Grimm Season 3 Returns Friday!

Grimm returns Friday night at 9/8c followed by the premiere of Dracula at 10/9c. To gear up for next week, we have your first look at Grimm Season 3, plus an interview with David Giuntoli on his new role as Zombie Nick.

First Look: Grimm Season 3
Take a sneak peek at Season 3 of Grimm, premiering October 25 at 9/8c on NBC.

David Giuntoli Talks Grimm Season 3
Zombie David Giuntoli talks about Season 3 of Grimm.

The Women of Grimm
Get to know the amazing women of Grimm.

SciFi Book Review: Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Synopsis:
Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.

Review:
I read Ender’s Game for the first time over ten years ago. So, I wanted to read it again, to refresh my memory, before the film released. Knowing the “big reveal” made some of the wonder lessen. But I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it again. Maybe even more than the first time. I found myself reading slower and taking my time to understand Ender a bit more this time. And since I knew what was going on, a lot of the back-and-forth between those in charge made a lot more sense. Also, having read all the future installments, I can appreciate the journey of Ender and Peter a bit more.

Ender’s Game is a true science fiction classic, in my mind. I’m glad it’s finally coming to the big screen, so that it can get a wider audience. It’s a coming-of-age story set in a science fiction adventure with unforgettable characters. Though bred to be humanity’s savior as a brilliant soldier to fight the aliens, Ender is just a boy who wants love and acceptance and to do the right thing. Whereas, Ender’s brother Peter is jealous and cruel with scary psychopathic tendencies. And as Ender trains at Battle School, he fears he is becoming more like his brother – and a killer. This is a brilliant piece of fiction that is a must read for any science fiction fan.

Syfy BTS Press Tour – Montreal – Day 1

A couple of weeks ago I was able to attend the Syfy BTS (Behind the Scenes) Press Tour in Montreal, featuring set tours of Being Human and Helix. But the night before was cocktails and dinner with talent from Haven, Defiance, and Ghost Hunters. This is one of my favorite parts of the weekend, as it was last year in Toronto. It’s a casual time to get to know one another in a relaxed setting. I sat next to Adam Berry and Amy Bruni from Ghost Hunters. We had a great time with a lot of stories exchanged and even more laughs.

Here I am with Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, Adam Berry, and Amy Bruni from Ghost Hunters:
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With Adam Copeland (Edge) from Haven
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With Lucas Bryant, Adam Copeland, and Eric Balfour from Haven. I have a lot of these!
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Book Giveaway: The Morganville Vampires Volume 1

Courtesy of Penguin Book Group, I have a copy of The Morganville Vampires Volume 1 by Rachel Caine 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 8. I’ll draw a name on November 9, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

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SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge

Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells

Synopsis:
Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.

But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive—and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire . . . if they find out her true identity.

Review:
This story is set after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and before The Empire Strikes Back. Leia is obviously the central character in this installment, as she infiltrates a pirate stronghold and tries to free a crew from slavery. Meanwhile, there’s a traitor in the Rebel Alliance feeding intel to the Republic. There are some fun moments between Leia and Han, as their relationship is still in the beginning stages of attraction and tension. And there is a thrilling scene when Leia is placed in a deadly arena “game” where she must fight her way out.

I’ve enjoyed this year’s Star Wars novels immensely, and getting back into this universe. And I especially loved this period in the timeline, so I was excited to see the series explore this. Razor’s Edge is a well-paced adventure with plenty of mystery, suspense, danger, and intrigue. Though at times predictable, there are some surprising turns that are revealed at the climactic end. I’m looking forward to these future installments in this exciting series.

Blu-Ray Review: Pacific Rim

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Pacific Rim Blu Ray Edition

Synopsis:
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Review:
Many have compared this film to Transformers on first glance alone. But other than some giant robots, there really isn’t much to compare. Pacific Rim has more depth (no pun intended) and is darker, edgier and certainly more suspenseful. The invading Kaiju are monstrous, Godzilla-like creatures that come through a portal within the Earth. Earth unites and creates enormous robots that take a two-man team to pilot. This works for a while, but the Kaiju are adapting and becoming stronger and smarter.

Pacific Rim is an action-packed, science fiction disaster film – with a looming global apocalypse. Yet it also has just the right amount of heart and humor to balance the suspense. This is a surprisingly fun and visually stunning film with amazing CGI. The Jaeger robots and Kaiju are just as much characters in the story as the actors’ roles.

Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack Special Features:
• Audio Commentary by Guillermo del Toro
• The Directors Notebook
• Drift Space
• The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim
• The Shatterdome
• Focus Points
• Deleted Scenes
• Blooper Reel

2-Disc Standard Definition DVD Special Edition Special Features:
• Audio Commentary by Guillermo del Toro
• Drift Space
• The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim
• The Shatterdome
• Focus Points
• Deleted Scenes
• Blooper Reel

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