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Review of The Xylanthian Chronicles

After completing Thomas Stone’s Xylanthian Trilogy, I’ve got to admit I am properly impressed. The Xylanthia books may be the best thing I have ever read. I know, I know, it sounds like a marketing ploy, or a plug for a friend, but it’s not because I mean it and by the way, I’ve never met Mr. Stone face to face. The Xylanthian Chronicles is chock full of interesting characters, fantastic situations, interstellar travel, adventure, and ideas I’ve never paused to consider.

The story begins with an interesting premise: a habitable planet (Xylanthia) is discovered in the Sirius binary system. One of the corporations that runs things on earth sends a team of explorers to record and document. They encounter a geophysical anomaly arising from the conditions in the binary system and some of the team end up traveling through time and space.

Meanwhile, dangerous swamp creatures start popping up and picking off the explorers. Oh, and they discover a new recreational drug derived from a curious substance that is somehow mixed up with the anomaly which turns out to be a wormhole.

Like all Stone’s stories, The Xylanthian Chronicles moves along quickly through one adventure after another. There are harrowing escapes from a wide assortment of dangers both on Xylanthia and Earth.

What a wonderful sci-fi tale reaching across three books and finally taking the reader to the center of the universe — The Galactic Center (which is the title of the concluding book in the trilogy.).

Beautifully written and unforgettable. Top book of the year as far as I am concerned.

quick peek at a masterpiece

I’ve had occasion to read maybe half of the Xylanthia trilogy including portions of the final book which he says isn’t done yet, but I have the big picture and it is marvelous! I have promised not to reveal any details but I can say the 3 book Xylanthia series is a reading experience; an extremely well-written, entertaining romp through Stoney’s fertile imagination, and I am quite certain I have never read anything like it before. There is a lot of action and it’s fun and thoughtful and the prose flows…

Karl tells me to just say what Xylanthia is about. Well, you’d have to read it for yourself. Maybe with a cocktail. I suppose you could say the entire, three book story is about a young woman making her way in a futuristic world. The first book, Xylanthia, is about her experience with a team of interstellar explorers on the planet Xylanthia orbiting one of the binary stars at Sirius.

I would definitely be interested in acting the part but only if Cameron directs.

I wanted to say more about the other two books — Return to Xylanthia and The Galactic Center, but Karl says I’ve said too much already.

The Xylanthia series could easily become my new favorite. Waiting for the release date? Hm?