Hey guys. So, apparently, my first idea of creating a general review thread for my recent reads was actually verboten. (Sorry, mods, that was my bad). Anyway, I'll be posting my general thoughts on the other books in my backlog elsewhere, since it's time to skip to the main event: A Cynical Walk Through the NJO! Long story short, I've never read the NJO in its entirety, and I figure, having recently joined this forum, now's as good a time as any to do so! People have been posting threads about the NJO recently, wondering how well this series has aged and whether it's worth reading. I intend to find out the answer to at least one of those questions. I'll be posting throughout my reading of each book with my thoughts; some of the shorter books will get a single summary and review post unless they provoke interesting thoughts, while longer books, like Star By Star, I can see lasting a while. Please, by all means, discuss what I say in the thread; that's what a forum is for, discussion. Some quick notes: As with my previous review thread, Spoilers Are Allowed, so, if you haven't read these books, do so before joining in the discussion. Otherwise, don't complain about story details if people post them and you didn't know what happened. You read this thread at your own risk of spoiling yourself. Also, this thread follows the "Don't verbally attack those who aren't here to defend themselves" rule, which means this isn't a thread about bashing later books or certain authors or later plot developments. This is about the NJO and the NJO only, and I hope to see healthy, rational and level-headed discussion from all. Thank you in advance. And as with my previous review thread, I will Not be assigning books review scores or letter ratings or stars or anything like that. I find those rating systems too hard-line when reviews themselves are highly subjective much of the time. It makes it easy to just judge a book on score alone, rather than content. Judging it by its cover, in a fashion. I will be saying whether I recommend someone new to the NJO read a particular volume or whether I consider it "skippable", but most of my thoughts on quality will be contained within my thoughts and reviews themselves. Some books might be more central to the plot than others, but they might be recommended on certain qualities alone, like good characterization. Anyway, I'll be posting my first bit of summary/review Monday, tackling one of the few books of the NJO I actually have read: Vector Prime. And if anyone else out there would care to join me in reading or re-reading as the case may be, feel free. The more the merrier.