Book Giveaway: Riot Baby

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi 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 31. I’ll draw a name on February 1, and notify winner via email.

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What to Watch Before Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard | NYCC Trailer | CBS All Access

What to Watch (or Re-Watch) Before Star Trek: Picard

Only 2 weeks until the premiere of Star Trek: Picard on CBS All Access!

I have been rewatching TNG and Voyager episodes in preparation and excitement.
The buzz has been surrounding Data, the Borg, and Romulan-centered episodes, as well as Picard’s background.

I’ve compiled my own Must-Rewatch List among key episodes and movies, and why:

Star Trek: TNG Epsiodes:

“Datalore” (Season 1, Ep 12) -- When we meet Data’s brother Lore.

“The Measure of a Man (Season 2, Ep 9) -- When Picard defends Data in a trial to prove his sentience.

“Q Who” (Season 2, Ep 16) -- When Q shows Picard the Borg for the first time.

“The Offspring” (Season 3, Ep 16) -- When Data creates his own child.

“The Best of Both Worlds” Parts 1 & 2 (Season 3, Ep 26 and Season 4, Ep 1) -- When Picard has his experience as Locutus of Borg.

“Family” (Season 4, Ep 2) -- We learn about Picard’s family and also the vineyard where the new show will be starting off.

“Brothers” (Season 4, Ep 3) -- When Lore takes the emotion chip meant for Data.

“I, Borg” (Season 5, Ep 23) -- When we’re introduced to Hugh, a Borg who experiences his individuality.

“Tapestry” (Season 6, Ep 15) -- When we learn more of Picard’s backstory and how he lost heart (literally, not figuratively).

“Descent Part 1 & 2 ” (Season 6, Ep 26 and Season 7, Ep 1) -- Data feels his first emotion after a confrontation with the Borg.

“All Good Things…” (Season 7, Ep 25) -- The final episode of TNG, when Picard finds himself shifting through time.

Episodes focusing on the Romulans:
“The Enemy” -- (Season 3, Ep 7)
“The Defector” -- (Season 3, Ep 10)
“Unification I and II” -- (Season 5, Ep 7 & 8)
“Face of the Enemy” -- (Season 6, Ep 14)

Must-Watch Movies:
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: Nemesis

Star Trek: Voyager episodes focusing on Seven of Nine and the Borg:
“The Gift” -- (Season 4, Ep 2)
“The Raven” -- (Season 4, Ep 6)
“One” -- (Season 4, Ep 25)
“Drone” -- (Season 5, Ep 2)
“Infinite Regress” (Season 5, Ep 7)
“Dark Frontier, Parts 1 & 2” -- (Season 5, Ep 15 & 16)
“Collective” -- (Season 6, Ep 16)
“Unimatrix Zero Part 1 & 2” -- (Season 6, Ep 26 and Season 7 Ep 1)
“Endgame” -- (Season 7, Ep 25) -- The final episode of Voyager -- finally getting home!

Bonus:

Star Trek: TNG “The Inner Light” (Season 5, Ep 25) -- It probably won’t have any reference in the new show, but it’s a fantastic and dramatic episode focusing solely on Picard and a lost civilization.

Book Giveaway: Midnight on Strange Street

Courtesy of Disney Hyperion, I have a copy of Midnight on Strange Street by K. E. Ormsbee 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 17. I’ll draw a name on January 18, and notify winner via email.

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Received in December

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

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Amazon / 47North:
Buzz Kill by David Sosnowski

Disney Hyperion:
If We Were Giants by Dave Matthews
Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari
Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Midnight on Strange Street by K. E. Ormsbee
Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova
Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost
Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott
The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds

Hachette Books / Jo Fletcher Books:
Wyntertide: Rotherweird Book II
Harlequin / Inkyard Press:
Runemaker by Alex R. Kahler

Independent:
XHOSETI: AD 2492 by Robert J Stephens
XHOSETI: MOON by Robert J Stephens

Inkyard Press:
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

Macmillan Children’s / Imprint:
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Penguin Young Readers / Penguin Teen:
Aughra’s Wisdom of Thra (Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal) by J. M. Lee
Shadows of the Dark Crystal #1 (Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal) by J. M. Lee
Heroes of the Resistance: A Guide to the Characters of The Dark Crystal by J. M. Lee

Random House / Delacorte Press:
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald

Reflector Entertainment:
Genesis: Book One of the Genesis Trilogy by Layton Green

Scholastic:
The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read

Shadow Mountain:
Wizard for Hire: Magic Required by Obert Skye

St Martin’s Press:
The God Game by Danny Tobey

Subterranean Press:
The Postutopian Adventures of Darger and Surplus by Michael Swanwick
Jack by Connie Willis
Unexpected Stories by Octavia E. Butler

Tor / Tor.com / Forge:
Network Effect by Martha Wells
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings
Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
Deal with the Devil: A Mercenary Librarians Novel by Kit Rocha
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Burn the Dark: Malus Domestica #1 by S. A. Hunt
Remembrance by Rita Woods

Book Giveaway: Upright Women Wanted

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey 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 27. I’ll draw a name on December 28, and notify winner via email.

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SciFi Book Review: The Toll

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Synopsis:
Citra and Rowan have disappeared. Endura is gone. It seems like nothing stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute dominion over the world scythedom. With the silence of the Thunderhead and the reverberations of the Great Resonance still shaking the earth to its core, the question remains: Is there anyone left who can stop him?

The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder.

Review:
The Toll is book 3 in the Arc of a Scythe series. It’s an impressive 640 pages, which is much larger than the previous installments. But despite it taking longer to read, it never felt slow. With even more mystery and suspense than before, this finale is hard to put down. I don’t like spoilers, so I wont talk about details. But the new and returning characters are just as diverse and engaging. With such a big cast of characters, you would think it would get confusing, but it never does. And the Thunderhead has an even bigger role this time. I thoroughly enjoyed this series, especially The Toll. This finale is big, climactic, and gives us a satisfying end to an epic journey.

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