Alright everyone time to close out of your games, log off of steam, and unplug yourself from the virtual world. Where I am writing from Spring is finally starting to win against Winter on that terrible Battlefield called the month of March.
With such a great weather I think everyone collectively needs to go out outside, play, have a picnic, or at least very least read a book or two. Thank goodness for the people at the Humble Bundle are there to help us to unglue our eyes from our big expensive T.V screens and computer monitors and get us outside to read a some books on some slightly less expensive ebook or phone screens.
“You should go outside today,videogames will rot your brain” -Every mother out there
Yes, Humble Bundle’s third Humble eBook Bundle just went live and with that comes book titles of The Happiest Days of Our Lives, by Wil Wheaton, Jumper (the book that the 2008 movie of the same name was based on) by Steven Gould, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, by Holly Black, and Zombies Versus Unicorns – An Anthology by Various Authors. As the norm all these books are pay what you want with profits going to charity.
As the norm with these Humble Bundles you do get something more and if you pay above the average you get Mogworld, by Yahtzee Croshaw, Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies, and the promise of more books in the future. If you pay fifteen dollar or more you can download the Homeland Audio book, written by Cory Doctorow and read by Wil Wheaton.
Out of all the books I recommend you pay above the average to get the book Uglies. I bought the physical copy of the book years ago and it a future book that depicts a society where as a coming of age ritual, the people of city undergo surgery to make them the representation of physical perfection and the book explores the divide between the population who are too young to get the surgery and the people who have gone under the knife. With a the protagonist patently waiting to get the procedure while discovering the major secret of the city.
The Uglies is the start of a trilogy and if the other books are not included in Bundle at a later date I recommend you finish the series and picking up the epilogue/spin-off title, Extras, which takes place after the first three focuses on a society where social media and virtual popularity is the only way get achieve social status in the city.
But if you still want to enjoy life by finding an alternative to playing videogames but reading is not your fancy, first off shame on you and second you are just in luck because today Valve just released their Free to Play documentary about their Free to Play game, Dota 2, called Free to Play. So grab either a good cup of tea for the four, six or seven new books you just bought or cook up a bag of popcorn and sit back for a mid-week movie night.
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