Category Archives: SciFi

Box Review: Comic Bento – August 2016

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Comic Bento is a subscription Graphic Novel Box – A surprise selection of fantastic Graphic Novels with at least $60 worth of comics in every box and mailed right to your door!

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Comic Bento

This month’s theme was Elementals. Each box comes with a nice card describing each of the month’s picks.

Comic Bento

Fantastic Four Season One (Retail $24.99) – I enjoy this Season One series, and this is one I don’t have yet! I’m a big Fantastic Four fan. And I always appreciate hardbacks and the added value.
Publisher: Marvel (February 22, 2012)

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Book of Death (Retail $14.99) – I enjoy these characters from what I’ve read of Valiant titles so far. So I’m looking forward to this one too.
Publisher: Valiant (February 2, 2016)

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Surface Tension (Retail $19.99) – This looks like an interesting premise. I look forward to reading this one as well.
Publisher: Titan Comics (March 8, 2016)

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Four Points: Horsemen EXCLUSIVE Cover (Retail $12.99) – Not only did we receive this before it hit stores, but it’s an exclusive cover.
Publisher: Aspen (May 4, 2016)

Summary: The value (as always) is great this month. And I’m interested in reading all of the titles! I appreciate the variety in the publishers as well. I usually only read Marvel and a few DC titles. So, this gives me some exposure to the smaller pubs.

Author Guest Post and Giveaway: Chris Howard’s NIGHT SPEED

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Chris Howard joins SciFiChick.com today to talk about what super power he would chose to have and what he would do with it…

Pick your own super-power!?

If I could have any super-power at all?! Whoa. For a long time, I’d have said “flying”. Kinda obvious… but, come on, flying! How awesome?! But we all kinda know how that would work. So I’m gonna mix it up and say the super-power I pick is… the “ability to freeze time”.
Right?!

I’d love this. Heck, I’d never run late again! Well, I would run late, because I always seem to push it so I can get more things done before I set off wherever it is I’m trying to go, but now I’d just freeze time, and go zipping through the static world (on my bike, I guess, or I could just walk because there’d be no hurry). That’s the beauty of this super-power… there’d never be any hurry. At all.

So let’s think about this…

Continue reading Author Guest Post and Giveaway: Chris Howard’s NIGHT SPEED

Received in April

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

Mystery Box:
Espionage Cosmetics BOOM!Box
The BAM! Box

Ace:
Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

BenBella Books:
Boarding the Enterprise edited by David Gerrold and Robert J Sawyer

Del Rey:
The Revelation Code by Andy McDermott
Alight by Scott Sigler
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray
The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville

Disney Hyperion:
What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein
Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano

Gallery Books:
The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig

Harper Teen / Belzer + Bray:
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
Unplugged by Donna Freitas
Ruined by Amy Tintera
Island of the Sun by Matthew J. Kirby
The Hunt by Megan Shepherd

Harper Voyager:
Grim Tidings by Caitlin Kittredge

Necro Press:
Unity by John Leahy

Nesfa Press:
The Grimm Future edited by Erin Underwood
Conspiracy! by David L.Clements

Night Shade Books:
The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells

Penguin / Putnam:
Extreme Prey by John Sandford

Penguin Teen / Philomel / Putnam:
The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin
The Skeleth by Matthew Jobin
Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu
Prodigy: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu

Roc:
To Kill a Kettle Witch by Barb Hendee

Scholastic:
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts: The Return by Varian Johnson
The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

Simon and Schuster Children’s / Aladdin:
Valkyrie by Kate O’Hearn
Five Kingdoms: Death Weavers by Brandon Mull
The Tale of a No-Name Squirrel by Radhika R. Dhariwal

Subterranean Press:
Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire by Joe R Lansdale
A Long December by Richard Chizmar

Titan Books:
The High Ground: Imperials by Melinda Snodgrass
Escapology by Ren Warom
Duskfall by Christopher B. Husberg
The Race by Nina Allan
New Pompeii by Daniel Godfrey

Tor Teen:
Vicarious by Paula Stokes
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

SciFi Book Review: Quantum Night

Quantum Night by Robert J Sawyer

Synopsis:
Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying the previously undetected psychopaths lurking everywhere in society. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim is shocked to discover that he has lost his memories of six months of his life from twenty years previously—a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.

Jim is reunited with Kayla Huron, his forgotten girlfriend from his lost period and now a quantum physicist who has made a stunning discovery about the nature of human consciousness. As a rising tide of violence and hate sweeps across the globe, the psychologist and the physicist combine forces in a race against time to see if they can do the impossible—change human nature—before the entire world descends into darkness.

Review:
Jim Marchuk is a brilliant psychologist who is level-headed and favors reason over emotion. He has developed a technique for identifying psychopaths which leads him to a startling discovery about humanity.

Quantum Night is a scientific thriller from the author of Flashforward (which was a short-lived tv show). Like Flashforward, this is heavy on the science, yet far-fetched enough to be science fiction. The characters are interesting and engaging. The story is even paced until the exciting, climactic ending. With plenty of mystery, suspense, and several huge twists – this will appeal to a large audience.

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – April 2016 – Civil War

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This is the 7th box from Collector Corps and the theme was Captain America: Civil War! The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

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Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

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This month is the first that a nice card has been included detailing the contents of the box!

Civil War Lanyard (Retail $2-3?) – As stated on the card, this is a great way to showcase all the pins we’ve been collecting!

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Civil War Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I’m not a big fan of the Pop tshirt designs, but I do think I’ll be wearing this one.

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EXCLUSIVE Unmasked Iron Man Dorbz (Retail $10+) – I don’t buy Dorbz, but have collected several so far just from Funko boxes. And this is one of my favorites so far.

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Black Panther #1 Variant (Retail $4.99) – I’m excited to read this one!

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EXCLUSIVE Captain America / Iron Man 2 Pack (Retail $35+) – An exclusive 2-pack! My day was made! I love the unique design of Iron Man, even though he has to use a stand. Captain America has his head at a 90 degree turn from his body.

For a comparison, I put Cap beside my new GameStop exclusive Captain America. He’s drastically turned to the side, so it’s awkward positioning for display on my shelf. I think I prefer the kneeling GameStop exclusive. But I’m still happy to have another Cap exclusive and a unique mold!

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Summary: This month was one of my favorites. 2 exclusive (new mold) POP!s AND a Dorbz AND a fun shirt design. The box itself was extra large, so I doubt they’ll do this very often. But it was a fantastic box for their 1 year anniversary!

Box Review: BAM! Box – April 2016

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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 half sheet, full-color information on what’s in the box.
This month’s theme was RIP!

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Gwen Stacy Prop Replica ID Card (Retail $2-3?) – For the few people who actually liked the Amazing Spider-Man 2? Still, it’s a nice replica of the deceased character’s ID.

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Aril Lehman Signed Jason Mask (Retail $30-40?) – I’m not a horror fan at all, but this is a great item for the many who are! I was certainly impressed! And 150 subscribers received a gold variant and 150 received a silver variant.

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EXCLUSIVE “Live Long and Prosper” Leonard Nimoy Tribute Sign (Retail ?) – I was one of the lucky 200 who scored a gold sign variant! Everyone else received a silver sign. This was my favorite item in the box, so how perfect I got the 1-up version?!

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Biohazard Zombie Brass Knuckles (Retail $13.95) – These are solid, heavy knuckles. And the 1-up version for this was Zombucks mint coins.

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EXCLUSIVE Print of Heath Ledger’s Nurse Joker (Retail N/A) – Each of these are hand-signed and numbered by the artist, Chris Uminga! And I appreciate the Certificate of Authenticity that comes with the unique items.

Summary:
This box is an impressive new geek box with several exclusives. The hand-signed items alone are worth the cost of the box and are things you could only otherwise get at a comic book convention. The curation is unique and the items all fit in well with the theme. The value is great! And I love the idea of the 1-up items and how many there are!

I look forward May’s theme: “Abilities”

Box Review: BOOM!Box by Espionage Cosmetics

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A Nerdy Make-up Box? Yes, please!

“Are you looking to level up and expand your nerd universe? Espionage Cosmetics presents a new, bi-monthly service that ventures to different realms collecting the finest of geek culture treasures for subscribers. We welcome you to the EC BOOM!Box!

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“What’s in the BOOM!Box?!
There will be one BRAND NEW “Nailed It!” nail wrap design in each BOOM!box. Beyond that, everything else is a magical mystery! Scarves, beanies, makeup, jewelry, games, books, who knows! We’re here to expand your nerd universe one delivery at a time!”
Cost: 1 box shipped every 2 months/60 days is $30 (+tax and shipping) with other options available.

SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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The shipment came with a handy card that detailed all of the contents with make-up application tips.

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Valknjoggr Nail Wraps (Retail $10)- These dragon scale nail wraps are incredible. Fantasy fans will love these.

Mysctical Mane Nail Wraps (Retail $10) – Unicorns! These are fun and sparkly. My young nieces will get a kick out them, as they’re a bit too young for me. See close up pics of both of these wrap sets below.

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Espionage Cosmetics Crest Sticker (Retail $3) – This is cute filler.

Banshee Lip Serum (Retail $9) – While the color looks really purple in the tube, this is actually a pretty mauve color. You can see in the little container above. Instructions said to mix it with Rumpelstiltskin to change the color a bit, but I didn’t add much.

Rumpelstiltskin Everything Shadow (Retail $7.50)- This is a shimmery gold color that will look good layered with some darker shadows.

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Mermaiden Stationery 3-Pack (Retail $10)- These are pretty but won’t get used, as I never use stationery or mail notes. Sending a birthday card is as much as I use hard copy greetings. And I don’t know many who do. Do teenagers still write hand-written notes?

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EXCLUSIVE Neverland Gilded Temporary Tattoos (Retail N/A, $5 each?) – My niece loves temporary tattoos and Tinkerbell, so she’ll LOVE these whimsical designs.

Unicorn Soap (Retail around $3) – I love this soap design. I doubt I’ll want to ruin it by using it! Plus the scent is Green Apple Explosion.

Nail File (Retail $.50)- A basic nail file, but I’m always needing these.

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EXCLUSIVE Rosina Leckermaul’s “Candy Cleanse” Sugar Scrub (Retail N/A, $10?) – Wow! This looks and smells edible! This delicious-looking scrub smells amazing and is a great exfoliator.

Summary: Last year a friend got me a fun Espionage Cosmetics box with comic book nail wraps that I absolutely love. Ever since, I’ve been looking forward to this new monthly mystery box. And I was not disappointed. This make-up box is a must for geeky gals of all ages. It’s fun and whimsical and completely unlike any other make-up/beauty box out there. And the value is great.

Use this link to order your box.

Book Review: DC Comics Secret Hero Society: Study Hall of Justice

DC Comics Secret Hero Society: Study Hall of Justice by Derek Fridolfs

Synopsis:
Young Bruce Wayne is the new kid at Ducard Academy, a prep school for gifted middle school students. Bruce finds out pretty quickly that he doesn’t fit in: the faculty seems to not just encourage villainous behavior from its students, but reward it. He makes friends with two other outsiders, farm boy Clark Kent and the regal Diana Prince. The three band together to form a detective squad to find out why all of these extraordinary kids have been brought together at Ducard Academy, and to see just what the faculty is plotting.

Review:
Study Hall of Justice is the first in a fun new series for young readers. This has a different, comic book-like feel, intermingled with notes, emails, chat sessions, etc. It reminded me a bit of Diary of a Wimpy Kid with nicer drawings. This story follows a young Bruce Wayne as he tries to discover the truth behind this strange school.

Of course, this story doesn’t follow origin stories from the comics at all. But it’s a humorous, light-hearted adventure with many familiar faces that children will enjoy. It’s an easy read for children to lead up to full-length novels. With the popularity of super hero children’s books right now, this is a clever, unique take.