Thursday, January 3, 2019

Fifa Mobile Videos - Playing with my 93 Ovr Higuaín (Snowman of the Match)

Well, for the past 6 months the thing which is consuming most of my free times is the game 'Fifa Mobile' from EA Sports. I love football and after the world cup ended there was a vaccum in my life which this game has filled quite nicely.

I have already recorded and uploaded some videos on my You Tube channel, but has posted nothing on my blog. I will start with this game-play video which shows me playing with 'Gonzalo Higuaín' (Snowman of the Match version), who I bought from the market then sold just for completing a quest. But, nonetheless I loved playing as him and wanted to show everyone his game-play.

Video showcases my new card, 93 Ovr 'Gonzalo Higuaín'. I bought him for 14 million from the market. Here, I just played one head to head match with him, fortunately he managed to score.

Only minimal editing, just added some text and background music...

Music - 'Night Gale' from Gravity Rush 2 Soundtrack
              'Freedom' by Orphaned Land (from their album 'All is One')

More info abut me if you wanna know -
My Twitter - https://twitter.com/ihate_00
My Blog - https://ihate00critics.blogspot.com/

My other videos for the new season of 'Fifa Mobile' -

Fifa Mobile S3/'19 - Claiming my first Master Campaign Reward - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbDGN...

Fifa Mobile S3/'19 - Claiming Totw Players for Nov. Week 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmMIy...

Claiming my 2nd master campaign reward - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ruZi...

Claiming my 3rd master campaign reward - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZG8-...

Claiming my 4th master campaign reward -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_Txa...

Chemistry Update & showing off my 92 Ovr team - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcvZD...

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

My New Year Post for 2019

Well, another year bites the dust and 2019 is here. 2018 has been quite a hectic year to say the least. I had three posting changes, multiple exams for my post-graduation course and is currently working at the busiest hospital in the country.

So, obviously I had less time to work on the blog. Yet, I am also the busiest in terms of reviewing and writing on the internet this year as well. I am currently writing for fantasy-faction and antichrist magazine besides my own blog.

Yet again this year had been a year that has reinvigorated my love for football/soccer. I have loved the FIFA world cup 2018 and am currently quite immersed in the 'FIFA Mobile' game (for which I have posted a few videos on my YouTube channel and will soon start posting on my blog, as well).

So, I will once again start the year by posting some resolutions for the new year. Here goes -

1. I will probably post some best of the year lists all throughout January (see my best of 2017 posts, to get an idea).

2. I will discard the single issue review posts for comics and will rather try to post a 'Week in Comics' kinda post every Thursday or Friday.

3. I will try to introduce a new post 'New English Mangas' post each month.

4. I will discard the posts regarding video games except for android stuff as I have so less time to play games these days. 

5. I have many other plans which I am not quite sure if I will be able to execute, but most of all I will try to post more frequently this year (I know I say this at the start of every year).

So, I will end this post by saying to all my followers, occasional viewers and friends -

Have a 'HAPPY NEW YEAR' everyone.
  

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Promising Mystery, Sci-fi & Fantasy - November & December 2018

Well, you can guess from two months being squeezed into one post that the end of 2018 has not been great for fantasy and science fiction novels. But, nevertheless, here goes my list.

So Many Doors
Author - Oakley Hall
Publisher - Hard Case Crime

SHE WAS HIS V.
SHE WAS EVERY MAN’S V.
It begins on Death Row, with a condemned man refusing the services of the lawyer assigned to defend him. It begins with a beautiful woman dead, murdered—Vassilia Caroline Baird, known to all simply as V. That’s where this extraordinary novel begins. But the story it tells begins years earlier, on a struggling farm in the shadow of the Great Depression and among the brawling "cat skinners" of Southern California, driving graders and bulldozers to tame the American West. And the story that unfolds, in the masterful hands of acclaimed author Oakley Hall, is a lyrical outpouring of hunger and grief, of jealousy and corruption, of raw sexual yearning and the tragedy of the destroyed lives it leaves in its wake. Unpublished for more than half a century, SO MANY DOORS is Hall’s masterpiece, an excoriating vision of human nature at its most brutal, and one of the most powerful books you will ever read.

[ A new 'Hard Case Crime' book that interests me. ]

How Long ’Til Black Future Month?
Author - N.K. Jemisin
Publisher - Orbit

In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow south must figure out how to save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul.

[ I have heard so many good things about 'N.K. Jemisin', maybe her brand new short story collection is the thing for me to jump on the bandwagon. ] 





Fire & Blood (A Targaryen History #1)
Author - George R.R. Martin
Publisher - HarperVoyager / Bantam

With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.
Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.
What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What is the origin of Daenerys’s three dragon eggs? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.
With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire and Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

[ Would you believe me if I say that I always wanted to read more about the Targaryens history? No? Well, if its the only taste of Westeros I can get now-a-days, so be it. ]

Blackstone Fortress
Author - Darius Hinks
Publisher - Black Library

There are those in the great expanse of the galaxy that seek profit wherever it is to be found: the deal makers, the opportunists and explorers – the Rogue Traders. Granted power by an ancient charter, sanctioned by the Emperor Himself, these scoundrels, entrepreneurs and adventurers roam the galaxy in search of fortune and glory. None perhaps are as hungry for these twin-vices as Janus Draik. All but disowned by his wealthy family, regarded as a wayward son of ill repute and little potential, Draik knows he must restore his fortunes soon or his misadventures will see him destitute and discarded.
So it is then that when he finds a truly exceptional prize, one that will return him to his deserved station, Draik recruits a crew of fellow treasure seekers and sets them to the task. Draik's obsession is all-consuming, and he will risk everything to obtain his prize and its many secrets, including his life or even that of his crew…

[ The setting really intrigues me. ]

Titandeath (The Horus Heresy #53)
Author - Guy Haley
Publisher - Black Library

Horus’s armada gathers, and he has defeated all enemies sent against him, even the Emperor’s own executioner. One barrier remains before he can strike for Terra and lay waste to the Emperor’s dream.
The Beta-Garmon system occupies the most direct and only viable route to the Solar System and Terra. To break it, Horus assembles a war host of incredible proportions and Titans in untold numbers. To lose here is to lose the war and Horus has no intention of turning back. But the Imperium understands the importance of Beta-Garmon too. A massive army is arrayed, comprised of near numberless Army cohorts and a mustering of Titans to challenge even the martial might of the Warmaster.
Titans fight against Titans as the God-Machines of Loyalists and Traitors alike go to war. This conflict will be like no other before it, a world-ending battle that will determine the next phase of the war.

[ The latest 'Horus Heresy', into the fifty third entry still not ending, this one seems like quite a strong entry too. ]

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Promising Mystery, Sci-fi & Fantasy - October 2018

October is yet another month that is quite lacking in terms of content. But, hat little is on offer is quality stuff to say the least.

Elevation
Author - Stephen King
Publisher - Scribner / Hodder & Stoughton

The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.
Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.
In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

[ A new novella from the great King, I have already read and reviewed it here (link), so nothing more to say. ]

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4)
Author - Martha Wells
Publisher - Tor.com Publishing

"I love Murderbot!" —Ann Leckie
The fourth and final part of the Murderbot Diaries series that began with All Systems Red.
Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?
Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.
But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?
And what will become of it when it’s caught?

[ I loved the first one (review link), yet to read the rest of the series. This seems to be the last part, time to catch up, I guess. ]

Texas Hold'em (Wild Cards #27)
Editor - George R.R. Martin
Publisher - HarperVoyager / Tor Books

Perfect for current fans and new readers alike, Texas Hold ‘Em is an all-new action-filled adventure featuring a fresh cast of characters from the Wild Cards universe.
Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin, Texas Hold ‘Em features the writing talents of David Anthony Durham (Acacia Trilogy), Max Gladstone (the Craft Sequence), Victor Milan (Dinosaur Lords series), Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian and White Trash Zombie series), Walton Simons, Caroline Spector and William F. Wu.

[ Hmm, the latest entry into the 'Wild Cards' series. ]








An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose #1)
Author - Charlaine Harris
Publisher - Saga Press

In a new trilogy that presents a chilling alternate history of the United States where everyone believes in magic—but no one is sure whether they can trust it.
Gunnie Lizbeth Rose has been hired by a pair of Russian sorcerers as both their local guide and muscle through the small towns of East Texas as they search for a distant relative of an infamous sorcerer whose bloodline can help save their emperor-in-exile as an ever-increasing number of assassins tries to stop them.
After the assassination of FDR in the 1930s, the US collapses and is picked off by the UK, Canada, Mexico, and Russia. We find ourselves in the southwestern states now known as Texoma. It is here that the gunnie Lizbeth Rose tries to piece out a life, running security on runs from Texoma, across the border to Mexico where work and prospects are stronger. When two Russian magicians come looking for a man named Alex Karkarov, they hire Lizbeth to find him or his family, but there are problems: The man they're looking for is dead, but he has a daughter they now need to find, as an ever-growing set of sorcerers and gunnies do not want them to succeed. It’s a good thing Lizbeth is a deadly gunfighter; too bad she hates sorcerers, even the ones she has to learn to rely on.

[ A new series by the great 'Charlaine Harris'. May be it's time I finally, get myself acquainted with her writing. ]

Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne #1)
Author - Peter McLean
Publisher - Ace Books / Jo Fletcher Books

It's a dangerous thing, to choose the lesser of two evils.
The war is over, and army priest Tomas Piety finally heads home with Lieutenant Bloody Anne at his side. When he arrives in the Stink, Tomas finds that his empire of crime has been stolen from him while at war. With his gang of Pious Men, Tomas will do whatever it takes to reclaim his businesses. But when he finds himself dragged into a web of political intrigue once again, and is forced to work in secret for the sinister Queen's Men, everything gets more complicated.
When loyalties stretch to the breaking point and violence only leads to violence, when people have run out of food, and hope, and places to hide, do not be surprised if they have also run out of mercy. As the Pious Men fight shadowy foreign infiltrators in the backstreet taverns and gambling dens of Tomas's old life it becomes clear; the war is not over.
It is only just beginning.

[ I haven't actually read anything by this author yet. But, what I read about him interests me a lot. ]

The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files #9)
Author - Charles Stross 
Publisher - Tor.com Publishing / Orbit

The arrival of vast, alien, inhuman intelligences reshaped the landscape for human affairs across the world, and the United Kingdom is no exception. Things have changed in Britain since the dread elder god Nyarlathotep ascended to the rank of Prime Minister. Mhari Murphy, recently elevated to the House of Lords and head of the Lords Select Committee on Sanguinary Affairs (think vampires), finds herself in direct consultation with the creeping chaos, who directs her to lead a team of disgraced Laundry personnel into the dark heart of America. It seems the Creeping Chaos is concerned about foreign relations.
A thousand-mile-wild storm system has blanketed the midwest, and the President is nowhere to be found. In fact, for reasons unknown the people of America are forgetting that the executive branch ever existed. The government has been infiltrated by the shadowy Black Chamber, and the Pentagon and NASA have been refocused on the problem of summoning Cthulhu.
Somewhere, the Secret Service battle to stay awake, to remind the President who he is, and to stay one step ahead of the vampiric dragnet that’s searching for him.

[ The latest entry into the acclaimed 'Laundry Files'. ]

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

New Comic Review - Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1

Name - Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1
Published by - Marvel Comics
Written by - Saladin Ahmed
Art by - Javier Garron   
Coloring by - David Curiel
Letters by - VC's Cory Petit
Release Date: December 12, 2018

Well, it is quite a daunting task to write a character that has been done only by its creator ever before. So, like everyone else, I was being quite skeptic about the new 'Miles Morales: Spider-man' series. But then I saw the name of the new writer, and my huge admiration for 'Saladin Ahmed' drew me in for this first issue. And thankfully, this creative team didn't disappoint at all.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

New Metal Review - "In Monochrome" by Black Sites

Album Name - In Monochrome
Band Name - Black Sites
Genre - Heavy/Progressive Metal
Label - Mascot Records
Release Date - February 17th, 2017 
Line Up -
  Mark Sugar - Vocals, Guitars
  Ryan Bruchert - Guitars
  John Picillo - Bass 
  Chris Avgerin - Drums

Trying to put the label of a specific genre on a band can be quite hard at times. 'Black Sites' is such a band, which incorporates various influences in their music, creating a mixture of many genres in their sound. But at the end of the day, music is all about enjoyment. And this band has a cast of skillful musicians producing a unique metal experience that is bound to make you head-bang like a maniac and hit the repeat button as soon as the album ends.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Promising Mystery, Sci-fi & Fantasy - September 2018

Compared to July and August, September seems rather bleak in terms of release, don't you guys agree? But then again, it has some promising new content nevertheless.

Charlesgate Confidential
Author - Scott Von Doviak
Publisher - Hard Case Crime / Titan Books

An ingenious debut-novel unraveling the heist of the century, in 1946, 1986 and present-day Boston
A group of criminals in 1946 pull off the heist of the century, stealing a dozen priceless works of art from a Boston museum. But while the thieves get caught, the art is never found. Forty years later, the last surviving thief gets out of jail and goes hunting for the loot, involving some innocent college students in his dangerous plan - and thirty years after that, in the present day, the former college kids, now all grown up, are drawn back into danger as the still-missing art tempts a deadly new generation of treasure hunters. A breathtakingly clever, twist-filled narrative that moves from 1946 to 1988 to 2014 and back again, CHARLESGATE CONFIDENTIAL establishes Scott Von Doviak as a storyteller of the first order, and will leave you guessing until the very last page.

[ Another new 'Hard Case Crime' book that interests me. I am a sucker for a good crime noir most of the time. ]

Salvation (Salvation Sequence #1)
Author - Peter F. Hamilton
Publisher - Del Rey Books

Humanity's complex relationship with technology spirals out of control in this first book of an all-new trilogy from "the owner of the most powerful imagination in science fiction" (Ken Follett).
In 2204, humanity is expanding into the wider galaxy in leaps and bounds. A new technology of linked jump gates has rendered most forms of transporation--including starships--virtually obsolete. Every place on earth, every distant planet mankind has settled, is now merely a step away from any other. And all seems wonderful...until a crashed alien spaceship is found on a newly-located world 89 light years from Earth, harboring seventeen human victims. And of the high-powered team dispatched to investigate the mystery, one is an alien spy...
Bursting with tension and big ideas, this standalone series highlights the inventiveness of an author at the top of his game, as the interweaving story lines tell us not only how humanity arrived at this moment, but also the far-future consequences that spin off from it.

[ I haven't yet had the pleasure of reading anything from this author, but I have been meaning to for a long time. May be, now is the time to finally dive in with this new series on the horizon. ]

The Dreaming Stars (Axiom #2)
Author - Tim Pratt
Publisher - Angry Robot

Ancient aliens, the Axiom, will kill us all – when they wake up. In deep space, a swarm of nanoparticles threatens the colonies, transforming everything it meets into computronium – including the colonists. The crew of the White Raven investigate, and discover an Axiom facility filled with aliens hibernating while their minds roam a vast virtual reality. The treacherous Sebastien wakes up, claiming his altered brain architecture can help the crew deactivate the swarm – from inside the Axiom simulation. To protect humanity, beleaguered Captain Callie Machedo must trust him, but if Sebastien still plans to dominate the universe using Axiom tech, they could be in a whole lot of trouble.

[ Well, I have the hard copy of the first one of this series on my bookshelf, need to start reading I guess. ]


Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy #1)
Author - Tade Thompson
Publisher - Orbit

Tade Thompson's Rosewater is the start of an award-winning, cutting edge trilogy set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction's most engaging new voices.
Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless—people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumored healing powers.
Kaaro is a government agent with a criminal past. He has seen inside the biodome, and doesn't care to again—but when something begins killing off others like himself, Kaaro must defy his masters to search for an answer, facing his dark history and coming to a realization about a horrifying future.

[ Very, very unusual setting. to say the least. Should be my cup of tea. ] 



Port of Shadows (Chronicles of the Black Company #1.5)
Author - Glen Cook
Publisher - Tor Books

The father of Grimdark returns…
The soldiers of the Black Company don’t ask questions, they get paid. But being “The Lady’s favored” is attracting the wrong kind of attention and has put a target on their backs, and the Company’s historian, Croaker, has the biggest target of all.
The one person who was taken into The Lady’s Tower and returned unchanged has earned the special interest of the court of sorcerers known as The Ten Who Were Taken. Now, he and the company are being asked to seek the aid of their newest member, Mischievous Rain, to break a rebel army. However, Croaker doesn’t trust any ofthe Taken, especially not ones that look so much like The Lady and her sister…

[ Hmm, the latest entry into the 'Chronicles of the Black Company', Need I say more? ] 

The Queen of Crows (Sacred Throne #2)
Author - Myke Cole
Publisher - Tor.com Publishing

Myke Cole, star of CBS's Hunted and author of the Shadow Ops series is here with book two of the Sacred Throne Trilogy: The Queen of Crows.
In this epic fantasy sequel, Heloise stands tall against overwhelming odds--crippling injuries, religious tyrants--and continues her journey from obscurity to greateness with the help of alchemically-empowered armor and an unbreakable spirit.
No longer just a shell-shocked girl, she is now a figure of revolution whose cause grows ever stronger. But the time for hiding underground is over. Heloise must face the tyrannical Order and lay siege to the Imperial Palace itself.

[ I loved the first one of this series, which I reviewed for fantasy-faction (review link). I have been a fan Myke Cole for a while now. Quite confident this should be even better than its prequel. ]