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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
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
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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Disney In Depth: Book Review: Disney Villains: Delightfully Evil
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Disney Villains: Delightfully Evil
By Jen Darcy
Publisher: Disney Editions
Release date: July 12, 2016

A compendium of Disney’s deliciously devilish baddies, Jen Darcy‘s latest book is a display of animated tyranny from both Disney and Pixar animation.

Disney Villains: Delightfully Evil is a who’s who look-through of wickedness with a plethora of imagery and behind-the-scenes details for those who want to know the ins and outs of antagonists.

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Book Review: The Wrong Dead Guy By Richard Kadrey
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The Wrong Dead Guy
Another Coop Heist Book 2
Sequel to The Everything Box
By Richard Kadrey
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release date: February 28, 2017

You probably know author Richard Kadrey best from his Sandman Slim gritty urban fantasy series, but for his latest book, The Wrong Dead Guy, he continues the adventures of Charlie “Coop” Cooper, a master thief who saved the world in the first installment, The Everything Box. In this follow-up, Coop has reluctantly gone legit after being drafted into working for the Department of Peculiar Science, a Los Angeles-based top secret government agency dealing with oddities and strange supernatural items. This time around, the DOPS has a quick job for Coop: break into a local museum and steal an ancient Egyptian mummy named Harkhuf. Simple, right? Because we all know what happens when you mess with mummies. What could go wrong?

The mummy could awaken, that’s what could — and does — go wrong. And, as awakened mummies are wont to do, Harkhuf wants to find his old love so that they can take over the world together.

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Book Review: Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel
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Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook (Digital) | Audio CD
By Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Publisher: HarperCollins/Harper Perennial
Release date: January 10, 2017 (Paperback Edition)

If you’re already a listener of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, then this original novel set in its universe will surly pique your interest. If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s a podcast that’s staged as a radio show set in the fictional bizarre town of Night Vale, where the local library is one of the most terrifying places to visit. The podcast, which releases twice per month, was created in 2012 by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, who co-author this book of the same name.

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Book Review: Puppetland
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Written by John Scott Tynes, Arnold Cassel, Arinn Dembo, Matt Forbeck, Fred Hicks, Kenneth Hite, Jason Morningstar, Ross Payton, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, and James Wallis
Illustrated by Samuel Araya, Heather Hudson, Hollie Mengert, and Raven Mimura
Cover by Alejandro Teran
Publisher: Arc Dream Publishing
Release date: November 28th, 2016

Do you have an hour to spare with me and a few friends?

The Maker has been killed, smashed in the head by Punch the Maker-Killer, and Judy…who once loved Punch… now abhors him. He and his loyal followers, wearing the skin of the Maker, rule Puppetland in fear, where it is always cold and enshrouded in darkness.

This is the story that precedes Puppetland, an RPG where everyone is a puppet (except the puppetmaster – he/she uses several “uniques”), and must navigate the dismal world that Punch rules. The book was funded in 3 days on Kickstarter, based on author John Scott Tynes’ original game.

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