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Geek Log | Too Many Books

Geek Log | Too Many Books

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Geek Log, Earthdate 280918:

Hey, so how’s your week been going so far? Hopefully it’s been good. I got myself a ticket for Metallica in Slane through fan presale and I finally got my final results for my games development course so things are going great.

Still, you’re not really here to see what I’m doing with my life. You’re here to see what kind of stuff I’ve been consuming when it comes to games and other stuff. I’ll get on with it.

Games

I haven’t been playing many games recently. I go through periods where I get home and the last thing I want to do is playing video games.

For the past few weeks I’ve been playing Not Tonight, with the aim of writing a review here once I’m done. The thing is that it’s taking me forever because as you go on it keeps getting more and more convoluted and I don’t accept failing at least once in each mission. If I’m playing as a bouncer then be sure I will be the best bouncer of Albion!

I’ve also been playing Graveyard Keeper. It’s a fun game, even though there are lots of stupid design decision and glitches that detract from the experience. Some of those issues have been fixed through regular patches, but it still doesn’t excuse some things like not being able to scroll down menus if you play with a touchpad rather than a mouse. It’s still a fun game anyway. A game where you can actually sell human flesh to a bar (after you disguise its origin) can’t be nothing but fun!

Movies and Shows

This week I went to see The Little Stranger at the cinema. Ever since Galway got its equivalent to the Lighthouse Cinema in Pálás I’ve been practically living there. It got to the point where I went to the bar and the barman already reached for the Guinness tap. I’m not sure if that makes me an alcoholic or a creature of habit.

Anyway, Pálás now has a book club and since I like movies and books and I had finished reading The Little Stranger recently I figured I’d take part in that book club. The film was nice, though it compresses the book quite a lot, which makes a lot of sense. I particularly liked Ruth Wilson‘s performance and I felt nothing but loathing for Domhnall Gleeson, I disliked the character in the movie more than I did in the book. And he was despicable in the book!

When it comes to shows I started watching Maniac on Netflix. I’ve only watched the first two episodes, and I’m very intrigued. But the show is also very weird so I’m taking it little by little. I also finally managed to catch up with Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series after many false starts over the years.

Also, by the time you read this The Good Place‘s season premiere will be on Netflix. Assume I will have watched it because it’s a forking great show.

Books

This week I went a bit overboard with reading. I’ve mentioned my reading challenge many times before and over the past few days I ended up reading four different books. Although this is because I have a system. It was a matter of all the books being lined up as ducks in a row and me taking them down.

I was reading Ann Leckie‘s Ancillary Sword (the second book in her Imperial Radch trilogy) on my Kindle. But because the book was a bit dense and I kept getting distracted I decided to read some other books on the side (on physical format) to give myself a break. I finished it some hours ago.

It’s an interesting book, but the way it’s written confuses me a bit as a non-native speaker (or reader in this case) so that break was because it was doing my head in. All in all, it’s interesting. The main species of this book (the Radchai) doesn’t really think of gender, so they use female pronouns for everyone. And I find that both confusing and interesting,

 

 

 

The first of those sidebooks I read was Anthony Horowitz‘s Magpie Murders. This book begins with an editor sitting down with the newest manuscript by one of her clients, the latest book in the Atticus Pünd series. She starts reading it but soon notices there are strange things in the manuscript, so she begins to investigate exactly what’s behind the book and its author.

This was my first contact with Horowitz, I had heard his name thrown around in the past (mostly because of the Alex Rider series of his work for TV) and I was curious about reading one of his novels. Turns out the man knows how to spin a yarn! I was quite intrigued by the book, although I was more interested by the fictional book in itself.

Granted, that fictional book was just a pastiche of Hercule Poirot. But it made me wish I could read the rest of the fictional Atticus Pünd series.

 

 

I also ended up finding a book called Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix. They say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but I bought this one just because of how it looked. I mean, look at it! It’s like an IKEA catalogue!!!

Horrostör is basically a haunted house story set in an IKEA knockoff. It’s a strange combination, but trust me, it works. At first the book is somewhat comedic, but then it gets a bit dark. There’s certainly more to this book than its gimmick.

And finally, there was Philip Pullman‘s La Belle Sauvage. I bought the book for very cheap at the airport back when I went to the UK but I didn’t feel like starting it until now. I was a bit wary because it was a prequel to His Dark Materials and in these cases there are usually some retcons just because. Not that it happened this time.

That’s pretty much what I’ve been up to this week, what about you? How does your Geek Log look?

Angry Spaniard, adoptive Irishman. Writer, reader, tea drinker and video game player/designer.

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