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ATTN: Tech-Savvy Girls!

Marvel Seeks Tech-Savvy Girls to Create Something Big from Something Very Small
Win a chance to attend the Red Carpet premiere of Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man,’ coming to theaters July 17!

The challenge invites girls nationwide, ages 14 – 18, in grades 9-12, to design and build a DIY project using at least one readily available micro-technology component, which can enable tinkerers, makers, builders and future Imagineers to execute big ideas with a board that fits in their pocket and costs less than a video game. The projects can be utilitarian, artistic or just plain fun.

SciFiChick’s Best of 2014

Down quite a bit from last year, I still read a total of 155 books this year. With so many great books, the competition was fierce. However, here’s my list of this year’s best SciFi/Fantasy titles (published in 2014) that I’ve read and reviewed.

Science Fiction:

Archetype by MD Waters
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/03/14/scifi-book-review-archetype/

A Darkling Sea by James L Cambias
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/03/07/scifi-book-review-a-darkling-sea/

Lock In by John Scalzi
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/09/19/scifi-book-review-lock-in/

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Light Fantastic by Jeffrey Lang
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/09/08/scifi-book-review-star-trek-the-next-generation-the-light-fantastic/

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/04/30/scifi-book-review-the-forever-watch/

YA SciFi:

Alienated by Melissa Landers
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/06/26/scifi-book-review-alienated/

The Trap by Andrew Fukuda
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/02/18/scifi-book-review-the-trap/

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/03/12/scifi-book-review-tin-star/

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/08/18/scifi-book-review-fire-flood/

Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/06/13/scifi-book-review-graduation-day/

Fantasy:

He Drank, and Saw the Spider by Alex Bledsoe
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/01/22/fantasy-book-review-he-drank-and-saw-the-spider/

Abracadaver by Laura Resnick
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/06/10/fantasy-book-review-skin-game/

Skin Game by Jim Butcher
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/06/10/fantasy-book-review-skin-game/

A Plunder of Souls by DB Jackson
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/07/29/fantasy-book-review-a-plunder-of-souls/

Witches In Red by Barb Hendee
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/05/14/fantasy-book-review-witches-in-red/

Grimm: The Killing Time by Tim Waggoner
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/10/30/fantasy-book-review-grimm-the-killing-time/

YA Fantasy:

Defy by Sara B Larson
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/02/25/fantasy-book-review-defy/

Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/04/02/fantasy-book-review-killer-frost/

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/04/14/fantasy-book-review-the-nightmare-affair/

Wings of Fire: The Brightest Night by Tui T Sutherland
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/03/25/fantasy-book-review-wings-of-fire-the-brightest-night/

Thrones and Bones: Frostborn by Lou Anders
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/08/25/thrones-and-bones-frostborn/

Graphic Novel:
Guardians of the Galaxy: Angela by Bendis and Pichelli

Zita the Spacegirl Graphic Novel by Ben Hatke

Legends of Zita the Spacegirl Graphic Novel by Ben Hatke

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl Graphic Novel by Ben Hatke
Reviewed here: http://scifichick.com/2014/03/26/scifi-graphic-novel-review-zita-the-spacegirl-trilogy/


Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Synopsis:
An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits — Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Review:
Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) is a wise-cracking thief and philanderer, with a penchant for Earth music from the 70s. Gamora is a conflicted assassin and the adopted daughter of the supervillain Thanos. Rocket is a talking raccoon and bounty hunter – a former medical experiment who now has genius level mechanical abilities. Groot is a tree-like creature who acts as Rocket’s bodyguard and who can only speak three words “I am Groot.” And Drax is a tortured man (who takes everything literally) driven by revenge for the death of his family. These five unique characters unite to form the unlikeliest of superhero teams.

The casting was spot on. Chris Pratt was born for his role as Peter Quill. And I’m convinced no one could do it better. And John C. Reilly and Glenn Close shine as their respective Nova Corps characters. As a fan of the comics, I couldn’t be happier. Director James Gunn and Marvel really pushed the envelope when introducing a film with a talking raccoon and sentient tree as central characters. And succeeded in creating a brilliant movie without equal.

Guardians of the Galaxy is an action-packed, intergalactic adventure with a lot of laugh-out-loud comedy. In fact, the audience was laughing so much that it was easy to miss dialog. I had high expectations after seeing the fantastic trailers set to great songs (“Hooked on a Feeling” and “Spirit in the Sky”) – a genius marketing strategy. I was just hoping the film could live up to all the hype. And amazingly enough, it did. Adding classic 70s pop songs as an integral part of the film was smart and took the whole experience to another level. It’s emotional, riveting, gritty, and hilarious. This will be yet another Marvel movie that I’ll be watching multiple times in the theatre.

I thought Captain America: The Winter Soldier would be hard to top, but Guardians of the Galaxy is now my favorite movie of 2014.

Graphic Novel Giveaway: Doctor Who: The Dalek Project

Courtesy of BBC Books, I have a copy of Doctor Who: The Dalek Project Graphic Novel by Justin Richards for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 26. I’ll draw a name on October 27, and notify winner via email.

Good luck!

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