12/05/2017 Act 2 Comments
11/20/2017 Act 1 Comment
Discount Armageddon is the first book of Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid series, and it’s basically what Dresden Files would be if it weren’t terribly written by a terrible person. It’s cheesy pulp urban fantasy, but it’s also sharp-witted and self-aware, and stars a competent protagonist whose whole MO is that she’s not a murderous psycho. If I were in a better way I’d really want to do a Let’s Read of it, because it’s such a great counterexample of fluff done well. I honestly loved it; it was tightly written, the complete opposite of high art, and lots of fun.
Incidentally, the old guy at the register at the Harvard COOP gave me a shitfuckton of condescension for buying this book while talking to my husband about how Clearly Learned he was for his purchase, and fuck that guy.
Books, Recommendations nnedi okorafor, zahrah the windseeker
11/19/2017 Act 1 Comment
Continuing my adventures through Nnedi Okorafor’s catalogue, Zahrah the Windseeker is Okorafor’s other, earlier kids’ book, and I thought it was really great. It has a kind of Alice-in-Wonderland vibe to it, but without the drugs, if that’s possible. It’s set in a fantasy world where all technology is based on plants, and the titular Zahrah has to journey into the Forbidden Greeny Forest to save her best friend.
Dept Heaven Series, Recommendations, RPGs, Video Games dept heaven series, knights in the nightmare
10/17/2017 Act 54 Comments
Knights in the Nightmare is the third entry in the Dept. Heaven series, although in-universe it’s chronologically second and IRL it’s titled ‘IV’ because who the fuck knows (wiki does, don’t tell me about how everyone knows I too know).
KitN (kitten?) is different from the previous two games, Riviera and Yggdra Union, in a few important ways. First, it’s a much more conceptual game, with the story told so far out of of chronological order there’s no way to simply explain it. Second, it’s nihilistic as fuck, where the other two were a bit more nuanced and had more a ‘people are flawed but will overcome’ kind of stance. I don’t think it’s grimdark or even unrealistic, but it’s very bleak, and as a result (I thought) philosophically weaker. It’s also neither turn-based like Riviera or a tRPG like Yggdra, but something else entirely unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
I still really liked it overall, but unlike the other two it’s not something I’d rec generally for people, or even for people who like jRPGs. You really will get the most out of it if you’re specifically looking for a kind of out-there experience.
Spoilers inside; ye be warned.
Books, On Writing, Recommendations a wizard of earthsea, earthsea series, tales from earthsea, tehanu, the farthest shore, the other wind, the tombs of atuan, ursula le guin
09/23/2017 Act 26 Comments
Hi all. I’m careening toward an anorexia relapse, how are you?
Anyway, today is kind of an up day so you get this.
I’m on a big Ursula Le Guin kick lately, and her Earthsea series is a really interesting work of fantasy spanning six books that I think is especially worth looking at because of Le Guin’s commentaries that are included at the end of the new editions. She has some really insightful things to say about social progress, the passage of time, and how writing can reflect the author’s feelings, so if you check these out make sure to get the 2012 “Atheneum Books for Young Readers” edition. The first book in particular is really only interesting because of what she has to say about it in retrospect.
I want to talk about the books themselves, but mostly about Le Guin’s thoughts, since she had some important stuff to say about fantasy as a genre and publishing as an industry.
Also, fun fact! This series is where the name ‘Mebbeth’ comes from.
09/16/2017 Act 21 Comments
Is like ten lines of “SQUEEEEEEEE” not an appropriate conclusion post? No? Damn.
I think at this point it’s probably useful to think of Umineko relative to Higurashi, considering we’re at the beginning and I thought it was pretty clear R07 wrote this with a reader who’d just come from Higurashi in mind.
09/09/2017 Act 27 Comments
Let’s take a look at our large cast and what we got to know about them in the intro route.
09/02/2017 Act 24 Comments
There’s still some more extras that pop up after finishing the Tea Party.
08/26/2017 Act 7 Comments
Before we get into final thoughts, we have some extras to wrap up. This time, the OOC review session.
Books, Broken Earth broken earth series, nk jemisin, obelisk gate
08/26/2017 Act 41 Comments
This isn’t an actual review, just a WOOOO post to note that Obelisk Gate took the 2017 Hugo for best novel! It totally deserved it, this series may be the best trilogy I’ve ever read, it’s absolutely incredible, this is not an exaggeration. The final book, Stone Sky, just came out and was equally as good so seriously, go read them!
I look forward to Jemisin taking the 2018 Hugo for Stone Sky and giving her a three-year win streak. No contemporary writer deserves these accolades more.
Neckbeards must be losing their shit.
08/19/2017 Act 64 Comments
Last time, more deaths, but an odd implication of things reaching their end.
08/15/2017 Act 14 Comments
Last time, the deaths begin, and so does the suspicion.
Books, Recommendations and i darken, Kiersten White
08/12/2017 Act 28 Comments
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.
08/09/2017 Act 1 Comment
Last time, midnight passes with a whimper.
Books, Recommendations lagoon, nnedi okorafor
08/08/2017 Act 11 Comments
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.
Books akata witch, nnedi okorafor
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.