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On Our List: August 2013

On Our List: August 2013

On Our List brings you, the reader, a little mid-month excitement: a look into the reading and watching lists of the Girls in Capes staff members.  Check out what we’re reading and watching now:

“My boyfriend recently introduced me to a mini-series called The Guild, which deals with the six members of the online guild “Knights of Good,” three girls and three boys, who vary in age, personality and ethnicity, but all have in common just how difficult it is for them to separate their lives from the game. Apparently, it was a geek YouTube sensation a couple of years ago, but the news never quite reached the rock under which I was living. The series is hilarious and a must-watch for MMO players. There all these inside jokes about gaming, a constant use of the lingo we use while in the game and an understanding of how hard all that is to shake off once we log off from the game and must face reality. I’m only on season 2 right now, but I really like it so far and I can’t wait to see what else the series has in store.”

– Lorraine Acevedo Franqui, Staff Writer

“I know I’m more than a few years late, but I finally got around to playing Assassin’s Creed 2. While I haven’t had a chance to explore every nook of each vibrant city, I’ve found myself absorbed. And that didn’t take long. While Assassin’s Creed 1 took place in historic locations, it skimped on detail and information in a way that its sequel does not. As I discover a new location or find a prominent historical figure, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, I feel less like I’m playing a game, and more like I’m entering a living, breathing space in time. I would recommend this game to both casual and hardcore gamers, as well as history buffs. I can’t wait to see what this game, as well as the rest of the franchise, has to teach me!”

– Alan Beyersdorf, Staff Writer

“Back on the bandwagon with Season 7 of our favorite show about sort-of-serial-killer brothers, I’m somehow in the middle of the season already.  We see Dean and Sam lose a few people very close to them (I cried a lot at t he second major death) and the Big Bad this season is the Leviathans, older than demons and from the depths of Hell, which make the season extremely gruesome overall.  In past seasons the violence has not been so nasty, so I’m not sure if it’s just because of the Leviathans or if the producers thought they needed a little extra sickness in their show.”

– Christina Casano, TV & Film Writer

“I really can’t recommend World War Z more highly to fellow geeky readers.  This Max Brooks novel focuses on the war against the undead, but it’s so much more than just another zombie book: it features people across the world, not just in the US, and shows the more practical side of fighting a war against the unknown.  More than just showing a far-fetched fight against supernatural creatures, World War Z is about humans, human society, and how unprepared to defend ourselves we might be in more ways than one.”

– Feliza Casano, Editor in Chief

“For the past few weeks, Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the 3DS has been on my list. I’ve been a fan of this series since I first played it for the Game Cube and was thrilled to have its latest installment when it came out. In New Leaf, you are appointed the town major and you have to split your time between trying to pay your house, do public projects, and keep the town clean and beautiful for the villagers. The town slowly evolves as you do your duties as mayor into what will hopefully be a lively town with many things to do. I’ve been playing this nonstop since I got my copy and I love it. I can’t wait to see the different seasons! If anybody wants to be my friend and visit my town, let me know.”

– Mara Delgado, Young Adult Reviewer

“I’m ridiculously late to this party, but since, as a recent graduate, I have more time to read for leisure, I’ve finally gotten into reading George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels. As an avid fan of HBO’s adaption, I never had any doubt I’d like the series, but reading it has been a pleasant surprise. The prose isn’t nearly as impenetrable as I thought it’d be, and because it’s interwoven with the profusion of character histories the show is unable to fit into ten hour-long episodes, is in fact a lot easier to follow. I’ve also found that for me, it doesn’t lessen the quality of the show either: things are different, certainly, but understandably so, and the reams of material both supplement and enrich what we’ve seen on the show. The best part about the books? In the words of Ben Wyatt, ‘they’re telling human stories in a fantasy world,’ which, let’s face it, can be a lot cooler than the one in which we live.”

– Hannah Pingleton, LGBTQ Writer

“For a person who isn’t really into shows that feature a lot of fanservice, I am really getting into the anime Free!-Iwatobi Swim Club.  The anime revolves around a group of high school boys who create a swimming club.  I always get a kick when Haru, the protagonist of the show, strips down to his swimsuit whenever he’s around water.  It doesn’t even matter if it’s a small fish tank, he’ll try to swim in it.  I can’t wait to see what else the series has in store.”

– Janelle Smith, TV & Film Writer

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Girls in Capes magazine showcases women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community in geek culture and pop culture.
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Girls in Capes magazine showcases women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community in geek culture and pop culture.