard of Oz

 ****  
  Bear, Greg Blood Music
**  
    Forge of God ****  
  Bellairs, John The House with a Clock in its Walls *** (2004) Not bad. Not great.
  Bradbury, Ray The Martian Chronicles   *  
    Something Wicked this Way Comes *  
  Bronte, Emily Wuthering Heights
**  
  Brooks, Terry

Sword of Shannara

****   
    Elfstones of Shannara
****   
    Wishsong of Shannara
****   
    Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold!
**   
    The Black Unicorn  **   
    Wizard At Large  **   
    Scions of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara #1)  *****  
    Elf Queen of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara #2)  *****   
    Druid of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara #3)  *****   
    Talismans of Shannara (The Heritage of Shannara #4)  *****   
    First King of Shannara   ****  
    Isle Witch (The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara #1) ****   
    Antrax (The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara #2) ***  
    Morgwar (The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara #3) *** (2003) 
    Sometimes Magic Works ***** (2003) Interesting to see how Terry Brooks writes.
    Jarka Ruus (The High Druid of Shannara #1) *** (2003) 
    Running with the Demon *** (2004) Not bad. Better than Magic Kingdom universe though.
  Budrys, Algis

Rogue Moon

*** (2003) great characterization
  Burgess, Anthony A Clockwork Orange * ugh
  Burroughs, Edgar Rice  Princess of Mars
***  
    Tarzan of the Apes  ****  
    Land that Time Forgot  ***  
    People that Time Forgot  **  
    Out of Time's Abyss   **  
  Byatt, A.S.  Possesion   ****  
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  Cameron, Eleanor  The Wonderful Flight the the Mushroom Planet   *****  
    Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet   *****   
    Time and Mr. Bass   *****   
    Mr. Bass's Planetoid   *****   
  Card, Orson Scott  Ender's Game   *** Good, but not as good as people profess all the time.
    Speaker for the Dead   **  
  Carey, Diane  Battlestations! (Star Trek)   *  
 

Charnas, Suzy Mckee

The Vampire Tapestry   ***  
  Chaucer, Geoffrey Canterbury Tales
***  
    Troilus and Criseyde **  
  Cherryh, C. J. Heavy Time ** (2003) Great writing, plot way to slow to develop.
         
  Child, Lincoln and Preston, Douglas Riptide ** Had potential.
  Christie, Agatha And then There Were None
***  
    Death on the Nile **  
    Murder on the Orient Express **  
  Christopher, John When the Tripods Came
*  
    The White Mountains ****  
    City of Gold and Lead ****  
    The Pool of Fire ****  
  Clancy, Tom Without Remorse **  
  Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood's End
*****   
     2001 ***   
     2010 *****   
    2061 ***  
    Rendezvous with Rama ***  
    Rama II ** The Shakespearean robots were cool.
    Garden of Rama *  
  Clavell, James

Shogun

***** Awesome book.
  Conrad, Joseph Nostromo **  
  Cook, Glen The Black Company ***  
  Cook, Hugh

Wizard War

****  
  Cook, Paul Engines of Dawn ***  
  Coville, Bruce Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher ***  
  Crichton, Michael Andromeda Strain
***  
    Jurassic Park ***  
    Lost World ***** Liked this book much more than the original.
    Rising Sun ***** Crichton's best.
    Airframe ****  
    Timeline ***  
    Sphere *** (2003) Ok, but not great.
  Crispin, A.C. The Paradise Snare (Star Wars)
****  
    The Hutt Gambit (Star Wars) ****  
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  David, Peter House of Cards (Star Trek: New Frontier #1)
***  
    Into the Void (Star Trek: New Frontier #2) ***  
    The Two-Front War (Star Trek: New Frontier #3) ***  
    End Game (Star Trek: New Frontier #4) ***  
  De Lint, Charles Somplace to be Flying ***** (2003) I loved the Crow sisters. Great universe De Lint has created.
    Memory & Dream *** (2004) Not as good as Someplace to be Flying, but very good nonetheless.
    Trader *** (2004) Weakest of the books so far. Very good in the last half of the book.
    Seven Wild Sisters ***** (2004) Delightful book. DeLint at his best
    The Onion Girl **** (2004) Jilly's story.
    Buffalo Girls *** (2004) Not bad. Seven Wild is better.
  Dick, Phillip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
*** The true beginnings of cyberpunk. Gibson is just a grandchild.
    The Man in the High Castle ***  
  Dickens, Charles A Christmas Carol
****  
    Oliver Twist *****  
    Bleak House *****  
    Great Expectations ****  
    Hard Times *** The first half of the book is the best.
    A Tale of Two Cities *** Completely unlike any other Dickens novel.
  Duane, Diane So You Want to be A Wizard? **** Much better than Mr. Potter.
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  Eliot, George Middlemarch ****  
  Ellman, Richard Oscar Wilde **** Fascninating man.
  Evans, Lawrence-Watt The Misenchanted Sword *****  
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  Farmer, Philip Jose To Your Scattered Bodies Go ** (2003)
  Feist, Raymond Magician: Apprentice
****  
    Magician: Master ****  
    Silverthorn ***  
    A Darkness at Sethanon ****  
    Prince of the Blood **  
    Faerie Tale ***  
  Feist, Raymond and William Forstchen Legends of the Riftwar: Hounered Enemy ****  
  Forward, Robert L.

Rocheworld

**  
  Foster, Alan Dean Glory Lane
*  
    Sentenced to Prizm ***  
    Tar-Aiym Krang (Pip and Flinx #1) **  
    Into the Out Of ****  
    Cachalot ****  
    Icerigger ****  
    Mission to Moulikin ***  
    The Deluge Drivers ***  
    Spellsinger (Spellsinger #1) **  
    Path of the Premumbtor (Spellsinger #2) **  
    Parallelites *** (2003)
    Interlopers **** (2003) 
    A Call to Arms (The Damned #1) *** (2003)
    Cyber Way *** (2004)
  Frost, Mark The List of 7
*****  
    6 Messiahs *****  
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  Gardner, James Alan Expendable ** Could have been much better.
  Gemmel, David Winter Warriors
*****  
    Quest for Lost Heroes ****  
    In the Shadow of the Wolf ***  
    Legend *** (2004) Very good. Should have been 60 pages shorter.
  Giambastiani, Kurt R. A. The Year the Cloud Fell *** Not bad. I am interested to see how this series develops.
  Golding, William Lord of the Flies **  
  Gould Steven Blind Waves * Bad, bad, bad.
  Golden, Christopher Of Saints and Shadows
***  
  Goldenstein, Lawrence and Nancy Used and Rare ** Ok, but really no point.
  Gordimer, Nadine Burger’s Daugter **  
  Green, Simon R. Guards of Haven **** A fantasy murder mystery. Quite refreshing.
  Grubb, Jeff The Gathering Dark (Magic: The Gathering Ice Age Cycle Book 1) **** (2004) The best of the Magic books so far.
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  Hadelman, Joe Forever War ****  
  Hambly, Barbara Ishmael (Star Trek)
**  
    Time of the Dark ****  Best of the series. Takea little too long to get going.
    Walls of Air ** Weakest of the series. Very boring at times. 
    Armies of Daylight ***  The battle for Darwath ends here.
    Mother of Winter *** Ok...I miss the Dark as the enemy though. 
  Hawthorne, Nathaniel

The Scarlet Letter

***  
    The Blithedale Romance ***  
  Heinlein, Robert Number of the Beast
* Why is Heinlein so higly regarded?
    Friday * I ask again...why is he liked by so many people? 
    Podkayne of Mars ** Ok...his juvies are his best work. 
    Starship Troopers * Ugh...horrid, horrid book. Movie is much better (sadly). 
  Hendee, Barb and J.C. Dhampir *** (2003) Ok vampire book with some new twists. Don't kow if I will read the sequel or not.
  Henry, Sue Deadfall ****  Great mystery. Couldn't put it down.
  Herbert, Frank Dune
****  A great book and wonderful world building. Too bad the rest of the series doesn't live up to this book's standard.
    Dune Messiah *  Couldn't finish.
  Hubbard, L. Ron Invader's Plan **** Surprisingly good.
    Black Genesis **  
    Enemy Within **  
    An Alien Affair **  
  Hulme, Kari

The Bone People

**** Wonderful novel.
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  James, Henry Portrait of a Lady
* Ugh.
  Jordan, Robert
Eye of the World **  
    The Great Hunt **  
    The Dragon Reborn **  
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  Keyes, J. Gregory Newton's Cannon (Age of Unreason)
***** (2003) Great. Loved this book to death.
    A Calculus of Angels (Age of Unreason) **** (2003) Not as good as the first, but close.
    Empire of Unreason (Age of Unreason) ** (2003) Sadly, not very good.
  King, J. Robert Invasion (Magic: The Gathering Invasion Cycle Book 1) *** (2004) Pretty good cosidering its based on a CCG
    Planeshift (Magic: The Gathering Invasion Cycle Book II) *** (2004) Good followup to the first. Non-stop action
    Apocalypse (Magic: The Gathering Invasion Cycle Book III) *** (2004) Overall, a good series of books.
  King, Stephen Salem's Lot ***** King's best by far.
    Danse Macbre ***** Nonfiction.
    It **** One of King's best.
    The Gunslinger (1982 Edition) *** Can't wait to see how it all ends.
    Tommyknockers * Couldn't finish.
    Needful Things * Couldn't finish.
    "The Langoliers" *** (2003) Ok. Like most King, should have been a little shorter.
    The Gunslinger: Revised Edition (The Dark Tower, Book I) **** (2004) I have no recollection of reading this book. Pretty good though.
    The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, Book II) *** (2004) Good. The series is moving forward.
    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon ***** (2004) King's best.
    The Wastelands (The Dark Tower, Book III) *** (2005)
    Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, Book IV) *** (2005)
  Knowles, John A Separate Peace
**  
  Kurtz, Katherine Camber of Culdi ** Never felt like a fantasy world. Too real.
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  Lassieur, A. L.

The Unicorn (Clan War Scroll #3)

** (2003)
  Laymon, Richard The Traveling Vampire Show *** (2003) Great characterization. A little too much sex and very little horror.
  Lebow, Jess The Secrets of Magic Anthology (Magic: The Gathering) **** (2004) Some of very good stories in here. Some real bad ones as well
  Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird **  
  Lewis, C.S. The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe **** I love the family of beavers.
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  Maclean, Alastair Night without End
**** Snow! What else do you need?
    Breakheart Pass ** Could have been better.
    River of Death ** Nazi gold!
  Martin, George R.R. Fevre Dream
***  
    Game of Thrones **** Politcal fantasy at its best.
  McDermott, Will The Moons of Mirrordin (Magic: The Gathering Mirrodin Cycle Book I) *** (2004) Not too bad.
  McDevitt, Jack Ancient Shores
*** (2003) Great till the end.
    Moonfall *** (2003) Great disaster novel that leaves you wanting more.
    Eternity Road *** (2003) Ok, would like to have seen more ruins.
    Engines of God *** (2004) First 200 pages was awesome! After that it was all downhill.
  McKinney, Jack Genesis ****  
    Battlecry ***  
    Homecoming    
    Battlehymn    
    Force of Arms    
    Doomsday    
    Southern Cross    
    Metal Fire    
    The Final Nightmare    
    Invid Invasion    
    Metamorphsis    
    Symphony of Light    
  Milton, John Paradise Lost    
  Monhan, Brent

Book of Common Dread

**  
  Montgomery, L. M. Emily of New Moon ***  
  Moore, Thomas Utopia ***  
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  Niven, Larry Ringworld *** Pretty good.
    The Ringworld Engineers * Could have been great.
    The Intergral Trees ** Great concept, but Niven doesn't completley pull it off.
  Nix, Gath Sabriel **** (2003) Unique YA book. A well constructed universe.
    Mr. Monday (Keys to the Kingdom #1) *** (2004) Another good one from Mr. Nix.
    Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom #2) *** (2004) Good followup to Mr. Monday
    Lirael *** (2004) Another good one. Does not end though. Need to read Abhorsen for conclusion.
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  Paretsky, Sarah Indemity Only ***  
    Killing Orders ***  
  Pellegrino, Charles and Zebrowski, George Dyson Sphere (Star Trek: The Next Generation #50) ** (2004) Could have been a lot better.
  Perry, S. D. Section 31: Cloak (Star Trek) ** Ok. Very little about Section 31.
  Perry, Steven Earth Hive (Aliens) *** Fun, mindless read. Horrid editing.
    Nightmare Asylum (Aliens) *** Fun, mindless read. Horrid editing.
  Powers, Tim On Stranger Tides * (2004) Pirates. Could have been great. Slow moving book. Couldn't finish. To dang slow.
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  Quentin, Brad The Demon of the Deep (The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest #1) ** (2004) Not bad. Not great.
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  Reed, Robert Marrow *** (2003) Not bad...not at all what I expected.
  Reynolds, Alistair Redemption Ark *** (2004) Slow start. Great ideas; could have 200 pages or so trimmed from it.
  Rice, Anne Interview with the Vampire
***  
    The Vampire Lestat **** Her best.
  Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire *** (2004) Not bad. She has a style that I cannot describe. Maybe it's more tell than show.
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  Salvatore, R. A. The Crystal Shard (Forgotten Realms)
**** Great DnD yarn.
    Vector Prime (Star Wars: New Jedi Order) *** Poor Chewie.
  Sheffield, Charles The Proteus Operation
***  
    Starfire *** (2003) Enjoyable. Bogs down at the end. 100 less pages would have helped this one.
  Shelley, Mary Frankenstein ***  
  Silverberg, Robert Time of the Great Freeze *** (2004) Not bad. Fun, light read.
  Soesbee, Ree The Crane (Clan War Scroll #2) *** (2003) 
  Somtow, S.P. Vampire Junction **** A Jungian vampire!!
  Stackpole, Michael A. Dark Tide: Onslaught (Star Wars: New Jedi Order) *** Not bad, not great.
  Stasheff, Christopher Her Magesty's Wizard **** Very good. I hope the sequels are as good.
  Stephenson, Neal Snow Crash
* Couldn't finish it.
    The Diamond Age * Neal, get over yourself. Couldn't finish it.
  Stine, G. Harry Warbots * Ugh...it's sad that a tree had to give its life for this book.
  Stoker, Bram Dracula ***** A masterpiece!
  Sullivan, Stephen D. The Scorpion (Clan War Scroll #1)
*** (2003) 
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  Tolstoy, Nickoli Anna Karenenia *  
  Turtledove, Harry Days of Infamy *** (2005) Not bad. Curious to see how it ends.
    In Presence of Mine Enemies *** (2005) Not bad. A little slow and unclimatic.
  Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ****  
  Tyers, Kathy Truce at Bakura (Star Wars) ** Yawn. My least favorite Star Wars novel.
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  Vachss, Andrew H. Batman: The Ultimate Evil **  
  Viehl, S.L. Stardoc *** (2004) Fun read. White is better medical.
  Vinge, Joan D. The Snow Queen **** (2004) Great world building.
  Voltaire Candide ** Ok. I should try and read it again now that I am older.
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  Weber, David

On Balisk Station (Honor Harrington)

***  
    The Honor of the Queen(Honor Harrington) ***  
    The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington) ** (2004) Not the best in the series
    Field of Dishonor (Honor Harrington) *** (2004) Not bad, not too military. More soap.
  White, James Hospital Station ****  
  Woolf, Virginia

To the Lighthouse

**  
  Willis, Connie Doomsday Book
***  
    Remake **** My fifteen seconds of fame.
    Unchartered Territory ** By far, my least favorite Connie Willis book.
    Bellewether ****** Great! one of the very few books that made me laugh.
  Wilson, Robert Charles Bios **** (2004) Great short read. I want more about the world of Isis.
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  Zhan, Timothy Heir to the Empire (Star Wars) **** Great lead off to the Star Wars book phenenom
    Dark Force Rising (Star Wars) ***  
    The Last Command (Star Wars) ***