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Book Giveaway: War of the Bastards

Courtesy of Disney Hyperion, I have a copy of War of the Bastards by Andrew Shvarts for one lucky winner!

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The Batman Four Film Collection in 4K

Own Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack on June 4. Own the Four Film Collection on September 17.

Batman 4K Blu Ray
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Batman Returns 4K Blu Ray
When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.

Batman Forever 4K Blu Ray
Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.

Batman & Robin 4K Blu Ray
Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.

Review:
These are the Batman movies that I grew up with. I remember loving Michael Keaton as Batman, and he’s still my favorite to this day – by far. And Jack Nicholson was a fantastic Joker. These remastered films look great. I loved the nostalgic feel. And while Batman Forever and Batman & Robin still have a cheese factor, I can appreciate the 90s comicbook style of the films. These are certainly a bit more fun and goofy than the more recent Batman films that are mostly dark, action films.

Re-watching these iconic Batman films is a lot of fun. And now having them in my collection, I’ll be able to introduce them to my nieces and nephew when they’re a bit older.

Received in May

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

DVD/Blu Rays:
Batman 4K Blu Ray
Batman Returns 4K Blu Ray
Batman Forever 4K Blu Ray
Batman & Robin 4K Blu Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Ace:
Cry Pilot by Joel Dane

Daw:
How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason
Master of the World by Edward Willett

Del Rey:
The Nobody People by Bob Proehl
The Princess Beard by Kevin Hearne
The Soul of Power by Callie Bates
Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town by Adam Christopher
Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed

Disney Hyperion / Freeform:
First Day of Groot! by Brendan Deneen
City of Beasts by Corrie Wang
The Camelot Code: Geeks and the Holy Grail by Mari Mancusi
SleepWakers: Sam Saves the Night by Shari Simpson
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Peter and Ned’s Ultimate Travel Journal by Preeti Chhibber
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
War of the Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
Escape from the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De la Cruz
Serafina and the Seven Stars by Robert Beatty

First Second:
Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: The Original Series: The Captain’s Oath by Christopher L. Bennett

Macmillan Teen / Feiwel and Friends / FSG / Roaring Brook Press / Imprint:
Beyond the Black Door by A. M. Strickland
All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu
The Chosen by Taran Matharu

Pyr:
Black Harvest by M. C. Planck

Simon and Schuster / Skybound / Atria:
Across the Void by S. K. Vaughn

Simon and Schuster Children’s / Aladdin / Simon Pulse:
Titans by Kate O’Hearn
Containment by Caryn Lix

Subterranean Press:
Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard
Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire
Reading Backwards by John Crowley

TCK Publishing:
The Channeler: A Future Forewarned: The Continuum Series, Book 1 by Jenna Ryan

Tor:
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
A Chain Across the Dawn by Drew Williams
Made Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma
The Killing Light by Myke Cole
Starship Repo by Patrick S. Tomlinson

Tor Teen:
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen

Box Review: Teeblox – May 2019

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Book Review: Star Trek: The Original Series: The Captain’s Oath

Star Trek: The Original Series: The Captain’s Oath by Christopher L. Bennett

Synopsis:
The saga of James T. Kirk’s historic command of the U.S.S. Enterprise is known throughout the galaxy. But one part of the legend has barely been touched upon until now: the story of Kirk’s first starship command and the remarkable achievements by which Starfleet’s youngest captain earned the right to succeed Christopher Pike as the commander of the famous Enterprise. From his early battles with the Klingons to the rescue of endangered civilizations, Kirk grapples with difficult questions: Is he a warrior or a peacemaker? Should he obey regulations or trust his instincts? This thrilling novel illustrates the events and choices that would shape James T. Kirk into one of the most renowned captains in Starfleet history.

Review:
The Captain’s Oath is told from two timelines: when Kirk is first assigned to the Enterprise and his time as captain of the Sacagawea just prior to the Enterprise. The novel jumps back and forth between the 2 timelines, but it’s easy to follow. Some of the crew of the Enterprise doubt their new, young captain. And their mission to diffuse a conflict will test Kirk. And in the past, Kirk has tough decisions to make about the Prime Directive and the fate of an entire race.

While the two unconnected storylines seem a bit strange, it just tells an overall story about Kirk and the man he is. This complex and engaging read. And there are plenty of mystery, suspense, and moral quandaries. Kirk is the one who doesn’t believe in no-win scenarios, but he is faced with several. He’s a rule follower, so it’s always fun to see him bend the rules and give us opportunities to think about what we would do in his place. I always enjoy these “missing years” novels, and this is no exception. TOS fans will definitely want to pick up this one.

SciFi Book Review: Firefly: The Magnificent Nine

Firefly: The Magnificent Nine by James Lovegrove

Synopsis:
An old flame of Jayne Cobb’s, Temperance McCloud, sends a message to Serenity, begging him for help. She lives on the arid, far-flung world of Tethys, and bandits are trying to overrun her town to gain control of their water supply: the only thing standing between its people and dustbowl ruin. Jayne tries to persuade the Serenity crew to join the fight, but it is only when he offers Vera, his favorite gun, as collateral that Mal realizes he’s serious.

When the Serenity crew land at a hardscrabble desert outpost called Coogan’s Bluff, they discover two things: an outlaw gang with an almost fanatical devotion to their leader who will stop at nothing to get what they want, and that Temperance is singlehandedly raising a teenage daughter, born less than a year after Temperance and Jayne broke up. A daughter by the name of Jane McCloud.

Review:
The Magnificent Nine is set after the tv series, but before the movie Serenity. So, the full crew is all here. And this certainly feels like an episode of Firefly and definitely a classic Western. The crew of the Serenity race to help a small town fight off a gang. Jayne has a special history with one of the residents who requests his help, and her daughter happens to be named after him.

This latest Firefly novel is a lot of fun. Besides the crew that we already know and love, there are several interesting new characters. The main villain has an interesting backstory with a bit of mystery. This story has plenty of dangerous villains, suspense, and humor. And a bit of poignant heartwarming drama rounds it out. The flashbacks help move along the current story. And the climactic finale doesn’t disappoint. I love that the series is continuing in novels. And this latest installment is a great addition.

Book Giveaway: Magic for Liars

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of Magic for Liars 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 June 14. I’ll draw a name on June 15, and notify winner via email.

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SciFi Book Review: The Kingdom

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Synopsis:
Welcome to the Kingdom… where “Happily Ever After” isn’t just a promise, but a rule.

Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom™ is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species—formerly extinct—roam free.

Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.

But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty—and what it truly means to be human.

Review:
Ana is a bioengineered human, created to be a real Disney-like princess for The Kingdom. She is allowed certain privileges, but then begins to have thoughts and longings beyond her programming. But during a trial, lawyers will try to prove whether or not she is capable of murder.

The Kingdom is a Westworld version of Disneyland. People can visit for an escape into fantasy and see animals that might otherwise be extinct. The story is told from two separate points in time: the “present” as Ana and The Kingdom is on trial for murder and the past as Ana grows beyond her programming and even falls in love. I was captured from the start. The story is full of suspense, mystery, and drama. It’s inspired and beautifully written. I thoroughly enjoyed this surprising YA novel.