Blu-Ray Review: Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)

In the war of man against machine, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) is sent back to 1984 by resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) to protect his young mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). However, this time unexpected events have altered the past and threaten the future for all mankind. Now Reese must join forces with Sarah and her “Guardian” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to save the world and stop the next evolution of Terminators.

If the plot sounds familiar, you’d be right. I felt like I was watching the first Terminator film, but with different actors and better special effects. But this is the first film on an alternate timeline, where the machines are always one step ahead.

While the plot was much too repetitive for me, I really did enjoy the new actors. Though Arnold’s character was by far my favorite. It felt like a reboot of sorts. With incredible CGI – what they did with Arnold’s “young” Terminator was amazing. My biggest peeve was that the trailers for the movie spoiled what happens with John Connor’s character. I would have loved to be surprised. Instead, the film was incredible predictable – since we’ve seen most of it before. It’s an entertaining action flick with plenty of edge-of-your-seat thrills.

Special Features Include:
– Family Dynamics: Casting Terminator Genisys and how the actors filled some of the most iconic roles in cinematic history
– Infiltration and Termination: Go behind-the-scenes to San Francisco and New Orleans in a first-hand look at filming locations
– Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys

Box Review: Supply Pod – November 2015 Box 1

Supply Pod

Supply Pod (by Outer Places) uniquely delivers products themed around upcoming sci-fi releases and scientific events.

The first box is based on the real-life science behind Andy Weir’s debut novel, The Martian, which inspired the movie starring Matt Damon about an astronaut stranded on Mars.

Supply Pod

There were two options available for this Martian-themed box, and more details are available at

The Essential Pod ($29.99 plus shipping, handling and tax) contains science and sci-fi items that would be great to have if stranded on Mars.

The Deluxe Pod ($39.99 plus shipping, handling and tax) contains all the items in the Essential Pod plus a paperback version of The Martian by Andy Weir, currently No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. received a free Deluxe Pod for review.

Supply Pod

The Martian by Andy Weir paperback (Retail $15) – I’ve read the book, so this may become a giveaway soon! If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend doing so before the movie.

Alien Vs Predator #1 (Retail $3.50) – I always love getting comics. And this movie tie-in is one I haven’t read yet.

Supply Pod

Where Is Your Next Home Poster – This is an informative poster about planets outside our solar system.

Mars Rocks Coupon

Supply Pod

Inflatable Solar Powered Lantern (Retail $14.95) – This is just awesome. Good to have in an emergency. And I may want to play with it when my nieces and nephews are over (for an excuse to try it out).

Astronaut Ice Cream Sandwich (Retail $3.95) – Speaking of wanting to try something out, when I was a kid I always wanted to try Astronaut packaged food. This was a great addition to this box.

Supply Pod

Green Science Weather Station (Retail $9.95) – I LOVE this little science kit as well. This will be such a fun project to do with the kids in my family. (Recommended for ages 8 and up).

Foam Space Glider (Retail $5.38)

Magnifier Spaceman (Retail $7.32) – This is another item that I love the novelty of, and will probably use quite a bit. Very fun.

Summary: The value is pretty good for the price of this box. But the curation is genius. The mix of science and science fiction is fantastic. Not one thing in here was a disappointment. I think this box has a specific niche that will appeal to a wide fan base. Well done.

November’s theme is: Star Wars: The Force Awakens! It costs $39.99 + $7.99 s/h.

Coupon Code:
To get 10% off use code: Chick10

Box Review: Powered Geek Box – October 2015

Powered Geek Box

Powered Geek Box (formerly Power Up Box) is a geek subscription box featuring epic gifts for nerds, geeks and gamers. Our subscription box service delivers great gear and novelty items from big names like DC Comics, Marvel, Nintendo, Star Wars and Capcom right to your doorstep every month. Treat yourself to our geek subscribe box service or send it as a gift.

Powered Geek Box has two subscription box options: Deluxe (4-6 items) for $19.95 plus s/h per month or Premium (6-9 items) for $29.95 plus s/h per month. Plans are cheaper if you buy more than one month at a time.

This box was sent to for review.

Powered Geek Box

The October box that was sent to me for review purposes was the Deluxe box.

Powered Geek Box

Today I Feel Awesome (Darth Vader) Tshirt (Retail $12.99) – Pretty much the best shirt ever?! I had to show this off around the office.

Powered Geek Box

Game of Thrones Dragon Figure (Retail $14 on up – in a box) – This figure was a bit of a strange addition as there was no box and no label. I won’t be able to re-gift this other than to my nieces and nephew who like playing with dragon figurines. It looks like the Funko POP Viserion 6″ figure. Hopefully, paying subscribers got their dragon in a box, for those who collect them. I’m guessing the reason is that the Funko box wouldn’t fit in the standard Powered Geek Box. Which is a shame. The value plummets without it.

Powered Geek Box

Tattoo Pens (Retail $25 on Amazon, less than $10 on Ebay and other sites) – These will be a hit with my nieces. They love drawing and temporary tattoos.

Beer’d Bottle Opener (Retail $6.95) – This is another unique, novelty. While it’s not exactly geek, it is pop culture and would make a fun gift.

And some Halloween candy filler is always appreciated.

Powered Geek Box

Zombie Apocalypse Heat Change Mug (Retail $10.34) – Zombies appear with heated liquid. This is another fun novelty item that is very appropriate for Halloween – and zombie fans.

Build Your Own Zombie (Retail $5.00) – Who says playdough is just for kids? Adults can create their own zombie, and after 24 hours of drying – have their own, unique zombie figure. Or the dough can be put back in the containers to use again. I don’t think I’m going to share this with the kids. I may just see what I can come up with…

Summary: This may be the best box yet with the fantastic shirt and the overall value. My only complaint is the lack of box for the Funko POP.

What do you think of this month’s box?

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Book Review: The Rangers Apprentice: The Early Years: The Tournament at Gorlan

The Rangers Apprentice – The Early Years: The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan

When Halt and Crowley discover that the ambitious Morgarath has been infiltrating the Rangers in order to corrupt the Corps, the young Rangers travel north to find Prince Duncan, seeking a royal warrant to stop Morgarath before it is too late. By weakening the Rangers, the most powerful force in support of the King, Morgarath plans to steal the throne.

Yet when Halt and Crowley arrive in Gorlan, they discover just how close Morgarath’s scheme is to success. Morgarath has a plan to discredit the Prince and alienate him from his father. At the same time, the Baron of Gorlan has been conspiring to win the trust and admiration of the Council of Barons to further his plan. If the young Rangers are to prevent the coup from succeeding, they will have to tread a dangerous path, which leads them to a thrilling climax at the annual tournament at Gorlan, where a series of bitter duels must be fought and won.

Halt and Crowley are new Rangers in a land where traditionally-trained Rangers, like them, are being replaced. The evil Morgarath is at work, twisting the king’s ear, and framing the prince for thievery. So Crowley forms a plan to gather the remaining loyal Rangers and show everyone the truth at the tournament at Gorlan.

This new, prequel series is set before the Ranger’s Apprentice series, when Halt is a young, new Ranger. The Tournament at Gorlan is a fantastic series opener that Ranger’s Apprentice fans will definitely want to check out. While new readers will have no trouble starting with this series, the Rangers Apprentice gives much more depth into who the Rangers are and what goes into their training. I highly recommend reading at least the first in that series before beginning this story. Halt is not yet the hardened older man. And he and Crowly have a fun camaraderie. I loved every bit of this well-paced story full of danger, suspense, intrigue, and humor. The characters are fantastically vivid, and readers of all ages would enjoy this saga.

Coloring Book Review and Giveaway!: Outlander and Game of Thrones

Now that adult coloring books are all the rage, Bantam has released The Official Outlander Coloring Book ( story by Diana Gabaldon) and The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book ( story by George R. R. Martin).

Neither are actual stories, but rather scenes, images, and inspired drawings from the original fantasy novels. The artwork is exceptional and stunningly beautiful. As soon as I received these, I was itching to start coloring with my prisma colors. Don’t even try to use crayons. The minute detail on some of the more meticulous illustrations will require very sharp pencils.

I have a copy of The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book 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 27. I’ll draw a name on November 28, and notify winner via email.


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Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – October 2015 – Villains

Marvel Collector Corp

This is the 4th box from Collector Corps with the theme Villains. The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

Marvel Collector Corp

Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin. Red Skull and Green Goblin, so we’re off to a good start.

Marvel Collector Corp

Marvel Villains Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I was pleasantly surprised with this shirt. It’s full of well-known villains, in a fun, design, and on a gray shirt. Anytime I get a shirt other than black, I’m happy. And this is a nice, soft shirt that feels better quality than past boxes.

Marvel Collector Corp

Invincible Iron Man #1 Marvel Collector Corps Variant (Retail $3.99+) – Another awesome variant that I’ll definitely be keeping.

Venom Funko POP! Keychain (Retail $9.45) – Here’s the first thing that I probably won’t keep. While I like Venom as a villain (and sometimes hero), I don’t need I’m not one to collect ugly villain characters. My collection is getting quite large already.

Marvel Collector Corp

Exclusive Zombie Morbius Funko POP! (Retail $24.99+) – While I collect Funko POPs, I doubt I’ll display this one either. This was my biggest disappointment – the choice of POP this month.

Exclusive Loki Dorbz (Retail $15.00) – I really was hoping for a Loki POP, as I actually don’t own one yet. But a Dorbz is better than nothing. I only have a few of these.

Marvel Collector Corp

Summary: As someone who was leery about this box, due to the Villains theme – I was pleasantly surprised with the shirt and Loki. At least the value is still here if I sell the POP and keychain. I’m still glad I didn’t skip this month.

The next Marvel Collector Corps box theme will be Guardians of the Galaxy. To say I’m completely giddy with excited would be an understatement.

Received in October

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

Back to the Future Trilogy – 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray Edition
Terminator Genisys Blu-Ray

Subscription Box:
Powered Geek Box

Dark Horse:
How to Pass as Human by Nic Kelman

Starbound by Dave Bara

This Census-Taker by China Mieville

Disney Hyperion:
Animas, Book Two Flight of the King by C. R. Grey
Mouse Mission by Prudence Breitrose
A Frozen Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry

Night Shade Books:
Weighing Shadows by Lisa Goldstein

Penguin Teen / Speak / Razorbill:
Atlantia by Ally Condie
Zodiac by Romina Russell

Phoneix Pick:
Inci by Mike Resnick
Wishing on a Star by Harriet Kamm Nye

The Prison in Antares by Mike Resnick

Random House / Bantam:
The Official Outlander Coloring Book by Diana Gabaldon
The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book by George R. R. Martin

Random House Children’s Books / Knopf:
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

The Night Voice by Barb Hendee

Saga Press:
Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Simon and Schuster / Emily Bestler Books:
The New Hunger by Isaac Marion
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus

Simon Teen / McElderry Books / Simon Pulse:
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Willful Machines by Tim Floreen

Subterranean Press:
This Year’s Class Picture by Dan Simmons
Hell’s Bounty by Joe R Lansdale
DJSturbia by David J Schow

Titan Books:
Conspiracy of Angels by Michelle Belanger
The Lazarus Gate by Mark Latham
The Sword and the Stallion: The Eternal Champion by Michael Moorcock
The Madness of Cthulhu Anthology by S. T. Joshi
The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School by Kim Newman
The Society of Blood: Obsidian Heart by Mark Morris

A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe
Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper by David Barnett
Air and Darkness by David Drake
The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan
Mystic by Jason Denzel

Book Giveaway: Illuminae


Courtesy of Knopf Books for Young Readers, I have a copy of Illuminae by D. J. MacHale 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 20. I’ll draw a name on November 21, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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