Category Archives: SciFi

Blu-Ray Review: Annihilation

Annihilation 4K UHD Blu-Ray + Blu-Ray + Digital HD
On Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD May 29, 2018
On Digital May 22

Biologist and former soldier Lena (Natalie Portman) is shocked when her missing husband (Oscar Isaac) comes home near death from a top-secret mission into The Shimmer, a mysterious quarantine zone no one has ever returned from. Now, Lena and her elite team must enter a beautiful, deadly world of mutated landscapes and creatures, to discover how to stop the growing phenomenon that threatens all life on Earth. The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Tuva Novotny.

Lena enters The Shimmer to get answers about what happened to her husband. Out of everyone who has entered so far, only he has returned alive but has changed somehow. The story is told after Lena returns – an interrogation to get her take on the events during her time in The Shimmer. Then, to make it a bit confusing, we keep getting glimpses of Lena’s earlier life with her husband. I’m guessing it’s to build sympathy for the characters, but instead it’s jarring and confusing.

Annihilation is a sci-fi, psychological thriller. There is plenty of drama and suspense. And several scary, graphic scenes push this into rated-R territory. But it’s certainly not action-packed. In fact, it was much to slow and drawn-out for my taste. I prefer movies with either more character development or a strong story. This was somewhere in between. And Lena has very little personality. The whole Shimmer area and affects of the zone are slowly revealed, but never fully explained what it is or where it came from. I really wanted to like this film more based on other reviews. I did enjoy the final scene of the film. And the ending did have me thinking about it long after the movie ended.

Special Features Include:
• Feature film in high definition
• Bonus Content:
-Refractions – See how director Alex Garland created the tone, textures and color palettes for the various film environments on set.
-For Those That Follow – Listen to the cast’s perspective on their roles and learn why they found the story so intriguing.
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-Shimmer – See how filmmakers transformed real set locations to create the world of Annihilation.
-Vanished into Havoc – Check out all the action as cast and crew walk you through the mind-blowing stunts and special effects.
-Unfathomable Mind – Learn why the visual effects are integral to achieving director Alex Garland’s overall vision for Annihilation.
-The Last Phase – Listen to the cast and crew share their fondest memories from filming Annihilation.

• Feature film in standard definition

SciFi Book Review: Avengers of the Moon

Avengers of the Moon: A Captain Future Novel by Allen Steele

Curt Newton has spent most of his life hidden from the rest of humankind, being raised by a robot, an android, and the disembodied brain of a renowned scientist. Curt’s innate curiosity and nose for trouble inadvertently lead him into a plot to destabilize the Solar Coalition and assassinate the president. There’s only one way to uncover the evil mastermind―Curt must become Captain Future.

Curt is a young man who was orphaned at a young age and raised by his parent’s creations and the brain of a former colleague. When his wards reveal the truth of his parents’ deaths, Curt decides to enact justice. However, his plan is foiled by an assassination attempt of the president.

Avengers of the Moon is a science fiction pulp adventure. The clever and colorful characters make for a lot of humor and fun. And the fast-paced plot is full of mystery, intrigue, and suspense. This is an extremely entertaining read from beginning to end. I would love to see this series continue, as I love these characters and the pulp feel.

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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LEGO Review: Jurassic World: Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape

LEGO Jurassic World Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape 75929 Building Kit

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This new Jurassic World set has 577 pieces and has 2 instruction booklets and numbered bags that open in order. The first booklet builds everything you see above. It’s all straight-forward and fairly easy to assemble.

Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape

The second booklet builds the overgrown gyrosphere station. This was a little more challenging and a lot of fun.

Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape

This new Jurassic World set contains 3 mini figs, a large dinosaur, a truck and trailer (that can hold and launch the gyrosphere), and an overgrown gyrosphere station (that can hold and launch the gyrosphere, as well as spill “lava”). This took me a couple evenings in front of the tv to assemble. I love that scenes/vehicles can be completely built before starting the next booklet. And the bags can be opened in order so as not to make too much of a mess – and makes sorting easy.

**I received this product for free, in exchange for an honest review.**

ThinkGeek Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Guardians Monopoly

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Monopoly

Everyone has played the original Monopoly. But this is the only version of the game that was so fun to play that time FLEW by. I played with my 10-year-old niece and 9-year-old nephew, and we just laughed and didn’t want to stop! We loved having all our favorite characters on the board.

Guardians Monopoly

Even though game-play is about the same as the original, the fun character cards, and action cards take this game to another level. This will be endless hours of fun. The kids keep asking to play again, every time they visit.

Guardians Monopoly

We also loved the game pieces!

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Monopoly is on sale right now for $34.99 (regularly $44.99).

** received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.**

LEGO Review: Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit

LEGO Jurassic World Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit 75928 Building Kit

This is a very fun LEGO set that comes with 3 mini figs and Blue, the dinosaur. There are two instruction booklets that are easy to follow. And the bags can be opened in order, without making a mess. This was probably one of the easiest sets to assemble lately. There are 397 pieces and a small sheet of stickers. There is great detail on the mini figs. And I like the articulation on the helicopter, as well as the projectiles.

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**I received this product for free, in exchange for an honest review.**

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 or on Twitter at @According2Robyn.


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 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

* received a box for review purposes.

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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.

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.