It’s Been a Long While…

[As Read on GIO.]

Not a ‘Hello I’m Back’ and not a ‘Goodbye for Good’

It’s hard to believe I haven’t posted a single blog since September of 2014 and even before then my blog posting and reviews had been sporadic at best throughout the entire previous year. I’ve been a pretty busy individual of late and that’s actually only going to get worse as I have much work ahead of me this spring and into summer. So although I would like to say I am coming back and will be posting much more regularly, this is in fact not the case. But I did want to drop by and assure you all that yes, I am in fact alive, and also that I have still kept up with the gaming world. Even if I am so far inadequately prepared to discuss some of the major titles coming out soon, and woefully ill-equipped to review a few others that have already released.

So what exactly have I been doing to occupy my time of late? Well, quite simply: schooling myself. Or rather being schooled…by school. Yes, I’ve gone back. Hard to believe? I don’t blame you- I mean what sane individual in their right mind would do that to themselves right? Jokes aside, you can probably read back through some old comments and whatnot for the details, but I’ve gone back for some even higher, higher education. And it’s been totally worth the pain and torture and social suicide thus far haha.

So, short and sweet though this is, this is still just an update for you all to prove I’m still here in some capacity even if I’m gone in most others. I’ll try to get back to blogging here and there infrequently but I really can’t make any promises whatsoever. It’s good to see things still up and running even if there have been changes and challenges along the way. Ciao friends.

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Incredibly Short Reviews (For Now) of Recent Releases

Hey there folks, it’s been a little while. Here are some pretty short reviews for some recently released titles. I promise I’ll try to write fleshed out ones for big releases such as Advanced Warfare and Unity. Anyway, here you go.

Bound by Flame 8/10

EA Sports UFC 8.25/10

Divinity: Original Sin 9.25/10

Sacred 3 8/10

Risen 3: Titan Lords 7.75/10

Lichdom: Battlemage 8.5/10

Infamous: First Light 8.75/10

Velocity 2X 8.25/10

The Sims 4 7/10

FIFA 15 9/10

D4 7/10

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor 8.5/10

Super Smash Bros. Wii U 9.5/10

Forza Horizon 2 8/10

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter 8/10

Alien Isolation 8/10

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment 8.25/10

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel 7.25/10

The Evil Within 9.25/10

Project Spark 7/10

Civilization: Beyond Earth 9.5/10

Bayonetta 2 8.5/10

Sunset Overdrive 8.75/10

Lords of the Fallen 9/10

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 9/10

Halo: Master Chief Collection 8.75/10

Dragon Age: Inquisition 9.75/10

Assassin’s Creed: Rogue 7.75/10

Assassin’s Creed: Unity 8.5/10

Legends of Grimrock 2 7.5/10

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham 8/10

Far Cry 4 9/10

LittleBigPlanet 3 8.25/10

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode One- Zero Sum 7/10

Game of Thrones: Episode One- Iron from Ice 8/10

Note: I will follow up with lengthier reviews of Advanced Warfare, Unity, Far Cry 4, and Alien Isolation when time allows.

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Another Brief Update

Hey again folks. Today’s short update is just another to let you know life is going marginally alright currently. I’m playing here and there with new releases but there’s nothing much in the pipeline in the way of reviews. That may change during the upcoming holiday season but I’m far enough behind as is so I’ll just post brief tidbits if anything. Hate to do it that way but other duties call. Have a pleasant day folks.

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Mobile Update

So sorry for the long period of inactivity folks. For those of you who may not have heard, I’ve returned to school to work on furthering one of my degrees. And that takes a lot more time than I anticipated. I haven’t done much in the way of anything besides this. So hopefully that will change soon. I am still alive though, so that’s a plus. See you all in the Nethersphere.

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Brief Reviews of Recent Releases

[As Soon to be Read on GIO.]

Because with each passing day it is looking less and less possible that I will find the time to fully edit older review drafts or write new ones to publish, I am going to provide short reviews here that nail the high points of the games in question. Hell, maybe I throw in some movies I’ve watched as well. Anyway, here’s to being very busy and not even having time to procrastinate. I’ll try to find some free time elsewhere.

Mario Kart 8:

Overall Premise: Improve the series in many ways imaginable and as of yet not thought of.

Graphics and Sound: The visuals look excellent on the Wii U and are the best in the series so far. Sound is comprised of good track selection and audio accompaniment ambiance as well.

Playability and Entertainment: The gameplay is even more fun thanks to new twists and turns, literally at times. The controls work well on the standard controller.

Replay Value: Moderately High.

Overall Score: 9.0/10.0

Murdered: Soul Suspect:

Overall Premise: Solve a supernatural mystery murder…your own, in fact.

Graphics and Sound: The cinematic experience looks great in most aspects as do many character models. However, your own character doesn’t look as unique and the surroundings often feature the same bland color palette. The voice-work is pretty spectacular whereas the actually music is minimal and the ambiance sounds convincingly haunting.

Playability and Entertainment: The gameplay isn’t as well-handled as the story itself but it gets the job done. The story offers most of the entertainment as it is an interesting experience and somewhat of a better-quality version of something akin to Deadly Premonition mixed with Heavy Rain.

Replay Value: Moderate.

Overall Score: 7.5/10.0

The Wolf Among Us: Episode Five- Cry Wolf:

Overall Premise: Conclude the first season of the Fables-inspired episodic game series.

Graphics and Sound: The same semi-cell shaded and artistic visuals are found in this episode as the previous ones. The vice-work is still top notch and doesn’t feel as overused as it has before in Telltale’s episodic releases.

Playability and Entertainment: The quick-time events are exciting and fast-paced but still not of much difficulty and usually only take two tries at most to complete. The controls still work fine and the balance between action and thought is still present although this is one of the more action-packed episodes by far. Rather than answering most of your questions, no matter the outcome you have more at the end of the episode- for better or worse.

Replay Value: Moderately High.

Overall Score: 8.25/10.0

The Walking Dead: Season Two- Episode Four: Amid the Ruins:

Overall Premise: Clem and her group fights harder against each other than ever before and many factors other than the zombie horde threaten to split them apart.

Graphics and Sound: The graphics are essentially the Telltale standard for the series and have no noticeable differences for better or for worse. The voice-work still isn’t quite as good as that of The Wolf Among Us’ however it is quality work and the music that accompanies tense moments nails the mood.

Playability and Entertainment: Both the story and the tense moments progress naturally- as naturally as they can during a zombie apocalypse anyway. The entertainment has been amped up even more but everything still controls solidly.

Replay Value: Moderate.

Overall Score: 8.5/10.0

The Last of Us: Remastered Edition:

Overall Premise: Build upon the epic masterpiece released last year with a slight graphical update for new consoles and a few other tweaks and additional features.

Graphics and Sound: Truly phenomenal work all around.

Playability and Entertainment: The story is still entertaining and believable, the ending as simultaneously heart-achey and solid. The controls have been tweaked slightly and work even better to get the dirty jobs required done.

Replay Value: Very High.

Overall Score: 9.75/10.0

Madden NFL 15:

Overall Premise: Build upon the annual sports juggernaut by adding and taking away some features that do and don’t work.

Graphics and Sound: The visuals are definitely an upgrade from last year’s but the sound work still suffers from inconsistencies in play calling and commentary, despite sounding good quality wise.

Playability and Entertainment: For the most part it is well-controlled and a step up from the last title and as far as entertainment goes it gets the job done and is yet another fine-tuned experience on the whole.

Replay Value: Moderate.

Overall Score: 8.5/10.0

The Walking Dead: Season Two- Episode Five: No Going Back:

Overall Premise: Really a game-changer at this point- there are truly vastly different endings and a phenomenal amount of impact from the story thus far as well. Interesting to finally see so many things hit home hard.

Graphics and Sound: The graphics remain unchanged but the sound work steps up and comes up with a win in my book. The background music weaves a tale of its own and the voice-work hits all the right notes at the right times during tense and somber moments.

Playability and Entertainment: Controls fine once more and the entertainment value is through the roof here partly because of the explosiveness of some of the moments towards the ending(s).

Replay Value: Very High.

Overall Score: 8.75/10.0


Overall Premise: Halo x Call of Duty x Mass Effect x MMO Status.

Graphics and Sound: The graphics look great and the soundtracks are not only truly interesting to listen to but also memorable as well. A true testament to the work of so many talented artists together as far as tracks go.

Playability and Entertainment: The controls handle excellently and makeup for some less than savory moments during the game. The story is pretty basic but nonetheless an entertaining adventure, and the same can be said about the game as a whole. It merges most of the right elements between MMO and shooter and RPG genres.

Replay Value: High.

Overall Score: 8.5/10.0

Hyrule Warriors:

Overall Premise: Essentially a Legend of Zelda themed Dynasty Warriors game. Hell, we already had Gundam so why not, right?

Graphics and Sound: The visuals aren’t as striking as I expected but the number of characters onscreen at once makes up for that and the character design itself is pretty good. The sound effects are undoubtedly better than the soundtracks but that’s not to say the soundtracks are bad.

Playability and Entertainment: While most of the so-called story is repetitive as to be expected in Dynasty Warriors, the combat is adrenaline-filled and a journey I appreciated having the opportunity to take.

Replay Value: Moderate.

Overall Score: 8.0/10.0

Wasteland 2:

Overall Premise: Return to the apocalypse ala Fallout, but closer to the original Wasteland mixed with modern elements than anything else.

Graphics and Sound: The environments are truly impressive even if the overall graphics aren’t by any standards today. The sound work is superb to say the least.

Playability and Entertainment: The gameplay is heavily tactics-based and enjoyable nonetheless. There’s definitely strategy involved but the adventure isn’t an impossible one. The story and journey as a whole is definitely ingrained with wit and darkness in equal portions here and there.

Replay Value: High

Overall Score: 8.25/10.0

Tropico 5:

Overall Premise: By now your dictatorial duties haven’t evolved much but are still a last to fiddle around with as usual. Even more is open this time around.

Graphics and Sound: Visuals are pretty much the same they were the last time around, meaning they aren’t spectacular or bad. The sound effects and the music selection keep things fresh.

Playability and Entertainment: The controls aren’t so complex as to be unrecognizable to newcomers and veterans alike. The community building experience is definitely one of the best.

Replay Value: Moderate.

Overall Score: 8.0/10.0


Overall Premise: Just imagine what the minds behind a game such as Bastion can do and then play this game.

Graphics and Sound: The coloring of the environments offsets appropriately the setting and the overall awareness they provide means the colors don’t clash as you’d expect. The soundtrack is an interesting concoction.

Playability and Entertainment: There is some difficulty to be found in the gameplay but the need to discover more of the story makes the experience more than worthwhile at the end.

Replay Value: Moderate.

Overall Score: 8.5/10.0

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft:

Overall Premise: Digital Card Games x Warcraft to the greatest effect.

Graphics and Sound: The graphics look like Warcraft to be sure and the the sound effects to accompany cards are definitely…interesting at times throughout.

Playability and Entertainment: Definitely very accessible and entertaining to collect cards as you progress in skill.

Replay Value: High.

Overall Score: 9.25/10.0

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Four Weeks In

My Weekly Picks for each NFL game of the Season thus far:

Howdy folks. Today’s blog is simply a statistics-based one. I simulated the entire NFL playoffs and regular season last year, so this year I am going to do the same (later on) but for now am settling for predicting each week’s winners and losers. I have scores as well, but the key thing I’m looking at are if the teams I choose actually win. You’ll see how I’ve done shortly. Without further ado, let’s begin.

Here’s a mockup of how the formatting will go (to ease your reading and interpretation):



Game #- Winning Team, Predicted Scores, Losing Team, (Actual Scores, Result if different)

TOTAL W/L/T for the Week (My Record not the NFL’s)



Thursday Night Football (TNF)

1- Seahawks 35-21 Packers (36-14)

Sunday Night Football (SNF)

2- Eagles 28-13 Jaguars (34-17)

3- Steelers 21-14 Browns (30-27)

4- Vikings 20-7 Rams (34-6)

5- Patriots 35-17 Dolphins (Dolphins 33-20 Patriots)

6- Jets 17-14 Raiders (19-14)

7- Chiefs 21-10 Titans (Titans 26-10 Chiefs)

8- Bengals 24-17 Ravens (23-16)

9- Saints 21-13 Falcons (Falcons 37-34 Saints)

10- Texans 21-17 Redskins (17-6)

11- Bears 21-7 Bills (Bills 23-20 Bears)

12- Panthers 28-14 Buccaneers (20-14)

13- 49ers 35-21 Cowboys (28-17)

14- Broncos 28-21 Colts (31-24)

Monday Night Football (MNF)

15- Lions 21-9 Giants (35-14)

16- Chargers 21-18 Cardinals (Cardinals 18-17 Chargers)

TOT: 11-5-0



17- Ravens 21-14 Steelers (26-6)


18- Cardinals 27-17 Giants (25-14)

19- Redskins 31-14 Jaguars (41-10)

20- Patriots 21-10 Vikings (30-7)

21- Cowboys 21-7 Titans (26-10)

22- Bills 21-20 Dolphins (29-10)

23- Panthers 28-14 Lions (24-7)

24- Falcons 21-17 Bengals (Bengals 24-10 Falcons)

25- Browns 21-20 Saints (26-24)

26- Rams 17-10 Buccaneers (19-17)

27- Chargers 27-24 Seahawks (30-21)

28- Texans 21-10 Raiders (30-14)

29- Jets 21-17 Packers (Packers 31-24 Jets)

30- Broncos 35-14 Chiefs (24-17)

31- 49ers 21-14 Bears (Bears 28-20 49ers)


32- Eagles 27-21 Colts (30-27)

TOT: 13-3-0



33- Falcons 35-17 Buccaneers (56-14)


34- Texans 21-14 Giants (Giants 30-17 Texans)

35- Eagles 28-14 Redskins (37-34)

36- Cowboys 21-7 Rams (34-31)

37- Patriots 28-6 Raiders (16-9)

38- Saints 21-10 Vikings (20-9)

39- Colts 42-17 Jaguars (44-17)

40- Bengals 28-13 Titans (33-7)

41- Chargers 23-10 Bills (22-10)

42- Browns 24-21 Ravens (Ravens 23-21)

43- Packers 21-14 Lions (Lions 19-7 Packers)

44- Cardinals 21-20 49ers (23-14)

45- Broncos 23-21 Seahawks (Seahawks 26-20 Broncos)

46- Chiefs 26- 14 Dolphins (34-15)

47- Panthers 21-17 Steelers (Steelers 37-19 Panthers)


48- Bears 21-3 Jets (27-19)

TOT: 11-5-0


Who knows what will happen?


I’ll continue posting my predictions every few weeks after they have come true or been dismissed. Also, here is my total current overall record for the first three weeks.


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Scarred (Scared) for Life

[As Would’ve been Read on GIO if the server hadn’t ‘errored’ out when I hit publish.]

Hey folks, it’s me again. Today’s blog is going to actually be a little more than just another update, which I suppose is something you all are probably looking forward to- more so than a simple update anyway. No worries about my forthcoming reviews or blogs about anything else, as those are in the works but unlikely to be released in all honesty in the near future as things stand right now.

Anyway, today’s little ditty of sorts is focusing on something that has become an interest in my life because of experiences early on with the it- film. I heartily enjoy watching most genres of film from the fictional epics in horror, action, and science fiction fantasy to even the occasional documentary or well-thought out and produced reproduction of actual historical events. Film is something that it is easy to take pride in the heroic efforts put forth by actors and filmmakers alike, as well as to simply enjoy without having to think very much about it.

You can sit back and watch something that will twist your brain around like Labyrinth or Inception, or you can simply enjoy a good old slasher or mediocre subplots thrown in your face in laughable ways. As for my personal tastes, I’m open to most kinds of movies and general film, so with many works I don’t discriminate until I’ve at least seen part of the piece or heard enough unruly dissent about it that I can actually begin to see if it is even worth attempting to stomach (Sharknado).

However, my blog today isn’t merely about films themselves- although I guess you could say some of them have scarred me, or even scared me for life. Good old suspenseful horrors and thrillers are what I’m mainly referring to in this case. And today I’m going to talk about three films in particular that I’ve enjoyed time(s) with, been scared by (or for the protagonist at least), and general been pleased by and never much disappointed- well, with the exception of some less than stellar sequels, or sequels to sequels if you refer to Ridley Scott).

The particular films in question are none other than the original ‘Alien’ film, The Usual Suspects, and The Fugitive. Now, for those of you who may not be sure exactly what these movies are or are concerning, I’ll give you a few details to jog your memory…

The original Alien (1979) debuted and is remembered as one of the most terrifying ‘what can go wrong in space’ suspense movies of all time. It is the classic, it is the start, it is king in the category of alien-related films. Oh and it boasted a (now pretty recognizable) cast including Veronica Cartwright, Ian Holm, John Hurt, and of course Sigourney Weaver. The first tale of Ellen Ripley and the ill-fated Nostromo have struck fear in the hearts of many, and thrilled the hearts of others. Watching an alien burst from John Hurt’s chest unexpectedly will literally change everything the first time you witness it. I watched the movie around the age of 8 (thanks to my mother’s love for horror movies) and I’ve essentially been ‘scarred’ since. But in a good way as well, although I find myself jumping at night when the floor creaks. ;-)

The Usual Suspects (1995) is a modern classic as well- part thriller, part noir crime film and part Bryan Singer amazing. The movie is just as tense and suspenseful as any other thriller I’ve ever seen, and has enough crime dramatization in it to feel like an amped up Law and Order- save from the opposite perspective than usual. Not only this, but it marks a high point in Kevin Spacey’s growing career, features other greats such as Benicio del Toro, and also has literally what must be one of the (if not the) best twists in film history in the revelations surrounding the mysterious crime lord Keyser Soze. Trust me- if you haven’t seen this film, you must.

The Fugitive (1993) is yet another one of those great, tense, thrilling early to mid-nineties films. It also happens to feature Harrison Ford, therefore making it doubly awesome with the combined might of Han Solo and Indiana Jones on the table. Obviously the film has struck the right chords in the past two decades, as it has been credited with “universal acclaim” on review sites such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, and is also of course an amazing crime drama and thriller. Essentially, the plot revolves around an innocent man convicted of murdering his wife but who has evidence (and visual proof) that he did not and that in fact another man did. He attempts to clear his name in the most obvious manner (I say sarcastically)- escaping from a prison bus hit by a train and evading a state-wide manhunt whilst finding clues as to what exactly occurred and unraveling a mini-conspiracy along the way. Add a strong supporting cast and epic set moments and you’ve got quite the ensemble. Plus, it has Tommy Lee Jones and Julianne Moore in it.

Now, I’ve only got a few more things before I wrap this up. As you’ve probably guessed, Alien scarred me for life where horror movies are concerned, and now I thoroughly enjoy tense and suspenseful “classic” horror films- not the gross gore we consider horror today, although some are alright. The Usual Suspects boggled my mind with its ending and was essentially Shutter Island/Inception before either of those were a thing (but thanks Chris Nolan for the latter, now make a sequel). And of course The Fugitive was more good old Harry Ford and a strong, thrilling plot with some tense moments and interesting deviations in terms of supporting cast. Add to the fact that all of these films are wonderful and critically acclaimed and where would we be without them today? Or for that matter where would the acclaimed actors/actresses such as Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Spacey be without these films that launched their careers?

What an intriguing thought… Anyway, it’s time for me to get going and back to the weekend grind of mixing time for fun and fury, or study anyhow. I’ll be around, but in the event I don’t get back to in a timely manner with a new blog, feel free to bug and pester me all you want. It might motivate me a bit more.

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‘Hey Ya’

[Read on GIO.]

(Puns and Allusions)

Howdy there partners, long time no blog (again, for the umpeenth time of late). Well, hate to disappoint you, but along comes yet another blog about…nothing much…honest. It pains me to do so but I haven’t caught much of a break yet, nor will I for the foreseeable time coming. A little update on some things I’ve been up to lately? Well, here I’ll give you a few…

Well- I’ve gone back to school, yep you’ve heard right. Didn’t want to say much on it earlier, but it’s become pretty much necessary that I amp up my skillset to the next level (RPG much?) right now. I recently decided to return to schooling in order to achieve a specific MFA- an interesting task that, and one that will entitle me to much, much more as well. Which is good. More is good. ‘Murica, yeah.

Along the way I plan to be writing off and on, enjoying my even more horribly busy hours now (yeah, back to school for the first time in about ten years, woot) on top of my slightly lessened workload (still a heavy one, even with educational alleviation). Ah well, at least I can sort of keep up with pop culture and the gaming industry, as well as several others. Well, as much as I possibly can. Also, it’s either disheartening or amazing that I haven’t really evolved enough in ten years to see that some of the staying up late and never sleeping crap I did in my original run of school wasn’t always the greatest idea. Look at me now- up on a Sunday night with no plans to retire anytime soon. Eh, life moves on, so must I.

Still all mostly quiet on the reviewing front as things go thus far- I plan to change that but, hey, scheduling my friends. I’ve definitely got to cut down the numbers on my Top X Blogs of the Generation seeing as it well exceeds rational numbering that I’d like to reach in one blog (nor do I want to split the titles between a large number of blogs). Most other blog ideas are on a pretty much indefinite hold however, but I will continue to attempt to offer ‘life-updates’ or something similar I assume.

By the way, looking back at Time Check yes I am indeed still (sort of) able to at least write and edit occasionally, which is one of the few tasks I’m painstakingly coming along with. Again, that’s only sort of. So…the progress is even slower than it would be normally, and I still have absolutely no clue where this path will take me- oh the joys, the horrors, the writing, the grind. No gaming for me much now however- hah, as if I’ve got the time for mundane tasks such as that (kidding of course). But really- no time.

And by the way…keep me in the loop. I’ll take to social media occasionally, so if you see my online indicator pop up unexpectedly on Twitter or whatnot, feel free to socially punch me in the face a couple of times to keep me awake, as it’ll more than likely be in the dead of night when I should really be sleeping or better yet researching something much more important. Jokes aside (although I’ll never give up joking) don’t forget me, and I’ll try not to break each and every blog writing related promise I stumble into. Well, not that many…maybe. *gulp Until the next time folks, stay safe, and don’t forget your sonic screwdrivers.

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On the Doctor

So… Volcano Day has passed…

We’ve taken a deep breath and started down a new path.

Interesting new twists, old turns…

I enjoy Capaldi’s more “sophisticated” Doctor- I think, for the most part now.

I don’t know yet- I know I will, die-hard as I am most probably, but just like Twelve right now…

This is all new, and yet so old and familiar.

Also, the puns and underlying subcontextual hints and nods to former episodes both more recent and not-

I enjoyed that.

Here’s to a favorable ‘Eighth’ series.

And Clara, oh Clara…

Sometimes I feel you and Jon Snow have so much in common-

You know nothing Jo-

Oh well, you understand.

But that’s why we love you.

Or rather, the Doctor does at least, and if we don’t always, that’s more than fine as a …supplement.



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Some of my favorite Series and/or Works

Hey everyone, here’s my weekly (sort of) update yet again. Nothing so game related or general update related. Just a little explanation of some of my thoughts upon what exactly some of my favorite literary works are.

First up is a classic Spider Robinson novel based off of the manuscript of some classic Robert Heinlein notes for one Variable Star. The book, while receiving some good, some great, some bad reviews from 2006 until now, is in my mind a fitting tribute to Robert Heinlein and also a fitting addition to the ranks of Spider Robinson’s own novels. It is a modern classic on its own, a healthy mix of space-time continuum and fun filled sojourns across the universe.

Next up is a favorite series of mine dubbed the Incarnations of Immortality series. It was written by Piers Anthony, also writer of the long-running Xanth series of convoluted and odd topics. The books in the series 1-7 are excellent and although an eighth was written back in ’07, nearly two decades after the previous title’s publishing, I do not honestly consider it as a mainstay in the series as quality goes. The series, as with many Anthony novels, is filled with provocative content at times, however it has several interesting concepts and whatnot as well. My particular favorites are books 1-3 and 6- On a Pale Horse, Bearing an Hourglass, With a Tangled Skein, and For Love of Evil. The first deals with the Incarnation of Death, the second Time, third Fate’s three aspects, and the sixth Evil. The mere concept of there being offices of these Aspects is intriguing enough.

Going back to Robert Heinlein, I’ve got several other books (actually his) that are enjoyable reads as well. Stranger in a Strange Land, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and Assignment in Eternity. And how could one forget the novel that spawned a movie series as well? Starship Troopers was written by the sci-fi master as well, and fared much better than the movie counterparts.

Isaac Asimov also has written several excellent titles over the years as well. Some of the more notable are in fact series that have even had modern feature films created from some of their concepts. The Foundations series has excellent concepts and writing beyond its time, the Robot series- including the titular I, Robot as well as other novels such as The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, The Robots of Dawn, and my favorite Robots and Empire. Other excellent novels and works include The Gods Themselves– another especially favorite title of mine.

Arthur C. Clarke is another favorite of mine and many others, and also of Stanley Kubrick and many movie industry goers- as he is credited with crafting the wonderful tale of a certain space odyssey… He has also written other excellent works I have thoroughly enjoyed such as Rendezvous with Rama, Childhood’s End, 2001-3001: A Space Odyssey, The Garden of Rama, Rama II, The Sands of Mars, The Food of the Gods,  and Dog Star.

Along with these titles, I also enjoy pretty much every book and work by Stephen King, Harlan Coben, George RR Martin, Orson Scott Card, Robert Jordan,  Ray Bradbury, and much of the (until now) recognized Star Wars expanded universe. Now, here are a few more titles I’ve always enjoyed as well. Might I also mention that HG Wells, Tom Clancy, and pretty much every fictional writer of some sort have written fanciful and realistic writings that I have heartily enjoyed.

The Woods by Harlan Coben, Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster, The Planet that Wasn’t by Isaac Asimov, The Once and Future King by TH White, Mindkiller by Spider Robinson, The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell, The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy, and Ted Dekker’s Circle series.

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