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Book Giveaway: Spider’s Trap

Courtesy of Pocket Books, I have a copy of Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep for one (1) lucky winner!

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Box Review: Geek Fuel – July 2015

GeekFuel July 2015

After enjoying Marvel’s Collector Corps boxes so much, I decided to join a few other geek-centered mystery boxes. Geek Fuel is a monthly subscription box “filled with t-shirts, toys, digital games, limited edition collectibles, and all things epic.” The box can be purchased on a monthly renewal at $23.90 per month, or discounts for purchasing several months or more upfront. And right now, there’s a $3 off coupon for any plan.

GeekFuel July 2015

The box comes with a monthly, mini magazine that’s really well done.

GeekFuel July 2015
Le Tour de Geek T-Shirt – (Retail $10)

The t-shirt this month is a mash-up, that I’ll probably give to my niece as I’m not a gamer – and not a fan of Zelda. But I DO LOVE that Geek Fuel offers women’s sizes in shirts. Be sure to order your regular size. I ordered 2 sizes larger (and XL), thinking that it may be fitted like a Junior’s size. But it’s not. I’ll be sticking to Mediums in the future. It’s also nice that you can adjust your shirt size for any future shipments.

GeekFuel July 2015

Also included in this month’s box:
-Marvel Civil War #1 Variant Edition (Retail $4.99+) – I was excited to get start this new run!
-Aliens vs. Vampirella Poster (Retail? – selling on Ebay for $8-20) – Not thrilled about this, but will try to find someone who wants it, or a local comic shop.
-Burnstar Downloadable Game (Retail $10) – It’s a PC-only game, so unfortunately worthless to me. I’ll pass along to family.
-Ant-Man Mini-Pint Shot Glass (Retail? – selling on Ebay for $10) – I LOVE Ant-Man, so I enjoyed getting another collectable.
-Firefly Shiny! Button (Retail $1?) – All things Firefly rule.

When I subscribed, just a few days ago, I was hoping to skip this month. Seeing as how it was the end of July, I thought I’d get in with August. Unfortunately, the value didn’t add up for things I’ll actually keep. I’ll stick with it for a while though. Other past boxes looked great.

What do you think of July’s Geek Fuel Box?

Received in July

The following are the books I received in July for review and/or giveaways:

Ace:
Autumn Moon by Jan DeLima

Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer:
Wayward by Blake Crouch
The Last Town by Blake Crouch
Pines by Blake Crouch

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

Del Rey:
Half a War by Joe Abercrombie
Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb
Chaos Unleashed by Drew Karpyshyn

Disney Hyperion / Kingswell:
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver
A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
The Descendants: The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

Gallery Books:
The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp
Devil’s Pocket by John Dixon

Harper Teen / Greenwillow / Katherine Tegen:
Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas
MirroredMirrored by Alex Flinn
The Tattooed Heart by Michael Grant
Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins
Catacomb by Madeleine Roux
Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett
Sound by Alexandra Duncan

Harper Voyager:
Departure by A.G. Riddle
A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

Inkshares:
Abomination by Gary Whitta

Macmillan / Thomas Dunne Books:
The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

Penguin / Blue Rider Press / New American Library / Vintage:
The Way of Sorrows by Jon Steele
The Veil by Chloe Neill
Press Start to Play by Daniel H. Wilson

Penguin Teen / Dial:
Jubilee Manor by Bethany Hagen

Pocket Books:
Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep
Star Trek: Seekers Book 3: Long Shot by David Mack

Pyr:
Gold Throne in Shadow by M.C. Planck
The Geomancer: Vampire Empire by Clay Griffith
Rising Tide by Rajan Khanna

Random House Teens / Delacorte Press / Knopf / Crown:
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr
Drowning Is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley
No Such Person by Caroline B. Cooney
The Galaxy Pirates: Hunt for the Pyxis by Zoe Ferraris
The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

Scholastic:
The House on Stone’s Throw Island by Dan Poblocki
The Watchmen of Port Fayt by Conrad Mason
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts: Immortal Guardians by Eliot Schrefer
The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
Dead Upon a Time by Elizabeth Paulson
Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
TombQuest: Valley of Kings by Michael Northrop

Shadow Mountain:
Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage

Simon & Schuster / Saga Press / Strebor Books:
The War Against the Assholes by Sam Munson
The Total Emasculation of the White Man by David Valentine Bernard

Spencer Hill Press:
Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin

Subterranean Books:
Driven by Kelley Armstrong

Titan Books:
The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road by Abbie Bernstein

Tor:
Solar Express by L. E. Modesitt
Pathfinder Tales: Beyond the Pool of Stars by Howard Andrew Jones
Last First Snow by Max Gladstone
The Devil’s Only Friend by Dan Wells
The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán
The Edge of Dawn by Melinda Snodgrass
Made to Kill by Adam Christopher

Tor Teen:
Hidden Talents by David Lubar
The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett

SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Seekers 3: Long Shot

Star Trek: Seekers 3: Long Shot by David Mack

Synopsis:
SCIENCE GONE MAD…Bizarre sensor readings lead the Starfleet scout ship Sagittarius to an alien world where efforts to harness a dangerous and unstable technology have thrown the laws of probability out of balance. Now, events that might have occurred only one time in a trillion are hap­pening constantly—to deadly and dazzling effect.

A PLANET IN PERIL…As disasters and miracles multiply globally at an ever-increasing rate, it’s up to Captain Clark Terrell and his crew to shut down the experiment-gone-wrong before its storm of chaos causes the planet’s destruction. But the odds against their success—and their survival—might be too great to overcome.

Review:
The Sagittarius crew is new and unfamiliar. They are more down-to-earth and disrespectful of authority. They have more levity and inappropriate joking during staff meetings – nothing the captains we know would accept. It makes for added humor, if awkward, among the crew.

Long Shot is the third exciting installment in the Seekers series. As an alien planet succumbs to an experiment of cataclysmic proportions, the Sagittarius forgoes the Prime Directive in order to assist the friendly aliens. From the suspenseful scenes of characters on the planet to the tireless work of the scientists and crew aboard the Sagittarius, the events build to a climactic and satisfying finale. I thoroughly enjoyed this latest installment in a fun, new series.

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps July 2015 Box – Ant-Man

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This is only the 2nd box that Collector Corps has done, and I’m pretty sure I’m a subscriber for life… or at least as long as they continue these boxes. The last box was fantastic too. The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h. Marvel fans, these are a must.

Each box comes with a t-shirt. You pick your shirt size when subscribing. This box was Ant-Man themed, so I was happy to have a Ant-Man shirt before the movie even released. The shirt has the Ant-Man logo large across the chest with a tiny figure and the words below “(Actual size).” It’s a black t-shirt, which I’m not really fond of getting. But it makes the logo pop. (Retail $10?)

This month’s comic is Ant-Man #4 Variant edition. (Retail $3.99, though it’s a variant.)

The best part of each box is the Funko Pop Marvel figure. And this exclusive figure includes a Scott (sans helmet) and a mini bobble head (that really bobbles!). (Retail $39.99)

There were two Funko Marvel Ant-Man Mystery Minis, mine were Scott (sans helmet) and Yellow Jacket. (Last month only had one mini fig and it wasn’t nearly as cute and detailed.) (Retail $8.99 each)

And rounding out the box, and attached to it, are a collectible patch and pin – both featuring a retro Ant-Man head with the Collector Corp logo. (Retail $9.99 for both)

I even love the boxes these ship in. They are collectors items themselves, each unique to the theme that ships each time.

Next month’s box theme is Secret Wars.
Do you subscribe? If so, what do you think of this month’s box?

David B. Coe (D.B. Jackson) Guest Post

CoeJacksonPubPic1000Hi, I’m David B. Coe. I also write as D.B. Jackson. Under my own name, I am the author of The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a contemporary urban fantasy set in modern day Phoenix. The newest book in this series, HIS FATHER’S EYES, will be released by Baen Books a week from today, on August 4. As D.B. Jackson, I write the Thieftaker Chronicles, a historical urban fantasy set in pre-Revolutionary Boston. The fourth and (for now) final Thieftaker book, DEAD MAN’S REACH, came out from Tor Books a week ago, on July 21.

200DeadMansReachI’m very excited to be here today, especially because I’m joined by my two protagonists from these series, Justis Fearsson and Ethan Kaille. I’m particularly pleased that Mister Kaille could join us, since he not only had to travel some distance, but also across nearly two and a half centuries. Gentlemen, welcome to you both.

Fearsson: Thanks, it’s good to be here.

Kaille: Aye, it is. Although I will admit to feeling a bit like a fish out of water. What is that contraption on which your fingers are tapping? For that matter how have you managed to illuminate this room without benefit of a single candle flame or hearth fire?

Well . . . You know, I’m afraid that in order to use our time most wisely, I’m going to have to skip the explanations. Suffice it to say that we’ve had a few technological breakthroughs in the years since the American Revolution.

Kaille: There’s been a revolution?!

Um . . . yeah. You and I can talk later. For now, allow me to ask the two of you some questions. I’d like to begin by asking how you enjoy being in my books.

Fearsson: You mind if I go first?

Kaille: Be my guest.

Layout 1Fearsson: Frankly, it’s kind of a mixed bag. You’ve given me some nice stuff. Love the car. I mean LOVE it. A ‘77 280Z, and silver no less? That’s a sweet ride. And you’ve given me some nice weaponry, too. As a former cop, I appreciate that. On the other hand, I tend to get the crap beaten out of me on a pretty regular basis, and it’s starting to get a little old. Also, the moon phasings and the whole temporary insanity thing — that’s no picnic. I could have done without it.

Kaille: Moon phasings?

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