Top Things For 08/20-08/26

This really is the story of my life


What’s up guys! Did you all have nice weekends? I most certainly did! I went to a wedding, and a vineyard, and a club for the first time! I drank for like an entire day, and danced a lot, and made new friends. Oh yeah, and turned TWENTY FIVE. Real Talk: It’s bizarre. I don’t have a full-time job, I live at home, haven’t seen many of my friends in over a year. That being said, I’m in the best shape of my life, totally off my anti-depressants, and pumped about new goals and opportunities. So in conclusion: Year of Penny Ian!

As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve made a couple tweaks to this feature. It’s no longer “This Week In…” which was fun but also voluminous and shockingly hard to research (seriously, each post took like two hours), but it’s also still present, because I think it’s good, useful information for people. SO, to compromise, it’s now “Top Things,” because everything else has “Things” in the title, and we will now only have one recommendation per category! So let’s go!


My top book pick of the week is Such Wicked Intent, which is book two in the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series. You can read the book synopsis here, but basically it’s the story of a young Victor Frankenstein and his quest to master alchemy and other darker forces. It definitely looks very Young Adult, but I love the original story of Frankenstein, and I’m kind of a sucker for Alt History/ Alt Fiction. It looks like a light, fun read, and the series has pretty glowing reviews up on Goodreads, so I may give it a chance.


If you only pick up one comic book this week – which in general is completely unfathomable to me – I would have to recommend Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1. Why? Well for one thing, it’s a first issue, so there’s literally no better place to jump in. For another, it’s written by J. Michael Straczynski, the man behind like a decade of Spider-Man, and the creator of Babylon 5. So there’s that. And while the whole Before Watchmen thing has been fairly meh-received (sorry, couldn’t think of a proper adjective there), Dr. Manhattan is by far the most compelling character of the Watchmen story, in my opinion, so hopefully JMS will capture his progression from man to god, and make it interesting.


Well, the only movie coming out this week is Hit and Run, but no matter how much I love Kristen Bell (Spoiler Alert: It’s A LOT [she’s just so tiny!!]), any amount of Dax Shepard is just too much Dax Shepard. This movie looks effing awful. Let’s just all go see Dark Knight Rises again, yes?


This week sees the release of Four by Bloc Party, a Post-Punk Revival band out of London and one of my personal favorite bands to listen to while running and working out. And while critics agree that their last album, Intimacy, was not their best effort, this new album is said to get back more to their roots, a la Silent Alarm – which is incredibly catchy and the main reason I love them. Watch this video, and you’ll get a pretty good sense of who they are.


Well, as much as I want to tell you to watch the Fifth Season Finale of True Blood, which should feature Faeries vs. a 3,000 year old psychotic vampire, as well as shifters and vikings vs. Bill The Giant Douche, and some sort of vampire goddess manifesting herself, I can’tbecause I promised to only plug one thing in each category. So instead, I’m telling you to watch Breaking Bad, because it is just SO EFFING INTERESTING to see a mild-mannered chemistry teacher decide that he now wants to be the head of a Meth EMPIRE, and basically is no longer doing any of this crap for his family, or to make money, but just to stroke his ego and make him feel like the big man he could’ve been. He has become a major jerk who is borderline abusive and delusional and I CANNOT GET ENOUGH.

And finally on the blog, I hope to have a Sports Post from Jordan and another scintillating and delicious and generally mouth-watery food post from Griff. If not, John has a diatribe about Pop Music brewing, and I can always discuss fitness, because as I may have mentioned, I’ve become a gym rat and it’s all I can talk about and I vaguely hate how douchey I seem because of it! Anyway, thank you all for making 24 fun, and I look forward to a 25th year full of hope and promise and growing and changing and all that stuff that’s fun in fiction but hard in real life.



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