Reviews for the Year 2006


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Selected by  Jacqueline Lichtenberg

2006 Reviews Posted

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Year 2006 Titles Well Worth Re-Reading

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Books Reviewed

January 2006

Neptune: The Reality Factor


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Reissued Dec 2005 as A Soul of Steel



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Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King, Bantam HC, July 2005







The Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes Series by Carole Nelson Douglas

Good Night, Mr. Holmes (June 1991);


The Adventuress (May 1992);



Irene At Large (Tor July 1992); retitled A Soul of Steel (Dec. 2005)



Femme Fatale (Sept 2003),



Spider Dance (Dec 2004) – all by Carole Nelson Douglas, Forge Mystery except as noted.

All these novels are about 400 pages, reasonable size print.

February 2006

  Neptune: The Romance Factor and the Tower of Babel




















Threshhold TV Series on CBS from ST:Enterprise producer Brannon Braga -- 2005-6 First Season

The Chorillan Cycle, Azuli Eyes, Scout’s Pride, and By Fire And Stars, by Michelle L. Levigne, Awe-Struck Ebooks   

Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon, St. Martin’s PB, July 2005









The Challenge and The Dare, by Susan Kearney, Tor Romance PBs, Feb & July 2005















Hunter’s Moon and








Moon’s Web by C. T. Adams and Cathy L Clamp, Tor Romance, Dec. 2004, Aug. 2005

March 2006   Neptune: The Bigotry Factor









The Magical Worlds of Narnia, a Treasury of Myths, Legends, and Fascinating Facts by David Colbert, Berkley, 2005





Full Wolf Moon by K. L. Nappier, Double Dragon Publishing Company, e-book download on, Oct. 2004.





Straight Into Darkness by Faye Kellerman, Warner HC, Aug 2005







Survivor In Death by J. D. Robb, Berkley Romantic Suspense, PB Sept 2005


April 2006

Neptune: The Decision Factor

















Proof Positive: Evidence of the Paranormal by Scifi Channel

High Risk by Jane Toombs, Champagne Books, June 2005

The Ghost of Shady Lane by Dotti Enderle, Fortune Teller’s Club novel, Llewellyn, May 2005







Last Dance by Linda Joy Singleton, Llewllyn June 2005








Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister, Signet Eclipse Paranormal Romance, May 2005







Hard Day’s Knight by Katie MacAlister, Signet Eclipse Contemporary Romance, January 2005


May 2006   Neptune: The Disinformation Factor








"Weekend Pass" E-Ring NBC Prime Time TV Series

States of Grace a Novel of The Count Saint-Germain by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tor HC Sept. 2005






Song In The Dark, The Vampire Files, by P. N. Elrod, ACE HC, Sept 2005

June 2006

The Identity Adventure: Saturn Vs. Neptune


















 This is a set of novels all in the same universe.  Initially using single POV, they spread out into multiple Points of View and some readers became more pleased while others got lost.  

Stardoc by S. L. Viehl, RoC Science Fiction, 2000



Stardoc II, Beyond Varallan
by S. L. Viehl, RoC SF, 2000
























 Eternity Row,









Bio Rescue by S. L. Viehl, RoC HC, July 2004,







Afterburn by S. L. Viehl, RoC HC, Aug. 2005








Rebel Ice by S. L. Viehl, RoC pb, Jan. 2006

Many readers found this disappointing, I believe, because the floating point of view tells too many unrelated stories -- leaving no room to finish the one the readers have been anticipating since Stardoc. 

July 2006


  View From the Grease Pit Looking Up at Reality for courses










The Kabalah of Time, course by JLI, Spring 2006


Heaven Exposed by Tzvi Freeman, Class One Press, 2004








Tour of the Merrimack: The Myriad, by R. M. Meluch, DAW pb 2006

This is actually the sequel -- read MYRIAD second.  First read WOLF STAR (below).






Tour of the Merrimack: Wolf Star by R. M. Meluch, DAW HC, Jan 2006








Pretender, 8th in the Foreigner Universe, by C. J. Cherryh, DAW HC March 2006. 

August 2006   Mercury, Truth and Communication















Smallville TV Series, Episode #3-18, Truth.

That's a Third season episode.  2005-2006 is the 5th Season.  4th Season DVDs are now available. 

Strong story arc with deep and profound themes worked out over many episodes.  It's worth catching reruns if you've missed it. 



Tall, Dark & Dead by Tate Hallaway, Berkley, May 2006








Touch the Dark by Karen Chance, RoC pb, June 2006








Dr. Who (the 9th Doctor) on Sci Fi channel 2006

Played by Christopher Eccleston. 







Silver Azuli Chorillan Cycle book 5 by Michelle Levigne, , 2006


The Thirteenth House by Sharon Shinn, Ace HC, March 2006

September 2006   Magical Power Defined

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House of the Rose: Book II, House of Memory, by Michaela August, e-book 2006


Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher, RoC HC, May 2006
This series hit the NYTimes Bestseller List on promotion of the summer 2006 TV movie on the Sci Fi Channel









A Kiss of Fate by Mary Jo Putney, Ballantine Books HC July 2004







Traitor To The Blood, Barb and J. C. Hendee, RoC HC, Jan. 2006








Deryni Checkmate, Katherine Kurtz, ACE HC reprint Dec. 2005.

October 2006   The Nature of the Supernatural

















Blood Rites Book 6 of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, RoC, August 2004







Dead Beat, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, RoC pb May 2006







Touch of Evil, by C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp, Tor, March 2006







Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, Ace Fantasy pb, Jan. 2006







Night Life by Rob Thurman, RoC Fantasy pb, March 2006







Buffy The Vampire Slayer – TV Series on WB then UPN






Supernatural – new prime time TV Series on the WB Network, 2006.  Note WB and USA Networks merge later this year and all surviving shows go to a new channel. 

War For The Oaks, by Emma Bull, Tor Teen, 2004

November 2006

Your Life as a Work Of Art















Dragon Champion by E. E. Knight, RoC, Dec. 2005







Daughter of Ancients, Bk4 of The Bridge of D’Arnath by Carol Berg, RoC Fantasy, Sept. 2005.







Another Scandal in Bohemia, &








Chapel Noir, &








Castle Rouge, all by Carole Nelson Douglas, Forge Mystery pb, Feb 1994, Sept. 2002, Sept. 2002.







Karavans by Jennifer Roberson, DAW Fantasy HC April 2006

December 2006 Neptune, Klipot and Fighting Evil




Heaven Exposed was reviewed here in July 2006.  Scroll up for that column. 



Medalon by Jennifer Fallon, Tor Fantasy, November 2004.

Available as an e-book for even more money than the pb. new.








Also see Tzvi Freeman's online essays, in particular (among many) the one referred to in this column:




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