One decentish fic about Dawn rescuing Cyrus from the Distortion World, and yet another fic where the legendaries are a divine bureaucracy.
So, it’s been nearly three months since I made one of these! There was a little activity in June, but afterwards SYOC fic just tanked. Plenty was posted, but everything was dead on arrival. I was holding out for more updates, but it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen. Most of these are unfortunately pretty boring, but the chosen guardians story did update again.
And I Darken by Kiersten White is a really interesting piece of historical fiction, the central premise of which is that Vlad the Impaler is born female instead of male. It’s unfortunately somewhat undercut by the fact that the author just isn’t a great writer, but the social commentary is deliciously biting and it’s exceptionally well-researched, so as long as you’re not expecting to be at the edge of your seat I think it’s worth checking out just because it’s so no-holds-barred.
“If you found my story hard to understand, I’m sorry, but that’s really not my problem. I didn’t write it for you.”
A lot of weird nonsense, but not much of interest. There is one B/W novelization that claims the main character will get the ability to understand pokemon, but the first chapter ends before that happens.
Last time, midnight passes with a whimper.
A lot of stuff happens, including someone finally going to the capitalization thread when asked.
Continuing my adventures in Nnedi’s Okorafor’s catalogue, Lagoon. I’m happy to say that this one was absolutely incredible. Okorafor seems to be hit or miss, when when it’s a hit she’s just remarkable.
Today we have a SYOC fic with a ridiculously detailed form but no story content, a short fic about Hau with a conspicuous absence of Lillie, and Pokemon Revolution.
Akata Witch is Nnedi Okorafor’s stab at the ‘magic school’ subgenre, and unfortunately it’s kind of a mess. Like her other two books, it really shines in just how unique and exciting its ideas are, but the worldbuilding is nonexistent and I thought its messages ranged from muddled to bad.
Responses are civil today.
Today we have a Guzma origin story that makes him the privileged Z-user; a gay love story that spends a page tooting its horn about how it’s God’s gift to the queer community; and a well-written Nuzlocke fic that somehow manages to make everyone look even more horrible than normal. Also, someone writes a gigantic rant about me in their author’s note instead of just blocking me.
Last time, a spoiled family gathers for a magic murdergame… I think.
Mr. Act sent me this interesting article today about men using female pseudonyms to sneak into detective fiction sales, and I have thoughts on the topic to inflict on you.
“You seem to be convinced that the convention of the English language is to not capitalize the names of Pokémon, but this is clearly false. The convention of every single person using the English language to write about Pokémon, except for you and perhaps handful of others on this website, is to capitalize them. While you may not like it, the English language has adopted this new convention to talk about these new entities. It doesn’t frankly matter whether “a Pilot’s eyes” is correct, because we not talking about pilots, we’re talking about Pokémon. To use such a condescending example despite its irrelevance is to discredit yourself as an authority. “