Reviews for the Year 2005
Year 2005 Titles Well Worth Re-Reading
"Ancient, Modern, and Future Myth"
Big discounts available
Five Seasons Of Angel: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Vampire (Smart Pop Series)
This is an interesting essay discussing the Hero tale and how it affects American culture.
Even The Stones
Trekkies 2 (2004)
The Rebbe's Army : Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch
Five Seasons of Angel; Science Fiction And Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Vampire, Glenn Yeffeth, ed., BenBella Books Oct 2004.
Both Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Jean Lorrah have articles in this compilation. See more here on simegen.com at http://www.simegen.com/writers/anth/five/
"Can the U.S. Wake Up From Its Hero Trance—in Time?" © 2004 by Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D. web-published http://www.herowithin.com/HeroTranceCampaign.html
Even The Stones by Marie Jakober, Edge SF&F Publishing 2004 (edgewebsite.com)
Just because it's obscure doesn't mean it isn't well written and a good read. This one is a page-turner. A crown princess is kidnapped by a rival King. She promises a goddess that she'll re-open the goddesses temples if she can only be allowed to escape captivity. She escapes, becomes Queen, and changes everything. But of course, it's not that easy -- this is a good read.
Trekkies2 – film on DVD, Paramount Pictures, 2004
The Rebbe’s Army by Sue Fishkoff, Schocken Books, New York, 2003
This is a very odd book to find reviewed in an sf/f Occult review column -- however, together with the other items discussed this month, this one is a key. It provides a portrait of the effect on our near future of a mythical figure.
This is a very objective piece of journalism, written from an outside perspective. Fishkoff has no agenda of her own, and presents all sides of the story without attempting to suggest how a reader should interpret the information.
Any student writer will find this book instructive in the writing craft, and it's inspiring in plot and character twists.
Read the reviews on amazon.com for an idea what controversy is involved. Controversy breeds plot ideas.
Look for discounts today.
Dreams (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Commandos 12 War Prince
by P. M. Griffin
Freedom’s Gate by Naomi Kritzer, Bantam Spectra Fantasy, July 2004
Incubus Dreams by Lau8rell K. Hamilton, Berkley HC, Oct. 2004 -- heavily discounted on Amazon
Star Commandos 12, War Prince by P. M. Griffin, ArcheBooks Publishing, 2004This is the 12th book is an adventure-romance series with telepaths, combat units, and a vast interstellar war. Who do you become after you survive a war? It appeals to readers of J. D. Robb's "In Death" series also.
No doubt the DVD will be available soon.
Legend of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin, Sci Fi channel Miniseries, December 2004
The Earthsea Cycle Books by Ursula K. LeGuin, Bantam Spectra 1984 and 2004.
There are 7 related books here, but the first 2 will tell you if you will like them all.
"Standing Against The Group Mind, Part II"Son of Avonar (The Bridge of D'Arnath, Book 1)
But watch for discounts -- and you get free shipping too!
Guardians Of The Keep (The Bridge of D'Arnath, Book 2)
Son of Avonar Book I ofTthe Bridge of D’Arnath by Carol Berg, RoC Fantasy, Feb. 2004
Guardians of the Keep Book II of The Bridge of D’Arnath by Carol Berg, RoC Fantasy, Sept. 2004
Compass Reach by Mark W. Tiedemann, Meisha Merlin, June 2001
Oh, this one is a fun read!
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison, Harper Torch Fiction May 2004
The Witch isn't dead -- just the target of some supernatural hit-men.
The Vampire isn't quite dead yet either -- she is currently eschewing human blood, even Witch's blood.
But most interesting of all is the pixie family living in the garden.
Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their
Favorite Television Show
by Glenn Yeffeth (Editor), Drew Goddard (Foreword)
Oath (Berkley Sensation)
by Susan Krinard
Choice of the Cat (The Vampire Earth, Book 2)
by Metsy Hingle
.From the Dark Places
Seven Seasons of Buffy, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show, Glenn Yeffeth ed., BenBella Books 2003.
Five Seasons of Angel, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Vampire, Glenn Yeffeth, ed., BenBella Books, 2004
Kinsman’s Oath by Susan Krinard, Berkley Sensation Romance, May 2004
Choice of the Cat, Book Two of The Vampire Earth, by E. E. Knight, RoC Science Fiction, May 2004
Flash Point by Metsy Hingle, Mira Romance, 2003
Child of Twilight by Margaret L. Carter, Hardshell Word Factory August 2003.
From The Dark Places by Margaret L. Carter, Amber Quill Press, 2003Also see Margaret's Mass Market Paperback novel Embracing Darkness slated for review later in this column. Margaret is a review columnist in http://www.simegen.com/reviews/ and a Professional Writer In Residence in WorldCrafters Guild.
"7-Swords As a Trend"Star Trek: Enterprise first season might be released by May 2005, according to rumor.
Oh, but you can save a lot of money during specials -- and get free shipping, too.
Battlestar Galactica (2003 Miniseries) (2003)
Lots of discounts and free shipping, too.
Star Trek: Enterprise "Observer Effect" TV episode, Jan. 2005
Stargate SG-1, "Gemini" TV episode Jan 2005
They are releasing the DVD sets right behind completion of a
Watch for Season 8 next year.
Catch the show on the Sci Fi channel if you can.
Jan 2005 sees the rebroadcast of the miniseries along with new 1-hour episodes of an entirely "re-imagined" Battlestar Galactica.
Read the nearly 300 reviews posted online, and/or the extensive notes on this miniseries.
The Visitor will be available at the awe-struck e-books website. In Aug. 2005Starman (1984)
DVD of a terrific film
This is one to watch once every year. JL
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Heart warming, intimate adventure at it's best.
The Visitor by Barbara Raffin, Awe-Struck E-books, Aug 2005
This is a book so like the two films mentioned here that I would love to see it made into a contemporary film.
Starman – A John Carpenter film, 1984
The Day The Earth Stood Still – A Robert Wise film, 1951
The Visitor will be available at the awe-struck e-books website. In Aug. 2005
The Visitor by Barbara Ruffin, Awe-Struck E-books, Aug. 2005
Discussed in the July issue, this e-book SF-Romance novel continues to provide discussion material in this column.
Embracing Darkness by Margaret Carter, Silhouette Intimate Moments, March 2005
Here we have a vampire who's as fascinating as the mortal woman he falls in love with.
Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair, Bantam Spectra, April 2005Here we have action and Romantic Suspense and steamy hot sex scenes in a wild interstellar setting. This one begs for a sequel -- because we never get to know the non-humans who are mounting economic warfare against two human governments.
The Burning Land
(Dune Chronicles, Book 1)
by Frank Herbert
The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire
The Burning Land
Victoria Strauss, Eos, pb Dec, 2004
"We the Brethren, incarnate Sons and Daughters of the First Messenger of Arata, leaders of the Aratist faith and guardians of the Way of Arata,..." (more)
Darkover by Marion Zimmer Bradley – long series being reprinted.
Dune by Frank Herbert, another long series also on DVD
Wicked by Gregory Maguire, Regan Books, 1995
This is like a fan-novel for the dedicated OZ fan.
The House of the Rose, Book I, Glass Souls by Michaela August, Awe-Struck E-books, May 2005, $4.75 download, 148,000 words."A besieged city, an emergency evacuation from the threat of anti-heretic Crusaders-it's an ordinary day in the life of the vampire Protectors of the House of the Rose. Except, this time, everything goes horribly wrong..."
of the Sun : A Novel of Saint-Germain
by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Set in 535 AD, after the huge eruption of Krakatoa that may have ushered in the Dark Ages in Europe. This is about 100 years before Muhammed founded Islam.
by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
by KATHERINE KURTZ
I've reviewed this previously, and mention it here because it is immensely relevant. There should be used copies still available cheap!
Of The Night (Berkley Sensation)
by Angela Knight
by Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Mary Janice Davidson, Angela Knight, Vickie Taylor
by Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, Emma Holly, Angela Knight (Editor)
Dark of the Sun by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tor HC Nov 2004, pb Sept 2005
The trade paperback Sept 2005.
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Fate, by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, rprt Stealth Press July, 2001
Philosopher of Islamic Terror
by Paul Berman, New York Times,
Lammas Night by Katherine Kurtz, Ballantine Books 1983
of the Night by Angela Knight,
Bite by Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Mary Janice Davidson, Angela Knight, Vickie TaylorAuthor, Jove Fiction, pb, Dec. 2004
Hot Blooded by Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, Emma Holly, and Angela Knight, Jove Paranormal Romance, pb, Aug. 2004
Lensman Series, by E. E. “Doc” Smith, 1940’s – now reprinted and still relevant and thought provoking.
"The Power of SF and Fantasy"
by C. J. Cherryh
by Morven Westfield
with the Dragon
by E. F. Watkins
And here we have something special for you. One of the authors reviewed in June 2005, Linnea Sinclair, has provided a commentary on C. J. Cherryh's DESTROYER from a Buddhist point of view. It is posted here for your convenience. Click to read.
Destroyer by C. J. Cherryh, DAW HC Feb 2005 (Foreigner Series)
Watch for the cheaper paperback or find this at your library. But I think it's well worth its cover price -- I'm collecting this series in hardcover and I don't usually do that.
Darksome Thirst by Morven Westfield, Harvest Shadows Publications TP, 2003
Dance with the Dragon by E. F. Watkins, Amber Quill Press 2003
C. J. Cherryh’s Destroyer and The Meaning of Peace, by Linnea Sinclair. Essay -- click to read it here.
"Into The West" - Boxed set of 4 DVD's (check for various formats)
October 2005 release
List Price: $49.99
but check for current discount and be surprised.
List Price: $26.98
But see today's discount and remember this is elligible for free shipping.
"Into the West" TV Miniseries by Stephen Spielberg available on DVD.
Schlinder's List Feature Film by Stephen Spielberg available on DVD -- powerful especially in connection with a book I shall soon review, the Aug. 2005 release of Straight Into Darkness by Faye Kellerman.
Bonanza -- One of my all-time favorite TV shows, a long running classic that any writer today would do well to study in depth.
Newsweek Article from Sept 5, 2005 on Spirituality in America now available for $2.95 on http://www.newsweek.com
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