The Tragedy of Mister Morn by Vladimir Nabokov
The Last Colony (Old Man’s War #3) by John Scalzi
Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
I really enjoyed everything I read in March. Two were sequels to novels I love, so those aren’t too much of a surprise. The third is a graphic novel that got a lot of buzz last year and came highly recommended from a number of people I trust, so also not a huge surprise. The fourth was Carrie Fisher’s first autobiography, which I picked up on a complete whim and honestly had no idea what to expect. She’s hilarious in interviews, so I took a chance, and it turned out to be a complete riot.
This wasn’t just a good reading month, but a good gaming month as well, as you’ll see below. Unfortunately, this was partly due to having some routine medical procedures a few weeks ago, and I dumped a bunch of time into gaming to distract myself from all that, but nevertheless it resulted in some great games being played. I have a feeling I’ll be playing The Division for at least a few months more.
Also in book-related news, my girlfriend read her first Terry Pratchett novel, which is very exciting. I had a hard time recommending where to start, as the first few novels, while I love them, aren’t necessarily the best representation of his work. I ended up on The Wee Free Men. It’s fairly separate from most of the reoccurring characters, it’s the beginning of a mini-series, and I knew she’d get a kick out of the Nac Mac Feegles. Those are the most recent Discworld books I’ve read as well, so they were fresh in my mind I suppose. She just started A Hat Full of Sky, so that’s a good sign!
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) – We really loved the first movie, and this sequel was a fun revisit, but not quite on the same level.
Cooked: Season 1 (2016) – Netflix turned Michael Pollan’s book of the same name into a four-episode documentary series, and we really enjoyed it. I haven’t read any of his books yet, so maybe I’ll seek one out soon. My girlfriend started making bread from scratch after watching this, so yay Michael Pollan.
Tom Clancy’s The Division – (2016) (PC) – I’m having a lot of fun with this. The story is a bit anemic, but the gameplay is quite good, and playing with friends is a blast. There’s a player versus player element to this which can be quite exciting.
The Beginner’s Guide – (2015) (PC) – A short game that uses an analysis of game development to tell a cool story. Starts off slow, but I loved it by the very end. There’s a lot of stand-out moments in this.
Dreamfall Chapters: book 4 – (2015) (PC) – Book 4 was much better than the last couple of installments, thankfully. Still quite an average game and really only recommended if you’re a huge fan of The Longest Journey series.
Emerald City Confidential – (2009) (PC) – This is an early game from a favourite developer of mine, Wadjet Eye Games, maker of the Blackwell series. This starts off very slow, and doesn’t really get interesting until the last quarter. Enjoyable overall, but a bit basic. It did make me want to read the Oz books, though.
Clash Royale – (2016) (iOS) – This is a multiplayer strategy mobile game. Each match is only a few minutes, so it’s fun to squeeze a few in throughout the day. It seems simple at first, but the gameplay has surprising depth. It does have those free-to-play hooks in it, unfortunately. You can have a lot of fun playing it without paying, though, which I’ve still managed to do.
What have you been reading/watching/playing this month?