Gaming: Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Warning: I’ve tried not to spoil the game, but if you haven’t played it, or finished it, you may want to stop reading now. 🙂

I’ve been looking forward to Wild Hunt since I finished Assassin of Kings. I was keen to continue Geralt’s story and to see what CD Projekt Red could do to improve on an already superlative gaming experience.

I came to these games in a roundabout manner. While fully immersed in the world of Dragon Age (BioWare), I ran across a comment likening the Wardens to Witchers. A little research unearthed a series of novels and games loosely following around The Witcher, otherwise known as Geralt of Rivia. I ordered the first game and book and the rest, as they say, is history. Continue reading “Gaming: Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”

Review: Best Served Cold

PrintBest Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

Brilliant and bloody! Or brilliantly bloody.

I had been reading about this book for years. The cover grabbed my attention a few times and friends kept adding it to their bookshelf on Goodreads. I met Joe Abercrombie at a convention, had a nice chat with him (not about his book because I hadn’t read it) and took away a signed copy, vowing to actually read it. Two years later, it was still on my shelf, the wide, dark spine winking at me every time I reached for something to read.

What kept it from my hands? The size, mainly. It’s 880 pages long. It’s heavy, even in paperback. And it’s fantasy. I do like fantasy, but I have to be in the right mood to read it. Best Served Cold is dark fantasy. It’s swords without the sorcery. As the title suggests, it’s a tale of vengeance. It’s gruesomely descriptive, endlessly inventive and wickedly funny.

What convinced me to finally pick it up? It’s the October fantasy selection for my Goodreads book club. So I read it…and I’m very glad I did.

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