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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:49:24 AM »
So the SNES Classic Edition went up for preorder on Best Buy, and unless it ends up being another Wal-Mart situation then I think I snagged one. I would have posted this sooner, but wasn't feeling well and I went to sleep. I'll try to post as soon as I hear when it's available for preorder more quickly next time.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: August 21, 2017, 10:31:28 AM »
I finally started watching Dragon Ball Super a week or two ago. I'm about twenty episodes in and am enjoying it so far. I've been surprised by its humor. In fact, the show has thus far been more humor-centric than action-centric, which is like the original Dragon Ball, but less so DBZ. That said, the episode where Goku and Beerus finally go all out is everything I could have hoped for in a contemporary Dragon Ball series. I mean, I saw Battle of Gods, but still nice to see that action.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 18, 2017, 03:01:03 AM »
Played most of the way through Okami in the past week. I made it to Kamui after about 13 hours of play, which I think is probably the fastest I've ever played through this game so far. Of course, that's mostly because of the new game plus feature, but even then I've never played through it so quickly. I should be able to finish it up this weekend.

I'm also kind of laughing somewhat because Capcom is releasing a port of Okami HD for the PS4 in December. This game must be just a solid money maker for them if they keep releasing it on each new system that comes along. And I'll probably be the sucker who buys it again. Oh well.

Anyway, the semester has started. I still have some free time over the weekend, but won't have much after that, so I may not be as active on the forums when that happens.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: August 09, 2017, 03:25:20 PM »
Had to get my PS3 out to walk my dad through setting up an old Sony NMP that has been disconnected for several years. They used basically the same GUI, and since we live in separate states it was necessary for me to have it out.

And I just left it out. I have a bunch of games on there I bought on PSN, one of those being Okami HD. I figured I'd play through it since I haven't in a few years, and luckily I already have a new game plus file ready to go. Coincidentally, one of my good friends from NYC decided to play it as well (he's never played it), so we'll be playing through it simultaneously. We did the same playing BotW, and it was pretty enjoyable to talk about our experiences, give advice and tips, and etc.

Since I've played through Okami at least ten times and I'm using new game plus, I imagine I'll outpace my friend pretty easily, so that will give me time to keep plugging away at No Man's Sky, and I will in the next day or two.

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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: August 09, 2017, 03:14:15 PM »
This book is pulp.  Unashamedly, unreservedly pulp, and I mean that in the best possible way;  this is a fun read.  Fleming's prose is quick and clean, there are no dead spots or breaks in the action, and I finished it almost in a single sitting.  There was one point where, while riding a plane in a storm, Bond contemplated his own mortality, but the moment passed, and the book returned to its regularly scheduled sex and violence.

Pulp is seriously awesome. I've been on a pulp kick myself as they're nice diversions from reading for grad school. I even stumbled on some pulp magazines from the 1940s; an issue of Star Western that I haven't looked at yet, and an issue of Fantastic Adventures that had a hilariously risque cover, for a story that was actually interesting even if the prose was missing some of the fervor you typically expect from pulps. Here it is, and you can actually download a scanned CBR file of the issue (should anyone be interested).

As for my reading, I've really been struggling with Dance with Dragons. Feast for Crows was slow, but Neal was right that there was very important and interesting world-building happening. Not so much thus far in Dance with Dragons. I'm about 420 pages in, but since the semester starts in a little more than a week I'm going to try to binge it.

I had a similar problem with The Gunslinger. It was just moving so slowly, and I was struggling staying interested. My library loan expired, and I haven't requested it again. I may try it again come winter break, but for now it's on the backburner.

Back to talking about pulp, I was browsing books at a thrift store while on vacation in Utah (my wife was getting a manicure, so I had time to kill), and found a cool looking pulp sci-fi novel from the early 1980s called The Water of Thought, by Fred Saberhagen. The cover was just too great to pass up: https://www.instagram.com/p/BWmNhsNFJUAHPw0iF-FP4wf7h87OWAJMYZvHQc0/?taken-by=jimfox14

And it was actually interesting! More a brief space opera than sci-fi, but definitely a fun and interesting read. It even has quite a bit of cool, almost psychedelic artwork.

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General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: August 09, 2017, 03:08:59 PM »
Apparently, NASA put out a want-ad for a "Planetary Protection Officer" and the news is having a field day talking about NASA hiring a "guardian of the galaxy."  http://www.sacbee.com/news/article164974367.html

Right now Catharine Conley is our Planetary Protection Officer: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/meet-nasa-s-one-and-only-planetary-protection-officer/

A nine year old boy applied for the job because his sister says he's an alien and because he's seen all the space and alien movies he can see, and hopes to see Men in Black in the future. All this among other things. It's pretty adorable, and NASA responded appropriately: https://www.buzzfeed.com/briannasacks/nine-year-old-applies-to-nasa-guardian-of-the-galaxy?utm_term=.xf34JXPKl#.ry78paxnB

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General Games / Re: Virtual Console and the Switch
« on: August 09, 2017, 02:35:43 PM »
Outside of including some Wii, GBA, and DS games, the Wii U Virtual Console was pretty lacking in comparison to the Wii's, and I was pretty disappointed by that. I mean, I get that there may be some hoops to jump through for third-party titles, but once the emulation software is running fine with several games, then they shouldn't really need to do any testing. It doesn't make much sense to me that they wouldn't have a more robust platform, even if only for their own titles. Hopefully they'll figure something out soon as the lack of any kind of VC is my major hang up about the Switch.

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Saw Spiderman: Homecoming while on vacation. It was fun, and enjoyable, but it isn't hard to see how Spidey's fortunes have changed since the start of the MCU. Once he was the most popular Marvel character, and arguably even more popular than Batman and Superman, but now he has to be awesome just to hang out with the Avengers, otherwise he gets yelled at and ignored. The action was also a little hard to follow. I still think the first and second Spiderman movies with Tobey Maguire are the best, but I think Spiderman: Homecoming comes in third place. Even though I think Andrew Garfield was probably the best casting choice for the character to date, the Amazing Spiderman movies were mostly garbage.

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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: July 26, 2017, 06:30:50 PM »
I'm going to fall short of my recreational reading goals this summer, but that's okay. I'll get a few books read over the holidays and next summer. Anyway, I've found Dance with Dragons incredibly difficult to get into. I think this is because Feast for Crows was rather lackluster and thus far Dance with Dragons is more of the same. At least with Feast for Crows I was coming off the high of Storm of Swords, but no such luck with Dance with Dragons. Regardless, I'm going to get it finished before the semester starts. I'm about three hundred pages into it so far.

While on vacation I swung by a used bookstore while my wife had a hair appointment and I picked up an old pulp sci-fi novel from the early 80s called The Water of Thought by Fred Saberhagen. The cover was classic pulp, and the interior has some cool, almost psychedelic artwork, so I couldn't resist. So far it is actually quite good.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 26, 2017, 06:19:29 PM »
I put down No Man's Sky for a few days to work on finding the DLC items and doing the Trial of the Sword in Breath of the Wild. I found the items easily enough and made it through the first two sword trials. Then I went on vacation and everything was put on hold. I was planning to take my 3DS with either BD End Layer or DQVII, but I forgot it. Now I'm back and I will try my luck at the final sword trial in the next few days, and then get back to No Man's Sky. Hopefully I'll be able to get it finished as the semester starts on the 17th and then its back to the grind for me (been working all summer actually, but not as intensely).

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