Book Giveaway: Doctor Who: The Official Quiz Book

Courtesy of BBC Books, I have a copy of Doctor Who: The Official Quiz Book by Jacqueline Rayner for one (1) lucky winner!

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New Movie Trailer: Seventh Son

When darkness falls, the son will rise.

Starring Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes & Julianne Moore, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son. Based on the book series “The Last Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney, SEVENTH SON arrives in theaters February 6, 2015.

New 2014 Fall SciFi and Fantasy TV Shows

Here’s your source of new SciFi and Fantasy shows coming this fall and in the not-too-distant future…

NBC:

Constantine

– series premiere Oct 24,| Fridays 10/9c

Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight – or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to abandon his campaign against evil until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line‎, Constantine will use his skills to travel the country, find the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.

http://www.nbc.com/constantine

ABC:

Forever

– series premiere Tuesday, September 23 at 10|9c
Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza). Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry’s secret.

http://abc.go.com/shows/forever

Galavant

– coming soon
Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love; Tangled; Cars) teams up with the award-winning musical duo of composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid; Beauty and the Beast) and lyricist Glenn Slater (Tangled) for a musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions.
Starring: Joshua Sasse | Timothy Omundson | Vinnie Jones | Mallory Jansen | Karen David | Luke Youngblood

http://abc.go.com/shows/galavant

Agent Carter

– coming soon
It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark.
Starring: Hayley Atwell

http://abc.go.com/shows/marvels-agent-carter

The Whispers

– coming soon
We love to play games with our children. But what happens when someone else starts to play with them too? Someone we don’t know. Can’t see. Can’t hear. In The Whispers, someone or something — is manipulating the ones we love most to accomplish the unthinkable.
Starring: Lily Rabe | Barry Sloane | Milo Ventimiglia | Derek Webster | Kristen Connolly | Kylie Rogers | Kyle Harrison Breitkopf

http://abc.go.com/shows/the-whispers

CBS:

Scorpion

– series premiere Monday, September 22 at 9|8c

Inspired by a true story, SCORPION follows an eccentric genius and his network of nerdy prodigies who operate as a think tank formed by Homeland Security.

http://www.cbs.com/shows/scorpion/

FOX:

Gotham

– series premiere Monday, September 22
Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM.

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

http://www.fox.com/gotham/

The Last Man On Earth

– coming soon
The year is 2022, and after an unlikely event, only one man is left on earth: PHIL MILLER (Forte), who used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank. Now, in his RV, Phil searches the country for other survivors. He has traveled to every city, every town and every outpost in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and has found no one, which leads him to the painful realization that he is almost certainly the last living being on the face of the earth.

Sure, there are some positives that come with being the last person on earth. You can go live in the White House if you want. You can park in handicapped spots without an ounce of guilt. You can decorate your home with priceless works of art. You wanna wear a pair of tighty-whiteys and nothing else every single day of the year? Not a problem.

http://www.fox.com/last-man-on-earth/

Wayward Pines

– coming soon
Imagine the perfect American town… beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets. Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you’re going insane. You must be in Wayward Pines.

Based on the best-selling novel “Pines” by Blake Crouch and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “Signs”), WAYWARD PINES is the intense new mind-bending 10-episode event thriller evocative of the classic hit “Twin Peaks.”

http://www.fox.com/wayward-pines/

Syfy:

Z Nation

– series premiere September 12 at 10/9c
Z Nation starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

http://www.syfy.com/znation

Ascension

– 6-hour event series premieres November 24 at 9/8c
In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, a mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.

http://www.syfy.com/ascension

CW:

The Flash

– series premiere Tuesday, Oct 7 at 8/7c
A TV show centered around scientist Barry Allen, who suffers a freak accident that turns him into a superhero with the power of incredible speed.

http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-flash

iZombie

– coming soon
Olivia “Liv” Moore was a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out…until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv is doing her best to blend in and look as human as possible. Her appearance now passes for “Goth,” with shockingly pale skin and nearly white hair, and her demeanor has gone from exuberant to exhausted. The change in Liv is baffling to her mother, her former fiancé, Major, and her best friend and roommate, Peyton, who still has the high-energy, Type-A personality that Liv has completely abandoned. Despite her post-traumatic ennui, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains – she’s taken a job in the Seattle coroner’s office. In this appropriately dead-end job, Liv can secretly snack on the brains of the many Jane and John Doe corpses that make a final stop in the morgue. Despite carefully covering her tracks, Liv’s boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, discovers her secret and is surprisingly excited about the scientific possibilities. Even with her boss’ enthusiasm, Liv remains resigned to an eternity without hope or purpose, until she realizes that with every brain she consumes, she retains a portion of that person’s memories. Liv begins to experience visions from the point of view of the murder victims. Much to the surprise of Dr. Ravi and homicide detective Clive Babineaux, Liv often has detailed knowledge of crime scenes and motives that she can’t easily explain. Posing as a psychic, she works with Detective Babineaux to investigate these crimes and discover who is responsible. It’s not the same as being alive again, but at least Liv can find purpose in her undead existence by helping Clive solve the murders of those who are indeed fully dead.

http://www.cwtv.com/shows/izombie

The Messengers

– coming soon
“And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.” (Revelation 9)

In the white-hot sun of the New Mexico desert, scientist Vera Ivanov watches in fascination as a mysterious object plummets to Earth and explodes in a blinding flash, sending out a shock wave that briefly stops her heart. But Vera is not the only one affected by the blast: she is instantly and mysteriously connected to four other strangers, who also collapse only to miraculously come back to life hours later. Erin, a young mother desperate to protect her 7-year-old daughter from an abusive ex-husband; Peter, a troubled high school student who finally lashes out to end the constant bullying he can no longer endure; Raul, a federal agent looking to escape his undercover assignment in a violent Mexican drug cartel; and Joshua, Jr., a charismatic second-generation televangelist following in his father’s footsteps – all awaken after the pulse with powers they can barely believe, from inexplicable strength to the ability to heal others. Most mysterious of all is the figure known only as The Man, who offers Vera the one thing she wants most in life – to be reunited with her kidnapped son – if she will help him with one morally complicated task. That task puts Vera on a collision course with nurse Rose Arvale who, after a seemingly random act of violence left her in a coma for seven years, suddenly begins to stir. As Joshua, Jr. prophesizes, the wheels of Revelation have begun to turn, and this group of strangers might be the only hope for preventing the impending Rapture…or causing it.

http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-messengers/

Fantasy Book Review: Revenant

Revenant by Kat Richardson

Synopsis:
Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died—for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker, treading the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And these abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases….

Turmoil, sickness, and destruction are sweeping through Europe—and its effects are being felt all the way across the world in Seattle. Harper Blaine and her lover, Quinton, suspect that Quinton’s father, James Purlis—and his terrifying Ghost Division—are involved.

Following a dark trail of grotesque crimes and black magic across the Old World, the pair slowly draws closer to their quarry. But finding and dismantling the Ghost Division won’t be enough to stop the horror that Purlis has unwittingly set in motion.

An ancient and forgotten cult has allied with Quinton’s mad father. And their goals are far more nightmarish than Harper and Quinton—or even Purlis—could ever imagine.

The pursuit leads to Portugal, where the desecrated tomb of a sleeping king and a temple built of bones recall Harper’s very first paranormal case and hold clues to the cult’s true intentions. Harper and Quinton will need all the help they can get to avert a necromantic cataclysm that could lay waste to Europe and drag the rest of the world to the brink of war.

Review:
Harper and her vampire acquaintance Carlos join Quinton in Portugal for this latest adventure. Carlos happens to have a castle there, as he spent some of his early years there. And there’s an interesting backstory there in addition to the main plot surrounding Quinton’s father and his evil plans.

Revenant is the 9th and final book in the Greywalker series. As a fan who’s read all of them, I was excited to see how she’d end the series. Richardson has obviously done a lot of research on the history of Portugal, as she has in her previous installments. And I was happy to see a lot of the story involve Carlos and his past as he’s such an interesting and complex character. With plenty of suspense, intrigue, adventure and drama – there is plenty of surprises along the way. This was an impressive and satisfying conclusion to a terrific series.

Fantasy Book Review: Thrones and Bones: Frostborn

Thrones and Bones: Frostborn by Lou Anders

Synopsis:
Meet Karn. He is destined to take over the family farm in Norrøngard. His only problem? He’d rather be playing the board game Thrones and Bones.

Enter Thianna. Half human, half frost giantess. She’s too tall to blend in with other humans but too short to be taken seriously as a giant.

When family intrigues force Karn and Thianna to flee into the wilderness, they have to keep their sense of humor and their wits about them. But survival can be challenging when you’re being chased by a 1,500-year-old dragon, Helltoppr the undead warrior and his undead minions, an evil uncle, wyverns, and an assortment of trolls and giants.

Review:
The Thrones and Bones series takes place in a Nordic land from myth and lore. Karn is a smart boy who is especially good at the board game Thrones and Bones. Thianna wants nothing to do with her human side, as she was raised among the frost giants. But when she receives a gift from her mother, it sets off a chain of events that puts her on the run for her life. Karn, too, has to flee when dangerous creatures give chase. And Thianna and Karn strike up an unlikely friendship on their journey.

Frostburn is the first in this fantasy series for youth. With colorful characters, a thrilling story, and plenty of magical creatures – it was easy to get swept away. There is plenty of humor, suspense, and drama. As a fan of Nordic culture, I was especially drawn to the Norse mythology aspect and the author’s fresh take. Pleasantly surprised with the outcome, I have high hopes for the next in this unique series.

Movie Trailer: AUTOMATA

Millennium Entertainment will release AUTOMATA in theaters and OnDemand October 10, 2014.

An insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.

Directed by Gabe Ibáñez
Written by Gabe Ibáñez, Igor Legarreta and Javier Sánchez Donate
Starring Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott

For more info:
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