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NaNoWriMo is over for another and I can count myself among the 'winners', ending with just under 52,000 words written in just thirty days. True to form, I've written less than two hundred since, and this post will be the longest thing I've written so far in December.


Also winning is Rian Johnson with the truly fantastic Knives Out, which I saw at the weekend and will be posting a review of this coming Saturday. It's one of the best movies of the year and I thoroughly recommend it.

Also to come at some point in December are reviews of Le Mans '66 (Ford v Ferrari for American audiences) and Jumanji: The Next Level, although no dates have been set for them just yet. Of course, the new Star Wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker, is also due out and will be getting reviewed at some point, although the leaks about the plot do not sound encouraging at all...


Alpha Protocol is still done and dusted, with a review coming next week. I played through the PC version this time and was disappointed at how many bugs there were in comparison to two problem-free trips through the Xbox 360 version years ago. It's still a great game though, and one that absolutely deserves a sequel.

I've also managed to get Dragon Age: Origins working properly again, so I'll be resuming the Game Play series that had already been through the Human Noble origin, the events in the Korcari Wilds and at the disastrous Battle of Ostagar, the 'pretty as a painting' town of Lothering and a trip to the market of Denerim - the series will start again in 2020 and pick up in the same spot.

Disco Elysium has also been a lot of fun, with some of the best writing in a game for quite literally decades. It's astonishing how well-crafted a game this is and I plan on finishing it off and reviewing it at some point before the end of 2019.

For some reason, a whole slew of games were purchased during the recent Black Friday sales (why did I do it? I don't have enough time for the games I already owned!) and I'll try and fit in some shorter titles, much like I did with Orwell, in-between the games that take dozens of hours to get through.


No TV reviews are planned until January, when The Good Place finishes its fourth and final season. I'm up-to-speed with the latest episode and very much enjoying it despite what I thought was a relatively shaky start to the season. Can't wait to see how it all wraps up!


Technically, an audiobook as I recently listened to Fingersmith, a novel written by Sarah Waters and performed by Juanita McMahon. I picked this particular book thanks to knowing that one of my favourite movies of the past few years, The Handmaiden, was based on it and - despite some pretty big differences - enjoyed the audiobook almost as much. Expect a review of this some time in December too.

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