DVD Review: Sanctuary: The Complete First Season

Sanctuary: The Complete First Season

Sanctuary: The Complete First Season

When forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman encounters Dr. Helen Magnus, he is introduced to a whole new world of creatures from dreams and nightmares. Dr. Helen Magnus has taken the responsibility of providing a safe haven for “abnormals,” to protect them from the world and the world from them.

Amanda Tapping stars as Dr. Helen Magnus, the mysterious proprietor of the Sanctuary. Dr. Magnus’ daughter Ashley is an expert fighter/sharpshooter and monster hunter, played by Emilie Ullerup. Robin Dunne is Dr. Zimmerman, new to the Sanctuary but with special gifts of his own. Ryan Robbins adds comedy relief to the show as the tech-geek in charge of keeping the Sanctuary safe as Henry Foss. And Christopher Heyerdahl makes special guest appearances as villainous John Druitt, who shares a secret past with Dr. Magnus.

Each episode is a dark, suspenseful, action-packed, and humorous, with a new creature (and mystery) to face. The characters are well-written and brilliantly cast. With each episode, more is revealed about the characters and the overlying arc of the story. When John Druitt comes on the scene, he is immediately apparent as the sinister “bad guy.” But even he has a story and a reason for his actions.

With incredibly storytelling, fantastic characters, and stunning visual effects, Sanctuary is now one of my all-time favorite shows. It’s one no science fiction fan should miss.

Bonus Features:
– Audio commentaries with Amanda Tapping, creator Damian Kindler, director Martin Wood, etc.
– 3 Making-of featurettes: Welcome to the Sanctuary, Sanctuary Residents, and Sanctuary Visual Effects
Sanctuary: The Original Webisodes
– Bloopers
– Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
– Season Two Sneak Peek

Sanctuary: The Complete First Season is available in stores now.

Book Review: The 4400: Welcome to Promise City

The 4400: Welcome to Promise City

The 4400: Welcome to Promise City, by Greg Cox

The 4400: Welcome to Promise City picks up the storyline where the TV series ended. After the promiacin outbreak, thousands died in Seattle, and the surviving thousands were left with new abilities. And Jordan Collier stepped up as leader of the city. A group of mysterious undercover operatives have made it their mission to bring down Collier and stop the spread of promiacin. Meanwhile, Tom Baldwin and Diana Skouris try to track down who stole the body of Tom’s nephew, the catalyst of the recent outbreak of promiacin. NTAC is worried that someone may be using the diseased boy’s body to further spread promiacin to the unsuspecting world.

As a big fan of the TV show, I was ecstatic to hear that the novels would be continuing the story. And this latest book was a wonderful addition. All of the characters are fighting the same struggles: Tom debating on whether or not to take the shot, Kyle’s hallucinatory ability and struggling between loyalty to Jordan and his father, and Richard dealing with vengeance over the death of his daughter.

With ample suspense, action, and intrigue, fans of The 4400 will not be disappointed. A complex storyline involves all of the main characters, and offers some shocking surprises along the way. The characters have all the depth and conflicts that we’ve come to know. The danger of Collier’s followers and the opposing faction is coming to a head. And I loved every minute of it.

Book Giveaway: The Mermaid’s Madness

The Mermaid's Madness

Courtesy of Daw, I have a giveaway copy of The Mermaid’s Madness, by Jim C. Hines for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to everyone. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 16. I’ll draw names on October 17, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

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Book News: Jordan’s Wheel of Time

Tor made three announcements about Robert Jordan’s bestselling Wheel of Time series last week at Dragon Con:

1) Wheel of Time eBooks Available
The Wheel of Time series is one of the most highly requested series on Kindle, and they are finally becoming available to fans as ebooks. Beginning on October 27th, Macmillan will release one ebook per month, beginning with The Eye of the World. The full text of the books has been retypeset to better accommodate the ebook format and all original illustrations and maps will be retained in these new releases. We’ve also commissioned new cover art for each book, and I can announce the first four artists now: David Grove, Kekai Kotaki, Donato Giancola, and Sam Weber.

2) Chapter One of The Gathering Storm Available to Read Exclusively on Tor.com
The next book in the WoT series, The Gathering Storm, will be available for sale on 10/27/09. For the first time ever, the entire first chapter of The Gathering Storm is available to read before the book comes out. The chapter is available only on Tor.com until September 17th, when it will be distributed to other online retailers like Amazon and BN.com. You can read the chapter here: http://www.tor.com/gatheringstorm/register

3) Prologue available for sale before book release
The prologue to The Gathering Storm will be available to purchase as an ebook beginning on September 17th. The prologue will be available to purchase through Tor.com, as well as the traditional retailers˜Amazon.com, BN.com–for $2.99.

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