Book Giveaway: Riot Baby

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi for one lucky winner!

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What to Watch Before Star Trek: Picard

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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.

Fantasy Book Review: Potion Masters: The Seeking Serum

Potion Masters: The Seeking Serum by Frank L. Cole

Synopsis:
Gordy’s grandfather, Mezzarix, who is a powerful, evil elixirist, stole the Vessel, the source of power for all potion masters. He fled to Florida to establish a headquarters, declare his manifesto: No More Prisons. No More Rulers. No More Secrets – and launch his final attack. Gordy, an apprentice elixirist, has been hiding in a safe house with his family and friends, but his mom has become increasingly concerned for their safety. Despite her worries, Gordy and his friends enter the underground network known as the Swigs, a haven for renegade potion masters and black-market potions to secure support in the fight against Mezzarix.

Scourges, the name given to potion masters imprisoned by B.R.E.W but who have recently been freed by Mezzarix, attack the Swigs, and Gordy barely escapes with this life. He has to leave his family behind. He heads to the house of his best friend, Max, where his other friends, Sasha and Adilene, join him in making a plan to help find Mezzarix’s secret location.

As the fight intensifies between B.R.E.W and the Scourges, it falls to Gordy and his friends to find Mezzarix and prevent him from corrupting the Vessel, which would plunge the world back into the Dark Ages. With some help from new friends, Gordy realizes it will take a new way of thinking about magic and the art of brewing potions in order to stop his grandfather, save the world, and unite the potion-making community.

Review:
The Seeking Serum is the final installment in the Potion Masters trilogy. The villain Mezzarix now has the upper hand and Gordy and his friends are in hiding. But the young apprentices form a haphazard plan to find Mezzarix and steal back the powerful Vessel and save humanity.

This 3rd novel is fun and excitement from beginning to end. The danger and suspense has intensified. Gordy and his friends make a great team with enjoyable characters. And I love the unique worldbuilding of potion-making instead of just magic. This series will appeal to middle readers on up. It’s fresh, engaging, a bit dark, and sometimes silly to lighten the mood. This finale was hard to put down.

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!

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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

Box Review: TeeBlox

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