Robert Wm. Gomez's

2009 Best of the Year

It's the end of another year and I think it would be a good time for me to recap my personal best of lists for 2009. In case you haven't noticed, much of this site is devoted to keeping track of all the media I digest. I review and rate just about every movie, game or book I finish. I also keep track of the music I listen to, but I don't really buy much music anymore, so that section doesn't really give a good overview of the new music I have heard lately. So, anyhow, here it is. The Pages of Fun Best of 2009!

Best Book

  • Flying Colours by C. S. Forester - I'd ran out of Aubry/Maturin Napoleonic era novels so I guess Hornblower had to suffice for this year. This series has its highs and lows, and never quite matches O'Brian, but this book in particular was very good.
  • Honorable Mention: Twisty Little Passages - An Approach to Interactive Fiction by Nick Montfort - This one is probably a bit too nerdy for the average reader, but I really enjoyed this academic analysis of text adventures.

Best Movies

I guess it was a pretty lame film year for me. I have a pretty big back list of films yet-to-see, so hopefully 2010 will fare better.

Best Video Games

  • Braid was my highest ranked game this year.  A wonderfully inventive platform game.
  • I also have a couple of honorable mentions in this category as well: Fallout 3 and Mirror's Edge were both incredible games.

All of these games were bought using Valve's Steam download service, and all were very cheap! PC rules!