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Book Review: Forbidden Knowledge: 101 Things No One Should Know How To Do
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Forbidden Knowledge
101 Things No One Should Know How to Do
Hardcover | Kindle
By Owen Brooks
Publisher: Adams Media
Release date: October 8, 2019

Since the beginning of time, humans have had an insatiable thirst for forbidden knowledge, and even though history has shown we’ve gotten into a lot of trouble for it, still our quest to learn more continues. That’s probably why Adams Media has continued to release new installments in their Forbidden Knowledge line of books for over a decade now.

This time around, author Owen Brooks has compiled instructions for 101 Things No One Should Know How to Do, which is basically a simplified survival guide for unlikely and/or preposterous scenarios, several of which are also dangerous and sometimes criminal. Some is stuff you shouldn’t have to know, but just in case, it tells you what to do.

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Book Review: Star Trek: The Original Series: The Antares Maelstrom By Greg Cox
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Star Trek: The Antares Maelstrom
Star Trek: The Original Series
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Greg Cox
Publisher: Pocket Books | Gallery Books | Simon & Schuster
Release date: August 13, 2019

He tasks me. He tasks me, and I shall have him. I’ll chase him “˜round the Moons of Nibia and “˜round the Antares Maelstrom and “˜round Perdition’s flames before I give him up! – Khan Noonien Singh, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

When Khan said he’d chase Captain James T. Kirk “”˜round the Antares Maelstrom” in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, audiences knew nothing about this galactic whirlpool. Presumably, it was a dangerous area to circumnavigate if the genetically enhanced supervillain name-checked it like that, but that’s all anyone has had to go by for the last 37 years. Now, we’re finally getting a look at the famed location in The Antares Maelstrom, a new Star Trek: The Original Series novel from Greg Cox.

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‘Star Trek: Picard’ Series To Get Book and Comic Book Prequels
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Star Trek: Picard, the upcoming streaming series featuring Star Trek: The Next Generation character Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) won’t hit CBS All-Access until 2020, but two prequel projects for the show will be released first!

First up will be a deluxe 3-issue comic book miniseries from IDW Publishing, to be followed up by a novel from Simon & Schuster Gallery Books, both of which will center around events that take place before the beginning of the Star Trek: Picard streaming series.

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Book Review: End Of Watch By Stephen King
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End Of Watch
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Stephen King
Scribner | Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 7th, 2016

Warning! Spoilers ahead for the Bill Hodges Trilogy – Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch.

In 2009, a suicide obsessed killer drove a Mercedes-Benz through a crowd of unemployed, waiting for a job fair to open up, murdering and maiming as many as he could. Retired cop Bill Hodges obsessed about catching “Mr. Mercedes,” cannot stop the chase. With the help of a young boy and a a woman with “graying hair and the face of a neurotic teenager,” the trio managed to put the killer, Brady Hartsfield, down and in a coma. Mr. Mercedes was riveting excitement on every page. Finders Keepers, puts Hartsfield’s story on hold as Hodges, Jerome, and Holly reunite to save a boy from an author-obsessed lunatic killer. Although it strayed from the first novel, the connecting tendrils satisfied that basic reader need. Now, in End of Watch, Brady Hartsfield is awake and plotting, and it’s up to Hodges and the gang to stop him.

A few spoilers from End of Watch by Stephen King below.

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Book Review: Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin) By Jennifer Estep
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Bitter Bite
Elemental Assassin Series
Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD
Written by Jennifer Estep
Pocket Books
Release Date: February 23, 2016

Gin Blanco has many talents. She can run a BBQ joint by day, and run the underworld by night. Does this Ice and Stone Elemental magician ever sleep? Probably not. When we meet Gin in Bitter Bite, the 14th installment of Jennifer Estep‘s Elemental Assassin series, she is digging up a grave, and set upon by dwarves.

Cue immediate interest.

Spoilers below.

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