Book Giveaway: Timeshares

On behalf of Daw Books, I have a copy of the anthology Timeshares edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to everyone. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends March 26. I’ll draw names on March 27, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

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Received in February

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

The Box
The Amazing Captain Nemo – WB Archive Collection
The Neverending Story – Blu-ray Edition

Pocket Books:
Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep
Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass
CSI: Blood Quantum by Jeff Mariotte
Star Trek: New Frontier: Treason by Peter David

Daw Books:
Shadowrise by Tad Williams
A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
A Magic of Nightfall by S. L. Farrell
Timeshares by Jean Rabe
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Ace Books:
Coyote Destiny by Allen Steele
Cat’s Claw by Amber Benson
Dead Matter by Anton Strout

Roc Books:
Shalador’s Lady by Anne Bishop

Berkley Books:
and Falling, Fly by Skyler White

Steamed: A Steampunk Romance by Katie MacAlister

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

Angry Robot:
White Tiger by Kylie Chan
King Maker by Maurice Broaddus

Avon Books:
Abandon the Night by Joss Ware

Orbit Books:
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Eos Books:
Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy

North Atlantic Books:
The Hunt for the Eye of Ogin by Patrick Doud

Harper Teen:
Hourglass by Claudia Gray

Night Shade Books:
The Shadow Pavilion by Liz Williams

DVD Review: The Box

The Box

Arthur and Norma Lewis are a young, middle class couple, living just beyond their means. Arthur is a scientist for NASA and Norma is a teacher. But when a strange box arrives on their doorstep, their lives will change forever. A man with a severe burn that has taken away part of his face arrives to tell them about the box. In the box is a button. If they push the button, two things will happen. One – someone they don’t know will die. And Two – they will receive one million dollars, tax-free.

I’m not a fan of Cameron Diaz, but I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed her performance as Norma, who has a deformity of her own. James Marsden plays her husband Arthur with a little less intensity, but still believable. It’s the story that’s unbelievable.

What starts out as an eerie, horror-like drama, soon takes a turn for a head-scratching, science fiction, mish-mash of ideas. Based on the short story by Richard Matheson, an incredible idea is unfortunately derailed in translation to film. A master plan is revealed, along with motivation. But strange happenings such as nosebleeds, water-like doorways, and people brought back from the dead are never fully explained. I really wanted to like the film – the story and acting was intense and highly suspenseful. But in the end, I was disappointed with the bizarre, unexplained, and erratic events that added nothing to the story.

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