Book Review: Doctor Who: Winner Takes All by Jacqueline Raymer – You Don’t Get Something For Nothing

The newest incarnation of Doctor Who has been a hit both in Britain and the U.S. Newbies to the series take note, it’s been around longer than many of us have, having first aired on the BBC back in 1963. The ongoing character of the Doctor is a Time Lord from the Planet Gallifrey. HeContinue reading “Book Review: Doctor Who: Winner Takes All by Jacqueline Raymer – You Don’t Get Something For Nothing”

Book Review – Star Trek: Vulcan’s Soul – Exiles

Knowing how much I enjoy a good backstory, the Vulcan’s Soul series in the Star Trek universe was recommended to me. Exiles is the second book in the series and picks up pretty much right after Vulcan’s Soul: Exodus. It’s the end of the Dominion War and the Federation is still reeling and recovering fromContinue reading “Book Review – Star Trek: Vulcan’s Soul – Exiles”

Book Review: Star Wars Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore

The novelization of the second film in the Star Trek prequel series continues to add depth to the story on the screen. It fills in many gaps in the story and actually helped change my appreciation for this film. In the same setting as the film Attack of the Clones, it picks up many yearsContinue reading “Book Review: Star Wars Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore”

Book Review – Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

Star Wars fans: If you’ve ever wondered what Obi-Wan Kenobi did in the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, here’s some of the answer. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, this book is not for you. From the moment Obi-Wan arrives on the planet, he is challenged toContinue reading “Book Review – Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller”

Book Review: Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole

Once Doctor Who returned to television in 2005 and was successful, there were new stories issues in novel form to complement the series. Many of these were good. The Monsters Inside was one that was not so good. In the future, Earth sends their prisoners off-planet to Justicia, a prison-colony spread over seven planets. TheContinue reading “Book Review: Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole”

Book Review: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks

There’s a saying that the books are better than the movie. That’s usually true when the book came first. It’s not always true when the movie came first. In the case of The Phantom Menace, though, author Terry Brooks manages to fill in some of the gaps and create a story with more depth thanContinue reading “Book Review: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks”

Swan Song by Robert McCammon: A Stand By Any Other Name is Still as Sweet

I’ve never made any bones about the fact that The Stand by Stephen King is my favorite novel. It’s one I’ve read over and over since I was about twelve. At various times over the years when I’ve discussed the book in groups such as alt.books.stephen-king, one other novel that kept coming up was RobertContinue reading “Swan Song by Robert McCammon: A Stand By Any Other Name is Still as Sweet”

Beneath the Planet of the Apes: It Was A Dark and Stormy Sequel…

Written by Paul Dehn and Mort AbrahamsDirected by Ted Post Once upon a time, four astronauts journeyed to what they believed was a distant star. However, somewhere along the way everything got screwed up. Back on Earth, someone realized their mistake and sent off a rescue mission, following the same trajectory and – consequently –Continue reading “Beneath the Planet of the Apes: It Was A Dark and Stormy Sequel…”

Book Review – Worldwar: Striking the Balance by Harry Turtledove

Worldwar: Striking the Balance is the conclusion of a 4-part series by Harry Turtledove. The genre here is known as Alternate History which means the author takes a historical event – or series of historical events – and says “what if this happened instead?” In this case, Turtledove poses the question “What if at theContinue reading “Book Review – Worldwar: Striking the Balance by Harry Turtledove”

Book Review – Worldwar: Tilting the Balance by Harry Turtledove

Worldwar: Tilting the Balance by Harry Turtledove is the second of four novels in this series. Turtledove writes in a genre called Alternate History – what would happen if a different event in history had occurred? With this type of novel, the setting is usually a familiar one historically, with a twist. In this case,Continue reading “Book Review – Worldwar: Tilting the Balance by Harry Turtledove”