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Abnett, Dan
Adams, Douglas
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Allen, Roger MacBride
Allie, Scott
Allston, Aaron
Anderson, Kevin J.
Barclay, James
Barnes, Steven
Baum, L. Frank
Bear, Greg
Bendis, Brian Michael
Bischoff, David
Bisson, Terry
Blackman, Haden
Bova, Ben
Bowen, Carl
Brooks, Terry
Canavan, Trudi
Card, Orson Scott
Chadwick, Paul
Clarke, Arthur C.
Clarke, Susanna
Clemens, James
Collins, Paul
Crichton, Michael
Crispin, A. C.
Cunningham, Elaine
Daley, Brian
David, Peter
DeMatteis, J. M.
Denning, Troy
Dick, Philip K.
Dickens, Charles
Dietz, William C.
Dixon, Chuck
Donaldson, Stephen
Eddings, David
Edginton, Ian
Elrod, P. N.
Erikson, Steven
Feist, Raymond E.
Foster, Alan Dean
Fraction, Matt
Furman, Simon
Gaiman, Neil
Gemmell, David A.
Gerber, Michael
Gibbons, Dave
Golden, Christopher
Goodkind, Terry
Goodwin, Archie
Graham, Mitchell
Grant, Alan
Green, Jonathan
Green, Laurence
Guggenheim, Marc
Hagberg, David
Hambly, Barbara
Hamilton, Laurell K.
Hand, Elizabeth
Harras, Bob
Harrison, Mick
Heinlein, Robert A.
Herbert, Frank
Herbert, James
Hine, David
Hobb, Robin
Howard, Robert E.
Jacques, Brian
James, Charlie Hamilton
Jenkins, Paul
Jeter, K. W.
Johns, Geoff
Jones, J. V.
Jordan, Robert
Jurgens, Dan
Karpyshyn, Drew
Kennedy, Mike
Kerr, Katharine
Keyes, Greg
King, Stephen
King, William
Knaak, Richard A.
Kube-McDowell, Michael P.
Lawhead, Stephen
Layman, John
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Lewis, C. S.
Lieberman, A. J.
Loeb, Jeph
Lorey, Dean
Lowder, James
Luceno, James
Lumley, Brian
Macan, Darko
Manning, Russ
Martin, George R. R.
Marz, Ron
Matheson, Richard
McCaffrey, Anne
McIntosh, Neil
McIntyre, Vonda
Michelinie, David
Millar, Mark
Miller, John Jackson
Miller, Karen
Milligan, Peter
Moench, Doug
Moesta, Rebecca
Moore, Alan
Nicholls, Stan
Nicieza, Fabian
Nylund, Eric
O'Neil, Dennis
Ostrander, John
Paolini, Christopher
Perry, S. D.
Perry, Steve
Pratchett, Terry
Pullman, Philip
Quinn, David
Reaves, Michael
Reed, A. W.
Reed, Brian
Rice, Anne
Richardson, Nancy
Roberts, Adam
Rowe, Matthew
Rowling, J. K.
Rubio, Kevin
Rusch, Kristine Kathryn
Salvatore, R.A.
Shelley, Mary
Shultz, Mark
Simone, Gail
Simonson, Louise
Simonson, Walter
Smith, L. Neil
Spurrier, Simon
Stackpole, Michael A.
Stevenson, Robert Louis
Stewart, Sean
Stoker, Bram
Stover, Matthew
Straczynski, J. Michael
Stradley, Randy
Strnad, Jan
Sutcliff, Rosemary
Tolkien, J.R.R.
Traviss, Karen
Truman, Tim
Turtledove, Harry
Tyers, Kathy
van Belkom, Edo
Veitch, Tom
Wagner, John
Watson, Jude
Whitman, John
Williams, Sean
Williams, Tad
Williams, Walter Jon
Windham, Ryder
Wolverton, Dave
Woodring, Jim
Wurts, Janny
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Zahn, Timothy
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The Books of Tim Truman

Timothy Truman writes comic books.
Average Review Score: 4 out of 5 (3 books)

Star Wars: Outlander
(Graphic Novel with art by Tom Raney, Rod Pereira, Rick Leonardi, Al Rio, Mark Lipka, Stephen Hawthorne and Marke Heike)
Set directly after 'The Phantom Menace', Ki-Adi-Mundi (the pointy headed Jedi from the Council) is sent to Tatooine to track down the famous Jedi Sharad Hett, missing for years but now a member of the clans of Sand People.  Ki faces more than just a rogue Jedi Knight, however, when he finds himself caught in a turf war between the Hutts Jabba and Gardulla and in the sights of the Dark Jedi bounty hunter Aurra Sing.  I really enjoyed this book as it continues Ki's story, begun in Jan Strnad's 'Prelude To Rebellion'.  I also enjoyed the concept of a Jedi who has 'gone native' and is trying to find the balance between a brutal lifestyle and the Jedi Code.  Finally, you can't go wrong having a Dark Jedi in the book, because it means we're treated to a great lightsaber duel.  If I have one criticism of this book it is simply that fact I'm sick of stories set on Tatooine.  The planet is supposed to be a backwater, but somehow just about every character in the Star Wars galaxy ends up there sooner or later!
4 out of 5
Star Wars: Emissaries To Malastare
(Graphic Novel with art by Tom Lyle, Jan Duursema, John Nadeau, Robert Jones, Walden Wong and Jordi Ensign)
Members of the Jedi Council, led by Mace Windu (aka Samuel L. Jackson), travel to Malastare (mentioned several times in Ep I) to mediate a peace between two warring factions from the planet Lannik.  Whilst it's good to see the Jedi Council members in action for a change (instead of just sitting around chatting!) the plot of their adventure on Malastare isn't particularly exciting or even interesting.  There's plenty of exposition disguised as dialogue and in the end you just think 'do I really care?'.  The return of Podracing is also fairly lukewarm, although it was interesting to see that Sebulba is now flying Anakin's Pod.  The reason I didn't give this book 2 out of 5 is that the latter part of it, in which Mace and his former apprentice Depa Billaba venture into the underworld of Nar Shaddaa, makes for great reading.  The art of this part is also excellent and it made me wonder why we haven't seen more the Nadeau/Ensign team since their work on the X-Wing Rogue Squadron series.  Plus there's the first appearance of Quinlan Vos, who became so popular that he got a mention by Obi-Wan in Episode III.
3 out of 5
Star Wars: The Hunt For Aurra Sing
(Graphic Novel with art by Davide Fabbri and Christian Dalla Vecchia)
This book starts off in a surpringly dark and adult way as we witness the brutal murder of two Jedi on Coruscant by the Dark Jedi bounty hunter Aurra Sing.  As for what the rest of the story is, well, the title should say all you need to know.  I liked this book a lot and highly recommend it, but you'll have to bear in mind that I'm a sucker for Dark Jedi stories and even more for lightsaber duels!  I particularly enjoyed A'Sharad Hett's struggle to overcome his desire to exact vengeance on Sing for his father's murder (in 'Outlander').
5 out of 5

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