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- Book Review: Tigerheart -
by Peter David

To the average observer, Paul Dear seems to be a perfectly ordinary boy from an ordinary family, with a doting father who tells wonderful stories and an indulgent mother who does her best to temper these stories with common sense. However, the former pirate who wanders London's Kensington Gardens is no average observer, and he notices what others do not--namely, that Paul Dear is connected to the Anyplace.

The Anyplace is author Peter David's take on J.M. Barrie's Neverland in his novel TIGERHEART (Del Rey; hardcover; June 2008), but this is not the Neverland of Barrie's PETER PAN or the Disney animated movie. For one thing, Peter Pan, or The Boy, is not the main character, and instead of viewing all grown-ups as the enemy, TIGERHEART looks at the complexities of growing up and whether it really means that one can't still believe in seemingly impossible things.

Read an Excerpt @ randomhouse.com

"TIGERHEART is not your average story. Its fantasy occasionally contemplates reality, and the result is thoroughly entertaining: easily the best book I've read in years. The author's style was especially engaging. Throughout the book I found myself rereading paragraphs because I thought they were so cleverly written, I just had to enjoy them again."
--Anne Bristow, webmistress, Quotations 101


"[Offers] the same kind of atmosphere as William Goldman's The Princess Bride... the adventures are suitably stimulating and unpredictable and satisfying to our demands for both thrills and archetypical justice."
--SciFi.com (Grade: A)


"Peter David sees the world a bit differently from everyone else--strangely, wonderfully, stunningly differently. Reading TIGERHEART gave me the feeling of walking a comfortably familiar road, but seeing things from angles I never knew existed."
--R.A. Salvatore, New York Times bestselling author of THE ORC KING

Reader Comments at the TIGERHEART forum


- Book Review: Pride and Prejudice -
by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, moral rightness, education and marriage in her aristocratic society of early 19th century England. Elizabeth is the second eldest of five daughters of a country gentleman landed in the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, not far from London.

Though the story's setting is uniquely turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of 'most loved books' such as the Big Read. It still receives considerable attention from literary critics. This modern interest has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes.

More about the story at Wikipedia

Read the book online at austen.com

"Don't be fooled by the somber title. Pride and Prejudice is a lively story, with a smart and strong female lead, clever dialogue, and sharp wit. It presents the ups and downs of life in a different era while reminding us of timeless truths, like the freedom we find in admitting we've been wrong, and the beauty of second chances."
--Anne Bristow, webmistress, Quotations 101



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Likes: lots of space and bandwidth, hotlink protection, "cpanel" control panel which has tons of features, lots of stats information, and plenty of options/add-ons -- including the ability to host more than one domain on an account. The company itself is very responsive; they even have a message board for clients - and potential clients - to post questions and share info.
Dislikes: Nothing so far.
Verdict: highly recommended

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cost: $5.00 per month
Likes: Provides a reasonable amount of space and bandwidth for five dollars a month. They have an easy-to-use control panel for email accounts, and I'm very pleased with the way the company informs users of changes or potential problems. They, too, have a message board for questions and info sharing.
Dislikes: Nothing so far.
Verdict: highly recommended

(Note: I can't review any of the technical services (PERL, CGI-BIN, or whatever) for either of my hosts because I don't use any of them at the moment.)



- Episode Review: Harm's Way -
From the TV show 'Angel'

In a review that I read years ago, the writer praised Buffy and Angel for showing development of the so-called secondary characters. In Harmony's case, I'm not sure how many of us have wondered how life is for her, but we were shown a glimpse of it here. Despite being somewhat of a ditz, she really is good at her job; she knows her co-workers' names and she even does research to contribute to the peace talks. However, for some reason, she is un-noticed or ignored, the same way she is by the people in the break room. She pointed out to Angel that she has to try harder because she doesn't have a soul, but she also lacks the support he has in his friends. I had forgotten that she was popular in high school; that must make her current situation even more painful.

Just when we start to sympathize with Harmony, in walks a lesson on perspective named Tameka. At first, I wondered why this stranger had suddenly appeared out of nowhere, but when I watched the episode again, I saw that Tameka was the one Harmony bumped into in the break room. Tameka was also seated near Harmony and Fred as one of them commented that several people from work were at the bar. Tameka went on to say that she sat next to Harmony in the steno pool . . . what do you know: other people get over-looked and passed by as well.

Plot-wise, this episode seemed rather discontinuous with the rest of the season. After the shocking ending of the previous ep, I was expecting to see at least a brief appearance by Lindsey - and I was *really* hoping he'd be shirtless again. Alas, there was no such spectacle. On the bright side, we were also Eve-free; that fact alone is enough to make this episode a good one, IMHO.



- Episode Review: Echoes -
From the TV show 'Alias'

Perhaps the writers thought of calling this episode "Ghosts," or "Voices," or maybe even "Not You Again!" Surely they considered several titles, but the one they chose was highly appropriate. In the literal sense, of course, an echo is a repetition. That definition is applicable here since Sydney repeated Irina's explanation of the Rambaldi symbol, and the explanation itself was a restating of the words of Rambaldi's prophecy.

I'm not a huge fan of the Rambaldi stuff, but it's nice to see that the foretold battle between Sydney (the Chosen One) and Nadia (The Passenger) has not been forgotten. The sisters weren't fighting each other this time, so we can be fairly certain that Nadia's wound is not fatal. However, I'm curious why Anna and the other followers seem to want this battle to occur: what do they have to gain from it?

In a poetic sense, the word echoes brings to mind the past, especially a continuation of something. That's nothing new on this show where previous events frequently have a way of affecting the present. Recalling the last meeting between Vaughn and Sark - and the circumstances behind it - Vaughn's dread at seeing Sark again was understandable. Sydney was in a similar predicament as Anna's reappearance reminded her of unfinished business, since Syd had vowed to eliminate Anna if the opportunity arose again. Syd admitted that Anna brings out the worst in her; Vaughn could probably say the same about Sark simply because Sark is a tangible target for Vaughn's anger over Lauren's betrayal. Few antagonists can haunt a person like their own inner demons.



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