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Spotlight: Zeitgaiss Christmas Ornaments

Zeitgaiss Ornaments

Zeitgaiss Ornaments

Mike Gaiss from zeitgaiss.com has an Etsy shop with original artwork available as stickers, Christmas ornaments, and magnets for sale. I was offered the above samples to review. These four-inch Luke and Boba Fett ornaments are printed on matte photo paper and laminated on front and back. They are signed by the artist. And hole punched, with the hook included.

I like the Luke one, but the Boba Fett is really great artwork. They’d look really nice on a ceramic ornament. These are going on my tree dedicated just to Star Wars.

Check out the Etsy shop here: etsy.com/shop/zeitgaiss

Gift Ideas: ThinkGeek Star Wars Clothing

ThinkGeek has a new exclusive Star Wars clothing line out now for men and women:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/star-wars-training-mode/!

The first top I tried was the Star Wars Force Varsity Ladies’ Lace-Up Hoodie.
I wasn’t sure if the sizes were a slim/Juniors fit or regular ladies sizes. So, I got one size larger, and it was a perfect fit. It’s a relaxed fit, and by far the softest sweatshirt I’ve ever owned! I LOVE this one.

Next, I tried the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Logo Ladies’ V-Neck Top.

This is a soft, thin t-shirt material that looks and feels great. Again, just order a size larger than your regular women’s size, if you like a relaxed fit. It’s definitely not as small as some junior’s sizing. On the back it has “The Last Jedi” written out. The cut out v-neck is not hemmed, but looks like it was just cut. It may not last through too many washes unless on the gentle cycle.

Lastly, I got a sweater that I’ll be wearing to Christmas festivities…

Star Wars Darth Vader Lack of Cheer Holiday Sweater
This is a unisex sweater that is perfect for Ugly Sweater parties this season. Heads-up that it’s a handwash-only sweater. And it’s very dense and warm.

Check these out, and more, at ThinkGeek.com for your geeky holiday shopping!

*SciFiChick.com received these items at no cost for review purposes only.

Received in November

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

Blu-Rays:
Transformers 4K Blu-Ray Edition
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen 4K Blu-Ray Edition
Transformers Dark of the Moon 4K Blu-Ray Edition
Transformers Age of Extinction 4K Blu-Ray Edition

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Ace:
The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Charlaine Harris

Daw:
A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford
Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines
Pathways by Mercedes Lackey

Del Rey:
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Disney Hyperion:
Chasing Helicity by Ginger Zee

DSP Publications:
The Stark Divide by J Scott Coatsworth

Gallery:
HALO: Legacy of Onyx by Matt Forbeck
The Forever Ship by Francesca Haig

Harper Voyager:
Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira
Darkness Falling: Andromedan Dark: Book Two by Ian Douglas
Destiny’s Conflict by Janny Wurts

HMH / Mariner:
Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Titan: Fortune of War by David Mack

Pyr:
The Nine by Tracy Townsend
Blade and Bone by Jon Sprunk

Random House Teens / Delacorte Press:
The City of Sand by Tianxia Bachang

Scholastic / Graphix:
Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
Last Descendants: An Assassin’s Creed Novel Series #3: Fate of the Gods by Matthew J. Kirby
The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Erth Dragons #2: Dark Wyng by Chris D’Lacey
DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #3: Detention of Doom by Derek Fridolfs
Revenge of the Beetle Queen by M. G. Leonard
Ink by Alice Broadway

Simon Teen:
Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Children of Refuge by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Subterranean Press:
Phoresis by Greg Egan

Tor:
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Shroud of Eternity by Terry Goodkind
The Eterna Solution by Leanna Renee Hieber
Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

Ubisoft:
Assassin’s Creed Origins: Desert Oath by Oliver Bowden

Received in October

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

Blu-Rays:
Westworld Season 1 4K Blu-Ray Edition

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Avon Books:
Immortally Yours by Lynsay Sands

Del Rey:
Strange Music by Alan Dean Foster

First Second:
Ali-A Adventures: Game On! by Cavan Scott and Aleksandar Sotirovski

Harper Collins / William Morrow:
Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill

Harper Voyager:
Breach of Containment by Elizabeth Bonesteel
Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira
Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden
The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
The Rift Frequency by Amy S. Foster

Pyr / Prometheus Books:
Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction by David Siegel Bernstein

Scholastic:
Ink by Alice Broadway

Shadow Mountain:
Adventurers Wanted: The Axe of Sundering by M. L. Forman

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers:
The Empress by S. J. Kincaid

St Martin’s Press / Wednesday Books:
Sun Warrior by P. C. Cast
Moon Chosen by P. C. Cast
Year One by Nora Roberts
Joe Ledger: Unstoppable by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Subterranean Press:
DJStories: The Best of David J Schow
The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

Titan Books:
Star Trek The Next Generation: The Art of Juan Ortiz by Juan Oritz
The Autobiography of Jean Luc Picard by David A. Goodman
Assassin’s Creed: Reflections Vol. 1 by Ian Edginton

Tor:
Steal the Stars by Nat Cassidy
Blade of Empire by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
Valiant Dust by Richard Baker
Deadhouse Landing by Ian C. Esslemont

Tor Teen:
Enhanced by Carrie Jones
The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller

ThinkGeek: Star Wars Necklace

Star Wars Necklace

ThinkGeek has a new exclusive Star Wars Galactic Necklace!

This officially-licensed Star Wars jewelry is a great price for the amount of detail. And I love how unique it is!

Star Wars Necklace

Inside the lid gives a description of each planet included.

Star Wars Necklace Star Wars Necklace

And the box help identify each piece as well.

Star Wars Necklace

There is an adjustable, easy-clasp chain. The picture is about the maximum length, which is just about perfect.
I absolutely love this necklace. It’s stylish, pretty, and a great conversation piece.

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This jewelry was sent to me at no cost for review.

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: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer
by Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis:
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Review:
I’m a huge Wonder Woman fan (comics, books, tv, movies, you name it), so I really wanted to like this book. I saw that it was a story set before Diana becomes Wonder Woman. And while the story of a girl coming to the island and Diana leaving and seeing the world of man, completely disregards all Wonder Woman origin stories – I still tried to put that aside to enjoy this story. However, it’s just a slow-paced, dull plot that only really picks up at the end climactic scene. The characters weren’t really likable. And while Diana stays true to character for the most part, she attends a silly party instead of hurrying to get Alia (and the world) to safety. That’s right. The world is in mortal jeopardy, and they attend a gala – and even worry about gowns. It’s ridiculous. And disappointing. There are some fun fight scenes where Diana kicks butt. And I enjoyed her subplot coming-of-age story back home, but it wasn’t enough to save the book for me.