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Trying to explain my taste in literature is sort of like trying to explain what sort of dessert I like; pretty much everything but I have my favourites. (Yummm... apple pie... yummmm...)

To be honest, I have a real weakness for big, fat, fantasy series. I think it's because I like the depth that a big series allows a writer to develop. Background and underlying plot is definitely as important as strong characters. Originality is good but not necessarily a requirement. (I did enjoy all of John Morressy's Greymantle books. I'm sure all he did was use the search and replace function of his word processor to change names between books).

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Wayne's Reviews
The Ring of Five Dragons by Eric Van Lustbader
Windhaven by George R.R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle
Krondor: Tear of the Gods by Raymond E. Feist, EOS
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin, Bantam
Noonshade by James Barclay, Orion
Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay, Penguin
Krondor: The Assassins by Raymond E. Feist, Eos
Mad Ship by Robin Hobb, Bantam Spectra
A Cavern of Black Ice by J.V. Jones, Warner Aspect
Return to the Tomb of Horrors by Bruce R. Cordell, TSR
AD&D Core Rules by Sean Reynolds, TSR
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, Bantam Spectra
Krondor the Betrayal, Raymond E. Feist, Avon
A Paladin in Hell, TSR
The Gilded Chain by Dave Duncan, Eos
A Knight of the Word by Terry Brooks, Del Rey
Artifact by Gregory Benford, Eos
A Point of Honor by Dorothy J. Heydt, DAW
The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells, Eos
Wolves of the Gods by Allan Cole, Del Rey
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb, Bantam Spectra
The Soulforge by Margaret Weis, TSR
Song of Kali by Dan Simmons, Tor
Shards of a Broken Crown by Raymond E. Feist, Avon
Commitment Hour by James Alan Gardner, Avon
Serpentwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist, Avon
Running With The Demon by Terry Brooks, Del Rey
The Scroll of Thoth by Richard L. Tierney, Chaosium
Edgeworks 4 by Harlan Ellison, White Wolf
Nanotime by Bart Kosko, Avon
The Star Trek Encyclopedia by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda, Pocket
Polgara The Sorceress by David and Leigh Eddings, Del Rey
Star Trek, The Next Generation: The Continuing Mission by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Pocket
Fugitive Prince by Janny Wurts, HarperPrism
The Broken Crown by Michelle West, DAW
The Seraphim Rising by Elisabeth DeVos, Roc
Cilia-of-Gold by Stephen Baxter, Infinivox
Dhiammara by Maggie Furey, Bantam Spectra
She Is The Darkness by Glen Cook, Tor
The Book of Words by J.V. Jones, Warner Aspect
To Sift Through Bitter Ashes by David Niall Wilson, White Wolf
The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons, Bantam Spectra
Monstrum by Donald James, Villard
Wizard of the Winds Allan Cole, Del Rey
Days of Cain J.R. Dunn, Avon Books
Reliquary by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Forge
The Great Game by Dave Duncan, Avon Books
The Barbed Coil by J. V. Jones, Warner Aspect
The Demon Awakens by R. A. Salvatore, Del Rey
The Legend of Deathwalker by David Gemmell
Einstein's Bridge by John Cramer, Avon
Serpentwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist, Avon
Rage of a Demon King by Raymond E. Feist, Avon
Shadow Moon by George Lucas and Chris Claremont, Bantam Spectra
The Seer King by Chris Bunch, Warner Aspect
Dawning of a New Age by Jean Rabe, TSR
Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb, Bantam Spectra
Cormyr by Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb, TSR
Exile's Challenge by Angus Wells, Bantam Spectra
Passage to Dawn by R. A. Salvatore, TSR
City of Bones by Martha Wells, Tor
The Waterborn by J. Gregory Keyes, Del Rey
The Dragon King R. A. Salvatore, Warner Aspect
Magnificat by Julian May, Knopf
Waking The Moon by Elizabeth Hand, HarperPrism
Bleak Seasons: Book One of Glittering Stone by Glen Cook, Tor
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, Bantam Spectra

Rodger's Recommendations
I have a rather simple three-tier rating system.
Zero: They killed trees for this book?
One: It's worth reading once; good fun, cool characters, interesting ideas, etc.
Two: For books that should be read again (and again and again...)

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Rodger's Favourites
Diamond Dogs by Alastair Reynolds, PS Publishing
Darkers by Lisa DuMond, Hard Shell Word Factory
The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll, Orion
All The Rage by F. Paul Wilson, Gauntlet/Tor
Twilight Tales: Strange Creatures edited by Tina L. Jens, 11th Hour Productions
Blood Relations by A.L. Sirois, Cascade Mountain Publishing
Twilight Tales: Dangerous Dames edited by Tina L. Jens, 11th Hour Productions
Twilight Tales: Tales of Forbidden Passion edited by Tina L. Jens, 11th Hour Productions
The Marriage of Sticks by Jonathan Carroll, Victor Gollancz
The Rainy Season by James P. Blaylock, Ace
The Crook Factory by Dan Simmons, Avon
The Termination Node by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg, Del Rey
A Second Chance at Eden by Peter F. Hamilton, Warner Aspect
Scion's Lady by Rebecca Bradley, Gollancz
Lady in Gil by Rebecca Bradley, Gollancz
The Compass of the Soul by Sean Russell, DAW
Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer, Tor
The Jupiter Novels by Charles Sheffield, Tor
Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear, Warner Aspect
Fear Nothing by Dean Koontz, Bantam
Dark of the Night edited by Stephen Jones, Pumpkin Books
Greg Mandel Trio by Peter F. Hamilton, Tor & Pan
The Gift by Patrick O'Leary, Tor
Winter Tides by James P. Blaylock, Ace
Beneath the Vaulted Hills by Sean Russell, DAW
Spares by Michael Marshall Smith, HarperCollins, Bantam
Frameshift by Robert J. Sawyer, Tor
The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton, Warner Aspect
Sacrifice of Fools by Ian McDonald, Gollancz
Ticktock by Dean Koontz, Ballantine
Wizard of the Winds by Allan Cole, Del Rey
A Quantum Murder by Peter F. Hamilton, Tor
Sole Survivor by Dean Koontz, Knopf
Blood Debt by Tanya Huff, DAW
Blue Limbo by Terence M. Green, Tor
Holy Fire by Bruce Sterling, Bantam Spectra
Favourites for 1996
Night Lamp by Jack Vance, Tor
Idoru by William Gibson, Putnam
Shadow of Ashland by Terence M. Green, Forge
Fairyland by Paul J. McAuley, Avon
Top Dog by Jerry Jay Carroll, Ace
Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling, Bantam Spectra
Hunter's Death by Michelle West, DAW
The Cobweb by Stephen Bury, Bantam
Ancient Shores by Jack McDevitt, HarperPrism
The Farseer: Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb, Bantam Spectra
Mindstar Rising by Peter F. Hamilton, Tor
Higher Education by Charles Sheffield and Jerry Pournelle, Tor
Favourites for 1995
Door Number Three by Patrick O'Leary, Tor
The Knights of the Black Earth by Margaret Weis and Don Perrin, Roc
Metropolitan by Walter Jon Williams, HarperPrism
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, Bantam
Evolution's Shore by Ian McDonald, Bantam
World Without End by Sean Russell, DAW
All the Bells on Earth by James P. Blaylock, Ace
The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay, Viking
Zod Wallop by William Browning Spencer, St. Martin's Press
Favourites for 1994
Trouble And Her Friends by Melissa Scott, Tor
Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint, Tor
Insomnia by Stephen King, Viking and Ziesing
From The Teeth of Angels by Jonathan Carroll, Doubleday
Brittle Innings by Michael Bishop, Bantam
Night Relics by James M. Blaylock, Ace
Engines of God by Jack McDevitt, Ace
Dark Rivers of the Heart by Dean Koontz, Knopf and Charnel House
The Warrior's Tale by Allan Cole and Chris Bunch, Del Rey
Queen City Jazz by Kathleen Ann Goonan, Tor


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