Friday, September 19, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dresden Files Storm Front Ch2

This chapter, we're introduced to Harry's long-suffering sort of partner. Karrin Murphy is the police officer who has to deal with weird stuff, like mysterious killings and Harry.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The World Ends with You

This game consumed my life for like three weeks. I'm lucky I didn't just look up from my DS one day and find Boyfriend had taken the dog and left. BUT IT'S THAT GOOD.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dresden Files #1: Storm Front Chapter 1 Redux

When I read Farla's post about this in the queue, I immediately devolved into an incoherent rageful froth and emailed her insisting I put it in my two cents. I then went on to write a five page essay about mid-20th-century detective fiction. Enjoy.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dresden Files #1: Storm Front Introduction & Ch1

Before we begin, let me say that I have read this book, or more specifically, I listened to it. Don't do that. While the audiobook is done well, it meant I was listening to a man say the lines in the book, and it did entirely too good of a job at replicating the feel of actually standing next to a man who, mid-conversation, added that by the way, all women are gold-digging whores who don't appreciate what a nice guy he is. It's amazing how much worse that makes it.

Supposedly, the misogyny in this series is just in the first book or two, but any time I said, "Oh good, so you mean XYZ stops?", I just got people saying they didn't see how that was misogynistic, so from my standpoint, the series looks to be shit all the way down. And honestly, anyone who could read the first book and find it good enough to keep going to reach those supposedly non-misogynistic ones is someone already numb to misogyny.

So - that's what we're doing, everyone. This is going to be unpleasant for women and a hatefest for fans. The only consolation I can give is that we're coming up on October, when I'll also be reviewing carapace fanfic again as well as a bunch of short horror games.


Rarely has a cover quote been so useful. If you found the basic premise of Buffy the Vampire Slayer an enjoyable one, but didn't understand why it wasn't about a guy like all proper media, this book is for you.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Reconstruction Part 48 - "The Great Flood" (Guest Review)

Last time, I would have been very pleased with the quest if it wasn't for how callously it treated women.

Let's keep moving.

Higurashi: Time-Killing Arc

This was a surprisingly boring and predictable arc. I believe I saw something (in the cast review session thing maybe?) about it having just survived the chopping block, and I totally buy that.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fate/ Stay Night - UBW - February 8

Captive audience: Any thoughts on Ghost Trick? I've heard good things about it, but also people never say anything bad about anything. Boyfriend found it in his games as we were packing and I figure if it's not awful I'll add it to the list.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner is a disappointment. It's full of filler, wasted ideas, and terrible plotting. There's exactly one girl and her purpose is to be a plot device.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Final Fantasy X (Guest Review)

So a while back I read an interesting article about religion in video games that convinced me to replay Final Fantasy X. It's been quite a few years since I played it last, but I remembered it rather fondly. I think it still holds up pretty well.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

This is a book of wish fulfillment.

And...that's what it does. Is the main character an ever-longer list of specialness and tragic angst? Of course. Is everyone very, very pretty? Of course. Does the "plot" just serve as a vehicle for the first two? Of course. But that's exactly what it set out to do.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Baltimore: The Widow, The Tank, The Inquisitor

So another thing you have to be wary of with comics is that if they sell, they keep getting written, even if those involved have used up their good ideas. This segment will showcase this along with the fact comics hate women.

The Reconstruction Part 47 - "The Encounter" (Guest Review)

Last time, sexism. This time, racism.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fate/ Stay Night - UBW - February 7

So last time we had our first on-screen Servant death, that of Rider, who has been knocked out early twice now.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Allegiant Ch45-48

MY BROTHER STANDS behind the microscope, his eye pressed to the eyepiece. The light in the microscope platform casts strange shadows on his face, making him look years older.
“This is definitely it,” he says. “The attack simulation serum, I mean. No question.”
“It's always good to have another person verify,” Matthew says.

We were introduced to it as definitely true, the plot proceeded from definitely true, then another older Erudite said it was definitely true, Tris has repeatedly said the fact it's true justifies her killing everyone there, and now at the tail end of the book he's saying that huh, I guess it's true.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Allegiant Ch41-44

Last time, Tobias has snapped.

Luckily, we're back to Tris and the comparatively cheery subplot about how the weapons lab is, shockingly, guarded by a deadly weapon. Mind you, a less than brilliant one, because Tris easily identifies this as "suicide mission" rather than "actually stopping us".

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Allegiant Ch38-Ch40

Last time on Allegiant, something happened I guess? Maybe? I can't remember. It's all a blur of dissatisfaction and endless exposition.