Staff Recommendations – November 2015

Through the busy month of November, the Adaptation staff were still able to find some things to recommend to you.

Castle, eighth season airing Mondays on ABC

CASTLE!!! Starring Nathan Fillion. It is amazing and funny and right up my alley. He plays a famous crime writer who’s kind of lost the inspiration for his writing…until he is enlisted to consult with a real homicide detective on a case where the murderer is mimicking his fictional crime scenes. And that’s just the pilot plot! Not only do I love the interesting plots of the crimes themselves, but the characters have great chemistry. Of course there’s the sexual tension between the no-nonsense Detective Beckett and the devil-may-care Castle himself (how long will they dance around the attraction?). But even more than that, Castle has this great nuance with his mother and teenage daughter, too. So many levels to the characters!

-Jess

Jessica Jones, first season on Netflix now

November for me was NaNoWriMo as usual, so I haven’t had much time to read or watch much, there there was one exception that I made to my stark watching schedule—the Netflix series Jessica Jones.  The newest addition to the Marvel franchise and following up on Daredevil from earlier this year, Jessica Jones is about a former superhero-turned private detective whose past comes back to haunt her.  It’s rather dark and gritty, and it also features one of the best villains I’ve seen in a while–David Tennant as Kilgrave.  His portrayal as the villain is beyond creepy, and I highly recommend watching the show just for him.  Be careful, though!  Once you start watching, you might not be able to stop!

-Jenn

Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson

I can’t believe I haven’t recommended this before—Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson. It is about a young necromancer who was framed at 15 years of age and exiled to the Other Realm for 25 years. Upon his return, he finds he is under attack and being set up AGAIN. He has only 3 days to figure out who is and was after him. The great thing about this is that the ARCANE world is just in the shadows of our own, the Mundanes aka mundy’s (or non-arcana) have no idea about this—and as we are all Mundy’s it is fun and crazy to learn about this world within our own. And as Kendyl said when she sent me the audiobook—”Nothing like combining necromancy with 80s references! Hope you laugh as much as I did.” Yes, Kendyl, I think I did…and more!

Dorin

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I recently listened to the audiobook of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please and spent equal time laughing and holding back tears. The good kind of tears. The kind that sit behind your eyes when you hear that it’s not unusual to have a “Demon” in your head and then hear Amy give you tips on shutting it up. The book is full of relatable stories and fantastic advice, particularly for young women. And if you are a Parks and Rec fan like myself, the longest chapter is devoted to the show with some fantastic behind the scenes info. If your able to get your hands on the audiobook, I highly recommend that you listen, as this book is not only read by Amy, but also Seth Meyers, Kathleen Turner, Carol Burnett and Patrick Stewart. Totally worth buying both physical and audio versions like I did 😉

-Kendyl


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

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