Leonard Nimoy Interview!

Tonight at 9:00 p.m. the Fringe episode “Momentum Deferred” will air, with Leonard Nimoy as a special guest star. SciFiChick.com was recently able to participate in a conference call with Leonard Nimoy to discuss his recent role as William Bell, in FOX’s hit show Fringe. Below is a transcript of that call.

Did you have any reservations on taking another role with the potential of such a fanatic following?

I love this question. I can’t help but laugh because you’re absolutely right. It’s an interesting set of circumstances. What attracted me to it was several things. J.J. Abrams, Bob Orci, and Alex Kurtzman, who I worked with on the Star Trek movie, I admire their talent and the work that they do. The series is at the very least to say intriguing. The character was somewhat of a blank slate, but we began talking about it and, therefore, attracted because there’s an opportunity to build an interesting and unpredictable character. I’m enjoying it a lot.

When will William Bell and Walter Bishop face off?

Unpredictable at the moment. In the episode tomorrow night, the scene in between myself and Olivia, I think we will learn a lot more than we have known in the past about what their relationship is all about and what William Bell’s intentions are, or at least we will be told what his intentions are. We’re not really quite sure that everything that he says is accurate or true.

Well, to follow up, what does William Bell do when he’s over there? Who is he spending time with?

William Bell is sort of a “master of the universe,” a brilliant man, very wealthy man, very powerful. We’ll find out a lot more about him in future episodes.

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Book Review: Tempest Rising

Tempest Rising

Tempest Rising, by Nicole Peeler, is her debut novel.

Jane True is an outsider in her own home town of Rockabill, Maine. She has a strange penchant for swimming in the cold ocean waters. When Jane stumbles across the body of a murdered man, she is introduced to a world she never knew existed. She is confronted by all manner of otherworldly creatures such as gnomes, shapeshifters, vampires, and much more. But the biggest surprise is that Jane, herself, is only half-human. The supernatural investigating the murder of the man Jane found is gorgeous and irresistible. But Ryu is a vampire and one of the more dangerous creatures.

Jane is an incredible likeable character. I was completely drawn into her story and lived it right along with her. Jane has a painful past. But when her eyes are opened to those around her, Jane is finally able to relate to people. And the other characters are just as vivid, sometimes larger than life. Ryu is a great leading man in this story, but I’m more excited to see where Jane’s relationship with a certain shapeshifter goes. He’s more brooding and mysterious.

As most urban fantasy’s go, the main plot follows a mystery – the murders happening in Rockabill. But this story focuses more on the characters and their interaction with Jane. There is a refreshing sense of wonder and excitement, rather than heavy-laden action and fight scenes. Tempest Rising is witty and fun, with a dash of dark suspense. Peeler has built a fantastic world in this debut novel. And I’m certainly eager to see what new adventures are in store for Jane True.


Tempest Rising releases from Orbit Books on October 27th.

Book Giveaway: Red Claw!

Red Claw

Courtesy of Orbit Books, I have a giveaway copy of Red Claw, by Philip Palmer for 1 lucky winner!

Contest is open to residents in the US and Canada only. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 30. I’ll draw names on October 31, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

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Book Review: Tainted

Tainted

Tainted, by Julie Kenner, is the first in the Blood Lily Chronicles.

Lily Carlyle died when she tried to avenge her sister’s attacker. But she is given a second chance at redemption when she’s brought back to life in another woman’s body. Lily must start life over as a demon hunter and stop evil forces from opening a door to hell on earth.

Kenner is the author of one of my favorite series – the Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom. So, I had high expectations for her new fantasy series. This is a decidedly different feel from Kenner’s other light-hearted books. Lily is a tortured soul, still wanting to look out for her little sister, despite having to leave her old life behind. And even though she had a shady past, Lily is determined to do the right thing this time around. And that means helping the forces of good fighting evil. Lily is a kick-butt heroine in true urban fantasy fashion.

This series debut has one of the most twisted plots I’ve ever read. The story kept me on the edge of my seat with suspense. When demons seek redemption from their past, it’s hard to determine who the truly bad guy is. But one thing is for sure, readers are in for a big surprise. Tainted is fast-paced, dark, and action-packed. Urban fantasy fans won’t want to miss this new series.

Tainted releases from Ace on October 27, 2009.

Book Review: The Mermaid’s Madness

The Mermaid’s Madness

The Mermaid’s Madness, by Jim C. Hines, is the sequel to The Stepsister Scheme.

When the princesses travel by ship to the kingdom of the mermen and mermaids, the Queen is attacked by a mermaid princess. The Queen’s body is badly wounded, but her soul has left. As Danielle, Snow, and Talia rush to save their beloved Queen, they must hunt down the mermaid and recover her magical knife that has somehow captured the soul of the Queen. But the little mermaid has a story of her own, and it’s quite different than what the storybooks say.

In the The Stepsister Scheme, we are introduced to Danielle Whiteshore (Cinderella), Talia (Sleeping Beauty) and Snow (White). The three princesses have a much darker history than the stories say. They aren’t princesses that need rescuing. Each has their own gifts and abilities to save themselves, and those they love. When their mother-figure, the Queen, is in mortal peril, the princesses once again show sterner stuff.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, even more than the first. With a huge twist on the Little Mermaid story, the princesses stand up against the dangers of the sea as well as odd magic from a legendary sea witch. Steeped in adventure and danger, this dark fairytale is like no other. And a huge twist in the story had me at the edge of my seat until the very end. Fantasy and fairytale fans beware; you’ll be hooked on this mermaid’s tale.

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