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Not many books in May and June, mostly because Hammer of God by Karen Miller is another very long one:

9. Hammer of God by Karen Miller. The third and final book in the Godspeaker trilogy which comes to a very gripping and quite emotional end in this volume as the terrible, bloodthirsty Empire of Mijak clashes with the island kingdom of Ethrea and her allies from the rather improbably named empire of Tzhung-tzhungchai. A great series that makes me want to check out Innocent Mage and Awakened Mage, her first two books. Highly recommended.

10. Hellblazer Vol.1 by Jamie Delano and John Ridgway - I hadn't read this for many years and was pleased to find it as cool as I remember. Constantine wisecracks his way through three stories involving hunger demons, voodoo, yuppies from hell and fundamentalist Christians - very entertaining and the more so for the gray morality of the central character. I think I'll keep reading.

11. The Dying Earth by Jack Vance. This is actually the first part (consisting of several short stories) of a jumbo anthology of Vance's Dying Earth tales, but I'm not sure how much more I'm going to read. I read these stories to help me get in the right frame of mind for ninthcouncil 's Dying Earth campaign and I now understand more about the world in which the game is set, as well as the attitude of the typical "hero". There's something about early (1950s) fantasy that I don't quite get though and Vance's prose is not the easiest to read. However, I enjoyed all but the last one (Guyal of Sfere) and it's fun to see the clear influences on D&D. Liane the Wayfarer (featuring a very different robe of eyes) was probably my favourite.

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