This is what I read, watched, and played in June.
Books: The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry
I asked Berry if he would write a sequel to The Manual of Detection. I was pleasantly surprised when he replied.
TV Shows: Jessica Jones by Melissa Rosenberg
A friend told me that you don’t need to be a tough guy to solve mysteries. This made me think about gender in detective stories. TV critic Maureen Ryan talked about that in Variety.
“Two mainstays of film noir are the tough-talking dame and the cynical private eye, and one of the pleasures of Marvel’s Jessica Jones is that it unites both types in one thorny and fascinating character.” — Maureen Ryan of Variety
Comparable: Alias, Dexter, Fringe, The Fall, and Veronica Mars.
Video Games: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings by CD Projekt Red
This is an amazing game that I had trouble starting. You don’t need to play the first Witcher game to play this one. The main character, Geralt, has amnesia like a magical, silver-haired Jason Bourne.
The Witcher 2 has wonderful decisions and branching paths without clear good and evil choices. This game can be difficult, and I switched between Normal and Easy difficulty several times before I learned the combat.
I am very excited to play The Witcher 3 now!