Newsday Tuesdays for May 7, 2013

Welcome to Newsday Tuesdays!  Each week, we’ll be alerting you to new books, DVDs, comics/graphic novels and Events available locally this week!  Special Thanks to Park Road Books and VisArt Video for their help – please make sure to support our local geekery businesses!

New Geeky Book Releases

(presented by Park Road books, www.parkroadbooks.com):

 

NOS4A2
Author: Joe Hill
Release Date: 4/30/2013
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that takes her wherever she needs to go. Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. One day, Vic goes looking for trouble–and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

 
The River of No Return
Author: Bee Ridgway
Release Date: 4/23/2013
In Bee Ridgway’s  debut novel, a man and a woman travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society that controls the past and, thus, the future. “You are now a member of the Guild. There is no return.” Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldier and aristocrat, wakes up in a hospital bed in modern London. The Guild, an entity that controls time travel, showers him with life’s advantages. But Nick yearns for home and for one brown-eyed girl, lost now down the centuries. Then the Guild asks him to break its own rule. It needs Nick to go back to 1815 to fight the Guild’s enemies and to find something called the Talisman. In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time. On his deathbed he whispers in her ear: “Pretend!” Pretend what? When Nick returns home as if from the dead, older than he should be and battle scarred, Julia begins to suspect that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her. Soon enough Julia and Nick are caught up in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time. As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings for each other grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance. 

 
Dead Ever After (the final Sookie Stackhouse novel-inspiration for the True Blood TV series)
Author: Charlene Harris
Release Date: 5/7/2013
“There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie–and could destroy her heart….” Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated. Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime. But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough.
 
 
5th Wave (YA)
Author: Rick Yancey
Release Date: 5/7/2013
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the “un”lucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
 
 

New Graphic Novel Releases

Invincible The Ultimate Collection Volume 8 (Invincible Ultimate Collection)
Author: Ryan Ottley (Author, Illustrator), Robert Kirkman (Author)
Release date: May 7, 2013
Collects issues #85-96 of the greatest super hero comic in the universe! In the aftermath of the Viltrumite War, friends become enemies, enemies become allies, and Mark Grayson’s future as Invincible ends here! From Amazon.com

 

Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 2: Bulletproof (The New 52)
Grant Morrison (Author), Rags Morales (Illustrator)
Release date: May 7, 2013
Clark Kent is dead! When grave circumstances cause Superman to leave behind his alter ego, an unimpeded Man of Steel must face his deadliest foe to date: Nimrod the Hunter! Metropolis’ newest threat has killed everything he’s ever tracked, but he’s never killed an alien. Will the red and blue Kryptonian be his first? From Amazon.com

 

 

Raven Girl 
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Release date: May 7, 2013
Once there was a Postman who fell in love with a Raven.
So begins the tale of a postman who encounters a fledgling raven while on the edge of his route and decides to bring her home. The unlikely couple falls in love and conceives a child—an extraordinary raven girl trapped in a human body. The raven girl feels imprisoned by her arms and legs and covets wings and the ability to fly. Betwixt and between, she reluctantly grows into a young woman, until one day she meets an unorthodox doctor who is willing to change her. From Amazon.com

 

New on DVD

(provided by VisArt Video, visartvideo.org):

Mama
The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood. For five long years, their Uncle Lucas and his girlfriend, Annabel, have been madly searching for them. But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home. As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did the broken girls survive those years all by themselves? As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence. From Yahoo movies.

 

Super Man: Unbound
Superman and Supergirl take on the cybernetic Brainiac, who boasts that he possesses “the knowledge and strength of 10,000 worlds.”  From Imdb.com

 

 

 

 

 

TV on DVD

Merlin Season Three
Many of these 13 episodes grapple with the shift in power from the increasingly oblivious Uther Pendragon (Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to the still headstrong but maturing Arthur (Bradley James). Young wizard Merlin (Colin Morgan), is stepping out from under the wing of his mentor Gaius (Richard Wilson, One Foot in the Grave) to make his own decisions and flex some magical muscle. Countering Merlin is Morgana (Katie McGrath), who returns to Camelot as a spy for the villainous Morgause (Emilia Fox). These two scheme to destroy Uther for his campaign against magic. There are still stand-alone episodes (several emphasizing humor, such as Gaius being possessed by a goblin or when Arthur is pressured to marry a bewitched princess) and computer-generated beasties (wyverns, manticores, and of course the last dragon, voiced by John Hurt). The bulk of the season digs into the rapidly developing mythology of Camelot, from Excalibur to the Round Table to Arthur’s romance with Guinevere (Angel Coulby), who in this series is maidservant to Morgana. Extras include a making-of documentary, deleted scenes and outtakes, and episode commentaries. —Bret Fetzer, From Amazon.com

 

 

Fringe Season 5
From the creative team behind Mission: Impossible 3, Alias and the upcoming Star Trek feature comes this incredible thriller about an unlikely trio who uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events that may be part of a larger and more disturbing pattern that blurs the line between the possible and the impossible. In the fifth and final season premiere, Peter and his daughter Etta (Georgina Haig) set out to find what happened to Olivia. From Amazon.com.

 

 

 

Geeky Events This Week

Friday, May 10th

Mon Frere’s Klingon Butterface at UPStage! 

Come dressed in Star Trek for your chance to win advance passes to Star Trek: Into Darkness. RSVP here!
 

Saturday, May 11

HickoryCon

1 day comic convention in Hickory, NC. For more info go here!
 

Tuesday, May 14

May Geek Book Club: Ender’s Game at Park Road Books

RSVP here
 

 

 
 

 

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