Search Results: "Margaret Weis"


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MASTER OF DRAGONS by Margaret Weis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A paint-by-numbers fantasy whose soap-opera characterizations, laughable dialogue and execrable prose will have judicious readers rolling their eyes."
The battle between humans and dragons comes to a head in the unimpressive concluding volume to Weis's Dragonvarld trilogy (The Dragon's Son, 2004). Read full book review >

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bones by Margaret Weis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"Despite some contrived plot developments, a grimly powerful hybrid: provocative literary fiction crossed with a propulsive thriller."
Part earnest Dreiserian tragedy, part Cormac McCarthy novel transplanted to the Steel Belt, Meyer's debut in the end takes a gothic turn into blockbuster-movie bloodbath. Read full book review >

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THE KNIGHTS OF THE BLACK EARTH by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"Lurid comic-book twaddle—but don't underestimate Weis's formidable, if inexplicable, selling power."
Weis returns to the universe of her Star of the Guardians series with this new outing for cyborg Xris and his crack team of mercenaries, Mag Force 7: flamboyant Raoul, the chemicals expert, and his sidekick, the Little One, an alien empath and telepath; pilot Harry Luck; weapons expert Jamil Khizr; Tycho, an alien with chameleon powers; and medic Bill Quong. Read full book review >

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STARSHIELD: SENTINELS by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Ambitious hogwash, guaranteed to become a huge success. (150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Kicking off a new series from the bestselling duo (the Death Gate cycle, most recently The Seventh Gate, 1994, etc.), Galactic affairs—involving dozens of contending empires, both human and alien—are coordinated by the Omnet, an organization dedicated to gathering and disseminating information and to recovering the Nine Oracles, a set of omniscient synthetic intelligences (``synths''), missing since the fall of an ancient empire. Read full book review >

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MISTRESS OF DRAGONS by Margaret Weis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"The bang-up climax finds Melisande giving birth to twins, one wholly human, one half-dragon, as the pot boils for volume two."
Weis abandons her uncompleted Sovereign Stone Trilogy (Guardians of the Lost, 2001, with Tracy Hickman) to kick off a new solo effort. Read full book review >

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A MAGIC-LOVER'S TREASURY OF THE FANTASTIC by Margaret Weis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A well-chosen, pleasingly varied assemblage that deftly avoids both the overly familiar and the tediously obscure."
Twenty substantial stories, 195095, featuring magic in all its many and startling guises. Read full book review >

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THE SEVENTH GATE by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Alfred, Haplo, and Marit are in so deep that they have to resort to some pretty desperate measures, some of which have large consequences along the lines of precipitating the ultimate battle between Good and Evil."
Like the last day of the week or the final sign before the apocalypse, the seventh, and final, book of the crazily popular Death Gate Cycle (Into the Labyrinth, 1993, etc.) has arrived. Read full book review >

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STORM RIDERS by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 16, 2013

"Sheer epic fantasy fun."
Action, adventure, revenge, political intrigue and magical technology soar in the second volume in the Dragon Brigade series (Shadow Raiders, 2011). Read full book review >

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SERPENT MAGE by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 16, 1992

"Yet another futile exercise, with the implausible backdrop, absurd plotting, and vacuous dramatics highlighting the authors' inability to narrate in other than a pedestrian monotone."
Fourth of the projected seven-book series (most recently Fire Sea, not seen), continuing the adventures of Haplo the Patryn and his rival, Albert the Sartan. Read full book review >

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NIGHTWORD by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1998

"Addicts only—but there are zillions of them. (Author tour)"
Another Starshield yarn (Sentinels, 1996), continuing the adventures of Earth astronaut Jeremy Griffiths (he's had a huge grab-bag of knowledge dumped into his head, courtesy of a wizard who expired before he could explain why) and galactic Omnet operative Merinda Neskat, set against a hybrid fantasy/sf backdrop designed to permit dragons, wizards, and suchlike to coexist in the same universe as computers and spaceships. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 26, 2003

"Better-than-average fantasy retread that offers few surprises but tells the familiar quest story with a dash of wit and verve."
Rousing, action-heavy, well-plotted conclusion to the prolific fantasy duo's sprawling, derivative sword-and-sorcery trilogy. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Conventional but sturdy sword and sorcery, well controlled, with good characters and intriguing developments: quite a surprise for both fans and detractors."
First of a new fantasy trilogy from the authors of dozens of best-selling yarns (Dragons of a Fallen Sun, p. 218, etc.), this one, like the Dragonlance series, based on an eponymous role-playing game. Read full book review >