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J LHLS Archives: July 2004

Friday, July 23, 2004

Deficiency
By Andrew Neiderman
This edition: Mass Market Paperback
Pub. Date: 08/2004
ISBN: 0743483219
List Price: $7.99

Reviewed by Jessica Groper

This review contains details of plot and character; please proceed at your own risk. Thank you.

In 1997, Andrew Neiderman hit the jackpot when his book The Devil's Advocate was made into a movie starring Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino. His newest book is called Deficiency, and I couldn't help thinking that Neiderman wrote this book with the hopes that it would also make the transition from page to screen. Deficiency tells the story of a young doctor, Terri, who finds herself in the middle of a mysterious rash of unexplainable deaths. Only just established in her own practice, Terri finds herself trying to treat patients who are dying of severe vitamin deficiencies. A young woman who was healthy and active in the morning shows up in the E.R. with an extreme case of scurvy that turns fatal before her complete lack of vitamin C can be corrected. Terri is confused and alarmed as similar deaths occur in her small upstate New York town. With no medical explanation for how these deaths could have been caused, Terri can't help questioning her own skills as a doctor. Meanwhile, the perpetrator of these attacks settles into the sleepy town to enjoy the easy pickings. His victims are all women that he lured with his extraordinary good looks and his almost hypnotic charm. The manner in which this character sucks the life out of his victims is never completely explained, but it involves supernatural sex. After each supernatural sexual encounter, the unnamed character revels in his godlike appearance and strength. But as his periods of weakness grow closer together and more frequent, he begins to question his existence. He does not know where he comes from or how he came to be. He has trouble remembering events in the recent past and yet, a nagging feeling tells him that he is being pursued and must continue moving. It turns out one of his pursuers is the FBI, and as Terri gets drawn further into the case she learns about the mystery man in her community. Is he responsible for these deaths? How does he commit them? Is he schizophrenic; alternately committing the crimes and then trying to solve them? [more]

Posted by Jessica Groper @ 07:40 PM PST [Link]

Wither's Legacy
A Wendy Ward Novel
By John Passarella
This edition: Mass Market Paperback
Pub. Date: 10/2004
ISBN: 0743484797
List Price: $7.99

Reviewed by Jessica Groper

This review contains details of plot and character; please proceed at your own risk. Thank you.

Let's say I'm a writer. I want to write a supernatural novel. I create my characters and my plot and it all goes well. I get published and a good response that merits my writing a second book about the same characters. Assuming the publishers and readers are still pleased, I am now poised on the brink of turning my supernatural novel into a series of supernatural novels. I can only guess that this is roughly the way John Passarella came to produce Wither's Legacy, the third book in his Wendy Ward series. Unfortunately Passarella seems to have gotten lost in his pursuit of the supernatural series and lost sight of the individual novel he was creating.

Because I had not read the first two books in this series I was worried that I wouldn't be able to follow the plot. Not to worry, Passarella and his characters rehash the past for a good two thirds of the entire book. The young Wiccan, Wendy Ward and her posse of friends: Kayla, Hannah, Alex, and Abby have all been deeply traumatized by their narrow escapes from the dark magical forces that keep popping up around them. All of the evil schemes by Wendy's arch nemesis the witch Wither are retold as each character deals with his or her own emotional and physical scars. The characters are so self-involved that it is only halfway through the book that Wendy even realizes she is being hunted by a demon and that her life and the lives of many others are again at stake. [more]

Posted by Jessica Groper @ 07:39 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Marvel Age Spider-Man #5
Plot by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko
Script by Daniel Quantz
Penciled by Jonboy Meyers & Mark Brooks
Covers by Mark Brooks
“Who is Dr. Curt Connors, and what has he done to lure Peter Parker and J. Jonah Jameson to the darkest corners of the Florida Everglades? What secrets lurk in this alien landscape? MARVEL AGE continues to thrill as Spider-Man battles the Lizard in their unforgettable first encounter! Plus: One of Spider-Man's original nemeses returns! The Vulture is back, and he's looking for revenge!”
32 pages, $2.25
Issue #5 UPC: 5960605505-00511

Reviewed by Laurel Sutton

NB: The image you see here is the interior first page of the comic. Marvel doesn’t have the cover up at their website, despite the fact that the thing came out on June 2, 2004, and they didn’t include the cover in the pdf I got to review. So I saved this image for you, dear reader, as it is crucial to my revessay.

Review: Steve Ditko never drew Spider-Man with a basket like this. I mean, look at this thing! He’s got an armadillo in his trousers! Let me assure you that the art continues in this vein, so to speak. Peter Parker is hung like a horse.
[more]

Posted by Laurel Sutton @ 11:14 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, July 18, 2004

The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society, Issue 4

This issue of the Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society is dedicated to William Benson.
Editorial
by Ginger Mayerson

Posted by Editor @ 07:35 PM PST [Link]

From the eleventh century onwards, foreign invasions into Northern India and Punjab caused the gradual disintegration of the fabric of the society, its law and order, and the political traditions of its people. It was a nasty blow to the society at large and its cultural traditions.
A Brief History of Punjabi Poetry
By Durlabh Singh

Posted by Editor @ 07:33 PM PST [Link]

Every other Monday
Moonlighting
By William Benson

Posted by Editor @ 07:32 PM PST [Link]

In six weeks or so I'll be forty-one years of age. This is not a matter of grave importance, or a substantive statement toward my own value as a human. But, this gateway does usher in an epiphany of sorts for me as mother, wife, daughter, and female.
Zen and Zoom
By Kathy LaFollett

Posted by Editor @ 07:31 PM PST [Link]

The doctor will see you soon
The Doctor Will See You
By Robert Tribble

Posted by Editor @ 07:30 PM PST [Link]

There are arguments now being advanced for making cloning (and other high tech reproductive interventions) illegal.
Sermitorial
By Jane Seaton

Posted by Editor @ 07:29 PM PST [Link]

I began that day as all serious authors begin their days: I brewed some coffee then lunged at the computer to check my Amazon.com sales rank.
I Was Stalked on Amazon.com
By Allison Burnett

Posted by Editor @ 07:28 PM PST [Link]

The biggest danger facing the U.S. right now is ignorance. Ignorance and apathy. This administration is screwing this country over for years and years to come and so many people have the attitude that it is treasonous to disagree with our government's shady-assed behavior. It's absurd. People are slowly waking up, though.
An Interview with Keith Knight
By Ginger Mayerson and Laurel Sutton

Posted by Editor @ 07:26 PM PST [Link]

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