Category Archives: SciFi

Box Review: Bam Box – May 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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There’s a nice, full-color sheet with plenty of details about what’s in the box.

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GI Joe Pin – Standard filler.

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Fallout Platinum Chip Prop Replica – I don’t care for gaming, so I would have had no idea what this was.

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Infinity War Art Print – This is the 3rd of 3 Avengers prints. It’s nice that they all have the a similar look. I’m very glad I didn’t get stuck with a black and white variant.

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Stefan Kapicic (Colossus) Signed Print – I would’ve liked one of the other more realistic prints. But I definitely wont be keeping this cartoonish print.

I enjoyed the Avengers art print again this time. This was 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.

MORTAL ENGINES Full Trailer Release!

The full trailer for MORTAL ENGINES has just released!

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.

On board as producers are Zane Weiner (The Hobbit trilogy), Amanda Walker (The Hobbit trilogy) and Deborah Forte (Goosebumps), as well as Walsh and Jackson. Ken Kamins (The Hobbit trilogy) joins Boyens as executive producer. Universal will distribute the film worldwide.

Received in May

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

Annihilation 4K Blu-Ray Edition

Mystery Boxes:
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Dresden Files: Brief Cases by Jim Butcher
Night Fall by Simon R. Green

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
The Mermaid by Christina Henry

The Hills Have Spies by Mercedes Lackey
Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio

Del Rey:
The Memory of Fire by Callie Bates

Disney Hyperion:
The Trials of Apollo Book Three: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
Star Wars Most Wanted by Rae Carson

Grim Oak Press:
Street Freaks by Terry Brooks

Harper Voyager:
Vita Nostra by Sergiy Dyachenko
Timeless by R. A. Salvatore
Noumenon Infinity by Marina J. Lostetter
The Shattered Sun by Rachel Dunne

Macmillan / FSG / Picador / Minotaur:
Void Star by Zachary Mason
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Penguin / Putnam:
Dracul by Dacre Stoker

Nebula Awards Showcase 2018 by Jane Yolen

Random House / Lenny:
Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Random House Young Readers / Delacorte Press / Random House Graphic / Knopf:
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
The Selkie of San Francisco by Todd Calgi Gallicano

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
The Keys to the Kingdom #1: Mister Monday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #2: Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #3: Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #4: Sir Thursday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #5: Lady Friday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #6: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix
The Keys to the Kingdom #7: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix
The Boy Who Went Magic by A. P. Winter

Subterranean Press:
Driving to Geronimo’s Grave and Other Stories by Joe R. Lansdale

Titan Books:
Who is the Black Panther?: A Novel of the Marvel Universe by Jesse J. Holland
Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World: A Novel of the Marvel Universe by Dan Abnett
Deadpool: Paws: A Novel of the Marvel Universe by Stefan Petrucha
Civil War: A Novel of the Marvel Universe by Stuart Moore

In the Region of the Summer Stars by Stephen R. Lawhead
Gate Crashers by Patrick S. Tomlinson
The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
Spymaster by Margaret Weis
The Furnace: A Graphic Novel by Prentis Rollins

TV Spotlight: Cloak and Dagger

Teenagers Tyrone and Tandy are awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. New Marvel show premieres Thursday, June 7!

Cloak and Dagger

I was able to watch screeners of the first few episodes. The series takes a while to push these two central characters together. But as they slowly are introduced to their abilities, and each other – they also discover their unique connection. So far, there is plenty of drama and suspense. I’m not crazy about Tandy’s bad choices so far, but I look forward to seeing these teens explore their potential and hopefully grow for the better.

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.**