Book Log

Ben Ewing

This is some of the media I’ve interacted with, by year.

2021

Books

  • Sword of Destiny - [In Progress]
  • Dune - Dune pulled me in hard after the first few chapters. Herbert builds a very interesting world filled with mostly compelling characters. It also feels like much more modern sci-fi, though I am not particularly well-read, compared to it’s contemporaries. The ending is more ominous than triumphant.
  • The Return of the King - It’s good! It certainly drags a little in places, but overall I really enjoyed it. The whole book is honestly worth reading just for the last few chapters which were cut from the films. They really effectively show the effects of PTSD.
  • Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie - I do enjoy Christie’s books, and this is no exception. Not sure how I feel about the ending.

Games

  • Fallout: New Vegas - [In Progress]
  • Spiritfarer - [In Progress]

Movies

  • Onward - I liked this movie. Not the best from Pixar, but pretty fun nonetheless.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Very good and very pretty, but: (1) why are there elves in Helm’s Deep, (2) what did Peter Jackson do to Faramir?!

2020 (Incomplete)

Books

  • Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir - Took me quite a while to get into this book. I really did not like Gideon at first, but the world building really pulled me in.
  • Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir - I really liked this book, though I’d rather not read a book in the second person again (I do think this pays off for Muir, ultimately).
  • The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien - Really enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Tolkien’s characters can feel a little odd at times, and some passages can feel like a slog to get through, but despite this Tolkien does a great job building tension and (of course) builds a really compelling world.
  • The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien - Most of the same notes from Fellowship apply here, but I think I enjoyed the plot of Towers more. I honestly appreciate that Tolkien’s battle scenes are actually quite brief (unlike say, the movies).
  • The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton - This is a well written murder mystery with a fun premise, but it’s ultimately a bit of a let down.
  • Woken Furies, Richard K. Morgan - (Disclaimer: Morgan is not a great person.) Definitely a guilty pleasure book for me, as with the other Altered Carbon books. I did enjoy it though.
  • Ancillary Justice, Anne Leckie - I don’t why, but I had a hard time getting through this book. At the end of the day, I did really enjoy it though. Very cool premise: a ship’s AI downloads itself into one of the bodies it controls to escape a purge, and seeks revenge.
  • Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel - Not really worth reading.
  • The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski - I really enjoyed this book, especially after watching the Netflix series. It take the form of a series of intertwined short stories that collectively do a great job of building an interesting world and characters I already feel attached to.

Games

  • The Outer Wilds - I really loved this game. It’s premised on the idea that if the world it creates is interesting, the curious will want to explore it. It succeeds wonderfully at this. I found the ending quite touching as well.

Movies

  • Knives Out - As good as everyone said it was.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - It’s good, what do you want from me?
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