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Fantasy Book Review: Have Sword Will Travel

Have Sword Will Travel by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

It is strange enough that Odo and Eleanor have stumbled upon a sword in a dried-up river outside their village. It is even stranger that Odo is able to remove it from where it’s buried. And it’s REMARKABLY strange when the sword starts to talk.

Odo and Eleanor have unearthed Biter, a famous fighter from earlier times. By finding Biter, Odo instantly becomes a knight – a role he is exquisitely unsuited for. Eleanor, however, would make a PERFECT knight — but she’s not the one with the sword.

Odo is a strong and humble young man who doesn’t have any desire to be a knight. Whereas the brave Eleanor dreams of being a night. But an enchanted sword chooses Odo to be a knight, when they pull it from the river. For their first quest, the friends decide to investigate the river drying up. Odo is convinced he can give up being a knight then and pass the honor to Eleanor.

Have Sword Will Travel is a fantasy for middle readers that all ages will enjoy. The story is full of humor, adventure, and excitement. It reminded me of one of my favorite fantasy authors – Lawrence Watt-Evans. Specifically, his classic – The Misenchanted Sword. I loved that both men and women can be knights in this land, and Eleanor has an attainable goal if she can prove herself. This is a fun story with engaging characters that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would love to read more adventures of Odo and Eleanor – this would make for a great series.

Box Review: Bam Box – December 2017

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.

Again, there was no mini mag this month, so I had to search again for a link to the description sheet: http://www.thebambox.com/decspoilersheet
If they’re going to continue to do this, they really need to put a card in the box providing the link.

Bam Box

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Pin and Nightmare Before Christmas Bill

Bam Box

Supernatural Dean’s Amulet – Prop replicas are a fun addition. And there is a cult following for this show, so I’m sure there will be many happy fans.

Bam Box

A Christmas Story Mini Leg Lamp Kit – I don’t want to open this, because it’ll make a great White Elephant gift next Christmas!

Bam Box
Bam Box

Deep Roy Signed Willy Wonka Print – Thankfully, the back says who signed it.

Bam Box

Christmas Deadpool Art Print – There were several variants available as 1-ups for this.

The ebooklet that you have to go searching for was a big disappointment again. The only think I’ll be keeping is the Leg Lamp Kit as a gag gift. The others are misses for me.

Box Review: TeeBlox – December 2017


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.

Tee Blox

Star Wars Shirt – You can never have too many Star Wars shirts, right?

Tee Blox

Pins – I’ve received the same pins many times now. But it’s just filler, so no biggie.

Summary: Though the shirt was black once again, it’s still a nice design.

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

Book Review: Star Trek Discovery: The Official Collector’s Edition

Star Trek Discovery: Official Collector’s Edition

This is an official behind-the-scenes look at the new show. With 96 full-color pages, it has the feel of a large, hardback magazine. It covers range of topics including: how the show came about, profiles on the characters and actors, the Federation, the Klingons, a timeline of Star Trek, technology, uniforms, and some stunning artwork. As a fan of the show, I loved looking through this book. For those who have been watching After Trek, there isn’t much new information here. But it’s something tangible. And I’m a sucker for Star Trek books of any kind. Plus, the book helps to tide me over until the second half of the season airs on January 7th.

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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:

Interstellar 4K Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
Bam Box

Amazon Publishing / 47North:
The King of Bones and Ashes by J. D. Horn
Roar of the Storm by Adam Burch
Points of Impact by Marko Kloos

Del Rey / Ballantine:
Star Wars: Canto Bight by Saladin Ahmed
Into the Fire by Elizabeth Moon
Tarnished City by Vic James
Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Blood Fury by J. R. Ward

Disney Hyperion / Marvel:
Black Panther The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith
Runaways by Christopher Golden
Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Tales of Hope & Courage by Elizabeth Schaefer

Gallery Books:
Apart in the Dark: Novellas by Ania Ahlborn

Harlequin Teen:
Zenith by Sasha Alsberg

Harper Voyager:
Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden
Sinless by Sarah Tarkoff

Kensington Books:
Dawn in Damnation by Clark Casey

Lore Seekers Press
Tales of the Thieftaker by D B Jackson

Page Street Kids:
Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Random House Children’s Books / Crown / Delacorte Press:
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier
The Dragon’s Curse by Bethany Wiggins
The Death Cure by James Dashner
The Fever Code by James Dashner

Wrath of the Storm by Jennifer A. Nielsen
World of Warcraft: Traveler: The Spiral Path by Greg Weisman
The Width of the World by David Baldacci
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 7: Stormspeaker by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers:
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

St Martin’s Press:
Glass Town by Steven Savile

Subterranean Press:
I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis

Titan Books / Titan Magazines:
Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell
Thor: Ragnarok The Official Movie Special by Titan Magazines
Star Trek Discovery: Official Collector’s Edition by Titan

All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner
Mississippi Roll edited by George R. R. Martin
Survival by Ben Bova
Nemo Rising by C. Courtney Joyner

SciFi Book Review: The Last Girl On Earth

The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier

Li has a father and a sister who love her. A best friend, Mirabae, to share things with. She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules. She has to. Everyone she knows–her family, her teachers, her friends–is an alien. And she is the only human left on Earth.

Li is a human, raised by an alien father. She has to hide what she is for fear of death. Even her best friend doesn’t know the truth. She has to work harder than anyone to earn a place as an officer. But when she meets Ryn, her heart trumps what her head tells her to do.

At just 256 pages, with fast pacing, The Last Girl on Earth almost felt like a short story. This YA science fiction story had an intriguing premise that pulled me in right away. However, it wasn’t too hard for Li to fit in as the only difference between the aliens and humans are gills – and physical activity and intelligence come easier for the aliens. Though a quick read, it a sweet and enjoyable read. Though, I would have liked more of a backstory or more depth to the aliens. This debut has plenty of suspense and romance that culminates with a surprising twist finale.

Book Excerpt and Giveaway: Beneath the Haunting Sea


Her mother was sitting at the dining table in the great cabin, scribbling something on a piece of paper. She looked up and smiled. “There you are, dearest.”

Talia settled into the chair across from her. “You’re looking very well.”

Another smile. “I’m feeling much better.” Scritch scritch scratch went her pen. Moonlight poured in through the windows, illuminating her elegant handwriting.

“What are you doing?” Talia asked carefully.

“I’m transcribing the story my father told me when he took me to the seaside as a child. I just remembered it.” She beamed at her paper, and kept writing.

The moon rose a little higher over the sea, and Talia saw sweat glimmering on her mother’s brow. “Are you sure you wouldn’t like to lie down again?”

“When I’ve finished.” Scritch scritch scratch.

Talia wondered if she ought to go for Hanid or Captain Oblaine. “What’s the story about?”

“You’ll see. I’m so pleased I remembered! It explains everything.” She paused to dip her pen in an inkwell.

The ship rolled beneath them, and the lantern swung back and forth from its hook in the ceiling, creaking.

Talia watched in silence as her mother wrote three more sentences across the paper. Then she laid the pen down, and blew on the ink to dry it. Her smile reached her ears as she handed the page over to her daughter.

Talia’s eyes traveled across the words, so carefully and beautifully written.

“Well? Now do you understand?”

Talia bit her lip and met her mother’s gaze, forcing herself to smile. “I do. Thank you for writing it down for me.”
Her mother grinned, laughed, reached across the table to hug her. “I’d like to go on deck and watch for a while now.”
“The captain and I have been watching in turns so you can get some rest, Mama. Don’t worry, you can watch again soon.”
Her mother nodded. “I can’t watch all the time.”

“Of course not. No one could. Now let’s get you back to bed.”

She allowed Talia to help her up from the table, leaning on her with her good arm. Talia led her through the door to the captain’s bunk, and she climbed under the covers, pulling the blankets up to her chin.

“I’m glad you understand now,” she whispered, her eyes drifting shut.

“Me too, Mama.” Talia kissed her forehead and slipped back out of the cabin. The moon was directly overhead now, flooding the whole deck in silver.

She thought she might be sick.

The story her mother had written for her was complete and utter nonsense.

Excerpted from BENEATH THE HAUNTING SEA © Copyright 2018 by Joanna Ruth Meyer. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.


Courtesy of Page Street, I have a review copy of Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer 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 January 19. I’ll draw a name on January 20, and notify winner via email.


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Book Review: Thor: Ragnarok The Official Movie Special

Thor: Ragnarok The Official Movie Special

Thor: Ragnarok The Official Movie Special is a hardback book with magazine-like pages. There are 96 full-color pages. And the book includes character profiles and actor interviews with all of the main cast, a look at the costumes, a spotlight on the director, behind the scenes images, concept art, and more. The stunning concept art images are by far the highlights of this compilation. There is a fun spotlight on Korg, everyone’s favorite rock man. The interviews are great. And the interview with visionary director Taika Waititi who has released one of the best Marvel films to date is a must. This was one of my favorite films this year, and this book is a fantastic addition to any fan’s library.

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