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Game Spotlight: Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty
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Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty
Box Set
D&D Accessory
Wizards Of The Coast
Release Date: November 19, 2019

Okay, folks. I just wanted to drop you a quick note about this new box set that Wizards of the Coast has put together with help from Adult Swim. It appears to be a hilarious take on the worlds greatest role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. I present to you: Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty!

A perversion of all things D&D, this entry-level box set is Rick-diculously entertaining and twists things so much that even the most sullen player will be guffawing within minutes.

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Book Review: Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction
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Astounding
John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Alec Nevala-Lee
Dey Street Books
Paperback Release Date: July 30, 2019

You know, I went into this with a completely different mindset. When I saw this book in the lists for review, I truly thought it was an anthology of classic science fiction. Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction is actually a highly detailed exploration of the rise and evolution of modern science fiction as I knew it growing up. It has continued to evolve, but this book delves into the life of John W. Campbell and how he influenced not just what readers saw in print, but also, in many ways, what many authors were writing.

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Book Spotlight: We Are Here Forever by Michelle Gish
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We Are Here Forever
Paperback | Kindle
Written by Michelle Gish
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: July 30, 2019

The Puramus are cute as buttons and one of the few creatures left on the planet after the humans have disappeared. Now that they are the dominant species, jump through time and join them on an adventure as they navigate towards civilization. With names such as Box and Roomba, these adorable little guys (or girls or unisex) use the humans leftover stuff to adapt and evolve.

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Book Spotlight: Magic: The Gathering: Rise Of The Gatewatch: A Visual History
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Magic: The Gathering: Rise Of The Gatewatch: A Visual History
Hardcover | Kindle
Magic The Gathering Accessory
Abrams ComicArts and Wizards Of The Coast
Release Date: July 23, 2019

I try to be upfront with everything I write, folks. So when I say I have never in my entire life played Magic: The Gathering, I hope you know I am not kidding. When it was first coming out, I was well aware of it but only because at that time I was living above a comic shop and found myself constantly in there for one reason or another. This now defunct but eternally glorious shop was my refuge, just as it was for so many others. I saw the fervor with which newcomers took to the game but it sadly held no allure for me. I was and still am a diehard tabletop role-playing fan, but the entire concept of a trading card game just did not appeal to me. And until quite recently I had no idea there was more to it than the simple mechanics of gameplay. This is in no small way because of Magic: The Gathering: Rise of the Gatewatch.

The book itself is a fairly straight forward homage to the game with elaborate backstories and beautiful art for each of the eight planeswalkers, plus the added bonus of one of the most evil beings in the multiverse! The histories included show the planeswalkers in a variety of lights. Not every one of them is heroic, though most are to be sure. And while I may never play a single round of the game, I now see what appeals to those who do. It is just as gripping as what I would consider traditional gaming, though this has been around long enough that I must give it the due it deserves.

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Book Spotlight: The Kingdom Of The Dwarfs
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The Kingdom of the Dwarfs
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Robb Walsh
Art by David Wenzel
Published by IDW Publishing
Release Date: November 14, 2018

I stumbled upon this little gem completely by accident. But I would have been devastated if I failed to share it with you all. Therefore, I am quite ecstatic to present to you a quick little spotlight on The Kingdom of the Dwarfs. This is technically a reprint of a release from the early eighties but it has been enhanced, so to speak, with a lot of extras.

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Flame Tree Press Spotlight: “Fiction Without Frontiers”
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Flame Tree Press contest

Flame Tree Press is an exciting publisher, newly launched, and I have to say… some of these titles give me the shivers. With influences ranging from the macabre to the modern, the novels spouting forth from this press is sure to delight those who love to be thrilled.

Check out some of the horror and sci-fi titles below.

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Book Spotlight: Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: An Alphabettery
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Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: An Alphabettery
Paperback | Kindle
Compiled and written by Becket
Introduction by Anne Rice
Publisher: Anchor Books
Release Date: October 23, 2018

I have long been a fan of Anne Rice because of the way she blends the supernatural or preternatural with the sensual or suggestive. This sense of familiarity binds the characters together in such a way that we, as readers, are enabled to see the similarities in people and places rather than the differences. In Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: An Alphabettery we get a full frontal view of this concept without reservation. Read on to find out more!

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Book Spotlight: The Book Of Magic: A Collection Of Stories
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The Book Of Magic
A Collection of Stories
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Edited by Gardner Dozois
Publisher: Bantam Press
Release Date: October 16, 2018

I probably say this each and every time, but I really do love anthologies! Where else can you get a load of different authors in one place for one great price, you know? In The Book Of Magic, you get everything you expect and more! Assembling 17 great authors in one place is a difficult job but this book, with a lot of help from editor Gardner Dozois, does just that.

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Book Spotlight: Knights Club: The Bands Of Bravery: The Comic Book You Can Play (Comic Quests)
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Knights Club: The Bands of Bravery
The Comic Book You Can Play – Comic Quests Series
Paperback | Kindle
Written and Illustrated by Shuky, Waltch, and Novy
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: September 4, 2018

If love Choose Your Own Adventure books and comics, then this is right up your alley! Knights Club: The Bands of Bravery is originally a French creation that has been brought to the United States by Quirk Books. It is an interactive tale that focuses on letting you decide how your character progresses through the adventure provided. Your choices dictate the success or demise of these characters, much like a tabletop roleplaying game, but without all the dice or other humans involved.

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Book Spotlight: Dactyl Hill Squad By Daniel Jose Older
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Dactyl Hill Squad
Dactyl Hill Squad Series Book 1
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Daniel José Older
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books | Scholastic
Release Date: September 11, 2018

Magdalys Roca, an orphan girl at the Colored Orphans Asylum, dreams of finding her scattered family, especially her brother Montez, fighting on the front lines in the Civil War. The children were on their way to the theater, when they were stopped by Magistrate Riker, who scared them with threats of paperwork, or he would have to take the children in as fugitive slaves. He does allow them to continue on, but soon after, all hell breaks loose, as the Draft Riots begin. The orphanage is burned, some children are abducted, and all hope seems lost. In the midst of it all, Magdalys seems to have a close connection to the dinosaurs – did I mention dinosaurs are ridden like horses? It’s up to her and her Dactyl Hill Squad to save the children and then go find her family.

More below on Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older.

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