New Smallville Tonight on the CW: Checkmate

Tonight on SMALLVILLE (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET): “Checkmate”

PAM GRIER (“JACKIE BROWN,” “THE L WORD”) GUEST STARS AND PHIL MORRIS RETURNS AS MARTIAN MANHUNTER — Tess (Cassidy Freeman) creates an elaborate hoax in order to kidnap Green Arrow (Justin Hartley), and delivers him to Amanda Waller (guest star Pam Grier), who tells him that that the government is recruiting him to serve his country. However, Green Arrow escapes before they can reveal his identity. After Oliver brings Clark (Tom Welling) and Chloe (Allison Mack) up to speed, the three investigate and Clark is surprised to find John Jones (guest star Phil Morris) investigating Oliver’s kidnapping too. Clark senses that John is keeping information from him. Oliver and Clark are shocked when Tess reveals that Amanda is after something called “Watchtower.” Waller threatens to kill Chloe unless Clark gives her the names and locations of the rest of the Justice League. Tim Scanlan directed the episode written by John Chisholm.

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New Vampire Diaries Tonight on the CW

Tonight on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET): “Let the Right One In”

STEFAN IS FORCED TO MAKE A FRIGHTENING DECISION — When Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) make a dangerous new enemy, Stefan suddenly finds himself in a perilous situation. Damon and Elena (Nina Dobrev) try to convince Alaric (Matt Davis) to work with them to help Stefan. Matt (Zach Roerig) is hopeful that his mom, Kelly (guest star Melinda Clarke), may be back to stay. After her car breaks down in a storm, Caroline (Candice Accola) make a horrific discovery that shocks everyone in town. Steven R. McQueen also stars. Dennis Smith directed the episode with teleplay by Julie Plec and story by Brian Young

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Graphic Novel Review: Star Trek: Spock Reflections

Star Trek: Spock Reflections

Star Trek: Spock Reflections, by Scott Tipton, David Tipton, David Messina, and Federica Manfredi

On a mysterious journey from Romulus to Federation territory, Spock reflects on his life and what brought him to his current situation – bringing Vulcan philosopher Surak’s teachings to the Romulans. Spocks reflections highlight his life from his childhood on Vulcan, to his station aboard the Enterprise under Captains Pike and Kirk, to his recent quest to bring unification to the sister races of Vulans and Romulans.

I have been very impressed with the Star Trek comics that IDW has been producing; and this one is no exception. Artist David Messina does a fantastic job of rendering several familiar characters as well as new, and adding scenes and images that speak just as loud as words. Star Trek fans should certainly enjoy this poignant graphic novel. It’s an absorbing and heart-tugging story about one of Star Trek’s most interesting characters.

Book Giveaway: Project U.L.F. Reacquisition

Courtesy of Stuart Clark, I have a signed copy of his latest novel Project U.L.F. Reacquisition for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to everyone. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends April 30. I’ll draw names on May 1, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

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Book Review: Max Cassidy: Escape from Shadow Island

Max Cassidy: Escape from Shadow Island

Max Cassidy: Escape from Shadow Island, by Paul Adam

Teenage Max Cassidy is an escape artist, following in his father’s footsteps. But his father was murdered two years ago, and his mother wrongly accused and imprisoned. When a strange man shows up after Max’s latest show, he claims that Max’s father is still alive. Max’s one clue is a piece of paper with only numbers written down. But Max will return to the place that his father was last seen in Santo Domingo, a country with a corrupt regime. Max’s search leads him to a small island with a former prison that is still guarded with armed men. Risking his life to save his family, Max begins a dangerous journey to discover the truth.

Max is talented, smart, and extremely brave. When faced with a hard decision, he does the brave thing and won’t stop until he rescues his loved ones. He’s a brilliant combination of a young James Bond and Harry Houdini. And Max’s adversaries are just as mysterious and deadly as any Bond villain.

The story is fast-paced, with heart-pounding suspense. Excitement and mystery abound. As the climactic ending approaches, Max just begins to unravel the secrecy behind Shadow Island that ends in a fun cliffhanger. I devoured this book in record time, loving every minute of it. Young action and adventure fans shouldn’t miss this new series.

Received in March

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

Blu-Ray/DVD:
Clash of the Titans (1981) – iTunes
The Prisoner (Miniseries)
The Second Best Science Fiction Movie Ever Made
Catalina: A New Kind of Superhero

Pocket Books:
Demon Possessed by Stacia Kane
Defeat the Darkness by Alexis Morgan
Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins by Various
Starcraft II: Heaven’s Devils by William C Dietz
Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. Martin
Star Trek: Unspoken Truth by Margaret Wander Bonanno
Embers by Laura Bickle

Quirk Books:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Jane Austen

Solaris Books:
Dark Lady’s Chosen by Gail Z Martin

Gold Eagle Books:
Sacred Ground (Rogue Angel) by Alex Archer
The Spirit Banner (Rogue Angel) by Alex Archer

Roc Books:
Changes by Jim Butcher
Nebula Awards Showcase 2010 by Bill Fawcett

Daw Books:
A Magic of Dawn by S. L. Farrell
Starfinder by John Marco
Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch
Cthulhu’s Reign by Darrell Schweitzer

Ace Books:
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
WWW: Watch by Robert J. Sawyer
Directive 51 by John Barnes

Orbit Books:
The Midnight Mayor by Kate Griffin
Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez
The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells
The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee
Changeless by Gail Carriger
The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan
Death Most Definite by Trent Jamieson

Mirrorstone Books:
Gold Dragon Codex by R.D. Henham
Monster Slayers by Lukas Ritter
Still Sucks to Be Me: The All-true Confessions of Mina Smith, Teen Vampire by Kimberly Pauley

Shadow Mountain Books:
Fablehaven:Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull

Silver Leaf Books:
Project U.L.F. Reacquisition by Stuart Clark

Bantam Books:
Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Tor Books:
Spellwright by Blake Charlton
Secret of the Dragon by Margaret Weis

Harlequin Teen:
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Harper Children:
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Max Cassidy: Escape from Shadow Island by Paul Adam
The Shadow Project by Herbie Brennan
The Hidden Boy by Jon Berkeley

Harper Teen:
Stargazer by Claudia Gray
The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls by L. J. Smith
The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall by L. J. Smith

HMH Books:
Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog by Susannah Charleson

Hachette Books:
Iron Man 2 by Alexander Irvine

Simon and Schuster/Gallery Books:
Jane Slayre by Sherri Browning Erwin

Aladdin Books:
The Light (Morpheus Road) by D. J. MacHale


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