Among Thieves – Book Giveaway!

Courtesy of Saga Press, I have an extra ARC copy of Among Thieves by M. J. Kuhn for one lucky winner!

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Infinite Dark, Chapter 1 – Comic Review

Infinite Dark – Top Cow
The universe ended, but humanity survived. And for years, the passengers and crew of the vessel Orpheus found the endless void between realities to be a surprisingly peaceful home. Then they found a body; bloodied, brutalized, and surrounded by inscrutable runes. As Security Director Deva Karrell investigates the Orpheus’ first murder, she’ll come face to face with a horror from beyond…

About Top Cow:
Top Cow Productions is an American comics publisher, a partner studio of Image Comics founded by Marc Silvestri in 1992.”

Review:
Security Director Deva Karrell has suffered loss and is frustrated with command and lack of communication. But when she investigates a missing man and his abducted neighbor, confusion escalates when a body is found.

Chapter 1 of Infinite Dark is a dramatic and strong opening to a heart-pounding science fiction mystery and adventure. The artwork is fantastic, dark and detailed. The story begins dramatically with a heartbreaking accident. And a cliffhanger at the end of chapter 1, made me eager to dive into chapter 2 soon. SciFi comic fans will definitely want to check out this original comic series from Top Cow.

Tomb Raider 2-Movie Collection – 4K Blu-Ray – Review

Tomb Raider 2-Movie Collection (4K UHD + Digital) [Blu-ray]

About the Release:
Relive the globetrotting adventures of Lara Croft in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider with a newly remastered version on Blu-ray June 1, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Originally released on June 15, 2001, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider stars Angelina Jolie as the intrepid adventurer, whose exploits send her on a quest for a mysterious and powerful artifact. The movie also stars Jon Voight (Mission: Impossible), Daniel Craig (Skyfall), Noah Taylor (Almost Famous), and Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”).

The newly remastered film will be presented in a 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray with access to a digital copy of the film and nearly 90 minutes of previously released bonus content:
• Commentary with director Simon West
• Digging into Tomb Raider
• Crafting Lara Croft
• The Visual Effects of Tomb Raider
• The Stunts of Tomb Raider
• Are You Game?
• Deleted Scenes
• U2 “Elevation” music video
• Alternate Main Title
• Trailers

In addition, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life will be available together for the first time in a 4K Ultra HD set, which includes access to digital copies of both films.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider synopsis:
Exploring lost empires, finding priceless treasures, punishing villains in mortal combat… it’s all in a day’s work for adventurer Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie). But a secret from her father’s (Jon Voight) past is about to lead Lara to her greatest challenge: The Triangle of Light, a legendary artifact with the power to alter space and time. Lara must find the Triangle before it falls into the clutches of the Illumnati, a secret society bent on world domination.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life synopsis:
Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) is back in action and faces her most perilous mission: to recover what ancient civilization believed to be the essence of all evil, Pandora’s Box. She must travel the globe, from Greece to Hong Kong to Kenya and beyond to get to the box before it’s found by a maniacal scientist (Ciarán Hinds) whose plan is to use it for mass annihilation.

Review:
I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the first film’s release!
I’m not a gamer, but I enjoyed the films and subsequent comics. She’s a female Indiana Jones that is amazingly athletic as well. These movies are action-packed and exciting. With plenty of humor, suspense, mystery, mysticism, and crazy fight scenes – they are still a lot of fun to watch. And the new 4K releases are fantastic. I was happy to replace my old DVD copies with this new, hi-res update.

Received in May

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

DVD / Blu-Ray:
Infinity Train: Book Two DVD
Supernatural The Fifteenth and Final Season Blu-Ray
Primal – The Complete First Season Blu-Ray
Lara Croft Tomb Raider 2-Movie Collection – 4K Blu-Ray

Books Fluent:
Infinite Retribution by Robert Stadnik

Del Rey:
Rabbits by Terry Miles
The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig

Disney Hyperion / Freeform Books:
Like Other Girls by Britta Lundin
Curse of the Specter Queen by Jenny Elder Moke

Macmillan Young Readers / Roaring Brook Press:
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Saga Press:
Among Thieves by M. J. Kuhn

Shadow Mountain:
The Die of Destiny by Frank L. Cole
Legend of the Dragon Slayer: The Origin Story of Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull

Simon Teen:
Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon

Subterranean Press:
The Night and the Music by Lawrence Block

Thomas and Mercer:
Constance by Matthew FitzSimmons

Tor:
The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

GlobalComix Spotlight and FREE COMICS!

Check out this week’s Spotlight and free reads on some of the available comics on GlobalComix.com!
Click on each comic to check them out on GlobalComix.com.

“GlobalComix is a free digital reading and distribution platform that helps creators and publishers share and sell their comics, license them globally, and understand their readers on a deeper level.”


The Resistance – AWA
J. Michael Straczynski – creator of Babylon 5, co-creator of Sense8, and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One – returns to comics teaming with Mike Deodato Jr. – the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains.

About AWA:
AWA offers best and brightest artists, writers and artisans in the art and craft of comic books and graphic novels the best deals in the industry, provides them with resources to help them do their best work, and affords them the freedom to follow their lights. Our hope, dream and dead reckoning, is that a network of graphic fiction businesses that cooperate with each other will be able to better service our collective readership, audiences, attendees and customers, fix our profoundly broken industry, make a lot of money and have a lot of fun.”
https://globalcomix.com/news/details/100/awa-studios-globalcomix-better-together

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Curse of the Specter Queen – Book Review

Curse of the Specter Queen by by Jenny Elder Moke

Synopsis:
Samantha Knox put away her childish fantasies of archaeological adventure the day her father didn’t return home from the Great War, retreating to the safety of the antique bookshop where she works. But when a mysterious package arrives with a damaged diary inside, Sam’s peaceful life is obliterated. Ruthless men intent on reclaiming the diary are after Sam, setting her and her best friend, along with her childhood crush, on a high-stakes adventure that lands them in the green hills outside Dublin, Ireland. Here they discover an ancient order with a dark purpose – to perform an occult ritual that will raise the Specter Queen, the Celtic goddess of vengeance and death, to bring about a war unlike any the world has ever seen. To stop them, Sam must solve a deviously complex cipher – one that will lead her on a treasure hunt to discover the ancient relic at the heart of the ritual: a bowl carved from the tree of life. Will she find the bowl and stop the curse of the Specter Queen, or will the ancient order bring about the end of the world?

Review:
Samantha is a smart and determined young woman. And when she sees a problem that she can help with, nothing will stand in her way. Her character develops a lot through the course of the story as well, which I loved. She started out as timid and a bit of a pushover. But by the end, she’s taking control and coming into her own. The story is mysterious and exciting, with plenty of fun surprises along the way – even if one big reveal was fairly predictable. The characters are engaging and the plot is full of intrigue, suspense, a doomsday cult, and even a bit of fantasy. This is a fantastic new YA fantasy set in the 1920s with a strong female lead. And I really hope it’s picked up for a series.

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