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Abnett, Dan
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Barnes, Steven
Baum, L. Frank
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Bischoff, David
Bisson, Terry
Blackman, Haden
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Bowen, Carl
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Canavan, Trudi
Card, Orson Scott
Chadwick, Paul
Clarke, Arthur C.
Clarke, Susanna
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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.
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Keyes, Greg
King, Stephen
King, William
Knaak, Richard A.
Kube-McDowell, Michael P.
Lawhead, Stephen
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Le Guin, Ursula K.
Lewis, C. S.
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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.
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Pratchett, Terry
Pullman, Philip
Quinn, David
Reaves, Michael
Reed, A. W.
Reed, Brian
Rice, Anne
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Rowe, Matthew
Rowling, J. K.
Rubio, Kevin
Rusch, Kristine Kathryn
Salvatore, R.A.
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The Books of David Hine

David Hine writes comic books.
Average Review Score: 4 out of 5

Decimation: Son Of M
(Graphic Novel with art by Roy Allan Martinez)
The third book of the Decimation series focuses on Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver.  In 'House Of M' by Brian Michael Bendis Quicksilver convinced his sister to dramatically alter reality.  However, when she changed the world back she robbed 99% of the world's mutants of their power; Pietro among them.  This book charts his depression, his obsession with recovering his lost power and his loss of morality.  After an attempt at suicide, Quicksilver finds a new purpose when the possibility of using the gene-altering mists of terrigen to restore his power arises.  However, the mist are held sacred and inviolate by the powerful Inhumans, Pietro's wife Crystal among them.  This is a book based around the idea of 'the road to Hell is paved with good intentions'.  Perhaps it's best moment is when Pietro and his father, Magneto, fight and we see that the mantle of arch-villain has been passed to a new generation.  I also love Lockjaw, the giant teleporting dog.
4 out of 5
Decimation: X-Men - The 198
(Graphic Novel with art by Jim Muniz, Kevin Conrad, Jonathan Glapion and Don Hillsman III)
The fifth and final book of the Decimation story arc.  The 198 are the precious few powered mutants who have sought refuge at the Xavier Institute.  However, the mutants there are about to discover that Government-supplied security always has the same price: the loss of civil liberties.  The X-Men are reluctantly supporting the O*N*E (Office of National Emergency), but many of the 198 have less heroic pasts.  This is perhaps the most poignant element of the book; the fact that our heroes roll over in the name of stability whilst the former villains are the ones who take a stand in the name of freedom.  It is into this mix that Mr. M walks, a mutant with almost unlimited power who is dedicated to ensuring the freedom and well-being of the 198. This is a great book which delves deeply into real-world problems by using the plight of the 198 as a metaphor.  An added bonus is the 198 Files, a guide to many of the mutants who survived M-Day.
4 out of 5
Civil War: X-Men
(Graphic Novel with art by Yanick Paquette, Aaron Lopresti, Serge Lapointe and Jay Leisten)
A tie-in to the Civil War event storyline.  Here the 198 are broken out of their enforced confinement by Domino and Shatterstar, fleeing to a secret bunker in the desert.  The X-Men are then torn apart as Bishop decides to lead the O*N*E in hunting down the escapees, whilst Cyclops, Iceman, Beast and Archangel decide to become fugitives in order to protect the 198.  This book ties up some major plot points from 'Decimation: X-Men - The 198' and acts as a great sequel to that book.  The Civil War connection is fairly peripheral here, but the principle of superheroes siding with each other or with the government is the same.  It was also nice to finally see the X-Men standing up for what's right rather than caving to the O*N*E's oppression.
4 out of 5

If you liked Hine:
Then check out the other books of the Decimation and House Of M series'.

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