Sophomore Readings

I haven’t done much with school in a while, so I thought that I should talk about the kinds of literature I’ll be reading for school this year. The theme is simple: British Literature. So, I’ve included a picture with a stack of said books. It’s kind of blurry but I’ll list off the titles and authors as always. This books are as follows:

The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley

Dracula by Brahm Stoker

The interesting part about Frankenstein and Dracula is that I only have to read one of them due to their similarities. I’ll most likely read both saying as I’m interested in both but leaning towards Dracula, however, the project these books entail will ultimately determine which one I read.

photo (2)And on a completely unrelated note: Saints Row IV comes out in 4 days and I’m so excited to play it! My brother got 1600 Microsoft Points for his birthday earlier in the week so I can get some Saints Row: The Third DLCs (no I didn’t get any until now)! Until I tear myself away from the XBox, keep on gamin’ (and reading ;))! 😀

 

Book Stack 2: The Secret Stash

Books 2

Okay so this summer has been quite… different for me. Obviously, I’ve seen more movies than I ever thought possible. I’m actually reading books (by force instead of prizes at the library), and I’ve had plenty of time to research upcoming movies. Speaking of reading, I’m having a hard time getting through Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, so I decided to make this post. As you can see, I’ve added 9 books to my ever-expanding library (not pictured are World War Z, Before I Fall, and Go Ask Alice). This is because I just spent some time in Michigan with my grandparents. During this time, I went to the “library” and purchased some books. By library, I of course mean Barnes & Noble but the reason I called it a library was because I read 2 Kingdom Hearts Manga books (Final Mix 1 and 2) as well as some Marvel comics. Anyway, I spent about $103 in total on these books (4/9 were marked down by a lot). Besides, I was given $100 to spend as I wish but shhhhh. Mom doesn’t know so if she found out I spent $100 on books she’d flip out. And yes, I did have a hay-day going to Barnes & Noble at least 6 times to read comics and purchase books I won’t read for a while. Anyway, here’s the list of books and authors:

Sick City by Tony O’Neill

The Templar Salvation (sequel to The Last Templar which I will have to find and read later) by Raymond Khoury

Damage by John Lescroart

Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft

Existence by David Brin

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

Punishment… Dealt?

Recently, thanks to Gamefly, I was able to play The Punisher on my Playstation 2. And, honestly it wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. Don’t get me wrong, the cameos are cool, the plot is amazing, and who wouldn’t love playing as Batman in the Marvel Universe? However, the game didn’t live up to its reputation. I checked Amazon after receiving said game (because that’s how I bought the Kingdom Hearts games) and found that a new copy is worth $100! I couldn’t believe it so I thought “Wow… this must be a great game!” Sadly, I was somewhat of a let down. Here are the pros and cons (in that order):

Okay. So let’s start with the cameos. In the game, The Punisher runs into some famous Marvel icons. First, he teams up with the Black Widow after trying to find a Russian drug ring. She turned out to be working undercover to stop their operations as well. So, for the rest of the mission, you get to fight alongside a Black Widow wielding a shotgun. Later, The Punisher crosses paths with none other than S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (this game was made before 2010 so Nick Fury is Caucasian). He helps you fight off some guys… sort of. For whatever reason, his A.I. was poorly programmed, so he will kill maybe 1 enemy while you’re running around taking out everyone. The final cameo, that lasts for less than a minuet after a few references to him, is Daredevil (in lawyer form). Throughout the game, you’ll hear a few references to Daredevil beating people up or not existing until he finally walks in and attempts to offer his services to The Punisher. Punisher quickly refuses and that’s the last you see of Daredevil. The final cameo is none other than Spider-man villain, The Kingpin. The Punisher traces the drug rings back to Fisk’s hotel and you get to talk with him for a bit. The next great thing about this game is the fact that The Punisher is basically Batman… except with any and all forms of guns. You can run up and stab somebody right off the bat or you can interrogate them THEN use them as a human shield. There’s also special interrogation modes as well as special places to perform special kills like throwing a guy through a 3rd story window. The last cool thing about the game is the interrogation tactics: Choke, punch, face smash, and gun-threat. Choking is just choking that’s simple enough. Punching is the same way you hit em in the gut, then the groin, then the face. Face smash is literally just bashing their face into the floor (always fun). And the gun-threat is holding a pistol to their forehead and pressing it farther in. All tactics are effective as long as you don’t accidentally kill them (you lose points for that :().

Now, since that was really long, let’s talk about what I don’t like (this’ll be shorter I swear). The main problem I have with the game is the lack of replay value. Sure you can go back and play it on a harder setting, but getting your score high enough can prove to be so tiresome it isn’t worth it. Add to it the special “Punishment Mode” or “Challenge Mode” and you have a good reason to replay it.. if it wasn’t hard to do. Some missions are easy like “Take out an enemy using these items” but others are like “Beat this level in -insert time here- on Hard difficulty” and it’s just for one of several comic book covers. For some reason I just got bored of the game after beating it once. I guess it was the fact that the plot was relatively short. Looking back, it’s probably one of those games where you replay it several months or years later.

Overall, love the game and would recommend a play to anybody who can rent it or find a decent $10 used version. Got more movies on the horizon so until I can get myself through the crowded movie theater, keep on gamin’! 😀

Hardbacks I (Might) Read Soon

I have attached a picture of a stack of books. Said stack of books are all the hardback books I have that I intend to read. I have at least 8 other paperbacks I could’ve put in there but I felt it’d be cooler to just put in hardbacks (with the exception to the book on the bottom that is in there cause it’s really large like the other ones on the bottom). The reasoning for this is cause I thought I should talk about books since I haven’t done that in almost a year. Also, I wanted to be able to look back and say “So uh… how’s that stack of books goin’?” And have a short conversation with myself… yes, I’m sane don’t judge me. Or do. Your choice. Anyway…

The order of the books (from top to bottom) is as follows:

Book Stack

 

The Fox Inheritance (autographed) by Mary E. Pearson

Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly

Civil War by Stuart Moore

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

All stories by H. G. Wells (not actual title)

Ashen Winter (autographed) by Mike Mullin

The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

N0S4A2 by Joe Hill

11/22/63 by Stephen King (longest book I’ll ever read… for now)