I finally finished The Family Fang and now I can’t decide what to read next. Here are a couple on my TBR list (I’ve read Station Eleven, but Emily St. John Mandel is visiting my town in April, so I thought It might be worth a reread). I would recommend The Family Fang. It was a good, fun read with a detailed look at characterization and character development. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but discovered there was one with Jason Bateman, so it’s worth a watch.
Day 53: Tomb of Annihilation. This was shown on day 2 while I was still formulating the structure for a collection quest, and at that point it was a new acquisition and I hadn't yet played it. If you go to kickstarter or boardgamegeek you'll see that hype and demand for dungeon crawl games is very high, and that doesn't always translate to quality titles down the road. There's an excellent, over long thread on what bothers the community about them, but there's also no denying that there's something intangible about the concept that draws its return to kickstarter over and over again. The co-op dungeon crawl is an effort to simulate RPGs without the guidance of a referee, and that includes an amount of freedom that clashes with a boardgame's requirement for abstraction and prior authorship. Tomb succeeds because it aims at a pretty hittable target. Being the 5th in the string of titles that emerged from the death of 4th edition Dnd, it's had time to refine what aspects of the previous games weren't well received. Traps are cool and fun, the enemy AI doesn't show many surprises but offers up a fair fight, and though it can feel a little easy as a lot of these games can thanks to the progression of the player characters, it's a wonderfully colorful experience in a short amount of time, with minimal setup! It's amazing that it plays in one hour, has little bookkeeping and rewards the players for success. While it doesn't sport the somewhat idyllic qualities we seem to so desire in dungeon crawl games (immense replayability being among them) it's absolutely one of the best ones I've played so far. #tombofannihilation#dnd#adventure#boardgame#wizkids#dungeonsanddragons#collection#quest#2018#coop#dungeoncrawl#snake#acerak#necromancer#boardgameblast#bgg#boardgamegeek#wizardsofthecoast#kevinwilson#jungle#chult#dinosaur#geek#geeksofinstagram#instagamer#gamersofinstagram
I wanted to share my red ombré stack - some of which I’ve read & some of which I’m looking forward to reading! One of my favorite reads from last year was “Barbara the Slut and Other People” - a collection of short stories that had me laughing! Happy Sunday! 💕✨📚
"The People We Hate at the Wedding" is story about siblings Paul and Alice coming to terms with their half sister Eloise getting married. Now, I love a good dysfunctional family (hello "The Family Fang," "The Corrections"!), but there is so much self-pity throughout the book, it's hard to feel empathy for the characters, even when warranted...and it's usually not. The people they hated at the wedding was themselves, and I found myself feeling similarly. . . This book was fine. It was a quick read and parts were funny. I also thought the ending was done well. I would not be surprised to discover that portions of the story are "true" in an exaggerated, revisionist history kind of way. The are a number of scenes/details that seem to be included as anecdotes that do not propel the story forward. . . If you've read this one and love it, let me know what I missed!