Tolkien Adult Coloring Books!

A Bestiary of Tolkien Coloring Book

The Bestiary of Tolkien Coloring Book is a collection of stunning images inspired by the classic world of Tolkien’s novels. The talented artist, Mauro Mazzara, has assembled an impressive variety of characters and animals. From darker, evil beasts to beautiful elves – there is over 90 pages of detailed coloring pages.

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Tolkien’s World: A Fantasy Coloring Book

As the one above, this is an unofficial Tolkien-inspired coloring book. This one, however, includes over 90 pages of artwork from 5 different artists: Victor Ambrus, John Davis, Mauro Mazzara, Ian Miller, and Andrea Piparo. There is even more variety in this book, including fantastic scenery. One of the artist’s renderings I don’t care for as it’s more feathery and a bit hard to color in. But the number of artists means that there are still a great amount of fun images – characters, landscapes, and much more.

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Box Review: Bam Box – October 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 has a mini mag called “Spoiler Booklet” with details on the box, with all possible 1-ups.
This month’s theme was “Watching”!
And the pin I received this month was Sam from Trick r’ Treat – whatever that is. I don’t watch horror films.

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S-Mart Employee ID Badge – A fun little prop if you’re a fan of Evil Dead.

Puzzle Cube – This is like a Rubik’s Cube, but much harder – as it’s all gold and several sides are similar. Still it’s fun to play around with.

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SIGNED Kiss Comic #1 / Bam Box Variant – This is a signed variant from the cover artist John Lucas!

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SIGNED Jason and Freddy Print – Each is signed and numbered by the artist, John Branham. Another possible variant was Michael Meyers and Leatherface.

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SIGNED Ghostface Print – The print is signed by actor Skeet Ulrich himself! Another possible variant was a signed, Linda Blair print from The Exorcist.

Summary: I didn’t receive any 1-ups this month. But it doesn’t look like there were any besides the pin. This box seemed a little sparse – it needed a tshirt or something. And there was just a horror theme a month or two ago, so this seemed a bit repetitive to me – as I’m not a horror fan.

Next month’s theme is: Adult Cartoon.

Received in October

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

Blu Ray/DVD:
The Legend of Tarzan 3D Blu-Ray
Star Trek Beyond 4K Blu-Ray

Mystery Box:
Zwag Box – September
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The Bam Box – October

American Mythology:
Days Missing Volume 1 by Phil Hester
Days Missing Volume 2: Kestus by Phil Hester
Days Missing Volume 3: Enox by Phil Hester

Del Rey:
Gilded Cage by Vic James
A Conversation in Blood by Paul S. Kemp

Disney Hyperion / Marvel:
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets: Sultan’s Triumphs by Disney Book Group
Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets: Petite’s Great Feats by Disney Book Group
Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets: Ms. Featherbon and the Holiday Helpers by Disney Storybook Art Team
Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets: Berry’s Halloween Costume Trouble by Disney Storybook Art Team
Frozen Adventure Guide by Jessica Julius
Iron Man: The Gauntlet by Eoin Colfer

Harper Voyager:
The Wrong Dead Guy by Richard Kadrey
Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
Nine of Stars by Laura Bickle

Macmillan Teen / Swoon:
The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo

Penguin / Putnam:
Escape Clause by John Sandford

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Prey Book 2: The Jackal’s Trick by John Jackson Miller

Pyr:
Department Zero by Paul Crilley

Random House Teens / Knopf:
Gemina by Amie Kaufman

Roc:
Shadowed Souls by Jim Butcher
After Atlas by Emma Newman

Scholastic:
The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond
The Erth Dragons: Wearle Book 1 by Chris D’Lacey
World of Warcraft: Traveler by Greg Weisman
Backstories: Princess Leia: Royal Rebel by Scholastic

Simon and Schuster / Saga:
The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin by Ursula K. Le Guin

Subterranean Press:
Keller’s Fedora by Lawrence Block
Infernal Parade by Clive Barker

Thunder Bay Press:
A Bestiary of Tolkien Coloring Book by Mauro Mazzara
Tolkien’s World: A Fantasy Coloring Book by Allan Curless

Tor:
Dragon and Thief by Timothy Zahn
Faller by Will McIntosh
The Librarians and The Lost Lamp by Greg Cox
Willful Child: Wrath of Betty by Steven Erikson
Christmas Magic by David G. Hartwell

Tor Teen / Starscape:
Metaltown by Kristen Simmons
The Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock

Book Giveaway: Cloudbound

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of Cloudbound by Fran Wilde for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 25. I’ll draw a name on November 26, and notify winner via email.

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Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – October 2016 – Doctor Strange

Marvel Collector Corps

This is the October 2016 box from Collector Corps and the theme was Doctor Strange – just in time for the upcoming film! 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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And a card detailing the contents of the box with a look at early concepts.

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Doctor Strange #1 Variant Comic – This POP variant is awesome.

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Doctor Strange Tshirt – YET ANOTHER BLACK SHIRT. And I’m not a fan of POP-styled shirts. But at least I have something to wear to opening night of the movie. And it is a unique design.

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Doctor Strange Mug – Ugh. I hate these mugs.

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EXCLUSIVE Doctor Strange Funko POP – I LOVE this exclusive design. Unfortunately, I’m NOT a fan of the monochrome POPs. I really wish it was full color to see all the details well. A sparkly full-color POP would’ve been fantastic. This just blends in.

Summary: This was a bit of a disappointment, as the mugs are terrible. And I really wanted a full color Doctor Strange exclusive. And it was a bit odd that everything was Doctor Strange-only. No supporting characters. Bummer.

Blu-Ray Review: Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond: The All-New Star Trek Adventure Takes Off on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Packs November 1, 2016

Synopsis:
In STAR TREK BEYOND, the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

Review:
In year 3 of their 5-year mission, the crew of the Enterprise takes a much-needed shore leave on the Starbase Yorktown. But their leave is cut short when a lone survivor of an attack needs the Enterprise to aid in a rescue mission. However, a seemingly unstoppable foe is waiting for them, and maroons the crew of the Enterprise on an alien planet. And an angry villain with a vendetta seeks an ancient weapon.

Watching this film is bittersweet, knowing it’s the last time the entire crew will be on screen together, as young Anton Yelchin passed away shortly before the theater release. And the legendary Leonard Nimoy passed away as well, who had a nice tribute in the film. Sofia Boutella starred as a fantastic new character, Jaylah, who is strong, talented, and snarky. She fit in extremely well with the Enterprise crew. I hope they bring her back for any future films. And Idris Elba is a talented actor who plays a great villain.

From incredible special effects to endearing characters – this action-packed film is full of mystery, adventure, and humor. It has a wonderful nostalgic feel, instead of the darker previous film. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and have watched it multiple times at the theater and on blu-ray. It’s definitely my favorite of the reboot series. Anytime the new theme song gets stuck in my head, it feels like a good time to watch it again.

Star Trek Beyond Blu-ray Combo Pack Includes:
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• Feature film in high definition
• Bonus Content:
o Deleted Scenes – Go Beyond the final cut of the movie with scenes you didn’t see in theaters.
o Beyond the Darkness – Meet visionary producer J.J. Abrams, director Justin Lin and co-writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung as they discuss the inspiration for the Star Trek Beyond storyline and how it came to life.
o Enterprise Takedown – Experience edge-of-your-seat action and see how a shocking attack destroys the USS Enterprise.
o Divided and Conquered – Learn how filmmakers pushed the boundaries in Star Trek Beyond by forcing the Enterprise crew into their most challenging situations yet.
o A Warped Sense of Revenge – Meet Star Trek’s newest villain, Krall, as actor Idris Elba reveals the backstory behind his character’s terrifying ambitions.
o Trekking in the Desert – Go on set to Dubai and discover how its futuristic architecture became the foundation for the most innovative Starbase yet.
o Exploring Strange New Worlds – Tour the incredible production sets of Star Trek Beyond with director Justin Lin.
o New Life, New Civilizations – See how special effects designers met the challenge to create an unprecedented 50 new alien species for the film to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary.
o To Live Long and Prosper – Journey through the past 50 years of Star Trek with J.J. Abrams and the cast as they reflect on the evolution of this iconic sci-fi series.
o For Leonard and Anton – Watch a touching tribute to the legendary Leonard Nimoy and beloved crew member Anton Yelchin.
o Gag Reel – Join in on the fun with this hilarious gag reel of on-set bloopers.
DVD
• Feature film in standard definition

SciFi Book Review: Arabella of Mars

Arabella of Mars by David D Levine

Synopsis:
Since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, he proved that space travel was both possible and profitable.

Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby, a young woman who is perfectly content growing up in the untamed frontier. But days spent working on complex automata with her father or stalking her brother Michael with her Martian nanny is not the proper behavior of an English lady. That is something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England.

However, when events transpire that threaten her home on Mars, Arabella decides that sometimes doing the right thing is far more important than behaving as expected. She disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of the Diana, a ship serving the Mars Trading Company, where she meets a mysterious captain who is intrigued by her knack with clockwork creations. Now Arabella just has to weather the naval war currently raging between Britain and France, learn how to sail, and deal with a mutinous crew…if she hopes to save her family remaining on Mars.

Review:
Arabella is a smart and talented young woman, unfortunately trapped in a society that doesn’t appreciate women’s potential. When her brother’s life is in danger, Arabella risks everything to return to him – even masquerading as a boy to gain passage on a privateer ship.

Arabella of Mars was a pure joy to read. It’s one of those stories I hated to see end. This fascinating world is inspired, and I hope to read companion novels, at the very least, in the future. From the unique Martians to the swashbuckling adventure aboard the airships – this novel was incredibly fun. This fantastic adventure will be my new recommendation to all of my steampunk, fantasy, and/or alternate history-loving friends.

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