Jefferson N. (Jefferson) - Reviews

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The Aeneid of Virgil
The Aeneid of Virgil
Author: Virgil, Allen Mandelbaum (Translator)
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/4/2007
Helpful Score: 2


The story of what happens to the survivors of Troy after the Greek conquest. Aeneus leads a ragtag band of Trojan survivors in search of a homeland. In his quest he will find doomed love and even walk into the mouth of the Underworld. This is a classic of western literature and is a great read, if you're a fan of Roman literature. Chances are, if you're still in school, you'll read this in high school or college. But, if not, give it a shot because this is a classic!


An Old Friend of the Family (The Dracula Series)
An Old Friend of the Family (The Dracula Series)
Author: Fred Saberhagen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 8/11/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Mina Harker's grandchild calls on Dracula to help her family when they're targeted by a coven of evil vampires. This book has Dracula in the modern era fighting vampires...and if that's what you want to read, give it a shot. This is BARELY a Dracula book, though. It's got it's moments, but it would have been a better book if Saberhagen had just wrote a vampire novel without Dracula in it.


Antimatter (Star Trek Deep Space Nine, No 8)
Antimatter (Star Trek Deep Space Nine, No 8)
Author: John Vornholt
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 6/17/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Bajor is trying to show that they are capable of being on their own and are trying to start their starship yards back up. They are expecting a shipment of antimatter from the Federation, but it is stolen. The Deep Space Nine crew rush to stop a potential disaster. This takes place during the first season timeline. Could have been an episode of the show easily. It's a decent read.


Balance of Power (Star Trek The Next Generation, Bk 33)
Balance of Power (Star Trek The Next Generation, Bk 33)
Author: Dafydd Ab Hugh
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/6/2007
Helpful Score: 1


An auction is going on for what could be the most powerful weapon in the known universe and everyone is getting in on the bidding. Including Wesley Crusher, who has ended up a slave to a gang of money-grubbing Ferengi. This is a great Star Trek read...we get to see all of the major players in the Star Trek political universe and the story is very good. It's got plenty of drama, but has it's funny moments, as well. One of the better Trek novels.


The Best from Galaxy, Vol 2
The Best from Galaxy, Vol 2
Author: Editors of Galaxy Magazine
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/28/2007
Helpful Score: 1


This is a great short story book collecting the best Galaxy stories from 1973. My personal favorite was Field of Vision by Ursula K. Le Guin (Earthsea Trilogy). It's a story about two astronauts who return from an expedition to Mars with their senses warped to the point where one cannot hear and the other only sees bright lights. The story is pretty creepy. I highly recommend this book.


Beyond The Borders
Beyond The Borders
Author: Robert E. Howard
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 5/29/2012


Beyond the Borders is the final book in Baen's Robert E. Howard library...and it's a great one! Beyond the Borders includes several of Howard's Mythos stories based on H.P. Lovecraft's universe, as well as several truly creepy stories all of his own. While you get some two-fisted heroes, you'll also get some tales that are truly weird. If you're a fan of Howard's stranger, more horrifying tales, you'll love this book. And if you've only read his adventure stories, here is a chance for you to get acquainted with another side of this late, great author!


Blood Brothers (Necroscope: Vampire World Trilogy)
Blood Brothers (Necroscope: Vampire World Trilogy)
Author: Brian Lumley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/1/2011
Helpful Score: 1


This is the first book in a side trilogy to the Necroscope saga. When Harry Keogh travels to the other-dimensional world of Starside, he is injured in battle with the vamphyri and nursed back to health by a beautiful gypsy woman who he has a romantic encounter with before he returns to Earth. She has twin sons from Harry...one of which inherits his powers. Time passes in the world of Starside, which is now free of the vampire taint...or so they think. On the other side of that world, vampires exiled by the once powerful vamphyri sense the absence of the old ones and prepare to return to their old haunts. Harry's twin sons have come of age and must deal with the returning scourge of monsters. But while one son has Harry's innnocence and power, the other has a desperate, jealous longing for his brother's woman...and power. This will put them at odds and on opposite sides of the war with the vamphyri. This book introduces us to a new cast in the Necroscope saga...and it is welcome. I had feared that Lumley might just be repeating himself with this series, but it still feels fresh. We don't really see anything new...other than more adventure on Starside than we have seen in previous books. But the horror of the vampires seems to be just as great in the later book as in the previous ones. Lumley's mastery of character and emotion keeps his books strong even when they continue to focus on the same stories we have seen before. If you're a Necroscope fan, you should read this book. It's just as good as the old ones.


The Bloody Crown of Conan (Conan the Barbarian)
The Bloody Crown of Conan (Conan the Barbarian)
Author: Robert E. Howard
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 2/26/2013


Fans of Robert E. Howard and Conan...Take notice!!! This collection brings together three stories from the middle era of Howard's writing...and they're excellent!!! People of the Black Circle is a tale of Conan fighting wizards for the sake of a Vendyhan princess. It's a page turner and excellently paced! The second story was Howard's lone true Conan novel, The Hour of the Dragon. A novel-length adventure that takes Conan on one of his wildest adventures ever...Trying to get back his crown that is stolen through the machinations of a wizard and his nobleman cronies. And finally, we have A Witch Shall Be Born, which features one of the most iconic Conan images ever...Conan crucified and still fighting. These are some of the longer Conan stories...and they still hold up today. The writing style is more polished than some of his previous efforts and the tales make for exciting, spell-binding reading. The time periods of Conan's life are all over the place, but they're printed by the order they were written in, not the order they take place in the Cimmerian's life. So, if you are a Conan buff, or just want to give this barbarian a shot for the first time, you will not be disappointed!!


Bran Mak Morn
Bran Mak Morn
Author: Robert E. Howard
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 10/15/2007
Helpful Score: 1


These are the complete adventures of Robert E. Howard's Bran Mak Morn. Bran is the last king of the Picts, an ancient race that is heading swiftly to oblivion due to bad breeding. Bran is the last pure-blooded Pict and struggles against all his advesaries, both the Romans and his own people. A lot of people are not too keen on this book because the stories in this book are written from a lot of different viewpoints...most of them not Bran's. But I think it's good to see a character through different characters' eyes. This is a great read for anyone that loves tales of adventure. Particularly good is the story "Worms of the Earth", a Lovecraftian-Mythos crossover with Bran. A lot of other Howard characters show up in this book, including Kull, Cormac, and Black Turlough. In fact, the last two stories are more Turlough stories...the last is a bonus story that doesn't have anything to do with Bran Mac Morn. This is a great book, though. I can't say enough good things about it!


Bran Mak Morn: The Last King
Bran Mak Morn: The Last King
Author: Robert E. Howard, Gary Gianni (Illustrator)
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 3/28/2014


Bran Mak Morn: The Last King is a treasure trove for the Robert E. Howard fan! This is the most complete collection of tales featuring the Pictish King and his people. If features all of the Howard Bran Mak Morn stories that have already been published, as well as poems, an unpublished tale, and many footnotes and historical details about Bran Mak Morn, the Picts, and Robert E. Howard himself. If you've never read Howard, this is an exciting book to start with, since his Bran Mak Morn tales are by and large some of his best work. And if you ARE a Howard fan, you should definitely own this book! It's the most extensive version of Bran Mak Morn stories ever published, and it has new material, in case you already have the old paperback novels and didn't want to get stuck with yet another copy.


Captains Honor (Star Trek Next Generation #8)
Captains Honor (Star Trek Next Generation #8)
Author: David Dvorkin, Daniel Dvorkin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/6/2007
Helpful Score: 2


The Enterprise crew has to work with a violent Starfleet captain and his crew to deal with a hostile fleet that is attacking planets with Federation interests. Not a bad book. The bit characters are interesting, but the M'Dok fleet is pretty forgettable.


Carrie
Carrie
Author: Stephen King
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/1/2006
Helpful Score: 2


A coming of age story with a dark psychic twist. A great book for young adults or new King readers, since this one is not quite as daunting as some of his later works. My copy of this book has a different cover than the one shown. It has Carrie's face in shadow on it.


Casa: The Conquistador (#10)
Casa: The Conquistador (#10)
Author: Barry Sadlen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/24/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Casca, the eternal mercenary cursed by Christ, returns to Mexico with Cortes, and witnesses the fall of a civilization he inadvertantly helped set up centuries before. A great read for military fans of this time period. Sadler is one of the best at knowing his history AND military tactics.


Casca #07: Damned
Casca #07: Damned
Author: Barry Sadler
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 1/24/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Casca, the eternal mercenary cursed by Christ, is exhausted after all of his journeys and misfortunes and decides to return home to ancient Rome. Too bad that he shows up during the Gothic invasions...Another great Casca book for action fans.


Casca #10 Conquistador (R)
Casca #10 Conquistador (R)
Author: Barry Sadler
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/15/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Casca, the eternal mercenary, finds himself with a group of concuistadors invading the Aztecs. Can Casca really follow through with this holy crusade for the man he killed, Jesus Christ, or will he help the Aztecs? A great book that not only is a fun action read, but is also an interesting history study of the Aztecs. A fun, educational book.


Casca : God of Death
Casca : God of Death
Author: Barry Sadler
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 1/24/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Casca, the eternal mercenary cursed by Christ, ends up in Aztec Mexico during his wanderings and helps set the stage for the civilizations eventual fall. A great read for adventure fans.


Casca: The War Lord
Casca: The War Lord
Author: Barry Sadler
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 7/15/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Casca, the eternal mercenary who stabbed Jesus with the Spear of Destiny, is having adventures once again, this time in Japan. Casca becomes a friend to Japanese royalty, but has to watch his back as an evil concubine seeks his life. Not the best in the series, but it's ok.


Ceremony (Darkwar Triology, No 3)
Ceremony (Darkwar Triology, No 3)
Author: Glen Cook
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/15/2006
Helpful Score: 1


The conclusion of the Darkwar Trilogy. Marika has become the leader of her witch coven and united her planet. Now she must leave her world with her followers to try to clear the space residue that keeps her planet in winter and also destroy the last of the renegade witches. An interesting finale to a good series.


Chapterhouse Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 6)
Chapterhouse Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 6)
Author: Frank Herbert
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/11/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Dune has been destroyed! The last remaining Reverend Mothers of the Bene Gesserit scramble to try to find a way to keep the last sandworm alive so there is hope for more spice to give them strength. And their enemy gets closer every day...This is the second book in the final Dune series. It's also Frank Herbert's last Dune book before he died. It's a good read...but it stops on a cliffhanger which was torture on fans for decades...at least until the new books by his son and Kevin J. Anderson started.


Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Bk 3)
Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Bk 3)
Author: Frank Herbert
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/11/2007
Helpful Score: 2


The Children of Paul Atreides find themselves players in a game of intergalactic intrigue being played by all the major players in the Dune universe. This is a good read and it's the end of the first trilogy of Dune books.


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