Synopsis: Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross through to alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurt the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked, and his consciousness is scattered across multiple dimensions.
The hunt for each splinter of Paul’s soul sends Marguerite racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each dimension brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with every trial she faces, she begins to question the one constant she’s found between the worlds: their love for each other.
Review: Following events in A Thousand Pieces of You, Paul tries to find a cure for his friend in another dimension. But Paul is attacked by an individual who wants something from Marguerite in return. And Marguerite is forced with an ethical dilemma as she races to find and heal Paul. But Paul also isn’t the same man she knows in every dimension.
Ten Thousand Skies Above You is a fast-paced, suspenseful sequel that is nearly impossible to put down. Gray has created a unique and incredible universe of multi-dimensions and vivid characters. This scifi romance is full of mystery, intrigue, and surprising twists. Intensity builds to a big cliffhanger ending that will leave readers impatient for the next installment.
Back to the Nightmare Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This Nightmare Before Christmas/Back to the Future mashup isn’t great. I’m generally not a big fan of mashups, and this one really doesn’t work.
Sherlock Exclusive Vinyl Figure (Retail $24.49 on Amazon) – I’ve never seen the show, and I’m sure I’d like it if I did – but I don’t collect the Titan vinyl figures… So this will be finding a new home.
Star Wars Mini Calendar (Retail $7.99) – This, I may actually keep – or give as a stocking stuffer to my niece or nephew.
Bill Murray Print (Retail n/a)- I’m at a loss. Not sure why this is a part of a “nerd” box. It’s definitely not for me.
Exclusive Firefly Ornament (Retail $20+) – I already have a much nicer, pewter Serenity ornament. This is “chrome” – fragile and lighter-weight, without near the amount of detail that my other one has. So this was a bit of a disappointment, as I do love Firefly.
Summary: This month was a huge disappointment. Everything was so random. Not one thing made this box worthwhile. They really need to stick with a theme each box so people know to skip a month, rather than just cancelling. I’m just cancelling this Classic Block. It’s funny how it just takes one bad box to ruin the subscription. I hope the SciFi Block keeps my interest.
Next month’s spoilers:
I love Star Wars and Star Trek, but too little, too late. I’m sure Smuggler’s Bounty will give me my Star Wars fix every other month.
Synopsis: Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency – except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray’s inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.
When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he’s inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.
Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen – and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.
Review: Ray is the last of his kind – a robot. He and Ada solve crimes for the right price, as well as a secret darker pursuit. As Ray hunts down a missing man, he uncovers an incredible conspiracy.
Made to Kill is a unique, scifi noir novel. It’s a Raymond Chandler mystery crossed with an alternate history where robotics and artificial intelligence were developed in the early 20th century. Ray is a robot full of personality. And the setting is a captivating early Hollywood. The mystery is a wild ride that is unpredictable and full of suspense. It’s a shorter read at 240 pages, but a lot is packed into this fast-paced story. I would love to see more books about Raymond Electromatic – I thoroughly enjoyed him.
I don’t attend many SciFi conventions, but Starbase Indy is one near and dear to my heart. It was one of the very first I ever attended. And it’s local and still keeps the smaller, fan-run feel that makes for a more intimate con-going experience.
More about Starbase Indy: “The Voyage Home” for Starbase Indy returns the fan-run science fiction convention to the place where it began back in 1988 – the Wyndham Indianapolis West, 2544 Executive Drive. During the extended Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27-29, look for a stellar lineup of guests from Star Trek, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Alien Nation, and Once Upon a Time.
However, seeing stars isn’t the only option at Starbase Indy; convention-goers can delve into the hard sciences with panels and workshops on astronomy, forensics and other topics. New to the convention world? Newcomers can check out the “Conventions for Newbies” panel, while other sessions will explore popular culture such as DC movies and the TV series Game of Thrones.
Bring the children along as well. While adults attend panels or browse the Dealers’ Room, Starbase Indy will feature “CSI for Kids” and other special family programming.
Other weekend festivities will include a Star Trek-based musical group (Five Year Mission) and a screening of the 2014 hit movie, Guardians of theGalaxy. Back again will be Artemis, the popular multi-player networked game that puts players aboard a starship. As for the Dealers’ Room, it contains out-of-this world merchandise that provides a great alternative to Black Friday shopping.
Guest stars at Starbase Indy 2015 will be Jeffrey Combs (Shran the Andorian, Enterprise), Natalija Nogulich (Adm. Nechayev, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Beverley Elliott (Granny, Once Upon a Time), Lee Arenberg (Grumpy, Once Upon a Time), Jay Acovone (Maj. Kawalsky, Stargate SG-1), Eric Pierpoint (Det. Francisco, Alien Nation), Ona Grauer (Emily Young, SGU Stargate Universe), and Chris Nowland (Partner, Arrow).
They will dine with attendees at the Dinner for the Stars – special registration required – and some stars will perform during the event. During the weekend, convention-goers also can unwind at the con suite, where they can chat with fellow fans and enjoy some munchies.
If Project Runway holds a certain fascination, Starbase Indy has its own variation with a masquerade where attendees strut their stuff across the stage in science fiction gear. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to dress as their favorite characters during the weekend. One note about the stage – it’s not your typical backdrop. It looks like the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise, complete with sliding doors for entry onto the bridge.
Starbase Indy supports three charities: Cats Haven, a no-kill shelter; LUNGevity Foundation, which funds lung cancer research and provides an online support community; and the Jason Foundation, an educational foundation dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide.
Registration is $50 for the entire weekend; at-the-door registration for the full three days will be $55. Children under 12 are free. Daily rates are available at the door: $30 for Friday, $45 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday. For more information or to register, go to www.starbaseindy.com. It’s a convention run by fans, for fans.
Synopsis: Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation spaceship, affectionately named the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark’s greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can’t be beat.
But when a crew member goes missing, Benson is thrust into the centre of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Benson finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind’s home into its tomb.
Review: Bryan Benson is a detective on a ship with very few violent crimes. So when a man goes missing, Benson is one of the few who believes he was murdered. And as the colony ship nears their new home planet, a group of separatists have their own agenda.
The Ark blends two of my favorite genres – science fiction and mystery. The story is well-paced and exciting. The mystery is unpredictable and complex. There are plenty of twists and turns that keep readings guessing. And the setting is like a character all its own. I love “wagon train to the stars” stories, and this is no exception. Mystery and scifi fans alike will enjoy this exciting novel.