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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

Book Review: Assassin’s Creed: Origins: Desert Oath

Assassin’s Creed Origins: Desert Oath

Synopsis:
Before Assassin’s Creed: Origins, there was an Oath.

Egypt, 70BC, a merciless killer stalks the land. His mission: to find and destroy the last members of an ancient order, the Medjay – to eradicate the bloodline.

In peaceful Siwa, the town’s protector abruptly departs, leaving his teenage son, Bayek, with questions about his own future and a sense of purpose he knows he must fulfill.

Bayek sets off in search of answers, his journey taking him along the Nile and through an Egypt in turmoil, facing the dangers and the mysteries of the Medjay’s path.

Review:
Bayek wants to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Medjay, a protector of their ancient beliefs. But an assassin is hunting the last of the Medjay line, and will stop at nothing to exterminate them all.

Desert Oath is a prequel to the Assassin’s Creed Origins video game and set in Ancient Egypt. I don’t play video games, but I love the Assassin’s Creed series through the books, comics, and film. And despite being a prequel, this also works well as a standalone story. Though, I did look up who the historic Medjay were. The variety of historical time periods in Assassin’s Creed is one of the things I love about the series. The narrative switches between Bayek and the killer for the most part. The killer is ruthless and captivating. This original story is full of suspense and adventure and builds to an exciting finale.

Box Review: Bam Box – November 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.

There was no mini mag this month, so I have no clue what some of this is… EDIT: I went to their Facebook page, and found a link to their booklet online: http://www.thebambox.com/novbamoriginal

Bam Box

Terminator Pin and Transformers Patch

Bam Box
Bam Box

Iron Coin of the Faceless Man– I had no clue what this was without the link. I thought maybe it was Assassin’s Creed.

Bam Box

Hopper’s Badge – I’m a fan of Stranger Things, so I knew this one – even without the nice description on the box cover. It’s heavy and solid – feels like the real thing!

Bam Box

Dianne Pershing Signed Poison Ivy Print – This is a signed print by the voice of Poison Ivy from the Batman Animated series.. that I don’t watch. Other than knowing the print is of Poison Ivy, I had to look at the magazine link to find out who signed it and why.

Bam Box

Carnage Art Print – I’m not a big carnage fan, so this didn’t do anything for me.

Summary:
I also had a random plastic piece in my box that doesn’t seem to go to anything. Looks like it was supposed to be a display for something. The missing booklet was a disappointment, as other folks, like me, will be confused about several items. I saw several comments on the Facebook posts about missing items as well. Hopefully, next month’s box they can take their time and make sure everything is finished. The badge was an awesome piece, but the rest of the box was a bust for me.

Box Review: TeeBlox – November 2017

TeeBlox

TeeBlox is a t-shirt subscription service that brings 100% authentic licensed geek and gamer shirts to your doorsteps every month. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime. Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Get 1 shirt and 2 other items starting at $12.99/mo and use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Subscribers can pick from the following categories: SciFi, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoons, Movies and TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

TeeBlox

Star Wars Shirt – This is the first long sleeved shirt I’ve received! I’m excited, since it’s winter and I’d only wear long sleeves here in Indiana. And it’s a great design, with not only a graphic on the front, but down both sleeves as well!

TeeBlox

Sticker and Pin – I have no clue what this sticker is. And I’ve received the same pin many times now. But it’s just filler, so no biggie.

Summary: I feel like the value went up with a long sleeved tee. It’s definitely something I’ll wear in the colder months. This was a great surprise.

Remember, use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

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

SciFi Book Review: Terminal Alliance

Terminal Alliance by Jim C Hines

Synopsis:
The Krakau came to Earth to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. However, they happened to arrive after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.

The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn around and go home. (After all, it’s hard to have diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.) Their second impulse was to try to fix us. Now, a century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they’re no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly.

Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.

Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her team of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship as well as anyone, but flying the damn thing is another matter.

As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance… a conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago.

Review:
Mops is a highly capable leader – not only of her custodial team. When the ship is under attack from within, Mops takes charge without hesitation. She also leads the investigation into what happened to her ship, which leads to a deeper conspiracy.

Terminal Alliance is the first in a fantastic, new science fiction series. Full of humor, suspense, and intrigue – this story has it all. The characters are fun and the dialog is sharp. It’s well-paced and hard to put down. With several great twists and plenty of action and adventure, SciFi fans will not want to miss this one.