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Grammar Girl (YouTube): YouTube channel that can help you with your grammar. You can learn everything from punctuation to when you use “lie” or “lay.”

Memories of Tomorrow by Escapethepeace (ongoing story): Soon after turning 20, Kallie Dowley starts having dreams of the future. At first, the dreams are of everyday events, but one night she dreams about her death. She now has one day to solve her murder.

Winter’s Tree by JenniferJonnes (ongoing story): A woman stands before a tree with no memory of who she is. A strange man approaches her; he seems to know. Can she trust him?

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The Bucket List by ravenbrxwn (ongoing story): Hailey has terminal cancer. Her friends decide to help her cross off everything on her bucket list.

Game Theory: Gamers Will NEVER Solve This Mystery! (Accounting Plus Zoo Level) (YouTube): The Game Theorists look into the mysterious Zoo Level for the Accounting Plus game.

The Song of Sqia’lon Seven by wdhenning (short story): The narrator recounts the tale of a disease that robs people of their souls and how he was cured.

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Film Theory: What is Disney’s Body Count (YouTube): The Film Theorist YouTube channel begins their quest to find the most deadly Disney movie. This episode lays the groundwork, such as the rules, and eliminates the zero death movies.

Mortal Engines (movie): A tale involving life after a destructive war. To survive many of the cities, such as London, became mobile. A young man and woman must team-up to stop London’s plans to conquer everyone.

While I enjoyed the movie and am looking forward to reading the book, I did find the movie a little cliché. Tom Natsworthy is a Londoner who fully believes that what London does is the best–at least until he meets Hester and learns not everything is as it seems. But, I really enjoyed the action and flow of the movie. It seemed to continually be moving forward.

img_2674I did get confused when Tom has Katherine open up the city’s engine. It shows him hovering the glider-plane as it opens and then it just changes to him rescuing Hester. It never really tells why he wanted the gate opened. I’m assuming he did something to halt the city’s engines.

I enjoyed the character development. Hester goes from a revenge seeking woman who cares only about killing the one who murdered her mother to someone trying to stop London’s plans. I also liked the twist of why Hester is being hunted by a bounty hunter.

4/5

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (movie): The movie focuses on Miles Morales going from normal teen to the next Spider-Man.

I really enjoyed the art style. They managed to have a mix of animation and comic book style. I liked how they would have thought bubbles or narration/voice-over boxes appear at times.

The movie had everything you’d expect from a Spider-Man film: action, humor, and web-swinging. I enjoyed the running gag of the Spider-People telling their origin story each time they showed up. And the sight gags never let up either.

The voice work was great. The characters really sounded scared or upset.

Finally, I liked the Spider-Man Easter Eggs, such as the old Spidey vehicles. They also managed to show pretty much every Spider-Man costume, including the new Gameverse (aka Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4) costume. I also liked how they kept showing the number “42” now and then.

About the only thing I didn’t like is that they hinted at Spider-Verse sequels, which means now I have to wait for the next one to come out. Ugh, couldn’t they just do a weekly series instead. I don’t want to wait for more!

Truthfully, I did notice a few times when the animation was a little…laggy. The characters would jerk weird or their moments didn’t seem as fluid (and I don’t mean those times when the characters were purposefully glitching out for plot reasons).

4.9/5


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Hermitcraft 6: Episode 31-POULTRY MAN RETURNS: A great intro created by Grian which teases a return of the Poultry Man character. Followed by more building and shenanigans.

Flawsome by @SerendipityD: An interesting story told from the perspective of someone suffering from a mental illness. The reader gets an inside look at how someone with mental illness can feel and think.

Sypro Reignited Trilogy: From what I’ve seen of the Blitzwinger walkthrough, the game looks like a fun and not too challenging game. It seems to be an ideal game for causal gamers or those who played the original Sypro games and wish to play again.

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Recommended 10-2-18

The following are my recommendations and do not reflect the views of any person or organization. 

Carter–A TV show about a TV actor who returns to his hometown and begins solving crimes. It’s a funny show with lots of humor and some action and mystery, but follows the usual theme of the “civilian” who solves crimes much like Castle or Murder She Wrote. I found the light-hearted mood of the show to be refreshing. 4.3/5img_2674

Smallfoot–A movie about a Yeti who comes across the mythological creature known as Smallfoot (aka humans). The movie is filled with tons of humor; there are moments you just don’t stop laughing for minutes. There isn’t a lot of action or violence, which makes it a great family movie. I enjoyed how it had a lesson but didn’t hit you over the head with it. Also, the animation was great–you can see each hair on the Yetis. 4.4/5

Total Dramarama–A TV show that takes place in a daycare and showcases the crazy adventures of the kids in it. At first I thought this would be a show really directed to very young audiences, but I found that even “older” younger audiences would enjoy it and maybe even “older” audiences. They don’t give you life lessons all the time; most of the episodes focus on the crazy things that happen in daycares but just cracked up to eleven. 4.4/5

Minecraft Evolution SMP–A group of Minecraft YouTubers (including SystemZee, Netty Plays, and Solidarity) “travel” through the different versions of Minecraft showcasing how it has evolved. On Oct. 1, they celebrated their one-year anniversary, which also was close to the “soft reboot” after Grian’s departure. The Evolutionists were kicked out of their old area and forced to begin again (but not completely from scratch–they were allowed to bring some items with them). Right now, the Evolutionists are building bases and getting started, but I’m sure the pranks and other mischief will begin again soon. In the meantime, they’ve added a Death Counter and the loser will face some form of public embarrassment. 4.3/5

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  • Incredibles 2: Action-comedy movie for the whole family. 4.5/5
  • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit: A 10-year-old boy plays through his Saturday morning. You get to chose what he does. Free demo for the new Life Is Strange series. 4.7/5
  • Minecraft Summer Camp series: New series by SystemZee, Netty Plays, and others on YouTube. Each team gathers equipment needed to battle the Wither. Interesting so far, but has only had one episode.
  • The Verdant Mark by dracollavenore: A lower-class girl wishes to be a member of the upper-class and she gets her wish–by being transformed into a boy. Not a complete story yet, but still 4.6/5

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