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Book Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes: The Complete Comics History
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Guardians of the Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes: The Complete Comics History
Hardcover
Written by Mark Sumerak
Publisher: Insight Editions Insight Editions
Release Date: April 4, 2017

With this week seeing the release of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 in theaters, it seems prudent that I throw a little love towards the franchise by presenting to you Guardians of the Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes: The Complete Comics History.

With almost fifty years of history to draw from this oversized, nay…massive tome explores the various incarnations of the rag-tag universe-saving group of misfits that seem to have finally gotten the love and respect they’ve deserved for decades.

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Book Review: The Malice (The Vagrant #2) By Peter Newman
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The Malice
Book 2 of The Vagrant Trilogy
Sequel to The Vagrant
Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Peter Newman
Harper Voyager
Release Date: March 7, 2017

It wasn’t too very long ago that I reviewed a novel by Peter Newman entitled The Vagrant (you can find that review here). The main character was elusive and dangerous, but also mute throughout the story. It was a challenging read that pushed the boundaries of regular science fiction and fantasy books. The author’s newest offering, The Malice, is considerably different from its predecessor. As a matter of fact, it was actually more difficult for me to read this more traditionally written story based on my expectations. And I admit it was those expectations that caused me the most trouble with this book.

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Book Review: The Spectacular Sisterhood Of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters From Comic Book History
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The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters From Comic Book History
Hardcover | Kindle
By Hope Nicholson
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: May 2, 2017

Well, it is about time. I am oh so happy to see a book that chronicles the amazing female comic characters that readers have loved for decades.

You might have noticed that there have been several comic hero chronicles of late; I have reviewed a couple of them already. There was one that detailed the Regrettable Superheroes and another that explored the just as Regrettable Super Villains. In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters From Comic Book History it’s all about the ladies who have influenced comics throughout history.

So join me as we dig into what’s going on in this jewel of a book.

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Book Review: The Librarians and The Mother Goose Chase By Greg Cox
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The Librarians and The Mother Goose Chase
The Librarians Book 2
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
Written by Greg Cox
Tor Books
Release Date: April 25th, 2017

Mother Goose is real. Although that should not surprise Eve Baird and her team of ragtag genius librarians, they are still able to muster some disbelief at some of the cases that the Clippings Book hands them. Three inexplicable events happen in separate areas of the world: a woman gets trapped inside a pumpkin, 3 giant rodents with no eyes attack a woman, and a man gets caught up in a fierce wind which catches him up into the sky, until he lands on a trampoline. What do these three people have in common? They appropriately lived through some real life nursery rhymes, appropriate since they are direct descendants of the real Mother Goose.

Such is the hook that ensnares us in The Librarians and The Mother Goose Chase By Greg Cox.

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Book Review: The Legion Of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals From Comic Book History
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The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains
Hardback | Kindle
By Jon Morris
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: March 28, 2017

Every hero must have an adversary, you know this to be true. What would Batman be without the Joker? Or Spider-Man without the Green Goblin? Boring, that is what they would be!

A couple of years ago I was able to review a book that examined some of history’s less notable heroes, the link can be found here. This time, however, I am able to delve into the world of their enemies! I present to you The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History!

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Tales From The Yawning Portal
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Dungeons & Dragons: Tales From The Yawning Portal
Hardcover
D&D Accessory
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Release Date: April 4, 2017

It’s always a fine day when I get to review a D&D book. I’m especially excited about Dungeons & Dragons: Tales From The Yawning Portal, as it incorporates classic adventures that have been updated for use with the Fifth Edition rules and guidebooks.

There are a total of seven full-sized adventures and I must admit a couple of them are favorites of mine. Some small adjustments have been made to allow the seven modules to be run consecutively. Imagine having a first-level character and being able to run a campaign that sees them traverse a variety of iconic story lines. It’s enough to make a nerd cry with joy (or at least this one might).

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Book Review: Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley Poston
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Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: April 4, 2017

There’s been plenty of takes over the years on the Cinderella fairy tale of an orphaned girl who is made to be the house servant to her cruel stepmother and mean stepsisters who’s life takes a miraculous turn after a trip to the ball. But Geekerella is the first time Cinderella’s story centers on science fiction fandom and a cosplay ball.

In Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale, the debut novel by Ashley Poston, teenager Danielle “Elle” Wittimer is obsessed with Starfield, the classic science fiction television series she grew up watching with her dad. Ever since her father passed away when she was 8, she’s been relegated to a tiny room, excluded from all activities and family fun, and made to do all the housework for her stepfamily — her socialite stepmother Catherine and obnoxious twin stepsisters Chloe and Calliope, all of whom disregard and disrespect her.

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Book Review: Flames Of Rebellion by Jay Allan
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Flames Of Rebellion
Flames Of Rebellion Book 1
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Jay Allan
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release date: March 21, 2017

In Flames Of Rebellion, author Jay Allan creates a futuristic galactic tale where Earth’s Federal America has become an authoritarian society that rules over several extraterrestrial colony worlds, including Alpha 2, commonly referred to as “Haven” by its inhabitants. Haven is on the brink of revolution, with protests against Federal America become more and more frequent, with one in the works to occur at a federal mining prison camp that can only lead to disastrous outcomes for both the prisoners and the soldiers deployed to quell the riot. It becomes clear right away that the respective powerful forces behind both the Federal American government and the Rebellion have a bigger end game in mind and have no problem using people as pawns to achieve it.

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Book Review: HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Coloring Book For Adults
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HBO’s Game of Thrones Coloring Book
Paperback
Illustrations by Allan Jefferson and Adriana Melo
Designed by Michael Morris
Front and back cover images colored by Terry Lancaster
Illustrations based on photography by Helen Sloan, Keith Bernstein, and Macall Polay
Publisher: Chronicle Books
60 pages | 11.5 x 0.2 x 11.6 inches
Release date: October 27, 2016

As you all know, adult coloring books are a thing. A truly awesome and therapeutic thing. And who knew that this medium could make HBO’s famously dark fantasy series Game Of Thrones feel so euphoric?

HBO’s Game of Thrones Coloring Book is the perfect way to wind down at the end of a long day, or sit back on a day off when you finally get some time to yourself. Each illustration, by Allan Jefferson and/or Adriana Melo, is meticulously and artfully outlined to mimic scenes from the beloved series.

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Book Review: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
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A Closed and Common Orbit
Wayfarers Book 2
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Becky Chambers
Sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release date: March 14, 2017 (Paperback Edition)

In A Closed and Common Orbit, author Becky Chambers leaves behind the Wayfarer starship and most of the characters introduced in the first book, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Instead, this second book focuses on Lovelace, the Wayfarer’s communications interface who’s consciousness has been rebooted into a human-looking body, or “body kit,” that the sentient AI calls Sidra. Lovelace is finding life to be difficult to get used to as Sidra, especially since aside from recalling her initial programming as a ship’s computer, she has no memories from her time with the Wayfarer.

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