Category Archives: SciFi

The Hourglass Door

The Hourglass Door

The Hourglass Door, by Lisa Mangum, is the first in a trilogy for young adults.

Abby’s senior year is going well with college plans, good friends, and a perfect boyfriend. But something seems to be missing. And when a mysterious Italian foreign-exchange student shows up during play practice, Abby begins to feel things she’s never felt before. But there is something strange about Dante. Time seems to behave strangely when Abby is with him. And Abby must discover a centuries old mystery in order to save her friends and stop a dangerous traitor.

Abby is a smart and well-adjusted girl with a bright future. She has a mature relationship with her boyfriend, though Abby realizes that something is missing. Jason is the perfect guy – sweet, thoughtful, and patient. But there’s a lack of chemistry and spontaneity that Abby begins to miss. Then Dante shows up. With his steamy looks and Italian accent, Abby is immediately attracted to him. But in getting to know him, even when strange occurrences happen, Abby finds it easy to trust him and begins to fall for this boy with an extraordinary secret.

The Hourglass Door is fun, exciting, and wonderfully surprising. Fans of the Twilight series should appreciate this trilogy. Combining time travel and romance, this novel geared towards young adults is captivating and refreshingly age-appropriate. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to any teen who’s into light romance and science fiction. I read this over the course of just a few hours and wasn’t able to put it down till I finished.

The Hourglass Door releases from Shadow Mountain on May 13, 2009.

Enemies & Allies

Enemies & Allies

Enemies & Allies, by Kevin J. Anderson, is a story about Superman and Batman’s first meeting. Set in the late 1950s, tensions between the US and the Soviet Union have brought about the Cold War. And Lex Luthor is hoping to cash in on America’s fear.

When the book begins, Clark Kent has just started at the Daily Planet. And Superman is already a beloved hero. On the other hand, Batman is labeled a vigilante and is hunted by Gotham police. And Bruce Wayne discovers deep-rooted treachery in his company.

Superman and Batman stick very close to their already established iconic characters, as do Lois and Lex. The story is engaging and fast-paced. And at 336 pages, it’s a quick read with the feel of a graphic novel.

The narrative switches back and forth between Superman and Batman’s worlds. Superman finds himself in often humorous predicaments and is always trying to better himself. Whereas, Batman’s story is always more dark and tortured. The two have completely different reasons for their heroics, but both fight on the same side. This is an exciting portrayal of how their alliance begins.

Enemies & Allies will release May 5th from William Morrow.

Received in March

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


Del Rey/Dabel Brothers:
Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz

The Laurentine Spy by Emily Gee
Xenopath by Eric Brown

Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance

Shadow Mountain:
Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull
The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum

Dragons Luck by Robert Asprin
WWW: Wake by Robert J. Sawyer
Corambis by Sarah Monette

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: TNG: Losing the Peace by William Leisner
Star Trek: New Frontier: Treason by Peter David

Dancing on the Head of a Pin by Thomas E. Sniegoski
Nebula Awards Showcase 2009 by Ellen Datlow

Five Star:
The Third Sign by Gregory A. Wilson

Demand Publications
Gray Apocalypse by James Murdoch

Other Earths by Nick Gevers
Ballistic Babes by John Zakour

Razor Bill:
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, by Dean Koontz, is a graphic novel based on his bestselling novel.

This comic adaptation is based upon the first Frankenstein novel by Dean Koontz. Deucalion returns to America when he discovers that his creator is living in New Orleans. Dr. Victor Frankenstein has been creating monsters for his own personal amusement. But one of his creations has become a serial killer.

Grisly and suspenseful, the story starts out well enough. But unfortunately, unless you have read the novel, be prepared to be confused not only by time periods but by characters as well. While the artwork is powerful and intense, I found it next to impossible to ascertain who characters were. And several of them looked much too similar to be recognizable. So, a majority of the tension and plot was lost in translation.

I really wanted to enjoy it more. At least it did succeed in making me want to go pick up Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein novel. I have a feeling I’ll get more out of the mystery and horror from the actual novel.



Starfinder, by John Marco, is the first novel in the Skylords trilogy.

Thirteen year old Moth has always dreamed of flying. And Rendor, his friend Fiona’s grandfather, also had the same dream and created flying ships to allow humans to take to the skies. Rendor has also been spouting on about the dangerous Skylords. Though, no one has ever seen them. And when Moth’s old friend passes along a secret, Moth must embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

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Room 59: The Ties That Bind

Room 59: The Ties That Bind, by Cliff Ryder

When Room 59 hears about the Russians having a new nuclear submarine that could bring about another cold war, they assign a seemingly perfect man for the job. Jason Siku has Inuit blood, speaks fluent Russian, and has no family ties. His life is the job. Jason’s mission is to investigate the claim of the mysterious sub and destroy it if necessary.

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Received in February

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

The Accord by Keith Brooke
Irons in the Fire by Juliet E. McKenna
Evil Ways by Justin Gustainis

The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
Deathwish by Rob Thurman

Prophets by S. Andrew Swann
Living With Ghosts by Kari Sperring
The Hidden City (paperback) Michelle West
A Magic of Nightfall by S. L. Farrell
Ages of Wonder by Julie E. Czerneda

Coyote Horizon by Allen Steele
The Alchemist’s Pursuit by Dave Duncan

Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

End of the Century by Chris Roberson

The Magicians’ Daughter by S. C. Butler

Dark Haven by Gail Z Martin
Arch Wizard by Ed Greenwood

St. Martin’s Press:
Hunted by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Del Rey:
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

Razor Bill:
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

The Domino Men

The Domino Men

The Domino Men, by Jonathan Barnes

In an alternate London, a monstrous being known as the Leviathan has made a pact with the royal family for the souls of their kingdom. The only hope for London lies with an unassuming file clerk named Henry Lamb. When his grandfather falls ill, Henry must take his place and is brought into a world of danger and intrigue.

Henry Lamb is told that his grandfather had worked for a secret organization called the Directorate. Their sole mission is to stop the Leviathan and protect London from the royal family’s evil secret. But other evil also stands in the way, in the form of two strange twins called the Domino Men.

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