Category Archives: Fantasy

Box Review: Smuggler’s Bounty – September 2017

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 Jedi!

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

Again this month, there was no card detailing the items included.

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Star Wars Young Luke Skywalker Tshirt – Yet another black tee. And it’s not a great rendering of Luke.

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Plush Yoda – This is really cute. I don’t collect the plush dolls, but they are cute!

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EXCLUSIVE Obi-Wan Kenobi – I only have an older Obi-Wan, so this younger version is nice.

EXCLUSIVE Aayla Secura – Here’s a more obscure Jedi from the prequel films. I don’t care for those, so I barely remember her. But it’s still fun to have a different looking POP, instead of all humans.

Summary:
I still miss the detail card about the items included. This was another great 2 Funko POPs in a box month! Both characters were from the prequel films that I didn’t care for. But there were way more Jedi’s to choose from in those films!

Blu-Ray Review: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Combo Pack

SYNOPSIS:
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

REVIEW:
Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman in this origin story that leads in to the upcoming Justice League movie. We were introduced to her in Batman v Superman, which I would mostly like to forget. Although, she was definitely the highlight of the film. This story takes us back to WWI, when Themyscira becomes involved in man’s war. And Diana decides to join the world of man, convinced that Ares is behind the war.

With fantastic action and stylized fight scenes, this adventure is visually stunning and well-paced. Wonder Woman didn’t disappoint despite being one of my all-time favorite super heroes. I appreciated her naiveté and altruism having lived in such seclusion. Chris Pine plays a suave Steve Trevor, a good choice for the man to win Diana’s heart. And Lucy Davis as Etta Candy made for unforgettable comedy relief. I thoroughly enjoyed her character. The story was fun and exciting. And though a bit predictable, it was no less enjoyable and emotional during the climactic scene. Thankfully, despite the terrible BvS, this film gives me hope for the Justice League.

Special Features Include:
– Epilogue: Etta’s Mission
– Crafting the Wonder
– A Director’s Vision: Themyscira: The Hidden Island
– A Director’s Vision: Beach Battle
– A Director’s Vision: A Photograph Through Time
– A Director’s Vision: Diana in the Modern World
– A Director’s Vision: Wonder Woman at War
– Warriors of Wonder Woman
– The Trinity
– The Wonder Behind the Camera
– Finding the Wonder Woman
– Extended Scenes
– Blooper Reel

Own Wonder Woman on Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on September 19 or Own It Now on Digital HD!

Graphic Novel Review: Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke

Synopsis:
Like a bolt from the blue, Jack’s little sister Maddy is gone―carried into another realm by an ogre.

When Jack and Lilly follow Maddy’s captor through the portal, they are ready for anything . . . except what they find waiting for them in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of their magic plants may not be enough to get them back to earth alive.

Alone and injured, Jack and Lilly must each face their own monsters―as well as giants who grind the bones of human children to feed their “beast” and a fearsome goblin king in the sewers down below.

But when Jack finds himself in a tough spot, help comes from the most unlikely person: the goblin king!

Review:
Jack and Lilly enter a land of goblins and ogres to rescue Maddy. But these scary looking creatures are not all what they seem.

This middle-grade graphic novel is a fantastic conclusion to this different take on Jack and the Beanstalk. The artwork is quirky and fun. The adventure is full of danger, suspense, and humor. And Lilly is a strong female lead that young girls will love. Hatke’s stories are always entertaining. And the story ends with a cute twist that fans will appreciate.

Book Giveaway: The Seven

Courtesy of Harper Voyager, I have a copy of The Seven by Peter Newman 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 September 29. I’ll draw a name on September 30, and notify winner via email.

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Fantasy Book Review: The Squirrel on the Train

The Squirrel on the Train by Kevin Hearne

Synopsis:
Oberon the Irish wolfhound is off to Portland to smell all the things with canine companions wolfhound Orlaith and Boston terrier Starbuck, and, of course, his human, ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan. The first complication is an unmistakable sign of sinister agendas afoot: a squirrel atop the train. But an even more ominous situation is in store when the trio plus Atticus stumble across a murder upon arrival at the station. They recognize Detective Gabriela Ibarra, who’s there to investigate. But they also recognize the body—or rather that the body is a doppelganger for Atticus himself. The police, hampered by human senses of smell and a decided lack of canine intuition, obviously can’t handle this alone. Not with Atticus likely in danger. Oberon knows it’s time to investigate once more—for justice! For gravy! And possibly greasy tacos!

Review:
When Oberon and his crew arrive in Portland, the dogs are on the look out for evil squirrels. But instead they find a murder victim who looks exactly like Atticus. They investigate to find out who the man was and to see if the murderer was actually after Atticus.

The Squirrel on the Train is a novella set in the fantasy series The Iron Druid Chronicles. This installment is told from Irish Wolfhound Oberon’s point of view – which means there is plenty of humor and mentions of sausage. The mystery is fast-paced and engaging. The characters are fun and colorful. And the finale has a surprising twist that doesn’t disappoint.

Box Review: Bam Box – August 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.

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The box comes with a nice mini mag, describing all of the included items.

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Futurama Pin and Superbad Prop Replica – These are tosses for me as I don’t collect pins, and I have no desire to ever watch Superbad.

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Tara Reid signed Shark – Ok. This is a creative and fun item from the Sharknado movies!

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Witcher Dog Tag Prop Replica – I have never heard of Witcher, so I had to look it up to discover it’s a game. Not surprising. It’s a really nice, heavy medallion. A very nice replica for fans of the game.

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Joker Print – This was one of two options. Subscribers could have received another print of Batman in an ancient Chinese style instead.

Ghostbusters 2 Patch – I recognized this painting as soon as I saw it, as I’m a fan of the Ghostbusters films.

Summary:
Bam Box has done away with themes, and I don’t think they’ll be missed. This was a fun variety of items from a variety of genres. Bam Box excels at their unique items. And the signed Shark and medallion prop (despite not being a gamer myself) were the highlights of this mystery box.

Received in August

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in August for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Rays:
The Circle Blu-Ray
King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword Blu-Ray
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Alison Pang:
Magpie’s Song by Allison Pang

Berkley:
Deja New by MaryJanice Davidson

Del Rey:
After On by Rob Reid
A Lot Like Christmas by Connie Willis
Strange Music by Alan Dean Foster

Disney Hyperion:
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

First Second:
Spinning by Tillie Walden

Gallery:
HALO: Retribution by Troy Denning

Harper Collins / William Morrow:
Strange Weather by Joe Hill

Harper Voyager:
The God Peak by Patrick Hemstreet
Call of Fire by Beth Cato
The Seven by Peter Newman

Inkshares:
Sorcery for Beginners by Matt Harry
Song of Edmon by Adam Burch

Penguin / Putnam:
The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference by Christopher L. Bennett

Pyr:
The Nine by Tracy Townsend
The Castle in Cassiopeia by Mike Resnick

Scholastic:
The White Tower by Cathryn Constable
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 6: The Wildcat’s Claw by Varian Johnson
Magisterium Book 4: The Silver Mask by Holly Black
Wings of Fire: Darkness of Dragons by Tui T. Sutherland

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Soho Press:
Sip by Brian Allen Carr

Subterranean Press:
The Father of Lies by KJ Parker

Tor:
The Dinosaur Princess by Victor Milan
Cloudbound by Fran Wilde
Playing to the Gods by Melanie Rawn
The Man in the Tree by Sage Walker

Tor Teen:
Ferocious by Paula Stokes

Unnamed Press:
After the Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun

Fantasy Book Review: The Adventurer’s Guild

The Adventurer’s Guild by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos

Synopsis:
In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone’s only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he’ll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild.

But just as it seems the boys’ dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild.

Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies-Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf-must prove their worth once and for all.

Review:
Zed and Brock are hoping to get into their favorite guilds. But when Zed is picked for the dangerous Adventurers Guild, Brock volunteers as well. Though, he has a secret reason he’s infiltrating the guild. Zed and Brock make a great team and are likable despite their flaws. The Adventurers are the only guild to brave outside the city walls, so the new recruits must prove themselves. And the boys soon discover there’s a traitor in the city.

This is the first installment in a new children’s fantasy series. The Adventurer’s Guild is packed with engaging characters, exciting intrigue, dangerous creatures, and magic. This is a fun and fast-paced story that builds to a surprising finale. The rich, fantasy world is familiar – with the feel of a role playing game. I look forward to the next in this promising new series.