Picks of the Week – February 6

It’s time for me to give you another week’s worth of suggestions about how to spend your hard earned time and money in gaming, music, and literature! Are you ready? I hope so because here we go

Book: The Soprano Sorceress by L.E. Modesitt Jr

Anna Marshall is a concert singer who is getting past her prime in the entertainment industry. Never quite able to make it big, she does small recitals and parties as well as acting as a teacher when able just to try to make enough to afford her bills… until a stray thought at the wrong time sends her careening through to another world. A world called ‘Erde’ where music is power. Even the most simple of song effects the world. A perfect tale of ‘Be careful what you wish for’ – Anna wishes to be ‘anywhere but here’ and gets just that… she gets brought to Erde by a spell requesting a sorceress be summoned – and being trained for her entire life as a singer, she has the potential to be the most powerful sorceress around – if she lives long enough to learn the rules of this crazy world. Modesitt paints a fantastic pseudo-medievil world with it’s own distinct and unforgiving rules and puts this most unlikely of characters into it to see if she sinks or swims. This is the first of 5 books in this world, and each one broadens the overall story more but refines the theory and rules of the world. A fantastic series and one I strongly recommend.

Song: Noel’s Theme – Final Journey from the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Official Soundtrack

Final Journey is a serene and moving piece of music playing on the lonely and sad tones within the character and the time he comes from; but also containing a hint of hope for a real future. A fantastic piece of music that will move you even if you haven’t played the game. If you have, it will also bring forth memories of what is one of the most well written and moving parts of the game. Altogether a beatiful and utterly successful piece of music and one anyone would be foolish to pass the opportunity to hear.

Game: Kingdoms of Amalur – Reckoning

This Tuesday sees the release of the epic and massive Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and all I can say is “It’s too soon!” I am going to have to temporarily shelve FFXIII-2 for this, but I do it gladly for Reckoning looks like it’s going to be amazing as long as they don’t have the same glitches in the full release as they did in the demo. Aside from that one concern, I cannot wait and the game looks to be great. Expect my review once I’ve gotten my hands on it and played it through at least once!

 

Well there we are, another week of recommendations. Starting next week my Monday and Wednesday posts will be being inverted as it seems a little bit weird to be doing my picks the day before the major releases happen. So expect my next picks of the week to be February 15th while my feature for next week will be on Monday the 13th! Happy Gaming!

 

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