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SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: Thrawn

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

Synopsis:
One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

Review:
I was hoping this would be an origin story, getting to know more about Thrawn before he joined the Empire. But this is more about his rise to power and the obstacles along the way. The character development is fantastic. And while the story has little in the way of action and adventure, the political intrigue is fascinating and often thrilling. This was an engaging, fast-paced read. And to see Thrawn’s brilliant plans unfold is very enjoyable for fans of the impressive character.

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – April 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Marvel Collector Corps

This is the April 2017 box from Collector Corps, and the theme was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

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.

Marvel Collector Corps

And a card detailing the contents of the box with a look at early concepts.

Marvel Collector Corps

Guardians 2 Tshirt – Not happy that it’s yet another black tee. And I’m not a fan of the POP-style shirts. And I don’t care for the two-toned look. So, I’ll be giving this to my niece.

Marvel Collector Corps

Secret Empire Comic – Cute variant!

Marvel Collector Corps

Star-Lord and Milano Dorbz Ride – While it’s cool that this is the first ever Dorbz ride, I would’ve preferred another POP instead.

Marvel Collector Corps

Rocket and Groot Funko POP Set – I REALLY wish we would’ve gotten a new character in this box. The last Guardians box included these 2, so it was quite a disappointment. I would have loved a variant of ANY other character. I already have too many variants of these guys.

Summary:
While the dual POP is cute, the rest of the box was a disappointment. Especially, considering this is my favorite Marvel series right now.

The next theme will be… Spider-Man: Homecoming!

ROAR: Pre-Order Promotion and Giveaway!

Pre-order your copy of Roar and submit your receipt here (http://us.macmillan.com/torforge/promo/roar2017preorderoffer) to receive a special swag bag.

Roar by Cora Carmack, on sale June 13th

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of the above map/poster for one lucky winner! (Click the picture to view a larger image.)

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends May 12. I’ll draw a name on May 13, and notify winner via email.

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Box Review: TeeBlox – April 2017

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.

TeeBlox

Doctor Who Shirt – I’m not a fan of the show, but I do like the fun Dalek design. And the gray, charcoal color is nice.

TeeBlox

Comic and Pin – Generation X Comic and cardboard Super Mario Bros Coaster. I have all of this run of Generation X, but I’m a big fan so that’s ok. I’ve gotten a similar coaster in a previous bag.

There is also a instructions on how to frame a favorite shirt. This is a fun idea, if you have a unique design you want to keep on display.

Summary: This is the first shirt I’ve received that hasn’t either been Star Wars or Star Trek. I don’t like Dr. Who, but I do appreciate variety. And I have family members who do enjoy the show who I can pass this on to. If you need to replenish your geek wardrobe with nice quality tees, look no further. And the bonus comic is always fun too.

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

Book Giveaway: HALO: Envoy

Courtesy of Gallery Books, I have a copy of HALO: Envoy by Tobias S. Buckell 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 May 12. I’ll draw a name on May 13, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

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SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Section 31: Control

Star Trek: Section 31: Control by David Mack

Synopsis:
No law…no conscience…no mercy. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answering to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group pledged to defend the Federation at any cost. The discovery of a two-hundred-year-old secret gives Doctor Julian Bashir his best chance yet to expose and destroy the illegal spy organization. But his foes won’t go down without a fight, and his mission to protect the Federation he loves just end up triggering its destruction. Only one thing is for certain: this time, the price of victory will be paid with Bashir’s dearest blood.

Review:
Julian Bashir and Sarina Douglas find themselves on the run again. But this time from more than just Section 31. When they uncover a huge secret that leads back to the beginning of the Federation, they have no idea how encompassing it is.

This latest Star Trek novel is incredibly fast-paced and exciting. While Bashir’s story plays out, we get flashbacks to early in the Federation as well. With plenty of familiar characters, from Data and Lal to Bashir’s long-time friend Garak and many more – Star Trek fans will enjoy the nostalgia and fun interactions. Mack has developed an impressive storyline of intrigue and suspense. My favorite Kirk quote certainly fits here: “I take it the odds are against us; and the situation is grim.” I thoroughly enjoyed this thrilling novel with a surprising finale.