August in Review

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Books Acquired:
Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams

Books Read:
Double Cup Love by Eddie Huang
The Sea by John Banville
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff

I’m still on the book-buying ban until our pilgrimage to Powell’s Books is completed and our luggage is filled with goodies, but someone left Last Chance to See in our lobby earlier in the month, which I always meant to read, so I hungrily snatched that up. I’m on holiday already, leaving for Seattle today, so the ban will be over before we know it. We’ll also be at PAX West for the next few days before we head for Portland.

I turned another year older this month. My girlfriend took me out for a great dinner, and I got a gift certificate that will go towards books this week. I’m not a birthday fan, so we kept it low key, which was perfect for me.

Movies watched:
What We Do In The Shadows (2014) – This was hilarious and everyone should watch it. We waited way too long to get to it. Looking forward to watching Taika Waititi’s latest, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, as well.

The Irish Pub (2013) – Documentary that interviews the owners and regulars of various Irish pubs. Really enjoyed this, although it’s sad to see that culture fading away a bit.

I Am Road Comic (2014) – I love comedian documentaries. This wasn’t amazing, but it was good. By the same guy who did I Am Comic in 2010.

The Book of Eli (2010) – Strong cast with an interesting story. Very different from what I’d pictured in my head, having not really seen anything on it.

TV watched:
Stranger Things (2016) – Just as amazing as everyone says it is and a great homage to the movies of my childhood.

Wallander: Season 4 (2016) – Very sorry to see this series end. It’s been one of my favourites. Great last few episodes.

Rick Stein’s Long Weekends (2016) – Great cooking/travel series. My girlfriend is a new fan of Rick Stein now.

Games played:
Hook (2015) (PC) – Very short and relaxing puzzle game. Well worth the dollar it costs.

Dreamfall Chapters: Book Five (2016) (PC) – The final, and one of the strongest, chapters in this game. There are no plans for more games set in this universe, which is a bummer, especially since this installment overall was quite disappointing.

ABZÛ (2016) (PS4) – Beautiful little Journey-esque game in which you swim around in the ocean interacting with sea life. They did a great job researching the specific species. It was fun to play with my girlfriend as she was a scuba instructor for a decade and could call everything out before the game did.

What have you been reading/watching/playing this month?

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