It’s been so long, I don’t even know where to start

Posted 23 June, 2015 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 10 Comments

So, yeah. It’s been a while. And I haven’t really even been reading all that much (which is good, because that means I didn’t add that many books to my already ridiculously overwhelming to-be-reviewed list…the list that’s probably part of the reason I haven’t blogged in a while). What have I been doing? Well, besides hanging out on the lake (holy cow, it’s been hot here!)…

I played SHADOWS OF MORDOR (Fantasy PRG, XBox One, 2014, Warner Home Video, source: purchased), which wound up being a lot tougher than I expected. I prefer sneak-around or sniper games (preferably those where I can either sneak around someone or shoot the baddies via bow-and-arrow from afar) but this one forced me to get into the melee of it all, learning to stab, kick and execute the Uruk soldiers to gain power and get what I needed to done. I’m also kind of a baby when it comes to the big Boss battles — I prefer not to have them, mostly because I’m not good at melee. And this game doesn’t have any way to change the level of difficulty, which led to a lot of cursing on my part. I came pretty close to giving up on the damn thing but I have a hard time letting things go unfinished. In the end, I really enjoyed the story itself, especially since it focused on the Ranger (Talion) and the wraith (Celebrimbor, forger of the Rings of Power) and their need for revenge and peace. It was cool to be immersed in Tolkein’s mythical world, battling baddies while rescuing slaves and taking down the baddies. If you like games, this one’s definitely worth your time.

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 2.05.06 PMProduct description: You are Talion, a Ranger of the Black Gate, keeping watch over Mordor which has remained undisturbed for ages. In the blink of an eye, everything is taken from you – your friends, your family, and even your own life. Resurrected by a vengeful spirit, you must now embark on a relentless vendetta against those who have wronged you. Fight through Mordor and uncover the truth of the spirit that compels you, discover the origins of the Rings of Power, build your legend and ultimately confront the evil of Sauron in this new chronicle in Middle-earth. Set before the events of The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor explores what happened in the land of Mordor as Sauron prepared his armies for The War of the Ring.

Dominate the Uruk soldiers of Sauron’s Army to build your own, using the power of the Wraith. Your power begets followers, willing or otherwise, and they will follow you or fall. Mordor’s wildlife has been forged in an unforgiving environment, ensuring only the strongest survive. Using the power of the Wraith, swift Caragors and mighty Graugs will become yours as well.

I’ve watched a lot of TV including SENSE8, a new series on Netflix. There’s only one season so far but I hope there will be more. I don’t always binge-watch but I definitely did with this one, finishing the 12-episode first season in less than a weekend (to be fair, I haven’t felt very good and laying around on the couch, whining to myself about how I have things to do but am too tired/icky feeling to do them required distraction). It’s pretty sexually explicit…I think it’s the first episode that involves a strap-on and then there’s the episode with the orgy… (it didn’t bother me, except I did think that I wasn’t going to recommend this to my mother because, well, lots of sex). I really enjoyed how the sensates were spread out all over the world and we actually got to see them in those worlds, not drawn to one generic US-type place to deal with their connection. It’s also a pretty diverse cast of characters, which I really appreciated. Plus, the glimpses into each of their lives, seeing them find connections between one another while they tried to figure out what in the hell was going on (which they still don’t *really* know but they know more than when they started) was fascinating. I think that glimpse into the different cultures and backgrounds was what entranced me. Can we please get more stories that include such wondrous and fascinating diversity?

MV5BMTY2MjI4MjkxN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjU5Nzk4NTE@._V1_Series description: Eight strangers around the globe find themselves connected — first by a violent vision, then by their shared ability to connect with one another’s thoughts and actions, and finally by the urgent need to find out what happened and why. Their need to know goes beyond simple curiosity — as they pursue answers, a mysterious organization hunts them down, intent on destroying them. The intense thriller is the first foray into television (or, more accurately, Netflix) for renowned filmmakers Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski (IMBD).

And I did read, a wide and varied selection of books. I’m still not over my reading ennui but it’s getting better and I think it’s helped to try and expand past my go-to genres and authors.

Oh, and I booked a trip to Ireland. Yeah, that last one was a bit of a surprise but the airfare was ridiculously low and I just couldn’t stop myself. I’ve said for the past couple of years that I wanted to travel more but just never really got around to it. Time has a way of slipping by quickly and then, all of a sudden, you’re caught back up in the whirlwind of deadlines and the impossibility of taking time off to travel and then another year’s gone and you didn’t go anywhere, except maybe to the lake, which, in my case, can’t really be considered traveling-traveling, since it’s only 20 minutes away. So, next month, I’m flying into Dublin, driving across the country to Clifden (it’s only like 3 1/2 hours…) to explore the wild side of Ireland for a couple of days, then driving back to Dublin to explore the wilder side of Ireland for a couple of days then home. Solo. (Eep!) While I’ve soloed many times around the US, I’ve only traveled outside the US with groups so this will be an adventure. A tame one, where people speak the same language as I do, albeit with a much smexier accent, but a solo adventure nonetheless.

Now, let’s see if we can get back into blogging! And, hey! It’s my 5-year blogoversary at the end of this month! That’s crazypants.

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10 Responses to “It’s been so long, I don’t even know where to start”

  1. Dude I am totally stowing away in your suitcase. Actually I am thinking about doing the same thing next year with Scotland. I want to go really badly and just feel like I need to grab the bull by the horns.

    I totally suck at big boss fights. I think that is why I play games where I can get by with farming and fighting one on one. I love me some PVP but group fights nah-ah.
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  2. I’M SO JEALOUS OF YOU MARY!!!! I want to go back to Ireland. You’re going to have the BEST time. It sounds like you already have a plan, but let me know if you want any suggestions of things to see 😉 I expect tons of pictures when you get home. And if you find Barrons or Ryodan in Dublin, I’m going to need you to make an international call and let me know so I can fly over immediately.
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  3. Can I go with you to Ireland? 🙂 I’ll just hide out in a rather large crate that you MUST claim at the gate. 😉 I do hope you have tons of fun. Oh and if you find a nice some nice alpha male that slays the dark fae, send him to me, will ya? 😀

    Oh and I’ve been thinking about checking out SENSE8. Diversity? Yea, I need to check it out!
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  4. I think there is something about this time of year (and the heat) that makes one want to relax a bit more and let things slide. Good on you for finally booking that trip. I’ve been wanting to go to Ireland for forever…wanted to do it for a honeymoon…and coming up on my 3rd anniversary and we still haven’t even taken a honeymoon (at what point can you no longer call it a belated honeymoon?? LOL) Hope you have a grand time!

    PS. Love the new layout on your home page. So much easier on my old eyes!
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  5. Happy blogoversary! And hey, Ireland, that’ll be great! We think it’s so great that you pursued something you’ve been wanting to do for a while. Hope it’s a blast! 🙂