Joyce W. (joyceanne) - Reviews

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Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer, Bk 1)
Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer, Bk 1)
Author: Robin Hobb
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 402
Review Date: 10/29/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Robin Hobb creates caracters that are complex and stay with you after you put the book down. If you can put the book down. I've gotten less sleep while immersed in this series....


Assassin's Quest (Farseer, Bk 3)
Assassin's Quest (Farseer, Bk 3)
Author: Robin Hobb
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 314
Review Date: 11/6/2005


The conculsion of this wonderful fantasy trilogy does not dissapoint.


Blood Canticle (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 10)
Blood Canticle (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 10)
Author: Anne Rice
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 191
Review Date: 10/29/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Lestat is back! Ties together the Mayfair witch books with the vampire chronicles. A good read.


The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Bk 1)
The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Bk 1)
Author: Greg Keyes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 74
Review Date: 1/1/2006
Helpful Score: 4


good characters, gripping story, epic fantasy, I look forward to reading the rest of the series.


Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm, Bk 1) (Uplift, Bk 4)
Brightness Reef (Uplift Storm, Bk 1) (Uplift, Bk 4)
Author: David Brin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 95
Review Date: 7/28/2005
Helpful Score: 3


David Brin has written quite a few novels by now, but my favorites are the Uplift series. In chronological order within the novels, these are: Sundiver, Startide Rising, The Uplift War, Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore, and Heaven's Reach (on a side note, I love his titles, and the poetry in the books that they come from). They are not exactly light reading, but they're very well done if you like complicated plots.

In the future in which these are set, mankind has genetically altered both dolphins and chimpanzees (and are possibly going to add dogs to the list) to be more intelligent and capable of human speech. They managed to do this just before the other sentient beings in the universe discovered humanity's existence, which is the only thing that kept some of these other species from immediately taking humans in hand for some reengineering. Galactic culture is based on this proces of uplift, where more advanced races alter the genetics of proto-sentient races in a long chain back to the Progenitors. Because humanity uplifted two species before we were discovered, that gives us the status of patrons, rather than clients which can be altered in whatever manner the patron species chooses. Which leads to some messy Galactic politics, as some races are not happy at all about the status or presence of humanity, which is a "wolfling" species - a species whose patrons seem to have abandoned them. Which is where the novels begin.


Catch the Lightning (Saga of the Skolian Empire, Bk 2)
Catch the Lightning (Saga of the Skolian Empire, Bk 2)
Author: Catherine Asaro
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 37
Review Date: 7/28/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Sci-fi author Catherine Asaro includes a very strong romantic component in her writing. This is the second book in the Skolian Empire saga. A young girl from earth falls in love with a handsome stranger, and becomes a pawn in an interstellar war. I enjoyed this series very much.


Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul: 101 Stories of Courage, Hope and Laughter
Review Date: 7/28/2005


Good book for teens.


Creative Crochet (Penguin Handbooks)
Creative Crochet (Penguin Handbooks)
Author: Louisa Calder, Mary Konior
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 1/19/2006
Helpful Score: 2


Colorful Belts, Bags, hats, gloves ties, buttons and even wall hangings.


Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels, Bk 1)
Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels, Bk 1)
Author: Anne Bishop
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 335
Review Date: 7/28/2005
Helpful Score: 9


With The Black Jewels Trilogy (consisting of Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows and Queen of the Darkness), Anne Bishop has taken the literature of dark fantasy to heights I never even dreamed of. She has created a universe I can barely begin to describe, a realm of kingdoms ruled by women -- in the form of witches, priestesses and Black Widow queens -- where the strongest of men are forced into the role of consort to the most vindictive of mistresses. Bishop turns good and evil upside down in this masterful literary vision, giving us heroes the likes of Saetan the High Lord of Hayll, his sons Daemon Sadi and Lucivar, and one very special and very powerful young lady named Jaenelle Angelline.
If you are searching for something different, something that will completely captivate you in the form of a world unlike any you have yet encountered in your literary journeys, The Black Jewels Trilogy stands ready to redefine your very conception of the literature of dark fantasy. This is fantasy that should appeal to women as well as men, for this is not just another work of fantasy built around warlike dwarves, ethereal elves and heroic battles fought by stereotypical male characters. The Black Jewels Trilogy is literature of the highest order, more than earning author Anne Bishop the title I now personally bestow upon her: the Queen of Dark Fantasy.


Dragon Blood (Hurog, Bk 2)
Dragon Blood (Hurog, Bk 2)
Author: Patricia Briggs
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 155
Review Date: 3/27/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Continues the story began in Dragon Bones. Quick read, enjoyable


A Fall of Princes (Avaryan Rising, Vol 3)
A Fall of Princes (Avaryan Rising, Vol 3)
Author: Judith Tarr
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 3/13/2006


THe third book in the series is by far the best. Memorable characters and surprises at the ending. can be read on its own.


The Fire Dragon (Deverry: The Dragon Mage, Bk 3)
The Fire Dragon (Deverry: The Dragon Mage, Bk 3)
Author: Katharine Kerr
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 40
Review Date: 7/17/2006
Helpful Score: 1


The conclusion to the story begun with the Red Wyvern and the Black Raven...
I loved this entire series I couldnt get enough of it!


Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, Bk 1)
Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, Bk 1)
Author: Robin Hobb
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 238
Review Date: 3/20/2006
Helpful Score: 1


If you liked "Assassins Apprentice" you will love the continuing adventures......


The Hall of the Mountain King (Avaryan Rising, Bk 1)
The Hall of the Mountain King (Avaryan Rising, Bk 1)
Author: Judith Tarr
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 1/22/2006


A good read for fans of Judith Tarr - great characters


The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 726
Review Date: 7/28/2005
Helpful Score: 4


In a world where women are no longer allowed to read, in an age of declining births, women are only valued if their ovaries are viable. Excellent book for book club discussion groups.


Heaven's Reach (Uplift Storm, Bk 3) (Uplift, Bk 6)
Heaven's Reach (Uplift Storm, Bk 3) (Uplift, Bk 6)
Author: David Brin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 46
Review Date: 7/28/2005


David Brin has written quite a few novels by now, but my favorites are the Uplift series. In chronological order within the novels, these are: Sundiver, Startide Rising, The Uplift War, Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore, and Heaven's Reach (on a side note, I love his titles, and the poetry in the books that they come from). They are not exactly light reading, but they're very well done if you like complicated plots.

In the future in which these are set, mankind has genetically altered both dolphins and chimpanzees (and are possibly going to add dogs to the list) to be more intelligent and capable of human speech. They managed to do this just before the other sentient beings in the universe discovered humanity's existence, which is the only thing that kept some of these other species from immediately taking humans in hand for some reengineering. Galactic culture is based on this proces of uplift, where more advanced races alter the genetics of proto-sentient races in a long chain back to the Progenitors. Because humanity uplifted two species before we were discovered, that gives us the status of patrons, rather than clients which can be altered in whatever manner the patron species chooses. Which leads to some messy Galactic politics, as some races are not happy at all about the status or presence of humanity, which is a "wolfling" species - a species whose patrons seem to have abandoned them. Which is where the novels begin.


Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels, Bk 2)
Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels, Bk 2)
Author: Anne Bishop
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
 279
Review Date: 7/28/2005
Helpful Score: 1


With The Black Jewels Trilogy (consisting of Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows and Queen of the Darkness), Anne Bishop has taken the literature of dark fantasy to heights I never even dreamed of. She has created a universe I can barely begin to describe, a realm of kingdoms ruled by women -- in the form of witches, priestesses and Black Widow queens -- where the strongest of men are forced into the role of consort to the most vindictive of mistresses. Bishop turns good and evil upside down in this masterful literary vision, giving us heroes the likes of Saetan the High Lord of Hayll, his sons Daemon Sadi and Lucivar, and one very special and very powerful young lady named Jaenelle Angelline.
If you are searching for something different, something that will completely captivate you in the form of a world unlike any you have yet encountered in your literary journeys, The Black Jewels Trilogy stands ready to redefine your very conception of the literature of dark fantasy. This is fantasy that should appeal to women as well as men, for this is not just another work of fantasy built around warlike dwarves, ethereal elves and heroic battles fought by stereotypical male characters. The Black Jewels Trilogy is literature of the highest order, more than earning author Anne Bishop the title I now personally bestow upon her: the Queen of Dark Fantasy.


The House of Gaian (Tir Alainn Trilogy, Book 3)
The House of Gaian (Tir Alainn Trilogy, Book 3)
Author: Anne Bishop
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 154
Review Date: 5/2/2007
Helpful Score: 1


not as good as her Black Jewels Trilogy


Household Gods
Household Gods
Author: Harry Turtledove, Judith Tarr
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 46
Review Date: 1/12/2007
Helpful Score: 1


A modern young lawyer and stressed out mother awakens to find herself in a different life in ancient Rome. You will find yourself very glad to be alive in modern times after traveling back through time with Nicole Gunther-Perrin. Very enjoyable.


In the Beginning (Babylon 5)
In the Beginning (Babylon 5)
Author: J. Michael Straczynski
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 13
Review Date: 9/20/2005


The story is based on the original screenplay for the pilot for the show.


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