The Redemption of Althalus – David Eddings, Leigh Eddings

Althalus, thief and reprobate, must save humanity with only the help of a goddess in the shape of a cat. Remember Polgara from the Belgariad ? How endearing it was at first that she was just wonderful and always right about everything? And then it was cute? And then tired, then tiresome, then irritating, and finally really annoying? Well, characterization in Redemption picks up right where the Belgariad left off – it jumps straight to…

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The Sea Lark’s Song – Diana Marcellas

Witch of Two Suns #2 Brierly, a Sharri’a healer outlawed by the ruling Allemanii race, knows the truth about what happened to her own people. She and her Allemanii lover must fight prejudice to find peace. While the book is marketed as a stand-alone novel, it quickly becomes evident that Sea Lark is the sequel to an earlier volume, Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea. If you have not read that one, you don’t have much chance…

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The Dead Man’s Brother – Roger Zelazny

Ovid Wiley, a former art dealer turned smuggler, becomes involved with a murder and an international conspiracy. An undiscovered Zelazny novel! If you’re an SF enthusiast, you long ago discovered Roger Zelazny’s amazing talent. You’ve read Lord of Light, the Amber books, everything you could find. (check out The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny) So, when you run across something new, your heart races, your pulse pounds, you immediately click and order. Sure, international crime…

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The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny – Roger Zelazny

Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny #1-6 The complete short fiction and poetry of Roger Zelazny. Roger Zelazny deserves every bit of his status as a legendary SFF author. At his best (which he often was – see Lord of Light), his prose verged on poetry without ever losing its readability. His short fiction (gathered in several partial collections over the years) was as good, if not better. So, running across a complete collection of his…

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Misspent Youth – Peter F. Hamilton

Commonwealth Saga #1 A look at the use and consequences of genetic therapy for the purposes of regeneration. The back-cover blurbs would have you believe that this is a Dune/Foundation-level epic. It’s not – there’s nothing epic about it. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. Peter Hamilton is a somewhat uneven writer – from an interesting but not engaging Fallen Dragon to the generally strong The Dreaming Void. Here, he turns his attention…

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The Skewed Throne – Joshua Palmatier

Throne of Amenkor #1 A young girl from the streets holds the fate of the city of Amenkor in her hands. The Skewed Throne is perfectly readable as a stand-alone novel, but also smoothly sets the scene for same world sequels. It’s a good, though not astounding debut from a writer who shows promise for growth. Palmatier breaks no new ground in fantasy, but does a nice job of creating credible, engaging characters in an…

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