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Showcase Showdown: Two Books, Two Games (2)

Welcome to Showcase Showdown: Two Books, Two Games, a new way to bridge the nerdy gap between gaming and reading.  This is a weekly highlight created to place a spotlight on books and games that are on one of my various Wish Lists.   Each week’s list will consist of…duh…two books and two games that come out during that week, and my top 3 to 5 reasons for wanting each of them.  Books will range from comics and manga, to romance and non-fiction.  As for games, I will feature any game (PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, DS, iOS, etc.) that is on my MUST-Play-Now List.  If you would like to join along, leave a comment and let me know what’s on your must-read and/or must-play list.  Blogger can also link to the post on their blog and discuss their picks with their readers.  You don’t have to be a gamer, nor do gamers’ have to be avid readers, just find a couple of things you are looking forward to the most this week and let me (and others) know why.








The Goblin War (Goblin Wood #3)

By Hilari Bell




  • Pub. Date: October 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Hardcover , 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 143,242
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • ISBN:0061651052


Tobin has finally crossed back from the Otherworld, where he was trapped in mortal peril for months—only to be captured by the dreaded, bloodthirsty barbarians the moment he enters his own Realm. Meanwhile, the pretty hedgewitch Makenna and her legion of goblins are still trying to find a way out of the Otherworld before it fatally drains their magic and life force. To escape, they will need help from the spirits that live there—but that aid will not come freely.

Now the barbarians are out to take over the Realm, and only Makenna, Tobin, and his younger brother, Jeriah, know what is needed to stop them. They’ll need to work together—and with the goblins—to formulate a plan. The answer lies with the Otherworld spirits and also with the blood amulets that give infinite power to the barbarians. The question is: Can they band together and save the Realm in time?

In Hilari Bell’s thrilling finale of the Goblin trilogy, alliances are once again tested, and the fate of the entire kingdom rests in the hands of some unexpected heroes. Readers will relish this epic’s intricate politics, high adventure, and intensely satisfying conclusion.



Why it’s a Must-Read:

  • This book, along with the whole series, came highly recommended by one of my friends.
  • It sounds like an epic win-win for any fantasy fan. No vampires and an enormous world with creatures and spirits.
  • The plot sounds intriguing and I have an inking to go back and read the other books before I dive into this one. Usually reading a series out of order is no big deal to me, however I really want to start at the beginning with the Goblin Wood.





Eyes to See (Jeremiah Hunt #1)

By Joseph Nassise


  • Pub. Date: October 2011
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Format: Hardcover , 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 327,907
  • Series: Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle Series
  • ISBN-13: 9780765327185
  • ISBN: 076532718X



In an urban fantasy that charts daring new territory in the field, Jeremiah Hunt has been broken by a malevolent force that has taken his young daughter and everything else of value in his life: his marriage, his career, his reputation. Desperate to reclaim what he has lost, Hunt finally turns to the supernatural for justice.

Abandoning all hope for a normal life, he enters the world of ghosts and even more dangerous entities from beyond the grave. Sacrificing his normal sight so that he can see the souls of the dead and the powers that stalk his worst nightmares, Hunt embarks upon a strange new career—a pariah among the living; a scourge among the dead; doomed to walk between the light of day and the deepest darkness beyond night.

His love for his departed daughter sustains him when all is most hopeless, but Hunt is cursed by something more evil than he can possibly imagine. As he descends into the maelstrom of his terrifying quest, he discovers that even his deepest fears are but prelude to yet darker deeds by a powerful entity from beyond the grave…that will not let him go until it has used him for its own nefarious purposes.
Why it’s a Must-Read:

  • Look at the cover. Now you tell me you don’t want to read it.  Go ahead, I’ll wait…
  • The plot deals with two of my favorite things, ghosts and entities from beyond the grave. I have what some might call a little obsession with ghost, ghost hunting, and spirits. And any book that deals with that is an instant winner in my eyes.
  • I’m dying t know what kind of curse he is under and who the strange dark entity is that’s trying to get his hands on Jeremiah. Creepy…love it!






Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster



  • Released: October 11, 2011
  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Double Fine
  • Category: Action, Adventure



Why it’s a Must-Play:

  • Okay before everyone asks, yes I have another KINECT game on my list two weeks in a row. I don’t maybe Microsoft has brainwashed me with all their t.v. ads, but this game just looks fun.
  • Who wouldn’t want to play as their favorite characters from Sesame Street?
  • It features drop-in/drop-out co-operative modes, ideal for parent/child and sibling play. Now that’s awesome!
  • Check out the video, you know you want to:


Video Source: Machinima





Red Dead Redemption Game of the Year Edition




  • Released: October 11, 2011
  • Platform: Xbox 360, PS3
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Developer : Rockstar San Diego
  • Category: Action, Adventure
  • Expansions Included: Red Dead Redemption: Outlaws To The End, Red Dead Redemption: Legends and Killers Red Dead Redemption: Liars and Cheats, Red Dead Redemption — Undead Nightmare



Why it’s a Must-Play:

  • Yes I am sad to admit I never played Red Dead Redemption. Despite the high praise for this game and playing and loving Undead Nightmare, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend 60 bucks on an RPG set in the wild-wild west. However with the GOTY Edition available today, I feel like this game is now a must buy.
  • Undead Nightmare was pretty awesome.  Everything about the game was epic; fighting zombies in the old west was a hoot. My friends and I spent hours killing them and each other.  Makes me want to pick it up just to play the rest of the DLC.
  • I am really tired of everyone yelling at me when I tell them I have not played this game. The main reason I want to play this game is to get everyone off my back and to add it to the list of games that I have played. Just another notch on my gamer belt. What’s a better motivator than your friends?





That’s it for this week.  There wasn’t much I was interested in book or video game wise. I have my sights set on next week and early November. So what are you looking forward to this week?






Honorable Mentions:



 Dragon Age 2: Mark of the Assassin DLC