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Abnett, Dan
Adams, Douglas
Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto
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
Yeovil, Jack
Zahn, Timothy
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Here you'll find books by two or more collaborating authors (I didn't know how else to include them!)

Teen Titans/Outsiders: The Death And Return Of Donna Troy
by Judd Winick, Phil Jimenez & Chuck Kim
(Graphic Novel with art by Ale Garza, Trevor Scott, Lary Stucker, Marlo Alquiza, Phil Jimenez, Andy Lanning, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and George Perez)
A tie-in to the build-up towards the 'Infinte Crisis' epic story event.  This book is divided into three chapters.  The first sees the Titans (Nightwing, Troia, Cyborg etc) team up with Young Justice (Robin, Wonder Girl, Superboy etc) against a powerful cyborg from the future.  In it's attempts to find compatible technology, the cyborg awakens one of the malfunctioning Superman robots.  The ensuing battle with the Titans and Young Justice makes for exciting reading and leads to the deaths of two young heroes (one being Troia/Donna Troy).  The second chapter features Cassie, who took over as Wonder Girl from Donna, reviewing the life and times of her deceased friend.  This allows us to get to know the history of a character that I otherwise wouldn't have understood (what with Wonder Woman, two Wonder Girls and so on).  There is then a time gap before the third chapter in which Troia, alive but stripped of her memory, is helping the Titans of Legend to conquer the innocent planet of Minosyss.  Members of the new Titans and the Outsiders are transported to Minosyss where they are forced to fight against Troia in the hopes of reminding her of her life a Donna Troy.  In this chapter there is quite a bit of reference to Donna's mixed backstory and also to the events of 'Crisis on Infinite Earths', both of which are unknown to me.  I enjoyed this book as whole, though, despite some of the references flying right over my head.  What I liked most was the constrasts created by the different generations of young heroes against their more famous mentors, ie Batman-Nightwing-Robin, Wonder Woman-Troia-Wonder Girl and Superman-Superboy.  Don't expect to get the full story here though, you'll need 'Infinite Crisis' for that.
4 out of 5
The Batman/Judge Dredd Files
(Graphic Novel with art by Simon Bisley, Carl Critchlow, Dermot Power, Glen Fabry, Jim Murray and Jason Brashill)
An omnibus which collects three crossover stories between the Dark Knight and the Lawman of the Future.  The reason tese crossovers work so well is that they combine the morbid humour of Dredd's stories with the gothic intrigue of Batman's.  The first of the three stories here sees Judge Death unleashed on Gotham and it is made by two separate relationships.  The first is, obviously, Batman and Dredd who fully indulge a testosterone fuelled rivalry.  But far more interesting than that is the interplay between Judge Death and the Scarecrow, who maintain a hilariously sinister banter (not to mention the revelation that Death's darkest fear is cuddly Disney-esque animals!).  Throw in the headbutting antics of Mean Angel and you've got the best part of the book.  The second story sees the two title characters having to join forces to survive a bizarre alien bloodsport.  The third and final story sees the Joker travelling to Mega City One and unleashing the imprisoned Dark Judges.  Although perhaps not terribly deep, this book is thoroughly enjoyable, particularly if you enjoy both characters separately.
5 out of 5
The OMAC Project
by Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka & Judd Winick
(Graphic Novel with art by Rags Morales, Michael Bair, Ed Benes, Jesus Saiz, Jimmy Palmiotti, Ivan Reis, Marc Campos, Phil Jimenez, Andy Lanning, Bob Wiacek, David Lopez, Tom Derenick, Georges Jeanty, Karl Kerschl, Mark Propst, Bit, Dexter Vines, Bob Petrecca, Nelson and Cliff Richards)
Part of the 'Countdown To Infinite Crisis' series.  I've long been away from the world of DC comics and I read 'Prelude To Infinite Crisis' to try to get into this major storyline.  That book, however, left me completely bewildered.  This book has set me back on track.  The basic storyline is this; after learning that other heroes were tampering with villains memories (as well as his own) Batman created Brother Eye, an artificial intelligence tasked with monitoring the planet's so-called metahumans.  Unfortunately, Brother Eye has been subverted by a dangerous mastermind.  The book begins with the tragic story of the Blue Beetle.  He begins to learn the secrets of OMAC but finds himself shunned and marginalised by the other heroes.  Unsure of his future as a costumed crime fighter, he nevertheless resolves to uncover the details of OMAC.  Later events in the story include the mental subversion of Superman, leading to a titanic clash between him and Wonder Woman (you'll need to buy another book, 'Superman: Sacrifice', for the first round though), and Wonder Woman's murder of the mastermind behind the plot.  With it's master dead, Brother Eye begins an attempt to cleanse the world of metahumans using powerful OMAC warriors.  This leads to a classic 'last-stand' style conclusion which, despite being reminiscent of Marvel's Sentinels vs X-Men events, was awesome.  After 'Prelude...' I was ready to bypass the Infinite Crisis storyline.  Now, I look forward to reading more.
4 out of 5
The Redemption Of Althalus
by David & Leigh Eddings
This book begins quite enjoyably as we follow the adventures of the rogueish thief Althalus and his attempts to find his or, more accurately, other people's fortune.  With his charm, wit and delightful lack of morals Althalus is an instantly appealing character.  Sadly, however, the authors rapidly remove us from this enjoyable fable and throw us into a world of contesting gods and their unique mortal agents.  Rapidly the story takes on the aspect of a poor imitation of the Beglariad and Malloreon sagas and Althalus is set up as a distinctly lacklustre replacement for Belgarath the Sorcerer.  Not only is the book largely a rehashing of the authors' previous work, but it's not a very good one at that.  The psuedo-omniscient characters such as Dweia (an annoying Polgara-esque bitch) take great pains to explain things like the scientific nature of ice ages or the stars, robbing some of the fantasy wonder from the book, but then the authors just fob us off with a "Never mind" whenever they introduce a concept which they're too lazy to rationalise.  Of nearly equal annoyance is the heavy repetition involved with the characters reciting the events of previous chapters over and over, with the story of the robbery of Gosti Big Belly even going so far as to take up huge chunks of both the first and the last quarters of the book.  Add to this irritating dialogue, a disconcerting failure to understand temporal causality (something you do need to consider if you're going to mess around with time travel in a novel) and some of the biggest plot holes I've ever read and you've got the makings of a pretty bad book all over.  A very long fall from grace by the authors of the outstanding 'Belgarath The Sorcerer'.
2 out of 5
'Now before the Beginning, there was no Time, and all was Chaos and Darkness.'

Have you ever been to South Brent?  It's my home town, in Devon.  Lovely place, but too many people who've been marrying their own cousins for generations.  My family has been here for three generations and we've managed to avoid marrying each other, so why can't the others?  I'll never know.

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