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Review: The Crooked Letter by Sean Williams

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The Crooked Letter by Sean Williams
2006, Pyr

Review Summary: Williams’s The Crooked Letter suffers from his choice of main characters, a pair of “mirror” twins who are so selfish, introverted, and shallow that the novel never fully recovers even as one of the twins begins to make some strides towards becoming a responsible, interesting human being.

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Review: Star Wars On Trial by David Brin and Matthew Woodring Stover

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Star Wars On Trial by David Brin and Matthew Woodring Stover
2006, Smart Pop

Review Summary: For anyone who’s ever debated the merits and failures of the holy Trilogies, or been immersed in apologetics and creative storytelling of their own on behalf of the films’ writers, or both, this is an excellant read and well worth the time spent on it – better yet if you have someone to discuss it with after finishing the book!
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Review: River of Gods by Ian McDonald

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River of Gods by Ian McDonald
2006, Pyr

Review Summary: It started out well but quickly devolved into a rotating series of chapters following an overly-large cast of characters, all of which were well-drawn, but none of which was individually very gripping. Taken altogether, the novel was actually kind of lame, with both too much and too little occurring over too many pages.

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Review: Fortress of Ice by C.J. Cherryh

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Fortress of Ice by C.J. Cherryh
2006, HarperCollins

Review Summary: I am very disappointed in Cherryh’s latest entry to the Fortress series. It is as though she has either forgotten or is trying to re-write what occurred in the first four books of the series, not just on minor details but on some telling and very important points. In addition, it appears that she has lost her feel for the characters – no matter that 16 years of world-time have passed, she seems to have trouble recapturing the characters she so wonderfully depicted in the first four novels.

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