Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt

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Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

Keturah meets Lord Death in the woods, after being lost and getting weaker. To buy some time the girl deceives Death by telling a love story which ending she will disclose only after a couple of day of life. To this Death adds a bargain: if Keturah will be able to fulfill her only wish – to find her true love – Death will allow her a full life, otherwise Keturah would have to come with him to the realms of dead.

The ending is quite easy to grasp, nevertheless the novel is engaging – but not fast paced; back in the village we enter in a fairy tale: Keturah has to find her true love (despite the fact she does not love any man in the town) but also advise the Lord of the plague that is coming.

It’s an engaging novel pervaded of something melancholy that is quite suited for the story: Keturah will have to choose for obtaining her true love. The quote by Emily Dickinson I reported above well summarize the novel character.

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* Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt ★★★★☆½

*I read this book in English

To the moon by Freebird Games

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“To the moon” is an indie retro video game, made by Freebird Games with the design and help of Kan Gao.

The playing style is minima: to move are enough the four arrows and the mouse is needed only to simple interactions, it’s definitely not a frenetic game.

It’s an interactive story (and with story I mean a movie or a book), the beautiful parts are the dialogues that allows to comprehend what’s happening and the protagonist’s past. There are no voices, all the dialogues appears as comic balloons and the only sound is the music composed by Kan Gao.

Dr. Eva Rosalene and Dr. Neil Watts works for a society that allows, thanks to modern and innovative technologies, to dying people to see their life dream realised at the last moment: the previous memories are deleted and a new story is set up, this of course does not stop death but allows people to die with a new calm gained by knowing their life fully lived.

In this episode – I hope being the beginning of a long series – the two doctors have to face an unexpected desire: Johnny wants to go to the moon, the two will have to retrace what create this desire in Johnny’s past and what inhibited it.

Now [08/01/2014] the game is available in a humblebundle at a price to be set by the buyer, a very good chance to try it.