Sunday, December 5, 2021

{Sunday Post} - Fear No Evil, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, and The Debutante's Code

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

Good Morning, Everyone! 

I hope everyone survived Thanksgiving and Black Friday. I had a turkey dinner with my parents and an uncle on Thanksgiving - and that was it. I did go to Walmart on Black Friday but didn't buy anything. 

I know this is a broken record with me, but I'm going to try to get caught up on reviews this week. I have a pile of books and movies that I need to be review. If only I could stay off of Netflix and Hulu, maybe I could get some writing done. 

A Missing Book

Before Thanksgiving, I rearranged two bookcases because I wanted to put my John Saul books in chronological order by publication date. That's when I noticed one book was missing- Black Creek Crossing. I know I had read the book at least once. (Most likely, I had checked it out at the library.) I "googled" the Black Creek Crossing and didn't recognize the cover at all. I went straight to eBay and purchased the paperback from a used bookseller, who had a buy two get one free sale.  

While I was known as the weird kid who liked Star Trek during my childhood, the Trek novels never appealed to me. If my memory serves me correctly, I only read six or seven Trek titles during my childhood. One of these books was Deep Domain by Howard Weinstein. I bought it at a garage sale when I was nine or ten years old. At the time, I thought it was a sequel to the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home because of the giant fins in the center of the cover. However, the two aren't connected at all. Instead, Deep Domain takes place in the water world of Akkalla. Anyway, I liked the novel quite a bit, and somewhere down the line, the book went missing. I have no clue what happened to it. As you probably already saw in the above photo, Deep Domain is one of the three books. To be more precise, it is the "free" book.

The other Star Trek novel is titled Probe. I have heard lots of things about the book, but have never read it. Probe a direct sequel to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, where the USS Enterprise and her crew are investigating the origins of the whale probe. Now there's quite a bit of history about this book. Author Margaret Wander Bonanno pitched the idea for the sequel. Depending on who you talk to, some say the pitch was for the fifth Star Trek film. If that's true, we all know that didn't pan out well. Bonanno's idea became the novel Music of the Spheres, later retitled Probe. Unfortunately, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's office disliked her first draft. Then Pocket Books hired Gene DeWeese to do a rewrite. DeWeese never got credited for writing Probe because Pocket Books had already designed the cover with Bonanno as the author. Instead, the publishers mentioned DeWeese as a contributor. Bonanno disowned the Probe and made her version, Music of the Spheres, available to download on her website for free. Sadly, Bonanno passed away earlier this year, and her website is no more. Note - If you "google" for Music of the Spheres, you can easily find a pdf download.  


What Am I Reading?

I'll finish reading The Debutante's Code by Erica Vetsch sometime in the early morning hours. Then I'll start writing my review, which needs to be posted today for a book blog tour. Next, I will read The Christmas Promise by Richard Paul Evans.

Update - I should write things down on a calendar. My review tour date is for The Debutante's Code is December 7th, not the 5th.

Recent Reviews

What's in the Mail? 

Dune: The Duke of Caladan by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson arrived in the mailbox last week from Hamilton Books. I was ordering a Christmas gift for a family member, and I went ahead and bought the Dune book for $7.95. It's the first book in The Caladan Trilogy

Last Saturday, I received The Debutante's Code by Erica Vetsch, which I already mentioned earlier in this post.

What's New On the Bookshelf?

I picked up the two newest James Patterson books - Fear No Evil and City of the Dead. Fear No Evil is the newest Alex Cross story. City of the Dead is the eleventh Maximum Ride installment.

One of these days, I want to read the entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I started reading the first novel shortly after the first half of the 1st season of the Starz series aired. I read nearly half of it before getting sidetracked by ARCs. My bookmark is still inside the paperback, marking where I left off. I bought the ninth book, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, as soon as it came out last month. 

There are lots of new tiles on my Kindle, starting with the month 99 cent Star Trek titles - I, Q by Peter David and John de Lancie, Star Trek: Vanguard: Summon the Thunder by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, Vanguard: Reap the Whirlwind by David Mack, Vanguard: Open Secrets by Dayton Ward, Vanguard: Precipice by David Mack, Vanguard: Declassified by Marco Palmieri, Dayton Ward, David Mack, and Kevin Dilmore, Vanguard: What Judgments Come by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore, Vanguard: Storming Heaven by David Mack, and Vanguard: In Tempest's Wake by Dayton Ward. On Black Friday, I grabbed Forever You: A Memoir by Hayle Mills for $4.99. Also, I got Blood Sugar by Daniel Kraus for $1.99, a Hard Case Crime novel I've had my eyes on for quite some time.


  1. It seems Black Friday sales aren't as great as they used to be. I know since Covid last year stores were having early Black Friday sales, which was nice and all. I only ever focused on completing certain TV show DVD collections that I liked to have on hand should Netflix ever lose rights or whatnot to them. I mainly went to B&N to check things out, only ended up with a decor piece. I did manage to get my last DVD from Walmart the week prior, which was such a hassle as it showed up as sold out online and in all stores, but then magically reappeared one day and then naturally Amazon had it for the same price after I made a cart's worth to get free shipping.

    But yeah, Black Friday isn't what it used to be when I was growing up and I kind of miss that. But whatever, I guess. Lol.

    Nice new reads! Those are new to me ones but I hope you enjoy them and congrats for completing collections and tracking down old faves.

    Here's my StS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. Walmart's website is horrible. If it says something is in stock at a local store, then more than likely not in stock when you get here. Black Friday sales started slimming down a few years before 2020. The stores have put out the bare minimum this year. If they want people to shop, they have to have better deals.

      The only two TV DVDs I saw on sale were Cobra Kai and Game of Thrones. As for movies, Walmart only had Disney and Marvel films on sale. Well, I wouldn't even call it a sale because the prices were still a bit too high.

  2. I hope you enjoy your new additions.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. I'm already enjoying the books. Now finding the time to read them is a whole separate thing.

  3. Wow you have a lot of good books. I'm surprised to see James Patterson is still writing Alex Cross books. I can't remember the last one I read, but I did pick up a new to me at least copy of another of his books. It's fantasy so it'll be interesting to see what it's like.

    1. Who really knows how much James Patterson writes on his books. Typically it's his co-author doing most of the writing. He publishes one Alex Cross novel per year.

  4. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. And I like the look of that Star Trek book- water worlds always appeal to me. :)

    That is really interesting about Probe. I enjoyed Star trek IV and would have enjoyed having more of that story...

    1. I was a little bitty kid when I first read Deep Domain, and a lot of the science jargon probably went over my head. I'm looking forward to rereading it.

      I didn't know "Probe" existed until a few years ago. The behind-the-scenes drama sounds more interesting than the actual book.

  5. I have a few Star Trek books on my Kindle. I really need to get to them. Your books look good. Enjoy! Have a great week!

    1. I read Klingon Gambit a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. Pocket Books has 6 to 10 Trek books for 99 cents every month. I have quite a few on my Kindle.


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