Book Reviews, science fiction 0 comments on Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot

Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot

Blueprints of the Afterlife is one part science-fiction (from the not so distant future), one part dystopia (masquerading as a utopia in parts), and one part a story about the importance of knowing who you really are.

It’s a gigantic puzzle for the reader to put together, as told by characters in chapters that are juxtaposed out of context with chapters from the viewpoint of other characters. Some of the characters never meet each other, and yet, are connected in a string of events directed by a mysterious man named Dirk Bickle.

I love it when books make me think about how all the pieces fit together, rather than spelling it all out for me. This is one of those books that had me thinking about the “universe” it exists in, and how it functions (or dysfunctions), long after I’d finished reading the story.

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Season Journey Chapter 4 (Season 5)

Completed Chapter 4 Season 5The Season Journey was first introduced into Diablo III during Season 4. It has returned for Season 5, but is not exactly the same as it was before.

Some of the objectives have been changed from one Season to the next.

Players needed to complete Chapters 1-4 in order to receive the Seasonal portrait frame, pet, and armor set. There were additional parts of the Season Journey to complete after Chapter 4, but I was not able to finish them. (I almost got Slayer accomplished, but failed to finish a Level 30 Greater Rift).
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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood – by Koren Zailckas

Smashed is a brutally honest memoir about what it is like to have a drinking problem that begins years before you become the legal drinking age. What makes this book different from many other books about drinking is that the author, Koren Zalickas, was not actually addicted to alcohol in a physical way.

Instead, she was using it as an emotional crutch. I think most people are aware of the physical consequences that can happen after years of binge drinking. What isn’t talked about are the social and emotional aspects. Smashed shines a light on what happens to a girl who starts drinking at a young age and who continues through young adulthood.

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