Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

Synopsis:
Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.

Review:
In the fallout of Civil War, Scott is now under house arrest, trying to keep a new business running, and catching up on lost time with his daughter. But his future freedom is threatened when Hope and Dr. Pym insist on Scott’s help to rescue Hope’s mother. But a mysterious young woman is after their research, as well as a ruthless villain with a seemingly endless supply of henchmen.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a very fun sequel. Full of even more humor than before, even suspenseful scenes were peppered with laughs. The stakes aren’t as high this time, as only Scott’s freedom from prison and Hope’s mother is at risk. So the suspense isn’t as intense. But the focus is more on family this time, and it’s much more dramatic. This is a feel-good, family film with a lot of heart and exciting action scenes. The Wasp finally gets to show off her abilities and proves to be the perfect partner for Ant-Man. I thoroughly enjoyed this film – the story, witty dialog, endearing characters, tech, and special effects (the de-aging of Pfeiffer and Douglas was fantastic). And like most Marvel movies, I’ll definitely go see it multiple times in the theater.

And as always, make sure to stay for at least the first, mid-credits scene. The final one made everyone in the theater upset we stuck around for it, as it wasn’t anything new.

FearlessWomen Tour: Book Excerpt: The Calculating Stars

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CALCULATING STARS Excerpt

In the East. At the euphemism, the saleslady’s eyes widened and her brows peaked with pity. “Oh— you poor dear.” And then curiosity followed, like a predator drawn to blood. “Where were you?”

“The Poconos.”

Mrs. Lindholm pulled out a navy blue dress from the rack and held it up. “She doesn’t have anything except the clothes on her back.”

A middle-aged white woman appeared from between the racks of clothing. “You were really there? You saw the meteor?”

“Meteorite. A meteor breaks up before impact.” As if anyone cared about scientific accuracy. I think this might have been the last time I corrected someone. “Meteorite,” for whatever quirk of the English language, sounded almost cute. “But no, we were three hundred miles away.”

THE CALCULATING STARS Summary:
On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.

Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.

Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

About Mary Robinette Kowal:
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the historical fantasy novels Ghost Talkers and the five books in The Glamourist Histories series. She is also a multiple Hugo Award winner. Her short fiction has appeared in Uncanny, Tor.com, and Asimov’s. Mary, a professional puppeteer, lives in Chicago with her husband Robert and over a dozen manual typewriters.

About #FearlessWomen:
Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.”

Highlighting major titles from bestselling authors V.E. Schwab, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jacqueline Carey as well as titles from acclaimed and debut authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal, Tessa Gratton, Sam Hawke, and Robyn Bennis, #FearlessWomen will be a coordinated social media celebration encouraging fans to start a dialogue about women in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories.

Tor Books’ handles across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@torbooks) will be using the hashtags #FearlessWomen (and #FearlessFantasy and #FearlessSF) to promote excerpts, exclusive content, quizzes and giveaways beginning in May. There will also be exclusive giveaways at BookCon, San Diego Comic-Con, and New York Comic Con. Follow Tor Books online, join the conversation – and get reading!

FearlessWomen Tour: Book Excerpt: City of Lies

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CITY OF LIES Excerpt –

It had come without warning. One minute the attackers seemed at ease, the next a wedge of them had charged out of the falling afternoon sun. The woman reporting this to me sweated in her ill-fitting armor and gulped mouthfuls of air between sentences. A week ago she’d probably never seen violence of any kind. I listened, shoving a pointed helmet on my own head while someone buckled a resin-hardened plate around my chest, unable to pretend I was any less scared than she.

The sun had been in our sentries’ eyes, and none had noticed the ladders until the army had rushed across most of the gap. They had simply emerged, rising from the ranks like magic.

CITY OF LIES Summary:
Poison. Treachery. Ancient spirits. Sieges. The Poison Wars begin now, with City of Lies, a fabulous epic fantasy debut by Sam Hawke

I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me…

Outwardly, Jovan is the lifelong friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible Heir. Quiet. Forgettable. In secret, he’s a master of poisons and chemicals, trained to protect the Chancellor’s family from treachery. When the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army lays siege to the city, Jovan and his sister Kalina must protect the Heir and save their city-state.

But treachery lurks in every corner, and the ancient spirits of the land are rising…and angry.

About Sam Hawke:
A black belt in jujitsu, Sam Hawke lives with her husband and children in Australia. CITY OF LIES is her first novel.

About #FearlessWomen:
Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.”

Highlighting major titles from bestselling authors V.E. Schwab, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jacqueline Carey as well as titles from acclaimed and debut authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal, Tessa Gratton, Sam Hawke, and Robyn Bennis, #FearlessWomen will be a coordinated social media celebration encouraging fans to start a dialogue about women in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories.

Tor Books’ handles across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@torbooks) will be using the hashtags #FearlessWomen (and #FearlessFantasy and #FearlessSF) to promote excerpts, exclusive content, quizzes and giveaways beginning in May. There will also be exclusive giveaways at BookCon, San Diego Comic-Con, and New York Comic Con. Follow Tor Books online, join the conversation – and get reading!

Received in June

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Blu-Ray:
Tomb Raider 4k Blu-Ray
Escape Plan 2: Hades Blu-Ray
A Quiet Place 4K Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox
Bam Box

Ace:
Marked by Benedict Jacka

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: Borrowed Time by Naomi Alderman
Doctor Who: The Triple Knife by Jenny T Colgan

Berkley:
Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine

Del Rey:
Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton
World of Warcraft: Before the Storm by Christie Golden

Disney Hyperion / Freeform:
Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty
The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken
9 From the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan
The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass
Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A. W. Jantha
Incredibles 2: A Real Stretch: An Elastigirl Prequel Story by Carla Jablonski
Incredibles 2 Read-Along Storybook and CD by Disney Book Group

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: Discovery: Fear Itself by James Swallow
HALO: Bad Blood by Matt Forbeck

Harper Collins / William Morrow:
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

Harper Voyager:
Roar of Sky by Beth Cato
The Black Khan by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
The Rift Coda by Amy S. Foster

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers:
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
Once a King by Erin Summerill

John Joseph Adams Books / Mariner:
The Wild Dead by Carrie Vaughn

Kensington / Rebel Base:
Android Chronicles: Reborn by Lance Erlick

Little, Brown:
Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends / FSG:
The Tomb by S. A. Bodeen
Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll
What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra
Check, Please!: # Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Random House Books for Young Readers:
Babymouse Tales from the Locker: Miss Communication by Jennifer L. Holm

Pyr:
The Last Sun by K. D. Edwards

Scholastic:
Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 8: The Dragon’s Eye by Sarwat Chadda
Dragon Rider #2: The Griffin’s Feather by Cornelia Funke
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
Wings of Fire, Book 11: The Lost Continent by Tui T. Sutherland
Cross Fire by Fonda Lee
Ozland by Wendy Spinale
Bright Burns the Night by Sara B. Larson

Subterranean Press:
Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant

Tor:
Outcasts of Order by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi
In the Eye of Heaven by David Keck
Drop by Drop by Morgan Llywelyn
Low Chicago by George R. R. Martin
The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams

Tor Teen / Starscape:
Max’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tale by W. Bruce Cameron

Vintage Crime:
The Sword of Justice by Leif G. W. Persson

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