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Final Trailer for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

Trailers – I really hadn’t known about this comic series (Valérian and Laureline)  until I began seeing the trailers. It is hard to say from the trailers how good the film actually is, but it looks visually stunning based on the trailers. Both the comic series and the film are produced in France, though the film is in English, The synopsis (per IMDB) is:

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

This might be one to see when it opens July 21.

Review of “Defiant”

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Book Reviews – “Defiant” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Dave Bara (https://www.davebara.info). Mr. Bara has published four novels and this is the third in his “Lightship Chronicles” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the far future. The Union is on the brink of war with the Empire. The main character is Union Lightship Captain Peter Cochrane.

Cochrane is now married to Karina. She is an officer on his Lightship as well as a princess. Both come from Royal lineages. Cochrane and his crew are sent to the planet Sandosa on a diplomatic mission. Soon, though, they are called away to Skondar to rescue the Lightship Impulse II which is captained by Cochrane’s former fiancé.

While saving the Impulse II, Cochrane encounters arch enemy Prince Arin and battle ensues. Not only is Cochrane confronted with Prince Arin, but he discovers that their allies from Earth, the Historians, have been less than truthful.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 8.5 hours I spent reading this 336 page Science Fiction novel. I had read the first in the “Lightship series”, Impulse, a little over two years ago. I enjoyed that first book as well. I like the character of Cochrane, though he lets his temper get control sometimes. While reading the prior books in the series would be a plus, this can be read stand-alone. If you like Science Fiction with space battles, you will probably enjoy this series. The cover art is a good choice. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

“Star Trek: Discovery” Date Announced

Star Trek – I posted the trailer back in May for the new Star Trek: Discovery TV series. CBS has now announced that the series will premier on Sunday September 24.

While the series will be available only on CBS All Access (a premium service at $5.99 per month, $9.99 if you want advertising-free viewing), the premier episode will be aired on the CBS broadcast channel. At least we will all get a glimpse of what the series will be like.

The new Star Trek series is set 10 years before the familiar Enterprise of Kirk and Spock. A 15 episode first season has been ordered with the episodes to be shown in split fall-spring runs.

Review of “Future That Never Was”

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Book Reviews – “Future That Never Was” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Kin S. Law (https://voxvorago.wordpress.com). Mr. Law has published two novels.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the late 19th century, but in an entirely different time line. The primary character is Albion Clemens, currently the captain of a steampunk pirate sailing ship. This is one of many that sail through the skies instead of on the oceans of the world.

Clemens is trying to find his adoptive father Samuel Clemens. He gets involved with a beautiful British Scotland Yard agent on a secret mission from the Queen. Unknown forces are stealing prominent landmarks from across Europe. Samuel Clemens is somehow involved.

Albion Clemens, along with his crew, the Scotland Yard agent and an reporter trail across the skies of Europe trying to track down who is stealing the buildings. They find themselves in one tight spot after another as they close in.

I spent 9 hours with this Steam Punk Science Fiction Alternate History novel of 312 pages. I really liked the concept of the flying ships and the overall plot. The writing was difficult to read though and not just from the 19th century language. There were also gaps in the plot where as one chapter ended the crew were being pursued and the next chapter started with them having (somehow) escaped their pursuers. I liked the idea of the novel, but was not impressed with the execution. I was glad when I finally finished this novel. The cover art is appropriate for the story. I give this novel a 2.8 (rounded up to a 3) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Star Wars Fan Film “Wrath of the Sith”

Star Wars – This short film (11:27) is well done. It has pretty good special effects and reasonable acting. The video debuted in 2016 and was written and directed by Michael Tukes. More of his work can be found at https://www.tukesarts.com/. The synopsis:

The Galactic Empire is pursuing all Jedi and their followers, intent of purging them from the galaxy. Jedi Master Elis Echo and his apprentice Kira Nyon are ambushed by a Star Destroyer commanded by Darth Vader. The Jedi use escape pods to flee Vader, but he has sent a pair of his secret apprentices after them. 

I liked this short and will be adding it to my Fan Film library.

Review of “Fata Morgana”

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Book Reviews – “Fata Morgana” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Steven R. Boyett (http://www.steveboy.com) and Ken Mitchroney. Mr. Boyett has published six novels and this is the first for Mr. Mitchroney.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set during World War II. Captain Joe Farley and his B-17 crew are on a bombing mission over Germany. While trying to avoid pursuing German fighters, they fly through an odd storm and end up in another place and time. A desolated world with two groups of humans at war with each other.

Farley and his crew struggle to survive. They fall in with one group of humans, but must struggle on their own to regain their aircraft and try to find their way back home. Farley meets the beautiful Wennda, who is mysteriously the girl of his dreams that is depicted on his plane’s nose art.

Farley and his crew struggle to make it home, fighting the humans they encounter on the desolate world as well as autonomous weapons which attack anyone caught in the open. Will the crew survive? Will they be able to get back to their England? What will happen to the lovely Wennda?

I enjoyed the 8.5 hours I spent reading this 329 page Science Fiction novel. I did have a little trouble as to why the humans found on this desolate world spoke understandable English. An explanation was given but it was a weak one in my opinion. Ignoring that detail I thought that this was an interesting story. I wasn’t a fan of all the wisecrack responses that the crew gave to one another and their new allies. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Trailer for “Black Panther”

Trailers – Disney and Marvel have released the trailer for their latest movie in the Marvel Universe, “Black Panther”. It will be a while though before we can see it as it is not scheduled to open until February 16, 2018. What I find in the way of a synopsis is (from IMDB):

T’Challa, the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country.

We got a glimpse of the Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War”. The character comes from the fictional African nation of Wakanda which has progressed on a separate technological path from the rest of the world.