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Science Fiction/Fantasy Books

December 13, 2011 - Amy Phelps
Some science-fiction and paranormal delights await fans on your holiday gift list!

First is "Book of Sith," a look at the dark side of the "Star Wars" franchise in this perfect gift for any fan and would be the perfect accompaniment to "The Jedi Path," released last year.

From New York Times bestselling author Daniel Wallace, this collection of "found" dark side texts contains comments from Sith and Jedi like Darth Sidious, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Mace Windu and more. The texts dive deeper into the lore of the Dark Side from the movies and books, discussing the Sith history, their weapons and lightsabers, their talismans and amulets, creatures they have used, powers, and much more. There is mention of the Jedi Prophecy of the "Chosen One" and a flip version of the Sith Prophecy. The "Rule of Two" is explained, as is the Darth title. There is a lot within these pages, even a brief mention of the Emperor's Hand and my favorite character, Mara Jade!

The book also comes with five artifacts found within the pages - a piece of burial shroud, a battle map, a diagram of Palpatine's master plan, a propaganda poster for the Empire and a letter from Luke Skywalker. There is also a Sith crystal and talisman and the book comes inside a red and black Holocron case that opens via a button with lights and sound.

"Book of Sith" is published by becker&mayer! and is $99.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mercedes Lackey tackles a famous fairy tale, giving it a paranormal twist in "Beauty and the Werewolf."

A bit of a mix between "Beauty and the Beast" and "Little Red Riding Hood," Bella is the daughter of a wealthy merchant. She doesn't see herself living the married life and instead would love to own an Apocathary. Wearing a red cloak and carrying a basket of treats, she goes to consult the Wise Woman, "Granny," who lives deep in the forbidden forest. On her way there, she is waylaid by the woodsman and then attacked by a wolf! But this is no ordinary wolf - he is a cursed nobleman living in a secluded castle. Because he attacked her and she might turn into a werewolf, Bella must stay in the castle.

As she gets to know the charming Sebastian, Bella has to decide - could she really love a werewolf? Can she break the spell? And is she just as cursed as he is now?

I loved the mix of fairy tales and paranormal romance in this intensely readable book. For anyone who loves a good "happily ever after" tale, this is a good one for them!

"Beauty and the Werewolf" is published by Luna. It is $24.95 and is 329 pages long.


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