[Retro-Review] Star Trek: Vanguard: Harbinger (2005)

[Retro-Review] Star Trek: Vanguard: Harbinger (2005)

Reviewer’s Note: Funny what a difference a decade makes. When I originally read Harbinger, I was not really a fan of the Original Series in the sense that I had barely watched any episodes outside of the movies. Star Trek: Vanguard was crucial in me not only seeking out more Original Series novels to read but subsequently watching the series on Netflix. 

I’m not a fan of the Original Series. I know that must violate some cardinal rule of geekdom, but so be it. I loved Star Trek: The Next Generation, and my favorite Trek series remains Deep Space Nine. I know we owe these series to the Original, and while I don’t loathe it, I would never go out of my way to purchase any novels set in this era.

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Review: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Review: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

I remember several years ago, while visiting a local GameStop and chatting with my buddy who worked there, discussing different games that were available for the PSP (PlayStation Portable, my handheld gaming system at the time). He mentioned Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, the second-generation entry in the franchise that was available in the United States. I had read reviews about MHFU and seen all the various comments that made it sound intriguing: hundreds of hours of challenging quests, very deep game mechanics, and a hardcore fanbase that sung the game’s praises to the highest heavens. My buddy earnestly recommended the game to me.

I paused, and said to him, “Yeah, but don’t you have to cook meat in the game and stuff like that? Who has time to do that?”

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