Book Review: ‘Artificial Condition’ by Martha Wells

May 11, 2018 at 3:00 am | Posted in Books, Reviews, Sci-Fi, scifi/fantasy, TOR | Leave a comment
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Martha Wells is one of my favorite writers, in large part because she knocks out such great stories. Her latest is Artificial Condition, the second novella in her Muderbot Diaries series. It follows an artificial construct (a robot with cloned human tissue) who gains its freedom and embarks on a journey to find out why it murdered all its employers in a massive mining massacre years ago. Along the way, it makes friends with a ship and deals with some murderous humans. Lucky murder is something the Murderbot is good at. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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Movie Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

April 28, 2018 at 8:16 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment

Avengers: Infinity War is an event 10 years in the making, thus this will be a completely spoiler free review as this is a thing far too important to ruin.

The good news – Infinity War did not disappoint. Somehow they managed to juggle, shuffle and bounce back and forth between a huge cast of characters and several storylines without missing a step. It didn’t feel messy. It didn’t feel confusing. It didn’t feel choppy. They managed to keep each section of the story engaging, fun and entertaining. All of the characters had a moment to shine. The action and fight scenes were all well done. The CGI looked good. It hit high marks in all categories. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’…

Comic Review: ‘I Hate Fairyland #18’

April 11, 2018 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Image, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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I Hate Fairyland #18 rocks out yet another great issue, and remarkable so considering this one doesn’t even feature the main character of the series. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Movie Review: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

March 15, 2018 at 12:04 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment

A Wrinkle in Time is, quite simply, a bad movie. With horrendous dialog, a childish story, and cliched characters, there’s not much to recommend. It was unclear from the promotion of the movie whether this would be a film for all ages or a straight up kid’s film, but I can certainly clear the air on that one – this is a movie for kids. And by kids, I mean young kids. Pre-teens and younger. Anyone else, I’d recommend staying far away from this one.

First off, this movie is based off a book. Unfortunately I’ve never read the book, so I can’t make any comparisons between the two. For those who haven’t read the book, here’s the synopsis. The movie stars Storm Reid, who plays Meg. She’s a kid whose father is a NASA scientist, but who disappeared four years ago, and ever since then she’s grown isolated and is picked on and bullied at school. She’s developed a very low self-esteem which she struggles with throughout the movie. Storm does a great job in the role, but no amount of great acting can overcome the limitations of the script in this film. Rounding out the cast, which isn’t very large, is Charles Wallace, Calvin, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mr. Murry. Charles Wallace is Meg’s adopted brother, who she gets along with great. However, he is an extremely perky, outspoken child. An extreme. In other words, he can be very annoying. Calvin is one of Meg’s few friends, and he has a huge crush on her. He also has some really corny dialog. Think Anakin in Attack of the Clones. The three of them are recruited by three very weird, mystical women named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. They kind of teach the kids how to travel through time and reveal to them that there’s this evil thing called The It that is spreading throughout the universe causing people to act bad and it’s holding Mr. Murry, Meg’s dad, prisoner. They’re looking for warriors to fight the It and they’re going to help Meg and her friends to get Mr. Murry back. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’…

Comic Review: ‘I Hate Fairyland #17’

March 14, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, Image, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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I Hate Fairyland #17 unleashes a new terror upon Fairyland. In other words, someone other than Gert. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Book Review: ‘The Core’ by Peter V. Brett

February 27, 2018 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Fantasy, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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The Core brings a triumphant end to a spectacular series. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Movie Review: ‘Annihilation’

February 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Movies, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment

While Black Panther may be hogging up all the headlines, there are other movies out there, and Annihilation is one worth noting. With a dominant female cast, a bizzare alien otherworldliness, and an interesting story that is one part character exploration and one part journey into the unknown, it’s a film that entertains on multiple levels. It’s not a fast paced action film, but for those who enjoy a good visual feast of creative imagination, this one delivers.

At the heart of the film is Natalie Portman’s character Lena. She’s ex-army and currently a bioligist. She gets wrapped up in a government group that’s trying to study an alien entity that’s changing the environment and steadily growing. So far, they’ve learned nothing about it. Lena is recruited along with four other women to explore the area that’s being reshaped by the alien presence and to find its source to see if it can be stopped. Thus you get Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Tuva Novotny joining Natalie Portman on this sci-fi exploration adventure. As they get closer to the source, they see weirder and weirder things. Along the way, we learn more about Lena and her husband who went missing, who is played by Oscar Isaac. We also learn more about the alien presence. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Annihilation’…

New Release: ‘A Plague of Giants’ by Kevin Hearne

October 17, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Fantasy, Random House, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne is out today in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats.

From the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, a thrilling novel that kicks off a fantasy series with an entirely new mythology—complete with shape-shifting bards, fire-wielding giants, and children who can speak to astonishing beasts

MOTHER AND WARRIOR
Tallynd is a soldier who has already survived her toughest battle: losing her husband. But now she finds herself on the front lines of an invasion of giants, intent on wiping out the entire kingdom, including Tallynd’s two sons—all that she has left. The stakes have never been higher. If Tallynd fails, her boys may never become men.

SCHOLAR AND SPY
Dervan is an historian who longs for a simple, quiet life. But he’s drawn into intrigue when he’s hired to record the tales of a mysterious bard who may be a spy or even an assassin for a rival kingdom. As the bard shares his fantastical stories, Dervan makes a shocking discovery: He may have a connection to the tales, one that will bring his own secrets to light.

REBEL AND HERO
Abhi’s family have always been hunters, but Abhi wants to choose a different life for himself. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, Abhi soon learns that his destiny is far greater than he imagined: a powerful new magic thrust upon him may hold the key to defeating the giants once and for all—if it doesn’t destroy him first.

Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this novel is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these characters intertwine—and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.

Click here to check out the official product page for excerpts and purchase links.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Book Review: ‘The Harbors of the Sun’ by Martha Wells

September 12, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Nightshade Publishing, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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The Harbors of the Sun marks the final book in the Raksura series, and thankfully this one ends on a good note. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘Seven to Eternity #9’

September 6, 2017 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Image, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Seven to Eternity #9 is out today from Image Comics and wraps up the second arc of the series. There’s some great storytelling and artwork in this one. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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