Monday, July 16, 2018

U.S.S. Enterprise

I became addicted in 1966.  I didn’t take drugs, drink alcohol or imbibe in any other chemical substance.
My addiction was sparked by my imagination and my imagination was fed by a new and different type of science fiction TV show.

The show broke away from the then steady stream of cliché and adolescent-themed science fiction shows of that period.

The show took itself serious, with timely topics tackled face on disguised as alien or other world situations.  The show’s sets looked realistic and, while primitive by today’s standards, the special effects were ground-breaking.

Much of the technologies introduced were based on future projections of engineers, scientists and scholars.

The show I’m referring to (as if you didn’t know) is Star Trek: The Original Series.

While the human cast of the show took center stage there was another cast member that was every bit as important as the actors and actresses who played their parts.

The starship U.S.S. Enterprise dominated the screen whenever it was shown.  Its unique design successfully re-imagined what a space ship could look like.  Gone were the tail fins, cylindrical tube design and multi-stages.

The Enterprise NCC-1701 consisted of three main parts: the saucer section, the nacelles and the lower body with sensor display.

Haynes, Ben Robinson, Marcus Riley and Michael Okuda present their new hardbound book: U.S.S. Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual.

Star Trek fans know that have been many starships christened as the Enterprise from the NX-01 to the NCC-1701-E.  All of them have the aforementioned design elements, with slight variations.

The book goes into exhaustive detail of each and every ship.

It includes cut-away views, various angle shots, interior and exterior details, full-color photos of the various decks and departments and equipment and shuttle details-the list goes on and on.

Technical and function details delve into the operation of key equipment and capabilities, 3D schematics allow the reader to examine each component up close and deck by deck cutaways show each ship’s complexity, size and locations of departments.

This is the book every Star Trek fan will want to have.  I have never seen any book that goes into such extensive detail about the various Enterprises. Stats, specs, engineering notations, key personnel and missions-it’s all here in a ‘fascinating’ and ‘logical’ combination.

“Beam me up, Scotty!  I’ve got a lot of reading and studying to do!”   

Thursday, July 12, 2018


Shhhh!  It's a secret.  It's so secret that a code had to be created to keep it secret.  But, you can't let that stop you.  

You need break the code and that's just what Konami's new Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game: Starter Deck: Codebreaker is all about.

Learn about the basics of dueling with Cards, how to use Code Talker to link monsters and to collect Cyberse Monsters.

There's are some powerful additions, a new way to demonstrate skills and how best to play Cards.

Starter Deck: Codebreaker contains 45 Cards:

2 Ultra Rares
3 Super Rares
40 Commons
1 Beginner’s Guide
1 Game Mat

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Stitch In Time, Cult Horror and Dystopia

I love lined notebooks.  I especially love lined notebook/journals that feature clever and colorful covers and interesting interior and print designs.
Flame Tree Publishing’s Aimee Stewart: A Stitch in Time Bookshelves (Foiled Journal), fits the bill on all accounts.

With its clever, magnetic side flap, two bookmarks, a back pocket for receipts and scraps and its five color foil, embossed and foil stamp front and back cover illustrations, it is a wonder to behold.

Talk about eye-popping and gorgeous and such detail!

Looking all-the-world like a bookcase with beautifully bound books accompanied by elegant ladies dressed in their finery, the cover illustration is packed with so much detail it delights the eyes long before it is opened. 

Once inside the cream-colored, lined paper invites you to write with your very best penmanship in order to copy the gorgeous exterior.  Now that’s classy!  Where did I put my calligraphy pens?

There are Horror films and then there are Cult Horror films that chill to the bone and are the stuff of nightmares.
Russ Thorne presents Gothic Dreams Cult Horror: The Book Of Dark Fantasy Horror & Supernatural Movies.

I’m not a big fan of Horror films-I tend to scare too easily.  But, I have a number of friends who thrive on the stuff.

After looking through and reading Cult Horror I have discovered a book that will even send shivers up their spins.

The hard-bound, spot-foil varnish cover book contains images so horrifying, sense-shattering and blood curdling that even die-hard Horror fans will have a hard time sleeping at night once they look at it.

Ground-breaking and classic Horror films are given their just due with archive black and white and full-color photos, extensive informative text and movie posters.

The print quality of the book is top notch, with vibrant colors, well executed page layouts and some clever design tricks.  It’s ‘horror’ifically fun!

Also from Gothic Dreams comes David Golder’s Dystopia: Post Apocalyptic Art, Fiction, Movies & More.
Practically ever since Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror movies, books and literature have been around there have been tales about the end of the world.

Whether it’s from man’s neglect and abuse of the environment, an atomic war, an alien invasion, a zombie apocalypse or a dozen other worldwide disasters that wipes most of mankind, such tales fascinate audiences.

Inside full-color art, posters and photos represent every conceivable type of end-of-time scenarios.  

If the end of it all is the end of all for you then this is the book you must have.

This is one book that when you finish reading and looking at it, you’re really finished-permanently!
It’s the total end man!

Ready Player One

Count your quarters, fire up your game console and boot up your computer!
It’s time to play the ultimate, virtual reality video game where the stakes mean the final fate of the virtual world of OASIS.

Brilliant game designer James Halliday created the ultimate video game OASIS, to entertain and offer an escape to the down-trodden inhabitants of the harsh world of 2045.

In OASIS players can go anywhere, be anyone and do anything in a totally immersive game that lets them exist and feel as if they are in real life.

Wade Watts is hooked on OASIS-his only viable escape from his horrible living conditions.

He, and thousands of other OASIS players, strive to win a three-part contest so that they might inherit James Halliday’s fortune and the total control of OASIS.

Can Wade and his band of video game resistant players save OASIS?

There’s a hitch. Some nasty, competitor corporate types want to control OASIS and they will do anything to stop them from winning.

Steven Spielberg directs this fantastic film that features cutting edge visual effects, some very special video game guest appearances and a story that brings video games to the Silver Screen.

The Warner Bros.’ Ready Player One Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack also includes some awesome extras such several featurettes about the making of the film and so much more.

Prepare yourself for OASIS; it’s out of this world!  If you love the '80s, you'll love this film!