The holidays. It’s upon us, lurking in a way reminiscent of my cat who thinks he’s being all incognito but really isn’t and when he finally pounces I have to be all like, “aww…you scurred me soo baaaaad!” when in fact he really didn’t.
Things have slowed a bit here at TRD, but fear not. There’s quite a bit going on behind the scenes. First things first, it’s NaNoWriMo, and while I don’t consider myself a “writer” per se, I do enjoy writing for therapeutic purposes. I’ve been kicking my own butt to sit down and write, which has cut into my reading time and, let’s keep it real, my motivation. There are some great books coming our way in the upcoming weeks, as well as a…DRUMROLL PLEASE…giveaway or two in the future. I’ve enlisted the help of a few friends to take on some TRD work, and you’ll be seeing them soon. They’ll be adding some new perspectives to TRD that I’m really excited to have – um, audiobooks anyone?
This past week and weekend has been an exciting geek fest for me. I’m a HUGE Assassin’s Creed fangirl, and I was one of the many that was at GameStop at 12:01 last Tuesday to pick up my copy of the latest game. I even took the day off from work so I could sit on my butt and play without interruption. I managed to beat the game in two days (without doing any of the extra stuff). I’m into the series for it’s story. Being a history buff I fell in love with the first game’s take on the 3rd Crusade, and then the jump to Renaissance Italy. I was so absorbed in the history that I forgot the supernatural, for lack of a better work, element that ultimately binds the series together. I’m not giving away any spoilers, here, but I found myself sort of scratching my head at the ending that kinda sorta tied everything together for the franchise’s first two characters. I liked the game, but I found myself almost disappointed for a reason I can’t quite put my finger on. Regardless, the kick-ass moves, graphics and music are unparalleled. And our main man, Ezio, still has some serious moves for an old man.
AC4 is slated to for release next year, and I’ll likely rekindle my love for it by then. In the meantime, I boxed up my attachment for the series and traded all my AC games in for a chance at another series that’s gotten my attention:
I’ve never been able to get into any other RPG games, but I’ve really made an effort to give Skyrim a shot. Oh. What. Fun. This game is gorgeous. Generally I tend to suck at video games, so I’m pretty pathetic to watch while battling enemies. Hopefully with time I’ll get better. In the meantime, I’m fairly sure Ezio wouldn’t be too offended at my tradeoff for some asskickage of dragons.
If you missed the most recent SNL, you’re really missing some funny sh*t. Jason Segel hosted with a ton of cameos by some awesome friends. The episode, I feel, was one of the funniest in awhile. A few highlights:
Florence + The Machine was the musical guest and she played two of my fav songs from her newest album. My absolutely favorite (for the moment) is No Light, No Light:
Speaking of FloMa – have you listened to Ceremonials? It’s fantastic.
A’ight, so here it is. Let’s talk Breaking Dawn: Part I. It was more or less everything I was expecting it to be (cheesy yet fun, horribly acted, sensual yet stunted). I’m a stickler about two-parters. I’m an impatient mofo. I hate waiting for answers and conclusions. I was harrumphing for weeks about seeing this movie because I knew I’d have to wait six months to see Part II. I predicted to a tee how it was going to end – cut to closeup of Bella’s eyes that snap open to reveal blood red irises anyone? Regardless, I enjoyed it for what it was. Though I was reminded of how flat I felt Meyer’s series ended. Meh. Will I go see Part II? Yes. I’m a glutton for punishment.
Here’s what’s currently being read at TRD: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, Her Dark Knight by Sharon Cullen, The Magician’s Apprentice by Trudi Canavan, and listening to Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones.