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About Alena
I am teaching full time at a community college in Texas. I teach Anatomy and Physiology as my day job. I also read a lot and see as many movies as I can. I also have three darling cats that I adore. I also write articles for the websites Expertscolumn.com, Triond, and the Yahoo Contributor Network (under Heather Stottman and Aurone). I am mainly reading science fiction/ fantasy especially a lot of Urban Fantasy like Kim Harrison, Rachel Caine, and Patricia Briggs. I have also been known to read a romance novel (from time to time) and a few historical novels, biographies, and classics. I am also quite the movie buff. I have seen over 1500 films and go the movie theater whenever I can. And yes, I actually care about the Oscars.

BOOK REVIEWS (alpha by author)


Science Fiction/Fantasy
Laurell K. Hamilton
Kiss of Shadows A Caress of Twilight Seduced by Midnight
Stroke of Midnight Mistral's Kiss

Lynn Flewelling (Another Personal Favorite)
Nightrunner Series Luck In The Shadows Stalking Darkness Traitor's Moon
Bone Doll's Twin

Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
Assassin's Apprentice Royal Assassin

Anne Bishop
Daughter of the Blood Heir to the Shadows Queen of Darkness
Invisible Ring

Mercedes Lackey
Magic's Pawn Magic's Promise Serpent's Shadow
Brightly Burning Take A Thief Exhile's Honor
Joust

Kristen Britain
Green Rider First Rider's Call

Diana Francis
Path of Fate Path of Honor Path of Blood

Finders-Seekers Trilogy by Gail Greeno
The Ghatti's Tale Mindspeakers' Call Exhile's Return

Lawrence Watt-Evans Dragon Weather

Mindy L. Klasky Glasswright's Apprentice

Anne Logston
Waterdance

Elizabeth Haydon
Rhapsody Prophecy

Elizabeth Kerner
Song in the Silence Lesser Kindred

Sharon Green Dawn Song

Marion Zimmer Bradley Darkover Landfall

Maggie Furey Aurian Harp of Winds Sword of Flame

Romances

Sandra Hill
Love Potion Blue Viking The Very Virile Viking

Dara Joy (Sci-fi Romance)
Rejar

Christine Feehan (Vampire Romance)
Dark Prince Dark Desire Dark Gold
Dark Magic Dark Challenge Scarletti Curse Dark Fire

Fern Michaels Listen to Your Heart
Lynn Kirland The More I See You
Susan Carroll The Dark Queen
Maryjanice Davidson Undead and Unwed
Yasmine Galenorn Witchling

Historical Fiction

Pope Joan
Widow of the South
Lisa See Snowflower and the Secret Fan

Other Fiction
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Edith Wharton Ethan Frome and Selected Stories
Gregory Maguire Lost
Alice Greenway White Ghost Girls
Lian Hearn Across The Nightingale Floor

Non-Fiction

Richard Fortey Life: An Unauthorized Biography
Guerber, H. A. Myths of the Norsemen: From the Eddas & the Sagas
Rainer Maria Rilke Letters to a Young Poet
Leonard Shlain Sex, Time and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution
Frank T. Hopkins Hidalgo and Other Stories

MUSIC REVIEWS

World

Beth Patterson Hybrid Vigor
Poor Clares Change of Habit

Gaelic Storm
Bring Yer Wellies Gaelic Storm How Are We Getting Home?
Special Reserve Tree

Soweto Gospel Choir
Blessed

Soundtracks
Cutting Edge Moulin Rouge Knight's Tale Coyote Ugly

Rock/Pop

Savage Garden Affirmation Spin--Darren Hayes Solo Album
Truly, Madly, Completely: The Best of Savage Garden
The Calling Camino Palmero Two
Various Now That's What I Call Music 5
Soul Decision No One Does It Better

Latin

Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias Escape Seven

Country
Keith Urban
Love, Pain, and the Whole Crazy Thing

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

Video/Concert DVDs

Livin' Right Now

MOVIE REVIEWS

Anime
Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven's Door Descendants of Darkness Kimera
Knight Hunters Millennium Actress Mirage of Blaze Vol 1: The Summoning
Mirage of Blaze Vol 2: Ancient Rivals Mirage of Blaze: Rebels of the River Edge
NightWalker: Eternal Darkness Nightwaler: Midnight Dectective
Saiyuki: Journey Begins Samurai Deeper Kyo - Vol. 1: The Demon Awakens Samurai Seven
Tsukihime, Lunar Legend - Vol. 1: Life Threads Tsukihime, Lunar Legend - Vol. 2: Lunar Dance
Tsukihime, Lunar Legend - Vol. 3: Nocturnal Fate
Drama
Anna and the King Asoka Awakenings Babel
Becoming Jane Big Fish The Body Brokeback Mountain
Cinderella Man The Count of Monte Cristo The Departed Erin Brockovich
Gladitor Grey Owl Gridiron Gang Hearts In Atlantis
Here On Earth Hidalgo The House of Mirth Idlewild
Invincible Kingdom of Heaven Last Samurai Libertine
Master and Commander Memoirs of a Geisha The Messenger Moulin Rouge (my favorite film)
Never Cry Wolf Passion of Christ Phantom of the Opera The Queen
The Replacements Rock Star Sweet November Secondhand Lions
Titus Troy United 93 Walk The Line
We Are Marshall Where the Heart Is World Trade Center

Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Beowulf (Chistopher Lambert) Beowulf (Animated) Constantine Dungeons And Dragons
Eragon The Fountain The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring LOTR: Return of the King Matix: Reloaded Paycheck
The Prestige Primer Planet of the Apes (2001)
Serenity Star Wars: Episode I
Star Wars: Episode II Timeline Until the End of the World

Mission Impossible III Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest POTC: At World's End
Poseidon Spider-Man Spider-Man 2 Texas Rangers
Underworld Underworld: Evolution X2: X-Men United


Thriller
Angel Eyes Bone Collector Collateral Da Vinci Code
Double Jeopardy Eye of the Beholder Italian Job
Letters From a Killer Mindhunters Mr. Brooks Orginal Sin
Stay Swordfish Sum of All Fears Talented Mr. Ripley

War Films
Behind Enemy Lines Flyboys Letters from Iwo Jima Tears of the Sun

Childrens/Family

Corpse Bride Dot and the Kangaroo Eight Below
Finding Nemo Fraggle Rock: Where It All Began Fraggle Rock: Live by the Rule of the Rock
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Lilo and Stitch Mee-Shee: The Water Giant Polar Express
Ratatouille Stitch The Movie!

Romance Films
America's Sweethearts Casanova Coyote Ugly Dirty Dancing :Havana Nights
Down With Love Drive Me Crazy High Spirits Illusionist Kate and Leopold
Love Actually Must Love Dogs Notebook Return to Me
Serendipity Sleeping Dictionary Someone Like You
Somewhere in Time Tristan and Isolde
Very Thought of You Wedding Planner

Horror
Cold Creek Manor Exorcism of Emily Rose The Skeleton Key
Snakes on a Plane The Reaping The Village
Wicker Man Wrong Turn

Comedy
Duplex Devil Wears Prada
Night at the Museum Scoop

Westerns
The Missing 3:10 to Yuma

Documentaries
Grizzly Man

ONLINE STORE REVIEWS
Needleworks Plus 1-2-3 Stitch Peerflix.com
Costume SuperCenter

TRAVEL REVIEWS

France and Italy
EF Tour of Paris, The Rivera, and Italy

Arkansas
Russellville and Scenic Hwy 7 Eureka Springs

California
La Brea Tar Pits San Diego Sea World San Diego Zoo San Diego Wild Animal Park
Wagon Wheel Coffee Shop

Louisiana (New Orleans--Honeymoon)
St. Pierre Hotel Audubon Institute Aquarium of the Americas

Missouri
Branson

Oklahoma
Oklahoma City

Florida Florida Road Trip

Spring Break Trip Out West
Arizona Nevada Death Valley
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

Las Vegas
Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino Orleans Hotel and Casino Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill

Airlines Southwest