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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.

Continue reading Star Trek: A Singular Destiny

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.

Continue reading 2008 – A Year In Review’s Best of ‘08

As the year comes to a close, here are my lists of favorite books published this past year, for both adults and youth/children.

Top 10 SciFi/Fantasy Books:
(Adult Category)

1. Touch of Twilight, by Vicki Pettersson

2. Star Trek: Destiny: Lost Souls, by David Mack

3. Child of a Dead God, by Barb and J.C. Hendee

4. The Host, by Stephenie Meyer

5. Dragonforge, by James Maxey

6. Goblin War, by Jim C. Hines

7. Dead To Me, by Anton Strout

8. Deja Demon, by Julie Kenner

9. Rogue Angel: Gabriel’s Horn, by “Alex Archer”/Mel Odom

10. Small Favor, by Jim Butcher

– If I was including reprints (hardback to paperback) in 2008, Star Trek: The Academy: Collision Course, by William Shatner, Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens and The Last Days of Krypton, by Kevin J. Anderson
would have certainly be on the list as well.

Because of the number of wonderful young adult and children’s book released this year, I decided to do a separate list.
Youth/Children’s Top 10 List:

1. Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague, by Brandon Mull

2. Vampirates: Blood Captain, by Justin Somper

3. Ranger’s Apprentice: The Battle for Skandia, by John Flanagan

4. The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail, by Michael P. Spradlin

5. Pillage, by Obert Skye

6. Breaking Dawn, by Stephanie Meyer

7. The Stowaway: Stone of Tymora, by R.A. and Geno Salvatore

8. City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare

9. Brisingr, by Christopher Paolini

10. Ranger’s Apprentice: The Sorcerer of the North, by John Flanagan

Of Note:
-Stephenie Meyer made both lists.
-John Flanagan placed on the youth/children’s list twice.
-Anton Strout was the only debut author that made the list.
-15 of the 20 novels are sequels in a series.
-3 novels are first in a new series.
-2 novels are stand alone.

Click here to view titles read in 2008.
Click here to view last year’s picks.

What were some of your favorites?