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What’s New — October 2016

This month is going to be all about getting back on track with my writing, gaming, reading, and exercising. I’ve been super busy the past month or two, to the point where I’m ready to slow down and make more time for my hobbies. I’ve been neglecting a lot of things lately! Now that fall is here, I’m ready for the change of pace.

Video Games: Last month I spent quite a bit of time playing ReCore, which I wrote about and did a video post review on. It’s exceptionally fun; I recommend it if you’re into fast-paced shooting of platforming challenges!

I’m also still playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (the best story-driven game I’ve played since The Witcher 3) and Rise of Iron, the latest Destiny expansion.

But this month, I’m most excited about Gears of War 4 and Skyrim: Special Edition! I just want to get my hands on that lancer and then go buy myself a house in Markarth.

TV: Not exactly sci-fi or fantasy, but I got hooked on Homeland last month. I’m on season two now and at the end of each episode, I’m dying to see what happens next. The only thing stopping me from binge-watching it is that I watch it with my partner, and since I tend to watch it before bed, I usually crash before I can keep bingeing!

This month, Luke Cage and Westworld are top of my list for new TV.

What are you guys playing and watching this month?

— Ashley

 

How AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire’s Leveled Up Since Season 1

Halt and Catch Fire is a show I could talk about for days.

I started watching it a couple years ago when it debuted on AMC. A show about building computers in the 1980’s sounded like a fun watch. But that first season was rocky, filled with melodramatic speeches and cliches like the nagging wife, sociopathic businessman, and punk chick. I guess I just thought it was all too stereotyped.

But I still watched the second season, and I’m so glad I did. It totally blew me away. The writing improved, the storylines felt tighter, and the characters became well-rounded originals. It’s like the creators and writers finally figured out that it if they switched focus a little, they could find their footing.

Here, I want to share a few reasons the show has grown since the first season! (Some spoilers — nothing that won’t make the show worth watching though!)

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First Impressions of Syfy’s “The Magicians”

Amid all the teen shows out there that depict the highs and lows of life in high school – or just life as a teenager – I really wish there were more about college.

I guess it’s because I drifted through high school a little like a zombie and have few exciting memories of that time. Plus, teenage drama can become melodrama very quickly, and I kinda just want to put away that old side of myself. Even hearing about teenage problems in a TV show makes me want to put on my old lady glasses and tell them to grow up already. (I know, I’m mean to TV characters.)

On the other hand, I loved college. That’s where I gained confidence for the first time and had so many adventures. Somewhere I have over 10,000 photos stored just from my three years at college. So many awesome memories and real friendships there.

But for some reason, most TV shows seem to jump from high school to being a socializing 20-something to making a family work. What about college?

That’s why I was excited to hear about The Magicians this week, a new TV show based on books by Lev Grossman that depict a magic university. It’s a college show, and it just happens to be fantasy. I was intrigued. Some call The Magicians Harry Potter for adults. Maybe fans of the book understand it’s very different, but based on watching the first episode of the TV series, I can say that’s an apt description. And I love it.

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