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Review: Y’s the Last Man Vol. 6

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Here we are again with another volume that doesn’t advance the story enough to be relevant. It really says something where you could take out five issues from a series, or condense it down to one full story driven issue, and it still get it’s points across. Now that doesn’t mean this wasn’t an entertaining set of comics, but it’s making me walk away from the series a bit before I burn myself out. I’m more than halfway done with the series, but at this rate I don’t see me finishing them. So I’ll walk away, read a few novels, then return because I am overall wanting to find out where Yorick’s tale ends.

This all takes place on a boat, with Yorick and his crew on their way to Australia to find Beth, who SPOILERS, he has cheated on and is kissing any women who throws him flirty eyes. Setting that aside, some minor stuff happens involving submarines, more women pissed, and 355 and Dr. Mann hook up briefly. Death happens to minor characters, which has been a complaint of mine that anybody they meet up with will ultimately die shortly after.

But I am anxious to see how they handle Beth and Yorick meeting up, or if it ever happens. You are eluded to Beth a few times, who has been almost non existent until now. There is still some great writing and character development in this volume, but I just want the story to move along. I’m ready for some answers, and ready to see where Vaughan is taking this amazing story he created.

I give Vol. Six 3 submarines full of crazy women out of five.

My HTPC Build

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I just recently built my first PC, something I’ve always wanted to do and finally pulled the money together to get me some decent parts. I wanted something that I could leave plugged into my TV but look nice, so started looking into some HTPC cases and found one that looked nice enough and wasn’t too bulky. But I also wanted this to game so knew it needed to be airy enough to not run the risk of overheating. It’s not a powerhouse gaming machine, but I typically play more indie titles than top tier graphics games so it handles everything I want it to. These are the parts I bought:

Review: Love Life

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I don’t read many autobiographies but have read a few by different comedians. I seen some great reviews on Robb Lowe’s “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” and wanted to give it a shot. I’m not exactly a fan of Robb Lowe. Nothing against him, I just haven’t seen many of his movies but enjoyed his character on Parks & Recreation. It didn’t matter when I read his book, he has lived a highly entertaining and eventful life so far making for an interesting autobiography. It’s always interesting to hear what goes on behind the scenes when creating movies, and he has worked with a large amount of famous actors.

With how successful his first novel was, he would definitely need to release a second. Love Life comes off as a collection of stories that didn’t quite make the cut, but are still engaging, provocative, and somewhat unusual. The problem is this book has no direction, and feels like he threw his script up in the air and forgot to put it back in order. Love Life jumps back and forth in time and Robb sometimes forget to mention how old, the year, or what project he was working on to help figure out a time frame. It’s not such a big issue because it is random stories about his life, and not a cohesive story that is hard to keep up with, but perhaps he wanted it to be written differently than his first book.

I’ve Never Seen Star Wars

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Star Wars is a franchise I never really looked into. A buddy of mine made me watch the fourth one, and we started the fifth but life happened and that was put back on the shelf. I kept telling myself I would get back into it, start from the beginning, and get through them all. Now with VII on the horizon, I want to make sure I at least watch the main entry movies so I can maybe understand what the heck is going on.

I’m going to start with episode I and go chronological. I understand this wasn’t how it was intended, but it’s just how I’m going to tackle them. It will be over several weeks due to time constraints but I’ll finally understand the lore behind this and why everyone goes insane with anything Star Wars. I’ll have brief thoughts on each movie once I watch them and post them here. Looking forward to this nerdy challenge I gave myself and hope I can make it past the rocky trilogy that comprises I, II, and III.

If you have any thoughts on which versions I should watch, let me know. I’m going to track down a copy of the first three before I look into all the different releases on the second trilogy.

Review: Torchlight 2

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Torchlight 2 is one of those games that I enjoyed my time with but glad to finally be done. Steam says I’ve played 27 hours, which is a lot of time for a game I couldn’t tell you one plot point from. I played Torchlight 2 over the course of a year, hopping in and out when I found time. It’s easily a mindless click-a-thon where I was more interested in looting than following any sort of lore. Not to say there isn’t a story there worth diving into, I just didn’t care about it and was actually shocked that I was fighting the final boss when I did.

My time with Torchlight 2 had me clicking a lot. The first in the series was all set on levels stacked on top eachother, and I believe there were 50 floors, could be more. This one is setup more traditionally with various towns to embark. They weren’t interesting though, just a small area with shops and some people to chat. You might spend a few minutes in them collecting quests but then be on your way exploring. Level design was varied enough but felt less so the more you played.