Reading Challenge 2016!!

IMG_1397This post was meant to be done at the beginning of the year but I have been behind on all the things I wanted to accomplish so I am playing catch up once again it seems this is my pattern I can’t break. Oh well least I am sitting down now and getting it done! Procrastination is my middle name…obviously.

This challenge was brought to my attention on Facebook and on Instagram through my old cast mates of the podcast “Chickcast.” I already do a GoodReads goal and my goal from 2016 was a total of 30 books or more if possible, since last year I had to cut back down to 25 because I was way off track. Its been helpful though because it gives me some ideas of what books to read. Plus I am a sucker for any kind of challenges, if I could find any good writing ones I would do those as well! Maybe I’ll create my own one of these days.

So far I have only knocked one-off this list: A book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child or Bff. I read Dragon Age : The Last Flight  written by Liane Merciel and it was chosen for me by my brother. It was such a great book and I loved finding out what happened to the legends that were the Griffons and the end of the Fourth blight by Garahel and the Grey Wardens. IF you love the video games pick up all the books they are well written and amazing my favorite will always be Asunder!

IMG_1501Here are the books I have read so far for my GoodReads Goal:

  • Star Wars : Dark Disciple by Christie Golden. If you love Asajj Ventress then this books for you. The cool thing about this novel is that it was actually supposed to be an episode on Star Wars: The Clone Wars but was never made. I have always been intrigued by her character as a whole and I am glad that I read this book. Then again I haven’t read a star wars book I didn’t love. I gave this one a five star rating.
  • Then I read Hellblazer Volume #1 aka Constantine. It was really good but to be honest I actually started it last year but kept getting distracted by other things. A lot of the issues in this volume made me miss the show Constantine.  Actually they took a lot from this book to make the show and I think it’s still a travesty that the TV show was cancelled. I love you Matt Ryan!!
  • Right now I am currently knocking another book off the list: A book You have been meaning to read. I read all the other mass effect books and was blown away by them, I love getting more out of a series than just a video game, this also applies to the Dragon Age books.
    51blMUx+kAL._SX298_BO1,204,203,200_Now with that being said once I heard that Mass Effect:  Deception was written by William C Dietz and not by Drew Karpyshyn, he wrote all the previous books, I was a little worried. There was a rumor going around that Dietz totally went off base on this one that it was horrible and people should stay away until they revised it (which never happened to my knowledge.)
    Then the other week my brother and I went to the library and I decided “Hey I know this book is supposed to be flawed but hey let’s see for myself.” So far I am kind of regretting that decision but I will persevere and finish it, the biggest problem with it is the lore is not used to its fullest potential it almost feels like the guy just decided I’m not going to do research and just write a book. I also do not like the setup of this book the flow is so choppy that I feel like my brain is jumping around in my head trying to grasp at straws. I feel like the chapters could have been broken up differently and the different characters should have been broken up into their own chapters like so many other great books. We shall see what I think once I hit the end of the book but right now I’m not sold and it takes a lot for me to dislike a book and give it a negative review.

That’s where I am so far in this reading challenge. I am excited to get more knocked off the list and I’ve already been trying to think of what books to read for certain challenges. Please feel free to join me in this challenge I would love to know what books you chose. Happy Reading everyone!

One Geekified Interview: Cogan

Hello everyone! I’m back again and I have another awesome interview for your eyes to read I hope that you enjoy these interviews as much as I do. I really  enjoy getting to know our world full of geeks and nerds, and gamers a like! I would like to introduce you to Cogan! We really never had too much interaction but he still volunteered to come on this journey with me. Really quick if your interested in joining in on the fun follow me on Twitter: @GeekyGamerChick, I am on Facebook The Game Huntress, or send me an email today to thegamehuntress@gmail.com! So now that the house keeping is done lets give Cogan a special welcome and let’s get straight into the interview!
Q. Tell us about yourself. Anything you’d like to share!
A. Well to start off I am a sophomore in College who just turned 20. I’m going to school to be an accounting major. I spent the last semester of school abroad in London and I’m from your stereotypical small town Midwest upbringing.
coganQ. How has social media impacted/improved your life?
A. Social media has impacted my life by providing me with an open forum to talk to and meet others who share my interests.  Due to my background of where I have lived it has at times proven challenging to openly find incredibly nerdy people as it was looked down upon in these small judging towns I have lived in.
Q. Who inspired you to be the geek you are today?
A. The man who raised me for the first 13 or so years of my life, Tim.  He kind of inspired me to many of my geek pursuits and we shared a lot of my favorite geek memories together.  We saw Lord of the Rings together, spent many a night gaming into the early hours of the morning, he taught me to play Magic the Gathering, and recently him my half-sister and I went and saw Star Wars the Force Awakens together which was special as my half-sister had never seen star wars.
Q. If you could give a geek from this generation advice what would you say?
A. I would say do not fight your geekiness as that was my problem.  I struggled in school to be a geek as people didn’t want me to be so I floated between being a jock and a geek.  Just go out there meet some geeky people and have fun with it.  It’s finally cool to be a geek so embrace it and enjoy because when I was growing up it was not.
Q. If you had to give up one geeky hobby what would it be and how would you replace it ?
A. If I had to give up on Geeky hobby it would probably be video games as it can get expensive at times and is somewhat anti-social.  If I had to replace it I would play more dungeons and dragons due to the social nature, the wide open options, and the immense amount of fun I have playing as compared to video games.
Q.If there was one thing you could change about geek culture what would it be and why?
A. My biggest issue with geek culture is a general feeling of dissatisfaction that I get from most geeks.  My example of this is the New Star wars movie and while I wont divulge for later questions it felt to me like everyone was waiting to just start trashing it as much as they good.  Geeks (myself included) tend to complain about our hobbies a lot.  The other aspect is people who get mad that “uh well I liked that before they did so they aren’t allowed to like it as much as me”.  I’m the opposite the more people who like my geeky things the better in my opinion.
Q. Where all can my readers find you?
A. Your readers can find me on Facebook at Cogan Wilson James Bishop
I’m on twitter username @TheRealCogan
I also have an Instagram which is Cogan Bishop
Q. As geeks we have all been ridiculed at some point in our lives. How did you cope with that? How has it effected you as an adult?
A. I will admit I was made fun of a lot for my geekiness in elementary and middle school and I coped by trying to become a jock and usually spending all my free time alone at home reading or playing video games.  As an adult I tend to be distrusting and at times introverted as I don’t trust people’s intentions at times.
Q. Do you have any hobbies that aren’t considered to be in the geek realm, if so what?
A. I am a bit of a fitness nut and I run and lift six or so days a week.  Running is my true passion and I love nothing more than to spend a Saturday morning pounding the pavement with my headphones in and music blaring.
Q. What are your thoughts on Star Wars The Force Awakens?
imagesUK9YX8JWA. I LOVED The Force Awakens.  It was great in my opinion.  While I may agree that it mirrored A New Hope that didn’t stop me from seeing it three times in one week.  The actions, the villains, the hero’s all made it worth it to me.  I especially love Kylo Ren, unlike a lot of people I know.  I loved the movie to death, have ordered it already, and can’t wait to see Episode 8.
Q. Which Lord of the Rings movies is your favorite?
A. My favorite has to be the two towers.  The atmosphere of uncertainty at the beginning and the stress that builds in the film and culminates in one of my favorite battles of Cinema, the Battle of Helms Deep, makes this my clear favorite of the trilogy.   The character development in the second movie is also superb and I have spent many a weekend just watching these movies.
Q. Which movies do you prefer more DC or Marvel?
A. This is tough for me as there is a greater amount of Marvel movies, however I prefer dark and gritty movies closer to the Dark Knight and Man of steel.  However the Marvel TV shows on Netflix are that dark and gritty.  I would have to say I prefer DC movies and Marvel Tv Shows.
Q. What movie are you looking forward to in the upcoming year?
A. Oh boy.  This is quite the list but we have Deadpool, Captain America, Rouge One is my personal favorite to come out, Xmen, Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, Star Trek Beyond, and my guilty pleasure of Kung Fu panda 3 ( I love the first 2)
Q. What did you think of Jessica Jones? How about it getting a second season?
A. I Adored Jessica Jones.  It was similar to daredevil but different enough that it was great.  The dark and gritty nature of Hell’s kitchen as well as the very adult content of the show as perfect for me.  The main character not wanting to be a hero dragged me in as well as the always talented David Tennent who excelled in his role as a villain.  I am anxiously waiting for the 2nd season of Jessica Jones to see where she goes from here.
Q. Which version of Sherlock is your favorite?
Its Benedict Cumberbatch.  No question he far superior to Robert Downy Jr’s Sherlcok in my opinion.  He is much more arrogant, condensing, and handles and shows the Drug abuse by the character in a much more interesting way.
Q. Which Doctor on Dr Who is your favorite? How long have you been watching?
A. My favorite Doctor has to be Peter Capaldi.  I just love the different style of doctor he brings as compared to the two previous incarnations of Matt Smith and David Tennant.  His sarcasm as well as dry humor especially.  Sad to say I have only been watching Doctor Who for 3 years as I discovered it during two a days of football my Senior year of high school.
Q. You also enjoy Politics and debate. Have you ever gotten heated during a debate, you either had with someone or watched someone, and why?
A. I have got heated plenty of times during a debate, more than I would wish to recount.  In both instances of watching and participating I got heated as I use to be quite the hot head and very opinionated.  My time in college has taught me to listen to all opinions as valid, but to question them nonstop.
Q. What board games do you own? Do you have any that you have yet to play?
A. The “board” games I won though I don’t know if they count are DnD, Magic the Gathering, Cards against humanity, and call of Cthulhu. I want to play Shadownrun, Star wars saga and edge of the empire as well as the superheroes table top game Mutants and Masterminds.
Q. Tell us a little about some of your favorite Anime’s? 1) Psycho Pass 2) Tokyo Ghoul 3) Attack on Titan.
A. I just very recently got into anime and I am sure the community would define me as a newbie or the equivalent term I found myself drawn to this storytelling medium over the past year for the fresh ideas to me at least they are able to tell.  Each of these tell not a wholly original tale but different enough combined with great visuals that each has its own flavor that I can enjoy.  Tokyo ghoul in particular drew me in with its violent visuals and dark story.
Q. Who are some of your favorite metal/rock bands? What draws you to this kind of music most?
A. While I won’t go one to list the 50 or so bands I enjoy immensely I will instead note some of my current favorites.
Rise Against has been my favorite band since middle school the punk instrumentals with the voice of Tim Mcilrath and the inspiring lyrics have drawn me in for the past 8 years and having seen them twice they are easily my favorite live show. (I love Rise against I forgot all about them until I played Sleeping Dogs and they were in the game and on the album!!)
Ghost is my favorite “new discover” the soft groove rock sounds with Papa Emeritus the 3rds voice combined with the doomlike lyrics on top of a satanic image combines for one of the most unique sounds in rock today in my opinion.  I look forward immensely to their live show I will be attending in May.
slipknot_logo.jpg~c200The final band I will highlight that I enjoy listening to is Slipknot.  I was never a really big fan fo Slipknot I just casually knew some of their top hits thanks to guitar hero and how popular songs like psychosocial are.  Then I saw them live at ROTR 2015 and it changed my opinion of the band.  While the band has evolved over the years I love their sound and especially the lyrics.  I will have to admit that the image draws me too as I love the jumpsuit / mask get up (may explain my love for other bands like Ghost, Gwar, etc.)
I am drawn to this music for the instrumentals as well as lyrics.  Lyrics in music are a big deal to me and that is my main draw.  Rock and metal lyrics are always so deep and varied between each band and song.  Every band sings about its own unique things and it is just refreshing to hear.
 
Q. You mentioned you were a former football player. What was your position, team, and how come you no longer play?
A. I played football for 6 years in middle school and high school.  I mainly played in High School for the Marietta Tigers.  During my time there I played every O-Line position but my real passion was as the team’s 3-4 noseguard.  I no longer play due to when I reached the Division 3 level the time input was too great when weighed against my desire for good grades.
Q. Why do you consider movies such as American Psycho, Friday the 13th, Clockwork Orange to be non-nerd movies?
A. I would classify these as non-nerd movies simply due to my classification of nerd things.  Nerd and geek things usually to me involved things like fantasy, science fiction, medieval settings, and futuristic settings.  American psycho to me is a drama, Friday the 13th is horror, and Clockwork Orange is just the pure genius of Stanley Kubrick at work.
Q.How far is your longest run you’ve ever been on?
A. My longest run I accomplished in August of this year when I completed my first half-marathon with a time of 2 hours and 40 minutes.  While some may see it as a slow time which it is I was just happy to have finished and look forward to running my next half marathon at a faster pace.
Q.Tell us about all of your favorite sports teams and why you enjoy them over other teams.
My favorite Sports are as follows:
College Football: The Ohio State University.  I live in Ohio.  I go to college in Columbus Ohio. I was born in Ohio.  I have been rooting for The Ohio State since I was old enough to watch football and have always loved the culture and tradition around the program.  Last year’s National Championship run was special as I got to be in Columbus during the year.
NFL Football: The Pittsburgh Steelers are by far my favorite team.  I am a diehard Steelers fans and it goes back to James Harrison.  When I started playing football James Harrison was my favorite NFL player.  Going on as I got more and more into the team the history of hardnosed smash mouth defense is what draws me to the team as my football philosophy mirrors the old style of Pittsburgh where you establish a run game and force the opponent to fight your Defenses.
MLB Baseball:  I have always somewhat rooted for the pirates as a general Pittsburgh fan but it was the season before their first winning season in 23 years that I got deeply involved.  The players and the game of baseball are relatively new to me but I have been learning to enjoy them nonetheless.

Rise of The Tomb Raider

Hello faithful readers, I do have some news that may or may not surprise you but I have another Game Review to share! Shocking news!  Frankly even I myself am utterly stumped by this. Remember when I played Dragon Age Inquisition **Cough, Cough* and it took a me an entire year to play. Oops.

Rise of the Tomb Raider  was released on November 10, 2015 for Xbox One. Unfortunately I didn’t pick it up until we went down to Boise to visit a family member.  When the 12th came I was beyond excited, although doing so made me want to go back home from vacation and start playing. No offense to my husbands mom, I just had waited long enough for it to come out, it was definitely my game of the year that had me the most hooked. E3 broke the camels back and made it just that much worse. Thank the maker I am an Xbox Girl through and through, to the moon and back, otherwise I would be sitting waiting a whole other year for PlayStation to get it like so many people I know. I am deeply sorry you have to wait. Well Maybe?

I started playing as soon as I could and I put a lot of my heart and of course time into it until just right before Christmas when everything went crazy. I barely finished it two Saturdays ago. Basically what I did was what I like to call it a dry run, like in most games I play, focusing more on the story/action then the exploration. One of these days when I replay this game I’ll work on exploring and doing all of the optional Tombs and get more achievements that I missed. I am still waiting for that day when I actually complete a game one hundred percent, my closest is one of the Mass Effect games I would have to look to see which game it is.

imagesLara Croft has definitely grown into her tomb raiding skills unlike in the first rebooted game where she was in a fight or flight type of situation. I mean she really wasn’t thrown into the ringer as much, of course she has to go through hell and back to achieve what she wants to accomplish, but not like before. There is one character in all honesty from the previous game that’s not mentioned and I am beyond happy by that, I really didn’t want Sam to be Lara’s anchor again.

My only disappointment was, not sure if this would really be considered a spoiler, but Croft was unable to duel wield pistols AGAIN. One can only hope in the next installment Crystal Dynamics will rectify this issue for me, anyone with me?

As far as graphics go I believe them to be top-notch. My favorite thing to do is watch Lara’s hair move and her pulling her ponytail after getting out of deep water. I am pleased very easily as you might suspect. I am glad that they incorporated what they did in the Definitive Edition of the 2013 game. I couldn’t really think of a negative thing to say about the graphics.

To me the gameplay was pretty much the same but it made it easy to get used to considering the time difference between playing both games. Now don’t get me wrong there are some differences of abilities. Of course some of the bad guys could be a tad bit challenging but overall none were extremely hard that you couldn’t get past them like so many other games I have played in the past. My advice is make sure about halfway towards the end that your weapons and armor/clothing are upgraded because at a certain point you will face some harder foes and I shall leave it at that. I would like to add a small disclaimer I did like I usually do play on easy so I can only speak on that but if your into playing on the harder difficulty settings I sadly have no opinions. I imagine it would be tougher in may ways.

Lara Croft is still a badass and I hope everyone eventually gets to play this masterpiece at some point in time. I really hate these exclusives the gaming industry uses just let the gamer’s game, no matter what console they choose to play. Guess its time for this girl to restart and complete Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare since its been ages since I played and I cannot for the life of me remember what was going on in the campaign.
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The Force Awakens

If one is going to write about Star Wars anything, let alone a movie, one has to do it right. Plain and Simple.

AHT_star_wars_force_awakens_trailer_02_jef_150416_4x3_992 long time ago in a galaxy far, far away
there was a nerdy girl named Courtney, who was anticipating the release of Star Wars Episode Seven, The Force Awakens. The week before it debuted on the big screen the girl and her husband decided that it would be a great idea  to sit and watch the Prequel Trilogy and the Original Trilogy before going to see the new episode on the Sunday of its release. Courtney desperately wanted to see it but her fear of being in large crowds kept her from wanting to go on the first day, but honestly who could blame her. It was still pretty insane on that Sunday. She was so ecstatic on Sunday morning, so much so that she ended up injuring herself on black ice while she was at work.  ( I had a pretty gnarly bruise on my arm and some pain in my shoulder, the real reason I fell is because me and walking don’t agree 95 percent of the time.  It was not the first encounter of falling at work on the ice.) Despite the pain from her accident, all she could do to keep her mind off it was thinking about going to see the movie.

12341047_10153482819128052_9083975300707915661_nAll she had to do was go home, meet up with her older brother and husband, and change into her Kylo Ren shirt she bought months in advanced. After all this occurred they finally made their way to the movie theater and redeemed their seats that were booked a few days in advance. The three of them headed to find their spots up at the top of the theater. Courtney found it very hard to contain her excitement and anticipation. Finally that fateful moment began once the previews rolled through and the music began, she was mesmerized by the Title screen and couldn’t think of anything other than the moment that took so long to get there. Once the end credits rolled through her life was now complete. For Now…Until episode eight!

I am very pleased on how well The Force Awakens was I knew that it would be in good hands, Abrams did really well on the Star Trek movies, which led me to having faith that his hands were capable of producing something extraordinary in the realm that is Star Wars. One simply must not screw up a beloved phenomenon.

I loved absolutely every minute of it and to those who haven’t seen it yet I must tell you put away imagesUK9YX8JWyour doubts and go see it. You will be impressed. Now I’m sure someone, somewhere is going to point out its flaws but I am not that person. One of the constant things I have been hearing out in the airwaves is that it was too close to A New Hope. I mean sure I can see why you’d come up with that but honestly it’s so much more than that. Just give it a chance. Heck it was so good I immediately wanted to go back and see it again, which I actually did on my last week of Vacation, and boy it was even better the second go around!

tumblr_o03m8vEOBk1uatgcgo1_500I really enjoyed seeing the old cast back. I think I am in love with Harrison Ford even more than I already was. It was great getting to see Han and Chewbacca on-screen as a duo once more, they still had that chemistry we loved back in the original trilogy. I also loved the new characters that were introduced as well, one being a little droid named BB-8 he was just so damn loveable, watch out R2 you have your work cut out for you. There may be some new competition for ya. Scavenger Rey is the biggest mystery of the plot, who is she? Where does she come from? What is her connection to it all? And will we get the answers that we so desperately need?  I guess we shall wait and see. Kylo Ren is not quite the badass I had hoped he would’ve been BUT I see his potential of being one like Darth Vader before him. Something inside me tells me that I am going to love to hate him just as I did with Anakin/Darth Vader. What is his end game and what does Kylo Ren hope to achieve? The possibilities are endless.
rey-est-capable-de-tenir-tete-a-kylo-renI laughed, and I cried what more could one ask for.  I really have very high hopes that this generation will love Star Wars, just as my generation has and the generation before. I cannot wait to see The Force Awakens for the third time, maybe when it’s at the cheaper theater!
Please tell me you thought it was phenomenal as well!

Shinedown #Threat2Survival

ShinedownWoah I have to say that this album I have chosen for the month of December was pretty easy to pick however what has caused me some grief is actually picking a damn song as my favorite! Shinedown I blame you for making too good of music!

I would go “this is it” then later “now this is it!”  AHHHH it was so hard! I actually still haven’t narrowed it down to one song yet so I’ll just share two of my favorites from this album. Hopefully you haven’t heard them on the radio. I rarely if ever listen to music on the radio, it’s either the CD, Pandora or more recently Spotify. I really hope that you enjoy the songs I have picked just as much as I do. You should really pick up their latest album called Threat to Survival!

Shinedown will forever be one of my favorite bands their music never disappoints, they are the real deal! They have gotten me through some pretty rough moments in my life, I really just love how they speak to my soul. I will always be thankful I was lucky enough to see Shinedown in concert a while back, can’t recall when due to my old agedness. It was my second concert I have been to, and I got to see it with my husband it was our first concert together! We need to go to more, we’ve only been together for two concerts.(Been to 3 my whole life) They are spectacular in concert. Come back to Idaho!!!! Please! That concert was really fun and I also remember staying out late even though my work had fired two people at the same time and I had to work a fourteen hour day the next day. Worth every minute!

I honestly don’t know why it took us so long to pick up this album, our heads weren’t on straight most likely. I’m guessing. But hey we got it in the end. l probably will have all the songs memorized in no time, plus I just like singing along and rocking out that’s just what their music does to me! (Sorry Joe)

Please enjoy the songs and if your interested in the words the lyrics are under the YouTube videos or you can just click on the title of the song and it will take you to the link. Don’t know if I will post again before Christmas but I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to those that celebrate other holidays! I have some high hopes for the year of 2016!

Dangerous”

I could stand behind my barricade
Do what I’m told and be afraid to change
While isolated by the mainstream
With the current up against meWell maybe if my arms were ten feet tall
I could finally reach that crystal ball

‘Cause I still find inside
There’s something braver
And I, I won’t be, I won’t be
The silent damnation

I will never be voiceless
My weapon of choice is
I’d rather be dangerous
I won’t be left defenseless
As God as my witness
I’d rather be dangerous
Dangerous

I’m not making conversation
But I’ll state my observations

Well I could buy my faith like a plot in the ground
But I was never lost and I never had a doubt

‘Cause I still find
It’s not my imagination
And I, I won’t be, I won’t be
The silent damnation

I will never be voiceless
My weapon of choice is
I’d rather be dangerous
I won’t be left defenseless
As God as my witness
I’d rather be dangerous
Dangerous

Everybody
Is somebody
And anybody is you
I own my story
I won’t say sorry
And neither should you

I will never be
I will never be voiceless
My weapon of choice is
I’d rather be dangerous
I won’t be left defenseless
As God as my witness
I’d rather be dangerous

Everybody
Is somebody
And anybody is you
I will never be voiceless
As God as my witness
I won’t be left defenseless
As God as my witness
I’d rather be dangerous
Dangerous

It All Adds Up”

Lookie here got ’em all lined up
Same bitchy girls and boys
On their hands, on their knees
Slither through the streets
Programmed to seek and destroy
And it all adds up
And it all adds upOh my my, no one’s on my side
Too paranoid to listen to me
You can cast me out, you can tape my mouth
But you can’t get a stone to bleed
And it all adds up
And it all adds upYou know I love it when you say you’re afraid
But you hate it when I’m making you shake
Hang the truth from a noose
Put a hitman on the loose
Now you’re countin’ on him making your day

There ain’t no magic bullet
There’s no cure for the weak
There’s no sympathetic shoulder here to put you to sleep
You’re a long, long way from where you thought you would be
Ever murder has a motive, but you ain’t killin’ me
And it all adds up (Got something to say?)
It all adds up (Say it!)

Riddle me this before I take it all back
Been stealin’ my shit for years
So kiss my choir but bad man’s fire
Cause you know I’m gonna bring you to tears
And it all adds up
And it all adds up

Shake shake shake
Callin’ all the snakes
Been itching for the new payroll
Bang bang bang
Blow down the new slang
You can’t keep all the money you stole
And it all adds up
And it all adds up

You know I love it when you say you’re afraid
But you hate it when I’m making you shake
Hang the truth from a noose
Put a hit man on the loose
Now you’re countin’ on him makin’ your day

There ain’t no magic bullet
There’s no cure for the weak
There’s no sympathetic shoulder here to put you to sleep
You’re a long, long way from where you thought you would be
Every murder has a motive but you ain’t killin’ me
And it all adds up [x4]

There ain’t no magic bullet
There’s no cure for the weak
There’s no sympathetic shoulder here to put you to sleep
You’re a long, long way from where you thought you would be
Every murder has a motive but you ain’t killin’ me
And it all adds up [x11]

GODZIllA

Its time for another Movie Adventures of Courtney *that’s me in case you forgot* and Robyn! Unfortunately these movies were supposed to be up before Halloween but well I sort of goofed and totally spaced watching my movie, forgetting all about it until right before Thanksgiving when my movie was being played on television. Oopsies my bad.  I really need someone to help me keep track of all my plans because I obviously have too much going on and can’t keep my head on straight. So ya if your interested comment down below! Now I please ask that you pretend its still October and Halloween is just right around the corner.

Okay thank you so much! What a good group of people I have following me. Now that the mood is set lets get to the movies! Obviously being “October” one must watch  Monster movies and what can beat Godzilla? Nothing I say. NOTHING!!!!

Courtney’s Pick
Godzilla (1998)
1998
What can I say about this version of Godzilla? Now firstly I’m not a really a huge Matthew Broderick fan other than Ferris Buellers day off, but I must admit that he is pretty dang good in Godzilla! This was what probably started my love for the crème del la crème of all Kaiju’s!  I really enjoyed watching Godzilla smash his way throughout the city while the puny humans I mean the military try and find a way to take him down.

My favorite part has to be *spoiler alert* when M.B’s character discovers that Godzilla can reproduce offspring asexually with no female presence and is able to figure out that he is storing fish for his unborn Godzilla babies. D’aww. I was sad when they get destroyed. I’m sorry human race I must always root for that adorable fella to win I mean just look at his face, what’s not to love!
If for some insane reason you have never watched this movie I say get on with it what are you waiting for? The end of the world?

Okay I’m getting a tad bit overzealous here. I humbly apologize. Ahem.

Robyn’s Pick
Godzilla 2014
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There’s just something about watching Godzilla and getting a full-body chill when you finally see that massive creature break free of the water. You can never be disappointed when watching any movie featuring Godzilla. Just like the movie with Matthew Broderick, it was very well done. In this movie version, however, they added even greater actors and took us all the way back to Japan for some background information. I liked that they used Godzilla to help track down M.U.T.O. (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism). Even though Godzilla helps them, the military still feels the need to try and kill him (or her, that was never decided). It’s hard not to cheer when Godzilla makes a getaway. I can watch this movie over and over and I wouldn’t get sick of it

Disturbed #Immortalized

Happy third day of October everyone! Fall is in the air which means  sweater weather, hot chocolate, Halloween costumes/candy, Pumpkin patches and leaves everywhere! This is all fine and dandy unless you live somewhere that doesn’t experience the true beauty of fall weather then I feel true sadness in my heart for you. Fall is my favorite season with Spring close behind. I am not looking to what comes after fall but some of you lucky ducks don’t have to experience snow. I didn’t start putting together my Pirates Halloween costume on time this year so I don’t know what to do, I will probably just be myself and to be honest most days that’s pretty scary. Fear me tiny humans. Oh wait you weren’t suppose to see that **ahem**

I know what you came here for so let’s go to that! I am quite proud of myself I haven’t missed a month yet probably the only posting schedule ill be able to keep this year. October’s choice is Disturbed, Immortalized, there hasn’t been a new cd from them since 2011. They have always been apart of my music playlist, even as a teenager I would play their “Down with the Sickness” on full blast whenever I had a bad day or if I was extremely angry I still enjoy that song even in my adult years. Disturbed has a special place in my heart! *I can safely say that they contributed to my lack of hearing these days* And for that I thank you!

There isn’t one song on Immortalized that I dislike, in fact I love them all but the song I have chosen for this month is my absolute favorite. I think its awesome that Disturbed did a cover song of Simon and Garfunkel called “The Sound of Silence” when upon first listening to this song I couldn’t even tell that it was them until almost the end. I give them a round of applause for that one. Bravo! Oh before I get to the song pick if your going to pick up this album I highly suggest picking up the deluxe album.

“Who Taught You How To Hate”

I hear the voices echoing around me
Angered eyes that don’t even know who I am
Looking to kill again (They will kill again)
As the unknown enemies surround me
Wicked laughter resonates inside my head
And I am filled with dread (And adrenaline)
What did I do? Why do I deserve this?
So we’re different,
why do I deserve to die now?
Give my a reason why?

Then it all goes a blur
Let instinct take flight
Find my hands on his throat
Yet hear myself say

Tell me now, who taught you how to hate?
Because it isn’t in your blood
Not a part of what you’re made
So let this be understood
Somebody taught you how to hate
When you live this way, you become
Dead to everyone

A father’s pride, my son walking beside me
I look around and marvel how the children play
In perfect disarray (So innocent)
No judgement, pure exhilaration
Black to white, the colors aren’t on their minds
Nothing predefined (All different)
There’s always one who plants an evil seed and
Preaches fear to pull you to the other side
Into a world of lies

Everything is unsure when you’ve lost your sight
Can there still be a cure?
What made you this way?

Tell me now, who taught you how to hate?
Because it isn’t in your blood
Not a part of what you’re made
So let this be understood
Somebody taught you how to hate
When you live this way, you become
Dead to everyone

(You’re not anyone)
Oh

Lost all innocence
Infected and arrogant
You burn all your life
(There’s no telling you)
No deliverance
Consumed by the pestilence
Of hate, you’re denied
Deep in your heart does it still remain?
Do you think you can bring it
Back to life again?
Is it still in your soul?
(No saving you)
Where’s the deviant
The unholy revenant
That has made you this way?
Made you fall for this hate

Tell me now, who taught you how to hate?
Because it isn’t in your blood
Not a part of what you’re made
So let this be understood
Somebody taught you how to hate
When you live this way, you become
(You become)

Tell me now, who taught you how to hate?
Because it isn’t in your blood
Not a part of what you’re made
So let this be understood
Somebody taught you how to hate
When you live this way, you become
(You become)
Dead to everyone
(You’re not anyone)

Superhero Movies!

Welcome to Movie Adventures of Courtney and Robin, and this time our topic was Superhero movies!!  I thought that it might be easier if we picked one from DC, then one from Marvel since they are they two major powerhouse companies. Of course I instantly knew what my first DC choice would be, it was one that I believe I personally haven’t watched since I was a kid (at least from beginning to end). Marvel was pretty easy considering I had just barely seen my pick in theaters before we chose this topic.
What are some of your favorite superhero movies from these powerhouses? There are so many out there and they are of different scales so I’d imagine it would be just as hard for you to choose just one.

Robyn’s Pick

DC
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight

It took me awhile after its release to watch The Dark Knight. I’m not as big of a fan of DC as I am of Marvel. Therefore Batman (and Superman) does not hold as much of my interest. However, once I finally watched this movie I was sucked in. It made it all seem incredibly dark instead of silly like the previous Batman movies. There was great acting all around, especially by Heath Ledger as the Joker (RIP). I have to also give a special shout out to Harvey’s face, having all of the flesh and skin burnt away was visually pleasing.

Marvel
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
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Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t have the same feel as other Marvel movies. It doesn’t feel as if you’re watching a movie about superheroes. It’s just another science fiction (with maybe a little fantasy) story and I really loved that about this movie. I had never heard of Guardians of the Galaxy before it was released and was confused as to why there was a talking raccoon. The introductions to the different characters was well done and it showcased their personalities very well. The different worlds, the different space ships made it all the more interesting (mining in a giant skull? I want to know more about that!) and I cannot wait for the second one.

Courtney’s Pick

DC
Batman (1989)
Batman-1989How could I not pick Tim Burton’s Batman? Yes during today’s standards of film it would be considered campy, however to me I still enjoy BATMAN even if it’s not as good as some recently made films featuring my favorite Vigilante. I mean look at this cast Michael Keeton is probably one of the best Batman/Bruce Wayne there ever was, he plays both parts equally great. Plus he looks great in the Bat Suit. Then you have Jack Nicholson as Jack/The Joker who in turn was an amazing “mobster type” Joker, he creeped me out but somehow I still loved all his craziness. I will always hold this movie in my heart and bash it if you will but that will not change my feelings on it.

Marvel
Ant-Man (2015)
AntmanIn all honesty at first I was pretty excited to hear that Paul Rudd was cast as Ant-man/Scott Lang. I loved him in Role Models and had high hopes to see him in this role. As time progressed I just wasn’t completely sold on the idea of this movie and the first trailer really wasn’t that special.
Before July I had said to myself that I would probably have to skip this one however decided to see it any ways plus I heard from my brother how awesome it was and boy am I glad that I did see it! I went in with no expectations and came out of the theater happy as a clam. Ant-Man was hilarious, I laughed, I cried, there was action and humor all rolled into one.
Now this is just my personal feeling I thought that it was way better than Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t matter how much love I had for Groot and Rocket Raccoon. I cannot wait until I can add Ant-Man to my movie collection. I definitely recommend going and seeing, I wish I could watch it over again.

Five Finger Death Punch #GotYourSix

Can you believe that it’s already the second week of September? Where has the time gone? It has been pretty chaotic around here so far, husband had his birthday, went to the Idaho State Fair and getting ready to plan some kind of trip for our seventh year wedding anniversary. We intended to go to Vegas but unfortunately it’s not going to happen this time, oh well there’s always next year. Now we just have to figure out something to do with our vacation. Well that pretty much sums up my month thus far, oh and I am on a quest to finish Dragon Age Inquisition soon and hopefully get the ending downloadable content called Trespasser (I am actually trying to win it from one of my gaming communities on Facebook so fingers crossed.)

Hope you’re getting back into the groove of having to go back to work and for those of you that have your kids back in school, I know the daily grind is hard for me but I digress. Now to what I really came here to talk about.

September’s Album is Five Finger Death Punch titled Got your Six. It was supposed to be released at the end of August but for some reason they pushed it back to September, that was one of the longest waits I have had to endure. They are one of the bands that I could not hear a single track by them and still buy it, they never let me down! I really want to go see them in concert its on my bucket list! If I have to travel far to do it then so be it.

Warning, Now this album does have a Parental advisory label due to the use of profanity (the F bomb mostly). To be honest, they really aren’t that bad except for track eleven, it uses that f word a bit too much but I still consider them my favorite band. Curse words don’t really bother me I just enjoy the songs for what they are.  Please do me a favor if you listen to my song I have chosen as my favorite don’t listen with small children around. I will let you use your best judgment.

I think the one I chose isn’t that bad, You can always scroll down after the video and check out the lyrics.

“Wash It All Away”

I’ve given up
On society
Up on my family
Up on your social deceaseI’ve given up
On the industry
Up on democracy
Done with all your hypocrisyAll of the chaos
And all of the lies
I hate itI’m wasting here
Can anyone wash it all away
I’m waiting here
For anyone to wash it all away
Wash it all awayI’ve given up
On the media
Feeds my hysteria
Sick of living down on my knees
I’ve given up
On morality
Feeds my brutality
Fuck what you think about meAll of the chaos
And all of the lies
I hate it

I’m wasting here
Can anyone wash it all away
I’m waiting here
For anyone to wash it all away
Wash it all away

I won’t change for you
And I can’t take the pain
There’s nothing you can do
And there’s nothing you can say

I’ve given up
On everything
Up on everything
Up on everything

I’m wasting here
Can anyone wash it all away
I’m waiting here
For anyone to wash it all away
Wash it all away

I’m wasting here
With everyone just wash it all away
I’m waiting here
For anyone to wash it all away
Wash it all away
Wash it all away

What I have been reading

Hello everyone its time for Book Corner, which should be returning more often at least I will try! I am three books behind in my 30 GoodReads Goal I am sitting at 17 total books for this year, I really need to step up my game if I want to accomplish this goal! Anyways during the time I had a short hiatus while moving and waiting to have my computer set up to the internet, and having a desk to sit at I read a few books so I will tell you what I read!

Now I consider Graphic Novels to count towards my goal and so does GoodReads (You can scan single issues but they don’t count towards your overall total.) so if you want to say they aren’t books, please go away! Nobody has time for that negativity!

Ready Player One
Ernest Cline

imagesFL0GYU3GI highly recommend Ready Player One Written by Ernest Cline. It’s easily the best book that I have ever read! I loved the storyline, and I loved each and every one of the characters. There was a whole bunch of 80s references throughout the whole book and there was probably like three that I didn’t quite understand and had to look up on the internet, but they were all fantasy, Game related references a gamer should appreciate it. If you love this book as much as I did please tell me! I have heard a few negative comments on it but overall it got good reviews. I think a five-star rating wasn’t enough! Way to go Cline. Oh and by the way it’s getting a movie!!!! Looking forward to that one!

Pure Insanity
*New Suicide Squad Volume 1*
new-suicide-squad-vol1-pure-insanity-dccomics-ryan-hunter-roberts-blondI really enjoyed the first story but the second one was mediocre at best, still an overall fun read. I have come to the conclusion that I prefer reading graphic novels to single issues. For me I can’t really afford each issue, each week or month depending on which property it belongs to, plus I’m funny I hate having to wait to find out what happens next. I am a book junkie what can I say I sure love a good book

Deathstroke Volume 1: Gods of War
deathstroke-vol-1-gods-of-wars-the-new-52I was overjoyed to hear that Deathstroke had his own comic book! After watching Season 2 of Arrow on the CW (credit really goes to Manu Bennett for my love of DeathStroke.) I became obsessed with DS. Now before reading this I really only heard bad things about it, someone said it confused them, I clearly don’t agree. I understood it completely maybe if it was confusing re-read it and I bet it will make sense! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Silence
#1
Natasha Preston

91awiaP1tgL._SL1500_I got this book off the Ibooks application on my iPhone. It was an enjoyable read even if the subject matter was on the dark side. Could you imagine having something really bad happen to you at a young age and take a vow of silence to protect yourself and your loved ones? I wouldn’t wish that on anyone not even one of my enemies. It is a love story, and a sad story which had me in tears by the end. I have to read book two to find out what happens to this girl. I am sensing a trip to the local library, or I might just buy it right off of my Ibooks app.

Uncharted
The Fourth Labyrinth
Christopher Golden

imagesD2LG61VZOh how I love Nathan Drake and the Uncharted Series! The Fourth Labyrinth rekindled my love for the series and makes me miss having a PlayStation 3, especially with Uncharted 4 on its way, one day I will get a PS4 until then this book sated my taste for it.  Drake and Sully go on another one of their wild treasure hunts filled with Murder and mystery. I for one thought overall it was a pretty interesting story I just missed Elena Fisher! Bring her into the next book please!

Deus Ex: The Icarus Effect
James Swallow

51va0zXD6zLIcarus Effect takes place right before the game Deus Ex: Human Revolution but it’s not the sole focus of this book. So that means sorry ladies no Adam Jensen (aww poo). I really read this to subdue my love for Deus Ex until Mankind Divided comes out next year! Overall it was a really good book and I recommend if you love the games to read this book.

There you have it, there are the books I have read since my last post was published! They are listed from recent to the oldest. If you have read any of these books and would like to share your thoughts on them I am always open for discussion!

I am currently reading The Last Apprentice: The Curse of the Bane by Joseph Delaney *book two in the series* I expect to be finished sometime this weekend or during next week.
9-11-september-11-memorials-patriots-dayWith the end of this blog post, I please ask my readers take a moment of silence to remember the events of 9/11.  Honor those who gave their lives trying to save others, those who had their lives stolen, and the people who were left behind. We will always be scarred by this tragedy and those innocent souls that were stolen from us will always be with us.

I remember sitting in my 7th grade History class when the towers went down. I remember sitting there with tears in my eyes and a horrible gloom hanging over my head. We sat and watched the News coverage pretty much that whole day.

Please be safe out there, this world is cruel and I wish you nothing but good fortune.