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Book Review: Brightly Burning By Alexa Donne
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Brightly Burning
Hardcover | Kindle
By Alexa Donne
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Release date: May 1, 2018

In Brightly Burning, debut author Alexa Donne takes the classic Jane Eyre tale and sets it in space aboard a starship in a dystopian future during an Earth ice age.

Orphaned at 7, then discarded by her uncaring aunt, Stella Ainsley lives on the starship Stalwart, where she works in engineering as well as helps educate the children. The Stalwart community is an impoverished one, subjected to water and food rationing and frequent power outages. Since Stella has no real passion for engineering, she decides to apply for governess jobs on other starships in the hopes of making a better life for herself. After several letdowns, the nearly 18-year-old Stella is hired to be both a governess and auxiliary engineer on the Rochester, one of the richer, private ships in the fleet. While she enjoys the comforts provided in her new home, there’s something strange about the Rochester and its 19-year-old captain Hugo Fairfax, a man who exhibits inconsistent behavior and is hard for the young girl to figure out. She hears laughter in the corridor at night and has witnessed several events that appear to be sabotage, yet no one else on board will corroborate her findings. To make matters worse, Hugo holds a secret that could alter Stella’s once-hopeful future, as well as threaten the survival of the entire fleet.

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Comic Spotlight: Jane
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Jane
Written by Aline Brosh McKenna
Art by Ramon K. Perez
Archaia Entertainment
Boom! Studios
Release Date: September 13, 2017
Cover Price: $24.99

I’m a bit late to this party, friends. But I can tell you that it was worth waiting for, without any reservations. Jane is inspired by the classic Jane Eyre but this graphic novel is a work of art unto itself. I have no idea why I waited so long to pick it up but I would literally kick myself if I could, no pun intended.

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Digital Rental Deal: ‘Jane Eyre’ For $.99
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As part of their Cyber Monday Deals Week, Amazon is offering up the digital rental of the recent movie Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, for only $.99.

This deal is valid only for today, Thursday, December 1, 2011, until 11:59 PST. Once you activate the rental through Amazon’s Instant Demand service, you’ll have access to the movie for 24 hours. If you’re interested in purchasing the digital version, the cost is $14.99.

Also, if you’d like to own a physical copy of Jane Eyre, the Blu-ray is $19.99 and the DVD is $14.99. Both versions are part of Amazon’s “Buy This DVD and Watch it Instantly” program “” you get the film as a FREE digital rental you can watch immediately when you purchase the physical copy.

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Digital Rental Deal: Source Code, Your Highness, Jane Eyre, Rango
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Source Code, Your Highness, Jane Eyre,, and Rango are part of Amazon’s Instant Video movie rental deals for this weekend. Rent these titles for only $1.99 each and you’ll have access to the movie for 24-48 hours once the rental is activated. You can visit the main sale page — $1.99 Weekend Special: Top Movie Rentals for $1.99 — to access the aforementioned rentals, along with a few other titles like Something Borrowed, Mars Needs Moms, and The Company Men.

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Contest: ‘Jane Slayre’
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Last month saw the release of Jane Slayre, a literary mash-up pitting Charlotte Bronte’s classic heroine Jane Eyre against vampyres, zombies, and other supernatural creatures. Check out our review of the book, which we gave a 4.5 out of 5 rating. A bunch of us here have read it, and loved it, so we’re sure you will too, which is why we’re excited to announced that we here at Geeks of Doom have five (5) copies of Sherri Browning Erwin’s Jane Slayre to give away to some lucky readers!

Five (5) winners will each receive:

  • One (1) paperback copy of Jane Slayre

TO ENTER: There’s just two simple steps:

(1) Make sure you’re subscribed to the Geeks of Doom email digest. If you’re not then click here and sign up. (If you’re already a subscriber, then go right to the next step.)

(2) Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

Good luck!

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