Arrow Season 8 and Entire Series Release – Spotlight


ARROW: THE EIGHTH AND FINAL SEASON
Available on Blu-ray™ & DVD April 28, 2020

BURBANK, CA (February 5, 2020) – After eight remarkable seasons, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC mark the end of an epic era with its final installment of the suspenseful and action-packed series with the release of Arrow: The Eighth and Final Season on Blu-ray & DVD April 28, 2020. Get ready for nonstop action from start to finish with all 10 action-packed episodes from the eighth and final season, plus the show’s 2019 Comic-Con Panel, the broadcast special Arrow: Hitting the Bullseye and deleted scenes! A limited edition bonus disc featuring all five DC Crossover Event: Crisis on Infinite Earths episodes will be available exclusively for fans who purchase the Blu-ray. Arrow: The Eighth and Final Season is priced to own at $24.98 SRP ($29.98 in Canada) and $29.98 SRP for the Blu-ray which includes a Digital Code (U.S. only), ($39.99 in Canada). Arrow: The Eighth and Final Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

Arrow: The Complete Series will also be available for fans to own on Blu-ray and DVD for $189.99 / $169.99 SRP ($249.99 / $229.99 in Canada). The bonus disc is included in the Blu-ray Complete Series set.

Synopsis:
Following the arrival of The Monitor, Oliver Queen left his home, his family, & his team behind to take on his most challenging battle yet, knowing the cost may be his life. But this time it’s not just his city he’s seeking to protect – it’s the entire multiverse! Oliver’s quest will send him on a journey where he is forced to confront the ultimate question: what is the true cost of being a hero?

Arrow stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice, Heartland), David Ramsey (Dexter), Rick Gonzalez (Reaper), Juliana Harkavy (Dolphin Tale, The Walking Dead), Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters, Happyland), Ben Lewis (Chasing Life, Suits) and Joseph David-Jones (Nashville, Allegiant) with Katie Cassidy (A Nightmare on Elm Street). Based on the characters from DC, Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Beth Schwartz (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Jill Blankenship (The Last Ship) and Sarah Schechter (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Black Lightning). Marc Guggenheim (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Eli Stone, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) serves as consulting producer.

BLU-RAY & DVD FEATURES:
 The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019
 Arrow: Hitting the Bullseye (Special)
 Deleted Scenes

BLU-RAY BONUS DISC:
• All Five Epic Episodes of the DC Crossover Event: Crisis on Infinite Earths from Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
• Bonus Disc Features:
 Crisis Past and Present: Kevin Conroy Bat Legend
 Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Architects Return
 Crisis Past and Present – Superman vs. Superman
 Characters in Crisis: Pariah
 Crisis Management
 Character in Crisis: The Anti-Monitor

10 ONE-HOUR EPISODES:
1. Starling City
2. Welcome to Hong Kong
3. Leap of Faith
4. Present Tense
5. Prochnost
6. Reset
7. Purgatory
8. Crisis on Infinite Earths: Hour Four
9. Green Arrow & The Canaries
10. Fadeout

DIGITAL:
The eighth and final season and the Complete Series of Arrow are currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others. A Digital Code is also included in the U.S. with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.

Seven of Infinities – Book Giveaway

Courtesy of Subterranean Press, I have an early review copy of Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard for one lucky winner!

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The Companions – Book Review

The Companions by Katie M. Flynn

Synopsis:
The consciousness of the dead can be uploaded to machines and kept in service of the living. For the wealthy, this means an opportunity to remain with their families long after their physical bodies have deteriorated. For the less fortunate, they are destined to be rented out to strangers as the intellectual property of the corporation that owns them. But one young woman, Lilac, is about to change everything…

What does it mean to be human? Can human consciousness be owned? Is defying death a gift or a prison? What if identity theft truly meant having all your thoughts, memories, and experiences stolen?

Review:
The Companions is a unique novel, as told from eight different characters over a course of time. We’re first introduced to Lilac who becomes a Companion for a young girl. She has all the memories and personality of who she was before, but limited to a robot body. But an act of rebellion steers can change the course of Companions forever.

This is an impressive debut. Each character was so unique and well-crafted that it was easy to jump into each scenario. And I got wrapped up in each narrative. This was an emotional roller coaster with plenty of suspense and heartache. I do wish some things were better explained, like why the companions artificial bodies deteriorated so fast and why there weren’t ways around that. And the ending felt a little disjointed and unfinished.
But overall, I really enjoyed this strange and tragic tale.

Artemis Fowl: How to Be a LEPrecon – Book Giveaway

Courtesy of Disney Press, I have a copy of Artemis Fowl: How to Be a LEPrecon by Matthew K. Manning 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 May 15. I’ll draw a name on May 16, and notify winner via email.

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Wizard for Hire: Magic Required – Book Review

Wizard for Hire: Magic Required by Obert Skye

Synopsis:

The final answer to the existence of magic.

Ozzy and his friend Sigi are in more danger than ever before. After being injected with the mindcontrolling serum, Ozzy is learning to control the minds of people, but he is still being hunted by Ray, the power-mad villain who will stop at nothing to find and possess the formula. And on top of that, Rin still claims he’s a wizard, but he and Clark are missing, leaving Ozzy to wonder once again if magic really does exist.

When it becomes apparent that the minds and free will of all mankind are in danger of being controlled by whoever controls the serum, Ozzy and Sigi join forces with strange new friends that claim magic-like abilities. When Rin finally returns, Ozzy will discover once and for all what happened to his parents, what really happens at those popular fantasy conventions, and if magic truly exists.

Review:
Magic Required is the third installment in the Wizard for Hire series. Rin and Clark have returned. But Rin has a mysterious mission that he doesn’t share with anyone. Ozzy and Sigi have been trying to return to a normal life, while waiting for Rin to return. Meanwhile, the villain Ray will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Just when you think you think you have Rin and his magic figured out, we get another curve-ball that makes you doubt everything. I love how we’re kept guessing. Yet there is a satisfying ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this magical trilogy with quirky characters. There is plenty of humor, suspense, and heart in this middle grade adventure.

Tim Lebbon Guest Post: Eden Blog Tour

Author Tim Lebbon joins SciFiChick.com today to talk about horror and his latest release – Eden!

Natural Horror
by Tim Lebbon

I’ve always loved nature. As a kid we lived in the countryside and on a farm, and though we left that place when I was about 8 or 9, I still have many fond memories of damming streams, building dens in hay barns, and watching calfs being born. I’d leave home after breakfast and return home for our evening meal, spending the time wandering fields, woods and hillsides with friends, smarting from too much sun, not knowing that I’d been out making the memories of a lifetime.

We moved into a town when I was 9, and I lived there for the next eighteen years, before my wife and I bought a house in the village where we still live now. I’ll never go back to a town or city. I’m a country boy at heart, and I like nothing more than hiking, running, or cycling through the beautiful part of the world where we’re blessed enough to live.

Inevitable, then, that my love of nature would work its way into my fiction.

It’s actually present in a large amount of what I write, and if I analysed the 45 novels, dozens of novellas, and hundreds of short stories I’ve had published, I’m sure I’d find nature’s influence to some extent in a large proportion of my published work. My new novel Eden is perhaps more heavily influenced by my love of the wild than anything I’ve ever written. But the signs were always there.

In my novella The First Law (from the collection Faith in the Flesh, Razorblade Press 1998), a group of shipwrecked sailors are washed up on an island. At first they believe they’ve found salvation, but the truth proves very different. The island doesn’t want them there. It’s a paradise that’s inimical to humankind, and my characters go through some pretty gruelling times. I haven’t read this novella in maybe 20 years, but that final image still sticks with me…

My first mass market novel was The Nature of Balance, a work that very obviously takes our abuse of our planet as a central core. It’s a bit of a crazy novel in any ways, and I look back fondly on its weird concepts, surreal characters, and animals attacks. Those birds! That fox! I was also ridiculously smug with myself at my clever play on words for the title, although a small proportion of reviewers called it The Balance of Nature. Some people just rdea hwta tehy xptece ot ese.

A series of books I had great fun writing were the Noreela novels, four long novels and a few novellas and short stories set in my fantasy world of Noreela. The first two of these, Dusk and Dawn, came about when I decided to write a fantasy set in a world from which magic has withdrawn because of the land’s inhabitant’s misuse of it. I thought it was a pretty unique idea, and it also meant … I didn’t have to think up and stick to a magic system! It had its own challenges, but I also realised after I’d written it that it was another example of nature (in this case, magic and its connection to the land) taking exception to humanity’s abuse.

A later novel, The Silence (filmed with Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka, available now on Netflix), was less a ‘nature’s revenge’ story, and more of a ‘we don’t know everything’ tale, when creatures who hunt by sound emerge from an isolated, cut off cave and have fun feeding upon any creature that makes a sound. The vesps were enjoyable natural monsters to create and have cause chaos, but the novel was also heavily driven by the landscape my family of survivors fled across, the chances of their survival significantly dependent on their surroundings.

And that leads me on to Eden, my latest novel, and the one that’s most heavily inspired by my fascination with the natural world and our place within it. Or, in Eden’s case, our removal from it.

Eden is one of the Virgin Zones, vast tracts of land given back to nature by the world’s governments. This is a novel of the near future, when the tipping point has been reached in the climate crisis, and humanity is doing what it can to survive, or even to turn things around. Of course, such wildernesses are tempting to those who love the wild … adventure races, trail runners. Hell, I’d LOVE to visit Eden.

Well, maybe. But not for long.

Because nature has once again found a good solid footing there, reestablishing itself, and the power of nature no longer welcomes humans into its beautiful fold.

It’s an adventure novel, with science fictional undertones, and of course a core of horror running rich and red throughout. I guess in some ways it’s a love note to nature, written from our planet’s point of view. And in Eden, nature is no longer impartial. It’s taking action.

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