I had plans to write a big extensive wrapup review of things I really enjoyed in 2012. Â The specific plan was to write that before the end of 2012. Â Oops. Â In the interest of getting it posted in a somewhat relevant timeframe, here’s an abbreviated version. Â Note that not everything here was released in 2012, but it was the year I encountered them:
The Drowned Cities, by Paolo Bacigalupi, is one of the most difficult books I’ve ever read. Â Listed as a young adult title, there’s deep insights here for adults too. Â It’s got deep insights Â into the nature of war and the cycle of violence it involves. Â Bacigalupi excels at writing about terrible things in an extremely compelling manner.
The Magician King lets the characters from The Magicians grow up a bit, and the result is characters I found much less frustrating than in the series’ previous book.
Saga is my new favorite comic book series. Â It’s space opera and fantasy and a whole lotta (sometimes graphic) weirdness in one package. Â Brian K. Vaughan continues to be a must-read writer for me.
Hawkeye is a bunch of fun too, though more focused on small contained story arcs. Â As the book describes itself, these are the adventures Hawkeye gets into when he’s not being an Avenger. Â The minimalist covers push some nice buttons for me too.
The new Ben Folds Five album is everything I hoped it would be! Â I also spent a bunch of time listening to Gotye and Of Monsters and Men.
I didn’t play as many video games this year as I have in the past, but the best two were Mass Effect 3 and The Walking Dead. Â ME3 was an excellent capstone to the trilogy, and The Walking Dead gets a gold star for forcing some truly intense player decisions while building one of the best-written stories I’ve seen in a game.
I think about the cliffhanger at the end of Sherlock season 2 at least once a week, while for comedy nothing beats Parks & Recreation.