Vikki's Favorite Books

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Well this book series is not a television tie-in at all. But if you are looking for something good to read check out the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. the basic plot is that vampires are real and due to recent legislation are not citizens entitled to legal rights. The series also portrays lacanthropy as a transmittable disease. Enter Anita Blake who starts the series longing for the good old days when she could just stake vampires. Oh, she reanimates the dead for a living. Vampires are just a sideline. Unlike many other formula books this imaginative series advances as the characters, vampire, werewolf, and human all develop a very very complicated personal life. Great summer reading material. By the time you get to Blue Moon you will be hopelessly hooked.

Very few people even remember the show it was based upon, but it to had a series of novels too. Return To The Planet Of The Apes was a NBC animated Saturday morning series. If you ever saw it you would most likely remember the voice of Fred Flintstone as the leader of the gorilla army. A hard voice to forget. In this short lived series Apes drove cars and trucks and would unearth old human inventions and then use them as their own. In one of the later episodes the apes learn to fly old fighter planes. There were three books in the series. This is a picture of the third book which was interesting because it contained a story not seen in the TV series. Strangely enough they also use pictures from the CBS TV series, but hey were much more attractive than the books for that show.

For the longest time I thought there were just two books in he CBS Planet of the Apes saga, but there was a fourth book. Shown on the right it took me a long time to track down a copy.

The first book (not shown) is very easy to find, but with each successive book they get harder and harder to find. The Man From Atlantis books at first novelized the three television movies then moved onto the series in book 4.

Strangely enough this British import was not just a retitled book from America, but rather a fifth novel in the Man From Atlantis series. I just got this last year and have not had time to read it yet. I would suspect that it too is a novelization of one or more of the episodes from the series.

The greatest book which Jeff Rice never wrote. Still makes for a great read though. Richard Matheson does a superb job of capturing Kolchak in all his angry and excitable pushiness. i have to scan in the cover of the Night Strangler book. I wonder what ever became of the college student traveling with Tony and Carl at the end of Strangler.

There was a new novel about Kolchak in 1998. if I can find info on it I will give it a blurb here too.

Galactica books kept coming out every so often even after the show was candled. Until 1998 when #14 ended the series. I highly recommended #12 as it is well written and interesting for the appearance of the Chameleon character.

The first two Red Dwarf novels are easy to find in he states because of their American printings. Harder to find are the two novels written the same year separately by each of the two creators of the series. Rob Grant expanded upon the episode Backwards while Doug Naylor went all introspective with Last Human.

There are just a ton of Doctor Who books. You can check out the New Adventures on my NA page. There were also two role playing choose your won adventure books (Rebel's Gamble shown center left) and lot of other oddities like the paradise of Death based on a radio play. There are also books written about episodes that would have been made of the show had not gone off the air for a year or two and other books about the various companions of Doctor Who.

I always loved Get Smart as a child and when I was in school I found a copy of one of the Get Smart books in the library. In the book they were to go to Chicago to collect a scientist from the airport. Max and 99 spend the entire book trying to leave town and 120+ pages later they are still in town. Some of these were just as interesting as the series and while they won't make you laugh out loud they might make you chuckle at the absurdity of it all.

Going to college the USA network ran all sorts of stuff. Right before my morning classes one year they ran this gosh awful soap opera about female prisoners. I think it was from Australia or New Zealand. Anyhow over they ears i collected two of the books. This one and the Reign of Queen Bea. I have not had a chance to read either of them. No one really liked Franky Doyle or Bea anyhow on the series.

Like the series of Twilight Zone books these Night Gallery tomes put many episodes together into very short stories. As far as I know there were only the two books in the series.

Gerry Anderson's UFO was adapted in America into two books. Each book told the story of 4-5 episodes really scaled down. They were very nice as the show was practiacly unshown in America for almost 20 years.

I think there were only three Invaders books. These were well written and I highly reccomend them. i have never seen another copy of #3.

Beleive it or not there were several A-team books produced. I am not sure how many. The first one just retold the pilot movie, but others may have told original stories.

George Pal, director/producer of the original Time Machine movie was working on a sequel when he died an untimely death. It was nice that a few years after his death than a novel form Ace Paperbacks took the screenplay and adapted it into a novel. It would have been a great movie, but it only makes an OK book. If you can find a copy you may also want to find a copy of Starlog # 13 (or is it # 14) with When Worlds Collide on the cover. It has a lot of pre-production art from this movie in it.

Well what can I say, but there was only one of them. This sort of covers the events in the first few episodes of the series. Sort of like the unaired pilot, but adds in Dr. Smith and the robot. Sort of hard to find.

This was not a novelization but a script Ifound in book form. There were also a few picture in the middle of the book. Now having seen the entire serial I sort of can say that i actually liked it. You can definately see the influence it had on futher British SF shows like Doctor Who.

Gerry Andersons latest series, which sadly failed to attract enough stations for a second season for some reason, was really quite a good show once you started watching it. It managed to spawn three books her ein the states. i have no idea if there were more written in England or not.

As far as I can recall there were only two Time Tunnel books which were TV series tie-ins though the same author had another book with a time tunnel like story. This, the first book., for some reason is the harder one to find. the second one Timeslip is much easier to come by here on the West Coast.

The original Eerie Indianna was one of my favorite series of all time. When they came out with a revised series on the Fox network in the late 1990's they also put out a series of about 17 books. Three of four of them were sequils to other episodes. A few were remakes of old episodes.

When I was a youngster I read all of the James Blish trek novels, and later the Star trek log series. In high school many novelizations started to appear and grew into a regular series. My recommendations are The Joy Machine and Assignment Eternity. Joy Machine was one of those third season scripts written By Theodore Sturgeon, but not produced. Assignment Eternity is a sequel to the Gary Seven spinoff series which never took off.

A for Andromeda and its sequel Andromeda Breakthrough (which is harder to find) are interesting because they were early 1960's British SF serials. of which almost all of the first series has been lost, but the second series still exists. All about Earth receiving this signal from outer space and it turns out to be plans to build a machine. In the second book the evil eastern block spy/corporation (named appropriately Intel) wants the secret for their own countries. A rather convoluted second story but at least it has an ending where the first book just sort of stops.

Books 1 and 2 of this series are really easy to find. The third Book Unknown Danger is hard to find and absolutely fantastic reading! The third book reads like if they had made a motion picture after the series went off the air. As close to an ending as you will ever get in this series and the writer really brings out the character traits and flaws the writers of the actual series always seemed to leave out after the pilot. The two British printings I have are also interesting. The Trap is just the first book with a different title and cover, but Slingshot for David seems to be an original novel. I have not had time to read it but it is written by a different author.