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Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps July 2015 Box – Ant-Man

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This is only the 2nd box that Collector Corps has done, and I’m pretty sure I’m a subscriber for life… or at least as long as they continue these boxes. The last box was fantastic too. The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h. Marvel fans, these are a must.

Each box comes with a t-shirt. You pick your shirt size when subscribing. This box was Ant-Man themed, so I was happy to have a Ant-Man shirt before the movie even released. The shirt has the Ant-Man logo large across the chest with a tiny figure and the words below “(Actual size).” It’s a black t-shirt, which I’m not really fond of getting. But it makes the logo pop. (Retail $10?)

This month’s comic is Ant-Man #4 Variant edition. (Retail $3.99, though it’s a variant.)

The best part of each box is the Funko Pop Marvel figure. And this exclusive figure includes a Scott (sans helmet) and a mini bobble head (that really bobbles!). (Retail $39.99)

There were two Funko Marvel Ant-Man Mystery Minis, mine were Scott (sans helmet) and Yellow Jacket. (Last month only had one mini fig and it wasn’t nearly as cute and detailed.) (Retail $8.99 each)

And rounding out the box, and attached to it, are a collectible patch and pin – both featuring a retro Ant-Man head with the Collector Corp logo. (Retail $9.99 for both)

I even love the boxes these ship in. They are collectors items themselves, each unique to the theme that ships each time.

Next month’s box theme is Secret Wars.
Do you subscribe? If so, what do you think of this month’s box?

David B. Coe (D.B. Jackson) Guest Post

CoeJacksonPubPic1000Hi, I’m David B. Coe. I also write as D.B. Jackson. Under my own name, I am the author of The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a contemporary urban fantasy set in modern day Phoenix. The newest book in this series, HIS FATHER’S EYES, will be released by Baen Books a week from today, on August 4. As D.B. Jackson, I write the Thieftaker Chronicles, a historical urban fantasy set in pre-Revolutionary Boston. The fourth and (for now) final Thieftaker book, DEAD MAN’S REACH, came out from Tor Books a week ago, on July 21.

200DeadMansReachI’m very excited to be here today, especially because I’m joined by my two protagonists from these series, Justis Fearsson and Ethan Kaille. I’m particularly pleased that Mister Kaille could join us, since he not only had to travel some distance, but also across nearly two and a half centuries. Gentlemen, welcome to you both.

Fearsson: Thanks, it’s good to be here.

Kaille: Aye, it is. Although I will admit to feeling a bit like a fish out of water. What is that contraption on which your fingers are tapping? For that matter how have you managed to illuminate this room without benefit of a single candle flame or hearth fire?

Well . . . You know, I’m afraid that in order to use our time most wisely, I’m going to have to skip the explanations. Suffice it to say that we’ve had a few technological breakthroughs in the years since the American Revolution.

Kaille: There’s been a revolution?!

Um . . . yeah. You and I can talk later. For now, allow me to ask the two of you some questions. I’d like to begin by asking how you enjoy being in my books.

Fearsson: You mind if I go first?

Kaille: Be my guest.

Layout 1Fearsson: Frankly, it’s kind of a mixed bag. You’ve given me some nice stuff. Love the car. I mean LOVE it. A ‘77 280Z, and silver no less? That’s a sweet ride. And you’ve given me some nice weaponry, too. As a former cop, I appreciate that. On the other hand, I tend to get the crap beaten out of me on a pretty regular basis, and it’s starting to get a little old. Also, the moon phasings and the whole temporary insanity thing — that’s no picnic. I could have done without it.

Kaille: Moon phasings?

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Book Giveaway: Autumn Moon

Courtesy of Ace, I have a copy of Autumn Moon by Jan DeLima 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 August 21. I’ll draw a name on August 22, and notify winner via email.

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SciFi Book Review: Deceptive

Deceptive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Synopsis:
You don’t belong with us.

These are the words that echo through the minds of all immune Americans-those suffering the so-called adverse effects of an experimental vaccine, including perfect recall, telepathy, precognition, levitation, mind control, and the ability to change one’s appearance at will.

When great numbers of immune individuals begin to disappear, fear and tension mount, and unrest begins to brew across the country. Through separate channels, superpowered teenagers Ciere, Daniel, and Devon find themselves on the case: super criminals and government agents working side by side. It’s an effort that will ultimately define them all, for better or for worse.

Review:
Ciere and Alan have been working together for one of the syndicates, and suddenly targeted, even as they hunt for a murderer as well. Meanwhile, Daniel is hunting a woman who has been kidnapping immunes.

Deceptive is the second installment in the Illusive series. As before, there is plenty of fast-paced adventure, suspense, mystery, super-powered abilities, and a bit of romance. The plot of this sequel is quite a bit more complex with many more characters to keep track of. I found myself getting a few characters mixed up, a couple times along the way, but mostly because of similar names. The most interesting characters are the most developed – Ciere and Devon, who find out about each other’s current predicament in an fun twist. And the excitement doesn’t let up, making it nearly impossible to put down. I look forward to the next in this fun and unpredictable series.

SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: Dark Disciple

Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

Synopsis:
In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.

Review:
The Jedi make the surprising decision to assassinate Count Dooku, and assign Jedi Voss to manipulate former Sith apprentice Ventress into helping him. All goes according to plan, at first – as Voss easily charms Ventress and they become partners. But their partnership becomes more than professional, and Voss’ loyalties are put to the test. Voss and Ventress are incredibly complex and vivid characters. I’d love to see more of them going forward.

Dark Disciple is a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that’s very hard to put down. Star Wars novels are always entertaining, and this is no exception. This latest installment is packed with intrigue, suspense, drama, mysticism, romance, and humor. I’ve enjoyed Golden’s numerous Star Trek novels and now feel like I need to go back and read all of her previous contributions to Star Wars as well. Fans shouldn’t miss this exciting read.

Fantasy Book Review: Thrones & Bones: Nightborn

Thrones & Bones: Nightborn by Lou Anders

Synopsis:
Karn Korlundsson is a gamer. Not a riddle solver. But in order to rescue his best friend, Thianna Frostborn, he will need to travel to the faraway city of Castlebriar (by wyvern), learn how to play a new board game called Charioteers (not a problem), decipher the Riddle of the Horn, and tangle with mysterious elves.

Meet Desstra. She’s in training to join the Underhand—the elite agents of the dark elves. When she crosses paths with Karn, she is not all that she appears to be.

Everyone is chasing after the horn of Osius, an ancient artifact with the power to change the world. The lengths to which Karn will go in the name of friendship will be sorely tested. Who knew that solving a riddle could be so deadly?

Review:
Nightborn is the second installment in the Thrones & Bones fantasy series. Karn embarks on another adventure – this time to save his friend Thianna from dark elves. Thianna is searching for a second horn, and the dark elves will stop at nothing to get to it first.

Desstra is an interesting new character, an Underhand trainee agent, with a conflicting nature to those she’s trying to emulate. Karn’s friendship with Thianna confuses and fascinates her. Desstra definitely adds a unique twist to the story. This sequel doesn’t disappoint – friendship, intrigue, riddles, action, clever characters, and plenty of humor. Unlike the last book, this ends in a bit of a cliffhanger – which will make readers eager for the next in this exceptional series.

Fantasy Book Review: Working for Bigfoot

Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher

Synopsis:
Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client’s body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he’s treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a Bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son Irwin is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He’s a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble.

In the three novellas that make up ”Working For Bigfoot,” collected together for the first time here, readers encounter Dresden at different points in his storied career, and in Irwin’s life. As a middle-schooler, in ”B is For Bigfoot,” Irwin attracts the unwelcome attention of a pair of bullying brothers who are more than they seem, and when Harry steps in, it turns out they have a mystical guardian of their own. At a fancy private high school in ”I Was a Teenage Bigfoot,” Harry is called in when Irwin grows ill for the first time, and it’s not just a case of mono. Finally, Irwin is all grown up and has a grown-up’s typical problems as a freshman in college in ”Bigfoot on Campus,” or would have if typical included vampires.

Review:
I am a big fan of the Dresden Files, so I was happy to read this set of novellas about Chicago’s most famous Wizard. Each story centers on a mystery involving Bigfoot’s son, who’s raised by his human mother. These stories are fast-paced, fun reads that are over too quickly – but none of them disappoint. With Harry’s humor, a bit of mystery, new engaging characters, and plenty of magic – Working For Bigfoot is a must-read for all Dresden fans.