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SciFi Book Review: Lightless

Lightless by CA Higgins

Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond—not with any of her crewmates, but with the ship’s electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship.

While one of the saboteurs remains at large somewhere on board, his captured partner—the enigmatic Ivan—may prove to be more dangerous. The perversely fascinating criminal whose silver tongue is his most effective weapon has long evaded the authorities’ most relentless surveillance—and kept the truth about his methods and motives well hidden.

As the ship’s systems begin to malfunction and the claustrophobic atmosphere is increasingly poisoned by distrust and suspicion, it falls to Althea to penetrate the prisoner’s layers of intrigue and deception before all is lost. But when the true nature of Ivan’s mission is exposed, it will change Althea forever—if it doesn’t kill her first.

When saboteurs board their ship, the crew of the Ananke struggle to maintain order. The sole captured man is the only one who can tell them what is wrong with the ship and their only link to a dangerous terrorist.

Lightless has been referred to as Gravity meets Alien. But it’s far more like 2001 Space Odyssey meets The Usual Suspects without the humor. The majority of the story focuses on saboteur’s interrogation while Althea deals with a highly intelligent ship computer. This scifi thriller is dark and engaging, though it does lag a bit in the middle during the interviews. There are some fun twists along the way, and an exciting finale that leaves readers wanting more. Thankfully, there is a sequel scheduled. This debut author is one to watch.

Book Giveaway: Spinning Starlight

Courtesy of Disney Hyperion, I have a copy of Spinning Starlight by R. C. Lewis 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 6. I’ll draw a name on November 7, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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Book Review: Vampire Combat Field Guide

The Vampire Combat Field Guide: A Coloring and Activity Book For Fighting the Bloodthirsy Undead by Roger Ma

So now that Adult Coloring Books are a thing, the scifi genre has to participate in the fad too. This training manual for fighting a variety of undead, is displayed in a fun coloring/activity book. Vampire fans will enjoy the humor. And the images are mostly violent, so it’s definitely for adults. The book is 64 pages of hunting, training, and explanations of the best weapons to fight certain undead. If you enjoy (or used to enjoy) the quiet pastime of coloring, humor, and hunting the undead – you may want to check this out.

Also, Marvel is coming out with their own version soon. I’ve already pre-ordered mine.

SciFi Book Review: Zeroes

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

Don’t call them heroes.

But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart.

Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t—like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly best friends these days.

Enter Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether, the group’s “glorious leader.” After Scam’s SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the recue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

Ethan/Scam can talk his way out of almost anything, until the voice in his head gets him in serious trouble. The Zeroes must come together to help him escape a police interview. But the rescue gets out of hand and dangerous criminals escape and innocents are hurt.

The Zeroes include super-powered teens who have a variety of unique powers, some more of a curse than an ability one would covet. At times the teens seem younger than their ages, but they’re all kids with good hearts who just don’t always make the best choices. Full of suspense, intrigue, and mystery – this is a highly entertaining start to a fun, new series for Young Adults.

The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven Tour

The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven Written by Brandon Mull and Illustrations by Brandon Dorman

The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven is the first visual discovery of the creatures in the series and is written as if the reader is the new caretaker of the Fablehaven preserve. It has all sorts of insider’s knowledge the new caretaker of Fablehaven would have to know, such as dragon tears are very powerful in making potions but they are extremely difficult to come by and cruel people have been known to torment young dragons just to collect tears! So don’t YOU want to be their caretaker? Entries detail important information about artifacts large and small, a complete bestiary of creatures (from fairies to trolls to satyrs), a guide to identifying demons, dragons, and wizards as well as valuable insights into the other magical preserves. Scattered throughout the book are colorful fairies that also mark some of the characters, artifacts, and creatures that will be featured in the upcoming sequel series, Dragonwatch.

I was offered a ebook to review, which was unfortunately not complete and wasn’t easy to view o read on a kindle app. I don’t think it did the book justice. The images I’ve seen of the finished book look incredible, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. Fans of Fablehaven will really enjoy this book. From incredible illustrations of unique creatures to fun details on familiar (and some obscure) items that Fablehaven Caretakers and adventurers need to know.

If you haven’t read one of the best children’s series out there (Fablehaven by Brandon Mull), then make sure you do. You won’t be disappointed.

DVD Review: iZombie Season 1

iZombie: Season 1

From the executive producers of Veronica Mars, iZOMBIE stars Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. Now stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers to the city morgue to reluctantly access the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity – human brains. But there are side effects to Liv’s new diet. With each brain she consumes, she experiences flashes of the corpse’s memories – including, at times, clues as to how they were killed. Her boss, a brilliant but eccentric conspiracy theorist, encourages her to embrace this gift and to work with an eager, unproven homicide detective to help solve these murders … and quiet the voices in her head. iZOMBIE is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley and David Anders also star.

iZombie was easily my favorite new show last year. From the creator of Veronica Mars, this show has just as much humor, mystery, and fantastic character development – plus zombies. The show is loosely based on the graphic novels of the same name (which I recently and quickly devoured). Liv is a reluctant brain-eating zombie who tries to help solve murders, while keeping her nature a secret from everyone save her too-smart boss. Meanwhile, another zombie starts make a name for himself in the underworld, creating other undead and establishing himself as boss.

Each episode Liv ingests the brains of someone recently deceased and takes over their personality and quirks, making for some very funny situations. There’s also plenty of mystery, suspense, heartache, and even romance. I’m not even a fan of the zombie subgenre, but love this show. I highly recommend it to anyone. And this the show I looked forward to most coming out on DVD. I was bummed it wasn’t released on Blu-ray. Hopefully, it will make it eventually.

SciFi Book Review: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Moving Target

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Moving Target by Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry

Princess Leia returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, the story follows the warrior princess as she leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the evil Galactic Empire. Hidden in the story are also hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!

Months ago, when I saw that Disney Hyperion was coming out with middle grade novels set in the Star Wars universe and starring the main characters, I knew I had to read them. In this story, Leia and C3-PO join a crew on a subversive mission to thwart the Empire. Preteens to adults will enjoy this novel, as it’s not really a children’s story. Though, I loved the fantastic illustrations. It’s a morally ambiguous mission that leads to some soul-searching from Leia. It’s a bit dark, with plenty of suspense and fun characters.

The “hints and clues about the upcoming” Force Awakens probably stem from the interludes that are set years in the future, when Leia is being interviewed about her past. Even if there aren’t actual clues, these are entertaining enough standalone stories on their own.