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The Obelisk Gate

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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.


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.

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