[25] The Other Pokereviews, Part 40

We are finished with 2016 at last. Hallelujah!

The end of the year contains a semi-interesting fic that tries to “deconstruct” mega evolution by adding in random grimdark while doing nothing to question or criticize the ridiculous things claimed in canon. Also, a story about how Arceus has to save Alola because why use pantheons actually relevant to the plot when you can make everything about how Arceus is literally the Abrahamic God.

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Tamora Pierce and Cover Design

I’ve been reading through the Tamroa Pierce catalogue, as they’re good lighthearted fantasy fare for the broken, stressed-out brain. I’ve enjoyed them. I’ve preferred Tortall to Emelen so far, largely because school settings are so boring to me; I didn’t even like them as a kid. A girl running around in the woods beating people up is much more appealing. I also think Daine being older made the books a bit easier on me as a poorly-adjusted adult. I think Pierce’s greatest strength, aside from how readable her writing is, is in creating unique, likable characters — I’ve found them all easy to root for.

One thing I noticed as soon as I started Immortals, though, is that depending on which editions of the book you get, your cover experience varies wildly, and that’s what I wanted to talk about today.

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The Other Pokeauthors, Part 38

“Capitalization occurs when referring to a specific name, title, location, or set/subset of people. For instance, we refer to them as Muslims, or Christians, or Jews, because once the subset class is stripped, they have no real meaning, as they refer only to a specific group. In Pokémon, this means that referring to the species Pikachu would require capitalization because it refers to a specific group of nouns with a similar trait (like that of being a Pikachu). Now let’s look at the individual Pikachu, which has to be capitalized because it refers to only one specific set of creatures with similar body traits.

This is why we capitalize Muslims because the word refers to the group of people that adhere to the religion of Islam, and has no other meaning unless you force a stereotype. In that sense, all Pokémon names MUST be capitalized.

In addition, Pokémon itself is a title and shortened form of Pocket Monsters, a title that refers to the general subset of all creatures, each of which share a common trait.

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Finally, take your British English rules and shove them up your fat ass. If you were smart enough to pay attention in school (which you obviously didn’t and is why I wasted half-an-hour on you hopeless piece of shit) dialogue can be formatted ‘”Speech.” Person word’, simply because most word processors automatically correct to that and will count ‘”Speech.” person word’ as being incorrect occasionally.”

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[25] The Other Pokereviews, Part 38

“Today I get to pick my lifelong partner, companion, and friend: I get to pick my first Pokemon. Of course, I’m picking Tepig. Who wouldn’t? Strong, dependable, great evolution. You can’t lose!

Of course, someone else will want Tepig, which is why I’m rushing to the lab right now. I will be the first there and I will get my Tepig!”

But trainers totally don’t treat pokemon as disposable objects, shut up you joy-hating hippie scum!!!

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Baptism of Fire [Witcher 3]

I read this book months ago now so I can’t really do a full writeup, but for the sake of having the complete series here I figured I’d jot down the points I did remember.

Anyway, overall, I thought this book was back to form for the series. I really liked it and thought it did all the same things right the previous books were good at.

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Pokemon Moon Day 42

So you’ve completed all four of your grand trials. Then go forth to the Pokemon League.

I just want to say, yet again, how utterly disgusted I am by your callous discard of your culture in favor of me-tooing the mainlands’ system. This whole game has been people talking about their glorious traditions and yet when one idiot suggests dumping that all no one else pushes back? (more…)

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