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By Donte M McNeal

Based in Michigan, Donte's Playground is a blog by Donte M McNeal. His posts range from nonsensical ramblings about anime, in-depth reviews of books and television/film, to random spurts of philosophical babble.

September Roundup

September Roundup

With another month in the bag, it’s time for another monthly roundup. So, what caught (and held) my eye in the month of September? Well, let’s get into it. Hehe.

 

Stephen King’s IT

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So, those who know me personally are already aware of this, but I grew up with coulrophobia, or in layman’s terms: a fear of clowns. This was in part due to the original miniseries of IT back in the nineties. I watched it when I was way too young to be watching something that scary, so of course it haunted for years to come. I’m in my twenties now, and am just now overcoming the phobia. Honestly, I intended to steer clear of the new iteration of the killer clown looking to do away with kids by feeding off their fear in some of the creepiest ways imaginable, but someone told me I’d never see the movie. So what do I do? I buy tickets for opening weekend of course!

Tell me this isn't creepy

Tell me this isn't creepy

I won’t lie, I spend a lot of the movie cowering under the brim of my hat whenever I thought Pennywise would appear, but while there were parts you could all but guarantee he’d show up, there were quite a few instances where he popped up out of nowhere, wrenching my bottled up fear from me in the form of a shameless high-pitched squeal or yelp. Apart from nearly crapping myself, and ridding myself of the bothersome sweat that somehow kept finding its way to my brow, I got through the movie (and it really was a good movie), and I think the experience helped me in my journey of overcoming my coulrophobia.

B.C. Burgess’ Mystic Series Stories (Brietta & Kegan 1, 2, & 3)

Now, I think apart from Belart Wight’s books, I enjoy the work of B.C. Burgess the most. She writes epic romance, in every sense of the phrase. Her world is magical, the characters complex and memorable, the magic…well magical. I’ll be candid here, The Mystic Series is my favorite romance series and has all but ruined other romance for me. I’ll admit that it’s a bit over the top in the portrayal of love, be it romantic love, the love of friendship or familial love, but that’s one of the best things about this series. The side stories that center around Brietta and Kegan, two of the more interesting side characters from the main series have the same attributes as the main series, and that just means I love it just as much, even if the main Bri and Keg don’t really measure up in my eyes to Layla Love and Q. Though, those two are nigh unpassable in my heart. A more detailed review for these books is coming up, so stay tuned for that!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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I saw the first Kingsman movie when it came out back in 2014, and all I could think was this is what I want James Bond to be. Spies/agents who are smooth, suave and are able to utilize gadgets that are all pieces of next-level awesomeness. Crazy, high-octane action, memorable characters and outrageous villains are what the Kingsman movies are all about, and The Golden Circle delivers on all these fronts, even bringing back a character who brought us one of the best action scenes in 2014. While the villain isn’t exactly that great, she was entertaining at least, but I go into these movies for some awesome action, funny quips, and nice personal moments, and I got that. Shout out to JB one time!

Blue Reflection

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if you fused Persona with Sailor Moon? Yeah, me either, but that’s the first thing I thought when I learned about Blue Reflection. This game takes the turn-based combat and social link components of Persona while using the magical girl environment of Sailor Moon, including eye-catching magical transformations, an emphasis on friendship and perseverance, and of course, magical girl battles.

The story revolves around Hina-chan, a former ballet dancer who, after an injury, is unable to dance anymore. She resolves to live an ordinary school life, until she is thrown in to the life of a Reflector, a magicalgirl who aims to protect the wellbeing and emotions of the world from the dangers of the Common (where the demons they fight reside). She learns that if she fulfils her duty as a Reflector, she can have a wish granted. So, with the possibility of dancing again, she commits herself to being a Reflector and cleaning the world of the demons polluting the Common. Blue Reflection is one of the most colorful, relaxing games I played this past month.

Well, that's about it for September's round up! Anything you enjoyed this past month? Let me know in the comments. Till next time folks!

B. C. Burgess' "Mystic Side Stories"

B. C. Burgess' "Mystic Side Stories"

Lauren Garcia's "Catalyst Moon: Breach"

Lauren Garcia's "Catalyst Moon: Breach"