SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: From History’s Shadow

Star Trek: From History’s Shadow by Dayton Ward

Synopsis:
2268: Following the encounter with the mysterious Gary Seven in the twentieth century, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise is startled by two intruders who have transported through space and time from Earth circa 1968. Incredibly, one of the infiltrators is a Vulcan, who asserts that he’s lived among Earth’s population for over a decade. The other represents a little-known race, and reveals to Captain James T. Kirk that she has spent the last twenty years working to bring about humanity’s destruction. It is then that Gary Seven’s young protégée, Roberta Lincoln, arrives seeking Kirk’s help. . . .

1947: In the wake of the infamous “Roswell Incident” involving a crashed alien craft and beings from another world, Captain James Wainwright finds himself recruited as one of the first members of Majestic 12, a secret organization with two goals: Collect evidence of extraterrestrial activity on Earth, and develop strategies to combat alien invaders. And it is this very mission that will consume Wainwright’s life for the next two decades, driven by the knowledge that the danger is as real as the aliens living among us.

Review:
From History’s Shadow is a complex and intricately woven story across time and involving several established stories from Star Trek. The narrative bouncing back and forth through time is surprisingly easy to follow as it flows well with the course of the novel.

In 2268, Kirk learns about what happened with a group of aliens (of a seemingly peaceful race) sent to Earth in 1947 on a mission to destroy humanity. Meanwhile, another alien race has seen a transmission from them that might lead to war. Then in 1947 and for years later, Captain Wainwright follows reports of alien activity across America, hoping to gather evidence. But someone is leaking word to the press. And the aliens are doing their best to cover their tracks.

An exciting and fast-paced story, this one was hard to put down. Star Trek fans will enjoy the plentiful references to old episodes from the various series. In fact, I wanted to go back and re-watch most of them to get the characters fresh in my mind. Suspense and intrigue abound in this fun and creative story.

Fantasy Book Review: Grimm: Aunt Marie’s Book of Lore

Grimm: Aunt Marie’s Book of Lore

Synopsis:
This in-universe book explores the monsters, weapons and potions in Grimm with detailed pictures and descriptions. The book is Aunt Marie’s recording of the supernatural creatures she and her fellow Grimms have to defeat!

Inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, Grimm is a cop-drama with a twist! A detective discovers he has the ability to see supernatural beings, including a reformed ‘Big Bad Wolf’ and the witch-like Hexebiester, along with many others.

Review:
Grimm is one of my top favorite shows right now, so I had to get my hands on this book. Like the books that Nick Burkhardt consults when he comes across a new Wessen in the show, Aunt Marie’s Book of Lore lists and gives detailed accounts on a variety of Wessen and weaponry. This is a full color, over-sized paperback with color photos, illustrations, and hand written notes (in a variety of languages, mostly German and English) throughout. The Wessen Index lists over 50 species, but many are crossed out. And only those that aren’t crossed out are referenced in the book.

Not much info is listed that isn’t covered in the show, but it’s a creative book that immerses the reader in the world of Grimm in a fun, new way. The drawings and notes looks like they come right from Nick’s book – down to the yellowed pages and blood stains on some. I recommend this for fans of the show who can’t get enough of the Grimm lore. And it makes a great gift for this time of year as well.

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Book Giveaway: The Undead Pool

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Official Poster and Release Date

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES hits theaters everywhere on July 11th, 2014. And the official trailer releases next Wednesday 12/18.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Release: July 11th, 2014
Directors: Matt Reeves
Producer: Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, Kirk Acevedo

SYNOPSIS:
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

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Haven Part 2 Finale Clips

Haven — Finale Airs Fridays at 10/9c on Syfy.

The Lighthouse (Part 2 of Finale) – Preview
SUMMARY: William continues with his plan to turn Audrey back into her original self, meanwhile the rest of the gang find out that some doors are better left unopened.

Inside Haven 412 – Behind the Scenes
SUMMARY: Learn how the directors and cinematographers film Haven!

When the Bough Breaks – Stephen King References
SUMMARY: Catch the references to Stephen King’s works in last week’s episodes!

Colin Ferguson Talks Episode 12 – Interview Clip
SUMMARY: Colin Ferguson takes time off the regular cast talks to talk about if he’s on the naughty or nice list.

SciFi Book Review: The Severed Tower

The Severed Tower by J Barton Mitchell

Synopsis:
Holt, Mira, and Max have fled Midnight City with Zoey after watching her repel an entire Assembly army. Zoey’s powers are unlocked, but who and what she is remains a mystery. All she knows is that she must reach the Severed Tower, an infamous location in the middle of the world’s most dangerous landscape: The Strange Lands, a place where the laws of physics have completely broken down. But the closer they get to the Tower, the more precarious things become. The Assembly has pursued Zoey into the Strange Lands. Among them is a new group, their walkers and machines strangely bereft of any color, stripped to bare metal, and whose agenda seems to differ from the rest. To make matters worse, the group hunting Holt are here, too, led by a dangerous and beautiful pirate named Ravan. So is Mira’s first love, Benjamin Aubertine, whose singular ambition to reach the Tower threatens to get them all killed.

Then there’s the Strange Lands themselves. They have inexplicably begun to grow, spreading outwards, becoming more powerful. Somehow, it all seems tied to Zoey herself, and the closer she gets to the Tower, the weaker she becomes.

Review:
Holt and Mira’s pasts come back to haunt them in this dramatic sequel. Mira confronts an old boyfriend. Then, flashbacks of the two of them continue through the story which I found to be a bit confusing when they first began. And Mira finds out about Holt’s history with the pirates and what made him leave. Meanwhile, Zoey has to confront a branch of The Assembly that want something from her, and finally give her some answers. And she eventually has to make a hard decision that effects the past and future for her friends and the rest of the world.

This post-apocalyptic alien invasion story is dark and exciting. Since it’s been about a year since the previous novel, a recap would have been helpful, but I made do without as it was a unique enough story that I remembered the main highlights of the story. Exciting events build to a climactic conclusion with Zoey and the Severed Tower. And we’re left with a bit of a cliffhanger and plenty of questions still looming that will leave readers eager for the next installment.

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