SciFi Book Review: Terminated

Terminated by Rachel Caine

Synopsis:
Already addicted to the pharmaceutical drug that keeps her body from decomposing, Bryn has to stop a secretive group of rich and powerful investors from eliminating the existing Returné addicts altogether. To ensure their plan to launch a new, military-grade strain of nanotech, the investors’ undead assassin—who just happens to be the ex-wife of Bryn’s lover Patrick—is on the hunt for anyone that stands in their way.

And while Bryn’s allies aren’t about to go down without a fight, the secret she’s been keeping threatens to put those closest to her in even more danger. Poised to become a monster that her own side—and her own lover—will have to trap and kill, Bryn needs to find the cure to have any hope of preserving the lives of her friends, and her own dwindling humanity.

Review:
Rachel Caine concludes the Revivalist series with this third novel. And I was a bit disappointed to see it end. I love the characters and story. This final novel picks up with Bryn and her friends on the run from Patrick’s crazy ex. Meanwhile, Bryn has received the Returné upgrade and is a danger to everyone around her, as she craves meat – fighting against a zombie-like nature. In Terminated, the mystery, intrigue, and adventure ramps up with a few surprises along the way. Along with a betrayal I didn’t see coming. Extremely fast-paced and action-packed, the series ends with an exciting and satisfying finish.

Blu Ray Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

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Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)

Synopsis:
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS features an outstanding ensemble cast including John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Peter Weller and Anton Yelchin.

Review (First few paragraphs previously posted for theater review):
Four years have passed since JJ Abrams’ last Star Trek film. And it was well worth the wait. Diehard Trek fans as well as new fans to the franchise will enjoy this fast-paced, action-packed adventure. Those familiar with the original series will, of course, catch more clues and references to the impending story and correlation to the alternate version. And this super-fan was not disappointed in the least. My one complaint is that Abrams could stand to tone down the lens flares during the bridge scenes.

Full of intense fight scenes, drama, suspense, intrigue, and plenty of humor, Star Trek Into Darkness is an excellent sequel. And while I loved the story, the strong point for the film is the characters. We had the backstory and groundwork set in the previous film, and here we see the characters grow and their relationships develop. The cast and acting is spot-on, once again. Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), and Simon Pegg (Scotty) have great, central roles in this film. I wish Karl Urban (Bones) had more screen time. I think he’s fantastic. And of course, Benedict Cumberbatch was brilliant in his complex, villainous role.

While some of the big mystery reveals were a bit predictable, especially to fans who may have heard spoilers, I think it served as a respectable homage. I only hope we don’t have to wait another four years to see another installment. But with Abrams focusing on Star Wars next, Star Trek will need to pass on to another director for that to happen. A strong foundation has been laid here with this alternate crew with limitless possibilities for new stories and adventures, whether it be more films, tv, or novels. Don’t miss this exciting sequel.

The blu-ray edition contains some great behind the scenes featurettes on the making of the film’s various incredible scenes. And the last one is just an advertisement, though a good cause. I only wish there were some deleted scenes and/or outtakes.

Blu-ray:
• Feature film in high definition

• Creating the Red Planet – Experience the creation of a never-before-seen alien world, as featured in the action-packed opening sequence of the film.

• Attack on Starfleet – Go behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers and witness the creation of the shocking attack on Starfleet Headquarters.

• The Klingon Home World – Discover the stunning world of Kronos, and see how the filmmakers reinvented the Klingons for a new generation.

• The Enemy of My Enemy – Find out how, and why, the identity of the film’s true villain was kept a mystery to the very end.

• Ship to Ship – An in-depth and thrilling look at the filming of the iconic space jump sequence, which both defied the laws of physics and pushed the limits of visual effects.

• Brawl by the Bay – Sit in with Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch as they revisit their intense preparation for the film’s breathtaking climax.

• Continuing the Mission – An inspiring look at the partnership between the film’s crew and the organization that assists returning veterans to find meaningful ways to contribute on the home front.

DVD:
• Feature film in standard definition

Star Trek Into Darkness comes to Blu-ray/DVD/On Demand Sept 10th, arrives on digital August 20th

Book Giveaway: Overpowered

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Received in August

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in August for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Ray / DVD:
Star Trek: Enterprise Season 2 Blu Ray
Star Trek: Into Darkness Blu Ray Edition

Ace:
Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima
Spirits From Beyond by Simon R. Green
Chosen by Benedict Jacka
The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield by Jack Campbell
Kris Longknife: Defender by Mike Shepherd

Chronicle Books:
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Daw:
Battleground by Terry A. Adams

DC Comics / Vertigo:
Trillium #1

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
The Exodus Towers by Jason M. Hough

Harcourt / HMH Books for Young Readers
Hero by Alethea Kontis

Harper Voyager:
Dead Set by Richard Kadrey

Macmillan Teen / FSG / Fiewel and Friends:
Fire Storm by Andy Lane
Princess Tales: Once Upon a Time in Rhyme with Seek-and-Find Pictures by Grace Maccarone

Paizo:
Pathfinder Tales: King of Chaos by Dave Gross

Penguin Teen / Dial:
Unthinkable by Nancy Werlin

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: The Fall: Revelation and Dust by David R. George III

Pyr:
The God Tattoo: Untold Tales from the Twilight Reign by Tom Lloyd

Random House Teen / Delacorte Press:
Enders by Lissa Price
Tandem by Anna Jarzab
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Roc:
Isaac Asimov’s I Robot: To Obey by Mickey Zucker Reichert
The Last President by John Barnes
The Grim Company by Luke Scull
Iron Winter: The Northland Trilogy by Stephen Baxter
The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney

Scholastic Press:
Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
Floors #3: The Field of Wacky Inventions by Patrick Carman
A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron
The Third Door by Emily Rodda

Shadow Mountain:
Farworld: Air Keep by J. Scott Savage
Cragbridge Hall: The Inventor’s Secret by Chad Morris
Swept Up By the Sea by Tracy Hickman

St. Martin’s Press / Thomas Dunn Books:
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Simon Teen:
Overpowered by Mark H. Kruger

Titan Books:
Fringe: The Burning Man by Christa Faust

Tor / Forge:
Dark Shadows: Wolf Moon Rising by Lara Parker
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe by Bill Fawcett
Billy Moon by Douglas Lain
Monsters of the Earth by David Drake
The Spook Lights Affair by Marcia Muller
Fiendish Schemes by K. W. Jeter

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