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And I Darken

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.


Akata Witch

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.


review brigading on Steam is infuriating

When people accuse the gaming community of being entitled pissbaby manchildren this is what they’re referring to.

These concerted hate campaigns against devs make me angry as a creator, reviewer, and consumer. They destroy the integrity of the review system, make it impossible for consumers to evaluate games, and hurt small developers.

I don’t have anything else useful to say, you’re my captive audience and I needed to vent. It just seems to be happening with more and more frequency and I wish there were steps Steam could take to stop it but I don’t think there are.

I cannot imagine how it is possible to exist with this level of entitlement. Fuck people who do this.

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We Have a New Like Button

Unfortunately we’ve lost old likes (which is sad because I was really enjoying all that sweet, sweet internet validation lately), but on the bright side this one is less obtrusive and not affected by comment editing.

Two questions:

  • Do we want a thumb or a heart
  • Do we want upvotes and downvotes, or just upvotes? Leaning toward the latter since we’ve gotten downvote spammed in the past.

The Book of Phoenix

Book of Phoenix is a prequel to Who Fears Death, and I found it very disappointing. The technical quality of the writing was the same, but it smacked of the publisher demanding a money-grab followup and was just not well-constructed. It was well-written enough to be quite compelling, but the actual story was just a mess.


Who Fears Death

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This was an absolutely incredible book. I finished it and thought, “That may have been one of the best books I’ve ever read.” That’s likely hyperbole, but not by much.

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor is a genre mismash, part patriarchal dystopia and part fantasy, although the tone is much more magical realism that straight fantasy. The feeling of it was more similar to Salman Rushdie than anything else I’ve ever read. It has that floating, detached, purposely-rushing-along feeling you don’t really find in anything but magical realism, so for me, that is how I’d describe it, even though it was also technically a post-apocalyptic dystopia and the magic elements were more overt than you often see in that genre.

Before you go off and read it, though: this is a book with a lot of violence against women, particularly rape and female genital mutilation, and it can be tough to get through (the author’s note at the end implied it was also at times tough for her to write). If this kind of violence and the attitudes associated with it can set you off, you should definitely have someone who knows your situation well screen it for you.


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