June A&E: Books, Movies, and Video Games

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.

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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!

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How to Find (Fictional) Books

Are you having trouble finding a book? Does it sometimes feel like it doesn’t even exist? Then you’re in luck because I’ve compiled a list of fictional books and where to find them.

Ship of Theseus by V.M. Straka

In the final novel by Straka, a man with amnesia is forced onto a ship and embarks on a disorienting and dangerous journey. You might find this book at your local library unless someone checked it out and never returned it.

In the Hall of the Last King by Harold G. Talont

Whoever reads this novel becomes convinced the Hall is a real place and attempt to find it. Things escalate after that. You don’t want to pick this for your book club. I’m not going to tell you how to find it.

An Elegy for the Still-living by Maria Enkidu

This story is both an existential dialogue and a quirky fantasy adventure. Imagine mixing Alice in Wonderland, Stephen King, and Samuel Beckett. It can be found here.

Fear and Wonder by Robert Connor

This western adventure was re-discovered after critics found Eghert Stillman’s glowing review. Don’t bother trying to find it online.

Necronomicon by Abdul Alhazred

This ancient book is a textbook of magic. The only known copy of this grimoire is at the Miskatonic University in New England. Of course, they likely won’t allow you to read it.

You can click here if you want to read more about fictional books.