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Received in December

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in December for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Rays / DVDs:
Merlin Series 5 – Episodes 1-3

Abrams Young Readers / Amulet:
Misfit by Jon Skovron
The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Splintered by A. G. Howard

Doktor Glass by Thomas Brennan
Doctor Who the Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter
The Shadow’s Heir by K. J. Taylor
The Ramal Extraction by Steve Perry

White Horse by Alex Adams

Battle by Michelle West

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen Books:
The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons by Barbara Mariconda

Little, Brown for Young Readers:
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
Altered by Jennifer Rush

Marshall Cavendish:
The Call of Eirian by C. Aubrey Hall

Orbit Books:
The Ascendant Stars by Michael Cobley
The Orphaned Worlds by Michael Cobley
Spirit’s End by Rachel Aaron
Seven Kings by John R. Fultz

Pathfinder Tales: Called to Darkness by Richard Lee Byers

Pocket / Gallery Books:
Day by Day Armageddon: Shattered Hourglass by J. L. Bourne
Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep

The Doctor and the Rough Rider by Mike Resnick
The Steam Mole by Dave Freer
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder
The Devil’s Looking Glass by Mark Chadbourn

Scholastic / Point / Chicken House:
Shadow Breakers by Daniel Blythe
The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Titan Books:
Assassin’s Creed 1: Desmond by Djillali Defali and Eric Corbeyran
Assassin´s Creed 2: Aquilus by Djillali Defali and Eric Corbeyran
Assassin’s creed 3: Accipiter by Djillali Defali and Eric Corbeyran
Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula by Loren Estleman
The Aylesford Skull by James P. Blaylock
Hadon of Ancient Opar by Philip Jose Farmer

Tor / Forge:
Hellhole: Awakening by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman
A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan
Farseed by Pamela Sargent
The Hermetic Millennia by John C. Wright
Luck of the Draw by Piers Anthony
Dinosaur Thunder by James F. David
The Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller

Received in November

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in November for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Rays / DVDs:
Dark Shadows Blu-ray Combo Pack

Area 51: Nightstalkers by Bob Mayer

Crossed Blades by Kelly McCullough
Andromeda’s Fall by William C. Dietz
Between by Kerry Schafer

Berkley / Jove / NAL:
The First Prophet by Kay Hooper
The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney
House Rules by Chloe Neill

Bloomsbury / Walker:
Doomed by Tracy Deebs

David Claassen:
Moon’s Mercy by David Claassen

The Complete Keeper Chronicles by Tanya Huff
Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore
The Silent Dragon by Irene Radford
Polterheist by Laura Resnick

Del Rey:
Trapped by Kevin Hearne

Gold Eagle:
Rogue Angel: The Matador’s Crown by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel: City of Swords by Alex Archer
Rogue Angel: Library of Gold by Alex Archer

Harlequin / Luna:
Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey

Harlequin Teen:
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Harper Teen:
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Harper Voyager / William Morrow:
Initiate’s Trial by Janny Wurts
The Blood Gospel by James Rollins
Ever After by Kim Harrison

Hodder and Stoughton:
Advent by James Treadwell
The Wisdom of the Shire by Noble Smith

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children
Delusion by Ms. Laura L. Sullivan

Kensington Press:
Under the Gun by Hannah Jayne

Touched by Corrine Jackson

Claws & Saucers: Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Film by David Elroy Goldweber

Macmillan Children’s / Henry Holt / FSG:
Fox Forever: The Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
Sherlock Holmes: the Legend Begins: Black Ice by Andrew Lane

Penguin Teen / Putnam / Dial / Razor Bill / Dutton:
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Reached by Ally Condie
The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist
Elemental by Antony John

Pocket / Gallery:
Klingon Bird-of-Prey Owners’ Workshop Manual by Rick Sternbach and Ben Robinson
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations: Silent Weapons: Book Two by David Mack

The Society of Steam: Power Under Pressure by Andrew P. Mayer
London Eye by Tim Lebbon
The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley
Apollo’s Outcasts by Allen Steele

Robyn Wyrick:
Eviction Notice by Robyn Wyrick

Mecha Rogue by Brett Patton
Supervolcano: All Fall Down by Harry Turtledove
Cold Days by Jim Butcher
The Burn Zone by James K. Decker

Infinity Ring Book 2: Divide and Conquer by Carrie Ryan
Wings of Fire #2: The Lost Heir by Tui T. Sutherland

Simon & Schuster Teen:
The Blessed by Tonya Hurley

Titan Books:
The Art of Assassin’s Creed III by Andy McVittie
Awakening: The Art of Halo 4
Alien: The Illustrated Story by Archie Goodwin
Lord of the Trees by Philip Jose Farmer

Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey
The Inexplicables by Cherie Priest
Quintessence by David Walton
King of the Dead by Joseph Nassise
Bard’s Oath by Joanne Bertin
The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi
All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen

Tor Teen:
Renegade by J.A. Souders

Underworlds Press:
Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction

Walden Pond Press:
The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson

Blu-Ray Giveaway: Chernobyl Diaries

Courtesy of Warner Bros, I have a copy of Chernobyl Diaries for one (1) lucky winner!

Experience the darkest side of disaster in “Chernobyl Diaries” arriving onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on October 16 from Warner Home Entertainment Group. From a screenplay by “Paranormal Activity” writer Oren Peli, “Chernobyl Diaries” tests a group of tourists as they explore the site of the most catastrophic nuclear disaster in history. The Blu-ray contains an exclusive alternate ending not seen in theaters.

Written and produced by Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”) and Carey Van Dyke & Shane Van Dyke, “Chernobyl Diaries” stars Devin Kelley, Jonathan Sadowski, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Jesse McCartney, Nathan Phillips and Dimitri Diatchenko. Brian Witten also produces.

“Chernobyl Diaries” is an original story from Oren Peli, who first terrified audiences with his groundbreaking thriller, “Paranormal Activity.” The film follows a group of six young vacationers who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an “extreme” tour guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon finds themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone…

“Chernobyl Diaries” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
• Alternate Ending
• Uri’s Extreme Tours Infomercial
• Chernobyl Conspiracy Viral Video
• Deleted Scene

“Chernobyl Diaries” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
• Chernobyl Conspiracy Viral Video
• Deleted Scene

Contest is open to US residents only. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 2. I’ll draw a name on November 3, and notify winner via email.

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Blu-Ray Giveaway: Dark Shadows

Courtesy of Warner Brothers, I have a copy of Dark Shadows Blu-ray Edition 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 17. I’ll draw a name on October 18, and notify winner via email.

Good luck!

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Avengers Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes

For those of you who can’t wait for the Blu-ray/DVD release (available for preorder now), here are several deleted scenes and a fun gag reel from the recent Avengers film. Cobie Smulders’ scene screaming “Coulson” is classic. And Mark Ruffalo is just plain funny.

Original Video – More videos at TinyPic

** Update: All the deleted scenes clips were removed from their sources. Guess those of you who missed them will have to wait till they pop up again somewhere or just wait for September 25th!

SciFi Blu-Ray Giveaway: Spawn

Courtesy of Warner Brothers, I have a copy of Spawn Blu-ray Edition 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 August 17. I’ll draw a name on August 18, and notify winner via email.

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NBC’s Grimm Releases on Blu-Ray and DVD 8-7-2012


Available for Pre-Order Now:
Season 1 of NBC’s Grimm Releases on Blu-Ray and DVD August 7th, 2012.

From Press Release:
OVERVIEW: Classic Grimm’s fairy tales come to life like never before in the “dark and imaginative” (Mike Ayers, supernatural series “Grimm,” from the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, “Privileged,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) discovers he is descended from a long line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” protectors who are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the creatures of myth. With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world. Available onBlu-ray™ and DVD on August 7, 2012, “Grimm” Season One allows fans to experience all 22 chilling episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted.

“Grimm” Season One also stars Russell Hornsby (“Lincoln Heights,” “In Treatment”), Silas Weir Mitchell (“My Name is Earl,” “The Mentalist”), Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist, “Quarterlife”), Reggie Lee (“Prison Break,” Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) and Sasha Roiz (“Caprica,” “House”). Guest stars such as Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface) Amy Acker (“Angel”), Titus Welliver (“Lost”) and Sebastian Roché (“Supernatural”) also appear in this uniquely evocative series that critics rave “offers genuine scares” (Michelle Tauber, People).

“Grimm” Season One is available as a five-disc set in special, limited edition packaging with exclusive “Grimm” collector cards. It features never-before-seen bonus material that takes fans deep into the world of “Grimm,” including an interactive creature guide, “Making Monsters” featurette and much more. The “Grimm” Season One Blu-ray™ also features perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.

• THE WORLD OF GRIMM: Get to know the characters and creatures that inhabit the world of “Grimm” and discover the inspiration behind the storylines.
• MAKING MONSTERS: Go behind the scenes with Andy Clement and Barney Burman as they take viewers through the special makeup effects design and application process. The talented team from Hive FX also shows fans how they give life to the monsters of “Grimm.”
• GRIMM GUIDE: An interactive book that provides insight into the various creatures featured in the show. (Blu-ray edition only)

Street Date: August 7, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61123351 (U.S.); 61123350 (Canada)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Rating: Not Rated
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/ Dolby Digital 2.0

Street Date: August 7, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61120707 (U.S.); 61123237 (Canada)
Layers: Dual Layer
Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Rating: Not Rated
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Farscape: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Edition

Farscape: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Edition releases today – November 15, 2011.

Astronaut John Crichton traveled through a wormhole and found himself lost in a distant galaxy. Crichton arrives in the middle of a prison break from the Peacekeepers, a malevolent, human-like race. Traveling with a variety of alien escapees (designed by the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop) on a living ship named Moya, Crichton tries to find a way home.

This cult classic lasted four seasons, with a total of 88 episodes, is now available on blu-ray for the first time. And this highly imaginative science fiction series has never looked better. This new edition includes all of the special features of the previous DVD release along with a brand new documentary.

Action-packed, with fantastic characters, plenty of quirky humor, romance, and drama – this beloved series certainly lives up to its reputation. Fans will not want to miss this long-awaited release.

The Blu-Ray Edition Includes:
• 20 Blu-ray discs featuring 88 complete and unedited episodes from the four-season run (1999-2003), remastered from the highest quality source material available
• Collectible packaging featuring all-new series artwork
• 29 Episode Commentaries, including “Premiere” with Rockne S. O’Bannon, Brian Henson and Ben Browder; “Jeremiah Crichton” with Claudia Black, Producer/Writer David Kemper, Browder and O’Bannon; “Bone to Be Wild” with Anthony Simcoe;“Relativity” with Lani Tupu (Crais/Voice of Pilot) and Director Peter Andrikidis; and, “Bad Timing” which features Browder, Black and Kemper discussing the series’ final episode.
• A BRAND-NEW documentary – Memories of Moya: An Epic Journey Explored featuring revealing new interviews with the cast and creators.
• Multiple featurettes and documentaries including “In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian Henson”; “Making of a Space Opera” and “Inside Farscape: Save Farscape,” on which fans, cast and crew discuss the fate of their beloved series.
• Multiple video profiles featuring archival clips and cast/crew discussing their characters and roles on Farscape.
• Over 90 minutes of deleted scenes.
• Slideshows and archival photo galleries, including character concepts and promo photos.
• Production design galleries featuring screenshots, rough drafts and concept slide shows.
• Behind-the-Scenes interviews with Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey, Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius) and more.
• Original TV promos and trailers