The Truth is Out There- The X-Files Season 10

Well, would it come as a huge surprise to you if we told you I massively nerd out about anything to do with the X-Files? Seriously, I had the posters, the novelizations, the action figures, the Barbie dolls– I was in DEEP into the cult of Chris Carter. Thus, when cruising the latest reads on NetGalley, my heart literally skipped a beat when I saw that IDW Comics and Chris Carter had combined powers to launch “The X-Files: Season 10” in comic book form.  HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS EARLIER?!

41jrmhuW-kL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Writer Joe Harris and illustrator Michael Walsh are the creative forces behind each episode which nicely tie back into the series’ original mythology. Mulder and Scully, who have disappeared into suburban anonymity, find themselves pulled back into the world of the X-Files they are forced out of retirement to get to the bottom of a new conspiracy. While I would much rather see a live action version of a Season 10, this is the next best thing. From the characterizations to the clever dialogue, it felt like catching up with old friends (AD Skinner! The Lone Gunmen! The CSM!), and we have already pre-ordered the compendium of all of the issues comprising Season 10 which ships in December. Though I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a hardcore comic book fan, I really enjoyed the experience and will definitely be keeping an eye out for future X-Files episode issues!

(Note: For those folks that still can’t figure out what the heck happened in Seasons 8 and 9 mythology wise, don’t worry– you’ll find Season 10 easy to pick up! Shippers will also be pleased… )

The X-Files Season 10: Volume 1 is available for pre-order on Amazon.com, and on shelves in December 2013, but you can also buy the individual issues directly from IDW’s website or Amazon.com.

xo The Book Bird 

Disclaimer: A copy of The X-Files Season 10 Episode 1 was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Reunion by Amy Silver, a Review

cover35722-smallGive me an “ensemble” style book that reunites a group of old friends who have been divided by a “terrible” event in the past, and I am SO there. Unfortunately, my passion for these “Secret History” / “Topics in Calamity Physics” style novels, often leads me to be disappointed… such as in the case of Amy Silver’s “The Reunion.”

As a fan of this “genre”, I typically can overlook the predictability of the characters (the rebel, the goody-two-shoes, the creative), and it’s what often draws me to these titles. However, while the group dynamic starts out interestingly, it quickly became too “Circle of Friends” for my likes. Where was the twist?

Silver does a good job of creating alternating narratives and deftly weaves in email correspondence inbetween each chapter, and I think she nicely handles the transitions between past/present. Her writing is good, and the book reads well, except for the extremely predictable plot.

Overall, a nice vacation read but not nearly exciting enough for me. Get this one from the library 🙂

That said, I just realized this book is currently only in print in the UK– more info to come around a US release date!

xo The Book Bird 

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided to me via NetGalley for a fair and honest review by the publisher.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon, a Review

18007535Having  found Jennifer McMahon’s novel, “Don’t Breathe a Word” to be enjoyable, I was excited to get my book-loving paws on an advance copy of her latest, The Winter People.

The premise immediately caught my attention– a mysterious death in a small town in Vermont, a diary containing secrets, the past and the present intersecting. Sign me up! The novel alternates between several main voices, including the historical diarist in question, Sara Harrison Shea, Ruthie, the teenaged current occupant of Sara’s home, and Katherine, an artist who has journeyed to West Hall to get answers surrounding her husband’s death. McMahon does a beautiful job of painting a picture of an isolated Vermont town, and I enjoyed her descriptions of the wintry isolation. Where the book starts to go down hill is around the 30% mark. Somewhere, the plot jumps the shark and I found it hard to stay engaged with the rest of the novel. Honestly, I would have really enjoyed it more of the book had focused less on the present and more on the past, which I think McMahon writes about with much more excitement and zest.

That said, don’t necessarily pass this one by–  so far my review seems to be in the minority on Goodreads. I really like the suggestion that another reader made about this being more YA than adult thriller/mystery. It’s a good bedside book for those evening where you’re looking to read a few chapters before sleep.

Have you read any of McMahon’s other works?

Available for pre-order from Amazon, and will be available February 11th, 2014.

xo The Book Bird

Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this novel for review from the publisher via NetGalley.