Librarians TV series

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear first came out a decade ago.

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I was amazed and amused, since we – the students of information science, were just discussing the topic of librarian stereotypes.

It hit a point with me and covered certain things like reasons why someone who is young would like to work at a workplace traditionally seen as an old grannies job in a funny way. Not only funny but to some of us more introverted it was like having a superhero movie made out of a otherwise boring career choice. And when the next two movies came out I found it as a sacred duty to watch them.

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So with great pleasure I share these trailers for the upcoming TV series “The Librarians” that comes out in December!

 

I am so very happy about this!

Boardgames!

As a declared veteran geek and nerd I love playing board games. I even like owning them.

Here are some of the board games and card games I have:

Munchkin Fu (and expansion Munchkin Fu 2)

This is a version of card game named Munchkin. While the original Munchkin card game is based on DnD fandom this version brings in many mainstream eastern themes. From B movie karate symbols to DnD Oriental setting. First player who gets to level 10 is a winner. Players gain levels by defeating monsters, buying levels with gold or using power up cards. This game is for 3- 6 players! 51HX6CZH4CL

 

I got it over a decade ago along with the expansion set for it. some of my friends had other version of Munchkin games and I ended up getting this one. I’m happy with it. It’s playable and fun!

Burn in Hell

Another card game I got long time ago. I liked the theme and the historical quirks of famous villains and bad guys from history. The game is about earning points by gathering and grouping historical figures who share diabolical natures and have a sin in common. This game is for 2-5 players.

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I like the idea of this game but at all attempts of playing it we were a bit confused about ruling and point system. If any of you have positive feedback with this game please share!

Warrior Knights (and expansion Crown and Glory)

I am not a fan of long strategy games mostly since my player buddies are people who like to plot and think on every move they make – this can be annoying as it takes forever for these kind of people to make up their mind and make a move. Warrior Knights is an exemption to this rule. This is a game for 2 – 6 players. It has more ways a player can choose to take and win. I like the diversity of it all.

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This game has it all: cool plastic figurines of knights on horses (four for each player sorted by color), cool looking map board to play on, versatile cards, plenty of small cardboard tokens and many strategic ways to achieve victory.

Pictionary

One of the more subtle games I own. Playable even by those who are not in touch with their inner geek. Excellent for groups who count more people than most other board games can support. We even played it with up to four groups with 3 people each!

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I keep most of the pictures and drawings made by the people I play with. We mostly use blank notebooks which I can store away for blackmail purposes in the future #INSERT EVIL LAUGH HERE#

There’s only a minor setback to this game for me….I really suck at drawing

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Fury of Dracula

This is basically hide and seek game WITH DRACULA! The game is for 2- 5 players where one player is Dracula and the rest are chasing him all across Europe.

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Depending on the luck of Dracula it can be quite engaging and fun game. I got this game from a former work buddy. I’m still a bit upset that I got it used – she never really took good care of it and so the cards are a bit worn and some of the tokens are missing :(

On the bright side each character has a nice plastic figurine and I’ve seen lots of really cool pictures where people took the time to paint them and make this cool game even more awesome experience.

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Jealous? Damn right I am!

Mansions of Madness

This is a game for lovers of Cth’ulhu. It is meant for 2 – 5 players where one player takes on the role of the master of monsters and uses them to kill of other players. Game is run by scenarios and every expansion adds more monsters and new stories. It is a great game for people who enjoy horror movies and scary stories.

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This game is also filled with 24 monster figures and 8 investigator plastic figures – each with great painting potential. I do believe painting the figures is an excellent way to add to the game.

 

These were some of my games. I hope you liked them. Aside from these there are also some that my boyfriend invented and we often play test them. I might make a post on those some other time.

If you have any recommendations let me know!

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Review

In one of my previous posts I made a graphic novel pool and the winner was League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore (Author), Kevin O’Neill (Artist)

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Basically this is a story about a British secret unit in 19th century. This unit is made from some of the most notable fictional characters in literature. To name them all would only be spoiler for no reason. This is one of the prime examples of graphic novel genres whose intended audience are adults.

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The artwork takes a bit to get used to. At first I was not thrilled with the art style. After a few pages I began to notice some quality details along the way. Like the picture below.

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The drawing I at first thought of as stringy and sparse turned out to hold many detail of satiric and comical value. Some of the pictures you might even think of as one of those “Where’s Wally” schemes. There are many characters hiding in plain sight depicting little bits and pieces most likely correct for the time frame of a period in question. Every now and then a half naked woman or some obscene detail would pop out in a corner of the page.

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Some of the ideas in the book were super cool and some were simply masterful. The idea of a character Invisible Man recruitment story was not something one could see in any of other versions of tale of this character. It was refreshing actually.

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I liked it all up until the end where the kitschy embellishments in the form of sarcastic and witty remarks from the authors throughout the book started to annoy me.

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By the time I reached the end of this colorful and rich book I couldn’t wait for it to end. The edition I was reading had many extras and one of those was a short story for one of the main characters.

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I didn’t like it. The writing style was obtuse and filled with unnecessary phrasing. At times it was repetitive and weirdly psychedelic and I just couldn’t get into it. (This may be for my lack of experience with opiates which author must favor)

In general, this is a graphic novel worth reading and I’m glad I read it despite its ups and downs.

Reading stats for September

 

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Here is the complete list of books I read in September:

Werewolves In The Kitchen by Shauna Aura Knight ★★★
Capturing the Earl’s Love by Jane Lark ★★★
The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks ★★★★
Kingdom Come by Mark Waid (Author), Alex Ross (Artist), Todd Klein (Calligrapher) ★★★
Fly Me to the Moon by Alyson Noël ★★★
Bizarij by Jasna Horvat ★★★
Sailor Moon (Pretty Guardian Sailormoon vol 9) by Naoko Takeuchi ★★★★
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Book 1) by Alan Moore (Author), Kevin O’Neill (Artist)★★★
Happy Marriage?! (Hapi Mari Vol 7) by Maki Enjoji ★★
Happy Marriage?! (Hapi Mari Vol 8) by Maki Enjoji ★★★
Happy Marriage?! (Hapi Mari Vol 9) by Maki Enjoji ★★★

Books read:11

1. Were you happy with the amount you read?
It was ok since I was down for the count most of the month

Better than last month but still on the downside overall. This was a slow and stressful month for me. I let myself go without a reading plan for September. What I got going for me this month reading wise is variety!

5 stars: none

2. If you had a 5 star read, what was it and why?
No five star reads, nothing that impressed me much

This month there were no great stories to motivate me. Nothing I read was extra good.

1 stars:none

3. If you had a 1 or 2 star read, what was it and why?
I was finishing  manga serial Hapi Mari by Enjoji Maki and one of the three volumes I read this month had me rating it 2 stars. This manga is about arranged marriage in japanese style which seems to be totally confusing for me at times. At times this manga is very much about all the stressful things couples have to overcome in relationships and sometimes the amount of cultural quirks just takes me by surprise. I will have to make a post on this manga to try to clarify.

This month there were no awful reads.

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You can almost say I was bored and unimpressed during reading this month. I don’t want this trend to continue therefore for October I’ve decided to make a reading plan! More on the reading plan later!

DNF? reading 2 leftover from September!

Basically I try to avoid DNFs (Did Not Finish) in my reading to the point of masochism so instead here I put books I’m reading trough next month.

These are:

In Desert and Wilderness by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Outlander (Outlander series book 1) by Diana Gabaldon

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Genres: UF, HR, manga, graphic novel,YA, erotic, CR, historical – I kinda mixed em up more than usual

Urban fantasy, historical romance, graphic novel, young adult, contemporary, historical fiction, manga – the themes in the books I read this month really varied from phantasamagoric to history textbook style.

4. Any new book boyfriends?
Again none :(

I really must work on this one! I shall start looking for new BB (Book Boyfriend) in Outlander book 1 by Diana Gabaldon!
5. Any new jerks?
None…

For some reason lately all vilians and jerk characters turn out to have at least some redeeming qualities. Seriously I miss getting worked out by hating a character or two…

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6. Did you start any new series?
Started one and I’m unsure about continuing it, but I’m especially proud for continuing 2 manga series!

Technically I started one new series – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen . It was ok and well but I don’t think I will be continuing it. This was graphic novel pool read and the review will soon be posted with more details.
7. Did you find any new authors that you loved?
No new authors impressed me this month
8. Any book you would recommend?
Kingdom Come and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – both graphic novels

Whenever I can I like recommending graphic novels. These two had much to offer to a reader and that is the reason I recommend them. Also both are award winners in varied categories.

Graphic novel POOL – Results

A little over two weeks have passed since I posted Graphic novel POOL!

And the Winner Is - Revealing the Award Results

Here are the results:

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol 1.                                               55.56%  (5 votes) 
Red Sonja vol 1. Queen of the Plagues                                                         22.22%  (2 votes) 
American Vampire Vol 1.                                                                                  11.11%  (1 votes) 
Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon                                                       11.11%  (1 votes) 
Largo Winch Vol. 1. : The Heir                                                                         0%  (0 votes) 
Total Votes: 9
We have a winner!
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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol 1. by Alan Moore (Author), Kevin O’Neill (Artist)

Published little over a decade ago this graphic novel has made a transition into classics among its kind. Stage is set at the end of the 19th century and the players are some of the greatest characters from science fiction masterworks – Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, Henry Jekyll (and his monstrous alter ego) and many others!

Together they form a League of Extraordinary Gentelmen!

Bumping it up on my reading list and review is soon to come!
I wish to thank all who voted and hope for you to continue participate in my future pools.

Book review – Kingdom Come

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by Mark Waid (Author), Alex Ross (Artist), Todd Klein (Calligrapher)

“Even super-heroes need to grow”

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This graphic novel was published on 1997. And the same year it won 4 prestigious awards.

What I really loved about it was the introduction written by one of the most prominent graphic novel DC writers Elliot S. Maggin.

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I like the idea this graphic novel presented about what it is to be a hero and what it means to be human. Some of the ideas were inspiring to say the least. This is a story about Superman and an alternate world Elseworld where things take a different turn than most cannon Superman novels.

From the Introduction by Elliot S. Maggin

“The heroes of fable and fact to whose virtue we aspire, are not only colorfull people leading vivd lives; they traditionaly understand the value of human life in all its places and conditions. But real-life heroes, unlike many icons we created, also understand human dignity and human immortality, … Heroes especially need to understand the value of the things of a life: it’s artifacts, it’s ideas, it’s loves. It is markers that you leave along that road that define you.”

The story is seen trough the eyes of an elder human minister Norman McCay who is lead by The Spectre as a witness to a time of disaster possibly so great that it might mean the end of the world. The children of superheroes and villains that once were are creating havoc to the human world. Characters we knew have gotten old…

From the Introduction by Elliot S. Maggin

“We have an obligation to know who we are and where we are and what we can do. We have an obligation to understand the ramifications of the things we do, and to choose to do them – or not – with our eyes open.”

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Dialogue between Lex Luthor (bald cigar smoking guy on the left) and The Riddler/Edward Nigma (glasses wearing guy on the right)

At times I found the art to be feast for the eyes but the story as a whole did not rise to my higher expectations inspired by the introduction. There is a strong redemption theme and a question of morality.

“It’s really very simple. In this world, there is right and there is wrong … and that distinction is not difficult to make.”
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This graphic novel raises the question of Free Will against the Divine Intervention. 

“…we learn here that the most ordinary among us are heroes, and the most colorful and vivid among us are quite ordinary and flawed.”

It also has a dedication I found an awesome addition to the issue!

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Books that changed me – Dei Bambini Non si sa Niente

Books that changed me:

Title: Dei bambini non si sa niente

(English title: What We Don’t Know about Children)

Author: Simona Vinci

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This is a book I read years ago as a very young person. I read it in Croatian translation under the title: O djeci ne znamo ništa.

This is not a book for people who get scared easily.

Main focus of the book are group of children age 10 to 15 who left to themselves for the summer begin to explore their sexuality.

This is a story about coming of age and social need to be a part of a group. We read the story from POV of a ten year old girl named Martina.

I found this book to be horribly fascinating.

While I was reading it I was assaulted by many disturbing images but at the same time I was driven by curiosity to read on in a similar manner as the protagonists in the book.

Sexual curiosity is a natural thing.

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The good, the bad, the joy and the pain, even horror and disgust are very much real.

What started out as a summer break children past time story turned into a morbid and tragic tale of when things go wrong.

Things went wrong when children who were turning into young people tried to imitate their elders sexual desires.

Eroticism is tainted by the desires of adults that leave the children as victims of their own confusion and powerless.

Children may not always listen to what their elders say but they watch and see what we are not telling them.

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What I learned from reading this book is that sometimes we cannot leave things to chance and keep quite about certain truths that we are all part of. Childhood is a time that needs to be kept safe and preserved for every child so it can safely make a transition to a healthy adult individual. Keeping quiet is not keeping safe.

This is a hard book with a heavy theme.

“…brave exploration of eroticism and a harsh indictment of a society whose dark, disturbing aspects leave that most fragile, vulnerable blessing–childhood–forever at risk.”