Category Archives: SciFi

Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, by Dean Koontz, is a graphic novel based on his bestselling novel.

This comic adaptation is based upon the first Frankenstein novel by Dean Koontz. Deucalion returns to America when he discovers that his creator is living in New Orleans. Dr. Victor Frankenstein has been creating monsters for his own personal amusement. But one of his creations has become a serial killer.

Grisly and suspenseful, the story starts out well enough. But unfortunately, unless you have read the novel, be prepared to be confused not only by time periods but by characters as well. While the artwork is powerful and intense, I found it next to impossible to ascertain who characters were. And several of them looked much too similar to be recognizable. So, a majority of the tension and plot was lost in translation.

I really wanted to enjoy it more. At least it did succeed in making me want to go pick up Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein novel. I have a feeling I’ll get more out of the mystery and horror from the actual novel.

Starfinder

Starfinder

Starfinder, by John Marco, is the first novel in the Skylords trilogy.

Thirteen year old Moth has always dreamed of flying. And Rendor, his friend Fiona’s grandfather, also had the same dream and created flying ships to allow humans to take to the skies. Rendor has also been spouting on about the dangerous Skylords. Though, no one has ever seen them. And when Moth’s old friend passes along a secret, Moth must embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

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Room 59: The Ties That Bind

Room 59: The Ties That Bind, by Cliff Ryder

When Room 59 hears about the Russians having a new nuclear submarine that could bring about another cold war, they assign a seemingly perfect man for the job. Jason Siku has Inuit blood, speaks fluent Russian, and has no family ties. His life is the job. Jason’s mission is to investigate the claim of the mysterious sub and destroy it if necessary.

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Received in February

Here are the books I received in February for review and/or giveaways:

Orbit:
The Accord by Keith Brooke
Irons in the Fire by Juliet E. McKenna
Evil Ways by Justin Gustainis

ROC:
The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
Deathwish by Rob Thurman

DAW:
Prophets by S. Andrew Swann
Living With Ghosts by Kari Sperring
The Hidden City (paperback) Michelle West
A Magic of Nightfall by S. L. Farrell
Ages of Wonder by Julie E. Czerneda

ACE:
Coyote Horizon by Allen Steele
The Alchemist’s Pursuit by Dave Duncan

Berkley:
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

PYR:
End of the Century by Chris Roberson

TOR:
The Magicians’ Daughter by S. C. Butler

Solaris:
Dark Haven by Gail Z Martin
Arch Wizard by Ed Greenwood

St. Martin’s Press:
Hunted by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Del Rey:
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

Razor Bill:
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

The Domino Men

The Domino Men

The Domino Men, by Jonathan Barnes

In an alternate London, a monstrous being known as the Leviathan has made a pact with the royal family for the souls of their kingdom. The only hope for London lies with an unassuming file clerk named Henry Lamb. When his grandfather falls ill, Henry must take his place and is brought into a world of danger and intrigue.

Henry Lamb is told that his grandfather had worked for a secret organization called the Directorate. Their sole mission is to stop the Leviathan and protect London from the royal family’s evil secret. But other evil also stands in the way, in the form of two strange twins called the Domino Men.

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A Rant on SciFi Magazine

I have been a loyal subscriber to the SciFi Magazine, the official magazine of the SciFi Channel, for many years. And I’ve noticed a trend in the “TV in Focus” section getting months behind for quite a while. But this latest issue (February of ’09) was the most disappointing of any issue they’ve ever put out. Because of content? No. I would have loved to have read this issue LAST FALL. Instead, this “February” issue gave us old TV and movie news on almost every single article. Stargate Atlantis is over. I would have loved to have read the behind-the-scenes look before the actual finale. The article mentions that it’s still weeks away. Articles on movies that have already come and gone are a waste. How about actual previews? Who wants to read old news?

I literally skimmed the entire magazine and threw it away. What a waste. I’m not sure who it is that’s so behind – The writers? The editors? The printers?

All I can say is that if the next issue is more of the same, I’ll be cancelling my subscription and sticking to online new sources.

Star Trek: A Singular Destiny

Star Trek: A Singular Destiny

Star Trek: A Singular Destiny, by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Star Trek: A Singular Destiny follows the fallout from the events in the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy. The devastation from the Borg attacks encompasses the entire Federation and its allies. And as the Federation and Klingon Empire are stretched to their limits with refugee aide efforts, some are joining forces to take advantage. Professor Sonek Pran is asked to become an attaché for the Federation President, after years of being ignored. While on assignment aboard the Aventine, Pran begins to unravel a plot of sabotage and subterfuge that could mean disaster for the Federation.

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2008 – A Year In Review

I read a total of 144 books in 2008, a few less than last year actually. I blame it on adopting Lois Lane.

The number breakdown:

59 authors never read before.
130 scifi/fantasy novels or graphic novels read.
35 were young adult or children’s books.
91 book reviews written.

8 movies received in 2008.
315 books received in 2008.

127 titles received from Penguin Books (ACE, ROC, DAW, etc).
48 titles received from Pocket Books.
39 titles received from Hachette Books (Orbit).
22 titles received from Gold Eagle/Harlequin.
12 titles received from Abaddon Books.
11 titles received from Random House.
9 titles received from HarperCollins.
8 titles received from Mirrorstone Books.
7 titles received from Solaris Books.
6 titles received from Shadow Mountain Publishing.
4 titles received from IDW.
3 titles received from Tor/Forge.

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