What a gloomy day. It was pitch black and raining a torrential downpour when I pulled in to work. And as soon as I juggled my things, opened the door with my umbrella ready, and grabbed my coffeeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ the coffee splashed up onto my leg and leather car seat.Ã‚Â I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to stand there in the rain to wipe my car seat off, so I just left it there in a puddle. At least my leg has mostly dried by now, but what a way to start the day.Ã‚Â Thank goodness itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Friday.Ã‚Â
The only good things about having this weather all weekend is that I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to mow my lawn and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perfect for reading.My current all-consuming book is Everybody Comes to the Nightside, by Simon R. Green. This compelation includes the first three novels in the Nightside series: Something from the Nightside, Agents of Light and Darkness, and NightingaleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lament.Ã‚Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m halfway through Something from the Nightside and am completely enthralled. I read through lunch yesterday, and completely lost track of time. Oops.
What a great title! I decided to grab Your Planet or Mine? by Susan Grant when I heard positive reviews on a forum that I frequent. It incorporates science fiction, romance and comedy. So I thought I had to give a try just for that! I wasn’t disappointed. This was such a fun read!
An alien comes to earth to warn the earth that an invasion is coming, and to capture the heart of a young woman that he met years ago. The “romance” scenes get steamy, but they don’t overshadow the story. I’ll definitely be checking out some of her other scifi/romance books: The Legend of Banzai Maguire and The Scarlet Empress from the 2176 series.
Colleen Gleason has released a trailer for her upcoming vampire novel, The Rest Falls Away:
Go to http://www.colleengleason.com/books.html for an excerpt of The Rest Falls Away.
Magic Street, by Orson Scott Card, just confirms what a brilliant writer he is. I have read several series by Card: the Homecoming saga, Ender saga, and the Women of Genesis series. So when I saw previews on Magic Street, I was excited to read it.
In the acknowledgements at the end of the book, Card gives credit to his friend who encouraged him to write a story with a black hero. There is a lot of African-American slang throughout the book, and Card said that his friend is the one who helped him with this different point of view, because he didn’t want it to come off silly. He wanted to get it right.
Magic Street is about how a middle class, African-American community in LA is caught in the middle of a battle between the king and queen of the fairies. There are many references to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And that’s the best way to describe the book without giving too much away.
Mack Street was abandoned by a drainpipe as a baby, and the book follows his life, his strange powers, and his affect on his community. There are quite a few twists in this modern-day fairy tale. And while reading the first chapter, I thought Card must have been smoking something while writing this; Card managed to weave together a fun, magical tale that was surprisingly heart-warming.
One of the upcoming fall series that I’m most looking forward to, Heroes, will be incorporating an online comic into the story of the show:Ã‚Â
Tim Kring, creator and executive producer of NBC’s superhero drama Heroes, told SCI FI Wire that the the series will be accompanied by a Web comic at NBC.com that will become an integral part of the show itself. “Just to give a little spoiler to everybody, the audience should look for the idea of the comic book to play a huge part internally inside the show,” Kring said in an interview.The weekly Heroes Web comic will run concurrently with the series and will have some relevance to the episode airing that week. “People can log on and view and sort of interact with the online comic book every week in conjunction with the episodes,” Kring said. “And the comic won’t be necessarily about that episode, but it will further enhance your viewing of the show. It will be sometimes an alternative look at what you’ve seen, or the other side of what you’ve seen, or a story that just sort of enhances your appreciation of the characters.”The series has a close connection to the world of comics, with comic-book writer Jeph Loeb on board as a writer and producer and artist Tim Sale providing drawings for one of the characters on the show, an artist who paints images of the future. The two were instrumental in attracting other well-known names to the online comic, including Jim Lee and Michael Turner. The stories will be provided by the show’s writers.
Kring, who is overseeing the online comic and will also be involved in breaking the stories, said that the project has been time-consuming but was always part of the show’s original conception. “We knew that this was coming,” he said. “This show was always sort of going to have a large online and Internet component attached to it. So in the development of the show and preparation for launching the show, we took a lot of that into consideration. So we tried to carve out time and money and personnel to sort of handle that.” Heroes premieres Sept. 25 and will air Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Even though I don’t care so much for gaming, I ventured downtown for GenCon ’06 simply to meet Richard Hatch and William Katt.
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