May. 5th, 2017

Hoarfrost

May. 5th, 2017 05:37 am
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Hoarfrost (Whyborne & Griffin, #6)Hoarfrost by Jordan L. Hawk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is for the audible book version only.

The series just gets better as Ms. Hawk builds the world.

The sixth book of the series is going even better. The gang as we will call them now heads up to Alaska to help Griffon's newly reconnected brother Joe at the ruins uncovered. The book takes a new tact with writing from Griffon's perspective almost half the time. I wasn't sure at first but actually it works out pretty well. I am looking forward to Christine getting the same full treatment, which I am sure is going to happen.

The plot itself is also just gets better. Things come back to haunt Whyborne from prior books, more character development and personality is revealed and new enemies and allies are made.

The only thing that disappointed me about this book was the lack of Christine. She is in it, but unlike the previous book she has a fairly minor role. I do like Griffon's larger role, but I am not sure if I prefer him to Christine. I suspect the series will become an ensemble cast eventually. It seems like the best way to keep going with the most plots.

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Oatmeal Pie

May. 5th, 2017 05:41 am
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OATMEAL PIE 


Type: Dessert (Pie)
Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  40 mins
Total time:  55 mins

Serves: However many you want (6-8 is what seems reasonable).

Results: Pretty good, this initial recipe is a bit sweet for me but I really like it. I will attempt less sugar next time (not dark corn syrup, that is important) and update this recipe as I go.




 

    INGREDIENTS

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 3/4 stick (6 tbs) butter, softened

  • 2 eggs

  • ⅔ cup corn syrup

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 cup regular oats

  • 1 unbaked, frozen 9-inch pie crust (I got really lazy here)


 


 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 325 and place unbaked, frozen pie shell on baking sheet.

2. Cream sugar and butter.

3. Mix in eggs, corn syrup, and vanilla, scraping down sides of bowl.

4. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in oats.

5. Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake at 325 for 45 minutes or until crust is brown and center is just a bit jiggly.

6. Enjoy fully by eating it!


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It deserved more than two seasons.

The series can't be anything but good when it stars Ron Perlman and Garret Dillahunt (and others). Perlman is Judge Pernell Harris, the corrupt judge has a breakdown after the suicide attempt of his son.

This breakdown results in him falling in with a con-artist preacher and his girlfriend, and gaining a loyal follower in Garret Dillahunt. The voices point to who is responsible for the attempted suicide and a whole host of intrigue begins from there.

Originally I was going to do reviews on the season level, but sadly Amazon notified the public that there was only two seasons, so I felt I could do it in one go.

The story starts off intriguing and just hits almost all the right tones. Perlman is always great, there are small hints of his character in SoA, along with other characters he has played. Garret Dillahunt is standout in this and the intensity of his character almost steals the show.

There were some less stellar parts. I found after the first six episodes I didn't like the storyline with the preacher and his girlfriend, and in the second season I disliked how Perlman's "faith" changed (I won't go into details though). However, that being said I really enjoyed the series and I am saddened that it didn't get a third season. I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed Ron Perlman especially.

Pros: With the name Perlman in the credits, it is going to be a fun watch, he doesn't disappoint and neither does his "Benaiah" played by Garret Dillahunt. The scenes with just the two of them make it worth the time.

Cons: The preacher storyline I found annoying. However, that could be because I don't have a strong attachment with that portion of religion and not the fault of the actors/actresses involved.

I am disappointed there wasn't a third season.
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Nazis, alternate universe, resistance and a mysterious films showing alternate worlds, of course its great.

The world is different, the Axis powers won and split up America. The Japanese took the western third, the Nazis took the eastern half leaving a small strip in the middle that was a neutral zone. There are main characters in the resistance, in the Nazis and in the Japanese occupying force (and Trade Minister).

I don't want to spoil it, but all the acting is really good. Their are two main Nazi characters, both very good at their roles, one who questions what he is doing and one who is a loyal higher up officer who does his duty but has to protect his family. There is a Japanese inspector and a Trade Minister both excellent with varying views, then of course there is a grouping of Resistance actors who are all great with various outlooks.

Its not set in World War II, its 20 years after and you get to deal with the politics of the two empires posturing over what is left of America with the threat of war (and surprisingly enough the only reason there is peace is because Hitler is still alive). There is a character in here that you will like no matter your outlook.

Pros: Great acting, immersive sets, an compelling story.

 Cons: I don't think there is an overall con, but because there are so many roles you will probably hate someone... personally I can't stand Joe Blake, not the fault of the actor, he is good, just don't like the character.

Hands down a great show, can't recommend it more.
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Who would have thought I would have watched a series about the North American fur trade. No I didn't say it was good, I didn't say it was bad, somewhere in the bland not much taste fast food of tv.

As a partnership between Canada Discovery Channel and Netflix resulted in what I thought was a decent show based in the 1700s. Unlike Taboo, this show occurs before the American revolution (and in fact doesn't really address much about the colonists). I suspect this is because it is produced by the Canadian Discovery Channel.

Declan Harp (Jason Momoa) has declared war on Lord Benton and the North American fur trade is at stake. The story behind Declan is standard fare (family destroyed, hunted, etc) that I won't go into detail here. He comes across an Irish criminal who was taken in by Lord Benton to take down Declan. They bond and then it comes down to a fight between Declan Harp, his ragtag group of traders and the British military.

Most of the show is entertaining enough. Not as good as Taboo (not even close) but it is not a bad thing to watch. It felt like it could have been told a lot better in a 2 hour movie format then in six episodes.

Pros: Jason Momoa is the reason to watch the show. He doesn't have a huge set of dialogue, but he is pretty, and I just find him personable.

 Cons: The story is a sluggish beast that you have to endure.

I will probably watch the second season.

 
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Call of Cthulhu Keeper's Screen (Call of Cthulhu RPG)Call of Cthulhu Keeper's Screen by Les Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not too bad if you are a creative GM who wants to work on things.

I picked up this supplement a long time ago. I never ran the scenario, but instead just used the rules for the occasional Cthulhu game. As the years went by I used the Chaosium system less and less and forgot about it.

I am now running a Cthulhu game using the GURPS system and I needed something small to supplement my game. I won't spoil any of the adventure called "A Restoration of Evil" for possible players here, but I will say its a decent low level start. If you are running it at a convention it will work well out of the box. If its for a campaign you will need to fill in a lot of things.

Now that the the rules are very outdated, I wouldn't pick it up for anything unless you could get it used for $0.50.

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