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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Review: Star Trek: Waypoint #6

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Star Trek: Waypoint #6 Star Trek: Waypoint #6 by Gabriel Hardman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting collection of short stories from the Star Trek Universe. I think my two favorites were Naomi Wildman's comic, and the Phase II era stories. Reading the stories in this anthology made me wonder if we'll see any Phase II era stories pop up in the future.  It might be an interesting look in an alternate era.

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Review: Airship Enterprise: The Infernal Machine

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Airship Enterprise: The Infernal Machine Airship Enterprise: The Infernal Machine by Brian Denham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was something that had come across kickstarter a while back (before I really looked at kickstarter). It is an interesting take on Star Trek through a steampunk lens. I am not all that interested in steampunk as a genre but this wasn't a bad story. I think for Trek fans you'll find enough to keep you going, and see enough parallels to Trek, that will make the story compelling.

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Review: Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues #4

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Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues #4 Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues #4 by Erik Burnham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This comic book series wasn't that bad but it really felt sort of like a rehash of the movie in the setup. I wonder if this was meant to be a reboot, or kickstart, of a Galaxy Quest series of comics, and they just didn't get the response that they needed to continue to create new materials in this universe.

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Review: Z Nation #6

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Z Nation #6 Z Nation #6 by Craig Engler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an interesting side story to the Z-Nation series. The writers somehow managed to make this universe more disturbing with zombie cows, zombie whales, and cruise director that takes over a cruise ship and enslaves the passengers. One of the things that isn't really addressed in most zombie shows and movies is whether or not the virus (or whatever it is that makes you into a zombie) jumps the species barrier.  I wonder if we're going to see this on the TV show in coming seasons.

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Return of Castle Wolfenstein | Done!

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Before playing the latest and greatest in Wolfenstein gaming, I ended up (last summer) playing through an original xbox era game (thanks, Backward Compatibility!) titled "Return to Castle Wolfenstein".  This game was originally released back in 2001, and I had tried playing a demo of it on my Power Mac G3 at the time, but the thing was so choppy I, disappointed, put it down (and totally forgot about it, until last year).

This game takes place before "wolfenstein" on the xbox 360; although this series's timeline is so convoluted and rebooted who really knows if this is actually true, or just my impression.  The game takes place in 1943, World War II is right in the midst of things, and you play the role of BJ Blazkowicz, and american army soldier sent to investigate (and take out) the SS's paranomal division.

The game is pretty much a shooter which reminded me a lot of classic Wolfenstein 3D in the way it handled, just with much better graphics.  Compared to today's graphics it's nothing to write home about, but it was still a rather fun game to play.  For a plot breakdown just head on over to the wikipedia article (I don't want to repeat what's already elsewhere).

I played this game on easy more since there are no achievements in the original xbox and I was just interested in the game play and the story of the game. Here are some things that came to mind while playing this game:
  • Even on easy mode I died...a lot!  This was quite surprising.  But with unlimited lives dying a lot isn't really a problem. 
  • Wolfenstein 2009 really seems like a sequel to this game.  I wish I had played this first.
  • What the heck is up with the dominatix nazis? I get the paranomal ghosts and ghouls and I can suspend disbelief about that, but the design choices made are really a #facepalm when it comes to women in this game.
  • Even on easy the game still made me jump and twitch, and I was surprised when I was being attacked by things off screen. Not bad for a game that's 20 years old!
  • Undead are still not my favorite type of enemy in a game. I'll take robots or humans any day.  The undead creep me out, even pixelated.
  • Wait, did they just awaken Dracula as the final boss in this game?!?!?!
  • The graphics were really dated.  Back in 2001 I would have not imagined that this would be the case 20 years down the road.

Overall it was a fun game to play, despite the #facepalm moments.  I'd give it a  7/10.




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    Review: Thinking Collaboratively: Learning in a Community of Inquiry

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    Thinking Collaboratively: Learning in a Community of Inquiry Thinking Collaboratively: Learning in a Community of Inquiry by D. Randy Garrison
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Interesting book to read, especially the section on Leadership as it connects to the community of inquiry framework. When the CoI was recommended to me (for my dissertation), I didn't really think a ton about it because the only context that I had encountered it in was classroom communities.  However, diving deeper into this topic I started to see connections beyond the classroom community.  The CoI can be applied elsewhere as well, and this was one of the books that really pointed it out to me.

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    Review: Gods of Risk

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    Gods of Risk Gods of Risk by James S.A. Corey
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Another book I read over the summer but I didn't have a ton of time to write about. A nice, short, interlude between books where we see what life on Mars is (sort) of like, and how badass Bobbie Draper is ;-) I don't recall seeing this 'on-screen' on the TV show, but maybe this is something that's going to be shown before season 4. I thought it provided a nice background into the universe.

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    Review: Caliban's War

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    Caliban's War Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    It's been a while since I read this, but I haven't had a ton of time to write about it!  This was a good continuation to the first novel. I held off to read this until I thought the TV show had covered it, but I think I shouldn't have. This book pretty much corresponds to the second season of the expanse TV, which really amazes because of how close the book and the TV show are. This was pretty engaging, and I am interested to see where this goes for book 3!  The one good thing about watching this after the TV show is that I have a mental image of what people look like.  Some might see this as a detraction, but I like the visual aid

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