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Book Review: HOW TO BE DEATH

How To Be Death - A Calliope Reaper-Jones Novel by Amber Benson | ©2012 Ace

Writer: Amber Benson Price: $7.99 Publisher: Ace Mass Market Paperback Original “I am Death” was the perfect line to conclude writer Amber Benson’s trilogy about Calliope Reaper-Jones. Callie, as her fans will recall, started as the title character in DEATH’S DAUGHTER, wanting the mundane life of a mortal but gradually accepting her supernatural destiny, including her job as the literal embodiment of Death. However, there’s no reason to keep a good, lethal force of nature down, so Calliope is back in Book Four of the series, HOW TO BE DEATH, which is also the title of the tome our heroine …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Amber Benson on HOW TO BE DEATH novel – Part 1

How To Be Death - A Calliope Reaper-Jones Novel by Amber Benson | ©2012 Ace

Calliope Reaper-Jones started as the title character in Amber Benson’s first solo novel DEATH’S DAUGHTER as a young New Yorker very reluctantly grappling with her supernatural heritage. Thanks to the book’s best-selling success and the adventures, tragedies and triumphs in two follow-up novels, CAT’S CLAW and SERPENT’S STORM, Calliope has now graduated from offspring to Death herself. In HOW TO BE DEATH, Calliope finds herself trying to solve several murders among a group of most unusual suspects, including a number of gods and goddesses. Benson, who still has a multitude of fans for her portrayal of Taraon BUFFY THE VAMPIRE …Read On »

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Assignment X’s 2011 Last Minute Shopping Guide

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Blu-ray | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Christmas is only a couple days away, which means it’s time to stop procrastinating and get out there and start searching for that last minute Christmas gift for that special someone you forgot about. To help out, we’ve compiled out annual 2011 Holiday Gift Guide in one snappy little article. Whether you’re looking for toys, books, music, gadgets or the coolest new Blu-rays, this guide will give you a Cliff Notes version of some of the cool things this holiday season has to offer for those in dire need of Christmas gifting. Happy Holidays from the Editors of ASSIGNMENT X. …Read On »

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Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Five Geeky Books

STEVE JOBS by Walter Isaacson

With all the Christmas songs on the radio and in the mall, corporate sponsored holiday specials taking over the airwaves and department store commercials encouraging you to BUY, BUY, BUY, it becomes harder and harder each year to find that perfect gift for someone special. That’s where ASSIGNMENT X comes in with our annual Holiday Gift Guide. We dig deep, so you don’t have to and have come up with a whole slew of books, music, games, toys and more that should satisfy the pop culture addict on your gift-giving list. So without further ado, welcome to ASSIGNMENT X’s 2011 …Read On »

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Book Review: WHEDONISTAS! A CELEBRATION OF THE WORLDS OF JOSS WHEDON AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM

WHEDONISTAS! A CELEBRATION OF THE WORLDS OF JOSS WHEDON AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM

Editors: Lynne M. Thomas & Deborah Stanish Price: $14.95 Publisher: Mad Norwegian Press trade paperback (available in trade paperback and Kindle) It’s rare, though not as rare as it was, for a writer/director/producer to generate a fandom all his/her own. It’s inarguable that Joss Whedon resides at the pinnacle of this group. Should the title of WHEDONISTAS! A CELEBRATION OF THE WORLDS OF JOSS WHEDON AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM need explanation, it refers to female fans of the man and his released work so far: the television series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL, FIREFLY and DOLLHOUSE, the FIREFLY …Read On »

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Book Review: WAKING NIGHTMARES by Christopher Golden

WAKING NIGHTMARES by Christopher Golden | ©2011 Ace Mass Market

Writer: Christopher Golden Price: $7.99 Publisher: Ace Mass Market Paperback Original Novelist Christopher Golden began the series collectively known as THE SHADOW SAGA with OF SAINTS AND SHADOWS, published in 1994. There has been a substantial gap between the fourth tome, 2003’s THE GATHERING DARK, and the present. Now Golden has brought forth a new installment, WAKING NIGHTMARES, which should appeal equally to fans of what has come before and readers plunging into this world for the first time. Peter Octavian is a former vampire and current wizard whose successful efforts to save the world have ironically led to a …Read On »

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Book Review: SERPENT’S STORM by Amber Benson

SERPENT'S STORM by Amber Benson

Writer: Amber Benson Suggested Retain Price: $7.99 Publisher: Ace Mass Market Paperback Original Publication Date: February 22, 2011 SERPENT’S STORM is the third novel in Amber Benson’s Calliope Reaper-Jones series, which began with DEATH’S DAUGHTER and continued in CAT’S CLAW. While there will reportedly be more books to follow, SERPENT’S STORM feels very much like the conclusion to a trilogy that it in fact is, paying off many elements that were set up in the earlier installments. What’s really gratifying here is that as our heroine Callie has grown and matured, so has her ability to process what’s happening around …Read On »

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Book Review: ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING by Jasper Fforde

One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde | ©2011 Viking Adult

Writer: Jasper Fforde Price: $25.95 Publisher: Viking Release Date: March 8, 2011 Reading one of Jasper Fforde’s BookWorld novels is like watching a circus acrobat who folds himself in half while climbing a tightrope while spinning ten plates with his hands and juggling bowling pins with his feet. Unless you’ve got physicist-level math skills – not that these intricate, literate, hilarious tales have anything to do with math – it’s best to sit back and be awed and delighted; trying to figure out how it’s done will only make you insane. Thursday Next, as introduced in Fforde’s first BookWorld novel …Read On »

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Book Review: PEOPLE WHO DESERVE IT: SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE REASONS TO PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE

PEOPLE WHO DESERVE IT: SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE REASONS TO PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE | ©2010 Penguin

It’s rare a book comes along that captures the zeitgeist of pop culture in the nutshell, but for 2010, PEOPLE WHO DESERVE IT: SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE REASONS TO PUNCH SOMEONE IN THE FACE is as cathartic as they come.

It’s a humorous look at the obnoxious annoying people who make you want to punch them in horribly painful ways. Before you think this is an excuse to live out your most carnal inner desires, be warned, the book makes you sign a release form so you can’t say in court “the book made me do it.”

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Book Review: NAKED HEAT

NAKED HEAT novel by Richard Castle | © 2010 Hyperion Books

Author: Richard Castle Publisher: Hyperion Books Price: $24.99 Page Count: 304 pgs. This is all very meta, so please bear with the following. In the ABC TV series CASTLE, Nathan Fillion plays superstar crime novelist Richard Castle, who follows around NYPD detective Kate Beckett (Stana Kovic) to get inspiration for his books. The hardcover novel NAKED HEAT by Richard Castle is ostensibly the second product of this inspiration (the first, HEAT WAVE, was released last year in paperback). It is a real book that you can go out and buy, with a picture of Castle – who looks just like …Read On »

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