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    BEST OF 2017: Ryan Henry, Youth Services Librarian

    Our “Best Of 2017” series will be a bit different than most. Rather than having the staff write about things released this year, we’ve elected to allow anything they’ve listened to/played/read/watched this year that they’ve enjoyed. Favorite programs we’ve hosted also might make lists as well. This one comes to us from our Youth Services Librarian, Ryan Henry.

    Get Out
    Rarely does a horror movie provide intelligent social commentary like Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.” Slow-paced, suspenseful, and symbolic, “Get Out” has more in common with Hitchcock’s classics than many in the thriller genre today.

    Thor: Ragnarok
    A light-hearted action romp through the galaxy, “Ragnarok” accomplishes the Herculean task of electrifying the Thor franchise, one of the lesser in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Supported by a great villainous (and comedic) performance by the eccentric Jeff Goldblum, this film is an unexpected delight.

    Horizon Zero Dawn (PlayStation 4):
    Excellent controls allow you to explore a vast, open world of desperate tribes trying to exist after a worldwide catastrophe. As Aloy (a video game heroine with wit and determination), you attempt to solve the mystery of your identity, prove yourself to your tribe, and – of course – take down massive robotic dinosaurs with spears and bows.

    Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch):
    Mario comes back big time in his latest outing, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. Each vastly different world rewards exploration with hundreds of collectible Power Moons. Mario’s “capture” ability (which allows him to take the powers of enemies) makes each level feel fresh. Stomping through a prehistoric world as a T. Rex wearing a Mario hat (and mustache) is as thrilling as it sounds.

    From the Fires by Greta Van Fleet
    The first time I heard Greta Van Fleet on the radio, I thought someone had found a lost track from Led Zeppelin. “Highway Tune” rocks with the proto-metal swagger of many classic rock staples, and vocalist Josh Kiszka’s caterwauling channels Robert Plant uncannily. By the time the final track (the anthemic “Black Smoke Rising”) ended on their debut EP, I was sold on this new band.

    Xanathar’s Guide to Everything (Dungeons & Dragons Rules Expansion)
    Perhaps now more than ever is the time to get out your 20-sided die, bring your dwarven barbarian out of retirement, and delve the catacombs of Dungeons & Dragons. An engaging social experience with friends new and old, D&D is retaking pop culture with its streamlined and inclusive Fifth Edition. Celebrities even stream their games online, such as Geek & Sundry’s “Critical Role” (Episode 1 has 5.9M views on YouTube). The latest rulebook, “Xanathar’s Guide,” includes additional play options (new classes, spells, magic items, and background features) to extend the life of your game … unless you run into the evil lich, Vecna.

     
     
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