Staff Recommendations – September 2015

The Adaptation staff were a little obsessive about things last month. We strongly recommend you check them out.

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

I just finished reading Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer, which is the first book in Rick Riordan’s new myth-spired YA series. He’s covered Greek, Roman, and Egyptian folklore, and now Magnus Chase delves into Norse mythology! It was classically Riordan, with that famed humor throughout, quirky chapter titles and instantly lovable characters. Plus, I always love a good plot twist, and there are plenty! The book is officially released on October 3rd, and I wholeheartedly suggest that you buy it immediately, read it…and then message me to discuss!


The Witcher, book series by Andrzej Sapkowski and video games series

This month I have been all about The Witcher. Not only am I reading The Last Wish, the first book in the series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, but I have been playing Wild Hunt, the third and latest video game based on the the books. The series take place in a medieval, fantasy Poland where a magical rift let magical creatures and monster through. This event, known as the Conjunction of the Spheres, also caused some people to gain magical powers. The series follows Geralt of Rivia, one of the world’s best witchers, a traveling monster hunter for hire. Witchers are modified with magic and receive special training in order to develop supernatural abilities so they can battle monsters. 


The West Wing on NBC, ended after 7 seasons

Not too long ago I started watching The West Wing for the first time. I was hooked from the first couple episodes and now, a fair way into season 3, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m neglecting things I need to do (like sleep) in order to watch one more episode. In case you’re unaware, The West Wing is a show about the White House staff under democratic President Jeb Bartlet. Full of is fast-talking, beautifully intelligent, political nerds and I’m in love with every single one. And when they get into debates, among themselves or with the opposite party, I always feel like I’ve learned something, or at least understood a different side of things better. Even if you aren’t into politics, I think this show makes it interesting enough for anyone to enjoy.

Gilmore Guys, a Gilmore Girls Stars Hollow podcast

Strangely, the reason I started watching The West Wing is because I first began listening to the Gilmore Guys podcast and the hosts often compare the dialogue of Gilmore Girls with that of The West Wing. That sold me. But before they got me obsessed with TWW, I was listening to 3-4 episodes of Gilmore Guys a day. Not just because I’m Gilmore fan, but because these guys are hilarious, they have hilarious guests and they end every episode by singing the theme song. One of the guys has been a fan of Gilmore Girls for years and the other is watching for the first time. They love the characters like I do, but are sufficiently critical of it as well, all while being endlessly entertaining.


That’s it for us this month, but be sure to leave your own recommendations in the comments!

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