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The Yggysey by Daniel Pinkwater

One of the best YA novel’s of 2009, Daniel Pinkwater’s sequel to The Neddiad (inspired by The Illiadis The Yggyssey (similarly inspired by The Odyssey) is charming, interesting, and often quite funny.

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Avatar: In Praise Of Competence

It is a sad commentary on the state of science fiction films when a minimally competent script looks like genius compared to recent offerings. So it is with James Cameron’s Avatar.

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Sherlock Holmes: It’s Elementary

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most cerebral detectives in literary history — not that you’d know it from the eponymous movie that opened this weekend, in which he seems much more like a boxer who happens to own a violin.

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Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Cherie Priest’s sixth novel is her best. With a keen eye for detail and description, Priest quickly draws readers into her alternate world placing the story in a particular, if imaginary, time and place.Boneshaker proves to be one of 2009’s best novels and is not to be missed

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Flash Forward: “A561984”

The latest episode of Flash Forward, “A561984” relies heavily on mythology. As usual, the episode features two primary story lines.

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Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel by Seanan McGuire

October Daye, the narrator/protagonist on Rosemary and Rue is a welcome addition to the ranks of urban fantasy’s hardboiled female leads. She’s tough and smart, complicated, sympathetic, maddening, and believable. Not everything in this debut novel from Seanan McGuire is, however, as believable as its leading character…

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Ink: Shadowland of Death and Dreams

Just outside of our perceptions, there exists a world of dreams, nightmares, ghosts, and lost souls. When we go to sleep at night, we are visited by either Storytellers, who give us pleasant dreams and watch over us as we sleep, or the Incubi, who also visit us in the night, but fill our minds with pain and suffering.

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Zombie Raccoons & Killer Bunnies, Martin H. Greenberg and Kellie Hughes, eds.

There’s been a lot of brouhaha about the cover of thr DAW anthology, but very little attention paid to the contents. Can a book be judged by its cover? In this case, for better or worse, the answer is “no.”

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Strange Brew edited by P. N. Elrod

Will appeal to most readers of contemporary Urban Fantasy, if mainly as snacks between the more substantial novelistic meals these writers usually produce

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Flash Forward: “Believe”

“Believe” doesn’t address the larger story arc of the series much. This is a personal story episode. There is “at home” drama with Sponsor and Daughter, personal drama between Benford and Sponsor, and finally, more exploration of the phone call Demetri received about the date of his murder