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Winds of Change...and Other Stories  Winds of Change...and Other Stories
by Isaac Asimov
Edition: Paperback
ASIN: 0345311884

Condition: Very Good
Comments: Very Good. Very slight crease on spine. .

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A Good Collection of Short Stories
In this collection there are twenty-one short stories that run the gamut from humorous to profound. Included with the stories are small introductions by Isaac Asimov. Two of the stories, Belief and Ideas Die Hard, were written in the 1950's. The former is a charming story about a physicist who finds he can levitate. The latter is a good but self admitted out of date story about travel to the moon. The other nineteen stories were written in the late seventies and early eighties. They cover a variety of topics including alien traders, computer illiteracy, the creation of the universe, the last shuttle leaving earth, a clothes designer and much more. It's unreasonable to expect that you'll like every story in any collection of short stories. However, The Winds of Change has more hits than misses. I think fans of Asimov would enjoy this book.
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Leopard's Tooth  Leopard's Tooth
by William Kotzwinkle
Edition: Paperback
ASIN: 0380628694

Condition: Good
Comments: Good. Bookstore stamps inside front cover. 1983. Ships 1st class.

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PRINCE OF MERCENARIES : PRINCE OF MERCENARIES [Paperback]  PRINCE OF MERCENARIES : PRINCE OF MERCENARIES [Paperback]
by Pournelle
Edition: Paperback
ASIN: 0671698117

Condition: Good
Comments: Good. 1989.

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Great read for a Saturday afternoon
Excellent story with believable polital plotting in the background...also with excellent military strategies and quite realistic charactors for fiction....good starting read if you've never read anything by this writer before.
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The treasure of Wonderwhat  The treasure of Wonderwhat
by Bill Starr
Edition: Unknown Binding
ASIN: 0345251571

Condition: Good
Comments: Good. Bookstore stamps inside front cover. .

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the treasure of wonderwhat
the treasure of wonderwhat? to me this is a story of a father and son learning about each other and living in the great unknown reaches of life and unexplored spaces.the story has adventure,love,pain,uncertainy and true friends to help along the way.the treasure is two fold ,in that it`s rewards are not all material.
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Spider (The Maser of Men! No 5)  Spider (The Maser of Men! No 5)
by Grant Stockbridge
Edition: Paperback
ASIN: 0881849863

Condition: As New
Comments: As New. 1993.

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Adventures of a great pulp hero
While the Spider has often been compared to the Shadow, he was really more like the now forgotten "Operator Number Five", or perhaps even Doc Savage, an adventurer, not a detective, literally a crime FIGHTER: The Spider didn't bring criminals to justice. He hunted impossibly wierd super criminals and killed them. Lots of them. The books are savage, colorful, and strangely enough, in Norvell Page's hands, far better written than most of the pulp novels of the day (as good or better than William Gibson's Shadow novels)

However, Amazon.com has mistakenly listed the contents of most of these Carrol and Graff reprints. Volume one contains THE SECRET CITY OF CRIME and THE SPIDER AND THE PAIN MASTER, Volume three, DEATH'S CRIMSON JUGGERNAUT and THE RED DEATH RAIN, four, DEATH REIGN OF THE VAMPIRE KING and THE PAIN EMPEROR, five, JUDGEMENT OF THE DAMNED and MASTER OF THE FLAMING HORDE, while six contains the two listed on most of these pages, SLAVES OF THE LAUGHING DEATH and SATAN'S MURDER MACHINES

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All the excesses of the pulps without the guilty pleasures
I was always curious about the Spider, described to me as a more bloodthirsty version of the Shadow. Well, the "bloodthirsty" part was correct. The Spider takes all the conventions of the Shadow, blazing guns, long suffering girlfriend, cape, slouching hat, and does a poor imitation. Hundreds of people die at the hands of evil masterminds in both novellas and the Spider is in a constant state of rage throughout. Rage is the basic emotion and even that emotion is not effectively conveyed to the reader. Exclamation points are used throughout the novels for the purpose of creating excitement, it's the written equivalent of constantly screaming at the reader, it loses it's effect very quickly and in the end becomes annoying. The only reason for two stars instead of one is the general excitement of the first tale(The Devil's Paymaster)which at least tries to be creative.These stories lack the sheer mystery of the Shadow or the escapist fun of Doc Savage. Stick with them if your a fan of this genre.
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Super Deal
SPIDER stories so inexpensive -- what a great deal! In SLAVES OF THE LAUGHING DEATH, we get the master of disguise super-criminal, while in SATAN'S MURDER MACHINES, we've got giant robots pounding through the streets of New York. These reprints of the 1930's pulps have more action and adventure than anything being published today.
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Traitor Winds (Star Trek No 70)  Traitor Winds (Star Trek No 70)
by L.A. Graf
Edition: Paperback
ASIN: 0671869132

Condition: Good
Comments: Good. Slight wear along cover edges. 1994. Ships 1st class.

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These Winds Don't Blow
As Trek books go, Traitor Winds is a stand-out. Briskly paced, well-written, and characters as true to the originals as in any TOS novel. The plot is in many ways a liberal re-working The Undiscovered Country, with Enterprise crewmembers framed for a conspiracy involving high levels of the Federation and Starfleet, and a denouement at a peace conference to boot. But don't let that deter you from a fine, entertaining read.
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My favorite book in the Lost Years series
This book is my favorite in the Lost Years series for one simple reason: Dr. Leonard H. McCoy. Before other reviewers go to scoffing and rating this one unhelpful, let me explain why.

The scenes in which he treats a wounded Chekov for a broken arm show me so clearly what all doctors should strive for as an ideal: not just "bedside manner" which can be put on and taken off like a coat, but actual _compassion_ for their patients, that they left me breathless and dazed with wonder at the enormity of the revelation. L. A. Graf should be a lecturer (or is that lecturers?) at every medical internship school in the country. At the very least, this book should be required reading for all surgical students. (Probably a lttle unrealistic, I know, but where there is life, there is hope.)

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L.A. Graf is AWESOME!
I absolutely love this book, and rank it in my top three favorites! It, and other books by L.A. Graf are great in their Chekov material. My favorite phrase in reference to this author is this: "The only author that can write Chekov." Sooooo, for all you people that are sick of Chekov's two-syllable lines(Yes, sir. No, sir.), this is an awesome book and author!
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Dark Apprentice (Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Vol. 2) [Paperback]  Dark Apprentice (Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Vol. 2) [Paperback]
by Kevin Anderson
Edition: Paperback
ASIN: 0553297996

Condition: Good
Comments: Good. Worn edges. Creased binding. May 1994.

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THIS BOOK TAKES YOU RIGHT INTO THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE!
This is one of the best books I have ever read! This is an exxelent read! Better than the first one JEDI SEARCH! YOU MUST READ THIS NOVEL! The New Republic is trying to decide what to do with the Sun Crusher captured from the Imperial Admiral Daala by Han Solo with the help of Kyp Durron and Imperial defector Qui Xux, a scientist who thought she was building weapons for a good cayse. Finally, the decision is made to send the Sun Crusher into the heart of the gas planet Yavin, and the New Republic figures that problem is solved, although they have another: Daala has come out of hiding to attack with her fleet of three Star Destroyers. Young Kyp, hoping to learn how to control his Force potential, heads to Luke's Jedi academy on Yavin IV. There, he encounters the spirit of Exar Kun, an ancient Sith warrior defeated by the Jedi during the great Sith War thousands of years ago. Exar Kun twists Kyp's already confused mind to his advantage, luring him to the Dark Side of the Force. Get this book you will not be dissapointed, but first read JEDI SEARCH or else you will not understand everything!
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Jedi Fanatics this is a must read !!!
I just finished reading Dark Apprentice By K.J. That book is just great it tells all about the war of the Dark Lords of the Sith and the Jedi Knights. It also explains some information on Exar Kun A very powerful Dark Lord of the Sith.The ending is kind of weird since it has a "DejaVu" kind of feeling with the book " Courtship of Princess Leia" after Luke Had fought the great battle aginst Dathomir's evil Force weilding witches.

On other events Admiral Daala is preety unsuccessful in her attempts to Strike damage especially when Kyp Durron had something to do with it....Grand Admiral Thrawn Is A muchg better tactician and also smater in the case of knowing your enemies better than they know you.

Overall the book is graet especiall with sudden illness of MonMothma And the departure of Admiral Ackbar. This also adds depth to the book.However Anderson's following the twins childish games with 3-PO can be very annoying especially after an eventful part with Luke's Jedi Accademy or "PRAXEUM".

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Weakest of the trilogy
The second novel in Kevin J. Anderson's Jedi Academy Trilogy is, if anything, even more disjointed than the first. It doesn't feel like a novel so much as a series of interconnected short stories. In that way it comes across as being somewhat aimless, as if Anderson knew where he was going but only had a vague notion as to how to get there.

The plot? Well, what there is of it centers primarily around Luke's efforts to train a new group of Jedi. But lurking in the jungles of Yavin 4, the new home of Luke's Academy, is the evil essence of a long fallen Sith Lord, who is trying to subvert the untrained students toward the dark side. And here is where the novel starts to come apart, because rather than dealing with this threat directly, Anderson has Luke be somewhat wishy-washy about the whole thing. "Oh, my students are being killed in very mysterious circumstances. I think I'll go meditate about the meaning of this a little while longer." Meanwhile, there's more intrigue between the New Republic and what remains of the Empire, Admiral Daala is causing mayhem and destruction in a guerilla war against Republic targets, Leia and Ackbar crash a spaceship into a cathedral, Han and Lando keep using the Falcon as a betting token, and Wedge gets a girlfriend. Oh yeah, and Han & Leia's twins get lost in the most blatant piece of story padding you'll ever encounter.

This novel is all over the place. Much, much too wide a focus. It would have been a lot better if Anderson had cut out some of the incidental stuff and focused more on the ostensibly central point of the books, namely the resurrection of the Jedi as an order. Instead he skips around from one area to the next, with little more than a cursory glance at what one set of characters or another are doing at that particular moment. All in all, it wears thin very, very quickly.

The best that can be said for the book is that it's adequate, but little more. However, it is the second book of a trilogy, so if you want to get to the climax of the series it is required reading. At the very least it's a quick read, so you won't waste too many brain cells over it.

 
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