Entries tagged with “young adult”.


In a year filled with sequels and three-qals, Catching Fire was highly anticipated and certainly lived up to the hype. More of all the things that made The Hunger Games a big hit, with a different story to tell, and more, bigger everything. See my full review at buzzymag.

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A number of past Hunger Games-victors are also brought into play in Catching Fire. Like Haymitch, they have been shaped by their experiences. Particularly of note are Johanna Mason and Finnick Odair, who combine sharp wits and lethal physicality with charming recklessness.

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Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is in theaters now, a sterile big budget adaption that kills lots of aliens while generating a ton of controversy over whether Card’s outspoken views should influence your choice to attend this movie. it’s a personal decision, and each person needs to do what feels right to them: skip th emovie, balance seeing the movie with a donation to an appropriate cause, etc. The political hot potato and projected sales make a sequel unlikely to follow soon.

Ender’s Game effectively creates a disturbing future, full of hard choices. The cast is mostly effective in their roles, the sets are extraordinary, and it’s easy to believe sequences are happening in space. What was missing seemed to be the introspection from the book–it’s not one I’ve read, and I felt there was something missing. My full review is at buzzymag.

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The world’s smartest children have been recruited to fight the war, raised on war games, their quick minds more able to adapt to the possible strategies needed to defeat the enemy. Ender Wiggins is one of these children–intelligent, athletic, well-trained.

This is his story.

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A fun enough franchise, the new Percy Jackson film (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) fails to take any real risks, and any character growth seems forced. Mostly, it’s just a rehash of the “Am I good enough?” plotline from Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. My full review is at buzzymag.

Ab excerpt:
Percy Jackson isn’t like a potato chip–you can watch just one. The second? Leaves you bloated, uncomfortable and a bit confused . . .

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And four, well that’s even better. Especially when they’re really, really good and just a touch obnoxious.

And they have better tricks than anyone ever has. Is is real magic?

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The Four Horsemen are committing crimes. Or are they? What they’re doing is impossible, unless real magic somehow exists. When a bank robbery becomes a part of the act in Vegas, FBI Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) bursts on to the scene, interrogating everyone in sight.

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Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II (have there really been five movies?) wasn’t as bad as it might have been, but it’s not for everyone. What it boils down to is it’s a well-done adaption of a novel with some serious plot issues. See my full analysis at buzzymag.

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Michael Sheen chews his way through every scene he’s in–the evil comes off him in waves. He is ultra creepy and scary–in a group of vampires! He can truly act, whether in a genre film (Underworld, Twilight) or pure drama (Frost/Nixon, Midnight in Paris). His presence elevates these films.

My review of the first four films can be found here.

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Arcane Society: The Looking Glass Trilogy: In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz (1/2/11)
Midnight Cravings: A collection of Six Sexy Bites by Michele Hauf, Karen Whiddon, Lori Devoti, Anna Leonard, Vivi Anna and Bonnie Vanak (1/5/11)
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (1/7/11)
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George (1/7/11)
Demontech: Get Her Back by David Sherman (1/12/11)
The Great and Terrible Quest by Margaret Lovett (1/8/11)
Women of the Otherworld: Counterfeit Magic by Kelley Armstrong (1/8/11)
Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria by Carolly Erickson (1/10/11)
Angel: After the Fall, volume 1 by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch (1/11/11)
Angel: After the Fall, volume 2: First Night by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch (1/12/11)
Angel: After the Fall, volume 3 by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch (1/13/11)
Angel: After the Fall, volume 4 by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch (1/17/11)
The Edge: Living on the Edge by Shannon K. Butcher (1/17/11)
Angel: Aftermath, volume 5 by Kelley Armstrong (1/18/11)
Dark and Stormy Knights edited by P.N. Elrod (1/18/11)
The Walker Papers: Demon Hunts by C.E. Murphy (/1/2111)
Savannahs Illustrated vol 1 no 1~January/February/March 2011 issue (1/23/11)
Needlecraft Mystery: Buttons and Bones by Monica Ferris (1/24/11)
Truthseeker by C.E. Murphy (1/25/11)
Mageverse: Master of Smoke by Angela Knight (1/27/11)
Virginia Edition: Letters I by Robert Heinlein & John W. Campbell (1/31/11)
The Literary Handyman by Danielle Ackley-McPhail (2/3/11)
Bengals Illustrated vol 5 no 1~January/February/March 2011 issue (2/5/11)
Jane Yellowrock: Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter (2/5/11)
Cat in the Stacks: Murder Past Due by Miranda James (2/12/11)
The Others: Born to be Wild by Christine Warren (2/14/11)
The Others: Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here by Christine Warren (2/16/11)
Day of the Dragon by Rebecca York (2/18/11)
V.I. Warshawski: Hardball by Sara Paretsky (2/19/11)
V.I. Warshawski: Body Work by Sara Paretsky (2/23/11)
TICA Trend vol 32 no 2~February/March 2011 issue (2/24/11)
The Theory of Cat Gravity by Robin Wood (2/28/11)
Modesty Blaise: Cry Wolf by Peter O’Donnell (3/1/11)
Son of Dracula by Victor Ambrus (3/1/11)
A Diversity of Dragons by Anne McCaffrey, Richard Woods and John Howe (3/2/11)
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt: Rutland Place by Anne Perry (3/5/11)
Victoria Square: A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett (3/5/11)
Fangs for the Mammaries edited by Esther Friesner (3/8/11)
Gideon Crew: Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (3/11/11)
Letters II by Robert Heinlein (3/13/11)
TICA Trend vol 32 no 3~April/May 2011 issue (3/18/11)
Simon Canderous: Dead Waters by Anton Strout (3/25/11)
The Naming of Kinzel (ebook) by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (3/28/11)
PSI: Pack of Lies by Laura Ann Gilman (3/30/11)
Girl Genius: Agatha H. and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio (4/4/11)
Betsy Taylor: Undead and Unfinished by MaryJanice Davidson (4/8/11)
The God Engines by John Scalzi (4/10/11)
Tales of the Amazing Conroy: The Amazing Conroy: Buffalito Contingency by Lawrence M Schoen (4/12/11)
Savannahs Illustrated vol 1 no 2~April/May/June 2011 issue (4/14/11)
The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories by Joan Aiken (4/16/11)
Goblin Tales by Jim C. Hines (4/16/11)
Green Rider: Blackveil by Kristen Britain (4/19/11)
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (4/21/11)
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (4/23/11)
Old Man’s War: The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (4/25/11)
Bengals Illustrated vol 5 no 2~April/May/June 2011 issue (4/27/11)
Old Man’s War: The Last Colony by John Scalzi (4/27/11)
The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi (5/1/11)
Old Man’s War: Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi (5/7/11)
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (5/13/11)
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (5/24/11)
TICA Trend vol 32 no 4~June/July 2011 issue (5/30/11)
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (6/2/11)
Dragon Precinct: Unicorn Precinct by Keith DeCandido (6/3/11)
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (6/10/11)
Truthseeker: Wayfinder by C.E. Murphy (6/12/11)
The Hollows: Pale Demon by Kim Harrison (6/14/11)
Mercy Thompson: River Marked by Patricia Briggs (6/17/11)
Parasol Protectorate: Heartless by Gail Carriger (6/21/11)
Midnight Louie: Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme by Carole Nelson Douglas (6/21/11)
Kate Daniels: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (6/24/11)
Southern Vampires: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (6/25/11)
Liaden Universe: Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (6/26/11)
Spellcast by Barbara Ashford (6/27/11)
The Morganville Vampires: Bite Club by Rachel Caine (6/28/11)
Cat in the Stacks: Classified as Murder by Miranda James (6/29/11)
The Lincoln Lawyer: The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly (7/1/11)
Bengals Illustrated vol 5 no 3~July/August/September 2011 issue (7/4/11)
The Walker Papers: Spirit Dances by C.E. Murphy (7/5/11)
Booktown Mysteries: Sentenced to Death by Lorna Barrett (7/6/11)
Death’s Excellent Vacation edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner (7/9/11)
Pillow Talk by Freya North (7/16/11)
Pure Hate by Wrath James White (7/16/11)
Double Vision by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (7/17/11)
Arcane Society: The Looking Glass Trilogy: Quicksilver by Amanda Quick (7/20/11)
Knosses West: Beyond the Vision of Dreams by Stella and Audra Price (ebook) (7/20/11)
Savannahs Illustrated vol 1 no 3~July/August/September 2011 issue (7/21/11)
Kitty Norville: Kitty’s Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn (8/2/11)
Dresden Files: Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (8/11/11)
Myth & Magic: Mercy Burns by Keri Arthur (8/14/11)
TICA Trend vol 32 no 5~August/September 2011 issue (8/18/11)
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin (8/25/11)
Chastain & Morris Investigation: Sympathy for the Devil by Justin Gustainis (8/28/11)
Women of the Otherworld: Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong (8/30/11)
Occult Crimes Investigation: Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis (9/5/11)
Women of the Otherworld: Becoming by Kelley Armstrong & Angilram (9/25/11)
Agent Pendergast: Cold Vengence by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (9/28/11)
The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging (10/3/11)
TICA Trend vol 32 no 6~October/November 2011 issue (10/17/11)
Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in American by Nathan J. Winograd (10/30/11)
Cucurbital 2 edited by Lawrence M. Schoen (11/2/11)
Savannahs Illustrated vol 1 no 4~October/November/December 2011 issue (11/7/11)
Blood Work [graphic novel] by Kim Harrison (11/9/11)
Bengals Illustrated vol 1 no 4~October/November/December 2011 issue (11/13/11)
Sentinel Wars: Blood Hunt by Shannon K. Butcher (11/28/11)
The Edge: Razor’s Edge by Shannon K. Butcher (11/29/11)
Collegium Chronicles: Changes by Mercedes Lackey (12/8/11)
Dragonrider’s of Pern: Dragon’s Time by Todd McCaffrey and Anne McCaffrey (12/12/11)
The Edge: Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews (12/15/11)
Marla Mason: Grim Tides by Tim Pratt (12/19/11)
PSI: Tricks of the Trade by Laura Ann Gilman (12/24/11)
Harry Bosch: The Drop by Michael Connelly (12/28/11)

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The Looking Glass Trilogy: In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz
Midnight Cravings: A collection of Six Sexy Bites by Michele Hauf, Karen Whiddon, Lori Devoti, Anna Leonard, Vivi Anna and Bonnie Vanak
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
Get Her Back by David Sherman
The Great and Terrible Quest by Margaret Lovett
Women of the Otherworld: Counterfeit Magic by Kelley Armstrong
Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria by Carolly Erickson
Angel: After the Fall, volume 1 by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch
Angel: After the Fall, volume 2: First Night by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch
Angel: After the Fall, volume 3 by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch
Angel: After the Fall, volume 4 by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch
The Edge: Living on the Edge by Shannon K. Butcher
Angel: Aftermath, volume 5 by Kelley Armstrong
Dark and Stormy Knights edited by P.N. Elrod
The Walker Papers: Demon Hunts by C.E. Murphy
Savannahs Illustrated vol 1 no 1~January/February/March 2011 issue
Needlecraft Mystery: Buttons and Bones by Monica Ferris
Truthseeker by C.E. Murphy
Mageverse: Master of Smoke by Angela Knight
Letters I by Robert Heinlein & John W. Campbell
The Literary Handyman by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Bengals Illustrated vol 5 no 1~January/February/March 2011 issue
Jane Yellowrock: Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter
Cat in the Stacks: Murder Past Due by Miranda James
The Others: Born to be Wild by Christine Warren
The Others: Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here by Christine Warren
Day of the Dragon by Rebecca York
V.I. Warshawski: Hardball by Sara Paretsky
V.I. Warshawski: Body Work by Sara Paretsky
TICA Trend vol 32 no 2~February/March 2011 issue
The Theory of Cat Gravity by Robin Wood
Modesty Blaise: Cry Wolf by Peter O’Donnell
Son of Dracula by Victor Ambrus
A Diversity of Dragons by Anne McCaffrey, Richard Woods and John Howe
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt: Rutland Place by Anne Perry
Victoria Square: A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett
Fangs for the Mammaries edited by Esther Friesner
Gideon Crew: Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Letters II by Robert Heinlein & John W. Campbell
TICA Trend vol 32 no 3~April/May 2011 issue
Simon Canderous: Dead Waters by Anton Strout
The Naming of Kinzel (ebook) by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
PSI: Pack of Lies by Laura Ann Gilman
Girl Genius: Agatha H. and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio
Betsy Taylor: Undead and Unfinished by MaryJanice Davidson
The God Engines by John Scalzi
Savannahs Illustrated vol 1 no 2~April/May/June 2011 issue
The Amazing Conroy: Buffalito Contingency by Lawrence M Schoen
The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories by Joan Aiken
Goblin Tales by Jim C. Hines
Green Rider: Blackveil by Kristen Britain
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Old Man’s War: The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
Bengals Illustrated vol 5 no 2~April/May/June 2011 issue
Old Man’s War: The Last Colony by John Scalzi
The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi
Old Man’s War: Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
TICA Trend vol 32 no 4~June/July 2011 issue
Unicorn Precinct by Keith DeCandido
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Wayfinder by C.E. Murphy
The Hollows: Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
Mercy Thompson: River Marked by Patricia Briggs

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There are also a bunch of books in my partially read pile. This is a relatively new trend–I’m halfway through about fifteen books . . . oh, shiny . . . not sure why.

The Looking Glass Trilogy: In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz
Midnight Cravings: A collection of Six Sexy Bites by Michele Hauf, Karen Whiddon, Lori Devoti, Anna Leonard, Vivi Anna and Bonnie Vanak
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
Get Her Back by David Sherman
The Great and Terrible Quest by Margaret Lovett
Women of the Otherworld: Counterfeit Magic by Kelley Armstrong
Her Little Majesty: The Life of Queen Victoria by Carolly Erickson
Angel: After the Fall, volume 1 by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch
Angel: After the Fall, volume 2: First Night by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch
Angel: After the Fall, volume 3 by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch
Angel: After the Fall, volume 4 by Joss Whedon and Brian Lynch
The Edge: Living on the Edge by Shannon K. Butcher
Angel: Aftermath, volume 5 by Kelley Armstrong
Dark and Stormy Knights edited by P.N. Elrod
The Walker Papers: Demon Hunts by C.E. Murphy
Savannahs Illustrated vol 1 no 1~January/February/March 2011 issue
Needlecraft Mystery: Buttons and Bones by Monica Ferris
Truthseeker by C.E. Murphy
Mageverse: Master of Smoke by Angela Knight
Letters I by Robert Heinlein & John W. Campbell
The Literary Handyman by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Bengals Illustrated~January/February/March 2011 issue
Jane Yellowrock: Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter
Cat in the Stacks: Murder Past Due by Miranda James
The Others: Born to be Wild by Christine Warren
The Others: Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here by Christine Warren
Day of the Dragon by Rebecca York
V.I. Warshawski: Hardball by Sara Paretsky
V.I. Warshawski: Body Work by Sara Paretsky
TICA Trend vol 32 no 2~February/March 2011 issue
Modesty Blaise: Cry Wolf by Peter O’Donnell
Son of Dracula by Victor Ambrus
A Diversity of Dragons by Anne McCaffrey, Richard Woods and John Howe
Thomas and Charlotte Pitt: Rutland Place by Anne Perry
Victoria Square: A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett
Fangs for the Mammaries edited by Esther Friesner
Gideon Crew: Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Letters II by Robert Heinlein & John W. Campbell
TICA Trend vol 32 no 3~April/Mary 2011 issue
Simon Canderous: Dead Waters by Anton Strout
The Naming of Kinzel (ebook) by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
PSI: Pack of Lies by Laura Ann Gilman
Girl Genius: Agatha H. and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio
Betsy Taylor: Undead and Unfinished by MaryJanice Davidson
The God Engines by John Scalzi

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