Top Five Books I Read in 2015

Just as I did last year, I am listing the top five favourite books that I read in 2015, in no particular order. This list is based more on personal favoritism, rather than my feelings of their absolute quality. This has been one of my best years for getting personal reading done, since for a long time what I did read was required for school. Some of these entries have been written about this past year already, while others I did not happen to write about upon completion.Read More »

Movie Review – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh installment in the Star War series, directed by J. J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, alongside Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and others reprising their iconic roles. The film is the first to be released after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm back in late 2012. It is easily the most highly anticipated release this year, as it is the first new Star Wars film released in a decade after the conclusion of the prequel trilogy. The story continues from 30 years after the end of Return of the Jedi, where a Resistance force backed by the New Republic still fights against the First Order, an organization which rose from the ashes of the fallen Empire.Read More »

Book Review – Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick

From the back cover:

Sometimes even gods need help. In Galactic Pot-Healer that god is an alien creature known as the Glimmung, which looks alternately like a flaming wheel, a teenage girl, and a swirling mass of ocean life. In order to raise a sunken city, he summons beings from across the galaxy to Plowman’s Planet. Joe Fernwright is one of those summoned, needed for his skills at pot-healing — repairing broken ceramics. But from the moment Joe arrives on Plowman’s Planet, things start to go awry. Is the Glimmung good or evil? Are Joe and his friends helping to save Plowman’s Planet or destroy it?

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Galactic Pot-Healer is a strange novel. From what I understand of Philip K. Dick that is not an unusual way to feel about his writing, but the novel struck me in this way more than I had anticipated — primarily because the summary above makes the story sound a lot more straightforward than it really is. The narrative, while following along the general path laid out above, plays out in a much different way than the description suggests.Read More »

TV Series Review – Jessica Jones Season One

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Jessica Jones is a Netflix original series created by Melissa Rosenberg, and is the latest series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The show is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, portrayed by Kristen Ritter. The series also notably stars David Tennant as the lead antagonist Kilgrave, as well as Mike Colter as Luke Cage. The story follows Jessica Jones, a woman with superhuman strength, who works as a private investigator after a brief superhero career.Read More »

My Nagging Problem with ZombiU

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Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, ZombiU was released for the Nintendo Wii U at launch back in November 2012, and again this year as Zombi for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. I recently completed the game on the Wii U.

You play as a random survivor in London, which has been ravaged by a zombie plague. Aided and guided by “The Prepper,” a former military man, your survivor must traverse the ruins of London to gather weapons and supplies, fortify the safe house, and eventually work toward trying to find a cure.

ZombiU is a fantastic survival horror game. I want to make that opinion clear now. I do have one big problem with it, however, which this post shall explain.Read More »