Human Target Premiere on Fox

ht_walkthree_plates_113rcb-375x500On Sunday, January 17th, Fox is having a preview event. Based on the DC comic, Human Target is about Christopher Chance, a man with varied abilities and expertise, who hires himself out as a personal bodyguard.

I was lucky enough to receive an early screener of the show and loved every minute of it. It’s and action-packed thrill ride with heart. I haven’t read the comics yet, but I’ll definitely be watching the show.


Below is Fox’s Human Target Featurette:

SciFiChick’s Best of 09

In 2009, I read a total of 143 books – some old, some new. This made narrowing down favorites very difficult! So, instead of a simple Top 10, I’m listing by category.
All favorites listed below were published in 2009.

The Stats:
143 books consumed in 2009.
58 authors never read before.
120 scifi/fantasy novels read.
12 graphic novels read.
42 were young adult or children’s books.
79 book reviews written.

18 tv/movies received in 2009.
317 books received in 2009.

Favorite Debut Novel:

Tempest Rising, by Nicole Peeler

Favorite Space Opera:

Diving into the Wreck, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Favorite Dark Fantasy Novel:

In Shade and Shadow, by Barb and J.C. Hendee

Favorite Urban Fantasy Novel:

Doppelgangster, by Laura Resnick (technically published January 5, 2010)
Dresden Files: Turn Coat, by Jim Butcher

Favorite Horror Fantasy:

Nekropolis, by Tim Waggoner

Favorite Time Travel Novel:

The 13th Hour, by Richard Doetsch

Favorite Super Hero:

City of Souls, by Vicki Pettersson

Favorite Tie-In Novel(s):

Star Trek Movie Tie-In, by Alan Dean Foster
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Losing the Peace, by William Leisner
The 4400: Promises Broken, by David Mack

Favorite Series Debut/Standalone:

Death’s Daughter, by Amber Benson
The Calling, by David Mack

Favorite Graphic Novel:

Runaways: Dead End Kids, by Joss Whedon

Top 10 YA and Children’s SF/F Books:

1. My Soul to Take, by Rachel Vincent

2. Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, by Brandon Mull

3. Ice, by Sarah Beth Durst

4. Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld

5. Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher

6. Vampirates: Black Heart, by Justin Somper

7. Adventurers Wanted: Slathbog’s Gold, by M. L. Forman

8. Curse of the Spider King, by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper

9. Starfinder, by John Marco

10. The Hourglass Door, by Lisa Mangum

What were some of your favorites?

Received in December

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

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Freedom (TM) by Daniel Suarez
Daemon (paperback) by Daniel Suarez

Pocket Books/Black Library:
Seduce Me In Shadow by Shayla Black
Dark Storm Gathering by Chris Wraight
In the Blood by Adrian Phoenix
Unclean Spirits by MLN Hanover
Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever by Molly Harper
Star Trek Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire by David Mack
Gentlemen Prefer Succubi by Jill Myles

Films and Comics:
The Field on the Edge of the Woods (Volume 1) by Michael Weber

Halo: Evolutions: Essential Tales of the Halo Universe by Tobias S. Buckell

Harper Teen:
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
Secret Society by Tom Dolby
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith
The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle by L. J. Smith

Putnam Books:
The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming

Hastur Lord by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Doppelgangster by Laura Resnick

Through Stone and Sea by Barb Hendee
The Spirit Lens by Carol Berg

Starbound by Joe Haldeman
The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny by Simon Green

Beyond the Night by Joss Ware

Book Giveaway: Kitty’s House of Horrors and More!

On behalf of Hachette Book Group, I have a giveaway copy of Kitty’s House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn for 5 lucky winners!

AND a complete set of Carrie Vaughn’s “Kitty and the Midnight Hour” Series for one grand prize winner!

Contest is open to residents of US and Canada only. Please, no PO Boxes. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends January 22. I’ll draw names on January 23, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

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Book Review: Spider’s Bite

Spider’s Bite

Spider’s Bite, by Jennifer Estep

Gin, aka the Spider, is a paid assassin and a stone and ice elemental. When Gin is double-crossed during a job, she takes it personal, particularly when her mentor is brutally tortured and murdered. Gin decides to team up with Detective Donovan Caine, but she’ll need to convince him that she’s not the enemy.

Estep has created a fun and fascinating urban fantasy world of vampires, giants, elementals, and other dangerous creatures. The magical creatures are (mostly) treated as regular humans, though it’s certainly a dark and dangerous world. Gin is a mysterious and complex character. We’re given glimpses of her past throughout the book, and her story slowly unfolds as to why she became such a ruthless killer. Though, supposedly she only kills people who deserve it. It’s quite a unique perspective to have the protagonist be a paid assassin and the “good guy.” But somehow, the author makes Gin human enough to make it believable.

Loaded with action and intrigue, the story is strong and exciting. The mystery itself takes a backseat to the character interaction and suspense. But I wouldn’t change a thing. With a knock-out, climactic ending and a surprising twist that I didn’t see coming, I was definitely impressed. This dark, urban fantasy series has a promising start.

Spider’s Bite will release January 26, 2010 from Pocket Books.

Book Review: Curse of the Spider King

Curse of the Spider King

Curse of the Spider King, by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper, is first in the The Berinfell Prophesies series.

In a world called Allyra, seven children of Elven Lords disappeared during the Siege of Berinfell. Hidden among humans on Earth, the children have grown up knowing nothing of their heritage. But the Spider King wants them dead. So, Elven warriors must race to find the seven children, protect them, and lead them back to Allyra to claim their rightful place in their home world.

The seven Elven children are each faced with the unbelievable fact that they are not human, let alone adopted. To top it off, as each turns 13, they discover that they have an amazing and unique gift. Reminiscent of The Neverending Story, each young teen is given a special book. A book that tells the history of Berinfell and literally comes alive for the reader, when the words are touched.

With amazing characters and spectacular world-building, this book seemed to come alive to me as well. I got caught up in each of the young teen’s stories, their struggles and heartaches. This is a coming-of-age story and fantasy, with plenty of action, suspense, magic, mystery, and mild Christian themes. Marketed for young adults, but this first installment is fairly suitable for preteens and middle readers as well.

From beginning to end, the suspense and danger kept me on the edge of my seat. We are left with a mild cliffhanger, but thankfully the next in the series is scheduled to release in June. Curse of the Spider King was one of the most vivid and exciting young adult novels that I have read this year.

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