SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: Rebel Rising

Star Wars: Rebel Rising by Beth Revis

Synopsis:
When Jyn Erso was five years old, her mother was murdered and her father taken from her to serve the Empire. But despite the loss of her parents she is not completely alone-Saw Gerrera, a man willing to go to any extremes necessary in order to resist Imperial tyranny, takes her in as his own, and gives her not only a home but all the abilities and resources she needs to become rebel herself.

Jyn dedicates herself to the cause-and the man. But fighting alongside Saw and his people brings with it danger and the question of just how far Jyn is willing to go as one of Saw’s soldiers. When she faces an unthinkable betrayal that shatters her world, Jyn will have to pull the pieces of herself back together and figure out what she truly believes in… and who she can really trust.

Review:
In the film Rogue One, there’s a big gap from when Jyn’s a child and rescued by Saw to when she’s rescued from the Imperial prison. Rebel Rising fills in those missing years.

Jyn is just a young girl when she goes to live with Saw. With Saw, she learns skills beneficial to subverting the Empire. And Saw trusts no one, especially with the truth of who Jyn’s father is. Through the years, Saw become more of an extremist. And after a horrifying massacre, Jyn flees a planet and finds herself alone for the first time. This coming-of-age story is action-packed yet heartfelt. There is plenty of adventure, intrigue, drama, and even a bit of romance. I thoroughly enjoyed Jyn’s story from beginning to end, when she chooses to join the rebellion in an inspiring finale.

PSYCH: THE MOVIE Coming to USA in December!

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Awesome news for Psych-os! Our favorite fake psychic detectives will be back!

From press release:
SHAWN AND GUS TEAM UP FOR AN EPIC TWO-HOUR ‘PSYCH’ HOLIDAY MOVIE, SET TO PREMIERE ON USA NETWORK IN DECEMBER 2017

From Universal Cable Productions, PSYCH: THE MOVIE is Executive Produced by Steve Franks, James Roday, Dulé Hill and Tagline Pictures

Universal City, CA — May 8, 2017 — USA Network and Universal Cable Productions (UCP) have an early holiday present for fans of their hit series PSYCH. Fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his best friend, Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill), will team up once again, returning to USA for the holidays, when the two-hour PSYCH: THE MOVIE premieres in December 2017. PSYCH creator Steve Franks co-wrote the movie with Roday and will also direct the special.

Lassiter (Timothy Omundson), Juliet (Maggie Lawson), Henry (Corbin Bernsen) and Chief Vick (Kirsten Nelson) will also return for the movie, which picks up three years after the series finale. The ambitious friends — along with some returning fan-favorite characters — come together during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own. A comedic thrill ride follows, as the wild and unpredictable PSYCH team pursues the bad guys, justice …and food!

“PSYCH is a beloved part of our USA family, and what better time to reunite with family than the holidays.” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “Steve and James have taken the unique brand of comedy that the series honed over eight seasons and packed it in to a two-hour movie that successfully rekindles one of the greatest bro-mances in television history.”

“PSYCH has an absolutely phenomenal and constantly refreshing fan base. We couldn’t be more thrilled to gift our Psych-os this holiday season with PSYCH: THE MOVIE,” said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, and President, Universal Cable Productions. “Steve, James, Dulé and the rest of the gang are all returning for a delightful holiday movie that will not – nay, dare not – disappoint!”

PSYCH: THE MOVIE is executive produced by Franks, Roday and Hill, along with Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak via Tagline Pictures. The special is from Universal Cable Productions in association with Tagline.PSYCH: THE MOVIE goes into production on May 24.

Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth)

Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth)

Synopsis:
The team of Rucka and artist Nicola Scott weave the definitive and shocking tale of Diana’s first year as Earth’s protector. Paradise has been breached, Ares stirs, and the Amazons must answer with a champion of their own…one who is willing to sacrifice her home amongst her sisters to save a world she has never seen. Wonder Woman’s journey begins in this epic origin story!

Review:
Even though this is volume 2, this is another origin story for Wonder Woman. Not much new here, but a fresh story once she actually gets to modern day America. There is a mysterious group of terrorists who leads to a familiar foe. And I enjoyed the new characters that befriend Diana. Steve’s story is pretty similar with a bit of a heart-breaking twist. And it was pretty funny that during each action scene, he manages to lose his shirt. The artwork was great, with vibrant colors. And I really like Wonder Woman’s modernized costume. I look forward to the next in this series reboot.

Graphic Novel Review: Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants: LOCUS

Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants: LOCUS

Synopsis:
Tommy Greyling has traveled to London in search of a murderer – and a secret. Teaming up with the Assassins Evie Frye and Henry Green, he sets out on a quest to uncover the mystery that has changed the world.

Review:
LOCUS ties in to the young adult The Last Descendants mini-series from Scholastic by Matthew J. Kirby. This story focuses solely on the Templar’s investigation, using young Sean to get the details about Tommy Greyling a Pinkerton agent in Victorian London.

This standalone story is a fast-paced and exciting story for fans of the series. It’s not absolutely necessary to have read the Last Descendants series (books 1 and 2 are out now) to get to know the modern day characters, as the story focuses mostly on the Victorian quest. But I’m really enjoying the series, so I highly recommend it to teens and older. They are quick and easy reads with a great twist. And this graphic novel installment is another exciting story and some fun interactions with a historical figure.

SciFi Book Review: Stargate SG-1: Exile

Stargate SG-1: Exile by Sally Malcolm and Laura Harper

Synopsis:
The long road home… Reeling from the shocking revelation at the end of STARGATE SG-1: Hostile Ground, Colonel O’Neill’s team continues its quest to find a way home. But as SG-1 comes to terms with new circumstances, they find themselves divided. With tensions mounting, the team undertakes a dangerous rescue mission on behalf of their new allies – and O’Neill makes a decision that will threaten the future of his team. Meanwhile, fleeing the Goa’uld attack, Dr. Janet Fraiser negotiates a treacherous path as she and the other refugees struggle to survive on a barren new world. But she soon discovers that the most dangerous enemies of all are those who lie within…

Review:
Exile is the second book in the Apocalypse series. The SG-1 team is stuck in a post-apocalyptic future, while Dr Fraiser struggles to save as many as she can while being undercut by those who are only out for themselves. The novel is told in parallel stories set in the two time periods. The writing is excellent, as the characters are spot on as well as an impressively complex storyline. There are several great plot twists that lead to big revelations in the other time period. It has been a while since I read the previous book in the series, but I was able to jump right in and follow along. The Goa’uld, Wraith, and even traitors from within makes for a thrilling adventure. I look forward to the next in this exciting saga.

Graphic Novel Review: Assassin’s Creed: Volume 2 – Setting Sun



Assassin’s Creed: Assassins Volume 2 – Setting Sun

Synopsis:
Charlotte De La Cruz is in way over her head. With the realization that she is now deep in trouble with the Templars, her only hope is to unravel the mystery of what they want from her… and to do that she needs the Animus. Diving into the memories of her Inca ancestor, Quila, she is desperate for a clue, a link, anything that might point towards a little more… knowledge.

Review:
Charlotte and her Assassin colleagues, Galina and Kody, are on the run in Mexico, as she investigates her ancestor for clues to the present day. Her ancestor is an a young Inca woman who gets involved in a large conspiracy. The story jumps back and forth from modern day to the ancient Inca Empire. Quila’s story is fascinating and thrilling, set in the impressive, ancient empire.

What I love about these Assassin’s Creed stories is the dual layer of mystery and intrigue. What we learn from the past affects the present day’s adventure. The characters in this series of comics are new – Charlotte having the main focus. I would love to see more of Galina and Kody fleshed out. I highly recommend this exciting, fast-paced series to fans of the saga. I’m not a gamer, but I love the books, comics, and movie. It’s a rich world of possible stories, blending historic fiction and science fiction.

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