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Apocalypse (The End Times Sourcebook for Werewolf: The Apocalypse)
Apocalypse (The End Times Sourcebook for Werewolf: The Apocalypse)
by Carl Bowen
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mythic tale or Marketting ploy?, 5 Mar. 2004
When White Wolf announced their intention to bring to an end their best selling and intriguing World of Darkness I was nonplussed. What motive could possibly lie behind such a decision. Creative drive or falling sales? After all, the Wordl of Darkness would be re-launched in a new, presumably fresh, way later in 2004. However as I was a long term fan I decided to give the people at White Wolf a chance and jumped on Board.
It was a godd decision. First off this book has very high production values, great cover, good layout inside, strong art and good writing.
Second, it does exactly what it says on the cover, presents ways to run the "End of the World" in your own Chronicle. Four scenarios are presented, one each for Wyld, Wrym and Weaver ascendant, and one tied to Exalted. Each of these scenarios are engrossing, intriguing and tough as hell. No matter what option you pick, your players will remember the resulting adventure for years to come.
With all of this enthusiasm for this book, why only four stars?
The book fails on one front, its tie in to the other W.O.D. Games, Vampire and Mage.
We are told early on that the book focuses on the Garou, and that it is not meant to tie in to the other games.
Then as we read the scenarios we see continual mention of mages, and most especially Vampires, the Demon of India, the Brotherhood of Set etc.
To me this is disatisfying. Either the games should be tied in strongly, as in the original rule books, or keep them clear of these little scraps thrown in.
Apart from that one minor weakness this book is flawless in its execution of its stated intentions. Add it to your collection today


New Spring: A Wheel of Time Novel: A Wheel of Time Prequel
New Spring: A Wheel of Time Novel: A Wheel of Time Prequel
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Wheel spins yet again, 15 Jan. 2004
It is almost impossible for a reviewer to seperate New Spring from the main body of the Wheel of time series. However does that do so will realise that Robert Jordan has lost none of his ability to write a good story. Apart from the last chapter (25) which is the same material as the short story from the Legends Anthology, the novella contains all new material. Sharply written and with a noticeable pace to the story that has been lacking in the main books, New Spring provides wonderful insight into the workings of the White Tower, and the characters of Moraine, Lan and others who feature in later books. However, when one weighs the price of this short novel, the inclusion of the material from Legends, and the whole question of whether it is appropriate to release a prequel while the main tale hangs unfinished, one must conclude that New Spring, although deserving of it's place in the Wheel of Time corpus, is a well written but unnessacary addition at this time.


The Elfstones Of Shannara: The Shannara Chronicles
The Elfstones Of Shannara: The Shannara Chronicles
by Terry Brooks
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not enough superlatives in the english language, 22 Oct. 2003
I may be biased, as this is the first Fantasy Novel I ever purchased back in the days of yore, but I still read and enjoy this book many years later. Wonderful "Adventure" fantasy of the highest calibre, and possible the best Shannara title Terry has ever written. Any lover of fantasy should have this on their book shelf.


The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study in Magic
The Tree of Life: An Illustrated Study in Magic
by Israel Regardie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.00

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any serious student, 22 Oct. 2003
Isreal Regardies master work on the tree of life. It does not suffer from the addition of new material from his students either. A must have for anyone who is serious about studting the tree of life.


The First King Of Shannara (Prequel to the Shannara series)
The First King Of Shannara (Prequel to the Shannara series)
by Terry Brooks
Edition: Paperback

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The book that should not have been written, 22 Oct. 2003
Prequels are almost always a bad idea. This one is no exception.
I found that the characters and action did not seem to fit well into the established "feel" of the Four Lands. Neither did I like the devices used to introduce Allanon. Terry's grasp of action and his writing skill are still strong, but this story attempts to tie in too much material, and it is obvious that it did not exist in Terry's notes in anything like a finished form.
I would reccomend that only a Shannara completist buy this, it is really not a loss if you don't.


Crossroads Of Twilight: Book 10 of the Wheel of Time
Crossroads Of Twilight: Book 10 of the Wheel of Time
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Hardcover

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hope fades in the twilight, 3 Jan. 2003
Being a Robert Jordan fan from the moment I read Eye of the World, I was overjoyed when I recently read that the story was projected to finish at book 12. Having read this book I cannot see any way that can happen. While Robert is a good writer and a fine story teller I feel he has allowed his story to grow too large. Perhaps it is due to his wife being his editor, maybe not, but I feel that all the books from Book 4 to Crossroads could have done with substantial editing and tightening up.
Crossroads in no way substantially advances the plot towards the Last Battle. While finely written and amusing in parts the need is growing for the story to reach a conclusion. I hope that the next book picks up the pace, but that wish has been expressed by many fans since book 7.
Sadly I feel that this series may go down in histroy, not as an epic, but as a might have been great but..


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