SciFi Book Review: The Rising

The Rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land

Synopsis:
Alex Chin has the world on a plate. A football hero and homecoming king with plenty of scholarship offers, his future looks bright. His tutor, Samantha Dixon, is preparing to graduate high school at the top of her class. She plans to turn her NASA internship into a career.

When a football accident lands Alex in the hospital, his world is turned upside down. His doctor is murdered. Then, his parents. Death seems to follow him wherever he goes, and now it’s after him.

Alex flees. He tells Samantha not to follow, but she became involved the moment she walked through his door and found Mr. and Mrs. Chin as they lay dying in their home. She cannot abandon the young man she loves. The two race desperately to stay ahead of Alex’s attackers long enough to figure out why they are hunting him in the first place. The answer lies with a secret buried deep in his past, a secret his parents died to protect. Alex always knew he was adopted, but he never knew the real reason his birth parents abandoned him. He never knew where he truly came from. Until now.

Review:
Alex is a football star with a bright future. And his tutor, Samantha, is a smart young woman with her heart set on NASA. The two become involved in a heart-pounding adventure, when Sam witnesses Alex’s parents being tortured. And Alex finds his doctor murdered after he ordered additional tests. There is a huge conspiracy with Alex at its core. And Sam is willing to give up everything to help him.

The Rising is a science fiction thriller with plenty of mystery, intrigue, drama, and suspense. The excitement builds quickly and leads to a complex story behind Alex’s origin. As enemies and a mysterious ally close in, Alex and Sam will need to rely on their wits to guide them. This was a fast-paced and fun action-packed novel. The suspense and converging story-lines definitely outweigh the character development. But it’s definitely a fun adventure (heavy on the science fiction – reminding me of the book/tv series Roswell) with the potential for sequels.

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Box Review: Smuggler’s Bounty – May 2017

Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty

“Star Wars and Funko are proud to present Smuggler’s Bounty, the only OFFICAL Star Wars subscription box in the galaxy! Featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from the Star Wars universe, each box is carefully curated for Star Wars fans and shipped directly to your doorstep. Every box is themed specifically around the Star Wars films with collectors in mind. For just $25 (plus shipping) every other month, members will receive a box full of exclusive Star Wars-themed Funko collectibles and a host of other surprises valued at over $50. Each box will focus on a different part of the Star Wars universe and include memorabilia exclusive to the program, perfect for any Star Wars fan.”

The theme this month was 40th Anniversary!

Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty

Patch and Pin – these are small collectibles included in each box.

This month, there was no card detailing the items included. Or maybe it was just my box that was missing it?

Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty

Star Wars Wristbands – This was a disappointment. Who wears these in this decade? A shirt should have been the wearable item.

Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty

Han Solo and Greedo Salt and Pepper Shakers – While these are cute, I don’t need or want more geeky kitchen accessories.

Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty

EXCLUSIVE Luke with Speeder POP – This is right up there with the Han Solo on a Tauntaun from a few months back. The detail on the speeder is fantastic.

Summary:
The only thing I liked in the box was the Luke on a Speeder which was barely worth the cost of the box. I’m hoping next month they step it up.

Next box theme…. Droids!

Graphic Novel Review: Supergirl Vol. 1: Reign of the Cyborg Supermen (Rebirth)

Supergirl Vol. 1: Reign of the Cyborg Supermen (Rebirth)

Synopsis:
Supergirl moves to National City! As Kara Danvers, average American teenager and high school student, Supergirl must balance her life as a superhero with her new life on Earth. But some demons from her Kryptonian past are coming back to haunt her, and Kara will find herself face-to-face with her father: the sinister Cyborg Superman!

Review:
Supergirl has been adopted by the Danvers who work for the DEO. She fights crime while maintaining her secret identity as Kara Danvers, a teenager trying to get an internship at CatCo. Fans of the Supergirl tv show will see a lot of similarities here. It’s a reboot, so I’m not totally opposed to changing her origin story. This story arc focuses mostly on Cyborg Superman who claims to be Kara’s father. The story is fast-paced and action-packed. And while the constant fighting of Cyborg Superman was exciting, it may have been a bit too drawn out. I would’ve liked to see more of her normal teen side, interacting more with her peers and Cat Grant. Hopefully, we get more of that in the upcoming installments. The artwork was nice. And characters have a lot of promise, so I look forward to reading further in the series.

Graphic Novel Review: Battlestar Galactica: Folly of the Gods

Battlestar Galactica: Folly of the Gods

Synopsis:
An all-new adventure set in the continuity of the classic 1978 Battlestar Galactica television series! The Galactica’s search for sanctuary takes them beyond the limits of known reality and into a cosmic mystery where the hunters become the hunted, ruin and despair dot the skies, and Adama goes where friend and family can’t follow.

Review:
I’m a big fan of the classic Battlestar Galactica, so I read all the books and comics I can get my hands on. The story is a bit strange – Apollo and Starbuck get stranded on a strange planet. Meanwhile, Adama and the Galactica are under attack by an unknown force. It’s never fully explained where the planet is or where these strange new enemies came from or what their motivation is. There’s also an odd part where Adama is being psychically attacked. There was a lot packed into this short graphic novel. I did like the addition of some familiar foes being forced to ally with the Galactica. And the retro feel with plenty of action was just what I was hoping for. I wasn’t a fan of the artwork at all, unfortunately. The characters faces looked bulbous and hard to distinguish. If this storyline continues, I’d be interested in learning more about these new enemies as a lot was left open-ended.

Box Review: Bam Box – April (Shipped in May) 2017

Bam Box

The Bam Box was founded in 2015 by Bloof, the same team of geeks, comic book lovers and pop culture collectors that started ComiconAuction.com. We love collecting. We love the thrill of it, the mystery of it and especially that feeling you get when you have a collectible in your hands that you are really excited about. So we set out to bring something different to everyone.

There are some great subscription boxes on the market, but we felt there was still something missing. We went to the drawing board with the goal of creating the box we would want to show up on our doorstep. After a lot of ideas and prototypes we arrived at the Bam Box. From the design of the box to the items inside to the instant winners we send out, we accomplished what we wanted to do: give you the subscription box we would be jealous of.”

Cost: 1 month plan starts at $24.99 plus $7.99 s/h

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

Bam Box - April 2017

Instead of the mini mag this month, there was a sheet with the items in the box with all possible items subscribers could receive.
This month’s theme was “Revenge: Bad Blood.”

Bam Box - April/May 2017

Sgt. Kabukiman Pin – This is Bam Box’s first licensed pin. But I have no idea who it is and never heard of the film it’s from. But I don’t care about pins anyway.

Bam Box - April 2017

The Punisher Print – This is a signed print and licensed by Marvel. I really like this one.

Bam Box - April 2017

Sabertooth Photo signed by Actor Tyler Mane – As a huge fan of the first 3 X-Men movies, this was a nice surprise.

Bam Box - April 2017

Baba Yaga Bullet Bottle Opener – I didn’t remember what this was from until I read the description, but I love the John Wick films. So this was another fun item.

Summary:
This box was delayed a month because of some item held up in customs I believe. Unfortunately, though I liked all items but the pin, it seems like a really sparse box for the wait. Two prints, a bottle opener, and a filler pin didn’t even need a box. But the paper said that the June box will include a bonus item for April subscribers to make up for the long wait.

Next month’s theme is… Defend: Space Edition.

SciFi Book Review: Lois Lane: Triple Threat

Lois Lane: Triple Threat by Gwenda Bond

Synopsis:
For the first time, Lois Lane has almost everything she wants. Non-temporary home? Check. Dream job? Double check. Incredible BFFs? The absolute best. And now, her online crush, SmallvilleGuy, is coming to Metropolis. If all goes well, they ll turn their long-distance friendship into a some-kind-of-fairy-tale romance. But when does all ever go well? Before she can check boyfriend off her list, Lois must take down a mad scientist plus a trio of mutant teens, protect the elusive flying man from the feds (including her dad), and navigate her very first date with SmallvilleGuy. In the follow-up to FALLOUT and DOUBLE DOWN, Gwenda Bond’s reimagination of DC Comics s first leading lady takes on her toughest challenge yet: Love.

Review:
Lois Lane is an average teenage girl with a penchant for getting into trouble. She’s also incredibly brave, with a good heart. She has an online romance with a certain young man from Smallville. And her best friends are in the midst of an awkward love triangle. When some super-powered kids begin showing up around Lois and her friends, she’s convinced her nemesis is behind it.

Triple Threat is the third installment in this YA, scifi series. This latest adventure is paired nicely with Lois finally getting to meet SmallvilleGuy as well as another online individual. As her romance blossoms, so does the danger. And Lois is only willing to risk her own safety in search of the truth behind the mysterious kids with powers. I thoroughly enjoyed this latest novel. And I appreciate that the character’s relationships are involving – and that Lois finally gets to meet her online crush. Comic book fans will notice some changes to Superman lore, besides their early meeting. But the characters, especially Lois, feel true to their roots. The story follows her point of view, so it would be great to see some more character development from the other characters past just their romantic entanglements. And I look forward to more in this fun and exciting series.

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