Saga Vol 3 Review (SFF Graphic Novel)

Title: Saga Vol 3 | Author: Brian K. Vaughan | Illustrator: Fiona Staples | Publisher: Image Comics | Pub. Date: 2015-3-24 | Pages: 144 | ISBN13: 9781607069317 | Genre: Science Fiction Fantasy, Graphic Novel | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5  Purchase on Amazon |


Saga Vol 3

From the Hugo Award-winning duo of Brian K. Vaughan (The Private Eye, Y: The Last Man) and Fiona Staples (North 40, Red Sonja), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple’s multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.

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There is Darkness in Every Room Review (Sci-Fi Horror)

Title: There is Darkness in Every Room | Author: Brian Fatah Steele | Publisher: Sinister Grin Press | Pub. Date: 2017-3-25 | Pages: 248 | ASIN: B06WWJNWML | Genre: Science Fiction Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher for review consideration. | Purchase on Amazon 


There is Darkness in Every Room

Even as a young woman, Tanner is haunted by childhood nightmares of alien abduction. She’s trying to find her place in college, but a series of bizarre murders on campus isn’t helping her paranoia. Tanner just desperately wants to be normal, but finds herself in the center of a celestial game, the players beyond comprehension. The terrifying truth spans across humanity, and there is no hope, there is no tomorrow. There is darkness in every room. – GoodreadsThere is Darkness in Every Room

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3 for 3-to-5: Sci-Fi & Scary Books for Young Readers #4

3 for the 3-to-5 is where I give brief reviews of three books that I found in the 3-to-5 age range on Amazon. These books are theoretically in the science fiction and horror genres for little kids. (Although obviously for little readers ‘horror’ basically just means including ghosts and ghoulies.)



Space Cowboy  & The Journey to Paradisia: Christian, a nine-year old boy, is hurled into Outer Space while sleeping in the Eagle Transporter. In order to return home he must travel to the Planet Paradisia. He also must visit 5 other planets during his space journey, and he meets many foes and friends along the way. On Paradisia he meets up with the Lord of Space, known as Alpha Omega.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Review: Well, this was an interesting one for me just from the get-go because it was apparently meant to be used as a teaching aide in bible camp and whatnot. Each story is supposed to illustrate and/or encourage the kids in some way. I’m not qualified to comment on whether it succeeds as a religious teaching aide.

I liked the idea of the stories. Using space adventure and planets to teach young readers certain lessons is appealingly sneaky. Meeting kids on on their level, teaching them in a way that keeps them interested is a great thing. I would like to see this book handled by someone with a bit more experience writing.

However, I can’t recommend this particular book. The writing was a bit too rough. The formatting was poor when I read it (both on Kindle Cloud Reader and on my Kindle Paperwhite). I think this most of this was due to the pictures’ sizes, however, it definitely had a few spelling and punctuation errors in it as well.

Great idea, poor execution. I would encourage the author to keep trying.

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Book cover for Jib and the Space Junk

Jib and the Space Junk: Jib loves his job as an alien trash man. He zaps away all the space junk he finds to keep space nice and tidy. But, the cosmos is huge and sometimes he gets lonely. He is excited when he meets a fellow space traveler but communicating isn’t easy when you come from two different planets and have very different outlooks!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: Cute illustrations and clear text that’s mostly well-placed combine to create a neat little book. Jib and the Space Junk is about working together and learning to recycle. It’s a great little introduction to the concept of re-using and why we should do it instead of just throwing everything away. It  also introduces the idea that not everything can be recycled and those things can be properly disposed of. A great book for three- and four-year-olds.

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There’s No Such Thing: A little boy is lost in the woods. A girl rushes to his side, but will he believe her stories of things that go bump in the night or is, ‘there no such thing…?’ A scarily fun tale of a boy trying to find a new way.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Review: I loved the illustrations and the colors of this book, and the rhyming verse is always fun. However, it felt like it was missing a page early on or something. The beginning and end just didn’t really make a whole lot of sense. The middle was great, though, and I liked how the author transformed all the ‘scary’ monsters.


My favorite from this lot was Jib and the Space Junk. It was the most well-put together and had a special charm to it.

As a side note: I’m enjoying doing this 3 for 3-to-5 series a lot more than I thought I would. It’s nice to explore the options out there in the science fiction and horror categories for little readers.

Wytches Vol 1 Review (Horror Graphic Novel)

Title: Wytches | Series: Wytches #Vol 1 | Author: Scott Snyder | Illustrator: Jock | Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth | Letterer: Clem Robbins | Publisher: Image Comics | Pub. Date: 2015-6-24 | Pages: 192 | ISBN13: 9781632153807 | Genre: Horror, Graphic Novel | Language: English | Triggers: Miscarriage | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Library |


Wytches

Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient…and hungry. – Goodreads

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Revelation Space Review (Sci-Fi Space Opera)

Title: Revelation Space | Series: Revelation Space #1 | Author: Alastair Reynolds | Publisher: Ace | Pub. Date: 2009-5-29 | Pages: 585 | ASIN: B001QL5MAA | Genre: Science Fiction Space Opera | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased


Revelation Space

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him. Because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason — and if that reason is uncovered, the universe—and reality itself — could be irrecoverably altered…. -Goodreads

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Just Add Water Review (Creature Horror)

Title: Just Add Water | Author: Hunter Shea | Publisher: Kensington Books | Pub. Date: 2017-6-13 | ASIN: B01LXVR9H1 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley for review consideration | Purchase on Amazon


It’s fun! It’s easy! They only cost a measly dollar. Just clip out the ad in your comic book. Then ask Mom to mail it in. A few weeks later, receive a packet of instant Sea Serpent dust. Then:

Just add water . . . and watch them grow!

WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

Just ask David and Patrick. Their “instant pets” are instant duds. They don’t hatch, they don’t grow, they don’t do anything. So they dump them into the sewer where Dad pours toxic chemicals . . .

WAIT UNTIL FEEDING TIME.

It’s been years since David and Patrick thought about those Sea Serpents. But now, small animals are disappearing in the neighborhood. Strange slimy creatures are rising from the sewers. And once the screaming starts, David and Patrick realize that their childhood pets really did come to life. With a vengeance. They’re enormous . . . and have a ravenous hunger for human flesh . . .

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Killing Gravity Review (Sci-Fi)

Title: Killing Gravity | Series: Voidwitch Saga #1 | Author: Corey J White |Publisher: Tor.com | Pub. Date: 2017-5-9 | Pages: 176 | ASIN: B01MYM808E | Genre: Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased | Purchase on Amazon


Killing Gravity

Mariam Xi can kill you with her mind. She escaped the MEPHISTO lab where she was raised as a psychic supersoldier, which left her with terrifying capabilities, a fierce sense of independence, a deficit of trust and an experimental pet named Seven. She’s spent her life on the run, but the boogeymen from her past are catching up with her. An encounter with a bounty hunter has left her hanging helpless in a dying spaceship, dependent on the mercy of strangers.

Penned in on all sides, Mariam chases rumors to find the one who sold her out. To discover the truth and defeat her pursuers, she’ll have to stare into the abyss and find the secrets of her past, her future, and her terrifying potential. – GoodreadsKilling Gravity

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3 for 3-to-5: Sci-Fi & Scary Books for Young Readers #3

3 for the 3-to-5 is where I give brief reviews of three books that I found in the 3-to-5 age range on Amazon. These books are theoretically in the science fiction and horror genres for little kids. (Although obviously for little readers ‘horror’ basically just means including ghosts and ghoulies.)


3 for 3-to-5 #3

A Very Scary Pumpkin.jpgA Very Scary Pumpkin: With all their toys and treats packed away, Chomper and Coco learned it was moving day. After they arrive at their new home they discover they’re not alone. The house is haunted by a very scary ghost named Pumpkin. Will Pumpkin scare the Nuggies away? Or will they find a way to become friends and stay? Find out in Nuggies Volume 3, “A Very Scary Pumpkin”.

Rating: 4 out of 5 

Review:  A Very Scary Pumpkin was actually a lot better than I anticipated, considering it was under the “For 3 Year Olds” category. It very well could be the first taste of a ‘ghost’ story for little readers. It does a good job of introducing them to a potentially frightening situation without actually making it scary. Pumpkin at the end is quite adorable.

I haven’t read any of the other “Nuggies” books, but the illustrations are simple and friendly. The text feels like it wants to have a rhythm, but never quite accomplishes it. But all together it’s a pleasing read for the 3 year old age range.

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The Suburban Monsters.jpgThe Suburban Monsters: When young Harper and her family move into their new home in Doomsville she encounters monsters in her basement. After explaining that there are monsters living in their home with them, and her parents do not believe her, Harper takes it upon herself to discover the true origins of these monsters.

So begins The Suburban Monsters.

Rating: 3 out of 5 

Review: This is a short graphic novel that is definitely suitable for the 4+ age range. Older kids would not be interested in it as the story is basically nonexistent.  It is a good book to introduce the basic ‘classic monsters’ to, as she will see Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula, and the Mummy, albeit not named as such. A bit of fluff, but enough to potentially spark a young reader’s interest.

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Fridge Freezer Time Machine.jpgThe Fridge Freezer Time Machine: Luke loves inventing all kinds of awesome machines…. only, not all of his inventions work like they’re supposed to! Join Luke, an intrepid young inventor, for a time travel adventure like no other.

Rating: 4 out of 5 

Review: A cute book about time travel. The Fridge Freezer Time Machine has a genius little inventor with very understanding parents, apparently. The journey he takes sees kids through the age of dinosaurs, the medieval age, and then to more current events. It’s simple, enjoyable, well illustrated, and ends with a nose-wrinkling mention of brussel sprouts which most little kids are going to giggle at.


My favorite out of this week’s list was probably A Very Scary Pumpkin. The others were good, but A Very Scary Pumpkin had a special charm to it.

Kill Switch (Joe Ledger #8) Review

Title: Kill Switch | Series: Joe Ledger #8 | Author: Jonathan Maberry | Publisher: Macmillan Audio | Pub. Date: 2016-4-26 | Length: 18 hours | ISBN13: 9781427279347 | Genre: Science Fiction, Horror, Thriller | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased audio book | Purchase on Amazon

Kill Switch

What do you do when the power goes off?

A terrorist group has acquired one hundred E-bombs. Each bomb’s electromagnetic pulse is powerful enough to blow out all power and all technology from a major city. The terrorists plan to hit one hundred American cities in a campaign of destruction. Word has gotten out about the coming blackout and gangs, criminals and terrorist strike teams are poised to attack when the lights go out.

Joe Ledger knows how to stop them. He has the names, locations, abort codes. But a targeted EMP weapon kills the electronics aboard his plane. Joe crashes in the deepest and most remote part of the vast rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Joe and his combat dog, Ghost, survive the crash -but they are lost in the wilderness with no weapons and no way to get the information to the authorities.

Time is running out. And Joe is being hunted by a terrifying new kind of assassin. A team of remote viewers have the ability to take over any person and turn ordinary citizens into killers.

Joe and Ghost may have to kill the innocent in order to save the entire country from falling during a night of darkness and mass murder.Book cover for Kill Switch

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Draculas Review (Gory Horror)

Title: Draculas | Authors: Blake Crouch, Jack Killborn, Jeff Strand, F. Paul Wilson | Pub. Date: 2010-10-19 | Pages: 983 | ASIN: B0042AMD2M | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: Dead people. Dead people everywhere. Clowns. | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited | Purchase on Amazon


Draculas

A DYING MAN’S GREATEST TREASURE…

Mortimer Moorecook, retired Wall Street raider, avid collector, is losing his fight against cancer. With weeks to live, a package arrives at the door of his hillside mansion—an artifact he paid millions for…a hominoid skull with elongated teeth, discovered in a farmer’s field in the Romanian countryside. With Shanna, his beautiful research assistant looking on, he sinks the skull’s razor sharp fangs into his neck, and immediately goes into convulsions.

OPENS THE DOOR TO AN ANCIENT EVIL…

A rural hospital. A slow night in the ER. Until Moorecook arrives strapped to a gurney, where he promptly codes and dies.

WHERE DEATH IS JUST THE BEGINNING.

Four well-known horror authors pool their penchants for scares and thrills, and tackle one of the greatest of all legends, with each writer creating a unique character and following them through a vampire outbreak in a secluded hospital.

The goal was simple: write the most intense novel they possibly could.

Which they did.

A Word of Warning:

Within these pages, you will find no black capes, no satin-lined coffins, no brooding heartthrobs who want to talk about your feelings. Forget sunlight and stakes. Throw out your garlic and your crosses. This is the Anti-TWILIGHT. – Goodreads

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