Book Review: The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Phil Szostak

This is an incredible look at the history and evolution of characters, worlds, ships, and more for this latest Star Wars film. There is an extensive amount of beautiful images and artwork. And most with accompanying descriptions explaining the vision and choices made. I especially loved the scenery artwork of various unique worlds and new characters. Many of them I wish had made it into the final film. From early concepts of “the Jedi Killer” to stunning images of Jakku, I was awestruck.

Even more impressive is the sheer number of pieces included in this compilation of 256 pages. It’s well worth the price for collectors and fans of the film.

Check out some of the pages from this fantastic collection below:

Graphic Novel Review: Batman/Superman Vol. 4: Siege

Batman/Superman Vol. 4: Siege

Synopsis:
It’s the Man of Steel’s worst nightmare: an obsessed villain who knows all of Superman’s secrets and is willing to kill all of his allies in order to destroy his true target.

It falls to Batman to track down this murderous madman-but with no clues left behind and no leads to follow, will this killer outwit the World’s Greatest Detective?

Review:
This is a self-contained story arc collecting BATMAN/SUPERMAN #16-20, BATMAN/SUPERMAN ANNUAL #1 and BATMAN/SUPERMAN: FUTURES END #1. When various connections to Superman are attacked, Batman figures out that Superman has his own maniacal Joker-like villain. And worst of all, there are no clues left behind as to who it could be.

This graphic novel is a great mystery, with action-packed adventure. It’s a new and fresh story that I really enjoyed. The artwork was rough, which fit the tone of the novel. When the Siege story ended and switched to the Annual or Future’s End #1, it picks up at a strange place and was a bit confusing. But I enjoyed that storyline as well. I’d definitely keep reading this line of Batman/Superman if the stories stay this strong.

SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster

Synopsis:
More than thirty years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike—beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times bestselling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.

Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning new action-packed adventure rockets us back into the world of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2,and Luke Skywalker, while introducing a host of exciting new characters. Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace can be fleeting, and evil does not easily relent. Yet the simple belief in good can still empower ordinary individuals to rise and meet the greatest challenges.

So return to that galaxy far, far away, and prepare yourself for what happens when the Force awakens. . . .

Review:
If you’ve seen the movie, then you know the story here. But if you loved The Force Awakens as much as I did, you’ll want to read the novel and experience this fantastic story in a different medium. I was hoping for a bit more behind the characters and maybe some extras – and I wasn’t disappointed. Granted there aren’t a lot of dialog changes here. Most were noticeable since I’ve seen the film three times so far.

Foster is a master at movie novelizations. His characters are vivid and true to the film. The pacing transferred well, and good choices were made on what to edit. This book was just as riveting and exciting as the film. And 8 pages of movie stills were a nice addition that all fans will love. I thoroughly enjoyed this novelization of one my favorite new movies.

A Truly Horrifying Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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Lori Goldstein joins SciFiChick.com today to share her High School Horror Story on this stop of Chandler Baker’s blog tour!

Lori Goldstein’s High School Horror Story

Here’s the thing about horror stories. Sometimes, it’s all about perspective.

What seems like a huge deal at the time might not be all that horrific in hindsight and vice versa, something that is entirely de rigueur might come back to bite you in your older keister.

My older keister has a big chunk missing. Because of this.

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Permed, teased, curling ironed, I owe my high school horror story to a monster can of Aqua Net.

But it’s not really my fault. See, I grew up in New Jersey. And if you don’t know anything about New Jersey, think Jon Bon Jovi pre haircut.

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I’m not looking so bad now, right?

Living in the shadow of New York City, we Jersey girls had to find ways to stand out. Or in this case, up. Way, way up.

Flipping through my high school albums proves it wasn’t just me. We were all doing it. That doesn’t make me want to whisper, “the horror, the horror” any less.

Though there was one benefit. For once in my life, I easily clocked in at five feet without heels.

Bio:
Born into an Italian-Irish family (hence the short temper and the freckles), Lori Goldstein grew up in a small town on the Jersey shore and now makes her home outside of Boston in a place close enough to the ocean that on the right day, she can smell the sea from her back deck, and yet it still takes an hour to get to the beach. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before embracing her love of fictional people. Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, out now; Circle of Jinn, May 17, 2016). When not writing or reading (preferably from a sandy local), Lori can be found chatting books and perfecting the art of efficient writing through Twitter (@loriagoldstein). You can visit her online at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com, Tumblr and Instagram: lorigoldsteinbooks.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoriGoldsteinAuthor, and Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/LoriGoldstein


Courtesy of Macmillan Children’s Publishing, I have a copy of Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker for one (1) lucky winner!

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Fantasy Book Review: The Night Voice

The Night Voice by Barb & JC Hendee

Synopsis:
With much relief, Magiere, Leesil, and Chap prepare to hide the last two of the powerful orbs. Once this last great task is completed, Magiere can take Leesil home to a life of peace.

Then, rumors reach them that a horde of undead creatures, slaughtering everything in their wake, are gathering in the far east regions of the Suman desert. This gathering could only be caused by the Ancient Enemy awakening.

With no other choice, Magiere tells Leesil they cannot go home yet. They must go to the desert and seek to learn if the rumors are true . . . and if so, face an awakening evil: The Night Voice.

Review:
Magiere and all of her companions have finally come together to plan what to do with the orbs that they have found. Meanwhile, a traitor among them is leading them right to the Ancient Enemy.

The Night Voice is the final installment in the Noble Dead saga. This finale is well-paced and full of drama, suspense, and magic. As the group divides up on their various final quests, there are some interesting pairings that made for some humor and conflict. And the big finale did not disappoint. There was a bittersweet epilogue that follows the lives of the remaining characters. It was a fantastic ending to an incredible, epic saga.

Book Giveaway: Staked

Courtesy of Del Rey, I have a copy of Staked by Kevin Hearne for one (1) lucky winner!

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