Received in March

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

In the Hall with the Knife: A Clue Mystery, Book One by Diana Peterfreund
In the Study with the Wrench: A Clue Mystery, Book Two by Diana Peterfreund

Atria Books:
Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra by Sarah Kuhn

Disney Hyperion / Marvel:
10 Truths and a Dare by Ashley Elston
Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms by Mackenzi Lee
Curse of the Specter Queen by Jenny Elder Moke
Aru Shah and the City of Gold (Pandava Series, 4) by Roshani Chokshi
Stuffed: Into Darkness by Liz Braswell

STARGATE SG-1 Female of the Species by Geonn Cannon

Harper Teen:
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Saga Press:
Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn

Simon Children’s / Aladdin:
The Revenge of Magic: The Timeless One by James Riley

Simon & Schuster / Adams:
Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook by Liv Albert

Subterranean Press:
The Physicians of Vilnoc by Lois McMaster Bujold

Titan Books / Titan Comics:
Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda edited by Jesse J Holland
Adler by Lavie Tidhar

Tor /
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Tor Teen:
The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme

Master of the Revels – Book Excerpt!

This fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling near-future adventure The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. picks up where the original left off, as Tristan Lyons, Mel Stokes, and their fellow outcasts from the Department of Diachronic Operations (D.O.D.O.) fight to stop the powerful Irish witch Gráinne from using time travel to reverse the evolution of all modern technology.

Chief amongst Gráinne’s plots: to encrypt cataclysmic spells into Shakespeare’s “cursed” play, Macbeth. When her fellow rogue agents fall victim to Gráinne’s schemes, Melisande Stokes is forced to send Tristan’s untested, wayward sister Robin back in time to 1606 London, where Edmund Tilney, the king’s Master of Revels, controls all staged performances in London. And now Gráinne controls Tilney.

Historical objects disappear, cities literally rise and fall, and nothing less than the fate of humanity is at stake. As Gráinne sows chaos across time and space, the ragtag team of ex-D.O.D.O. agents must fix the past—in order to save the future.

Master of the Revels by Nicole Galland excerpt posted with permission from the publisher, William Morrow:

Handwritten in pencil on scrap paper
(Mel, please scan and destroy hard copy.)

This memo provides foundational data for new recruits, assuming we can score some.

My name is LTC Tristan Lyons, USA (Ret.), and I’m one of several ex-employees of DODO, the Department of Diachronic Operations, a black ops arm of the U.S. government that has been taken over and subverted by an enemy agent.

DODO was formed five years ago with the mission of using time travel (diachronic operations) to benefit the United States. Its staff quickly expanded from only myself (operational command), Dr. Melisande Stokes (historical linguist), Dr. Frank Oda (physicist), and Erzsébet Karpathy (witch) . . . to a sprawling, bureaucracy-sogged government agency.

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The Children of D’Hara by Terry Goodkind – Book Excerpt and Giveaway!

The Children of D’Hara by Terry Goodkind excerpt posted with permission from Head of Zeus.
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Chapter 1 Excerpt

“I have come to accept your surrender.” Richard’s brow drew down as he leaned an elbow on the padded leather arm of the massive chair he was in. He was more perplexed than troubled.
The rotund man was wearing formal white robes ornately embroidered in gold designs that added an air of dignity to his pear shape. He stood patiently at the head of a line of supplicants stretching back into the distance of the enormous, vaulted room. Windows high up to the side let in streamers of hazy afternoon light that gave the vast room an almost spiritual quality. Fat black marble columns, variegated with red and gold veins, rose up in a tight row to each side of the long room. Gilded capitals atop the columns supported balconies where large crowds watched the proceedings along with the people on the main floor in the shadows behind the columns.

At the head of the room, behind Richard and Kahlan sitting in stately chairs at a heavy table on a raised platform, a ring of leaded- glass windows surrounded a two-story-high, carved white marble medallion depicting the long lineage of the House of Rahl. It was an impressive seat of power. Growing up in the woods of Hartland, Richard could never have imagined such a place, much less imagined himself sitting at the head of it.

Nearby, palace officials and their aides stood ready to assist with anything needed. Heavily armed men of the First File, between Richard and Kahlan and the rest of the roomful of people, did their best to remain inconspicuous, mostly staying out of the way toward the sides. Behind Richard and Kahlan, in front of the massive marble medallion, six Mord-Sith stood at ease.

Five of the Mord-Sith wore their white leather outfits. One, Vika, was wearing red. Richard had requested that they all wear white for the occasion so as to appear less menacing, it being a time of peace, after all. Vika had said that she was there to protect the Lord Rahl and if she looked menacing, all the better. Richard had long ago learned that life was easier if he let Mord-Sith have their way with petty issues. He knew that if it was vital, they would follow his orders. To the death if need be.

The people to each side on the main floor and up in the balconies, everyone from farmers to nobility, all fell silent as they waited to hear what the Lord Rahl would say in response to such an outlandish demand. The heavyset man in gold-embroidered white robes waited as well.

Beneath an elaborate white cloak pushed open in front by his substantial girth, silver chains around his neck just below the folds of false chins held a variety of small ornaments that reminded Richard of symbols of rank that army officers wore on their uniforms for formal occasions.

Richard remembered seeing similarly dressed people in an open tent down in the market at the base of the enormous plateau that supported the sprawling People’s Palace. The people down in the market and tent city had been gathering for weeks to have a chance to witness the kind of event that had never taken place in their life- times—or to profit from it.

“My surrender,” Richard repeated in a quiet voice into the hushed air. “My surrender of what?”

“Your world.”

Some of the nearby soldiers and court attendants chuckled. When they did, many of the people watching joined in to giggle with them. Or, at least they did until they saw that Richard was not amused.

His gaze flicked to Kahlan, seated beside him behind the table where supplicants could place maps, contracts, and other documents for their review. Besides the white dress of the Mother Confessor, he saw Kahlan was wearing her Confessor face. Her long hair gleamed in the light coming from the ring of windows behind them. He couldn’t imagine a good spirit looking any more striking.

Her beautiful features revealed nothing of what she might be thinking. Despite how unreadable and dispassionate she may have appeared to others, Richard could read the fire in that calm expression. Were she a wolf, her ruff would be standing up.

Richard leaned toward her, wanting to know why she seemed to be seething. She finally broke eye contact with the man and leaned toward Richard to speak in a confidential tone.

“This man is from Estoria. The medals and awards around his neck mark him as the consul general.” She stole a brief look at the man. “I think I may have met him once or twice, long ago when he was less important.”

“What’s Estoria?”

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Star Trek: Picard: The Dark Veil – Book Giveaway!

Courtesy of Gallery Books, I have a copy of Star Trek: Picard: The Dark Veil by James Swallow for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends January 22. I’ll draw a name on January 23, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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Received in November

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

2067 Blu-Ray

Angry Robot:
Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire by Dan Hanks

Eaglemoss / Hero Collector:
Star Trek Nerd Search: Quibbles with Tribbles by Glenn Dakin
Ghostbusters Nerd Search: Eerie Errors and Suspect Ghosts by Glenn Dakin
50 Greatest James Bond Cars by Ben Robinson
Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium by Glenn Dakin
Star Trek Voyager: A Celebration by Ben Robinson

Subterranean Press:
What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

Titan Books:
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Wings of Fury by Brittney Morris

The Philosophy of Spider-Man – Sneak Peek and Giveaway!

The Philosophy of Spider-Man

About the book:
Is your spider-sense tingling? This wonderful little book reveals all the quirks and quick-wittedness that the scarlet spider revels in and dispels it for your pleasure!

How funny is Peter Parker really? How does he cope with J. Jonah Jameson’s incessant barking? Is an upside-down kiss as easy as it looks? All this and more as the mind of the most popular superhero of recent history is unwebbed!

With great power comes a great number of jokes, jibes and jovial wordplay as you delve into some of Spider-Man’s most comedic comic book moments, laudable cover art, and pure Spidey-(non)sense.

On sale December 2020!

(Posted with permission from Titan Books 2020.)

Courtesy of Titan Books, I have a copy of The Philosophy of Spider-Man for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends December 3. I’ll draw a name on December 4, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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