Update: Farewell ONCE, Hello Orphan Black.

Early last week, I found out that ABC’s Once Upon a Time has not been renewed for an eighth season. I’ll be honest, I stopped watching the show about half way through season six; it felt to me that the storyline for each season was just repeating itself and quite a few of the characters had very little development, which was a shame as I had initially loved Once Upon a Time in its early seasons. I’ll probably, closer to the final episodes of ONCE, actually write a post about what I think went wrong but that won’t be for a few months yet.

On a more positive note, my sister has gotten me hooked onto another TV show, Orphan Black. I’ve only watched the first four episodes, but I feel this maybe a show I’ll binge watch. Orphan Black is a mystery/thriller/sci-fi show about a woman who discovers that there are clones of herself and their search for the truth. I guess I should thank my sister for giving me something to watch, when I’m way behind on my gaming challenge!

What have I been reading?

I finished Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, which turned out to be a really good read. The plot slightly suffered from what I call first-in-the-series syndrome, where the first book’s plot suffers because the author has to spend a bit of time setting up the world the series is set in. I find this often happens with urban fantasy novels, which is why I tend to give book series in that genre until the second book to win me over. Rivers of London  was fun and easy to read and one I would recommend to any Dresden Files fans.

The other book I managed to read this week was Assassin’s Creed: The Secret Crusade by Oliver Bowden. This is the third novel in the Assassin’s Creed series of novels. It turns out this was my favourite one in the series, so far. The plot, pacing and characters are huge improvement from Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and it felt like Oliver Bowden was expanding the story rather than just simply copying the video games. I would say that there was actually enough plot for two books, as the last third of the book felt rushed and I personally would have liked more details on the later part of Altair’s life, which we don’t get to see too much of in the video games.

This week, I’ve just started to read the second book in the Peter Grant series, Moon Over Soho.

What have I been playing?

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I’ve been making steady progress through Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. I’m currently playing through Memory Sequence 4 and I’m just starting to gather my assassin recruits, one of the gameplay mechanics introduced in this game. I forgot how many side activities were included in this game, which may slow me down slightly.

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I’ve also returned to one of my MMOs, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, to take part in latest seasonal event. I’m hoping to give my MMOs a little more love soon, as I’ve been neglecting them since Christmas.

What am I blogging about this week?

Since Valentine’s Day is this week, the posts this week will have a bit of a love them to them. Also, since I love you guys, I’m spoiling you with two extra posts.

  • Monday:MMO Seasonal Event post on Final Fantasy XIV’s Valentione’s Day.
  • Tuesday: Love doesn’t necessarily mean couples get a happily ever after, so this Top Five post is about five tragic couples.
  • Wednesday: I’m taking part in Adventure Rules‘ community event, in this post I’ll be talking about my secret valentine.
  • Thursday: OK, so this one isn’t love themed, its my review of Assassin’s Creed 2.
  • Saturday: The X-Men post that wasn’t uploaded last week.

I’ve also signed up to Blog Lovin’, feel free to Follow my blog with Bloglovin, if that’s a site you use to keep track of the blogs you read.

And that was my week! Let me know what you’ve been getting up to in the comments below and I’ll talk to you guys soon!

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4 thoughts on “Update: Farewell ONCE, Hello Orphan Black.

    1. I have a week off work next week and I have a feeling I know what I’m going to be doing with my time! So far I’m loving it and my sister says it gets even better, so I can’t wait!

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      1. The twists can get a little confusing the further you get into the seasons, but stick with it and you won’t be disappointed. Helena’s character is great – I’m so going to do a cosplay one year.

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      2. I don’t mind complex shows with plot twists, providing they have a satisfying payoff in the end. If you do cosplay as Helena make sure you take a picture as I would love to see it!

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