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Received in December

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

Blu Ray/DVD:
Suicide Squad Blu-Ray
The Accountant Blu-Ray

Mystery Box:
TeeBlox
Bam Box – December

Abrams:
The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by LucasFilm Ltd

Del Rey / Ballentine Books:
Blood Vow: Black Dagger Legacy by J. R. Ward
This Census-Taker by China Mieville
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed
Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon

Disney Hyperion:
Star Wars Galactic Maps by Tim McDonagh
Art of Coloring Star Wars: Rogue One by Disney Book Group
Star Wars Rogue One Rebel Dossier by Jason Fry

Gallery Books:
Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

Grand Central Publishing:
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

Harper Teen / Walden Pond Press:
Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

Harper Voyager:
Nine of Stars by Laura Bickle

Home of the Damned:
An Other Place by Darren Dash

Penguin Young Readers / Razorbill / Philomel:
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
Ranger’s Apprentice: The Early Years: The Battle of Hackham Heath by John A. Flanagan

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Original Series: The Face of the Unknown by Christopher L. Bennett

Pyr:
Worldshaker by J. F. Lewis
Judgment at Verdant Court by M. C. Planck
Black City Demon by Richard A. Knaak

Scholastic:
Wings of Fire: Talons of Power by Tui T. Sutherland
Lifers by M. A. Griffin
Audacity Jones Steals the Show by Kirby Larson

Subterranean Press:
Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong
Final Girls by Mira Grant

Tor:
The Vindication of Man by John C. Wright
The Rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land
Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – December 2016 – X-Men

Marvel Collector Corps

This is the December 2016 box from Collector Corps, and the theme was X-Men.

The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

Marvel Collector Corps

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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Champions #1 Variant Comic – With all of the X-Men titles, this is a new one that I’ve never seen before. I’m excited to try it out.

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Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters Tshirt – I LOVE this shirt! It’s iconic for X-Men fans. And FINALLY it’s another color besides black.

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EXCLUSIVE Mystique Rock Candy – I’m not crazy about starting another collection, but I love this Mystique figure.

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EXCLUSIVE Wolverine’s Motorcycle – Can’t beat a Funko POP Ride! This is a great design.

Summary: This one of the best boxes yet. A great shirt and a fantastic POP Ride. The DC version of the Funko box has been sorely lacking, so I haven’t bothered in several months. If they can expand beyond so much Batman-centric picks and become as varied as the Marvel boxes, I may eventually go back.

The next theme will be… Super Hero Showdowns.

Box Review: Bam Box – December 2016

Bam Box

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 items subscribers could receive.
This month’s theme was “Legends.”

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“Winter Is Coming” Parody Pin – There were 4 options that subscribers could receive. I actually like this one the best.

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Vader Down #1 Comic Variant – I love this comic and that it’s a variant is awesome. I’ll definitely be holding onto this one.

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Red Sonja #0 SIGNED Variant – What’s better than a special edition? A signed, special edition. Very cool. And each of these comics and prints comes with Certificates of Authenticity.

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Stargirl SIGNED Photo – As a fan of CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, this was kind of a cool surprise.

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Galactic Samuri Print – There were one of four options we could have received of these prints.

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Start Your Own Legend Set – These are cool-looking letter openers! I love that it’s a set of daggers. Though they’re about as sharp as weapons, so I’m glad they came with extra packaging and tip protectors.

Summary: This was a great selection this month – making up for the past few boxes for me. I love the comic selections and the dagger letter openers are unique and awesome – what I came to expect from this different mystery box.

Next month’s theme is… Anniversary! Celebrating Bam Box’s 1-year anniversary!

Box Review: TeeBlox – December 2016

TeeBlox

TeeBlox is a t-shirt subscription service that brings 100% authentic licensed geek and gamer shirts to your doorsteps every month. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime. Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Get 1 shirt and 2 other items starting at $12.99/mo and use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Subscribers can pick from the following categories: SciFi, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoons, Movies and TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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Star Trek “Hail Yeah” Shirt – The artwork on this is great! I don’t care for the pun however, but that’s just my taste.

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Comic and Pin – Old school X-Factor! And the bonus item is a Marvel pin. I love Marvel, so these were fun bonus items.

Summary: Despite being another black tshirt, I really like the art on this. The original Uhura looks fantastic! Am I collecting a large amount of Star Trek and Star Wars shirts? Yes. Am I complaining? Never. I love this mystery shipment. It’s consistent quality and a nice price.

Remember, use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

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Crystal Storm: A Falling Kingdoms Novel by Morgan Rhodes

Synopsis:
An epic clash between gods and mortals threatens to tear Mytica apart . . . and prove that not even the purest of love stands a chance against the strongest of magic.

MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he’s no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption.

LUCIA, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise.

JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey.

AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she’ll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge.

And what kind of darkness will descend–and who will be safe–after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter for a chance to win a set of the Falling Kingdom books by Morgan Rhodes, which includes paperback editions of Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring, Gathering Darkness and Frozen Tides and a hardcover edition of Crystal Storm (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $63.00). In addition, four (4) Runner-up Winners will each receive a paperback edition of Falling Kingdoms ($11.00 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:01 AM (EST) on December 5, 2016 and 11:59 PM (EST) on December 16, 2016. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about December 19, 2016. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Blu-Ray Review: Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad (Extended Cut Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack)

Synopsis:
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Review:
After BvS left such a bad taste in my mouth for DC films, Suicide Squad was quite a bit of fun despite it’s flaws. While, obviously a darker super hero film, there was plenty of humor and a wide range of colorful characters. Will Smith and Margot Robbie made up for Jared Leto’s terrible Joker. Honest Trailers called his Joker a cross between James Franco (in Spring Breakers) and Ace Ventura – and they’re spot on. But Margot Robbie was just fantastic as Harley Quinn.

The role call for this unlikely group of anti-heroes is diverse, from the misunderstood to outright murderers. But somehow, they work as a team to bring down an impossibly powerful foe. The story is engaging and full of mystery, suspense, drama, and humor. It’s a fun, roller coaster ride. It’s definitely not the best comic book movie, but certainly not the worst.

Special Features Included:
• Task Force X: One Team, One Mission
• Chasing the Real
• Joker & Harley: “It” Couple of The Underworld
• Squad Strength and Speed
• Armed to the Teeth
• This is Gonna Get Loud: The Epic Battles of Suicide Squad
• The Squad Declassified
• Gag Reel

“Suicide Squad: Extended Cut” features more action and more Squad with 13 minutes of footage not previously seen in theaters. The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include the extended version of the film on the Blu-ray disc. The extended version will also be available to own on Digital HD.

Book Giveaway: Judgment at Verdant Court

Courtesy of Pyr, I have a copy of Judgment at Verdant Court by M.C. Planck 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 December 30. I’ll draw a name on December 31, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

Good luck!

Continue reading Book Giveaway: Judgment at Verdant Court

Blu-Ray Review: The Shannara Chronicles Season 1

The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 Blu-Ray

Synopsis:
Based on the 26-volume book series by Terry Brooks, The Shannara Chronicles tells the epic story of an Elvin princess, a bandit, and a half-Elf tasked with stopping the end of the world. Created and executive produced by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (‘Smallville’) and executive produced by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is shot against the epic landscapes of New Zealand.

Review:
The Shannara Chronicles is loosely based on novel The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks. And I do mean “loosely.” While the first episode does feel very reminiscent of the book, it doesn’t take long before the story veers off with different characters and new story lines. And even some of the main characters meet different fates.

Hardcore fans of the novels may not be happy with the path this this series takes. But the story does still loosely follow, with many similar characters, stretching a book into 10 1-hour episodes. This series is on MTV, so not-surprisingly there is plenty of angst and it’s more sexualized compared to the book. To the point of ridiculousness at times. But overall, it’s an action-packed, dark, and dramatic series full of bold characters, grotesque creatures, and arcane magic. Some of the episodes drag a bit, but for the most part I did enjoy most this season. The end leaves off where the book did. So I’m guessing next season would be a fresh new story not found in the books, and that may be a good idea if they stray so far from the source material anyway.

The DVD set was released in June. And finally, the Blu-Ray set releases today! The quality is better and pretty noticeable. If fans have been holding out, this latest set is worth the wait. It even comes with a cooler cover design.

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
– Behind-the-scenes
– Exploring New Zealand
– Terry Brooks interview
– Making of the Dagda Mor