Defy The Stars

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Defy the Stars

By: Claudia Gray

Grade: A

You can just bring me all the AI stories and I’ll eat them up. The AI in this Abel, the most advanced of his kind, was left behind during one war and alone for thirty-years only to be found when the next one starts up. Needless to say he’s not the same as he once was.

(Some vague Alien Covenant spoilers appear below. Because I had to ramble…)

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2016 Favorites

I wanted to do a wrap up of my favorite books, movies, and television in 2016 but this week has been a rough one. So I decided to keep it super simple.

TELEVISION

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I was completely hooked on this one after the ending of the third episode. This may actually be the fastest I’ve ever watched a series, even for Netflix.

I also enjoyed Daredevil Season 2 this year (but mainly for the Punisher and Jon Bernthal) and I am quite obsessed with Westworld.

I think what edged out Westworld was being on-line too much and hearing some of the theories and seeing too much stuff whereas I went into Stranger Things completely blind and managed to stay that way.

*I really need to try that more because I’ve definitely found I enjoy things unspoiled.

MOVIES

My favorite movie this year was easy to pick:

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It was definitely The Nice Guys. I ship Jackson and Holland. I love Holly. And it’s really weird for me to rewatch movies, even ones that I enjoyed, right away but I swear I’ve rewatched this one four or five times already and it still makes me laugh. I really wish this had done better because I would have loved a sequel.

Other favorites include Rogue One, Deadpool and The Shallows.

BOOKS

Oh, man when I thought about my favorites for books, television and movies I went for the ones that have stayed with me throughout the year. The ones I could pull right from the top of my head. Ones that I haven’t really been able to nitpick more as the year went on and there…

Weren’t very many of those in terms of books.

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Crooked Kingdom was one of my most awaited books this year and it didn’t disappoint. I hate the fact that it’s the end of this series but I thought it ended very well (except for the parts that made me cry). These days when I get through series, even if I enjoy them, I have this feeling of, “I’m glad it’s over. Now I can move on.”

With Crooked Kingdom (and Six of Crows) I felt like I would easily, happily continue to follow these memorable characters. Which is how all great stories should end right? Always leave them wanting more, as they say. It probably helped that I had only read Six of Crows at the beginning of the year so I really didn’t have to wait that long for the end.

Runner-up to Trick

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I don’t think this was actually published this year but I read it in 2016 so I’m included it. I stumbled upon it almost accidentally but really enjoyed this love story between a court fool and a Princess in that it also dealt with things such as disabilities, discrimination, mental health and despite being a fantastic setting actually felt very real in it’s story and consequences.

I would love to see Trick and The Six of Crows series come to the screen!

Well, I am fairly ready to say farewell to 2016! Hopefully 2017 will be a good one for all!

Westworld

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Westworld

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood & Ed Harris

Grade: A

Between Westworld and Stranger Things I’m two for two with new television shows this year. I was never going to bother with HBO again, still smarting over the adaptation choices to Game of Thrones, but then they put out this little number about a Western themed park where guests can pay a ton of money to go live out their fantasies. A real live game of sorts with the very human like “hosts” robots to whom the guests can do what they please both good and bad and don’t have to worry about being hurt in return.

Spoilers below!

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October New Releases

Oh man, did I hit some walls in September. I don’t feel so bad about the reading because it was pretty much every area of my life. October was offering a lot of maybe’s for me, at least in terms of movies and books. But I must say Westworld certainly kicked it off to an amazing start and I wasn’t expecting that.

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Other October Goodies Include:

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