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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #32

Hey gang, thanks for coming back and checking out what’s happening again.
Let’s get to the question!

This week we want to know:What’s a movie you saw as a kid, thought you imagined, and realized as an adult was actually real?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

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The Incredible Hulk: Stalker From The Stars Review

Back in wild and wonderful 70’s, the Marvel Universe was still in its formative years.
16 years after The Incredible Hulk made his 4 Color Debut, the rage filled Jade Giant stars in his very 1st prose novel.
But at only 179 pages long, does this story delve any deeper into the character and his history than the low page count would lead you to believe?

As per usual, consider this your official ***41 year old Spoiler Alert***

I knew from the Stan Lee introduction that I would love this book.
You have to understand, this was Stan at the height of his comic ambassador powers, before Blade, X-Men, and Spider-Man made Marvel a beloved household brand.
In these few paragraphs you can see why everybody loved him, his energy and charisma seeps through the ink and paper.
His death was still incredibly fresh in my mind as I started reading this book and it ended up making for a great tribute to The Man.

As for the actual prose content of the novel, it did not disappoint.
A guilt ridden Rick Jones (the often forgotten kid that Bruce Banner saves, leading to the birth of the Hulk) makes his way to an idyllic small American town in search of renown gamma scientist Rudolph Stern’s help.
Once he gets to Crater Falls, a sinister plot of mind control and ancient extraterrestrial evil unravels and brings The Hulk, General Thunderbolt Ross, and a long buried beast to a climactic battle with Earth ending ramifications.

If you listen to the pod you have heard us bitch and complain numerous times about the overcomplicated nature of modern comics and their stories.
Well, this is a perfect encapsulation of what we keep saying we want.
The story has depth, detail, and a sense of history without bloating into a tale that’s mired in frustratingly unnecessary nonsense.
The overall vibe of the book feels like the perfect parts of the comics of the day mixed with the simplicity of what is probably still the most well known version of Hulk, the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno show.

One of the problems with reviewing a book that has multiple authors like this is figuring out where to lay blame or praise.
Thankfully, I don’t have a single complaint.
Len Wein & Marv Wolfman are giants of comics (Len actually had a run on Hulk before co-writing this novel) and Ron Goulart (Joseph Silva) wasn’t a slouch.
I think Len brought the Hulk experience/knowledge and they all brought the writing skill and when it’s mixed this well you get a hell of an adventure.

To wrap up, I love the story of a lonely tortured man that the show did so well and is on display here.
I love the over the top feats of strength and heroics included that we never saw on screen until the movies.
This man, this monster, and this story are all so worth your time.
Reading this only makes me want more of those early Marvel novels, and the hunt is on, gang.
I really hope I can find them and tell you all about them soon.

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

The Taste Of Different Dimensions Press Release

From WordFire Press…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fifteen tasty tales from a master of fantasy!

Monument, Colorado. WordFire Press is proud to announce the release of The Taste of Different Dimensions: 15 Fantasy Tales from a Master Storyteller, by Alan Dean Foster!

The dead. The undead. Those who wish they were dead. They’re all here, along with a legend from a Pacific island, a legend from beneath a Pacific island, and much, much more. Frogs and dogs, knaves and slaves, and maybe a smidgen of real but impertinent food. Extend your imagination and have a nibble. You’ll come back for more.

Includes the never before published story “Fetched.”

“One of the most consistently inventive and fertile writers of science-fiction and fantasy.” The Times (London)

“Foster’s greatest strength remains his world building, easily creating evocative alien landscapes and populating them….” from BOOKLIST (in re Strange Music)

About the Author:

Alan Dean Foster is the author of 125 books, hundreds of pieces of short fiction, essays, columns reviews, the occasional op-ed for the NY Times, and the story for the first Star Trek movie. Having visited more than 100 countries, he is still bemused by the human condition. He lives with his wife JoAnn and numerous dogs, cats, coyotes, hawks, and a resident family of bobcats in Prescott, Arizona.

The Taste of Different Dimensions:

Trade paperback $14.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-956-0

Ebook $4.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-957-7

Hardback $25.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-985-0

WordFire Press is a mid-size new-model publisher founded by New York Timesbestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. You can find us atwordfirepress.com. Tweet us @WordFirePress. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/WordfireIncWordfirePress.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #31

It’s…The 31st Question Of The Week!

This week, to tie into the Toy Fair news Fitz posted today, we want to know: What Star Wars character, that wasn’t part of the original line, would you most want to see done in the old Kenner style?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

A Furnace Sealed: The Adventures Of Bram Gold Press Release

From WordFire Press…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Crazed unicorns, immortals, gods, vampires and werewolves turn up dead in the Bronx. Bram Gold, hunter for hire, investigates the events. Can he stop the destruction of New York?

Monument, Colorado. WordFire Press is proud to announce the release of A Furnace Sealed: The Adventures of Bram Gold, Book 1, by Keith R. A. DeCandido!

Bram Gold is a Courser, a hunter-for-hire who deals with supernatural creatures, mystical happenings, and things that go booga-booga in the night. Under the supervision of the Wardein—his childhood friend Miriam Zerelli, who is in charge of all magical activity in the Bronx, New York—he’s who you hire if you need a crazed unicorn wrangled, some werewolves guarded while they gallivant around under the full moon, or an ill-advised attempt to bind a god stopped.

The Bronx is the home to several immortals, who are notoriously hard to kill—so it comes as rather a surprise when one of them turns up murdered, seemingly by a vampire. In addition,binding spells all across town are either coming undone, failing to work, or are difficult to restore. As Bram investigates, more immortals turn up dead, and a strange woman keeps appearing long enough to give cryptic advice and then disappear. Soon, he uncovers a nasty sequence of events that could lead to the destruction of New York!

The first in a new series of urban fantasy thrillers taking place in the Boogie-Down Bronx from best-selling, award-winning author Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Keith R.A. DeCandido was born in what is now the Wakefield campus of Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. When he’s not writing, Keith is an editor (for clients both personal and corporate), a martial artist (he achieved his third-degree black belt in karate in 2017, and he regularly teaches karate to kids), an avid New York Yankees fan, and probably some other stuff he can’t remember due to the lack of sleep. Find out less at his inadequate web site at www.DeCandido.net.

A Furnace Sealed

Trade paperback $14.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-946-1

Ebook $4.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-947-8

Hardback $25.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-984-3

WordFire Press is a mid-size new-model publisher founded by New York Times bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. You can find us at wordfirepress.com. Tweet us @WordFirePress. Follow us on Facebook atfacebook.com/WordfireIncWordfirePress.

Shadow Warriors: Ambush Press Release

From WordFire Press…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The fate of an entire civilization is in their hands. The Shadow Warriors need a miracle…

Monument, Colorado. WordFire Press is proud to announce the release of Shadow Warriors: Ambush, by Nathan B. Dodge!


Cal, Letty, Tony, Opi, and Sasha were thrust together when they were kidnapped by the alien Molethan civilization and forced to become a fighting unit against The Horde, the most vicious, predatory enemy in the galaxy. At first, only Letty could get along with her fellow trainees, and largely due to her efforts, they became not only the top fighting crew in the Shadow Warriors, but also a close unit bound together with love and support. Thanks to Opi’s amazing strategic thinking, Letty’s organizational skills, Sasha’s unparalleled weapons ability, Tony’s crack talent as a navigator, and Cal’s icy nerve as a battle leader, they found a way to defeat a huge Horde invasion force. But since Molethians don’t fight their own battles, the High Command put no credence in the story of a small Shadow Warrior force destroying an enemy fleet fifty times their size. A bungling investigating committee wrongly, and vastly underestimated the enemy casualty total, and since the commanding officer T’Kell suffered many losses, she has been returned to the home world of Molethan and put on trial for incompetence. The Shadow Warriors are called to testify in their commander’s defense. Can they save her career? They’ll need to do it quickly, because The Horde has sent out a huge new invasion force. If our heroes can’t save their commander, the Molethan civilization will surely be destroyed. Even with Commander T’Kell back in command, can Opi and her crew pull off another miracle? Meanwhile, the incompetent High Command threatens to take over the defensive plans, and Molethan’s top navy commanders may snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!

Nathan B. Dodge began writing seriously in 2012 and has attended seven Superstars Writing Seminars. He has a story in the Purple Unicorn Anthology with daughter Sharon, and a short story sale to Mike Resnick’sGalaxy’s Edge. Shadow Warriors, the first of a young adult science fiction series, is his first book sale. He and Sharon will soon release an anthology of SF stories, To the Stars. He is married to Faye Lynn King, Ph.D., herself a long-time professor of Social Science in Dallas. She is Nathan’s copy editor, specializing in grammar and preventing the author from his most frequent bad habit of using too many commas. He has three daughters, the youngest of which, Sharon, is also an author.

Shadow Warriors: Ambush

Trade paperback $18.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-948-5

Ebook $4.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-949-2

WordFire Press is a mid-size new-model publisher founded by New York Times bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. You can find us at wordfirepress.com. Tweet us @WordFirePress. Follow us on Facebook atfacebook.com/WordfireIncWordfirePress.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #30

Hey Gang, welcome back for another week of questionings.
Let’s get those answers rolling in!

With Star Wars Battlefront II being such a hot topic on the show lately, this week we want to know: Which do you prefer, multiplayer or single player games?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.