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    The Best Books I Read in 2016

    The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling & Brooke S. Passey (original review) It’s funny. It’s light-hearted. It’s not too long. It’s poignant. It’s like Felicia Day’s book. And it’s full of her voice both tragic and comic. Grim at times, cheery at most. This is not the Kim Kardashian, Tina Fey, or even the Mindy Kaling. This isn’t the girl who made it (not yet, at least). This is the girl still hacking at that creativity mountain with a pick-axe. Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner (original review) A fascinating slice of nostalgia for anyone who played…

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    The Books I Read: January – February 2016

    Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthorn & Kira Breed-Wrisley(unfinished) This is no Stephen King. I expected a new kind of horror story, one evolved from this new type of video game, but it’s just too boring. There are too many characters (probably so they can be killed off) and none of them have a strong personality. They all blend together generically. The plot didn’t really go anywhere. I think I got about 20% in and nothing happened. Mostly backstory, characters speaking, meaningless descriptions. It was too close to the source material — wandering through an abandoned Showbiz Pizza, waiting for something to happen. Like someone tried…

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    Things I Like: Lindsey Stirling a.k.a. LindseyStomp

    Just watch the video. You watched it? Good. Now, hopefully, you know why I’m writing about this girl. Her name is Lindsey Stirling. She came to notoriety in my circle of life when she did a medley of Legend of Zelda songs. She’s a violinist (obviously), she’s a composer, she’s a dancer, and at 23, she was a finalist in “America’s Got Talent”. I really don’t know how to describe why she’s so compelling. It’s not her dancing, although I could wax poetic on that. She follows no steps, no pattern (although I’m sure she practices rigorously). In one shot, she’s doing a Muhammad Ali shuffle. In another, she’s standing…