Books: Ekata: Fall of Darkness by. Dominique Law

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another book review and going to try and get this done before Irma hits! Yes, another hurricane after a year of being hit by Matthew. Hoping we still have power like Matthew and if not, I do have a power bank for charging my devices and I do have plenty of books to read on my IPhone and books and podcasts to listen to on my Victor Reader Stream so I am good in keeping myself entertained. Plus,I do have a new Galaxy Tablet to try out since I am expanding my tech learning to become an A. T. Specialist. So, what book did I read? Another sci-fi and fantasy which was interesting so let’s see what I thought!

Title: Ekata: Fall of Darkness
Author: Dominique Law

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions by the lead writer and producer of this blog! Please respect her opinions on this book and warning spoilers might be ahead!

Synopsis: This book is the first of three and in this one meet Asher, a person who has been plagued by visions of violence and death ever since his mother died as he lived in Ekata, a world that is filled with peace for many years. When he finds out that he is a part of a prophecy and must fetch a girl by the name of Alexis on Earth, he has to survive the coming threat of her father and any war he wants to start.

Alexis, a seventeen year-old birl, was transported to Earth as a baby in order to escape her violent father and thought she was living a normal life until Asher appears on her doorstep. She gets swept into Ekata in order to train and accept her gifts and not only that fall for Asher until darkness decides to take him away. Will she survive her father’s wrath and able to keep Asher alive? Time will tell!

Thoughts: This was a really good book! I felt like I was reading Avatar, the James Cameron one by the way, except the world is slightly modern on one side where there are hardly any vehicles and then you have modern day New Zealand in order to find Alexis on Earth. I liked how the characters interacted from beginning to end in not only in word but also in mind because of the psychic powers that get used in this book. With Alexis, I kind of feel like I’ve seen this as a movie before and I can’t get the title of it! I remembered Disney Channel did something similar where a girl gets sent from the future and has telepathic powers and wears some sort of crown and bad guys come after her. Here it deals with her violent father who lost his way and wants to rule the world with his daughter and enslaves people on top of it and of course we see training to be stronger.

Speaking of training, I do like the training sequences which is done on an island in Ekata and shows how the characters train with their minds besides fists and wweapons and even the struggles of getting stronger with the mind. I did like how Asher was mentioned that he was weak at being able to grab hold and transport items like rocks for example and when he had to train he fell over a cliff if he fails. I wished they shown Alexis’ training a bit more because since she didn’t know who she really was until Asher shown up and get to see how she trains in order to get from newbie empath to novice and advanced than just focusing on Asher despite him being more main character since she is main character status too. Maybe that will appear in the second book because at the very end it did give you the title right before acknowledgments and hoping I get to read that since I did read this one. Another thing I did notice about this book which was that the fight scenes were kind of rushed. I noticed in the beginning of the story it did tell all the key players we need to know and how to find Alexis, the journey to the portal to get her from Earth, and then to the island, the training, and then the rising conflict shows up but the conflicts, especially with Alexis’ father felt a little rushed and he ran off so soon. I wished it was a little drawn out unless the fighting will take a bigger role in the second and final book that Law is working on since I know the ending was opened to the next but it was a bit rushed in the ending. Another thing is, even though the two main characters and heroes fell in love but I do like Blake and Alexis better together. I know he is supposed to be a little gay but you do see him falling for her and wishing they did stay together. Who knows what will happen to them next. I would say take a read if you want.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Star Pawprints! I know it is a bit weird for a little bit taken off for the rating. I think the fighting scenes in the end needed a little work but who knows what will happen in the second book. I love the characters and how they interacted not only face-to-face but also in the mind and how everyone can feel everything from each other. I hope the relationships get built up a little more by the next book and see more fighting scenes. Also, another thing I didn’t get to point out is that how did the main bad guy decided to enslave people!? I felt like that came out of left field! It did get explained a little bit in the middle of the book but should’ve been explained a little more. Hoping we get a bit more explanation if there is more of that to come. Still, this book was a good start and hoping to read the next one and if that happens, yes there will be another review!

That is it for this review! And yay! I did get it done in time before Irma hits! I am hoping we get through this one and hoping soon I will hear back from Holiday Matsuri knowing that December will be upon us! A head’s up, I may be starting my first class in the A. T. Specialist Program at Cal State online so who knows when I will finish the next book which is going to be a bit of a thriller and I do like reading these kinds of books. Until next time! Any Florida nerds, please stay safe and evacuate when necessary if you are in a location proned for a lot flooding and wind!

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Books: Fata Morgana by. Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitcroney

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for another book review and I think you guys may like a historical fiction with a sci-fi twist!

Title: Fata Morgana
Author: Steven R. Boyette and Ken itchroney

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions from the lead writer and producer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and feelings and there might be spoilers ahead.

Description: This book takes place at the height of the air war in Europe during World War II where Joe Farley and his baseball loving crew are on a mission in their air fortress the Fata Morgana when they go through a vortex that sends them to a different world from their own. After crash landing due to a beast-like fighter that has been a weapon used by one civilization that probably meant to bring them there and sees treachery and other things that takes place in this world. Besides the tech and learning more about it, he meets the girl of his imagination that was painted on his bomber that sparks a romance that he will never forget once he gets his airship back and his crew back home to where the war is waiting for them still!

Thoughts: This book took on a new meaning of not only sci-fi but also on Historical Fiction as a whole! I wasn’t expecting that a future world would exist and would call out to our characters until I kept on reading. I did like how the book did start off with telling the backgrounds of some of the characters that would be important as the story goes on, especially with the character Shorty who painted the woman that they meet in the future world and Martin who is the newest crew member who had survived from a bomber crashing before he joined Farley and his crew. You get to find out more about the crew but as the war was ending and knowing how their lives are going on after the war.

I do like how it goes from World War II to more of the future where the land is more desolate and that people are in domes where the climate is not normal and they have to rely on technology to grow food, having light and time, etc. I do love how both Farley and his men don’t know much of the stuff because they came from 1943 and whenever they talk about their time, Wenda and her men don’t know what are they talking about, especially baseball! They teach them how to play the sport because it got lost over time when things changed. That would be an interesting point to think about if what Farley had seen might be what his later generations or his men’s later generations might experience if this version does exist and how time would lead up to it. That kind of gives the reader a possibility of what we might end up in Wenda’s future. I would say read the book if you are into things like this since when I read the description I wanted to read it for myself since I do love WWII history and the historical fictions do a pretty good job and this one does make it a lot different which brings me up to…

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints out of 5! This book was a change from the sadness of WWII and brings it more of a different light. It gives you a new world within in a time where bombers fight and people distrust each other and takes you into a future where even more people can either unite with each other deceive into mistrust. I like how Farley and Wenda and the other characters interact with each other and how they don’t know the different parts of each world, especially with the tech but when the crew of Farley’s bomber knew what problems might be going on in Wenda’s home then they kind of relate it to what they have experienced in their time. For instance, there was a part where they were trying to figure out why aren’t there any crops growing and their crewmember who lived on a fram finds out there is a unique species of bug that does the same thing of eating and destroying crops like in the 1940s and gave tips on what to do in order to make the soy beans more flourishing and any new crops to grow. I did like the idea of bringing back baseball to the future because it shown the unity of people from two different times coming together into one world but it does lead to deception which I want you guys to read the book to see the point after the big baseball game because I don’t want to bring too much.

I do like the interactions between Wenda and Farley the most because not only they find out that her picture is on the Fata Morgana but Farley wasn’t expecting that he would meet her until they get to her world. It was sad that he had to leave her so he could live his own life and what made it more touching in the end is when he was in the restored Fata Morgana when he was 93 and he had Wenda just appear next to him and he could feel her while in the pilot seat. That does show that he didn’t imagine her and that he really loved her and knew what he and his crew went through wasn’t imagined.

This wouyld be a nice anime movie that Funimation should dub because I can imagine Caitlin Glass do her Evergreen voice but with a slight accent for Wenda and probably Kent Williams as Farley because his voice would fit him the most especially with how he can make his characters be caring and strong at the same time. I mean look at Akisame from Kenichi for example. I would probably see Josh Grelle as Shorty since he is supposed to be one of the younger guys in the seat.

Well, that is it for this review! I have many more books to read and more reviews to come! Until next time!

Books: Sherlock Mars by. Jackie Kingon

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another review and this time it is another sci-fi book!

Title: Sherlock Mars
Author: Jackie Kingon

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and observations by the lead writer! Please respect her thoughts and opinions of the writer! There might be spoilers!

Description: In this book, we see how Mars is turned into a terra formed planet and we meet Molly Marvels who owns a famous bistro known as Molly’s Bistro. Just when a new restaurant that seves virtual food opens up next door and they hold a joint event, the owner of Virtual Vitals, Rick Frances, ends up dead in her restaurant and she helps with the case in knowing who killed Rick and try to keep her business in tact, try to keep her allies close and even find out secrets about her staff along with helping plan one of her daughters’ wedding in one of the most expensive hotels in the universe! Also, dodge threats that are made against her while being on the case.

Thoughts: When I read the description of this book I was intrigued! I love science fiction mysteries since this one had more of a futuristic vibe with it and how the story started. You never expect someone to die in your restaurant until it happens and I do like how Molly did mention how she started as a detective when she moved to Mars and then started her own restaurant later but she still has that mystery air inside while trying to connect the dots as she lives her life as a bistro owner and a mother/wife.

While I read this book, I remembered how Planetary Radio has been talking about living on Mars as lately and I think this is how Mars would look like when people start living there and many other planets. I have seen Gravion where they had colonies in planets and even Pilot Candidate shown how people can live in space too and of course the Zenon movies did the same thing but with just a satellite. Plus, it does give us the actual space elevators, people living on Mercury, and many other parts of the universe. I think this is pretty much like the Jetsons meet Sherlock Holmes since it had the comedy, the characters to set up the story and the mystery, and all the gadgets in between!

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I didn’t want to get out of the Kindle app but so may people around me interrupted my reading. (Trust me, I always hate that!) This book’s story had very good characters, a good plot and a good motive and makes you wonder if this person Molly talks to really did it but they pretty much tell what had really happened. I am not giving away who did it but if you want to read it just go for it and if you have loved Sherlock Holmes and the Agatha Christi books then you would also like this one too! I highly recommend to check it out!

That is it for this review! I am going to take a break and catch up with one of my fave authors, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff since I got the latest ARC by her and now catching up before I read it since it is a sequel!

By the way guys! My second book has released! If you are into fairy tales, this is a modern twist on the Cinderella story we know and love but what if it was told from a guy’s point of view! Here is the link and please support my writing outside of this blog because my last book, The Blind Perspective hasn’t sold much but hoping Love Found In Cinders would not only do well but also help boost it! So support!

Books: Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another book review!

Title: Bannerless
Author: Carrie Vaughn

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinion of the lead writer. Please respect her thoughts and opinions on this book! Spoilers might be ahead.

Synopsis: This story takes place in a dystopian future where population control takes place after economic and environmental problems in the United States cause people to rely on birth control and have households in order to take care of children and earn symbolic banners to prove that they can take care of the children they bare.

We meet Enid Haven, an investigator, along with her buddy Thomas who get called out to a town where a person was killed and must figure out what had happened to him and what the townsfolk might have done leading up to the death. As she investigates the case, she ends up running into an old love who is a minstrel that she traveled while she was younger and had left after a storm taking place and she wonders if this old love had committed murder or he knows something that she didn’t?

Thoughts: This book was a major surprise for me while I was reading it. I wasn’t expecting it to be set in a dystopian future since it felt more like a Colonial-type period but as I read on I did notice that they still had technology and that was used through solar power, especially with cars. It did bring bartering and working for goods back into this and I can see how the economical problems of the past led to this and how the environment changes when typhoon-like weather can hit the areas, especially later on in the book where Enid and Dack, the minstrel she reunited with, went through a storm while traveling back to Haven which is the household she lived in when she was younger.

Besides knowing about the environment, I did like how there was backstory to Enid’s life in how she became an investigator which at first she didn’t know what to do and wanted to run off to travel before she settled with anyone and thought it would be with Dack but along the way she noticed that she had made thoughts and had feelings that being with a minstrel was not a good idea, heck even when Thomas was younger before she joined even warned her about Dack and that minstrels aren’t always the best. This did build up her character into the more demanding personality that we get to see in the more present story and it does go back and forth showing what she was like then and then present to balance out between her past and the current situation in how she couldn’t handle her jealousy with how people were falling for Dack to how she was handling with other people in the case and how they were acting a bit close-offish from her and Thomas wwhile they were gathering clues. I think this book is trying to say, “Be careful who to trust and how to trust them despite what they are telling you.” And I like that in a sense since there are times where mystery stories do take that idea and love to roll with it.

I hope Vaughn keeps on writing books like these or even do a sequel since this was a pretty good read. I liked the idea that they are in a world where they have to work for their keep and for a banner and sometimes people would like to bribe or cheat in order to get that banner to show off their status. Plus, it does paint a picture of what our world might end up if we keep on going the rate we are going as in hard economic times even though it is slightly improving but the environmental changes are weird and we are seeing it more. So, it is an interesting thing to think about when we might end up in this kind of world. I would say give it a read if interested.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Pawprints! This was a very light and easy read. I did like the setting, I like how the idea of this world it painted and of course I did like how the characters interacted with each other. As in, people mistrusted each other in the case, no one wants to talk about what goes on in the households, etc. It also gives us backstory to link to the character’s current situation which made it an interesting read. I would like to read more by Carrie Vaughn and see what else she has written in the past and anything else coming up!

That is it for this review! Check out Bannerless if you can!

Books: Our Only Chance by Ray Else

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another book review!

Title: Our Only Chance
Author: Ray Else

Disclaimer: This review is based on observations of the opinions of the lead writer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and opinions and there might be some spoilers ahead!

Synopsis: This book is about how A. I. can make themselves human which we get to meet Eina who is seen as a normal girl who loves to laugh, pray in temples, and other things but she is really an artificial intelligence created by MManaka Yagami, who is a genious scientist. With her human-like thoughts and experiences, Eina must create her own soul and human bodies without Manaka and the Yakuza even knowing.

Thoughts: All I have to say is that this book was very uplifting! I felt better after reading this book and despite my neck having a major crick earlier today, I still felt better reading it. I felt like I was reading the book version of A. I. but instead of having Haley Joel Osment, I was seeing our modern world doing it and seeing more of it being animated either by the person behind Digimon and Summer Wars or even Studio Ghibli. I did like the anime references in this book since it did take placein Kyoto and one part taking place in Tokyo, which this book was able to paint the picture of daily life in Japan. As in from being employed even in technology and robotics all the way to being a kindergarten assistant which Eina did in parts of the book. I did like how she got to explore Tokyo in cosplay with some of the workers and then her computer self went portable with another worker in Tokyo so it could explore what Android Eina was seeing except it was in a Pachinko Casino.

One character I can relate to is Manaka because we got to see how she was a university student at first and was always surrounded by technology and work which I know that feeling of being able to be surrounded by my phone, IPad, computer, and Braille device at home. What I did like was how she interacted with Eina the most like a mother would since she was known as “mother” due to how she created her in the start of the book. She was one of those motherly types who wanted to know what her daughter was up to since Eina had major plans and wanted to make them happen and even wondered about what love is and how it is from Manaka to Eina and back. I did feel bad about Manaka in how she lost not only her lover all thanks to her lover’s wife trying to kill her but things went downhill for him but also felt like she lost her daughter and her soul with it. I did notice that this book is supposed to be in the first of more to come since it did have “A. I. Chronicles” attached to it so it looks like there is a sequel being written and I did see some opened parts for one and if there is one I would like to see what happens next to Manaka and her relationship with Eina.

I did see one review talking about how this book should be a movie and I agree and I did say above it should be animated because I think it would be easier to do and they can do a lot in making Eina’s Android form more real looking. If it was dubbed I would see Luci Christian playing Eina since she can do little girls very welland can make her voice high. For Yuriko I can see Tara Platt or Colleen Clinkenbeard for that role. For Manaka, I would either see Christine Auten or even Mary Elizabeth McGlynn to play her since they can do the motherly roles very well. I even see R. Bruce Elliot as Manaka’s Professor Mentor and seen as the uncle towards Eina since he is supposed to be the older and wiser despite the events that take place.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I do agree with the earlier praises for this book that it is well written. I felt like I was there in the lab to witness Eina’s creation and seeing the feelings of every person in the room. I hope this does become a movie because I would love to see this on the big screen and with audio description.

That is it for this review! Since July is almost over, I do have my Top Ten Songs for this month! Stay tuned!

Also, a head’s up, reason I am mentioning Anime as a category with this one it does mention anime.

Books: The Jekyl Revelation by Robert Marsello

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Now I have another book to review!

Title: The Jekyl Revelation
Author:Robert Masello

Disclaimer: This review is based on observations and opinions of the lead writer and producer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and opinions and there might be spoilers!

Synopsis: This book is a thriller and science fiction book where it goes between England in the 1800s to present day California. We meet Rafeal, an environmental scientist, finds a trunk in the middle of lake while on patrol in Topanga Canyon that unlocks items from the past such as a top hat to a cane and a small trunk that contains a journal that contains the entries of the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson. The entries tell his tale of how he faced tuberculosis and gets over it but the experiment turned him into the creature that inspired his famous story, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde!

Even though the story unravels for Rafe but his life in the canyon has become even more dangerous when he finds a meth lab in the canyon that leads to risking his life along with the woman he rented a trailer from and may cause a psychotic drug addict wanting the journal before he knows where the story takes him next and how the trunk ended up in the lake in the first place.

Thoughts: I don’t know guys! I feel like this book was a bit meh but at the same time it was compelling. I did like how it switched from present day to the past which I read in the author’s notes at the end that he loves to do the switch between present and the past to tell his stories. He even warned the readers not to try and write a paper based on his books which some of the parts are fiction since we are supposed to enjoy the book.

I remembered reading the play version of the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde in my senior year of high school and I ended up reading the part of Dr. Jekyl which I did it better than the dude who read Mr. Hyde. Try having the guy crushing on you at the time looking over and being amazed. (Not kidding!) I did like the idea how the past pages told the tale of Stevenson and how he became Hyde and due to the elixir he was given by the doctor he saw about his condition in the beginning and somehow the stepson got his paws on it and then he became Hyde. As I read, it does show how he was worried about the stepson and worried in how he created the monster that he was inspired to write. I wished at some points that the present stuff would’ve had a somewhat of a conclusion before transitioning into the past since I wondered at some points where it cut off and goes to Stevenson as “What happened?” For instance, there was a part in the book where the break cables in Rafe’s jeep were cut and his partner and him were about to hit a lake and wondered what happened to them but it didn’t reveal when they go back to the present! Or I think I fell asleep since I read it at night and Kindle loved to keep going.If Bookshare or NLS Bard get this book I will read it all the way!

I would say this book is a way of showing that no matter where you are,w hether it is a tiny canyon or in England, monsters can be created which I saw in this book. Whether it is due to drugs which I saw in the present day parts with the character Lazlo and how he worked with a motorcycle gang, the Spirits, he was pretty much greedy in getting the journal thinking it was treasure in a small box, or seeing Lloyd, Stevenson’s stepson, taking on the character that was supposed to be fictional and how he harmed women. But in the end, the good will prevail somehow such as seeing Lazlo dying in a major meth lab accident where the fire spread all over the canyon due to a stupid move, and seeing Lloyd lost at sea in the Samoan islands after jumping on the boat that during a storm for Stevenson to live another day.

Reting: 4 Star Pawprints Out of 5! This book deserves a four since I felt that it was good but at the same time kind of felt like the transitions were too fast to me. Yes, it had a strong start of the whole rising action and the start of the conflict such as the trunk, the idea of illegal meth labs happening, and starting to see the past through Stevenson’s journal. I think some of the story should’ve had two or three instances of the present having its tale being told in a complete way and then transition to the past to tell the journal pages which I saw in some instances in the beginning of the book. I think it would’ve slowed down and let me enjoy the book a bit more. I did like the past being weaved in to show that someone left something in the canyon and how it got there and how it connected the dots through the journal which was interesting. Wishing the present parts were told more conclusively and hoping there is a recorded version. I may have to see Marsellp’s other works if they are available.

That is it for this review! I am reading a newer book by someone in the UK and it is a long one but it’s pretty good so far! Let’s see how long it will take me. In the meantime, I will try and do the Anime That Should Be Dubbed list. Until next time!

Also…I found out from GOndras that Adam West died. Rest in peace original Batman! Too bad we didnb’t get to meet you last year at MegaCon Orlando.

Conventions: Tom Wilson Panel from MegaCon 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time to continue the MegaCon coverage!

Panel: Tom Wilson Q&A

One of the panels we have attended was for Tom Wilson. For those of you who haven’t seen or heard, who hasn’t, the Back to the Future trilogy you may remember this guy as the main bully, Bif! He is also in Spngebob as Flats the Flounder if you guys remembered that episode way back when.

Hope you enjoy this and his “Questions Song” since deals with the FAQs people always ask and he answers with it.

What panel is next? Hoping with the videos keep being uploaded, Brina Palencia’s panel from the first day is up next!