Monday, January 30, 2012

The King of Kong Review

With Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe

This is a documentary about the world of competitive video gaming.  It focuses on two men and their quest to be the best Donkey Kong player of all time.

I have to admit that I don’t understand what makes these people so driven to conquer this game and go down in the history books for being so great at it.  It was casual curiosity that made me watch this.  I was surprised by how interested I became.  Billy Mitchell is the reigning Donkey Kong champion, and classic video game legend, and Steve Wiebe has been chasing the record.  You may not understand the obsession but you find yourself enthralled in the drama and rooting for these guys (well, one of them anyway).  As the documentary goes along there develops a good guy and a bad guy.  There is the drama of the taint of cheating and the possibility of conspiracies and the emotions of a lifetime of striving and falling just short so many times.  There is a cast of quirky supporting characters on one side or the other, some conflicted and some just interested observers but all woven into the surprisingly complex and intense world of competitive gaming.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Win The Way We Fall

Luxury Reading is giving away a copy of The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe.

The winner will also get a Minimergency Kit.

All you have to do to enter is comment on her post with your email address.

There are extra entries to be had for following, sharing, and entering other contests so make sure you read how and leave a new post for each entry.

Open until February 6th.  Open to the US and Canada.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Theme Thursday - Very

Theme Thursdays is a fun weekly event that will be open from one Thursday to the next. Hosted by Reading BetweenPages. 

Anyone can participate in it. 

The rules are simple: 

•A theme will be posted each week (on Thursday’s) 
•Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading 
•Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post 
•It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word) Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate” 

This week’s theme is – VERY
All you have to do is find the word ‘very’.

She is very pretty and has a natural charisma that has always filled the space around her.

-       - Black Wave by John and Jean Silverwood

Win Anew by Chelsea Fine

Popcorn Reads is giving away 2 autographed copied of Anew by Chelsea Fine.  It is the first book in the Archers of Avalon series.

The deadline to enter is February 4th at 11:59 PM EST.

It is open to US mailing addresses only.

You must be at least 13 to enter.

Make sure you read the directions on how to use the Rafflecopter form.  If you do not fill out the Rafflecopter form you will not be entered.

Good luck.