A Quote:

"There sit the knights that were so great of hand,
The ladies that were queens of fair green land,
Grown grey and black now, brought unto the dust,
Soiled, without raiment, clad about with sand."
- Algernon Charles Swinburne.

lunes, 10 de febrero de 2020

Review: Trinity: Hope Sacrifice Unity

Trinity: Hope Sacrifice Unity Trinity: Hope Sacrifice Unity by George Alec Effinger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pure SF. Pure adventure. Intrigue, space exploration, wild gadgets, powerful threats... This game has everything of good SF. It's not very deep, its history has a lot of obvious plotholes, maybe too World of Darkness meet high futuristic adventure, but overall is a fantastic experience.

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jueves, 30 de enero de 2020

Review: Wolverine: Arma X

Wolverine: Arma X Wolverine: Arma X by Barry Windsor-Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is what a Marvel comic looked like if done by the initial wave of british comic book writers, like Alan Moore et al. Grim, gritty, with an experimental visual and textual narrative. However there are some plot arguments that are not very well defined like the madness of the professor, who was the mysterious mastermind behind it all, how and why the choose Logan in the first place... And personally I would have liked something more from Logan´s perspective of the torture he was subjected to. Not a letdown, but I expected more.

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lunes, 23 de diciembre de 2019

Review: Cuatro Fantásticos: Impensado

Cuatro Fantásticos: Impensado Cuatro Fantásticos: Impensado by Mark Waid
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A really amazing beginning, a very weak middle and a warmth end. This was a very interesting entry with a nice premise that was lingering since the inital apparition of Dr Doom back in time: what happened with his wizardly skills, that deformed him, and were put aside for his scientific might? The weak part was what Dr. Richards and doctor Strange did to counter him (now you can guess what happened). Entertaining, but could be a lot better.

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viernes, 20 de diciembre de 2019

Review: The Four Commitments of a Winning Team

The Four Commitments of a Winning Team The Four Commitments of a Winning Team by Mark Eaton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an unexpected, warmth, illuminating read for one that's not interested in sports, less a professional book based on one. Eaton delivers four amazing guidelines to create succesful teams, based on his experience, and he shows how and why they work. Taken from the book:

The Four Commitments of a Winning Team provides a foundation on which you and your team can build. Like the skyscraper’s foundation, the Four Commitments will help you, your organization, and your family build to heights you never imagined possible.

Let’s briefly revisit The Four Commitments of a Winning Team:

KNOW YOUR JOB
I executed the fundamentals Coach Lubin and Wilt Chamberlain taught me. I learned and embraced my job, and went from benchwarmer to All-Star.

DO WHAT YOU’RE ASKED TO DO
I did exactly what Coach Layden asked me to when I was a rookie. He gave me a training regimen to follow, assigned me grueling daylong workouts with coaches, and I committed to do exactly what he asked.

MAKE OTHERS LOOK GOOD
I accepted my role as a big man. I didn’t begrudge the fame of players like Stockton and Malone, who got the lion’s share of media attention. I helped them look good. That led me to being named NBA Defensive Player of the Year, twice.

PROTECT OTHERS

I protected the basket, blocked shots, grabbed rebounds, and passed the ball. I led the league in blocked shots four separate seasons and became a defensive force for which opposing coaches had to adjust their game plan. I protected my teammates, which led me to an NBA All-Star game.

A very nice and recommended read, even for those that are not savvy with basketball.

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