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Book Review: Star Trek: The Higher Frontier (TOS) by Christopher L. Bennett
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Star Trek: The Higher Frontier
Star Trek: The Original Series
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Christopher L. Bennett
Publisher: Star Trek/Pocket Books
Release date: March 10, 2020

After the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, James T. Kirk retained command of the U.S.S. Enterprise and he and his trusty crew were assigned a second 5-year mission to explore new worlds. In Star Trek: The Higher Frontier, a new story in The Original Series timeline, Christopher L. Bennett weaves of tale of hatred, destruction, and betrayal, as a group of peaceful telepaths are hunted to near extinction by phantom killers and it’s up to the Enterprise crew to figure out who’s behind these attacks and how to stop them.

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Movie Review: Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint
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Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint
Documentary by Halina Dryschka
Year: 2019; Origin: Germany
Runtime: 93 mins; Color
Language: English, German, and Swedish
Subtitles: English
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Release date: April 17, 2020

Vasily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian are credited with pioneering the European abstract art movement and their highly influential early 20th century works have long been integrated into our pop culture. But in recent years, it’s come to light that another artist — a woman, in fact — actually began creating abstract paintings before Kandinsky. That person was Hilma af Klint, the subject of a new documentary from Zeitgeist Films.

Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint, which opens virtually this weekend, explores the life and works of this truly pioneering Swedish artist, who took her first foray into abstract painting in 1906, several years before Kandinsky. She even died the same year as Kandinsky and Mondrian (1944). So why has this visionary never been credited until recently?

Through interviews with current artists, art and science historians and curators, and af Klint’s surviving relatives, along with up-close looks at and readings from journals entries, sketches, and paintings, director Halina Dryschka seeks to introduce the world to this little-known artist who broke gender boundaries of the time, created a new art style, and died in obscurity.

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Book Review: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel
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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Grady Hendrix
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: April 7, 2020

In the 2016 horror novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Grady Hendrix tapped into the “satanic panic” fears of the 1980s with a story set in Charleston, SC, where a high school student must save her possessed best friend’s soul. In the author’s latest novel, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Hendrix returns to the same Charleston neighborhood, but this time to a group of genteel housewives in the 1990s whose only source of entertainment is their monthly book club. That is until James Harris, a charismatic stranger, moves to town with big prospects for the upstanding families that seem too good to be true. And possibly it is, because there’s something strange about this new neighbor who has a condition that makes it difficult for him to be out in daylight, but only one person seems to suspect that something’s amiss.

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eBook Deal: ‘My Best Friend’s Exorcism’ by Grady Hendrix For $1.99
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The enhanced Kindle ebook for Grady Hendrix‘s horror novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism is on sale right now for only $1.99.

This Kindle edition includes ’80s-themed audio, video, and other digital bonus materials, such as Satanic Panic educational pamphlets, a do-it-yourself exorcism cheat sheet, a Spotify playlist of ’80s tunes, animated cover artwork, and more.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism, originally published by Quirk Books in 2016 (you read our review from its release here), is set in 1988 in Charleston, SC, where a high school student struggles to save her best friend’s soul from demonic possession.

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Neil Peart, Legendary Drummer and Lyricist Of Rush, Has Died
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Neil Peart, the legendary drummer and brilliant lyricist of Canadian rock trio Rush, died in Santa Monica, California on January 7, 2020 of glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 67. After going strong for over 40 years and releasing 19 studio albums, Rush retired at the end 2015. Peart, meanwhile, reportedly had been quietly battling his illness over the last three and a half years.

Here’s the official statement, which was posted to Rush’s official social media accounts, from bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). We ask that friends, fans and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil’s name.
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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2019: Books, eBooks, and AudioBooks
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Holiday Book Gift Guide 2019

The end of the year — and the decade! — is coming and with it is the holiday gift-giving season. And as we always say, books make a wonderful present for all your gift recipients! This year sees many selections to choose from for fans of properties like Star Wars, Star Trek, Dungeons & Dragons, Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones, and Stranger Things, with some very intriguing themed cookbooks, storybooks for the youngsters, and memoirs, as well as titles by authors like Jonathan Maberry, Seth Grahame-Smith, Dave Hill, and Greg Cox, along with reissued illustrated classics.

Check out here below our Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2019 for Books, eBooks, and Audiobooks for our favorite holiday gift picks for the readers in your life.

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Blu-ray Review: Galaxy Quest 20th Anniversary Steelbook Edition
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Galaxy Quest
Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Steelbook Blu-ray
Best Buy Exclusive
Directed by Dean Parisot
Story by David Howard; Screenplay by David Howard & Robert Gordon
Cast: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Enrico Colantoni, Daryl Mitchell, Sam Rockwell, Justin Long
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release date: September 21, 2019

Back in 1999, Dean Parisot made a little movie called Galaxy Quest, a scifi-adventure comedy starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman, which at first glance seemed like a parody — and a poke at — scifi franchises like Star Trek. There’s the cast of a cancelled 1970s science fiction television series forced to eke out a living at science fiction fan conventions and grand opening store promotions 20 years after their heyday. Said cast resents the show’s main star, a scene-stealer who takes credit for their successes and often makes paid appearances without them. And there’s the rabid, geeky fans at the convention who seemingly can’t differentiate between an actor and the role he played.

But while Galaxy Quest is humorous in its parody of all those stereotypes, it turns out the film is actually a loving homage to science fiction and its loyal fans. And it’s perfect in every way.

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Blu-ray Review: Star Trek: Picard Movie & TV Collection
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Star Trek: Picard Movie & TV Collection
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Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell, Alice Krige, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard, F. Murray Abraham, Anthony Zerbe, Tom Hardy, Ron Perlman
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 15, 2019

CBS is readying to launch in January a new streaming series, Star Trek: Picard, featuring Patrick Stewart‘s famed Starfleet officer Jean-Luc Picard. The actor led the cast of TV’s Star Trek: The Next Generation as the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise for 7 seasons beginning in 1987 and then in 4 theatrical films, the final being in 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. To familiarize viewers with Jean-Luc Picard and the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe, CBS and Paramount have released Star Trek: Picard Movie & TV Collection, a new Blu-ray box set centering around the character.

The 6-disc Blu-ray set includes all four feature films starring TNG cast — Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis — as well as the scifi television show’s 2-part episode “The Best of Both Worlds.” If you don’t already own one of the previously released movie Blu-ray box sets, then this new Picard-centric package is the way to go as far as what you get for the price — and you get a lot.

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Book Review: For Your Consideration: Keanu Reeves
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For Your Consideration: Keanu Reeves
For Your Consideration (Book 2)
Paperback | Kindle Edition | Audio CD
Written by Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran
Interior Illustrations by Ben Mounsey-Wood
Cover illustration by Mercedes deBellard
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: October 15, 2019

He’s a wealthy A-list actor who’s a total babe, but yet is still seemingly approachable; he’s kind and generous, even giving up part of his salary for a film crew; he’s like a regular person riding the NYC subway system, except he actually offers up his seat to others. You know him, he’s the Internet’s boyfriend, Keanu Reeves! And now he’s the subject of For Your Consideration: Keanu Reeves, a new book composed of critical essays and tidbits about this Hollywood superstar and all-around nice guy.

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‘Alien’ Returning To Theaters For 40th Anniversary
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the theatrical release of Alien, the 1979 scifi/horror masterpiece from director Ridley Scott, starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright, John Hurt, Ian Holm, and Yaphet Kotto. Now, Fathom Events, TCM, and Twentieth Century Fox are bringing the film back to theaters nationwide for 3 days only this month.

Theaters nationwide will be showing the film on October 13, 15, and 16, as part of TCM’s Big Screen Classics Series. The screenings will include special commentary before and after the film from TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz, as well as an introduction with newly unearthed and rarely seen alternate takes.

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