The Sci-fi Fantasy Reader's Review

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

Monday, March 26, 2012

HBO Go Rewatching Game of Thrones

The second season of Game of Thrones will soon be upon us so I wanted to rewatch the first season and since I have HBO through Comcast I was able download the HBO GO app to my iPad 2. The HBO GO app is handy to watch all of their programs on my iPad. The only problem I have is when I use the iPad in bed, I get a neck ache unless I prop it up on some pillows. I definitely need a stand of some kind to watch my programs. Does anyone have suggestions? But getting back to Game of Thrones, I am also reading the first book while I revisit to HBO series. It is really interesting how the writers of the series incorporated the book into 10 episodes. I am only a fourth way into the book so I'm not going to finish in time for the second season which starts April 1st, but I will get some more reading a rewatching this week.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Karen Marie Moning's Shadowfever Novel

I just finished Karen Marie Moning's Shadowfever, the last of the Fae series. For those who think of her as a romance novelist, this one has the ingredients with girl meets guy but they antagonize each other with banter and sexual tension. BUT, it is also a fantasy with the Seelie and Unseelie faeries and the main character, MacKayla who travels to Dublin, Ireland to find her sister's killer only to find out that she is a sidhe-seer.   A sidhe-seer can see through the illusions of the Fae.  There are many who want to kill her or use her abilities to find a book, the Sinsar Dubh, a book of dark powers that in the wrong hands could destroy our world and the world of the Fae.  Jericho Barrons, a bookstore owner who is also something else which you find out in the last book of the series, wants the book for his own reasons and then there's a V'lane, a Fae who also wants the book to stop all the Unseelie from crossing the border to our world or so he saids.  The border is fraying and some of the monsters are coming into Dublin hungry. Mac will be tested throughout the series as to whether she has enough strength to see this to the end without getting killed. 

Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery Series

Juliet Blackwell has a fantasy mystery series about a witch, Lily Ivory who owns a vintage clothing store Aunt Cora's Closet in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. It is a typical mystery story where the heroine of the story accidentally gets mixed up with a murder somehow and in the ends solves it but this series of Juliet Blackwell is funny, has interesting characters, and it's set in the most wonderful city, San Francisco.  The books very easy to read, they flow easily from action to dialog and the character development is believable.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes murder mysteries and with a touch a witchery.