science fiction

Dragons & Deception

Today, I’ve got so many exciting things to share in partnership with Xpresso Book Tours!

  • First, “Songs of Insurrection” by J.C. Kang sounds excellent!  (There’s an excerpt for you reading pleasure under the cut!)
  • Second, it’s only 99 cents until March 10th (along with a couple of other of Kang’s dragon books)!
  • Finally– there’s an Amazon gift card giveaway to go along with this announcement!  (a Rafflecopter giveaway)

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The Game Begins

All weekend, I’m partnering up with Xpresso Book Tours to bring you sneak peek excerpts, cover reveals, and giveaways!  It’s no secret I love to read anything I can get my hands on, so I’m always jumping on the opportunity to talk about books!

Today, I’m talking about Victoria Danann’s “The Game Begins.”  The synopsis of this book really pulled me in.  It’s sounding like a darker, more adult Percy Jackson.

If you want to read this book, you can enter to win one of 10 signed copies!   Enter here!

And if you want to get started reading it now, there’s an excerpt under the cut:

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TV Lately: Stranger Things

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You’ve probably heard of this Netflix original.  I kept seeing tweets & Facebook statuses mentioning Stranger Things, but I hadn’t heard too much hype.  Still, the title alone suggested it was something I wanted to see.  One episode in, I was hooked!

Stranger Things is set in 1983 in rural Indiana and has a delightful X-Files feel!  It’s retro for a reason– not only does it lend itself to a killer soundtrack, but it puts us in a world without cell phones and a world ripe with paranoia about Russia.  Science fiction meets detective work in an 8-episode odyssey told mostly through the eyes of children.

It starts with four young boys playing Dungeons and Dragons.  These kids are full-out nerds, and completely lovable for it.  I found myself completely endeared to every AV Club and Star Wars reference they made.  After a rousing campaign in D&D, one of these boys mysteriously vanishes.  The remaining boys– Mike, Lucas, and Dustin– meet up with a mysterious girl, Eleven, and try to locate Will.  Will’s mother (Winona Ryder) and brother Jonathan and a particularly sharp sheriff investigate as well.  Mike’s sister Nancy joins in once her friend goes missing too.  Conspiracy unravels and you’ll be binging episode after episode until the end.

I watched the series in two spurts of four episodes, starting late last Friday night and finishing up on Saturday morning.  I can’t recommend it enough for X-Files fans, and sci-fi fans in general.  The finale wraps up well, but is just open enough for a season 2!

Have you seen Stranger Things?  Tell me all your thoughts!

Clone Club Season 4 Wrap-Up

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I only saw this poster like 2 weeks ago, and I really love it.

 

As expected, Orphan Black’s finale left us with more questions than answers.  So, what have we learned?

  • Evie Cho was replaceable.
  • Neulution’s founder, Percival Westmoreland, is still alive and kickin’, albeit very old.  He apparently has some sort of “Others” in Lost-esque camp on the Isle of Doctor Moreau and that’s where Delphine is.
  • Rachel is a cut-throat bitch after all.  I so wanted her to join the Clone Club, but even Susan Duncan is all set with her.  How about Susan stitching herself up?
  • Cosima finds the cure, and finds her way into the arms of Delphine once again!
  • Krystal is not buying the clone thing, due to the fact that she believes Sarah looks nothing like her.

I was pretty sad that Alison wasn’t in the episode at all, save for the “extended scene” playing during BBC America’s airing.  I’m dying to know what the deal with Rachel’s eye was– obviously, it’s a message from Westmoreland, but what does he want?  That really is the question, isn’t it?  I’m guessing we’ll learn a lot more about him in season 5, which is sadly the final season.

Thoughts?!

Clone Club Catch-Up: Helena’s Hunt

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Ugh, we’re quickly approaching the end, aren’t we?  Well, before tonight’s finale, let’s go clone by clone:

Sarah has teamed up with Art to investigate BrightBorn.  Two women manage to escape BrightBorn and Sarah and Art want to intercept them to bring the organization down.

Rachel is actually kind of the hero of the episode.  Though she maybe doesn’t exactly play nice with Sarah, she is able to take the incriminating video of Evie Cho and effectively shut down BrightBorn’s gene therapy plan.

Helena has hilariously built herself a hut in the woods and is hunting.  She speaks with Sarah and realizes her sisters need her.  She drops in on Fe and completely freaks out Adele who isn’t buying that Sarah, Alison, and Helena and triplets… from different regions.

Alison might have her husband out on bail, but things aren’t exactly easier for her.  That creepy BrightBorn cheek-implanter man comes calling for her, but Helena is there with her signature assassin music to take him down!  Sistras reunited!

Cosima is on the isle of Doctor Moreau researching with Susan Duncan, reading up on neolution, and hanging out with Charlotte.  Speaking of reunited, HEY WAS THE DELPHINE?

Looks like we’re getting more Krystal tonight, and hopefully some more answers!  But this is Orphan Black… something tells me we’ll only get more questions.  Thoughts?!

Clone Club Catch-Up: Jesus Christ Superstar

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If you’ve been reading my Orphan Black posts for a while, you know Alison is my girl.  While last season she was a TOTAL boss, this season has been so rough for her.  I honestly forget/don’t know how her world keeps on turning.  It does, and we find her in a church rendition of Jesus Christ Superstar with Sarah Stubbs last week.  With Donnie, her support system, in prison and threatened by a rough Neulutionist, she has an even harder job of keeping it together.  It’s nice to see Fe there, laughing in relief along with her once we know Donnie is safe.  It’s nice to know the allegiances between the sisters are as strong as ever.

See, Duko was threatening her to give up Sarah‘s location. Now, I believe in Alison… but I was nervous.  Thankfully the Clone Club was one step ahead.  Sarah, S, and Art trap Duko in the comic book shop and S puts an end to him, for her Ma.

MK is back in the mix.  She is thankful to Sarah for letting her back in.  She is also sick.

A new alliance is formed as well.  With Cosima off to collaborate with Susan Duncan on a new idea– Castor DNA fertilizing Leda egg in order to recreate the genetics of Kendall Malone– and Rachel on her feet again, these former enemies are uniting against Evie Cho.  I can’t WAIT to see Sarah and Rachel work together!  Guys, Rachel is finally joining the Clone Club!

Yo, but what’s up with Rachel’s swan visions?  It’s a very obvious tie to the Leda myth, but what does it mean for the Clone Club?  Thoughts?!