Category Archives: Fantasy

Book Giveaway: Spider’s Trap

Courtesy of Pocket Books, I have a copy of Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep for one (1) lucky winner!

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Box Review: Geek Fuel – July 2015

GeekFuel July 2015

After enjoying Marvel’s Collector Corps boxes so much, I decided to join a few other geek-centered mystery boxes. Geek Fuel is a monthly subscription box “filled with t-shirts, toys, digital games, limited edition collectibles, and all things epic.” The box can be purchased on a monthly renewal at $23.90 per month, or discounts for purchasing several months or more upfront. And right now, there’s a $3 off coupon for any plan.

GeekFuel July 2015

The box comes with a monthly, mini magazine that’s really well done.

GeekFuel July 2015
Le Tour de Geek T-Shirt – (Retail $10)

The t-shirt this month is a mash-up, that I’ll probably give to my niece as I’m not a gamer – and not a fan of Zelda. But I DO LOVE that Geek Fuel offers women’s sizes in shirts. Be sure to order your regular size. I ordered 2 sizes larger (and XL), thinking that it may be fitted like a Junior’s size. But it’s not. I’ll be sticking to Mediums in the future. It’s also nice that you can adjust your shirt size for any future shipments.

GeekFuel July 2015

Also included in this month’s box:
-Marvel Civil War #1 Variant Edition (Retail $4.99+) – I was excited to get start this new run!
-Aliens vs. Vampirella Poster (Retail? – selling on Ebay for $8-20) – Not thrilled about this, but will try to find someone who wants it, or a local comic shop.
-Burnstar Downloadable Game (Retail $10) – It’s a PC-only game, so unfortunately worthless to me. I’ll pass along to family.
-Ant-Man Mini-Pint Shot Glass (Retail? – selling on Ebay for $10) – I LOVE Ant-Man, so I enjoyed getting another collectable.
-Firefly Shiny! Button (Retail $1?) – All things Firefly rule.

When I subscribed, just a few days ago, I was hoping to skip this month. Seeing as how it was the end of July, I thought I’d get in with August. Unfortunately, the value didn’t add up for things I’ll actually keep. I’ll stick with it for a while though. Other past boxes looked great.

What do you think of July’s Geek Fuel Box?

Received in July

The following are the books I received in July for review and/or giveaways:

Ace:
Autumn Moon by Jan DeLima

Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer:
Wayward by Blake Crouch
The Last Town by Blake Crouch
Pines by Blake Crouch

Berkley:
The Vampire Combat Field Guide: A Coloring and Activity Book For Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead by Roger Ma

Del Rey:
Half a War by Joe Abercrombie
Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb
Chaos Unleashed by Drew Karpyshyn

Disney Hyperion / Kingswell:
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver
A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
The Descendants: The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

Gallery Books:
The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp
Devil’s Pocket by John Dixon

Harper Teen / Greenwillow / Katherine Tegen:
Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas
MirroredMirrored by Alex Flinn
The Tattooed Heart by Michael Grant
Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins
Catacomb by Madeleine Roux
Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett
Sound by Alexandra Duncan

Harper Voyager:
Departure by A.G. Riddle
A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

Inkshares:
Abomination by Gary Whitta

Macmillan / Thomas Dunne Books:
The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

Penguin / Blue Rider Press / New American Library / Vintage:
The Way of Sorrows by Jon Steele
The Veil by Chloe Neill
Press Start to Play by Daniel H. Wilson

Penguin Teen / Dial:
Jubilee Manor by Bethany Hagen

Pocket Books:
Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep
Star Trek: Seekers Book 3: Long Shot by David Mack

Pyr:
Gold Throne in Shadow by M.C. Planck
The Geomancer: Vampire Empire by Clay Griffith
Rising Tide by Rajan Khanna

Random House Teens / Delacorte Press / Knopf / Crown:
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr
Drowning Is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley
No Such Person by Caroline B. Cooney
The Galaxy Pirates: Hunt for the Pyxis by Zoe Ferraris
The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

Scholastic:
The House on Stone’s Throw Island by Dan Poblocki
The Watchmen of Port Fayt by Conrad Mason
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts: Immortal Guardians by Eliot Schrefer
The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
Dead Upon a Time by Elizabeth Paulson
Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
TombQuest: Valley of Kings by Michael Northrop

Shadow Mountain:
Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage

Simon & Schuster / Saga Press / Strebor Books:
The War Against the Assholes by Sam Munson
The Total Emasculation of the White Man by David Valentine Bernard

Spencer Hill Press:
Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin

Subterranean Books:
Driven by Kelley Armstrong

Titan Books:
The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road by Abbie Bernstein

Tor:
Solar Express by L. E. Modesitt
Pathfinder Tales: Beyond the Pool of Stars by Howard Andrew Jones
Last First Snow by Max Gladstone
The Devil’s Only Friend by Dan Wells
The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán
The Edge of Dawn by Melinda Snodgrass
Made to Kill by Adam Christopher

Tor Teen:
Hidden Talents by David Lubar
The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett

David B. Coe (D.B. Jackson) Guest Post

CoeJacksonPubPic1000Hi, I’m David B. Coe. I also write as D.B. Jackson. Under my own name, I am the author of The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a contemporary urban fantasy set in modern day Phoenix. The newest book in this series, HIS FATHER’S EYES, will be released by Baen Books a week from today, on August 4. As D.B. Jackson, I write the Thieftaker Chronicles, a historical urban fantasy set in pre-Revolutionary Boston. The fourth and (for now) final Thieftaker book, DEAD MAN’S REACH, came out from Tor Books a week ago, on July 21.

200DeadMansReachI’m very excited to be here today, especially because I’m joined by my two protagonists from these series, Justis Fearsson and Ethan Kaille. I’m particularly pleased that Mister Kaille could join us, since he not only had to travel some distance, but also across nearly two and a half centuries. Gentlemen, welcome to you both.

Fearsson: Thanks, it’s good to be here.

Kaille: Aye, it is. Although I will admit to feeling a bit like a fish out of water. What is that contraption on which your fingers are tapping? For that matter how have you managed to illuminate this room without benefit of a single candle flame or hearth fire?

Well . . . You know, I’m afraid that in order to use our time most wisely, I’m going to have to skip the explanations. Suffice it to say that we’ve had a few technological breakthroughs in the years since the American Revolution.

Kaille: There’s been a revolution?!

Um . . . yeah. You and I can talk later. For now, allow me to ask the two of you some questions. I’d like to begin by asking how you enjoy being in my books.

Fearsson: You mind if I go first?

Kaille: Be my guest.

Layout 1Fearsson: Frankly, it’s kind of a mixed bag. You’ve given me some nice stuff. Love the car. I mean LOVE it. A ‘77 280Z, and silver no less? That’s a sweet ride. And you’ve given me some nice weaponry, too. As a former cop, I appreciate that. On the other hand, I tend to get the crap beaten out of me on a pretty regular basis, and it’s starting to get a little old. Also, the moon phasings and the whole temporary insanity thing — that’s no picnic. I could have done without it.

Kaille: Moon phasings?

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Book Giveaway: Autumn Moon

Courtesy of Ace, I have a copy of Autumn Moon by Jan DeLima for one (1) lucky winner!

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SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: Dark Disciple

Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

Synopsis:
In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.

Review:
The Jedi make the surprising decision to assassinate Count Dooku, and assign Jedi Voss to manipulate former Sith apprentice Ventress into helping him. All goes according to plan, at first – as Voss easily charms Ventress and they become partners. But their partnership becomes more than professional, and Voss’ loyalties are put to the test. Voss and Ventress are incredibly complex and vivid characters. I’d love to see more of them going forward.

Dark Disciple is a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that’s very hard to put down. Star Wars novels are always entertaining, and this is no exception. This latest installment is packed with intrigue, suspense, drama, mysticism, romance, and humor. I’ve enjoyed Golden’s numerous Star Trek novels and now feel like I need to go back and read all of her previous contributions to Star Wars as well. Fans shouldn’t miss this exciting read.

Fantasy Book Review: Thrones & Bones: Nightborn

Thrones & Bones: Nightborn by Lou Anders

Synopsis:
Karn Korlundsson is a gamer. Not a riddle solver. But in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, he will need to travel to the faraway city of Castlebriar (by wyvern), learn how to play a new board game called Charioteers (not a problem), decipher the Riddle of the Horn, and tangle with mysterious elves.

Meet Desstra. She’s in training to join the Underhand—the elite agents of the dark elves. When she crosses paths with Karn, she is not all that she appears to be.

Everyone is chasing after the horn of Osius, an ancient artifact with the power to change the world. The lengths to which Karn will go in the name of friendship will be sorely tested. Who knew that solving a riddle could be so deadly?

Review:
Nightborn is the second installment in the Thrones & Bones fantasy series. Karn embarks on another adventure – this time to save his friend Thianna from dark elves. Thianna is searching for a second horn, and the dark elves will stop at nothing to get to it first.

Desstra is an interesting new character, an Underhand trainee agent, with a conflicting nature to those she’s trying to emulate. Karn’s friendship with Thianna confuses and fascinates her. Desstra definitely adds a unique twist to the story. This sequel doesn’t disappoint – friendship, intrigue, riddles, action, clever characters, and plenty of humor. Unlike the last book, this ends in a bit of a cliffhanger – which will make readers eager for the next in this exceptional series.

Fantasy Book Review: Working for Bigfoot

Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

Synopsis:
Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client’s body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he’s treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a Bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son Irwin is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He’s a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble.

In the three novellas that make up ”Working For Bigfoot,” collected together for the first time here, readers encounter Dresden at different points in his storied career, and in Irwin’s life. As a middle-schooler, in ”B is For Bigfoot,” Irwin attracts the unwelcome attention of a pair of bullying brothers who are more than they seem, and when Harry steps in, it turns out they have a mystical guardian of their own. At a fancy private high school in ”I Was a Teenage Bigfoot,” Harry is called in when Irwin grows ill for the first time, and it’s not just a case of mono. Finally, Irwin is all grown up and has a grown-up’s typical problems as a freshman in college in ”Bigfoot on Campus,” or would have if typical included vampires.

Review:
I am a big fan of the Dresden Files, so I was happy to read this set of novellas about Chicago’s most famous Wizard. Each story centers on a mystery involving Bigfoot’s son, who’s raised by his human mother. These stories are fast-paced, fun reads that are over too quickly – but none of them disappoint. With Harry’s humor, a bit of mystery, new engaging characters, and plenty of magic – Working For Bigfoot is a must-read for all Dresden fans.