Category Archives: SciFi

SciFi Book Review: The Last Girl On Earth

The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier

Synopsis:
Li has a father and a sister who love her. A best friend, Mirabae, to share things with. She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules. She has to. Everyone she knows–her family, her teachers, her friends–is an alien. And she is the only human left on Earth.

Review:
Li is a human, raised by an alien father. She has to hide what she is for fear of death. Even her best friend doesn’t know the truth. She has to work harder than anyone to earn a place as an officer. But when she meets Ryn, her heart trumps what her head tells her to do.

At just 256 pages, with fast pacing, The Last Girl on Earth almost felt like a short story. This YA science fiction story had an intriguing premise that pulled me in right away. However, it wasn’t too hard for Li to fit in as the only difference between the aliens and humans are gills – and physical activity and intelligence come easier for the aliens. Though a quick read, it a sweet and enjoyable read. Though, I would have liked more of a backstory or more depth to the aliens. This debut has plenty of suspense and romance that culminates with a surprising twist finale.

Book Review: Thor: Ragnarok The Official Movie Special

Thor: Ragnarok The Official Movie Special

Thor: Ragnarok The Official Movie Special is a hardback book with magazine-like pages. There are 96 full-color pages. And the book includes character profiles and actor interviews with all of the main cast, a look at the costumes, a spotlight on the director, behind the scenes images, concept art, and more. The stunning concept art images are by far the highlights of this compilation. There is a fun spotlight on Korg, everyone’s favorite rock man. The interviews are great. And the interview with visionary director Taika Waititi who has released one of the best Marvel films to date is a must. This was one of my favorite films this year, and this book is a fantastic addition to any fan’s library.

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Book Review: Star Wars: Canto Bight

Canto Bight (Star Wars): Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Saladin Ahmed,‎ Rae Carson,‎ Mira Grant,‎ and John Jackson Miller

Synopsis:
From Star Wars: The Last Jedi, welcome to the casino city of Canto Bight. A place where exotic aliens, captivating creatures, and other would-be high rollers are willing to risk everything to make their fortunes. Set across one fateful evening, these four interconnected stories explore the deception and danger of the lavish casino city.

• An honest salesman meets a career criminal as a dream vacation turns into the worst nightmare imaginable, in a story by Saladin Ahmed.

• Dreams and schemes collide when a deal over a priceless bottle of wine becomes a struggle for survival, as told by Mira Grant.

• Old habits die hard when a servant is forced into a mad struggle for power among Canto Bight’s elite, in a tale by Rae Carson

• A deadbeat gambler has one last chance to turn his luck around; all he has to do is survive one wild night, as told by John Jackson Miller.

Review:
Canto Bight is the glamorous destination that Finn and Rose travel to for a mission for the Resistance. This collection of short stories gives fans a deeper look at the seedier side of the city. The first story has a light-hearted feel with a naive but loveable protagonist who has the worst all-expense-paid vacation ever. A fight over a rare bottle of wine becomes deadly. And mysterious sisters control its fate. When a masseuse with a dark past discover that his daughter was abducted by a mobster, he’ll stop at nothing to get her back. And lastly, a professional gambler meets a group of brothers who have a unique ability to affect fate. And he only has one night to turn his luck around. I highly recommend this fun and exciting group of stories set in the Star Wars universe. Each story has fantastic characters with captivating storylines. I thoroughly enjoyed each one.

Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Synopsis:
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

Review:
Audrey Rose Wadsworth is still grieving the traumatic loss of her brother when she arrives at a castle in Romania to study forensic medicine. But before Audrey Rose and her friend Thomas Cresswell even arrive, a murder happens on the train. And after another body is found drained of blood, they begin to wonder about the Dracula folklore.

Hunting Prince Dracula is the sequel to Stalking Jack the Ripper. This Gothic horror series for young adults is dark and romantic – paying homage to the classics. Full of suspense, drama, and creepy settings – this sequel is just as exciting as the last. Audrey Rose is a wonderful character – strong and smart – yet confined by the time period because of her sex. The murder mystery builds to a twisted and thrilling conclusion that left me wanting more. I look forward to the next in this exceptional series.

Teaser Trailer: Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines will arrive in theaters December 2018. This adaptation is from Peter Jackson and based on the fantastic book series by Philip Reeve!

Synopsis:
Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay. The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic.

4K Blu-Ray Giveaway: Interstellar

Courtesy of Paramount, I have a copy of Interstellar 4K Blu-Ray Edition for one (1) lucky winner!

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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.