Category Archives: Fantasy

Box Review: Bam Box – May 2018

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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There’s a nice, full-color sheet with plenty of details about what’s in the box.

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GI Joe Pin – Standard filler.

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Fallout Platinum Chip Prop Replica – I don’t care for gaming, so I would have had no idea what this was.

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Infinity War Art Print – This is the 3rd of 3 Avengers prints. It’s nice that they all have the a similar look. I’m very glad I didn’t get stuck with a black and white variant.

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Stefan Kapicic (Colossus) Signed Print – I would’ve liked one of the other more realistic prints. But I definitely wont be keeping this cartoonish print.

Summary:
I enjoyed the Avengers art print again this time. This was another slim box, with only 2 prints, a small trinket, and a pin. But this still one of the least expensive boxes that wont bankrupt you.

Received in May

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

Blu-Ray:
Annihilation 4K Blu-Ray Edition

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Ace:
Dresden Files: Brief Cases by Jim Butcher
Night Fall by Simon R. Green

Berkley:
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
The Mermaid by Christina Henry

Daw:
The Hills Have Spies by Mercedes Lackey
Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio

Del Rey:
The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates

Disney Hyperion:
The Trials of Apollo Book Three: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
Star Wars Most Wanted by Rae Carson

Grim Oak Press:
Street Freaks by Terry Brooks

Harper Voyager:
Vita Nostra by Sergiy Dyachenko
Timeless by R. A. Salvatore
Noumenon Infinity by Marina J. Lostetter
The Shattered Sun by Rachel Dunne

Macmillan / FSG / Picador / Minotaur:
Void Star by Zachary Mason
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Penguin / Putnam:
Dracul by Dacre Stoker

Pyr:
Nebula Awards Showcase 2018 by Jane Yolen

Random House / Lenny:
Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Random House Young Readers / Delacorte Press / Random House Graphic / Knopf:
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
The Selkie of San Francisco by Todd Calgi Gallicano

Scholastic:
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
The Keys to the Kingdom #1: Mister Monday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #2: Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #3: Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #4: Sir Thursday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #5: Lady Friday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #6: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #7: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix
The Boy Who Went Magic by A. P. Winter

Subterranean Press:
Driving to Geronimo’s Grave and Other Stories by Joe R. Lansdale

Titan Books:
Who is the Black Panther?: A Novel of the Marvel Universe by Jesse J. Holland
Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World: A Novel of the Marvel Universe by Dan Abnett
Deadpool: Paws: A Novel of the Marvel Universe by Stefan Petrucha
Civil War: A Novel of the Marvel Universe by Stuart Moore

Tor:
In the Region of the Summer Stars by Stephen R. Lawhead
Gate Crashers by Patrick S. Tomlinson
The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
Spymaster by Margaret Weis
The Furnace: A Graphic Novel by Prentis Rollins

Fantasy Book Review: The Stone Girl’s Story

The Stone Girl’s Story by Sarah Beth Durst

Synopsis:
Mayka and her stone family were brought to life by the stories etched into their bodies. Now time is eroding these vital marks, and Mayka must find a stonemason to recarve them. But the search is more complex than she had imagined, and Mayka uncovers a scheme endangering all stone creatures. Only someone who casts stories into stone can help—but whom can Mayka trust? Where is the stonemason who will save them?

Review:
The Stone Girl’s Story is a sweet story with the feel of a fairy tale. Mayka and her friends are living stone creations. Their creator has long passed, and now the stone creations need fixing to go on living. So, Mayka and her friends go on a quest to find a gifted stonemason. The characters are likable and engaging. And while a bit predictable, the story has plenty of adventure, suspense, humor, and heart. This coming-of-age, middle reader novel is fun for all ages. Durst’s novels are always unique and must-reads for me. And this novel is one of her more feel-good, light-hearted stories.

FearlessWomen Tour: Book Excerpt: Vicious

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About #FearlessWomen:
Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.”

Highlighting major titles from bestselling authors V.E. Schwab, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jacqueline Carey as well as titles from acclaimed and debut authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal, Tessa Gratton, Sam Hawke, and Robyn Bennis, #FearlessWomen will be a coordinated social media celebration encouraging fans to start a dialogue about women in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories.

Tor Books’ handles across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@torbooks) will be using the hashtags #FearlessWomen (and #FearlessFantasy and #FearlessSF) to promote excerpts, exclusive content, quizzes and giveaways beginning in May. There will also be exclusive giveaways at BookCon, San Diego Comic-Con, and New York Comic Con. Follow Tor Books online, join the conversation – and get reading!

Vicious Schwab

About VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab:
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

About V.E. Schwab:
VICTORIA (V.E.) SCHWAB is the author of the NYT bestselling Shades of Magic series, as well as a number of MG and YA novels, including This Savage Song. She has been called “the heir to Diana Wynne Jones.” Her dynamic work has caught the attention of major TV and film studios. Schwab has a Masters degree in Art History from the University of Edinburgh. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, but frequents Edinburgh. You can visit her at https://www.veschwab.com/

VICIOUS Excerpt –

LAST NIGHT
MERIT CEMETERY

“You’re not a bad person,” repeated Sydney, flinging dirt onto the moonlit grass. “But Eli is.”

“Yes. Eli is.”

“But he didn’t go to prison.”

“No.”

“Do you think he’ll get the message?” she asked, pointing at the grave.

“I’m pretty sure,” said Victor. “And if he doesn’t, your sister will.”

Sydney’s stomach twisted at the thought of Serena. In her mind, her big sister was two different people, two images overlapping in a way that blurred both, and made her feel dizzy, ill.

There was the Serena from before the lake. The Serena who’d knelt on the floor in front of her the day she left for college— they both knew she was abandoning Sydney to the toxic, empty house— and who used her thumb to wipe tears from Sydney’s cheek, saying over and over, I’m not gone, I’m not gone.

And then there was the Serena from after the lake. The Serena whose eyes were cold and whose smile was hollow, and who made things happen with only words. The one who lured Sydney into a field with a body, cooing at her to show her trick, and then looking sad when she did. The one who turned her back when her boyfriend raised his gun.

“I don’t want to see Serena,” said Sydney.

“I know,” said Victor. “But I want to see Eli.”

“Why?” she asked. “You can’t kill him.”

“That may be.” His fingers curled around the shovel. “But half the fun is trying.”

Book Review: Avengers: Infinity War – The Official Movie Special

Avengers: Infinity War – The Official Movie Special

Avengers Infinity War: Official Movie Special

This movie special is great for fans who want to read more about the film – from details about each infinity stone to character spotlights and interviews from all of the main characters. I would’ve liked to see more behind-the-scenes stuff, but this book is already packed with 23 characters from the film. This 96-page, full-color book makes for a great gift or coffee table book.

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Book Giveaway: The Voodoo Killings

Courtesy of Vintage Canada, I have a copy of The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish for one lucky winner!

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FearlessWomen Tour: Book Excerpt: By Fire Above

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About #FearlessWomen:
Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.”

Highlighting major titles from bestselling authors V.E. Schwab, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jacqueline Carey as well as titles from acclaimed and debut authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal, Tessa Gratton, Sam Hawke, and Robyn Bennis, #FearlessWomen will be a coordinated social media celebration encouraging fans to start a dialogue about women in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories.

Tor Books’ handles across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@torbooks) will be using the hashtags #FearlessWomen (and #FearlessFantasy and #FearlessSF) to promote excerpts, exclusive content, quizzes and giveaways beginning in May. There will also be exclusive giveaways at BookCon, San Diego Comic-Con, and New York Comic Con. Follow Tor Books online, join the conversation – and get reading!

By Fire Above Bennis

About BY FIRE ABOVE by Robyn Bennis:
By Fire Above is the rip-roaring new adventure in Robyn Bennis’s Signal Airship military fantasy series that Patricia Briggs hails as “full of sass and terrific characters.”

“All’s fair in love and war,” according to airship captain Josette Dupre, until her hometown of Durum becomes occupied by the enemy and her mother a prisoner of war. Then it becomes, “Nothing’s fair except bombing those Vins to high hell.”

Before she can rescue her town, however, Josette must maneuver her way through the nest of overstuffed vipers that make up Garnia’s military and royal leaders in order to drum up support. The foppish and mostly tolerated Mistral crew member Lord Bernat steps in to advise her, along with his very attractive older brother.

Between noble scheming, under-trained recruits, and supply shortages, Josette and the crew of the Mistral figure out a way to return to Durum—only to discover that when the homefront turns into the frontlines, things are more dangerous than they seem.

About Robyn Bennis:
Robyn Bennis has done research and development involving human gene expression, neural connectomics, cancer diagnostics, rapid flu testing, gene synthesis, genome sequencing, and systems integration.

She wrote most of The Guns Above within sight of Hangar One at Moffett Airfield, which was once the West Coast home to one of America’s largest airships, the USS Macon.
She currently resides in Madison, WI, where she has one cat, two careers, and an apartment full of dreams.

You can find her online at according2robyn.blogspot.com or on Twitter at @According2Robyn.

BY FIRE ABOVE Excerpt –

Roland was still shaking hands with an increasingly flabbergasted Josette, and the look in his eyes told the rest of the story. If only most of her eyebrows hadn’t grown back already, perhaps there might have been a chance he’d be put off by her. In all her life she had surely faced no greater danger than Roland’s interest. The man was boredom brought to life, and that was among the least of his faults.

Roland finally let go of her and offered to carry her baggage and she—the damn fool—accepted. Roland flung the flight bag over his shoulder, assuming the most insidiously casual pose. As they turned to walk off together, Roland flashed a grin at Josette and asked, “I wonder, may I show you the waterfront sometime?”

She was just working up to rejection. Bernat could see it in her face. But then she spotted Bernat emphatically shaking his head, and she grinned. Grinned twice in two seconds, actually, in what might have been a personal best for her: one grin for Bernat and another for Roland.

And no doubt just to spite Bernat, she said to his brother, “I’d like that. When leisure permits.”

Box Review: Bam Box – April 2018

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

We’re back to the nice, full-color sheet with plenty of details about what’s in the box. Love it.

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Back to the Future Pin – I would have had NO clue who this was supposed to be without the detail sheet… and I’m a huge fan of the series. Unfortunately, this looks nothing like Marty McFly or Michael J Fox.

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Super Troopers 2 Signed Print – Unfortunately, this isn’t scifi or fantasy, and the first installment never interested me. So, I definitely wont be seeing this one.

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Han Solo’s Dice Prop Replica – I remember these from the last Star Wars installment. These are a nice, heavy replica with plenty of detail. I’ll be keeping these.

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Infinity War Art Print – Like last month’s, this is another gorgeous print with some of my favorite characters. I like this print much more than the possible black and white variant as well.

Summary:
I enjoyed the art print again this time. And again, it’s probably my favorite item in the box. This seemed like another slim box, with only 2 prints, a small trinket, and a pin. But this still one of the least expensive boxes that wont bankrupt you. I like the variety of genres and the nod to Solo who has a movie out this month.