The Great Wall – The Official Movie Novelization

One of the “Wonders of the World” is the Great Wall in China.  Why was this gigantic wall built?  It was to keep out evil monsters that appear every 60 years.  This is the big budget East/West production by Legendary Pictures directed by award-winning Zhang Yimou.  “The Great Wall” stars Matt Damon as the mercenary William Garin.

In search for fame and riches, mercenary William Garin and his men find themselves in remote China.  His remaining men are tired and hungry after days of being hunted down by bandits in the region.  As they rest for the night, they encounter a mysterious creature.  William is able to fend off the beast by cutting its talon off.  William and fellow survivor Pero Tovar stumble upon the amazing gigantic structure – the Great Wall.

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Labyrinth Board Game for the World!

labyrinthgameThe iconic fantasy adventure 1980s flick Labyrinth comes to board game world.  Just like the film, the mission is to save Toby.  Euro game company and The Jim Henson Company have put together a solid board game experience with dices, cards and game figures.  Players can take on the task being Sarah, Hoggle, Ludo or Didymus to stop the Goblin King.

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The Art of Stephen Hickman: Empyrean

hickmanartbookIf you ever read a Harlan Ellison, Anne McCaffrey or Larry Niven sci-fi book, usually the sci-fi art cover that catches your eye is drawn by artist Stephen Hickman.  This full-color hardcover art book – “The Art of Stephen Hickman:  Empyrean” is collection of Hickman’s amazing 40 years in fantasy sci-fi art.

hickman00“For me, fantasy imagery is simply my favorite place to work and live, and nature … Personal imagery, much of it inspired or informed by nature, is becoming more important to me the more painting I do, and fantasy is my direction of choice.” Stephen Hickman.

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Chicago Mobsters meet Lord of the Rings: Hot Lead, Cold Iron

hotleadcoldironThe “Underworld” of trench coats and Tommy guns meets the “Otherworld” of magic and the supernatural.  This is 1930s Chicago, where the mobsters run the town and Mick Oberon ain’t no ordinary dick, this P.I. got special powers.  Instead of a revolver to pump hot lead, he uses a magic wand, really, I’m not joking.  His wand of choice is the Luchtaine & Goodfellow Model 1592.  Worlds collide in Hot Lead, Cold Iron by author Ari Marmell.

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The Art of Ian Miller

ianmillerTitan Books collects various art pieces done by artist Ian Miller in this book, The Art of Ian Miller.  You might be asking who is Ian Miller?  Well, if you ever find yourself in the fantasy section at the bookstore, most of those Ray Bradbury and HP Lovecraft book covers of wizards, monsters, castles and alien worlds were illustrated by Ian Miller.

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Once Upon A Time: Behind The Magic

ouatbookcoverABC’s hit fantasy drama Once Upon A Time 3rd season is underway, Titan Books releases a behind-the-scenes book for fans of the TV show.  Thanks to Netflix, my Once Upon A Time all-night marathon of seasons 1 and 2 is all finished!  Now I’m hyped for the new season.

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The Guild – The Official Companion

the guildThe year 2006 seems like ages ago, before social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and video streaming were popular, and the giant video site YouTube was only starting out, and Felicia Day had an idea of bringing her MMORPG experiences onto video as a TV series.  The World of Warcraft gamer created an internet sensation as the series spawned 6 seasons worth of episodes and over 250 million plus views.

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Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo (Vol 2.)

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I really enjoyed the first collected volume of Flash Gordon by Titan Books.  And now the second volume is upon us – Flash Gordon:  The Tyrant of Mongo, which collects stories from April 25, 1937 – January 12, 1941.  The iconic Flash Gordon Sunday strips are restored in full color glory.  On Planet Mongo, ruthless ruler Ming the Merciless is on the hunt for the Earth girl Dale Arden and Flash Gordon.  Flash with the aid of Dr. Zarkov makes new allies as the fight off Ming’s various threats trying to stay alive on Planet Mongo.

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