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The Parafaith War
The Parafaith War
von L. E., Jr. Modesitt
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Not so much a novel as a piece of Literature, 31. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Parafaith War (Taschenbuch)
This book has created a world, a bunch of characters, and some motives for these characters. But what is most interesting is that LE Modesitt has created a belief system for these people that his characters fight against and come to know eventually.
I was impressed by the writing in this novel, the story was interesting enough in it's plot twists and use of futuristic technology, counting only that, this novel was good.
But then add to that the facet of religion, and the role it plays in bringing about the downfall of a culture, how one man uses this influence in religion to speed up this process, and how this book makes us reevalute our own values and you have a book that approaches literature.
The arguments Modesitt makes arem't always right, nor on the conservative side in terms of religion, but all his points are thought provoking, and it is for this reason I suggest reading this book.


Kingmaker's Sword (Rune Blade Trilogy)
Kingmaker's Sword (Rune Blade Trilogy)
von Ann Marston
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen A Classic, 31. Juli 2000
Even the cover calls to mind one of those fuzzy yet pleasantly warm fantasy stories read/or told as a child. This book is a short fantasy novel, not really all that remarkable until the cover is opened, and the characters are embraced. Once this occurs though, it is almost impossible to put this book down. There is romance, tragedy, a lost heir, courage, and indescribable evil. All the ingrediants that characterize a good fantasy book.
You will see this book, and the cover might not grab your attention at first, and maybe the description won't pique your interest, but believe me, open this book and magic happens.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
von J. K. Rowling
  Gebundene Ausgabe

3.0 von 5 Sternen Up to Snuff?, 10. Juli 2000
I got this book on Saturday (thanks to the amazon.com shipping special they had) and I finished it on sunday (thanks to me reading fast). I finished the book, and I didn't know what to say. I had read the 3 previous books, and was expecting a lot from this book, perhaps unfairly so, and this book just didn't live up to what I was expecting.
First, I might have an unfairly biased opinion seeing as how I am probably "outside" the intended age of the readers of this book, but when you find great literature such as Jk Rawlings has written, I don't think there should be any age limit or bounds on who can read it.
Having said that, I thought the first 3 books were magical, whimsical, and touched off something in each of us that very few authors can do. I think that this 4th book didn't quite capture that same feeling; it left me feeling as though the author really pushed this book out; and struggledto meet a page limit.
I wasn't exceptionally impressed, I think that the characters need a breath of fresh air, and I think the book needs to break out of the mold it is getting into. The first 3 books "worked" very well, the whole land and setting were new, and the concepts were new. JK Rawlings granted new characters and new things in each book, but I sort of think that she needed something drastically new for this book, and she didn't do it.
I got sort of tired reading this book; it needed more, alhtough it was a lot longer than the last 3 books, I don't think it covered as much as 1 of the previous books. I have the feeling that Rawlings was pushed to make this book long, and that the story didn't come from her heart, but rather from her mind. She didn't appear to be writing to have fun; but rather writing to meet a deadline.
I know the beginning of this review is not very favorable for the book; but overall this book was a good book. I would definitely suggest buying it and reading it; you will still be amazed and delighted by the scenery adn setting; the characters are teh same, and the evil is eviller.
I just expected a little more from this author.


Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy
Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy
von Miyamoto Musashi
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Read, Re Read, Re Read and you might understand, 29. Juni 2000
I read this book through once, and thought: okay, I just read a book about a 15th centurey samuri warrior, and he enlightened me all about how to fight with a sword. Great. Now what can I do with that.
But there is more, there is much much more. This book contains within it philosophy, and a sense of the greaterness of ones self in relation to the cosmos. Musashi didn't write a book just about how to fight with an antiquated sword, he wrote a book that allows the reader to see further than their petty lives and embrace a more global way of thinking.
Musashi wrote this book to enlighten the reader as to how he lived; and how he thought a warrior should live. And everyone today is a lawyer, whether it be in your job, in your social life or wherever, you are always fighting and planning on how to make things come out best in your favor; and this book helps you to realize these battles and win them.
This review is very ephemeral and doesn't say much; but it is tough to explain a book of this magnitude in a small 1000 word essay. You need to read this book to gain even a slight understanding of the magnitude of it; then you can reread it and hopefully gain a little more understanding; until in 50-60 years you might understand it fully. Maybe.
Read this book although 400 years old it applies more to today than ever.


Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimens ion
Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimens ion
von Michio Kaku
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,63

4.0 von 5 Sternen Very Interesting Subject matter, tough to digest, 29. Juni 2000
As it is with most science/physics oriented books, anything past the 100th page begins to become not understandable, the reader simply gets bogged down in the sheer language of the novel; and terminology.
This book was good in that it was intriguing and interesting. I read it for the first time in high school after a calss I had taken delved into some of these topics. The coverage of these topics were done very well in this book, but the reader has to remember that this book is only the writers opinion and not factual scientific writing.
This book was interesting and engaging, I woudl suggest reading it if you have a moderate background in nuclear and atomic physics, and if you would like to open your mind to less conventional ideas about the universe and it's inner workings.


Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth)
Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth)
von Terry Goodkind
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Preis: EUR 24,54

5.0 von 5 Sternen Can anything stop Terry?, 26. Juni 2000
I applaud Terry Goodkind on many levels; I just don't know where to start with it.
Each of his books can be stand alone. I have derived so much pleasure from reading this book, and the books preceding this one.
I applaud him first at the creation of the world in these books. The main thing in fantasy that i Look for is a world that impresses me but also is believeable (for a fantasy world), and intriguing. The characters are a mirror of this world, and Goodkind has succeeding on both accounts of creating characters the readers can understand and cheer for, and also with the creation of a land that I would love to be a War Wizard in.
This book is good because it doesn't continue the last book and continue with obscure references that were made 2 books ago and assume the reader has intimate knowledge of the land they are reading about. This book has departed and travelled some distance and time from the last book, the same characters remain, but the venue has changed as have their personalities to reflect the lives they have been living in this book.
Each installment in this series doesn't stay in one place, but changes the location, antherefore the supporting cast of characters, so that you never know what is going to happen in the next book (Goodkind has not fallen into the predictable trap Jordan has).
This book was as good as the last ones, and the reader is left at the end of the book not knowing what is going to happen to the characters in the next book. This anticipation is what I am looking for in a book of this calibur, I don't want all my questions answered at once, I dont' want to be able to predict where the characters are going to go, and where they are going to be in the next installment.
I can't wait to read the next book; I can only dream and wonder what fantastic changes I am sure Goodkind has wrought on the beautiful world he has created.


Traitor's Moon: The Nightrunner Series, Book 3
Traitor's Moon: The Nightrunner Series, Book 3
von Lynn Flewelling
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,99

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Glad that I finished it, 26. Juni 2000
I read all 3 books in this series, and the only reason I really finished this book was out of duty to the entire series. The first 2 books were good, and I had thought with the culmination of the second book the series was over. Although there were a few loose ends to tie up, the war appeared to be staved off at the beginning, with the Skalans triumphant. The ending was not happy, but I only applauded the author even more for her guts in finishing the story the way that she did.
I was wrong in one element, that there was another story. I picked this book up being curious what was left to talk about, and although I don't regret my decision, I think I would have saved myself time, and given the author more credit if she had stopped at 2 books.
This book was just a continuation of the 2nd book, but with a contrived storyline that didn't really mesh with the rest of the books, and it appeared to me the author used this book, mainly to explore the sexuality (homosexuality) of her 2 main characters Alex and Seregil.
Another kudos to this author for creating controversial main characters, 2 men of a different race (akin to elves) who love each other, and who share this love physically and mentally. I have never read a fantasy book befoer where the main characters were gay, and although it made me a little uncomfortable since that is not my interest, I give the author a lot of credit for having the guts to do it.
I would say that this book was worth reading if you read the entire series, just so that you can get an even more definitive ending for Seregil and Alec, but I don't feel as though this book matched up in story, or in thought to the 2 previous books. Hopefully the author will drop this world and these books, and use her considerable writing skill in a new venue.
Read it if you must, but it won't be as good as you are expecting.


I Know This Much Is True (Oprah's Book Club)
I Know This Much Is True (Oprah's Book Club)
von Wally Lamb
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Unimaginable in it's scope, 23. Juni 2000
Wally Lamb has really outdone himself with this book. Calling this book a novel would not do it justice, the scope of this book is much more on the level of a saga, the saga of a mans life, his uncertainties, his love, and his ambitions.
The characters in this book are not perfect, indeed some of them are far from this ideal. Not all characters are sane, not all characters have the best intentions, but what makes this book so memorable is the fact that the characters are believeable. You can imagine yourself walking down the street and meeting this character, I could imagine myself conversing with any one of the characters in this book.
There were many areas explored also in this book that would be of interest to a large population of readers, specifically the baby boomer era. The step father played a dominating roll for the twins in their early lives, and the numerous flashbacks only go to show how his impact has lasted through their entire adult life. The scarring and the memories from these experiences really shape the characters, and make them more believable and real.
This book was incredible, saying this book was about one topic would be completely unfair to it. The topics ranged through so many issues and deal with so much that it is only fair to say: read this book and see for yourself.


Otherland - City of Golden Shadow
Otherland - City of Golden Shadow
von Tad Williams
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,05

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Final Review you will ever have to read bout this book, 23. Juni 2000
When I was first thinking about purchasing this book, I read all customer reviews in an attempt to get an idea of if I was going to like this book, and if it was worth reading. I saw 5's, adn then I saw 2's, and everything in between. It seemed that people either loved this book, or hated it.
This book was not engaging, it dragged on and really didn't arrive at much after 800 + pages. The story line was unique, but the author got bogged down in detail and his own intricate plot twists and seemed to lose the thread of the story altogether at times.
This book was not horrible though, it had some merrit to it. The idea the book was predicated on was interesting, and i seriously considered reading the rest of the books, just to see where the author was going with this idea. But when I saw the next 2 books were in the same 800+_ page format, I decided my time was best spent elsewhere.
I am sure you are wondering, and asking me to answer your question that probably prompted you to read this review in the first place: should you read this book.
No. I don't think this book is worth your time, unless you read really fast and could finish it in a day or 2. (This was hte only reason I stuck with it, if I had had to spend more than a week or 2 on this book, I wouldn't have read it) There are so many good books out there that are begging to be read, that reading this would be a waste of your time. The book was just not worth it.


Moon Music (Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus Novels)
Moon Music (Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus Novels)
von Faye Kellerman
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Makes you wonder, 16. Juni 2000
I read the book, put it down, and then picked it back up again, re reading select scenes. The power of this book is such that you wonder: is this a fiction book, or is it going more into the science fiction catagory.
I think that the few surreal scenes in the book only heightened the suspense that Kellerman permeated the air with throughout. The book was not predictable ( a major plus in a ficiton novel) and was enjoyable to the last, even though the good guy did win.
This book was engaging, and the character relationships were unique and interesting, much more so because of their basis in the Los Angeles area. It appears to me that people follow a somwhat different lifestyle out there, and the book provided many details of this lifestyle.
This was an egaging and enjoyable book. A good book to read on a long plane ride because you won't want to put it down once you start it.


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