Received in October

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in October for review and/or giveaways:

DVD/Blu-Ray:
Green Lantern – Extended Cut – Blu-ray Combo Pack
The Captains – a film by William Shatner
Captain America: The First Avenger – Limited 3D Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack

DC / Vertigo Comics:
Spaceman #1 of 9

Penguin/ Dutton/ NAL:
Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large by William Shatner
Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett
The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012
Doctor Who Encyclopedia by Gary Russell

St. Martin’s / Thomas Dunne Books:
Tempest by Julie Cross

Chronicle Books:
The Orphan of Awkward Falls by Keith Graves

Roc Books:
I, Robot: To Protect by Mickey Zucker Reichert
Stone Spring by Stephen Baxter

Harper Teen:
Abarat by Clive Barker
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Partials by Dan Wells

Mulholland Books / Little, Brown / Hachette:
Black Light by Patrick Melton

Fiewel and Friends / Tor Teen / Macmillan Teen:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Humming Room by Ellen Potter
After the Snow by S. D. Crockett
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan (audio version)

Scholastic:
Tomorrow Girls #2: Run For Cover by Eva Gray
Tomorrow Girls #3: With the Enemy by Eva Gray
Tomorrow Girls #4: Set Me Free by Eva Gray
The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh
Amulet #4: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi

Ace Books:
A Fighting Chance by William C. Dietz
Firebird by Jack McDevitt
Kris Longknife: Daring by Mike Shepherd
The Clone Redemption by Steven L. Kent
Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole

Daw Books:
Courts of the Fey by Martin H. Greenberg
Fire Works in the Hamptons by Celia Jerome
The Ninth Circle by R. M. Meluch
Shadowrise by Tad Williams
Shadowheart by Tad Williams
The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff

Night Shade Books:
Infidel by Kameron Hurley
The Panama Laugh by Thomas S. Roche
Thomas World by Richard Cox
The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten by Harrison Geillor
Reap the East Wind by Glen Cook
Z: Zombie Stories by Kelly Link
Necropolis by Michael Dempsey

Berkley:
Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane
The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne
Death Magic by Eileen Wilks

Pocket / Gallery Books:
Star Trek: Enterprise: The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm by Michael A. Martin
Legends of the Dragonrealm, Vol. III by Richard A. Knaak
Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper

Tor / MacMillan Books:
Halo: Glasslands by Karen Traviss
Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (audio)

Kensington Books:
To Walk the Night by E.S. Moore
Blood and Bullets by James R. Tuck

Random House Teens / Delacorte Press:
Unleashed by Nancy Holder

Orbit Books:
Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
Flesh and Blood by Kristen Painter
Bad Blood by Kristen Painter

Penguin Teen / Dutton/ Razor Bill/ Putnam:
Crossed by Ally Condie
Legend by Marie Lu
A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Little, Brown / Hachette Teen:
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Paizo Publishing:
Pathfinder Tales: Death’s Heretic by James L. Sutter

DVD Review: The Captains

The Captains – A Film By William Shatner

The Captains is a documentary written and directed by William Shatner that follows the actor on in-depth interviews with the other five actors that have played captains on Star Trek. His mission was to discover what commonalities they all had and what brought them to the roles of their iconic characters.

Shatner (Captain Kirk of the original Star Trek) interviews Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation) at his home in London, Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko of Star Trek: Deep Space 9) in New Jersey, Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager) in New York, and Scott Bakula (Captain Archer of Star Trek: Enterprise) and Chris Pine (Captain Kirk of the Star Trek 2009 film) in Los Angeles.

Each interview was unique to the actor’s personalities and provides a thoughtful and poignant look at each actor. Shatner does a great job of tailoring each interview and creating a unique experience. His interview with Stewart is by far the most interesting, as the two actors share experiences and an obvious camaraderie. The interview with Brooks is unfortunately awkward and strange. Poor Shatner asks questions, and gets Brooks responding with nothing but piano music. It’s both painful and humorous to watch. The interview with Mulgrew is both light-hearted and moving. Shatner’s interview with Bakula is by far the most relaxed and down-to-earth, as Bakula has that easy-going personality that made him a joy to watch. And the interview with Pine was the shortest. Though Pine, of course, has only starred in one feature film so far, as opposed to all of the others in multiple seasons of television. I still would have liked to see more interaction between the two. After all, Pine is the one “current” captain continuing the franchise at the moment.

Since Shatner was the first, and arguably the most important captain in Star Trek since he set the bar for all others following, I only wish he would have had someone specifically interviewing himself as well. Instead, he had to insert his point of view in his various interviews with all of the other actors, which made it feel like more of a conversation than interviews at times.

As a Star Trek fan, I found the documentary very interesting and well-developed. Shater has a unique perspective and can relate to each of them. Dramatic, seemingly heartfelt, with plenty of humor – The Captains is an excellent behind-the-scenes look at some of Star Trek’s most beloved actors.

Bonus Feature:
“The Making of The Captains”

Book Review: The Clockwork Three

The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby

In an alternate early America, Giuseppe is a street musician working for the harsh Stephano who uses young boys as slave labor. Giuseppe dreams of freedom and sailing back to his family in Italy. Frederick is an apprentice to a clockmaker. He was orphaned at a young age, and finds it hard to trust people. Hannah works as a made in a hotel to support their family, since her father fell ill. As the three youngsters meet, they soon discover their friendships hold the key to their futures.

Giuseppe is an Oliver Twist-like character. He has a good heart and a talent for violin playing. He hopes the green violin that he found will help him earn enough to travel back to Italy. Meanwhile, Frederick is working on his final project to become a journeyman – an automaton. But his remaining problem is piecing together a head. When Hannah is hired by the rich and eccentric Mrs. Pomeroy, she thinks her troubles may be behind her. Especially, when she overhears a rumor about a hidden treasure in the hotel.

The story rotates from each of the three children’s point of views. Each character pulls the reader into the story, and their struggles all the more poignant. Before reading this, I thought the story would be about the automaton. Instead, the Clockwork Three refers to the friendships between the children and how their lives interconnect like the workings of a clock. Engaging and heartwarming, this fantasy story is full of drama, mystery, suspense, and danger.

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