On the Acre 2015: More Games than Books! Part II
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I am still unemployed and, 3 weeks into this state, things are not looking any better. Still no job prospects, although I did finally get some money from unemployment on Saturday, so that is good news, although it certainly does not replace what I was making.
On the gaming front, the newest expansion for Elder Sign, The Gates of Arkham (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/166679/elder-sign-gates-arkham), has been a huge hit at my house and has already been played 5 times since we got it last week.
On the reading front:
#8: El Deafo by Cece Bell - graphic novel; I enjoyed this quite a bit as the author explores what it was like growing up as a deaf child; this book was recommended to me by Mary (bell7) - Thanks!; Recommended (4 stars) Library Book
#9: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth - I loved this historical fiction book! I could not wait to see what happened to the main characters as I went through the book; Highly Recommended (4.5 stars) Library Book
I keep seeing Bitter Greens mentioned - maybe I will have to succumb!
Still praying for the perfect job for you.
>6 msf59: I hope you like El Deafo once you get a chance to read it, Mark!
>7 bell7: Thanks again for the recommendation, Mary!
>8 lunacat: Jenny, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed Bitter Greens as much as I did.
>16 thornton37814: Lori, I will not graduate until June 2017. Because I am taking a dual major, it takes a bit longer than it otherwise might have.
>17 jolerie: Move it up the mountain, Valerie!
#10: Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart - I enjoy Stewart's books primarily because she tells good stories and tells them well; when I saw this book recommended on Dejah Thoris' thread, I realized I had not read this one, so I picked it up at the local library; the story in this one revolves around Lippanzer stallions, a topic about which I knew nothing, so I found that very interesting; Recommended (3.75 stars) Library Book
#11: Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman - Gaiman's take on the traditional fairy tale with some marvelous monochromatic illustrations by Lorenzo Mattotti, but they may be a little on the "dark side" for younger children; Thanks Kerry for this recommendation!; Recommended (3.5 stars) Library Book
Good luck with the job search! I hope you find something soon that will make going to work a pleasure.
These are airs above the ground:
Bitter Greens isn't available through my local cluster of libraries, so I have to wait a few more weeks before I can request it from further afield. It's great to see another positive review!
I'm sorry to hear that you're still on the hunt for a job. I know the perfect position will turn up soon.
>28 Dejah_Thoris: Thanks, I hope so too. Sorry to hear you cannot immediately get your hands on Bitter Greens. Thanks again for the recommendation of Airs Above the Ground.
>33 billiejean: >34 drneutron: >35 Ameise1: >36 souloftherose: Thank you, BJ, Jim, Barbara, and Heather. I am so glad that class is finally over!
Yesterday was Family Game Night and Beth's and my Monthly Gaming Marathon night, so lots of game playing going on: Ticket to Ride (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/9209/ticket-ride) was first up. This is a terrific family game and Kerry's favorite. Then after he went to bed, Beth and I played Merkator (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/39684/merkator), Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/119890/agricola-all-creatures-big-and-sm...), Kingdom of Solomon (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/87821/kingdom-solomon), and Elder Sign (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/100423/elder-sign) with the new expansion - and we lost that one horribly!
I also finished a book yesterday:
#12: This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki - graphic novel; I think my preconceptions hurt my overall view of this book as I thought it was going to be a lighthearted look at 2 preteen girls' summer vacation, but this book tackles a lot of heavy subjects: miscarriage, teen pregnancy, crushes, attempted suicide; Guardedly Recommended (3.5 stars) Library Book
>44 souloftherose: It really is a terrific family game, so it does not bother me at all that it is Kerry's favorite game.
Speaking of games, I had a great (although unexpected) gaming day today. Beth and I played Elder Sign (again) this afternoon, then Kerry (who is not a gamer) wanted to play Augustus, so he and I played twice tonight, and then after that, Beth and I played an old favorite, Tikal.
I also finished another book!
#13: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger - young adult; I really enjoy Carriger's books and this one was no exception; this continuation of her Finishing School series features vampires (Lord Akeldama makes an appearance!), kidnapping, fortune tellers and mechanimals; all in all, great fun!; Recommended (but read book 1 in the series first) (4 stars) Library Book
>49 lunacat: Games are great no matter what you are playing, Jenny. I hope you had a good time and play some more :)
>50 msf59: Mark, I have only read Cinder, which I liked so much I promptly bought a copy. That is a series I really need to finish - if the author is done writing them. I hate starting a book only to discover the author is writing a series and it will be another year before the next one is out - by which time I will have completely forgotten what is going on.
I did finish up one last book before I start school again tomorrow:
#14: Beyond Adventure by Roy Chapman Andrews - nonfiction; this is an odd duck of a book, not quite biography, not quite adventure story; Andrews writes about 3 explorers: Robert Peary, Conrad Akeley and himself - and he is in no way an unbiased observer; "fanboy" for Peary and Akeley would not be too strong a word for him as Andrews seemed to think that these two men could do no wrong; the strongest part of the book to me was the part Andrews wrote about himself and his adventures in China; Not Recommended (3 stars) Library Book
Meanwhile, I recently discovered that I can get tabletop game apps for my phone -- so that I can play board games whenever I'm away from my table! This is going to be a terrible habit, I can tell, but so far I have Catan, Carcassone, and Suburbia -- I'm considering Ticket to Ride, but I'm trying to resist. Did you know this was a thing? I had no idea until this week.
How are you liking Suburbia? It is one of my daughter's favorites, but we do not get it to the table as often as either of us would like. We have one of the follow up games, Subdivision, but have not played it yet. We do not own another of the follow up games, The Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and I am not sure I am going to buy that one.
I don't own Suburbia in regular tabletop form, actually, but I'm thinking I might need to buy it. Let me know what you think of Subdivision when you get 'round to it. I hadn't heard of the Castles of Mad King Ludwig game at all -- what makes you avoid that one?
>61 beserene: I do not have a game store near me, so most of my games are ordered over the Internet from Cool Stuff. I am still hoping that there is a (slim) chance that we will make it to Dice Tower Con again this year (although who knows with my job situation) and that I will get a chance to play it there.
I finished a book last night while I was supposed to be sleeping and it was a dandy!
#15: The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore - nonfiction; This was a terrific read about the fascinating history of Wonder Woman; I had no idea of the history behind her! Thank you, Mark, for a great recommendation (even if it did cost me a night's sleep!); Highly Recommended (4.5 stars) Library Book
>69 kgodey: Other than finding it frustrating at times, I am enjoying learning it, Kriti.
>70 Berly: Thanks for the good job mojo, Kim. I hope it works!
So, I finished another couple of books:
#16: Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves - I have read a couple of books in Graves' Home Repair is Homicide series and they were enjoyable enough, so I thought I would give this first book in a new series a try after spotting it on Tina's thread; this series is edgier than the Home Repair series as we are introduced to Lizzie Snow, who has moved from Boston to small town Maine to work in the sheriff's department there, all the while searching for her long lost niece; I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in the series and seeing how Lizzie's character develops; Recommended (3.75 stars) Library Book
#17: Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast - graphic memoir; this book struck a chord with me as I am part of "sandwich generation," so I can really relate to what Chast went through as her parents aged and inevitably died - her relationship with her mother reminds me a lot of my relationship with my father; thanks Bonnie for the recommendation of this one!; Highly Recommended (4.25 stars) Library Book
I did finish another book though!
#18: Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb - I love the In Death series and this book is a terrific addition to it; Eve has an obsessed fan who is getting rid of her "enemies" for Eve; Highly Recommended for fans of the series (4.5 stars) Mine
>78 jolerie: Thanks for the energetic vibes, Valerie!
>79 connie53: Yeah, that old school thing. . .I will be glad if I ever graduate!
>84 applebook1: Are you learning C or C++, Yoona? I will have to learn one or the other before too long, I am sure. I am giving up on Java for right now, but I will be back to it in the next couple of months.
>85 ronincats: Cool beans, Roni!
My game playing has not slowed down, but a lot of the games are ones I have mentioned already, so I am not sure that anyone is interested about hearing about them again. I did, however, get Thunderstone Advance: Numenara to the table a couple of days ago, and I know I have not mentioned that one before since I had not ever played it! I really enjoy deck building games, and this game is in that genre, using the Thunderstone Advance system and moving it into the science fiction world of Numenara. I had a great time with it.
I have also finished another couple of books:
#19: The Hangman by Louise Penny - I almost feel bad counting this one (almost), but since it is between covers, I am; this is more of a short story or novella than anything else, but it is Gamache and it is Three Pines, so what more can I say? It just is not long enough!
#20: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs - the second book in the Miss Peregrine series, and I think I liked this book more than I did the first, which I greatly enjoyed; if you are a fan of the first book, you definitely need to read this one. I cannot wait until book 3 comes out!; Highly Recommended (4.25 stars) Library Book
>88 Berly: Thanks, Kim. I ended up dropping the programming course for now, but am scheduled to take it again the session after next. I have to have it for my second degree program. Glad you enjoyed both Hollow City and Obsession in Death!
>91 applebook1: Soldier on, Yoona. I am sure you will be just fine!
>92 Berly: I have heard of Dixit although I have never played it. I have a game sitting on my shelf, Mysterium, which has been described as a combination of Dixit and Clue. One of these days I will have to get it played!
I hope the new job is going well. It is so good to see posts from you. Congratulations on doing so well on discrete math. Of course, I am not surprised.
Love you lots
I missed your Thinga'? Phooey on me. Hope it was a happy one!
For my Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Holiday image this year (we are so diverse!), I've chosen this photograph by local photographer Mark Lenoce of the pier at Pacific Beach to express my holiday wishes to you: Peace on Earth and Good Will toward All!