#FirstWorldProblems – Kindle

So.

A couple of months I got a Kindle as a gift. And even though I was a bit hesitant about it at first, now I love it. To explain why I was hesitant – I’m the type of person who used to buy books and lug them back home whenever I would travel somewhere. Also no trip is complete without P. G. Wodehouse. Don’t ask me why, it just isn’t.

Anyway.

Kindle is so (SO!) convenient! Like Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon that I was looking for for ages? (Went to three different book stores). It only took a couple of clicks and there it was – I could start reading.

So now I’m perusing Goodreads and any other place imaginable to get some good book recs and have been averaging 3 books per week. I mean I’ve read before. But the honest truth is I am super (SUPER!) excited about reading again. While before I would do a thorough research prior to buying a book (never could understand those people who bought books and didn’t read them, what the what up with that?), now even if the book sucks, I don’t feel so bad. It is just a matter of deleting it off Kindle.

But.

BUT.

And this is where the #FirstWorldProblem comes in… I love books. And I love the feel of a book. And what about all the book stores? And libraries? Will it all go to sh*t now that we are all so obsessed with technology?

I know.

So does anyone have any good book recommendations? It would be much obliged.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – a Review

Warning: this post offers a really, really geeky perspective on the latest “Hobbit” film as well as the entire “Hobbit” film trilogy.

In our last RPG campaign we embarked on a quest to steal the dragon’s hoard. In December of 2012. everyone rolled up a dwarven character except for me – I played a halfling rogue. Over the following two years our party traveled through wilderness and fought goblins, orcs, wolves and giant spiders.

Unfortunately our Game Master was obsessed with this epic RPG campaign he played in more than a decade ago. We didn’t mind when he introduced wizards and warriors from his former party as non-player characters. We didn’t object when it turned out they had their own epic storyline that had almost nothing to do with our story. The thing we did hate was the way GM constantly stressed how awesome all of these characters were – especially GM’s former character, an elven ranger who was obviously powerful enough to defeat the dragon by himself. The only reason we didn’t point that out to GM was that then our party would have been left with nothing to do.

During college we would have finished this adventure in couple of months. But with our jobs and families, the game stretched out for two years. Eventually we reached the dragon’s lair and devised a complex and ingenious plan to kill the great beast. But our dice rolls failed us. GM had to choose between letting the dragon kill our group or fudging the rules for us to win. First option was anticlimactic and the second one unthinkable because our GM is a stickler for game rules. So he sent out the dragon to attack nearby town. Our group was thus saved while our dragon was killed off-screen by some archer guy we met once and barely remembered.

To say that we were disappointed is an understatement.

Next game session GM tried to create some kind of satisfying conclusion to our campaign. He came up with this huge battle of five armies for the dragon’s treasure. Although my halfling thief did had some fun during the game, we spent most of the time talking about movies and stuff while our GM furiously rolled dice and consulted mass-combat rules for his imaginary battle. When King of Dwarves appeared riding a pig and King of Elves rode in on a moose, we decided to step in and end this foolishness once and for all. To our dismay we found ourselves fighting on these really complicated combat terrains – Falling tower! Floating ice! – with so many rules in play that the combat. Took. Forever. By the end of the evening I was ready to destroy my character myself. I didn’t even care that the orc horde might win and flood the international market with mountains of dragon’s gold thus destroying the economies of fantasy kingdoms. But we won and the campaign mercifully ended.

I’m aware that in our GM’s mind, this RPG campaign looked like epic Hollywood blockbuster. Hell, if it were a movie I’d pay good money to see it on the big screen even though the whole story would probably take about nine hours to tell, maybe less if they decided to edit out all those characters and stories that had nothing to do with our group of dwarven thieves. But as RPG campaign, this whole experience was a mixture of frustration, boredom and occasional bouts of fun. We’re planning to start a new campaign this year, but we’re looking for someone else to be our GM.

Broadchurch is back.

And I didn’t even realize (bad, bad TV blogger!)

Be as it may – I watched the first three episodes because I couldn’t quite fathom what the what are they going to do with it. To me Broadchurch made sense as a mini-series. But do you know, it’s interesting.

Without giving much away – David Tennant is back (in case you were wondering about that. As one would :) ITV also added some stellar performers to the cast (Charlotte Rampling, Eve Myles and Marianne Jean-Baptiste!). PLUS there IS a new crime mystery AND (what I find the most fascinating of it all) they are touching upon the aftermath of the crime?

You know how in “regular” crime series it’s always: a crime happens, the police investigates the crime, they catch the culprit, they get a confession, the end. Sometimes (but rarely) the trial is also covered.

See, with Broadchurch they went a step further. We get to see what actually happened to the people and the community impacted by the crime. And it’s heart wrenching really. And kinda overwrought. And it might be too schmaltzy and whathaveyou for some.

BUT yes, I will keep at it with Broadchurch. Because that freaking Sandbrook? I need to know what happened.

New Scandi show alert – Arvingerne (The Legacy)

Well new-ish?

Arvingerne was translated as the Legacy. The series premiered in January of 2014 in Denmark and the second season started airing earlier in the month (or so the Wikipedia tells me).

Arvingerne was created by Maya Ils√łe and it follows the story of the Gr√łnnegaard family.

See, the mother of the family Veronica, was an artist and this kinda wild and eccentric bird who had four children. Due to her eccentric ways her children grew up with some baggage (obvs!). So after she dies, the children gather to divvy up her estate. BUT what noone knew was that Veronica had a daughter Signe who she gave up for adoption. And just before she died, she left all of the estate to her.

As you can imagine this complicates the story somewhat.

In the UK the series can be viewed on Sky.

I have tried to find some information where and when the Legacy will air in the United States, however I was unable to find anything. Arrow Films do ship the DVD worldwide in case anyone is interested, but after looking over their FAQ page a) shipping charges apply and b) their releases are in the European PAL format.

You can find the series elsewhere on the Internet *cough* and I think I have spotted that subtitles are available. In case anyone is interested that is.