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New Goals and Resolutions for a New Year

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  • I am going to be taking better care of myself. Last year took a toll on my mental health and it not only affected my love of reading, it also affected the blog. My original goal for 2020 was to read 50 books and I only managed 29. So this year I plan to reach that goal and do my best!
  • I am going to get better at following through on author’s requests. I am ashamed to admit it, but I let requests fall to the wayside and get distracted by other books, my work, or just life getting in the way. To those people I deeply apologize and I’m sorry.
  • I am going to reread the Harry Potter series. This is a goal I have been trying to accomplish for several years now. I know J.K Rowling has had a lot of controversy and I was wondering how the books held up after all this time.

That’s pretty much what I have in mind for 2021 so far. As always I will also continue talking about movies, TV, and mental health. I am looking forward to seeing what this year has in store for my fiancé and I. I am just trying to hold onto hope and trying to survive during these difficult times.

Stay safe and hope to see you back here for my review of Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon and Groot Steal the Universe by Dan Abnett!

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My Thoughts on The Masked Singer

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When The Masked Singer was first announced I originally thought it was a dumb idea. I’m not a fan of Nick Cannon or any of the panelist, so whenever something huge happened on the show I’d read the spoilers because I thought I’d never watch the show anyhow. I am not a fan of reality TV, most of the time I’m not interested in the toxicity and drama that Hollywood concocts for cheap views and clickbait.

However, a couple of months ago, I thought I’d give it a chance because I was out of shows to binge or rewatch and I became hooked. Once you get over the initial weirdness, this show has a lot to say about the difference between celebrity and average people as well as the older legends trying to stay relevant to the newer generation.

Part of me is hopeful that what these masked celebrities are telling in their clue packets are genuine, that we all have doubts, self-esteem issues, or that we all feel like the black sheep in a group of people. The other part of me says that the producers and writers are just putting in those manufactured emotions in order to tell a story where they can place the clues throughout.

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Happy Halloween!

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I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween! Here are some of my favorite scary stories I’ve read since starting Elisha’s Book Review!

Listed in no particular order:

Stoker’s Wilde by Stephen Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

Ghostland by Duncan Ralston

Boneyard by Seanan McGuire

Daughter’s Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey

The Beast of Barcroft by Bill Schweigart

Extreme Makeover by Dan Wells

Hope these are some horror books you can add to your TBR, and hope everyone stays safe and enjoys the ghosts and ghouls while it lasts!

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Looking Back on “The Sheep Look Up” by John Brunner During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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I know we’re only halfway through 2020, however, with everything that’s been going on in the world lately, I found it hard not to look back on When the Sheep Look Up by John Brunner. I reviewed this realistic post-apocalyptic novel last year, and such aspects that have stuck with me are how everyone in the story is wearing gas masks, the water is polluted, and there is general unrest amongst the civilians.

With the fear of COVID-19 hanging heavy in the air, most people are sheltering in their homes and leaving the house only if they have to. I know gas masks and protective face masks aren’t the same, but I don’t think that matters in the grand scheme of things.

To make a seemingly tense and stressful situation worse, we are again reminded of the gross mishandling of police officers who have a record of valid complaints. If a police officer has a complaint filed, I think it should be investigated through an unbiased third party. No police officer should have excessive allegations that have been swept under the rug. Just because he has “connections” or is a “good ole boy” makes this unfair to the people they’re sworn to protect.

People are upset. With COVID-19 being the biggest pandemic since the Spanish Flu, and witnessing our own government’s and to a certain extent, our society’s lack of trust of the scientists made this more deadly than it needed to be. The economy and unemployment rates are the worst they’ve been, and we’re still witnesses to police brutality. Everyone is on edge. It’s the perfect deadly stew for public unrest.

We need justice, we need peace, and until then, stay safe and don’t do anything stupid. If you want to read my thoughts on The Sheep Look Up Click Here to read my review!

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DISCUSSION: Are Video Games Getting Easier, or Am I Getting Better?

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With video game companies often cashing in on the nostalgia by remaking, remastering, or rebooting beloved franchises, such as Crash Bandicoot or the Spyro series, the question I find myself and my video game fans asking, are video games getting easier?.

I wasn’t a video game nerd growing up, the only games I played were Pokemon, the Mario & Luigi series, and other mismatched games. One of the spinoffs I love is the Pokemon: Mystery Dungeon series. I was so excited when they remade the first game, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, as Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX. I bought it as soon as it came out for the Nintendo Switch.

Now, I remember Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team being quite tricky growing up. As I’m playing this remake, I haven’t been having many troubles other than getting buttons confused, but that comes with the territory. I quickly noticed how easy this game is now. Unless I haven’t hit the difficulty spike, I’ve had little to no problems working my way through the game.

So this begs the question, did they make this game more accessible to the younger audience, or did I just get better at strategy games overall? Well, I think I just got better by playing more strategy games such as Octopath TravelerChocobo’s Mystery Dungeon, and all of the later entries in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series. I think with time and experience with other video games of the same genre, I might just have a better grasp on how to play the game than when I was a kid.

However, I’d like to hear your opinion! Do you think video game companies are making video games easier, or do you think you’ve just gotten better at playing the games?

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