Review: Miskatonic School for Girls

We picked up Miskatonic School for Girls at PAX East 2012 and we’ve since sat down and played several hands of the two-player variant of the game.  Here’s my specific feedback in Exciting Bullet Point Form. – The packaging and game pieces are professionally done.  Nothing about this game feels cheap due to being kickstarted. […]

Review: Old Man’s War

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have exactly one essential issue with “Old Man’s War:” The book ends so well and succinctly I feel no compulsion to read the sequels. Otherwise, this book is fantastic. So many cool science fiction themes to ponder: the corporatization of space exploration […]

Review: Mockingjay

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins My rating: 3 of 5 stars This review containers spoilers for Mockingjay. At one point in the book, Joanna Mason, one of the victors from Catching Fire, has this exchange with Katniss: “Is that why you hate me?” I ask. “Partly,” she admits. “Jealousy is certainly involved. I also think you’re […]

Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book should come with a helpful Public Service Announcement: “While reading this book, you will not eat, drink, sleep, or go to the bathroom. If you do go to the bathroom, you will take the book with you. May cause stress, loud […]

Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Game

While I’m not a big fan of the Leverage TV show, I am a fan of the Leverage RPG and the unfathomable malleability of the Cortex Plus system.  In the hands of a mad post-it note-er, the game is a fast, wild ride through the rampaging dark caverns of a gamer’s id.   Yeah, it’s a damn fine game. […]

[Book Review] Pulphead

Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Pulphead is more of a 3.5-3.75 star book than a 4 star, but the rating system will not allow me to award partial stars so I’m rounding up. I found Pulphead on the Guardian’s “Best Books of 2011” list and I was itching for […]

[Book Review] Before They Are Hanged

Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie My rating: 3 of 5 stars Ah middle books of a series. Books with neither a beginning nor an end. Nothing but big honking chunks of middle. Before They Are Hanged follows three separate stories with no overlap. Of the three stories, two of them are excellent and […]

[Book Review] The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie My rating: 4 of 5 stars My Dad foisted the Joe Abercrombie books on me as revenge for getting him hooked on Martin’s the Song of Ice and Fire. And, as for a book in the “tits, blood and scowling” genre of fiction, the first book in “the First […]

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