Book Review: Icefall

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby

Solveig is the second daughter of the king, neither heir to the throne like her younger brother nor beautiful like her older sister. She and her siblings have been sent away to a remote, frozen hideaway to remain safe while their father is at war. Then the king sends a group of his deadly berserker warriors to watch over them. But it will be a long winter, trapped in their fortress with limited food. And soon it’s clear that there is a traitor among them.

Solveig is a brave girl, but humble and unaware of her true potential. It’s soon apparent that she’s a talented storyteller, so she begins to apprentice with her father’s bard. This is when Kirby shows his talent, weaving Scandinavian folklore into applicable stories in a beautiful and poignant way.

This coming-of-age tale is dramatic and thrilling. Readers of all ages should enjoy this fascinating story of honor, betrayal, and mystery. By the end, I was completely enveloped in Solveig’s story and was swept away. This impressive sophomore novel is a standalone Nordic tale with the feel of an endearing fairy tale. Icefall is easily one of my favorite novels this year.

Book Review: Crossed

Crossed by Ally Condie

Cassia gets herself assigned to the Outer Provinces in search of Ky, who lives each day as a target for the Enemy. When Ky finally escapes with two other boys, his first plan is to find his way back to Cassia. Both face a long journey of hardships, death, and betrayal.

Cassia has made her choice with Ky, but Xander still holds a place in heart. And she’s still a bit naïve. While the previous story was entirely in the heart of the Society, this sequel follows Cassia and Ky on their separate paths on the outside. And as Matched focused mostly on Cassia, Crossed gives equal time to Cassia and Ky. And readers receive more insight into Ky and his tortured past.

This second book in the Matched trilogy has a different feel from the first, maybe because of the setting and already knowing about the regulated Society. Matched was about Cassia making a choice between the Society (Xander) and freedom (Ky). Crossed also is about making choices for both Cassia and Ky, involving both of their futures. Just as gripping and engaging as before, fans will not be disappointed. Though, the story does end abruptly with a bit of confusion. Full of adventure, mystery, and intrigue – readers of all ages will enjoy this highly entertaining dystopian trilogy. Condie’s near-future world is thrilling and completely engaging.

Farscape: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Edition

Farscape: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Edition releases today – November 15, 2011.

Astronaut John Crichton traveled through a wormhole and found himself lost in a distant galaxy. Crichton arrives in the middle of a prison break from the Peacekeepers, a malevolent, human-like race. Traveling with a variety of alien escapees (designed by the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop) on a living ship named Moya, Crichton tries to find a way home.

This cult classic lasted four seasons, with a total of 88 episodes, is now available on blu-ray for the first time. And this highly imaginative science fiction series has never looked better. This new edition includes all of the special features of the previous DVD release along with a brand new documentary.

Action-packed, with fantastic characters, plenty of quirky humor, romance, and drama – this beloved series certainly lives up to its reputation. Fans will not want to miss this long-awaited release.

The Blu-Ray Edition Includes:
• 20 Blu-ray discs featuring 88 complete and unedited episodes from the four-season run (1999-2003), remastered from the highest quality source material available
• Collectible packaging featuring all-new series artwork
• 29 Episode Commentaries, including “Premiere” with Rockne S. O’Bannon, Brian Henson and Ben Browder; “Jeremiah Crichton” with Claudia Black, Producer/Writer David Kemper, Browder and O’Bannon; “Bone to Be Wild” with Anthony Simcoe;“Relativity” with Lani Tupu (Crais/Voice of Pilot) and Director Peter Andrikidis; and, “Bad Timing” which features Browder, Black and Kemper discussing the series’ final episode.
• A BRAND-NEW documentary – Memories of Moya: An Epic Journey Explored featuring revealing new interviews with the cast and creators.
• Multiple featurettes and documentaries including “In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian Henson”; “Making of a Space Opera” and “Inside Farscape: Save Farscape,” on which fans, cast and crew discuss the fate of their beloved series.
• Multiple video profiles featuring archival clips and cast/crew discussing their characters and roles on Farscape.
• Over 90 minutes of deleted scenes.
• Slideshows and archival photo galleries, including character concepts and promo photos.
• Production design galleries featuring screenshots, rough drafts and concept slide shows.
• Behind-the-Scenes interviews with Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey, Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius) and more.
• Original TV promos and trailers

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The Hunger Games will open in theaters on March 23, 2012.

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