The Sci-fi Fantasy Reader's Review

My Comments on Science Fiction / Fantasy Books and other related media.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ann Aguirre-sci-fi fantasy writer

Just started reading Ann Aguirre's Grimspace series and I like her style of writing. Her heroine is a tough yet vulnerable character. Her character reminds me of Jani Kilian from Kristine Smith's "Code of Conduct" series. Sirantha Jax is put in a situation where she's doomed whether the mission is a success or failure. I'm in the middle of her third novel, "Doubleblind" and she's made ambassador to a planet where they have isolated themselves from humans since the last encounter proved disastrous. Can't wait to see what happens to Jax and her crew.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Can't wait for next season true blood

I am hooked on the HBO series, True Blood. I have read Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series many times, it's one of my favorites. At first I didn't like the tv series during season 1 but now I think of it as being separate from the books.
Last season was exciting and surprising since it semi-follows the book. The screen play is just as good. I read recently that the director read all of Harris's books but decided to add his own twist to the story. What was once a story of Sookie Stackhouse is now a story of the people in the town of Bon Temps. He added more depth to the peripheral characters in the book, like Tara and Lafayette who died in the second book.
Next season is going to be more surprising with the abduction of Bill Compton, the vampire who is dating Sookie.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Vampires depicted in Novels

Vampires are a favorite subject for many authors, some are hearthrobs while others can be terrifying.  Here are four authors who's many characters are vampires; check them out at

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The finale of True Blood

I wasn't able to watch True Blood until last night and it was worth waiting for. The whole maenad was finally resolved with Sam the one who kills her. What's with Eric selling V for the Queen of Louisiana? Is Eric the one behind Bill's kidnapping? What a great cliffhanger for the end of the season! The series is definitely different from the books but I view them as a separate entity. Now I have to wait for next summer. I guess I can watch season 1 again then season 2.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Crystal Healer review

Just finished reading "Crystal Healer" by S L Viehl and I liked it. It is like her other Stardoc books where there is much going on and it's a continuation of the Cherijo Grey Veil story. If you haven't read these before there about a genetically engineered woman who is a genius medical doctor. Her father with help from an alien being was successful in making a gmo person. He didn't know that the caretaker of his daughter was a far advanced alien from a distant dead race.
When Cherijo finds out she goes to the other reaches of the galaxy and becomes a xeno-doctor. The story goes on from there with her father hunting her through out the galaxy with the help of the League (a federation of planets).
I have read every book and one thing I came away with was I didn't care for the main character, Cherijo. She was so involved with medicine that she never thought about the conscequences of her actions. She really bugged me!
In "Rebel Ice" she crash lands on this planet, Akkabarr, and has brain damage which cause amnesia. She believes she was born on that planet and her personality is completely different. I really liked that change of character.
In "Crystal Healer" the ending was a surprise and I'm glad this is S L Viehl's last book of the Stardoc. I won't spoil the ending for those who may want to read this book.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Read old books they seem like new

I was inbetween authors so I decided to read an old book I haven't picked up in years. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. I was captivated all over again. I remember when it first came out and I have a difficult time reading it. Then a few years later I reread it and was hooked. I buzzed through the series that when I finally caught up with later ones I was on pins and needles waiting for the newest one, I was like an addict.
So now I start all over again and will start book 2 soon.
There are some books that you loved in the begining but can't reread them. David Weber's Honor Harrington series is like that. Oh well.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

True Blood

What a episode last night.  It was like the book especially the beginning but after that it was different.  I loved the humor of Eric, that was like the book.  Eric's personality is much more modern and he flirts more in the book.  Bill's more subservient to Eric in the book then in the series.  Eric is the regions sheriff and Bill is just an underling.  I really am enjoying the HBO series and can't wait for the next episode.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

best place to buy your books

There are times when the authors I usually read have nothing new out so I go to a local used book store, The Bookworm, in Boulder.  They have a wide assortment of books.  There used hardback novels are half the price of Borders or Barnes and Nobles.  I know many people go through to buy there books but I'm more tactile.  I like to actually read parts of the book and feel the paper bound there in the store.  Paperback novels are 2/3 off the original price.  I like watch there a glancing at the stacks of books on the floor.  So if your like me, go to your local used book store to buy a book from a unknown author.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Laurell K Hamilton novels

I am an avid reader of Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton. I just finish reading her lastest paperback novel, Blood Noir. It was as usual very sexy especially at the begining of the book. She is persauded to have sex with her friend, Jason by her lover, Nathaniel. The story line was different then usual because there was hardly any violence. She accompanies Jason back home to South Carolina to visit his dying father. Jason and his father are estranged. Anita pretends she his girlfriend. Anita Blake was getting to be an irritant to me because she never seemed to grow in maturity. In this book she shows her vulnerability and sensitive side to Jason. They talk alot in this book. She doesn't show her usual self until the end when she kills afew vampires. I recommend it to any Anita Blake readers.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

True Blood episode 2

Hey, tonight is episode 2.  Will Lafayette be Eric's next kill or will be tortured first?  What/who did Sookie see in the woods?  Will she be hurt like in the book?  Will Tara spend the night with Eggs?  That relationship was all ready there in the book but falls apart by the end.  It takes so long for the story to develop in the tv so I become inpatient.  Episode 1 had many things going on that I know it will be the same tonight. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

True Blood season 2

Just watch the first episode to True Blood and was it ever exciting.  I have read all of Charlaine Harris's Sookie books and at first didn't enjoy the series.  But I thought it should be like the books.  Well that's Hollywood changing everything they get their hands on.  So I decided to just enjoy it with no preconceived notions.  I now love it!  Were you taken by surprise to find the murder victim wasn't Lafayette but that voodoo woman Jeanette?  Jason did a turn about with becoming a member of the Fellowship of the Sun.  And what's up with that girl Bill turned?  Where are they going with that character?  Can't wait until next episode!