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best books of 1998
from the top of the pile to the bottom
Chung Kuo by David Wingrove
Okay so I've got four books listed here. But they're all part of the same series. These are far and away the best books that I have read in a long time. Highly recommended. There is an eighth and final book that is available in the U.K. Hopefully it will find North American distribution soon.
The Green Mile by Stephen King
A weakness? True, but love him or hate him the guy is master button pusher. I didn't buy into the serial hype, but when the omnibus version made it to the remainder section of my favourite bookstore I snapped it up. Wow. I couldn't put it down. All of the cheesy dust jacket quotes you've ever read apply to this one.
The Postman by David Brin
The Last Dancer by Daniel Keys Moran
A very ambitious writer, who currently is without a publisher. Sad really. I've read all of his books. They are on the whole entertaining, and somewhat forgettable. However, The Last Dancer, was a thick rich tapestry that should in time be a classic. Out of print but worth finding.
The Prisoner Within by Donald E. McQuinn
Ender's War by Orson Scott Card
I finally gave in and decided to read Ender's Game. This omnibus version also included Speaker for the Dead. Overall, a pretty good story. Read both back to back, and enjoyed the moral and ethical issues raised by Card. Not a big fan of Mormonism, but I'll give the guy credit for being true to his faith and having the courage to hang his message out there.
Desperation by Stephen King
Yikes! Another King novel in my top 10. This one was a big fat monster. I could almost see Stephen in his gonch writing this at times trying to come up with the most disgusting things possible. I'll bet he could write an absolutely wicked Eczema Man story. That said, I really liked this book.
Chronicles of the Deryni by Katherine Kurtz
The Devil's Footprint by Victor O' Reilly
Plain old adventure. This is the third novel from Victor. Another well researched novel, and excellently paced. While this is a highly recommended read, it didn't transport me into the world of terrorism as much as its predecessors. This book, felt and read like a high caliber action romp. Classy guy too. I wrote him a letter, he wrote me back.
Lifeburst by Jack Williamson
One of the old pulp farts of SF. I loved this book. What an imagination. I could really see what he was building. This guy will be missed when he passes on. There is a sequel Mazeway, not nearly as good.
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