[22] The Other Pokereviews, Part 84

“Today was my 18th birthday and my parents finally allowed me to go out of my house and into the world of Pokemon! The only reason that I had to be restricted to be 18 by the time I left was because, literally, the day before I turned 10, the League released a new rule saying that Pokephillia, the act of having sex with your Pokemon partners, was allowed to happen between trainer and Pokemon. As such, the age requirement had been upped from 10 to 18 so that kids wouldn’t be having sex with their Pokemon partners.”

However, we also get an actually decent-looking military fic where pokemon actually matter and the author doesn’t spend five paragraphs going on about guns.

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The Other Pokeauthors, Part 83

“And yes, I admit, my story seems cliché, following the trope of other stories out there, but let me ask you something. How often do you run into a Pokémon fic, or any other fic in general, that has done anything original? I can almost guarantee there are stories like mine that would be written the same way, and you probably gave them some criticism as well, but you should know that not everyone is perfect.”

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Discount Armageddon

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.

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The Other Pokeauthors, Part 79

“But what truly amuses me is that the people on the Capitalization-Thread do not realize that you are actually the troll, the one who is attempting to rile them up over a petty argument, and seem to be succeeding, unfortunately. But that will not work for everyone, and sooner or later you run into a wall headfirst. You must have been lucky for the past 16 years on this site, nothing less, nothing more.

Just know this. Your attempts to toy with other authors will come back to haunt you, for even if you had written a thousand stories, it would negligible compared the great number already on this site, the ones written by the general populace. Banning others is not a solution, and neither is it an option one can use in repetition. Because sooner or later, you’ll run out of people to ban.”

Why are we getting so many people who have apparently never seen a real troll before?

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Zahrah the Windseeker

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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.

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