Received in October

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

TV/Movies:
Genesis II
Star Wreck – Revolver Entertainment
The Eleventh Hour – The Complete Series
The Prisoner – The Complete Series (Blu-Ray)

Berkley:
Demon Ex Machina: Tales of a Demon Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner

Obsidian:
Heir of the Dog: A Dog Walker Mystery by Judi McCoy

Roc:
Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier

Ace:
The Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy by Jack Dann
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris

Daw:
The Trouble With Heroes by Denise Little
The Silver Mage by Katharine Kerr

Del Rey:
Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead by Steve Perry

Eos/Harper:
Wild Hunt by Margaret Ronald
At the Gates of Darkness by Raymond E. Feist

Gold Eagle:
Rogue Angel: Footprints by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel: Paradox by Alex Archer

Harlequin Teen:
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

Mira:
Prey by Rachel Vincent
Pride by Rachel Vincent
How Not to Make a Wish by Mindy Klasky

Pyr:
Age of Misrule: World’s End by Mark Chadbourn
Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Abrams:
Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel by Paul Guinan

Scholastic:
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Night Shade Books:
Incandescence by Greg Egan
The Mall of Cthulhu by Seamus Cooper
Shadow of the Scorpion by Neal Asher
The Dragon Never Sleeps by Glen Cook
The Swordbearer by Glen Cook

Orbit/Hachette/Grand Central Publishing:
Kitty’s House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn
Bite Marks by Jennifer Rardin
Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Raises Hell by Carrie Vaughn

Hyperion:
And Another Thing… by Eoin Colfer
Heat Wave by Richard Castle

Pocket Books:
Dark Stranger by Susan Sizemore
Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole
4400: Promises Broken by David Mack
Star Trek: Titan: Synthesis by James Swallow
Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis
Blood Kin by Maria Lima

Simon & Schuster:
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Klutz:
Draw Star Wars: Clone Wars

Blu-Ray Giveaway: The Prisoner: The Complete Series

Courtesy of A&E, I have a giveaway copy of the newly restored The Prisoner: The Complete Series – Blu-Ray Edition for one lucky winner, just in time for AMC’s reimagining on November 15th!

Contest is open to US residents only. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 27. I’ll draw names on November 28, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!


Product Description:
Since its CBS debut in the summer of 1968, the masterful British TV series THE PRISONER has captivated American audiences. Now A&E presents a definitive aficionado’s edition of the cult classic which is considered one of the most innovative TV series ever filmed, for the first time in breathtaking Blu-Ray. Fully restored from the original film elements with newly remixed 5.1 surround sound and featuring hours of bonus material never released in North America, THE PRISONER: BLU-RAY EDITION is a fitting tribute to the creative vision of the late Executive Producer and Star Patrick McGoohan.

After resigning from a top-secret position, a man (McGoohan) is abducted and spirited from his London home to a mysterious place known only as ‘The Village.’ Village Residents, known only by numbers, are held captive because each possesses valuable knowledge. The Prisoner, now known as Number Six, battles to protect his mind — and his humanity — while struggling to discover the identity of Number One and escape captivity.

HOURS OF EXCITING NEW BONUS FEATURES: Newly remixed 5.1 surround sound for all 17 episodes (in addition to the original mono tracks). ‘Don’t Knock Yourself Out’: Feature-length documentary chronicling the production of THE PRISONER, told by those involved in its creation; Two Brand-New Featurettes: ‘The Pink Prisoner’ and ‘You Make Sure it Fits!’; Promo for AMC’s THE PRISONER Miniseries; Newly restored original edit of ‘Arrival’ with an optional music-only soundtrack featuring Wilfred Josephs’ complete and abandoned score; Original edit of ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’; Production crew audio commentaries on seven episodes; Trailers for all episodes; Archive textless material, including the title sequence with clean ! themes by Ron Grainer, Wilfred Josephs and Robert Farnon; Commercial break bumpers; Image Archive with over 1200 stills; Production Paperwork Archive, featuring scripts, call sheets and press releases (DVD-ROM Feature)

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TV News: Dr. Who Specials Landing on BBC America

“Mars, 2059. Bowie Base one. Last recorded message: Don’t drink the water. Don’t even touch it. Not one drop.” The Waters of Mars

BBC America Press Release: New York, NY – October 30, 2009 –The BBC today announced the imminent arrival of the final Doctor Who episodes starring David Tennant as the Doctor. Television’s longest running science fiction series, shot in HD, has just three episodes to go before a new Doctor arrives on screen next year.

The next special, Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars airs on BBC AMERICA, Saturday December 19, 9:00pm ET/PT. It stars Tennant and British stage and screen actress Lindsay Duncan (Rome, Langford) as Adelaide, his cleverest and most strong-minded companion.

All will be revealed as the Doctor and his companion Adelaide face terror on the Red Planet in one of the scariest adventures yet. Peter O’Brien (Casualty, Neighbours) guest stars as Ed, Adelaide’s second-in-command at the base.

The Waters of Mars is written by Russell T Davies (Torchwood, Queer as Folk) and Phil Ford and directed by Graeme Harper. The executive producers are Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner (Torchwood, Life on Mars).

The remaining episodes, starring Tennant, will air over the holiday season as a two-part special. Airdates will be released in early December. Tennant shot a total of four specials before exiting the role – Planet of the Dead was the first one to air, last July, on BBC AMERICA.

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Book Review: Heat Wave

Heat Wave

Heat Wave, is written by the fictitious Richard Castle from the hit ABC drama Castle.

During a record heat wave in New York City, famous journalist Jameson Rook has been allowed to tag along with Homicide Detective Nikki Heat’s team, in order to write a story on NYPD’s finest. Their current case is the murder of a business man, pushed off his balcony to the street below. As the case begins to unravel, more bodies are found. And the case grows more complex. Nothing is what it seems, except for the palpable heat between Nikki and the charming but persistent Rook.

Written to be obvious parallels to the tv show characters, I loved the camaraderie and sharp humor between the detectives and Rook. Much like the show, the writing is fast-paced and quick-witted. The characters themselves almost overshadow the plot. But the mystery itself is impressively complex and engaging. The relationship between Heat and Rook has the same chemistry that Beckett and Castle have on the show, though the novel gets much steamier.

Fans of Castle will love this clever tie-in, often referred to in the show itself. It’s fresh and fun novelization from a fantastic show. Heat Wave is a wonderful idea to get an audience pulled even further into the world of Castle, with a tangible representation.

Sample Chapter: Winter Song – Day 5

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Angry Robot (www.angryrobotbooks.com) has offered up 5 daily sample chapters from Winter Song, by Colin Harvey!

When she leaves you alone for a little while, you taste the straw that is your bedding. It’s almost inedible, but overwhelmed by hunger you force it down. When she returns and catches you, she scolds you. “I’ve bought you extra gruel,” she adds. “It’s all there is.”
You get most of it in your mouth, finishing it within seconds. You lick the plate clean with what the rational part of your mind flags with inappropriate haste (inappropriate to what?), then you nuzzle amongst the straw and lick it clean.
“Oh, Loki.” Bera gently touches your arm. “You have to start behaving more like a man, and less an animal, or Ragnar will have all the excuse he needs to get rid of you.” You look up at her, drinking in her features. She says, “Does my looks repel even you, my child-man? Or do you not care? He didn’t.”
Then, as if the food has awoken some animal from its slumbers the world is again full of voices shouting mostly meaningless words:
“Iceland had no fruit-bearing trees–”
“Humanity has split into a myriad of factions–”
“Isheimur’s low gravity and inability to generate carbon dioxide through vulcanism render the colony sub-optimal, unlikely to return the company’s investment–”

Read moreSample Chapter: Winter Song – Day 5

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