Gail Z Martin Guest Post!

Epic Vs. Urban—Writing Both Sides of Fantasy
By Gail Z. Martin

Swords or shotguns? Grenade launchers or catapults?

How about both? (Though not, usually, in the same story.)

I write epic fantasy and urban fantasy—along with alternate history and comedic horror—in time periods ranging from medieval to Victorian to modern. Sometimes people ask if it’s difficult, jumping around time. For me, it’s all part of the fun.

This year, we had a bumper crop of books coming out on both sides of the genre. Vengeance is the second book in my Darkhurst series about three undertaker brothers who become outlaw monster hunters and discover there is a much bigger conspiracy than they ever expected. The Dark Road is the second in the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures, tracing the story of the brigand lord through his time as a mercenary, fight slave and smuggler. Assassin’s Honor is the first in the new Assassins of Landria series, as King’s Shadows Joel Breckenridge and Garrett Kennard go rogue to save the kingdom from a shadowy itinerant holy man who has ensnared the aristocracy with treasonous whispers.

Plot and characters aside, the books are all very different. Vengeance is ‘big fat fantasy’, with multiple point of view characters, several braided story arcs, a big cast of characters, and a truly epic scale. The Dark Road is a serialized novel from Jonmarc’s point of view, told in an interconnected collection of short stories and novellas. Assassin’s Honor is buddy flick epic fantasy, under 300 pages, and rocks the ‘Butch and Sundance as medieval assassins’ vibe with humor, action and intrigue. I really like switching up how the story is put together, even though all three are technically epic fantasy due to their scope and the medieval setting.

The same is true for the urban fantasy side of the writing. Tangled Web is the third novel in the Deadly Curiosities series, set in Charleston, SC. When a malicious weaver-witch awakens the spirit of an ancient Norse warlock and calls to the Wild Hunt, Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren—and all their supernatural allies—will need magic, cunning, and the help of a Viking demi-goddess to survive the battle and keep Charleston—and the whole East Coast—from becoming the prey of the Master of the Hunt. Close Encounters, the fourth novella in the Spells, Salt and Steel series (co-written with Larry N. Martin), takes a snarky-scary approach to monster hunting in the wilds of Northwestern Pennsylvania with mechanic Mark Wojcik. And the upcoming Sons of Darkness (launching in November) has ex-priest Travis Dominick teaming up with former FBI-agent Brent Lawson to tackle demonic threats in and around Pittsburgh.

Once again, the series are all different not just in their locations, but in the novels’ structure. Tangled Web is told from Cassidy’s first person point of view and often straddles the line between urban fantasy and horror. Close Encounters is also first person, and decidedly snark-filled, in between supernatural chills. Sons of Darkness is told from both Travis’s and Brent’s viewpoints, and also blurs the line between horror and urban fantasy. The tone of the writing and the character voices, as well as the setting, distinguish the series from one another.

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Received in October

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

DVD/Blu Rays:
Veronica Mars The Complete First Season 2019
Galaxy Quest 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray Steelbook
The Wizard of Oz 80th Anniversary 4K Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Ace:
Novice Dragoneer by E. E. Knight
Unnatural Magic by C. M. Waggoner

Amazon / 47North / Skyscape:
Bridge 108 by Anne Charnock
The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: The Target Storybook

Daw:
Mazes of Power by Juliette Wade

Del Rey:
Salvation Lost by Peter F. Hamilton
Star Wars: Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse
Magic: The Gathering: War of the Spark: Forsaken by Greg Weisman
A Blight of Blackwings by Kevin Hearne
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novelization by Elizabeth Rudnick

Disney Hyperion / Freeform:
Sanity & Tallulah, Book 2: Field Trip by Molly Brooks
Heart of the Moors: An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel by Holly Black
Midnight on Strange Street by K. E. Ormsbee
Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott
Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Gabby Duran and the Unsittables, Book 4 Triple Trouble by Elise Allen

Gallery Books:
Shining in the Dark edited by Hans-Åke Lilja

Harper Voyager:
The Blue Eye by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Inkshares:
Cryptozoology for Beginners by Matt Harry

Little, Brown:
Sword in the Stars by Cori McCarthy
Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

Macmillan Teen / Roaring Brook Press:
Rebel by Marie Lu

Olympia Publishers:
Requiem, Changing Times by R. J. Parker

Saga Press:
The Deep by Rivers Solomon
The Monsters Know What They’re Doing by Keith Ammann

Shadow Mountain:
Potion Masters: The Seeking Serum by Frank L. Cole

St Martin’s Griffin:
The Reckoning: A Dark Storm Novel by Kris Greene

Subterranean Press:
Jane Goes North by Joe R Lansdale

Titan Books:
Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove

Tor:
The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
Interference by Sue Burke
Repo Virtual by Corey J. White
The Monstrous Citadel by Mirah Bolender

WMG Publishing:
The Renegat by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Book Giveaway: The Deep

Courtesy of Saga Press, I have a copy of The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes 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 November 22. I’ll draw a name on November 23, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

Good luck!

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Box Review: Teeblox – September 2019

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*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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Blu-Ray Spotlight: The Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz (4K Ultra HD + Blu-Ray + Digital)

About the release:
1939’s acclaimed and beloved classic The Wizard of Oz will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on October 29th. .

Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz officially premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Ray Bolger appeared as the Scarecrow; Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman. Frank Morgan was seen in six different roles, including that of the “wonderful Wizard” himself. Dorothy was portrayed by a 4’11” sixteen year old girl who quickly earned her reputation as “the world’s greatest entertainer”– the incomparable Judy Garland.

The Wizard of Oz will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $41.99 SRP and features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc of The Wizard of Oz. Fans can also own The Wizard of Oz in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on October 29th.

Additionally, moviegoers will be able to experience the magic of The Wizard of Oz like never before, remastered in Dolby Vision with incredible color and brightness, exclusively at select Dolby Cinema locations from October 25 to October 31.

Review:
This is a really fun release. There are a ton of extras I hadn’t seen before. I really enjoyed “the Making of.” And the 4K quality is better than I thought possible on my large TV. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever even seen it on such a large screen. This is a fantastic version of a beloved family classic. It’s a great story for all ages. I can’t believe I haven’t owned this film before, despite watching it numerous times.

Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Elements:
The Wizard of Oz Ultra HD Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:
• Commentary by John Fricke with Barbara Freed-Saltzman, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John Lahr, Jane Lahr, Hamilton Meserve, Dona Massin, William Tuttle, Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy and Jerry Maren.
• 1990 CBS Special “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic.”

The Wizard of Oz Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:
• Commentary- Commentary by John Fricke with Barbara Freed-Saltzman, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, John Lahr, Jane Lahr, Hamilton Meserve, Dona Massin, William Tuttle, Buddy Ebsen, Mervyn LeRoy and Jerry Maren
• The Making of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
• The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Storybook (narrated by Angela Lansbury)
• We Haven’t Really Met Properly…
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Frank Morgan”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Ray Bolger”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Bert Lahr”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Jack Haley”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Billie Burke”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Margaret Hamilton”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Charley Grapewin”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Clara Blandick”
– We Haven’t Really Met Properly: “Terry”
• Music & Effects Track
• Original Mono Track
• Sing Along Tracks
• Audio Jukebox
• Leo is on the Air Radio Promo
• Good News of 1939 Radio Show
• 12/25/1950 Lux Radio Broadcast
• Stills Galleries
– Oz on Broadway
– Pre-MGM
– Sketches and Storyboards
– Richard Thorpe’s Oz
– Buddy Ebsen
– Oz Comes to Life
– Behind the Scenes
– Portraits
– Special Effects
– Post Production
– Deleted Scenes
– Original Publicity
– 8/15/1939 Hollywood Premiere
– 8/17/1939 New York Premiere
– 2/29/1940 Academy Awards® Ceremony
– Oz Abroad
– Oz Revivals
• Trailers

Blu-Ray Spotlight: Gremlins 35th Anniversary Edition!

Gremlins 35th Anniversary Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-Ray + Digital)

Synopsis:
Gremlins is a wildly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief. One minute your hair will stand on end, the next you’ll hold your sides with laughter at the havoc these supposedly gentle furballs create when the rules surrounding their care and feeding are inadvertently broken one fateful Christmas. Written by Chris Columbus and directed by Joe Dante, Gremlins unleashes special effects that dazzle and enchant and merriment that lingers in the memory.

Ultra HD Blu-Ray Special Features:
-Filmmakers’ Commentary with Director Joe Dante, Zack Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Dick Miller, and Howie Mandel
-Cast Commentary
-Gremlins: Behind the Scenes with Featurette
-Additional Scenes with Commentary
-Photo Gallery
-Theatrical Trailers
-Additional Scenes
-Cute.Clever.Mischievous. Intelligent: Making Gremlins
-Gremlins: The Gift of the Mogwai (motion comic)
-The Last Gremlin (motion comic)
-From Gizmo to the Gremlins: Creating the Creatures
-Hangin’ with Hoyt on the set of Gremlins

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