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Blu-Ray Giveaway: The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack)

Courtesy of Warner Home Video, I have an extra copy of The Legend of Tarzan (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) 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 11. I’ll draw a name on November 12, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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Blog Tour: Moon Chosen Excerpt!


Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World by PC Cast

CREDIT: From Moon Chosen by PC Cast. Copyright © 2016 by the authors and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Griffin.

Mari braced herself, and as she had so many times before, felt her mother stiffen while energy surged through Leda and into Mari, sizzling through her palm, down her arm to swirl around and around inside her, growing in power with each second that passed. Mari’s heartbeat began to hammer and her breathing suddenly increased until she was panting as hard as was the pup. In her arms, Rigel whined uncertainly.

“Focus.” Her mother’s voice was only a whisper, but Mari could feel it through her whole body. “You can do this. The power is not yours to keep – your body is merely its channel. Borrow serenity from the image of the Earth Mother. Though you may be surrounded by chaos or sickness or injuries, find the true you within. Release that which belongs to the world –fears, worry, sadness, so that the silver stream may wash unimpeded through you. It is a waterfall at night. Rigel is the basin that must hold it.”

Mari stared at the beautiful image of the Earth Mother that Leda pruned and cared for so lovingly. But, as always, the figure was only foliage and art to Mari. She couldn’t feel the divine presence her mother revered. She could not find her true self – her center. “Mama, I c-can’t. It’s s-so c-cold. It- it hurts.” Mari stuttered through chattering teeth.

“Only because the healing power is not meant for you. Release the fears of your body, Mari. Focus! Find your grounding and become a channel for the moon’s energy. Tonight you must succeed. If you do not, your Rigel will surely die.”

Her mother’s words exploded through Mari’s body. “No! He can’t die. I won’t let him.” She gritted her teeth against the cold and tried to focus past the pain – to release the cacophony of emotions that swirled through her body unimpeded – and to be the channel for the moonfall of water. Yet, still the power was a whirlpool within her. It terrified Mari and threatened to suck her down to drown in its freezing depths.

This was when she usually failed. This was when she dropped her mother’s hand and allowed sickness to claim her so that she vomited, dry heaving misery and moonlight while Leda stroked her back, consoling her with calm, loving words that reminded Mari there would be a next time – she would do better the next time.

But there was no next time for Rigel, and Mari refused to lose him. Think! Focus!

“Mari, slow your breathing. Calm your heart. This is no longer practice. You either heal Rigel, or fail and he dies from shock and blood loss. This is your reality.”

“That’s it, Mama! I need to make this my reality!” Mari squeezed her eyes closed. Could that be the answer? Could it really be that simple? Mari imagined that she was in their burrow, alone, sitting at her desk preparing to create a sketch. Her gulping breath slowed. Her hammering heart quieted. Mari found her grounding as she envisioned a blank sheet of paper. On that paper her imagination began to quickly, easily, sketch an image of herself, sitting crossed-legged with Rigel spread across her lap. From above her silver light cascaded into her lifted palm, washing through her body in a glistening wave to spout from her other palm, which was pressed against the pup’s bloody chest. Eyes still tightly shut Mari worked on the scene, creating a picture of Rigel’s body that was washed clean of blood by the liquid light, leaving behind wounds that were neatly closed and already healing.

Suddenly the cold tide within Mari was controllable. Instead of drowning her, it used her as a conduit, passing through her harmlessly as she let go of the energy. I’m doing it! I’m doing it! And just that quickly her concentration shattered. The picture she’d been creating disappeared along with the tide of power within her.

“No! No! Get it back! I was doing it – it was working,” Mari gasped, gripping her mother’s hand like a lifeline.
“It’s too late. The sun is fully risen. Even with your help I cannot call the moon back to me,” Leda knelt beside Mari, gently disentangling her daughter’s hand from hers. “But it was enough. You did it, sweet girl. I knew you could. Praise the Earth Mother and the blessed Moon! You have saved him.”

Feeling dizzy and disconnected, Mari looked down at Rigel. The pup wagged his tail animatedly and sat up, licking her face. Even though she felt light-headed, she laughed weakly and put her arms around him. He nested there, curled against her body and, sending her waves of contentment, Rigel fell sound to sleep in her arms. With a trembling hand, Mari brushed aside the blood-matted fur on his chest. What had only moments before been deep, seeping, whip-like lacerations were now pink lines of newly joined flesh that had ceased bleeding.

“I knew it was true. You do have my powers and more.”

Graphic Novel Review: Dresden Files: Wild Card

Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Wild Card

A bizarre double murder draws the interest of Chicago’s only wizard-for-hire. But as Harry Dresden begins his investigation, the clues lead to troubling conclusions about the possible perpetrator, and set him on a path that will place him in the middle of a conflict between the city’s three most powerful factions – a conflict that could engulf all of Chicago!

This original story is set in between White Night and the graphic novel Down Town. For those of us impatient for the next novel, these comics are a welcome addition. The story is fast-paced and fun – with plenty of suspense, humor, and magic. I only wish it was longer to see more character interactions. The artwork is fantastic, though I wasn’t a fan of how the villain was drawn. This story arc definitely makes me want to go back and read the graphic novels that I’ve missed.

Mystery Box Review: Supply Pod – August 2016

Supply Pod

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

A single Supply Pod starts at $39.99 plus shipping and handling. Subscriptions will save you money and ship about every other month now. And save 10% with the discount code: CHICK10

This July/August box had an Warp Speed theme.

Supply Pod

EXCLUSIVE Live Long / Warp Speed Tshirt – I probably would’ve liked this shirt better with a more stylized hand, but it’s still something I’d wear. And it’s a nice, soft material that will be comfy.

Supply Pod

Galaxy Night Light – I would’ve loved this as a kid. Heck, I love it now. I’ll definitely be using this for my nieces and nephew when they’re over.

Supply Pod

Spock Ears – For any Halloween when you want to dress up as a Vulcan. Yes, I’ve done that.

Supply Pod

Star Trek #59 Supply Pod Variant – I love comics, variants, and Star Trek. This was a win.

Supply Pod

Star Trek LED Watch – I own an Apple Watch, so I have no use for this. It’s a cute design for Star Trek fans, so I may ask around to see if any of my friends want it.

Supply Pod

Captain’s Log Notebook – This is cute filler that a young Star Trek fan would enjoy.

Supply Pod

Solar System Planetarium – This is why Supply Pod stands apart from other geeky boxes. They incorporate cool science items in the box. I love this.

Summary: This box shipped out a month late! But customer service was very helpful. When I was dealing with a move, I didn’t think I’d actually receive the shipment as it took so long that it had to be forwarded. But when I was dealing with the shipping concerns, customer service went above and beyond – even though it was initially a pain, it was worth the wait.

Fantasy Book Review: The Glass Sentence

The Glass Sentence by SE Grove

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, Sophia’s parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. Sophia must search for him with the help of Theo, a refugee from the West. Together they travel over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounter pirates and traders, and rely on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and Sophia’s unusual powers of observation. Little do they know that their lives are in as much danger as Shadrack’s.

Sophia is a relatable girl in search of the only family she has left. Theo is a mysterious boy who promises to help her – to a certain point. She’s a little to naive and trusting, so Theo is a good companion for her. And they head off in search of clues to where Shadrack has been taken.

The Glass Sentence is an incredible fantasy world where land is broken apart into different time periods – vastly different and sometimes dangerous. I just loved the premise and had to pick this up when it arrived. The characters are intriguing. And the adventure is well-paced with plenty of suspense. Events build to a surprising and somewhat-confusing, climactic ending. But a mild cliffhanger ending made me excited to read the next in this inspired series.

Blu-Ray Review: The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan is now available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, or on Digital HD

It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

This is definitely the most complex Tarzan story brought to film. Political, action-packed, and often heart-wrenching – this is also my favorite Tarzan film. I loved all the casting choices save for Samuel L Jackson who seemed to be there just as a sidekick/comic relief. Skarsgård not only looked the part to perfection, but also gave a great performance of quiet strength.

This is not another Tarzan origin story. We only see glimpses in flashbacks. I thoroughly enjoyed this surprising story. The movie trailers didn’t do it justice. While the apes are much more brutal than we’ve seen in other movies, it only adds to the suspense and complexity of the apes and Tarzan’s past. It’s also a visually stunning film with fantastic CGI. It’s definitely one of my favorite movies of the year.

3D Blu-Ray Combo Pack Special Features / DVD Special Features:
– Tarzan Reborn
– Battles and Bare Knuckled Brawls
– Tarzan and Jane’s Unfailing Love
– Creating the Virtual Jungle
– Gabon to the Big Screen
– Stop Ivory PSA

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Mystery Box Review: Zwag Box

Zwag Box

“ZWAG BOX is a wholly-owned subscription box that is the fastest-growing subscription box of its kind. Already making massive waves, this platform gives us ever-expanding audiences that specifically reaches out to the YouTube young adult, teen and tween consumers unlike any other subscription box.”

For our special inaugural subscription box, we’ve chosen to reveal the much-anticipated Markiplier #1 comic book with an exclusive variant cover! This design is not only unique to Zwag Box subscribers, but sports a RED FOIL logo as well, making it even more collectible!!!

Straight out of YouTube, Markiplier stars in his first comic book adventure! In this issue he gets a mysterious watch that transports him through space and time. The madcap dangers he encounters in these pages are just the beginning of a hilarious and nail-biting 4 part mini-series monthly event.

Four lucky ZWAG BOX subscribers will win a GOLDEN TICKET to hang out at the KEENSPOT/RED GIANT ENTERTAINMENT booth with Keenspot, Red Giant and the whole ZWAG BOX team in 2017! Each subscriber with an active subscription between July and December of 2016 will earn entries as follows:
• Monthly subscribers get 1 entry for each month active up to a total of 6 entries!
• Quarterly subscribers will receive up to 2 bonus entry for the period active. If active all 6 months, Quarterly subscribers will receive up to a total of 8 entries.
• 6-Month subscribers receive 3 bonus entries – up to 9 total entries depending on months active.
• Annual subscribers will receive a whopping 6 bonus entries – up to a grand total of 12 entries depending on which months active!
Winners will be chosen at random beginning in January 2017. No purchase necessary. See terms and conditions for full rules.

*SciFiChick.com received a free box in exchange for an honest review.

The shipment came in a blank, white box (above), so I wasn’t sure who it came from other than the sender said “Red Giant Entertainment.” Hopefully, in the future, they can customize a cool box design like other geek boxes.

Zwag Box

Captain Cold Action Figure (Retail $24.95, or $17 on Amazon) – As a fan of Legends of Tomorrow, I was excited to get this large, action figure. And I’m sure my nephew will be asking to play with it as soon as he sees it.

Zwag Box

Build. Conquer. Inspire. Tshirt – I’m not sure what this is from, so I’m guessing a game?

Zwag Box

Tiny Markiplier Pins – They look like REALLY tiny cell phones.

Zwag Box

Star Trek Coaster – I’m guessing it’s an odd-shaped coaster just because there’s cork on the back.

Markiplier Poster – I have no idea who this is. I had to Google him to find out why so much in the box was about him. Again, I’m not a gamer or into watching YouTube. So, the internet-famous is lost on me. But since this box is geared towards kids who do watch YouTube, I can see the reason.

Zwag Box

Markiplier Comics – Yep, more Markiplier swag. I’ll be skimming through it to see if it will interest me.

Summary: I LOVED the action figure. But other than the one, small Star Trek item, everything else was a wash for me. Hopefully, future boxes will have more variety. Though, items themselves are solid – action figure, tshirt, comics, etc. It’ll be fun to see what else this new mystery box comes out with.

Mystery Box Review: SciFi Block – September 2016

SciFi Block

Sci-Fi Block contains licensed merchandise and collectibles hand-picked by our team of uber nerds representing the very best in science fiction entertainment. Each item is carefully selected and put through a series of in-house testing based on quality, brand association, collectability, and most importantly – the fun factor.” The price starts at $19.99 plus shipping per month.

COUPON CODE: Use MSA10 to get 10% off your first month!

SciFi Block

There’s a nice card with details of the items in the box.

SciFi Block

Starship Troopers Temporary Tattoo and Patch – Well, my niece loves temporary tattoos, but she can’t watch this movie yet. And I don’t know many adults who would wear a temporary tattoo of something like this. Pretty much just filler anyway.

SciFi Block

Dr Who Comic Variant – Not a fan, so I’ll pass this along.

Tom Kennedy Art Print “Space Girls” – While I’m all about girl power, and this is well-done, I have no use for this one.

SciFi Block

Star Wars Death Star Ice Mold – I think this is the 3rd Star Wars ice mold I’ve received in mystery boxes. Pretty funny.

SciFi Block

SciFi Block

Star Trek Teeny Tin – I took one close-up and one pic to show just how small this tin is! It’s cute, but WAY too small to be of any use save sitting on a shelf of collectibles. It’s too bad, because a full-sized lunch box would’ve been awesome. This is just.. meh. I thought it may have been a set of tiny playing cards, but no – it’s empty.

SciFi Block

EXCLUSIVE X-Files Lunch Bag – This is a fun, insulated bag that will keep your evidence… or lunch at the correct temperature for a little while. Unfortunately, there’s no handle, so I probably wont get much use out of it. As I have plenty of lunch bags that are larger and more convenient.

SciFi Block

X-Files Tshirt – Thankfully, it says “I want to believe” in small print, so most people will know what this is from. But it’s not blatant otherwise. It’s a cute shirt I’ll probably wear. Just as a warning to women though, the sizes are MUCH too small. So, order at least 2 sizes up from normal.

Summary: I decided to buy this box based on the Star Trek, Star Wars, and X-Files hints. Yes, I kind of regret it as the value just isn’t here. This will probably be my last SciFi Block.