SciFi Book Review: Independence Day: Crucible

Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes

Synopsis:
Cities were crushed by the falling spacecraft—but one ship didn’t crash. It remained intact, and disgorged hordes of alien soldiers determined to fight to the death.

The abandoned vessels also contained a wealth of advanced technology. Led by David Levinson, the greatest minds of our world developed deadly new hybrid weapons. Bases were built on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

A new generation of defenders had to be trained, for the invaders would return. In the headlong rush to prepare, however, not everyone would survive.

Review:
Crucible is set after the first Independence Day film, spanning the decades leading up to Independence Day: Resurgence. I loved both films, so this was a must-read for me to fill in those years. Very little was said in the film about Captain Hiller’s death and nothing about what happened to Constance.

My only complaint was that I felt this could have been a longer book or more than one book. To pack two decades into one book, meant that there was still a lot that could have been fleshed out more. I did love the early backstories of Jake and Charlie – they’re friendship was very endearing. And Dikembe’s story post-war was fascinating as well when he returns to Africa. It’s a fast-paced, captivating read that I only wish was longer.

Graphic Novel Review: Lantern City: Volume 2

Lantern City: Volume 2

Synopsis:
Sander Jorve thought that infiltrating the brutal Guard of Lantern City would help his family and his cause. He was wrong.

After a chance run-in with the Emperor of the city, Killian Grey, Sander finds himself promoted to the Grey Guard, working directly under Killian in the heights of Grey Towers. The luxury is unparalleled, but can Killian be trusted? Can Sander trust himself? Nowhere in Lantern City is safe…and the imperial court may just be the most dangerous place of all.

Review:
Sander left his family behind to try to make a difference within the Guard, cruel overseers of the poor, working class. While Sander continues to move up in the ranks, his loyalties still remain with those he left behind. Until he sees something shocking within a resistance group.

The second installment in this engaging, steampunk series is, once again, full of suspense, intrigue, and drama. The artwork is great – fitting the darker mood of the story. I look forward to future installments and, hopefully, learning more about the history of this city and how it became this dystopic society. The creators have developed a fascinating, steampunk world that I can’t get enough of reading.

Book Giveaway: Into the Guns

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SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt

Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig

Synopsis:
The Emperor is dead, and the remnants of his former Empire are in retreat. As the New Republic fights to restore a lasting peace to the galaxy, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee’s homeworld of Kashyyyk.

Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of Imperial hunters pursue Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and the Empire’s remaining leadership across the galaxy. Even as more and more officers are brought to justice, Sloane continues to elude the New Republic, and Norra fears Sloane may be searching for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. But the hunt for Sloane is cut short when Norra receives an urgent request from Princess Leia Organa. The attempt to liberate Kashyyyk has carried Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a band of smugglers into an ambush—resulting in Chewie’s capture and Han’s disappearance.

Breaking away from their official mission and racing toward the Millennium Falcon’s last known location, Norra and her crew prepare for any challenge that stands between them and their missing comrades. But they can’t anticipate the true depth of the danger that awaits them—or the ruthlessness of the enemy drawing them into his crosshairs.

Review:
This is a sequel to Aftermath, which takes place after Return of the Jedi. We were introduced to a group of new characters. This group is back along with Leia, Han, and Chewie and more familiar characters from the films. Aftermath was good, but this sequel was much more fun and engaging.

The plot is packed with political intrigue, mystery, drama, and betrayal. There is a lot going on, with several interwoven storylines – but somehow it doesn’t get convoluted or confusing. Han and Chewie’s story trying to free the Wookies, was of course a highlight. And the rise of the First Order, in the shadows, was fascinating as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-paced novel up to the fantastic, climactic ending. I’m looking forward to the exciting finale that can’t come soon enough.

Box Review: Comic Bento – July 2016

Comic Bento

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This month’s theme was Robots. Each box comes with a nice card describing each of the month’s picks.

Comic Bento

It Came! (Retail $19.99) – This looks like a classic B movie in comic form. Can’t wait to check it out.
Publisher: Titan Comics (March 11, 2014)

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BubbleGun Vol 1. (Retail $12.99) – I haven’t been impressed with anything from Apsen so far, but I’ll still give this a try.
Publisher: Aspen (August 16, 2016)

Comic Bento

Diesel Sweeties: I’m a Rocker, I Rock Out. (Retail $19.99) – For something different, this is a collection of webcomics.
Publisher: Oni Press (September 24, 2013)

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Voltron Year One (Retail $19.99) – This will be a fun bit of nostalgia! And I’m sure I’ll pass it along to my nephew for him to enjoy.
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment (April 2, 2013)

Summary: I was a bit disappointed with the selection, when I had high hopes for such a promising theme. I would have liked at least one popular robot series included (Voltron is pretty retro). I wish they’d include a bit more mainstream, as these smaller press series aren’t doing much for me. I may be ending my subscription when it’s up for renewal.

SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Legacies: Best Defense

Star Trek: Legacies: Best Defense by David Mack

Synopsis:
A debt of honor: One brave woman ventures alone into a parallel universe to save her old shipmates, exiled there decades earlier by a mysterious device called the Transfer Key. She soon learns the alternate universe harbors not just an alien invasion force, but a secret that underpins its very existence.

A mission of peace: A long-awaited Klingon-Federation peace conference convenes, led by Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan and Councillor Gorkon of Qo’noS. But both sides have enemies who would prefer the two great powers remain at war—and who will do anything to make certain hate wins the day.

An errand of justice: Captain Kirk and his crew seek the stolen Transfer Key that opens a door between universes, but their hunt is cut short by Ambassador Sarek’s plea for help. The Enterprise crew soon becomes targets in a deadly crossfire—one whose outcome will decide the fate of two universes.

Review:
Legacies is a trilogy celebrating Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. Spanning decades and several captains of the early Enterprise, I thoroughly enjoyed the first novel that left off with a major cliffhanger. Sometimes the second book in a trilogy can just turn out to be filler. But thankfully, this installment was action-packed and anything but just filler.

As the crew of the Enterprise tries to reclaim the Transfer Key, they also have to deal with a mystery and stop war from breaking out with the Klingons. Meanwhile, Una tries to rescue her old crew mates from a bizarre alternate universe. Full of suspense, political intrigue, and family drama – I enjoyed this story even more than the first in the trilogy. A lot was packed into this fast-paced story. We get to see Bones interact with his estranged daughter and see Sarek at work. There was so much I loved about the characters and story, that it was nearly impossible to put down. And the finale to this trilogy can’t come soon enough.

Book Giveaway: Gods of Nabban

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Coloring Book Giveaway: Zombies!: A Creepy Coloring Book for the Coming Global Apocalypse

Courtesy of Gallery Books, I have a copy of Zombies!: A Creepy Coloring Book for the Coming Global Apocalypse by Juscelino Neco for one (1) lucky winner!

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