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Since I Like Garlic...

If you have a few minutes to spare then take this quiz:

Your Superhero Profile

Your Superhero Name is The Bat Eagle

Your Superpower is Seduction

Your Weakness is Garlic

Your Weapon is Your Energy Wand

Your Mode of Transportation is Catapult

(Hat tip to SQT)

...and while you're at it check out my latest post at the Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' Blog.

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Lana Married Lex!

Nooooooooooooo! This news is just too heart-breaking to write about. Poor Lana. Poor Clark. Poor Smallville. We all know what this means: Beware of Lex's final descent to the dark side...

R.I.P. Clana (a.k.a. Clark and Lana).

While you're crying your eyes out you might as well head over to Kryptonsite and Smallville PH to check out some awesome screencaps.

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Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' Blog

Check out The Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' Blog to read my latest thoughts on all things Sci-Fi. And if you're an Angelina Jolie fan, you'll have double the fun.

Post your comments over there and browse around.

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TV Review: Blood Ties

I'm smitten and Lifetime is the one to blame. Their new original series Blood Ties premeired last night and Vicki wasn't the only one bite by Henry's charm.

The IMDb's tagline for the show goes like this: "A detective to keep her cool. A vampire to keep her warm. Some women have it all..." And they're right.

Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox) is sitting pretty as an ex-cop turned private investigator who must team up with a handsome "man of the night" vampire and her studly "man of the day" ex-partner in order to solve a crime.

The cast has chemistry (oodles of it) and from all sides. The witty banter hit its marks. The show's pace keeps you engaged and the characters interaction is well-versed in subtleties. The Toronto setting is a perfect backdrop for the story. The special effects aren't over the top and Vicki knows how to rock a black leather jacket. All these ingredients combine together to make a really good pilot episode.

I enjoyed seeing a couple of familar faces, Dylan Neal from the CBS Soap The Bold and Beautiful as the sarcastic ex-partner and Kyle Schmid from The Disney's Channel's The Cheetah Girls as the charming vampire. Both guys have their hotness, but Schmid's portrayal of the playful yet seductive vampire graphic novelist definitely gives him the upperhand in my department.

Blood Ties offers some interesting spins on vampire folkore such as Henry (Schmid) is able to look at himself in the mirror, wears a cross and isn't afraid of garlic. The show touches upon several spiritual aspects, but one that really stood out was when Henry said the demons make the humans think they are in control but in actuality they are being taken advantage of. That's something the Holy Bible warns us about.

All in all, this show offers a solid foundation of possiblities to make it a winning series but I hope that it isn't reduced to a "freak of the week" cycle and it doesn't lost sight of its focus on the characters and get too heavy into introducing the audience to dark side folklore.

Head over to the official website to read the blog of Tanya Huff, whose books the series is based on.

Hat tip to SciFiChick for giving me a heads up about this show.

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Scott Westerfeld Is At It Again!

I'm still on book one of the Uglies trilogy but it looks the trilogy isn't a trilogy afterall, well sort of. The above photo will be on the cover of the next book in the series, Extras. He posted this picture on his blog today so head over there and find out who the new protagonist is and why the thing in her eye is SO cool!

Westerfeld is writing some of the best Young Adult science fiction in the market so this is really exciting for me! First as a reader and second as a science fiction writer.

If you haven't started reading Uglies, then why not start now!

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Yep, that's me...

You Should Be a Science Fiction Writer

Your ideas are very strange, and people often wonder what planet you're from.

And while you may have some problems being "normal," you'll have no problems writing sci-fi.

Whether it's epic films, important novels, or vivid comics...

Your own little universe could leave an important mark on the world!

This totally hits the spot because I'm currently working on a young adult science fiction novel.

So what kind of writer are you? Take the quiz and post your results in the comment section.

p.s. I found this from Melody's Reading Corner (who's participating in The Ultimate Blog Party). Join the fun!

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The Call of Aslan Art Show

"Repentence" is my favorite drawing by Rachel A. Marks (a.k.a Pixydust). It conveys so much emotion and is a splendid visual of the battle that we all face between doing what we know to be right and resisting the temptation to do wrong. How many times have you felt like the man in this drawing? I know I'm done some stupid stuff and ended up feeling like a total screw-up. But the beauty of this drawing's message is that there is hope.

If you enjoy "Repentence" as much as I do then check out Rachel's website for more of her artwork and details on how to purchase reprints. Also, head over to The Call of Aslan's 2006 Art Show to view the rest of the art in the gallery.

Hat tip to Mir for highlighting the art show in her blog.

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My Post on Speculative Faith

Please check out my latest writing venture over at Speculative Faith and read my article "The Teen Years" at Oh--and leave lots of comments (on my article and other entries if you can).

That pretty much sums it up. Have a good day!!