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Audiobook Review: Artemis By Andy Weir, Narrated By Rosario Dawson
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Artemis: A Novel
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Andy Weir
Publisher: Crown Publishing | Audible Studios (Audiobook)
Release date: November 14, 2017

Writer Andy Weir made a name for himself with his successful debut The Martian, a self-published novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars that went on to make the New York Times Best Seller list in 2014 when it was reprinted by Crown Publishing. The science fiction tale was a hit with readers, and was later adapted for the big screen with Matt Damon as the ill-fated spaceman. Now, Weir is back in the cosmos with his follow-up novel, Artemis, another scifi story, this time set in the near-future on Earth’s first and only colony on the Moon. For the audiobook edition from Audible Studios, actress Rosario Dawson (Marvel’s Daredevil, Sin City, Clerks II) provides the narration.

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Book Spotlight: Star Trek: The Book of Lists by Chip Carter
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Star Trek: The Book of Lists
Hardcover | Kindle
By Chip Carter
Publisher: Harper Design | HarperCollins
Release date: November 7, 2017

Author Chip Carter stuffs Star Trek: The Book of Lists with 100 lists that highlight memorable moments throughout the beloved scifi franchise’s 51-year history, along with plenty of little-known facts, too.

This new 224-page full-color book from Harper Design, which is an adorable and easy-to-handle 7×9 hardcover, is broken down into 8 chapters, grouping together aspects like Starfleet personal, ships and technology, the future, and more. The backmatter contains a table of contents of each individual list, which includes the must-haves like “Kirk’s Most Memorable Kisses,” “Red[Shirt] Alert,” and “Useful Klingon Phrases.”

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Book Spotlight: Legacy: An Off-Color Novella For You To Color By Chuck Palahniuk
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Legacy: An Off-Color Novella For You To Color
Hardcover
Written by Chuck Palahniuk
Illustrated by Duncan Fegredo,‎ Steve Morris,‎ and Mike Norton
Dark Horse Books
Release Date: November 7, 2017

I couldn’t help but want to share this little bit of news with you folks! When Dark Horse Books dropped this into my inbox, it seemed like fate as I had just re-read Chuck Palahniuk‘s Invisible Monsters this past weekend. As fortuitous as it seems, Legacy: An Off-Color Novella For You To Color has apparently nothing to do with other Palahniuk novels. In fact, it’s more about telling a tale with audience participation!

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Book Spotlight: Joe Ledger: Unstoppable
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Joe Ledger: Unstoppable
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
Edited by Jonathan Maberry and Bryan Thomas Schmidt
St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween, boos and ghouls! What better way to celebrate this most haunted of holidays than with a bit of the supernatural…in book form, of course. I present to you the one and only Joe Ledger: Unstoppable. This anthology of supernatural suspense and horrific thrills is based around the detective, government clean up guy, and all around badass: Mr. Joe Ledger. Known for his paranormal and supernatural excursions, our hero is never afraid to make sure the buck stops here. As a matter of fact, he has plenty of ways to make sure the dead stay that way, or at least they will after a few tries.

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Book Spotlight: William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars
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William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh

William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Series Book 7
Hardcover | Kindle Edition | Audiobook
Written by Ian Doescher
Illustrations by Nicolas Delort
Inspired by George Lucas, William Shakespeare
Quirk Books
Release Date: October 3, 2017

Oh, Quirk Books, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. A seventh film necessitates a seventh adaptation in the vein of all things theatrical. I present to you, dearest reader, William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh! Follow the tale of Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron whilst they struggle against the darkest of dark, the First Order. The tale is old to many, but the cycle begins anew as we begin a new trilogy of storytelling that explores the loss of heroes and the search for knowledge. Comedy and tragedy both play their parts in this play adapted by Ian Doescher, tugging upon both our hearts and emotions alike.

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Book Spotlight: Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’ Illustrated Edition With Chris Riddell
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Neil Gaiman Neverwhere Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Neverwhere
Illustrated Edition – Hardcover
By Neil Gaiman
Illustrations by Chris Riddell
Publisher: William Morrow
Release date: September 26, 2017

You know how Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a fascinating read all on its own, but yet is elevated to another level when read with the accompanying illustrations by Sir John Tenniel? That’s the feeling you’ll get when you pick up the new edition of Neil Gaiman‘s novel Neverwhere, now rereleased in the United States with illustrations by Chris Riddell.

First released in 1996 as a novelization of Gaiman’s original script for the Neverwhere miniseries on BBC, the novel follows Richard Mayhew, an average man living a humdrum life in London led around by his controlling fiancee when his world is turned upside down after he rescues a mysterious young girl named Door. After his good deed renders him invisible and unable to go back to his normal life, Richard must find Door in London Below, a dark bizarre hidden underworld populated by angels, monsters, assassins, supernatural beings, and more.

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Book Spotlight: A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge #3) by Ken Follett
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A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge #3) by Ken Follett

A Column of Fire
Kingsbridge #3
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Ken Follett
Publisher: Viking Books
Release date: September 12, 2017

Sometimes authors will surprise you. I speak, in this case, of Ken Follett and his upcoming novel, A Column Of Fire. As a voracious reader, it is seldom that I am without reading material, but I have recently stagnated with new books and writers. I’ve tried a plethora of unknown authors and their works, but none have sated my current needs, my hunger to read. Therefore, it was almost stunning when I was offered the chance to shine a spotlight on this book, one that I have not, as of yet, read. But there is more to the Kingsbridge series and its creator than one might think. I hold a special place in my heart for Follett that I will try to put into words.

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Book Spotlight: Nights Of The Living Dead By Jonathan Maberry & George A. Romero
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Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology
Paperback | Digital Book | Audio CD
Edited by Jonathan Maberry & George A. Romero
St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: July 11th, 2017

In 1968, a horror movie from director George A. Romero came out called Night of the Living Dead. Nearly 50 years later, zombie horror is “alive” and well, with hit shows like The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a renaissance of zombie fiction in all forms of entertainment, from comics to novels like World War Z (Max Brooks) and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (Seth Grahame-Smith) to TV and film. Zombie even manage to cross over into other genres. The TV series iZombie takes the flesh eaters into the world of police forensics and the underground “brain trade.” Movies like Warm Bodies (2013) showed zombies can be romantic and of course Shaun of the Dead (2004) proved they can be the butt of jokes.

Though, there was a time when zombies were not the “it” thing in horror, but back in 1989, an undead anthology called Book of the Dead (edited by John Skipp & Craig Spector) made zombie literature cool again. Nights of the Living Dead is a collection of original zombie short stories all based in the world Romero built. What’s really interesting is reading the introductions by Romero himself and co-editor, author, and unabashed Romero fanboy, Jonathan Maberry.

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Book Spotlight: The Prey Of Gods By Nicky Drayden
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The Prey of Gods
Paperback | Kindle
By Nicky Drayden
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: June 13, 2017

Bringing a passion unlike many in the field of science fiction, Nicky Drayden makes her debut with an explosive start in The Prey of Gods. There is a sense of world building more common to high fantasy than sci-fi in her expert weaving of this tale. And I have to say that I only barely read any of it. As a matter of fact, I read a mere three chapters and decided that I have to own this book.

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Book Spotlight: He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium HC
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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium HC
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Val Staples, Josh de Lioncourt, James Eatock, Danielle Gelehrter
Dark Horse Books
Release Date: May 10, 2017

Whatever you think you know about He-man, She-Ra, and the rest is nothing in comparison to the knowledge this book holds. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium is not just another hardcover nostalgic release. No, friends, it is a comprehensive encyclopedia of literally everything from Eternia and even quite a bit more!

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