Reviews – December 2013

Video Games

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW!
Is the follow-up of Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!!. The adventure begins with a completely new storyline staged in the Land of Ooo as players help Princess Bubblegum save the Candy Kingdom by exploring the mysteries surrounding a massive Secret Royal Dungeon.

Platforms: Wii U, Nintendo 3Ds, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, and PC.


The City of Palaces
Author: Michael Nava
Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin Press

The City of Palaces is the first in a planned quartet of novels that develop over multiple decades. The story is witness to the Mexican Revolution, the near extermination of the Yaqui Indians, emigration to United States borderlands, and the rise of the Hollywood film industry, in which Mexican emigrant Ramon Novarro flourished along with Rudloph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin. Set across Mexico Ciry, Douglas, Arizona, and Hollywood, it is a story of faith and reson, of cathedrals and hovels, barefoot street vendors and frock-coated businessmen, grand opera and silent film, the living and the dead.


Kelly Clarkson – Wrapped in Red
RCA Records

Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist Kelly Clarkson has released her first Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, which is available now. The album features brand new instant classics such as the first single “Underneath The Tree” and title track “Wrapped In Red,” as well as Christmas favorites including “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “Run Run Rudolph,” “Please Como Home For Chritmas” and many more.

Carols for a Cure, Volume 15
This 2-disc, annual CD of original and traditional hoiday music features stars and casts from the current Broadway line-up, and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Broadway’s Carols for a Cure, Volume 15 can be ordered for only $23 through BC/EFA at www.broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770 x238.

A Very Special Christmas: Icon
The new edition of the venerable series features 11 tracks of holiday music from some of the world’s biggest stars, some of whom have been a part of the A Very Special Christmas project since its inception, and others who are contributing tracks for the first time. Includes songs with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Aretha Franklin, Josh Groban, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Presley and others.