Wednesday, December 25, 2013

TN's Best of 2013

Well, my friends, yet another year has come and gone. I can't believe how quickly it has gone by. It's also that time of year again, time for my best of list for 2013. I did a bit of travelling this year, and being back in North America for the most of it, I did manage to take in a bit of media. This list, as per my usual, may include a few things not from this year, but were things I discovered or really enjoyed in 2013. Perhaps you might find something worth checking out. Enjoy and have a happy new year.
Winner: Gravity (2013)
Runner Up: 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Honorable Mention: Pacific Rim (2013)

Winner: Renoir (2013)
Honorable Mention: Philomena (2013)

Winner: Kaze Tachina The Wind Rises (2013)
Honorable Mention: Despicable Me 2 (2013)

TV series!
Winner: Moone Boy (Sky)
Runner Up: The Supersizers... (BBC Two)

Winner: Broadchurch (ITV)
Runner Up: Agents of SHIELD (ABC)
Honorable Mention: White Collar (USA) - Thanks to my brother-in-law for introducing this show to me.

Winner: NOVA: Making Stuff... (PBS)
Honorable Mention: Mysteries at the Museum (Travel) - I swear some of these stories would make fantastic movies.

Winner: Shingeki no Kyojin Attack on Titan (MBS)
Runner Up: Hulk and the Agents of SMASH (Disney XD)
Honorable Mention: Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

Artist of the Year:
Winner: Smallpools (RCA)

Runner Up: Purity Ring (4AD)

Album of the Year:
Winner: The Bones of What You Believe - CHVRCHES

Podcast/Audio program:
Winner: Stuff You Should Known (HowStuffWorks)
Honorable Mention: Buddhist Geeks (

This is always the hardest category to do. Everyone who knows me, knows that I devour books and so slimming down the long list of books I have enjoyed over the year to a few selections can be a difficult task.

General Fiction:
Winner: A Touch of Death (or Mix Yourself a Redhead) - Charles Williams
Runner Up: Little Girl Lost - Richard Aleas
Honorable Mention: Master and Commander - Patrick O'Brien

Winner: Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson
Runner Up: Prince of Ayodhya - Ashok K Banker
Honorable Mention: Ultramarines Omnibus - Graham McNiell

Winner: Back Story  - David Mitchell
Runner Up: The Republican War on Science - Chris Mooney
Honorable Mention: Weird Canada - Uncle John's Bathroom Reader

Winner: Fatale (Image)
Runner Up: Lookouts (Cryptozoic)
Honorable Mention: Indestructible Hulk (Marvel)


Board/Card games:
Winner: Fluxx (Looney Labs)
Honorable Mention: Gloom (Atlas)

Video games:
Winner: Torchlight 2 (Runic)
Runner Up: Sid Meier's Civ V (Firaxis)
Honorable Mention: The Secret World (Funcom)

See you in 2014 for year 4 of Tentacle News!!

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