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Book Giveaway: Dark Mind Rising

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of Dark Mind Rising by Julia Keller for one lucky winner!

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Blu-Ray Review: Westworld Season 2: The Door

Westworld Season 2: The Door Blu-Ray

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”

Synopsis:
In Season Two, viewers are welcomed back to Westworld, where the puppet show is over and the newly liberated “hosts” are coming for humankind. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) takes charge, Maeve (Thandie Newton) is on a mission and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) is back. Chaos takes control in this dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness, the birth of a new form of life and the evolution of sin.

Review:
The hosts have revolted and most want revenge or simply freedom from humanity. Deloris is now self-aware, with a mission. Maeve searches for her daughter. Bernard searches for answers. And we get to see more of the Man in Black’s past catch up with him.

This second season is just as dark and violent as before. But we get more answers, if muddled with time jumping. Poor Bernard’s memories are so confusing that it’s hard to keep track of what is past and present. The acting is fantastic, and the story (while sometimes confusing) is even more intriguing and engaging than last season. With loads of mystery, action, and drama – this mature scifi show has only gotten better. With plenty of surprises along the way, there is an impressive amount of story packed into just 10 episodes.

DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES:
-Bring Yourself Back Online (New)
-Reflections on Season Two –Dolores, Teddy and Bernard
-Of Love and Shogun –Maeve, Hector and Lee
-Journeys and Technology –Stubbs, Logan and Clementine
-The Buzz: On the Red Carpet
-Return To Westworld
-Creating Westworld’s Reality
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: An Evocative Location
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: Fort Forlorn Hope
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Delos Experiment
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: Shogun World
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: Inside the Cradle
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: Chaos In The Mesa
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: Ghost Nation
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: Deconstructing Maeve
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Valley Beyond
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Drone Hosts
4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
Includes all digital special features plus:
-The Truth Behind Delos(New)
-These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends (New)

ThinkGeek Review: Worthy Sweatshirt and Constellation Top

Worthy of Mjölnir Lace-Up Ladies’ Hoodie

This is a ThinkGeek exclusive, officially-licensed Thor: Ragnarok apparel. The first thing I noticed is how soft it is! The material is a thin mix of polyester, rayon, and spandex – but it feels like amazingly soft cotton. It fits well and washes well too. I have a Star Wars sweatshirt that’s a similar style to this that I love as well. The little details, like Thor’s hammer on the left sleeve and the lace-up sides make this a unique top. This will get a lot of use.

Worthy of Mjölnir Lace-Up Ladies’ Hoodie is priced at $29.99.

Constellation Tunic Top

This is a thin, soft shirt as well. And it’s made from the same materials. But this feels more blous-y. I love the long length of the shirt. I love the unique constellation pattern that extends from the front to the back on the shoulder. Both science geeks and science fiction geeks will love this versatile top. The neutral gray with gold foil is subtle and pretty. It’s also machine washable, which is a must for my wardrobe.

Constellation Tunic Top is priced at $24.99.

** SciFiChick.com received these products for free in exchange for an honest review.**

Received in November

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

Blu Rays:
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis 4K Blu Ray
Westworld Season 2 Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Ace:
The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman

Daw:
Abandoned by W. Michael Gear
The Clan Chronicles: Tales from Plexis by Julie E. Czerneda

Disney Hyperion / Freeform:
The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
Swap’d by Tamara Ireland Stone

Entangled Teen:
Valiant by Merrie Destefano

Harper Collins / Dey St:
Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee

Harper Voyager:
Fearless by Sarah Tarkoff
Vita Nostra Sergey and Marina Dyachenko

Random House / Delacorte Press:
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Scholastic:
Wings of Fire Book 12: The Hive Queen by Tui T. Sutherland
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling

Shadow Mountain:
Potion Masters: The Transparency Tonic by Frank L. Cole

Simon Teen:
The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
Slow Burn by Tommy Wallach

Subterranean Press:
Perfunctory Affection by Kim Harrison

Titan Books:
Firefly: Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove

Titan Comics:
Assassin’s Creed: Uprising Volume 3 by Dan Watters
Assassin’s Creed: Origins Volume 1 by Anthony Del Col

Tor:
City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender
The Librarians and the Pot of Gold by Greg Cox

Tor Teen / Starscape:
Shelby’s Story: A Dog’s Way Home Tale by W. Bruce Cameron
Dark Mind Rising by Julia Keller

4K Blu Ray Review: Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis 4K Blu Ray

About the Film:
In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition, Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of DC’s Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In this all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe, mankind’s only hope of escaping from the darkness lies with the guiding light of a man – Aquaman!

The celebrity laden cast features primetime television stars Matt Lanter (Timeless, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 90210) as Aquaman, Sam Witwer (Being Human, Smallville, Star Wars: Rebels) as Orm, Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle) as Batman, Christopher Gorham (Insatiable, Two Broke Girls, Covert Affairs) as Flash, Nathan Fillion (The Rookie, Castle) as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Daredevil) as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell (Real Men Watch Bravo, The Death of Superman) as Superman, Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Shazam, Sumalee Montano (Scandal, Critical Role) as Mera, Sirena Irwin (Superman: Unbound) as Queen Atlanna, and Harry Lennix (Man of Steel, The Blacklist) as Manta.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The Opinions I share are my own.”

Review:
I don’t watch a lot of animated tv or films. But I love superhero stuff. And with the Aquaman film releasing soon, I wanted to check this one out. I was already familiar with this story, as Arthur Curry fights his half brother for the right to lead Atlantis. But I enjoyed the cast of characters and the numerous voice actors. Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern was the easiest to recognize. And he brought a fun and humorous element to the film, that was a great opposition to Batman’s dark, grumpy mood.

There were little things I didn’t care for – like Wonder Woman’s costume and that it was PG-13 instead of PG. The bloody violence and swearing means it isn’t for children. Which seems strange when it’s an animated superhero film that kids will want to see. But I still enjoyed the movie overall. It was fast-paced and a full cast of the Justice League – including Shazam, who was another fun addition. The special features were decent too. There’s a bonus sequence of Robin and Nightwing with a nice explanation of it’s purpose.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition contains two all-new bonus features, along with special features from the film’s original release:
• Aquaman: The New King (NEW featurette) – An immersive look at Arthur Curry’s evolution from guardian of the ocean to the King of Atlantis and key member of the Justice League.
• Audio Commentary (NEW) – Renowned former DC Editor and current Creative Director of Animation Mike Carlin, Creative Director of Animation, and Throne of Atlantis screenwriter Heath Corson share their insights into the legend of Aquaman.
• Scoring Atlantis: The Sound of the Deep (Featurette) – Every great film needs a great musical score. Filled with emotion, music takes us on a dynamic journey as we adventure with the hero. Throne of Atlantis takes us on that quest through the eyes of Arthur Curry.
• Robin and Nightwing Bonus Sequence – Producer James Tucker provides video commentary for this exciting bonus sequence where Robin and Nightwing join forces.
• Throne of Atlantis: 2014 New York Comic Con Panel – The entire, lively one-hour panel discussion between actor Matt Lanter, producer James Tucker, screenwriter Heath Corson, character designer Phil Bourassa and dialogue director Andrea Romano.
• Villains of the Deep (Featurette) – From Ocean Master to Black Manta to King Shark, each villain operates from his own deep sense of conviction, presenting an incredible challenge for the hero in Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman. This documentary goes into the biographical details of the villains.
• A Sneak Peek at The Death of Superman – The Death of Superman is widely considered one of the most popular stories in the Superman canon and the DCU. This sneak peek at the exciting new film discusses the story and its place in pop culture.
• A Sneak Peek at Reign of the Supermen – An exciting look at the new film which brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life.
• Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault:
o Batman: The Brave and the Bold, “Aquaman’s Outrageous Adventure!”
o Batman: The Brave and the Bold, “Evil Under the Sea!”
o Aquaman, “Menace of The Black Manta” and “The Rampaging Reptile-Men”
o Justice League Unlimited, “Far from Home”

VENOM Releases on Digital 12/11 and 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD 12/18

VENOM will be available on Digital December 11th on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on December 18th.

VENOM tells the evolution story of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass character Venom! Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a broken man after he loses everything including his job and fiancee. Just when his life is at its lowest, he becomes host to an alien symbiote which results in extraordinary superpowers – transforming him into Venom. Will these powers be enough for this new lethal protector to defeat great evil forces, especially against the far stronger and more weaponized symbiote rival, Riot?

Bonus Materials Include:
– Venom Mode: When selecting this mode the film will engage informative pop-ups throughout the film to provide insight on the movie’s relationship to the comics, and to reveal hidden references that even a seasoned Venom-fan may have missed!
– Deleted & Extended Scenes: These deleted and extended scenes will give fans even more of the Venom action they loved in theaters!
– Ride to Hospital – Eddie and Venom take a ride to the hospital.
– Car Alarm – Let’s just say that Venom is not fond of car alarms.
– San Quentin – Extended post-credits scene at San Quentin.
– From Symbiote to Screen: A mini documentary about the history of Venom in comics and his journey to the big screen. Interviews with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, Ruben Fleischer, Oliver Scholl, and Director and Comic Fanboy Kevin Smith.
– The Lethal Protector in Action: Go behind the scenes with the production crew and learn the secrets behind the awesome Motorcycle stunts, wire stunts, and drones.
– Venom Vision: A look at how Ruben Fleischer came to the project, gathered his team, and made Venom a reality. Utilizes interviews from cast, crew, and producers as well as Fleischer himself.
– Designing Venom: Designing and creating Venom meant a huge challenge for VFX artists; follow the amazing journey.
– Symbiote Secrets: Blink and you may have missed it! Enjoy the hidden references throughout the film.
– 8 Select Scenes Pre-Vis sequences: See the progression of the visual effects, storyboards and fight chorography compared to the finished film.
– “Venom” by Eminem – Music Video
– “Sunflower” by Post Malone, Swae Lee (From Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
– Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sneak Peek: Meanwhile in another universe…

4K Ultra HD™ Includes:
– Feature film presented with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound
– Also includes the film and special features on the included high-def Blu-ray

VENOM has a run time of approximately 112 minutes and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for language.