Field Notes: The Riddler’s Gambit

Spoilers for several properties of the Batman Arkham universe follow

Know this: Batman Arkham Knight: The Riddler’s Gambit is a fantastic read and a fantastic Batman story. It fits in with the Arkham universe well and gets you ready for Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight.

I need to add here that it was AMAZING to finally be moving forward in the Batman Arkham Universe. I’ve spent so much time exploring the past that the newness I found here was a joy to read.

Reading through the book it’s hard to put it down; author Alex Irvine keeping things moving at a fast clip while still giving all the main players a chance to have their moments of reflection.

The story takes place about four months after the conclusion of Batman: Arkham City; the void left by the death of the Joker in the criminal underworld is begging to be filed and the Riddler sees this as his chance to step up.

I enjoyed how the book gave him a chance to be center stage; Riddler has always been a side player in the games and it was fun to have the character realize this as well.

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Getting his due

The clues and puzzles throughout the book are well done in that they are tricky yet believable, with our heroes coming off as just clever as the Riddler for figuring things out despite the deadly situations he puts them in.

Format and the Option to Leave

The format of the book contains what I’ll call a Grapes-of-Wrath-type of interlude where the main action is broken up by a shorter chapters of a different type, giving us Continue reading →

First Steps into Narnia

One of things I enjoy most about being a father is sharing the stories that mean so much to me with my children because they come to mean even more when I’m able to pass them on.

We took our first steps as a family into the world of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew and are currently about a third of the way through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy and Prince Caspian in between of course).

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“In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street … “

It’s a dream fulfilled to enjoy these stories with them and hear them ask for one more page before bed.

Narnia and the North!

We began The Magician’s Nephew on March 9, 2015

 

A wonderful, awful idea – reading the Grinch

He's hating the Whos

He’s hating the Whos

We read How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the other night as a family and it was pretty sweet; I enjoyed the Christmas special on TV growing up but couldn’t recall if I had ever read the book.

Now I have, and it was fun to read the story from its original perspective.

Having watched the aforementioned TV special enough to be able to practically quote it verbatim, the book seemed remarkably short (which is weird since its animated counterpart is only half an hour long) – and the buildup to the heist didn’t seem as epic.

Still a good tale well told and one I was glad to read aloud.

Fall of Reach – Chapters 1-3 [/r/HBC]

Afterbang over on /r/Halo has started a Halo Book Club, and we’re currently going through The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund. I have permission to post the trivia and discussion points afterbang comes up with, and it’s a good thing – my answers wouldn’t make sense without them!

The original /r/Halo post can be found here.

Please note I had to peek for most of the trivia answers.

Fall of Reach (Gold)

“Guys, can you reach my keys? I can’t move. Seriously.”

Trivia
1.) What is the name of the Continue reading →

Fall of Reach – Prologue [/r/HBC]

Afterbang over on /r/Halo has started a Halo Book Club, and we’re currently going through The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund. I have permission to post the trivia and discussion points afterbang comes up with, and it’s a good thing – my answers wouldn’t make sense without them!

The original /r/Halo post can be found here.

Please note I had to peek for most of the trivia answers.

Fall of Reach cover (blue)

Epic stories require epic stances

Trivia
1.) What planet is Blue Team operating on? Jericho VII
2.) Did Blue-Three fill the Continue reading →

/r/Halo’s Book Club – a journey begins

As I mentioned in the last post /r/Halo has been a discovery for me, and one that I’m glad to have had.

One of the reasons for this is the book club they recently started, with The Fall of Reach being first on the list.

It’s always hard to find time to read, and having a schedule like this really helps me to plan ahead and carve out a space so I can keep up.

I’ve received permission from the mod who set this up – Afterbang – to post my answers to the questions he poses from each chapter here on Reactive Bias. That way you can follow along with me and I get to keep all my Halo thoughts in one place. Nice!

Feel free to join us over on /r/Halo or leave me your thoughts in the comments as I post each set of questions and my reactions. I’ve found AB’s questions help me look at the text in new ways, and I’m seeing things I didn’t notice before.

Halo Ann. Ring

The more you look the more there is

Good stuff, and reminds me of one of the strengths of the Halo Universe – the more you look, the more there is.

>>>>>>>>>[4712880.2160.144]

>>>>>>>[Post tenebras lux]

A Tale of Two Didacts

Halo Silentium cover

The Forerunner Trilogy ends with a bang with Halo Silentium, and I flew through it in little over a night.

I ended up staying up super late, with a headache for the next couple days from the intensity of trying to read words for hours while being exhausted.

Should I have taken a break and took my time? Yes.

Was it awesome to read that way, in one big imagination-filled chunk? Yes.