Recommend Me Some Holiday Entertainment

Kingdom Rush

Kingdom Rush, the perfect holiday game. Just a shame I've already finished it.

I’m away on holiday next week and, frankly, I can’t wait. I’ve been working flat out these past few weeks and the idea of escaping from it all for a short while is very appealing. Plus, y’know, the sun and warmth of somewhere other than Scotland won’t go amiss. Someone told me we had a sunny day here once but I quickly disregarded that as an old wives’ tale.

Anyway, of course me being the complete technocrat of Generation Y that I am, as much as I wish I could, I’m simply unable to lie on the beach and contemplate my naval. No sir, I need something to keep me constantly entertained and distract my befuddled mind in-between swimming, napping and stuffing my face hole with the local cuisine. Meditation is not my strong point.

So this is where you fine people come in. I’m desperately scratching my brain for some decent entertainment to keep my occupied during my sunbathing, travel periods and other miscellaneous downtime. I’ve got a Kindle to use, an iPhone music library to overload and an iPad to show off to everyone I meet so please, help me fill them up with lots of entertaining goodies.

Books

I’m in serious need of some reading material right now and I’m at a loss as to what to move onto next – I’m currently re-reading the entire Wheel of Time saga (I’m on book 11) and I’m getting a bit tired of it. I like to take a break from WoT and read something else and, whilst I do quite fancy something science fiction, I’m completely open to suggestions. Fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, anything at all. So long as it’s not Harry Potter or Twilight.

Music

I’m pretty terrible when it comes to music although my trial subscription to Spotify premium means I can download pretty much anything to my iPhone to listen to offline. Currently I’m enjoying the latest Linkin Park album along with a bluegrass cover of Metallica’s greatest hits by a band called Iron Horse. Seriously, it’s amazing and well-worth checking out just to hear Enter Sandman played on a ukulele.

I know this is a long shot as music taste is very subjective but if you have any suggestions then I’d love to hear them. I’ll pretty much listen to anything other than reggae or Justin Bieber.

Games

I’m currently hooked on Kingdom Rush on the iPhone and iPad and it’s definitely one of the best games I’ve played in a while. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it’s basically a fantasy style tower defense game and very, very addictive (I’ve lost hours of life sitting on the toilet playing it). Highly recommended. Unfortunately, I’m just about to finish it and thus need something else to satisfy my gaming itch.

Anyone able to recommend some good iPad games? I’m obviously a fan of tower defense games, strategy games and RPGs but, like always, I’m open to anything. Also, although I don’t really want to game on a laptop, it’s looking like I’ll have to take mine with me to do a little bit of work whilst I’m away so any suggestions for light-weight, non-online PC games would be welcome too.

Anyhow, suggestions aside I guess all that’s left for me now is to pack my bags, do some last minute shopping, tell my wife she looks great in a bikini and ponder if I’m the only weirdo on the planet who needs to take a sack-full of books, games and music with him when he goes away anywhere. Does anyone else do that too?

-Gordon

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