September in Review

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Books Acquired:

Books Read:
The Scar by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko
Trouble With Lichen by John Wyndham
Chew: The Omnivore Edition, Volume 4 by John Layman

September was not a very bookish month for me – two novels and one graphic novel. I’m not breaking any records right now. Meanwhile my girlfriend is burning through those chunky Diana Gabaldon novels like she’s planning to head back in time herself soon. She should probably be the one with the book blog.

I held off buying any new books for the month, which is a small victory I think.

Movies watched:
Welcome Aboard – Sometimes you just want to watch a French film with somewhat unlikable people not really doing anything, and this one scratched that itch. It has that tried and true combination of midlife-crisis older man and coming-of-age younger woman in a non-sexual relationship figuring life out together, which may seem very specific but is surprisingly widely used.

The Lorax – We watched this at my girlfriend’s behest. She loves it, but it missed the mark a bit for me. There were some genuinely funny lines, but the persistent Cute Wacky Moments kept trampling them.

The Lego Movie – This was just great. My expectations were high going in, after the reviews, but I was not at all disappointed. The casting was great, and the story was a perfect fit. It’s amazing what Lego has done in the past decade with their video games and this movie. My initial reaction was that it’s absurd product pushing, may as well have a movie based on Hungry Hungry Hippos, but it not a phoned-in money grab (Battleship?) and really works.

The Princess Bride – My girlfriend hadn’t seen this, so I had to put it on. I still love it. She fell asleep. I’m trying to not let this affect our relationship.

TV watched:
Orange is the New Black, Season 2 – This season started off slow, but it really picked up by the end. I’m not head over heals in love with it, but it’s a fun show.

Games played:
Shadowrun (PC) – I usually only mention games here that I feel I’ve finished, whether that means actually finishing them or just moving on, but I’m still somewhat undecided on whether I’ll return to this. This was one of my favourite games as a kid, so it’s been a blast to revisit, but I’m a few hours in and feel like the nostalgia high has worn off.

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