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Tales Of Tamriel, Book I: The Land

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to read and watch my reviews of The Skyrim Library: Volume I, Volume II, and Volume III. Titan Books, the same publisher that brought us The Skyrim Library, has two additional books celebrating the lore of The Elder Scrolls. The first one — Tales of Tamriel, Book I: The Land — builds on the excellence of the original trilogy by collecting lore books from The Elder Scrolls Online, and it’s a phenomenal way to ensconce yourself in the rich history and culture of this celebrated video game franchise. Watch my video review below for all of the details and to get a glimpse of what’s inside.

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Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons Of The Eighties

As someone born in the 1980s, my childhood was filled with hours spent playing Nintendo and watching cartoons. Some of those cartoons included He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Inspector Gadget. These cartoons, among others, captured my imagination and conjure up great memories. Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons of the Eighties, a beautiful hardback book from Insight Editions, celebrates all of these cartoons, and more, with exceptional behind-the-scenes insights from the people who brought these shows to life. It is all lovingly presented with vivid imagery and delightful inserts that will bring a gleam to your eye and a smile to your face. Watch my video review below for more information and to see what it looks like inside. Cowabunga, dude!

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Nintendo Switch Review: What The Golf?

Do you hate golf? Great! Then you’re going to love What The Golf? for Nintendo Switch. Made by Triband, I first played What The Golf? as part of my Apple Arcade free trial in 2019, and it was easily one of my favorite games among the available offerings. The quirky music, charming art style, and one-of-a-kind premise is something to behold. This game will make you smile, laugh, and say, “Just one more round!” It’s addictive, casual gaming at its finest, and I’m thrilled that it has come to Nintendo Switch.

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WWE: Kicking Down Doors

WWE: Kicking Down Doors, a new book from DK, highlights the female superstars who are at the forefront of WWE’s Women’s Evolution. Relive the very first all-women pay-per-view event, discover how legends such as Wendi Richter, Chyna, and Lita proved their dominance in the ring and chart their progression from glamorous sidekicks to fierce and fabulous Divas to the powerful superstars of today. Celebrate the likes of “The Man” Becky Lynch, “The Queen” Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Nia Jax, and Ronda Rousey as they set a new gold standard in WWE.

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The Skyrim Library, Volume III: The Arcane

This is the third and final book in The Skyrim Library trilogy. Make sure to check out my reviews for Volume I and Volume II. Just like the first two books, this one is excellent! This entry focuses on magica, religion, and more. Watch my video review below for all of the details on The Skyrim Library, Volume III: The Arcane.

The Skyrim Library, Volume II: Man, Mer & Beast

I recently reviewed The Skyrim Library, Volume I: The Histories. Volume II in this trilogy of books is entitled Man, Mer & Beast. As you’ll see in my video review below, this entry in the series focuses on races, creatures and beasts, warfare, and factions in Skyrim. If you’re a fan of Skyrim or the Elder Scrolls, this book — The Skyrim Library, Volume II: Man, Mer & Beast — is another excellent compilation of lore books from one of the best selling RPGs of all time. Watch my video review for my full thoughts on this book, and enjoy!

 

The Elder Scrolls: The Official Cookbook

The Elder Scrolls: The Official Cookbook is a beautifully bound hardback book that clocks in at nearly 200 pages and more than 70 easy-to-follow recipes so you can take in all of the diverse tastes of Tamriel. Released in 2019 by Insight Editions, this cookbook does a wonderful job of respecting its source material and providing gamers and foodies alike with a wealth of options to try at home. As a longtime fan of the Elder Scrolls franchise, I appreciate having the opportunity to create dishes I’ve only ever seen in the games. It’s a fascinating and brilliant bridge between Tamriel and reality. Yes, other cookbooks have done this in the past. However, the Elder Scrolls games are steeped in rich history and culture that goes beyond other titles – making this book feel like an artifact one might find and read in Skyrim, Oblivion, or Morrowind.

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The Skyrim Library, Volume I: The Histories

Do you love Skyrim? Then you need to check out The Skyrim Library, a trilogy of books compiling in-game lore books from Skyrim. Watch my video review below of The Skyrim Library, Volume 1: The Histories. And stay tuned for my reviews of volumes two and three in this series, as well as more Elder Scrolls goodness in the weeks and months to come.

Elder Scrolls Online: The Ultimate Escape

All of us are holed up in our homes, doing our best to flatten the curve during the coronavirus crisis. This can result in many people becoming bored or going stir crazy. Over the past couple weeks, I discovered a wonderful way to pass the time: The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO).

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Cursed Films Debuts April 2

A Shudder original, Cursed Films is a five-part documentary series which explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously “cursed” horror film productions. From plane accidents and bombings during the making of The Omen, to the rumored use of real human skeletons on the set of Poltergeist, these stories are legendary amongst film fans and filmmakers alike. But where does the truth lie?

Cursed Films reveals the real-life events that haunted these productions through interviews with experts, witnesses and the cast, directors and producers who lived through them. Were these films really cursed, as many believe, or just the victims of bad luck and bizarre circumstances?

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