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Star Trek Movie Souvenir Magazine

Star Trek Movie Souvenir Magazine

I recently read through the new Star Trek Movie Souvenir Magazine, published by Titan. I don’t remember the last time I read through an entire magazine. But this issue is nothing but in-depth cast interviews, many photos from the film, and info on the new game, so I read it cover to cover. Cast interviews include: Chris Pine (Jim Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (McCoy), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), John Cho (Sulu), Anton Yelchin (Checkov), Bruce Greenwood (Capt. Christ Pike), Leonard Nimoy (Spock Prime), Ben Cross (Sarek), Faran Tahir (Capt. Robau), Chris Hemsworth (George Kirk), Jennifer Morrison (Winona Kirk), and Chris Doohan (son of James Doohan, the original “Scotty”).

Each interview spans several pages, as the cast discuss how they got their role, their on-set experience, and favorite memories. My favorite interviews were actually with Hemsworth (George) and Morrison (Winona) as they discussed their relatively short parts, but that had a big impact. No pun intended. Their scenes set an emotional tone for the beginning of the film. And after I finished reading all of the fascinating and lengthy interviews, it made me want to go out and see the movie again. For a behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster film, don’t forget to pick up your copy before they’re gone.

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, by S.D. Perry and Britta Dennison

Thousands of years ago, the Greek god of war, Ares, was bound by Zeus and captured by Themyscira. Themyscira is now an isolated island of Amazon warrior women. But when Colonel Steve Trevor crashes lands on an island that appears out of nowhere, Diana’s mother decides that it’s time to reach out to the twenty-first century world. And Diana is chosen as their ambassador. But when Ares escapes and begins causing chaos and destruction, Diana dons a familiar red, white, and blue outfit and becomes Wonder Woman.

In an adaptation of the animated Wonder Woman movie, we get a glimpse of Diana’s origin story. Diana is an Amazon princess, strong, beautiful, and fearless. Steve Trevor has an instinctual attraction to her, and wants to help her adapt to the modern world. In a strange mixture of Greek mythology meeting the modern twenty-first century, there are larger-than-life gods facing realistic human characters. And it’s a lot of fun. With loads of action scenes and drama, comic book fans will not be disappointed.

As a strong, independent female, Wonder Woman is a role model for all women. And the animated film novelization is no exception.

Star Trek: Troublesome Minds

Star Trek: Troublesome Minds

Star Trek: Troublesome Minds, by Dave Galanter

Stopping an unknown vessel from destroying an unarmed one, the Enterprise unknowingly puts itself in the middle of an interstellar conflict. The Enterprise has saved a man named Berlis from death by the hands of his own people. Berlis is from a telepathic race. And according to the Isitri, Berlis can control people with a thought. To make matters worse, a nearby race is ready to commit genocide against the Isitri, if they discover a “troublesome mind” like Berlis is allowed to live.

Captain James T. Kirk must choose the lesser of two evils – killing a man who claims to be innocent, or letting him live and condemning an entire planet. Kirk doesn’t have much time to come up with a plan when Berlis escapes and leaves behind a confused Spock. The build of suspense paired with such a moral dilemma, makes for a wonderful installment of Star Trek. True to form, the crew of the Enterprise becomes absorbed in global conflict and face it with skill and creativity.

Galanter has come up with a new and exciting challenge for the original crew. And I was more than impressed. The characters are relatable. The predicament is thought provoking. And overall, the story was completely enjoyable. Original series fans, don’t miss this latest Star Trek release.

City of Glass

City of Glass

City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare, is 3rd in the Mortal Instruments trilogy.

Clary must travel to the City of Glass to find the one person who can revive her mother. And unbeknownst to Clary, the Shadowhunters have captured her best friend and imprisoned him. Meanwhile, her evil, father Valentine has plans to invade the City of Glass, overthrow the Shadowhunters, and destroy all of the Downworlders. With spies in their midst, Clary and her friends face horrible heartache, impending war, and an uncertain future.

Clare has developed the characters so much throughout the trilogy, and I’ve grown to enjoy each one immensely. The story is extremely complex, and best if the novels are read somewhat close together so information is fresh in the mind. Even the character of Valentine is wrought with complexity, as his children both love and hate him.

The author has definitely created a fantastic world of demon-hunting Shadowhunters with intriguing abilities, using runes; along with vampires, werewolves, faeries, and mages. These creatures can live in two worlds but mundanes (as average humans are called) can’t see past the veil of magic.

Written for young teens, the dialog can seem overly dramatic at times and several plot elements extremely predictable to adult readers. But, for me, this did not detract from the overall suspense and excitement of the story. In fact, there was so much going on, I wondered how Clare would be able to wrap everything up by the end of the book. It has plenty of romance, action, mystery, and magic. It’s both gripping and fun. I would highly recommend this trilogy to young urban fantasy readers.

Star Trek Movie Tie-In

Star Trek Movie Tie-In

Star Trek Movie Tie-In, by Alan Dean Foster

Based on my favorite movie of the year, the vengeful Romulan Nero has traveled back in time to the early years of Kirk and Spock. Nero is determined to destroy everything dear to Spock. In changing the past, Nero has created an alternate reality. One where destinies have yet to be fulfilled. Can Kirk and Spock, two complete opposites, work together to save their captain, the Enterprise, and the entire Federation?

Written from the original screenplay, the Star Trek novel only improves upon the original story. Giving more depth into the story and characters, giving more explanations, and additional scenes, Foster has written one of the best tie-in novels that I’ve ever read. The novel retains all of the suspense, drama, and comedy. It’s a wonderful story of revenge and destiny. As with the film, one doesn’t need to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy this science fiction success. If you enjoyed the film, love reading, and can’t wait for the future DVD release, go pick up this fantastic novelization.

Room 59: Black Widow

Room 59: Black Widow

Room 59: Black Widow, by “Cliff Ryder”

When her brother is killed in the line of duty, a MI6 agent agrees to go undercover and assist the international secret organization known as Room 59. Ajza’s mission is to infiltrate a terrorist organization that uses widows as vengeful suicide bombers. Meanwhile, she will learn the harsh truth behind her brother’s death.

Ajza is a strong and fierce woman, a skillful spy and looking for justice. And though she is forced into a corner by Room 59, Ajza would do anything to find her brother’s killers.

This is an exciting installment, with all of the espionage, suspense, and heart-pounding action that make the Room 59 series so great. In this contribution by Mel Odom, the characters are just as important as the story. It’s a well-balanced novel with plenty of action scenes, drama, intrigue, and surprises. Military suspense and spy fans shouldn’t miss this installment to a fantastic series.

Terminator: Salvation: The Official Movie Novelization

Terminator: Salvation

Terminator Salvation: The Official Movie Novelization, by Alan Dean Foster

Judgment Day has come and gone. And John Connor a leader for the Resistance is searching for Kyle Reese, a teenager who will one day become his father. But the machines are advancing faster than they were supposed to. And Connor must stay one step ahead if he is to fulfill his destiny.

Marcus Wright, a death-row inmate, donated his body to science before his sentence of lethal injection. And after his death, he awakens in a post-apocalyptic world. He is met and befriended by a young Kyle Reese, before they are attacked by the machines.

The heart of the story revolves around Marcus Wright and his hope for a second chance at life. John Connor must make some difficult decisions regarding an attack on SkyNet. When Reese is captured, Connor risks his life to save his future father’s.

In this adaptation from the latest Terminator movie, Foster gives more depth and a slightly different ending than that of the slightly surprising one in the film. Just as exciting as the movie, Terminator fans will enjoy this non-stop, action-packed novelization.

Mr. Monk in Outer Space

Mr. Monk in Outer Space

Mr. Monk in Outer Space, by Lee Goldberg

When Monk is asked to investigate a murder outside of a science fiction convention, he discovers a fan base as extreme as his compulsions. The creator of a cult science fiction show has been murdered, and there is no shortage of suspects, even from the fans. When Monk begins tying this murder to seemingly other random murders, his assistant Natalie is the only one who believes him.

The fictional show Beyond Earth, is akin to both Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek. The hardcore fans of Beyond Earth are outraged when the show gets a reboot, a la Battlestar Galactica. And Monk gets a dose of extreme fanaticism when he investigates the murder of the show’s creator. Humor ensues.

Monk is a wonderful character and a genius detective. And as always, the novel is told from his assistant Natalie’s point of view. In a fabulously fun tie-in to the Monk TV series, Goldberg has created a complex story to which science fiction fans can relate. This is probably my favorite Monk novel that I have read so far.