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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: May 23, 2018, 06:55:23 PM »
I finally got around to finishing A Walk Among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block. It was good, but too long and a tad on the anti-climactic side. I was also scratching my head at the excessive violence and gore at the end. I get it, the book is pretty gritty and the characters are far from heroic, but dang, it was pretty over the top even for them, I think.

Prior to that I read Armada by Ernest Cline. I really enjoyed Ready Player One (though I understand a lot of the criticism against it), but Armada took way too long to break away from all the tropes it relies on. By the time it did, it didn't really try to develop its own interesting aspects very much, and so it was ultimately just an okay book.

Now I'm reading The Name of the Wind. I've had it around for several years at this point, but am just now getting to it.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: May 23, 2018, 06:37:33 PM »
I collected enough Koroks to finish upgrading my various stashes in BotW, and decided to finally call it quits after 14 months of playing it almost exclusively. I clocked 250 hours into it, though I think the last 60 or so have been just dicking around and finding Koroks and chests. After I finished all the main and DLC content, I found it to be a pretty relaxing game to play, so it was nice to just play it and unwind after a long day at school/grading freshman comp papers. Nevertheless, I finally decided to put it down and turn my attention elsewhere.

And elsewhere is finally getting around to Bravely Second! I got it shortly after it came out a couple of years ago, but haven't had a chance to get to it until now. I'm about ten hours in and finding it pretty enjoyable so far. The humor has been pretty fun again so far, and battles are fun. Not sure where it's going story-wise yet, but hopefully it won't get as infuriating and repetitive as its predecessor. I'm not really impressed by the Charioteer and Wizard classes yet, but I'm looking forward to the other new classes to mix things up since the first game was mostly classic FF classes.

After Bravely Second is finished I'll turn my attention back to No Man's Sky.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: April 27, 2018, 04:30:40 PM »

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Wow, this game has already jumped the shark for me, since I'm not far and already I've had to look at guides, which haven't helped much, and there's absolutely no memorable music. I always get suspicious when review sites give near-perfect scores to games, and I was right to suspect them of bullshit. The combat is okay, but this game is on track to becoming one of the most overrated piles of shit I've ever played, and makes me lose even further trust in the mainstream game media.

It's not just the mainstream game media that love it, plenty of fans do too. It's not a perfect game by any means, but plenty of people think it's great. Just because you're not liking it doesn't make it "an overrated pile of shit."

Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: March 08, 2018, 03:13:04 AM »
I finished reading Ready Player One last night. I thought it was a very enjoyable read. I really liked the quest and the characters. I also thought the future was mostly pretty believable. I'm really looking forward to the movie now despite the fact that it's easy to tell from the trailers that they've changed it up quite a bit. I'm hoping it will be good.

I want to read Armada now, though I've heard it isn't nearly as good. I have it, and I may give it a go since I still have a few days left of Spring Break.

I caved in December and started watching The Flash. I've caught up through season 3, and that's probably as far as I'll make it for now because that's all that's on Netflix. I've really enjoyed it a lot the past few months as I've caught up and now I'm interested in checking out the other shows in the Arrowverse. I guess that means I'll need to start with Arrow. I gave it a shot when it first premiered several years ago, but couldn't get into it. We'll see what happens. If it doesn't work out I'll still give the other Arrowverse shows a shot.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: March 03, 2018, 02:07:24 AM »
Recently I used what little downtime I had to read the earlier chapters of Dr. Stone that I missed, and it was nice to see what was happening because I wasn't entirely sure. I'm really loving this series a lot, but I do have a qualm that has come to light recently. I mean, I guess, it shouldn't surprise me, but I was hoping that it would take a different tack than "science produces weapons that we need to defeat the bad people." I guess I'd hoped it would be a bit more to it than that, and it's obviously problematic. I still like the series, but I was hoping for some outside of the box thinking.

Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: February 27, 2018, 02:30:49 AM »
What a minute.  Emily Brontė wrote Wuthering Heights??  How did I mess that up?

Pretty easy to do. Charlotte Brontė was the author of Jane Eyre[i/], and Anne Brontė was the author of Agnes Grey. They all were published and active writers, despite all of them dying tragically young.

Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: February 20, 2018, 01:33:56 PM »
I had to read Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontė for a class this semester. A slow read, but fascinating. I ended up really enjoying it despite 19th century British novels usually being very tedious.

Outside of school, I decided to make Ready Player One my Spring Break recreational read since the movie is coming soon and it’s right up my alley interest-wise.

Hey, belated congratulations on getting married! Also your dog looks adorable.

Thanks, Marsh!

My wife and I took a trip to Iceland over the holidays. While doing research on things we wanted to do, we found a photography studio that dresses you up in period accurate Viking clothing. We jumped on that. Here is a closeup of me:

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:44:44 PM »
I don't have much to add that others haven't already said. While I enjoyed watching it in theaters, when I went home and thought about it for a few days I decided I didn't really like it. The aforementioned unnecessary hacker plot, Snoke coming out of nowhere and dying before there was any explanation, and some more recycled plot elements from the original trilogy.

I mostly liked Luke's portrayal, but thought they kind of messed it up a bit in the scene with Kylo at the Jedi Temple. This is the guy who thought Darth Vader could come back for goodness' sake! I get it, a moment of weakness can often add depth to a character, but I think this was the wrong way to do it. While I loved the showdown at the movie's climax, I don't really like Luke's ultimate fate as a result. The hero of the galaxy deserved more, imo.

I did like Leia, Poe, Rey, and Finn's portrayal and character arcs at least (even if I disliked Finn's side-plot).

Anyway, I'll check out the Han Solo movie, and episode IX, but if those also disappoint then that will be it for me. I'll just stick with the original trilogy.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:31:22 PM »
I'm back! For a few days at least until spring semester begins.

Anyway, I've been able to do some holiday gaming. Mostly the Champions' Ballad, but I did also start Bravely Second (though I'm not that far into it yet).

As for the Champions' Ballads, I was hoping for a bit more rigorous narrative experience, but I guess I appreciated what was there. I loved the new shrines! They were challenging and fun. The new dungeon was only okay, but I really enjoyed the boss fight even if it was a tad on the easy side. I think the motorcycle is mostly meh. Kind of fun to use to get around, but not as useful as a horse in combat since you have to keep your finger on the A button to keep moving. Regardless, I'm going to motor up to Hyrule Castle on it and fight Ganon one more time.

After that, I guess my BotW experience is finished. It's pretty much the only game I've played since it released (I did play through TP afterward, but only to upgrade the Wolf Link Amiibo for BotW). I finished the main story in April, and the rest of the shrines a couple weeks after that, and just kept exploring through summer and when I needed a break during fall semester. It's hard to believe, but after today I'm going to put the disc back in its case for the first time since I took it out back in March.

Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:48:31 PM »
I think I forgot to mention it here, but I read a pulp mystery novel (they're nice to help me relax and enjoy reading during the semester) called The Gutter and the Grave by Ed McBain. It was really enjoyable with super fun prose, a good mystery, and an interesting main character. It was also nice to be back on the streets of New York in the book. My only complaint is that it was obvious who the killer was after the second murder, but otherwise it was really fun.

Sticking with the pulp mystery, next I'll be reading A Walk Among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block. It's pretty long for a pulp, so it will probably take me a while to get through it since my recreational reading time is usually only half an hour before I go to sleep.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Warriors
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:44:03 PM »
I'm happy to see Lyn included, but I still want more of the GBA/GC era characters included. I may get this, for 3DS as I'm not ready for a Switch yet, but we'll see. I may see about getting a 2DS XL for this game since I'll still be able to play all of my DS/3DS games on it.

Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: September 03, 2017, 04:58:07 AM »
It may have taken months to get through it, but I finally finished Dance with Dragons. It was pretty boring overall. Kind of like Crossroads of Twilight in The Wheel of Time series, not much happened until near the end of the book, and only one of those few morsels of actual good reading was a significant plot development. I can understand this one may be setup for Winds of Winter, which the preview in the back of my copy made it sound incredibly more appealing than the fifth volume. But it has been six years and there's no sign of Winds of Winter. I know Martin has been busy with the show, that he's a meticulous writer, and that he promises he's working on it, but I have to wonder how serious he is about finishing the books. He's already made so much money he probably doesn't have any real incentive to finish.

To say it more succinctly, I'll believe it when I see it.

EDIT: Oh, and I much preferred Feast for Crows than Dance with Dragons. Actual world-building happened that was quite interesting. Dance with Dragons was mostly characters worried about losing their tenuous power, and other disempowered characters complaining about their state of affairs. I can only think of one instance of actual world-building in Dance with Dragons.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: August 31, 2017, 11:16:04 PM »
^Ah, right. That might actually explain why I can't find it streamed...damn Cable Monopolies...

I've been watching it subbed on Crunchy Roll. I don't have cable, and don't want to pay for FUNi's streaming service. I do prefer the English dubs when it comes to Dragon Ball because Goku and adult Gohan's voices are so irritating, but I have to go the cheaper route for now.

Speaking of, I just finished the Future Trunks arc in Super and it was great! Probably my favorite DB story arc since the Saiyan arc that opened DBZ.

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