[Novel] The Last Kingdom (Bernard Cornwell)

The Last Kingdom

Book

It reads almost like a fantasy novel at times, but The Last Kingdom is a very interesting depiction of the conflicts between English and the Danes in 9th century AD.

You can grab an audiobook or kindle on amazon.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting, likable characters
Feels a bit more like a fantasy adventure than a historical novel
Relatively interesting plot
Doesn’t offer anything particularly memorable
Enlightening on 9th century England and Denmark

 

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[Game] Call of Duty: WWII

Call of Duty - WWII

Game

Call of Duty: WWII delivers the same Call of Duty experience that pretty much all the other games in the series did. You’ll enjoy it as long as you’re not looking for something new.

You can get it on steam or amazon.

Positive:
Negative:
Beautiful visuals
Does little to separate itself from other games in the series
Polished, satisfying shooter game-play
Underwhelming final mission, especially compared to World at War
Lets you participate in historical battles
Reintroduction of archaic and tedious health pack mechanic

[Novel] Apocalypse of the Dead (Joe McKinney)

Apocalypse of the Dead

Book

I don’t know if it’s me having consumed too much zombie media in the recent years, but everything in Apocalypse of the Dead felt so generic I almost felt I was watching a new season of Walking Dead.

It’s a competent book, but I feel we’ve squeezed all the potential there was out of zombies a long time ago already, and all stories pertaining to them are starting to feel the same.

Positive:
Negative:
Okay characters
Feels extremely uninspired at this point
Written by a policeman, the scenes related to that kind of work feel authentic
The plot is not that interesting

[Game] Thimbleweed Park

Thimbleweed Park

Game

An old-school adventure game in the same vein as Monkey Island that kind of shoots itself in the foot with an overly meta ending.

Positive:
Negative:
Genuinely funny humor
An awful cop-out ending
Interesting, likable characters
Lots of tedious puzzles
Engrossing plot
Easy to get lost in
Old-school adventure game-play

[Novel] Diary of A Madman and Other Stories (Nikolai Gogol)

Diary of a Madman

Book

While not exactly on par with Anton Chekhov, Nikolai Gogol is too one of the masters of Russian short story that satirically conveys the timeless woes of man.

You can grab an audiobook from audible or even listen to some of the stories on youtube.

Positive:
Negative:
Profound, interesting characters
Relatively enthralling plot
Thought-provoking on life
Enlightening on 19th century Russian society

[Game] Little Nightmares

Little Nightmares

Game

An atmospheric platformer through a surreal, creepy world that, despite a curious narrative, can sometimes be more tedious than fun to play.

Positive:
Negative:
Dark, creepy atmosphere
Simplistic puzzles and platforming sometimes feel more like busywork
Interesting, surreal narrative

[Novel] A Winkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle)

A Wrinkle in Time

Book

It may be inspired by unusually high level scientific concepts and quote works like Dante’s Inferno, but the core of A Wrinkle in Time it’s still a young adult book and shares most of the weaknesses prevalent in the genre, namely an overly simplistic cliche plot and unrealistic, hard-to-take-seriously characters.

You can grab an audiobook or kindle off amazon.

Positive:
Negative:
Inspired by a bunch of fairly high level hard sci-fi concepts
Characters don’t behave like human beings
An interesting, imaginative, but solidly crafted setting
The plot is straightforward and simplistic once you look past the embellishments