Hey guys, Spira here. Been a long time, huh?
Well another month is over and a new one is about to begin, and like our last and first warp up. However this month has been quite difficult on my reading progress but also a blessing. I DID ALOT OF READING. I am quite proud of myself~
I also manage to finish a few games, although some I abandon due to time and just dam difficulty level. Anyway April has been a good month in my book, despite my real life interfering a lot.
So let’s start our warp up, okay? 😉
Books I finished:
Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy 1#) by Kiersten White (3.5/5, Review to come) – I had been surrounded with too much stress lately, and this bright light saved me. Not in changed your life kind of way, but more… It made me laugh, cry and cared. And also conveniently question everything and wanting more. I love the main character Evie and her adventures, her sorrows and hardships. She highlight the book for me, and it made it an enjoyable read. It was like I was watching another ep of Buffy the Vampire Slayer once more.
The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1) by Lois Lowry (4/5, Review to come) – The Giver was and will always be my favorite Dystopian story. Why? Because it doesn’t shove itself to immense repetitive cycles of other dystopian stuff. Society is corrupted, it is wrong, hero find out the truth, hero changes it, sacrifices are made the end! No. Not in the Giver. The Giver is about a world that is an utopia. This is what might will happened, if we solve it wrongly, by forgetting the important stuff, like Love, music, holidays, family, food, colors, pain, suffering, all of it and become just… Docile ignorant creatures. The Giver is a must read for any new beginner to the dystopian genre since it is something I assure you must give a try out before you start with any of the bigs stories like 1984 or the Hunger Games etc etc.
The Bone Knife (The Theft of Sunlight 0.5) by Intisar Khanani (3/5, Review to come) – I have never read Thorn or any of miss Khanani works but now I just have too. This is a small prequel story before the upcoming trilogy series The Theft of the Sunlight. What did I thought of this? It was good, a lot to developed and see where it go. I honestly like the main lead here, she is crippled, harsh, strong but still caring and loving but have weaknesses. I really cannot wait to read future installments for this series. There’s something special about it. I can just feel it…
Comic Books I finished:
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson , Lynn Varley
Star Wars: Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto , Phil Noto
Outcast Vol. 1 + 2 by by Robert Kirkman, Paul Azaceta , Elizabeth Breitweiser
Silent Hill: Sinner’s Reward by Tom Waltz and Steph Stamb (3/5, Review to come, saving it for special occasion) – Silent Hill is one of my favorite franchise as I already talked about on my April to do list back a while ago. Now let’s be honest, when sometimes sells right you want to expand it and continue it while the iron still hot, right? So the logical call is to venture to new territories, hence why they made those horrible Silent Hill movies (yeah, not a fan like most people I know) and of course comic books. Speaking about comic book, trying to adapt other media to something else is difficult especially how you write it, and Sinner’s Reward is… Good. Not bad nor that great but good! It has some good established cast, good story, good yet weird artwork and it feels like the old Silent Hill video games to me. If you want to try Silent Hill, you can first jump right in on this one, since it is a good introduction to the story 🙂
Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story by Tom Waltz and Tristan Jones
Silent Hill: Past Life by Tom Waltz and Menton J. Matthews III
The Cape by Jason Ciaramella (3/5, Review to come) – WOW. JUST… WOW. At first, I thought this was just another superhero indie story. But… no. This has nothing to do with that. This story is, how do I describe it? Like, ahm, I have no words for it except that its a good read. Plus on kindle its only 0.99$ so you can probably understand my bafflement about it.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (4/5, Review to come) – What can I say about Nimona that wasn’t already been told already? A charming, funny, loveable tale about a villain and his sidekick doing “evil” deeds and by the end becoming good friends and of course save the day. But it comes with a twist! 😉
I love when a creator takes things, make the tone sometimes silly to serious to well downright scary. Nimona is an excellent book my friends. Something you should try, and boy does it remind me too much of Adventure Time. So yeah, check it.
Meathouse Man by George R.R. Martin (3/5, Review to come) – Apparently the Meathouse Man was originally a short story by George R.R. Martin not too long ago. And I can defiantly see why this format is kinda good and bad for a comic. The comic is told from a third view perspective of our hero, which is neat. It also features tons of interesting sci-fi concepts and deals a lot about the human heart, emotions, love and of course depression. But, I would really like to read the original story since the comic is… feels to me like a vulgar attempted at it. Maybe I just didn’t like it, but it is still a good comic, especially if you never read or saw any of R.R. Martin works before.
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana (2016-) 1-4# by Mike W. Barr, Brian Buccellato, Diogenes Neves , Viktor Bogdanovic
Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death (2016-) 1-4# by Amy Chu and a few Illustrators I cannot name them since I am not so sure who did what XDDD (3/5, Not gonna review it, sorry…) –
Star Wars: Darth Maul – Son of Dathomir Issues 1-4# by Jeremy Barlow, Juan Frigeri , Chris Scalf
Hellchild #1 by Joe Brusha & Ralph Tedesco (3/5, Sorry not gonna review it…) – I think this is connected to that Grimm Adventures Tales series also publish by the same company of Hellchild and written also by Joe Brusha. In a way I think I understand why I couldn’t figure out who some of the character were referencing but still reading this issue was fun! 😀
The artwork is decent, the story is interesting but the characters are still not that fleshed out. I mean so much is happening in this story, that I have no place to breath! But I still want more. This urban fantasy/supernatural story is picking my interest and perhaps I will continue this on some point later this year but at the moment I will leave it aside.
Obi-Wan & Anakin Issues 1-2 by Charles Soule & Marco Checchetto (4/5, Review to come on special occasion, leaving the review aside for now~) – Star Wars, yeah this is getting old, but you know something, this one actually intrigues me. This comic in particular. Somehow, this entire 2 issues feels like what the second movie in the franchise should have been, about Obi-Wan training Anakin! Making the dreadful and tragedy of ep 3 seems more legit. In here, it all make sense. The bond between the master and the student, Palpetine interest in Anakin, this nice little adventure it is just shines on me. The artwork is great, the pacing is good, the characters are well rounded, they all have flaws and you should all read it. I command it, by using the dark arts of the sith, yo. You must obey, I can use the force, dawg ;p
Manhwa I finished:
Priest #1 (Priest #1) by Min-Woo Hyung (3.5/5, Review to come) – I know alot about Priest but to be completely fair, i never read the Manhwa. Originally I watched it back in the maybe it was… 2009? Maybe 2012? I can’t remember but I vaguely remember how nicely packed action B-movie it was. I loved it, but the story didn’t make sense but it was still nice to just casually watch on a nice cold evening. Then after watching the movie, I wanted to see if it was actually based on something, and it actually did. A comic book, created by a Korean artiest. Written as 16 volumes for this series, tons to cover about if a studio wants to take said project and market it correctly but of course it did not. Priest was nothing like his movie adaption. Let me explain something about adaptions, sometimes they will take said source material and wipe out tons of information and perhaps some characters because it can make sense or not. In this case, they remove tons of stuff and replace with normal annoying action dystopian sci-fi vampire movie when vampires were the big hit. Which is like nothing alike in this story. This story is set in the wild west 19th century era, and it has freaking zombies demons creatures – it has to explain, but I can continue explain and explain but Priest is wonderful comic. It captivates my attention and i defiantly going to continue reading it! 🙂
Total Book Count: 32
Not bad! I do have wished I could of read more, but still not bad =)
Video Games I finished:
Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light (3/5, Review to come) – I missed playing RPGs. I love them! Role-Playing-Games are amazing genre. They can provide tons of good stuff, from actual good story, to well, good gameplay to anything you like. But sometimes there’s those shitty rpgs you just cannot fathom. Don’t get me wrong, Blade Dancer has something to offer. It has one unique gameplay mechanics using your own weapon equipment as sort of both your strength and weakness and your magic system is a double edge sword, meaning you can use it, but also your enemy as well. Which creates quite of a good struggle and hardship which is what i am seeking: a real challenge. Nowadays RPGs lack some creativity and regards as well, stupid, so they lower the difficulty mode to minimum to offer the player some decent gaming. I think it is always important to let a player have a hard time so when we complete the game, it will be much more rewarding. But then, it does create a lot of diversity, since this game is… catastrophic. I judge a game by a lot of critics and i can abandon it in a second if i find it intolerable and this is one of them. Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light is a good RPG if you seeking a good challenge and ready to waste 60 hours of your life repeatedly dying and retrying and consciously leveling up T.T
Chelsea (Chelsea/ チェルシー) (4/5 Review to come) – I love horrors. It is my main favorite genre, it is amazingly written sometimes, hilarious in the others and downright frightening if they want to be. I find Chelsea a very good horror game. A game that tries not like the rest nowadays to be scary for the worthy of being scary, but to be simply put, a video game. Chelsea is a freeware rpgmaker game, created on the new released RPGMAKER MX program and it is beautiful. Chelsea has standard controls, alluring eerie atmosphere for a good step up, nice main lead, good graphics and the soundtrack, my is it beautiful. Chelsea is truly worthy for your attention, especially if you seek good horror 😀
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (3.5/5, Review to come) – Mario, what is there to say? Really. I think this is not my best introduction to the series, but it is fun! I think platformers are challenging. I always liked them! That and RPGs. And Horror. I wonder why nobody makes a Mario Horror platformer?
Total Video Game Count: 4
Not bad, but i could do better~
And that was April, now let’s see what May will be like 😀