Site ColumnsBy Kristine
December 17, 2003 - 3:03 PM
Read any good books lately? Some of you are probably shaking your heads 'no,' while others are putting down the book they just finished and pondering what to pick up next.
I'm a big reader throughout the year, but the holiday season is one of my favorite times to curl up with a book. It's a very busy time, but there are pockets of free time just perfect for picking up a good novel, or a fascinating history book, or that Star Trek book you've been eyeing in the store. Flying to see family for the holidays? No one likes the cramped quarters on a plane, but it is the perfect 3-4 hours to get some quality reading time in. Bored by the plethora of reruns and holiday specials on television? Take the time you'd normally be watching your favorite show and crack a book open.
My personal favorite reading time over the holidays is Christmas morning. After the presents are all opened, most of the members of my family will take an hour or so to sit around the living room while the fire crackles and (hopefully) the light snow blankets the ground to read the first few chapters of whatever new books we found under the Christmas tree. It's my favorite time of the entire day.
If you're looking for some recommendations, I've got a few. Michael Crichton's Prey just came out in paperback, and it's pretty near impossible to put down. The hero, Jack Forman, has to stop a rogue nanotechnology program that has become sentient. I haven't seen the movie version of Timeline yet, but I can tell you Prey is a much more exciting book than Timeline was. The movie rights to Prey have already been sold, and personally, I think Kiefer Sutherland would be perfect for the part.
My other recommendation, Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, has been out for a year and a half now, and it's still in hardcover. You've probably heard of the book, perhaps even had someone recommend it to you. It's the story of a 14-year-old girl who is murdered in the first chapter of the novel. Through the rest of the book, she watches her family from heaven, as she and they cope with her death. It's one of the most beautiful books I've ever read, and Sebold writes with such insight and wisdom that you'll be completely floored by this book. I know I was; I read it a few months prior to its publication, and I haven't stopped talking about it since.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
-Change 3 things about Enterprise
-Was Sisko justified in poisoning the Maquis?
-Reviews of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King have been posted by reno floyd and in the The Official ROTK review thread, while OmahaStar and Capt. Vulcan posted threads about "Trilogy Tuesday."
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
Below are news stories from December 17, 2001:
The annoucement of Enterprise's UK premiere came down, with "Broken Bow" slated to air on January 7th at 8pm on Sky One. It's regular timeslot, Mondays at 8pm, had previously been home to Voyager and Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda.
Early details for "Fusion", originally titled "Equilibrium," revealed that Enterprise would encounter a group of Vulcans who embraced emotions. The spoilers also revealed the episode would be T'Pol-centric, as Enterprise's resident Vulcan grappled with the visitors and her own emotions.
The visual effects supervisor on the director's edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture sat down for a chat with TrekNation and revealed he'd been a life-long fan of Trek. He talked about working on restoring TMP, budget constraints, and his appearance in Free Enterprise.
Below are the results of the most recent TrekToday poll:
While 26 episodes aired for Voyager's third season, only 22 were actually filmed. Four episodes aired that season were holdovers from the previous season. Thanks to TJ for this correction! (story)
Happy Birthday to Nicole de Boer, who turns 33 on Saturday, December 20th!
Today's Television Listings
"Archer, Trip and Reed return from an alien barter town with a surprise guest---an alluring woman (Nikita Ager) whose beguiling sensuality proves irresistible to the crew."