Saturday, October 04, 2014

| I'll See Your Garbage, and Raise You a The Strain

I picked up The Strain trillogy a while ago, by Guillermo Del Toro and some other guy, and while the premise is interesting, the first book is great, the second is pretty good, and the third is sort of like reading a fart.

I had high hopes and couldn't put it down for the first book and a half, then it got a little weird, and then I was just compelled to finish it because I started it, not that I really wanted to see what happened at the end.

I know, great sales pitch, right??

I started watching the show on FX and it was pretty entertaining, but missed a lot of the details and backstory that I thought was interesting in das books.

Friday, October 03, 2014

| Who likes some good bad post apocalyptic fiction?

I'm finishing up a trilogy that I bought on a recommendation from Amazon that had a totally undeserved very high rating (last time I listen to you, Amazon!): Extinction Point.  It is the worst book I've read in recent memory that I actually enjoyed.  It is GRIM.  In short: alien goo rains all over the planet, everyone dies except a tiny, tiny number of survivors, hijinks ensue.  It's maybe "young adult" fiction, and so much about it is so annoying (the guy very obviously did not have an editor, or at least not a sentient one), but...  I can't put it down.

And I want to know if there are any of you suckers out there who'd be willing to risk your sanity to try it out.  Hey, maybe I'll have someone to talk about it with?  I'm not sure Green Apple would take it for trade, so you guys get first dibs.  Who's keen on trying out some really bad, totally awesome post apocalyptic fiction?  At the very least, if you read it too, you can mock me for my absurd taste in books.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

| Galaxy Trucker

Elrick let me know that Galaxy Trucker for iPad is out and on sale for $5 bucks. It's really well done! GT is one of those games I always LOVE playing, but I always suck at. The tutorial in this game is excellent and I'd say required for any new players to the actual boardgame. Haven't dug into the campaign too deeply, but everything is really slick so far, so this is one conversion I'd say is a success.

I don't know how it works for multiplayer, but this is one of those games I'd like to practice with so I can actually kick some ass next time we play in person. It says there's pass-n-play, quick duel, and online, so I'll dig into those later.

Big minus: this game heats up my iPad big time! Haven't had a game do that in awhile. Hopefully it's something that can be optimized with updates, but we'll see.