March A&E: The Prestige, Locke & Key, and more!

This is what I read, watched, and played in March.

Books: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

The novel is about a young woman who is attacked by a time-traveling serial killer. I’m a sucker for time-travel stories.

He clenches the orange plastic pony in the pocket of his sports coat. It is sweaty in his hand. Mid-summer here, too hot for what he’s wearing. But he has learned to put on a uniform for this purpose; jeans in particular. He takes long strides — a man who walks because he’s got somewhere to be, despite his gimpy foot. Harper Curtis is not a moocher. And time waits for no one. Except when it does.

Graphic Novels: Locke & Key by Joe Hill (writer) and Gabriel Rodriguez (illustrator)

First off, Locke & Key was difficult to read because horrible things happen to the main characters. (Most of this happens in the first hardback issue.) Locke & Key is an intriguing horror, fantasy story with likable characters. I am currently reading the fourth volume.

Movies: The Prestige by Christopher Nolan

This is probably my fourth viewing of The Prestige. I love how Nolan manipulates time in his films.

Video Games: Dark Souls 2 by From Software (again!)

I finally finished Dark Souls 2! I put over 98 hours into this dark fantasy. I enjoyed that the game narrative is not disrupted by player death. When you die in Dark Souls, you lose the souls you have collected and must return to where you died to retrieve them. (Souls are used to buy equipment or level-up.) In this way, failure is accepted in the game narrative.

Thanks for reading!


Reading More Books by Women

One year ago, I asked my friends to recommend novels written by women. This was prompted when I realized I had read one book by a woman in 2014. I don’t have a simple answer for why I was reading so few novels by women. Maybe that’s a topic for another post.

So I spent 2015 trying to read more books by women. I listened to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn with my wife. I don’t think listening to audiobooks is cheating, but you can call the reading police if you think so.

I use a nifty website called Goodreads to track what I’m reading and find new books. Most of what I read is genre fiction: fantasy and science fiction. I read 25 books during 2015, and six of them written by women. I’m glad I’ve made progress, but I’m not satisfied.

I wanted to highlight two of the books I really enjoyed:

This year, I’m excited to try Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. Do you have any recommendations for me? You can follow me on Goodreads if you want to see what I’m reading.

Thanks for reading.