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Raymond's Reviews #097

A selection of dreadful bombs for your reading displeasure...

%T The Lost King
%A Margaret Weiss
%I Bantam Spectra
%D Sept 1990
%O paperback, $4.95
%P 458pp
%G 0-553-28600-5

Wretchedly trashy space opera by one of the perpetrators behind TSR's endless series of formula fantasies for preadolescents. Handle with tongs.

%T Chicago Red
%A R. M. Meluch
%D October 1990
%O $4.95
%P 319pp
%G 0-451-45034-5

The quality of this book can be judged by the fact that one of the early scenes consists of a major character being upset because he can't manage to forcibly sodomize the protagonist. This is gay sado-porn disguised as SF. Unless your sexual imprints are ... unusual in that particular way, you'll likely find it pointless and disgusting.

%T Winterlong
%A Elizabeth Hand
%I Bantam/Spectra
%D October 1990
%O paperback, US$4.95
%P 442
%G 0-553-28772-9

This piece of New-Waveness-gone-berserk has already been adequately dissected by Tom Easton in Analog. I can only add that it sppears to be an expansion of the author's story in Full Spectrum II (RR#60).

%T Gundam II: Escalation
%A Yoshiuki Tomino
%I DelRey
%D November 1990
%O paperback, US$4.95
%P 209
%G 0-345-35739-6

More wretched space-opera, without even the mediocre writing of The Lost King to recommend it.

%T The Legion of Space
%A Jack Williamson
%I Collier Books
%D Dec 1990
%O paperback, US$4.95
%P 189
%G 0-02-038-355-X

And yet more wretched space opera. However, this one has an important redeeming quality -- it was the first of its kind! Yes, this book dates from 1935. It is thus of some historical interest.


"The King of Light and Shadows" by Adrian Cole (Avon).
"Bridgehead" David Drake. reaissue from '86.
Becoming Alien #3: "Human to Human" by Rebecca Ore.
Merovingen Nights #6: "Flood Tide" (C.J. Cherryh, ed)
Time of the Fox by Matthew J. Costello.
"Spell of Intrigue" (Dance of Gods #2) by M. A. Brenner.
The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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