Exploring Gotham City – Book Review

Exploring Gotham City (DC Comics) by Matthew Manning (Author) and MUTI (Illustrator)

About the Book:
Explore Gotham City, home of the mysterious crime fighter the Batman! From the depths of the Batcave to Wayne Manor, Arkham Asylum, and beyond, these pages take you on a fully illustrated journey through the crime-riddled city. Inside you’ll learn all about Gotham City’s shadowy history, encounter infamous villains from The Joker to the Penguin, and find out what the Batman, Robin, and other heroes are doing to stop them.

Review:
Exploring Gotham City is a huge book – larger than any coffee table book I own! Each page is a full-page, full-color, illustrated spread. Each 2-page spread is a look at a different part of Gotham City: from Wayne Manor and The Batcave to notable areas within the city such as The Narrows and Blackgate Penitentiary. And within each area, there are short descriptions, anecdotes, historic significance, and mentions of familiar characters. The artwork is detailed and impressive. And even though it’s a short book, at only 47 pages, there’s a lot packed into this trivia-laden book. It would probably take the same amount of time to read as a standard graphic novel. It’s a fun, all-ages book for Batman-lovers.

Spotlight: Eaglemoss Star Trek Universe Collection

Star Trek fans love our ships. So, this latest line from Hero Collector is on my wish list! This new Star Trek Universe Collection features ships from Picard, Discovery, and Strange New Worlds (yet to air).

This set will launch in April 2021 and here are the details on the first 6 ships (shown above):

La Sirena: The hero ship of Star Trek: Picard, this Kaplan F17 Speed Freighter was hired by Jean-Luc Picard and helmed by Captain Rios, an ex-Starfleet officer himself. It was a discreet warp-capable ship, well-suited to the search for Soji Asha.

U.S.S. Zheng He: An Inquiry-class starship, the U.S.S. Zheng He was touted as the toughest, fastest, most powerful ship Starfleet had ever put into service. William Riker returned from retirement to captain it into battle above the planet Coppelius.

Romulan Bird-of-Prey: A retro callback to the classic Romulan designs of the Original Series, this antique Romulan starship was owned by the warlord Kar Kantar, and terrorized shipping throughout the Qiris Sector.

Fenris Ranger Ship: A small, aggressively-armed one-person starship, this vessel was piloted by Seven of Nine in her work with the vigilante Fenris Rangers. She used it to come to the resuce of La Sirena when it came under fire in the Qiris Sector.

Narek’s Snakehead: A nimble Romulan scout vessel, the Snakehead’s size belied its formidable armaments and cloaking capabilities. Narek flew this starship in pursuit of La Sirena, as it fled The Artifact.

Romulan Bomber Warbird: A new class of Romulan starship, this sharp-edged, angular warbird was employed by both the Romulan Free State and the secretive Tal Shiar in their exploitation of The Artifact.

Under the umbrella title of the Star Trek Universe Starship Collection, this new series is designed as a continuation of Hero Collector’s popular Star Trek: Discovery Starships Collection, featuring new starships at the same scale, to keep collections compatible. To register your interest or subscribe to the collection, please go here: http://herocollector.com/StarTrekUniverse

ABOUT HERO COLLECTOR
Hero Collector is one of the world’s leading producers of figurines and fantasy die-cast vehicles, as the Eaglemoss imprint for genre collectables. It makes products based on many of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including Marvel and DC comics and movies, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Rick and Morty, Battlestar Galactica, Alien, Predator, Back to the Future, WWE, Harry Potter’s Wizarding World, and James Bond. For more information, visit www.herocollector.com and www.shop.eaglemoss.com.

Master of the Revels – Book Excerpt!

ABOUT MASTER OF THE REVELS:
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:

FOREWORD
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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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Received in February

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

Bu-Ray/DVDs:
Rick and Morty The Complete Seasons 1-4 Blu-Ray
Victor and Valentino: Folk Art Foes DVD

Book Fluent:
The Authors of This Dream by Seth Mullins

Caezik SF & Fantasy:
Déjà Doomed by Edward M. Lerner
Power Challenges by Ben Bova

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Victory’s Price: An Alphabet Squadron Novel by Alexander Freed

Disney Hyperion:
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident – The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer
Airman by Eoin Colfer
Summer Adventure for Groot! by Brendan Deneen

Fandemonium:
STARGATE SG-1: Infiltration by Susannah Parker Sinard

First Second:
Pepper Page Saves the Universe! by Landry Q. Walker

Harper Voyager:
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers
The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst

HMH / Mariner Books:
The Conductors by Nicole Glover

Lycan Valley Press:
Stella by Josh Dygert

Reflector:
Unknown 9: Revelation: Book Two of the Genesis Trilogy by Layton Green

Saga Press:
My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
Machinehood by S.B. Divya

Scholastic:
Wings of Fire: The Dangerous Gift Book 14 by Tui T. Sutherland

Subterranean Press:
Alias Space by Kelly Robson
Collectibles by Lawrence Block
The Return of the Sorceress by Moreno-Garcia

White Tigress Press:
The Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din

William Morrow:
Master of the Revels: A Return to Neal Stephenson’s D.O.D.O. by Nicole Galland

Lazarus – Movie Spotlight and Trailer!

Lazarus is now streaming (for free!) on Tubi, Fox Entertainment’s free streaming service, starting today in the US and Canada!

About the Lazarus:
From R.L. Scott (Call Me King), the feature film stars Sean Riggs (S.W.A.T.,You), Costas Mandylor (Saw IV), Aeriel Miranda (Straight Outta Compton), Shane Brolly (Underworld), Nicki Micheaux (In The Dark), Noel Gugliemi (Training Day), Linc Hand (68 Whiskey), Adamo Palladino (Becoming Bond) and R&B superstar Mya (Chicago).

Lazarus centers around a man (Riggs) who is killed, but his death is a brief affair. Upon regaining consciousness, he discovers he has been gifted with extraordinary powers that allow him to super-heroically fight the organization responsible for plunging his city into darkness. Lazarus is written and directed by R.L. Scott. The film was produced by R.L. Scott, and Justin “Jtrx” Echols; and executive produced by Sean Riggs, Eddie Riggs, and Edward Davie.

About Tubi/How to Watch:
Tubi is available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub Max, Comcast Xfinity X1, Cox Contour, and on OTT devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Vizio TVs, Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, and soon on Hisense TVs globally. Consumers can also watch Tubi content on the web at http://www.tubi.tv/.

Stargate SG-1: Infiltration – Book Review

STARGATE SG-1: Infiltration by Susannah Parker Sinard

Synopsis:
Why was Major Sam Carter chosen as a host by the alien invader in the STARGATE SG-1 episode “Entity”? In this exciting adventure we discover the mission that led the entity to its fateful decision…

Captured by the Goa’uld Lugh, Carter faces a hard choice: help repair a cloaking device that would give Lugh a dangerous advantage or allow SG-1 to be handed over to the System Lords. But all is not as it seems among the Goa’uld under Lugh’s command, and SG-1 soon find themselves recruited by underground operatives possessing a rare gift that allows them to infiltrate Lugh’s inner circle. However, it is a gift that comes at a terrible price—a price that may yet cost SG-1 their lives.

Meanwhile, the alien entity continues scanning SG-1’s mission reports in its quest to preserve its own life…

Review:
Infiltration is set during the 4th season of SG-1, when Apophis is still alive. Towards the end of the season, an energy entity takes over Carter’s body in “Entity.” This is a bit of a lead-in as the beginning of each chapter, the alien is learning more about this mission and making it’s choice based on what it finds from this mission.

In this story, the team has been captured by minor Goa’ulds in hopes of gaining favor with the System Lords. But there is a power-struggle from within Lord Lugh’s ranks, and Carter’s expertise with a cloaking device is worth even more than their lives.

There are a lot of surprises within this SG-1 adventure. The characters are spot-on, from Carter’s unspoken communication with O’Neill to each of the team’s individual personalities. The Goa’uld characters are very engaging. And the underground movement on the planet leads to some difficult moral dilemmas. This captivating, complex story was a fantastic addition to the Stargate universe. It was well-paced and kept me guessing to the exciting finale. After a recent re-watch/binge of the series, I can’t get enough of the characters; and I thoroughly enjoyed this fun installment.

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