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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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SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Legacies Book 3: Purgatory’s Key

Star Trek: Legacies Book 3: Purgatory’s Key by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore

Eighteen years ago, the Starship Enterprise thwarted an alien invasion from another universe, and Captain Robert April took possession of the interdimensional transfer device that made it possible. Since then, each captain of the Enterprise, from Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk, has guarded this secret with his life.

Now, Romulan agents have succeeded in stealing the device and using it to banish Ambassador Sarek and Councillor Gorkon to an unknown realm in the midst of their groundbreaking Federation-Klingon peace negotiations. With time running out as interstellar war looms in one universe—and alien forces marshal in another—will Captain Kirk and his crew preserve the tenuous peace and reclaim the key between the dimensions?

Purgatory’s Key is the final installment in the Legacies trilogy. We get to see more interaction on the planet from the alternate universe, but it’s still quite a bit of a mystery. With the Romulans closing in on the Enterprise and xenophobic, ruthless aliens hunting the individuals stuck in the alternate world – there’s a lot packed into this finale. The strength of this story was the character interactions – from some powerful scenes with Sarek to an upheaval aboard the Romulan ship. I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy, and the climactic ending did not disappoint. With plenty of intrigue, suspense, and drama – this was a well-paced story from a talented writing team.

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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