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1  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 26, 2016, 01:27:15 PM
I finished Game of Thrones a couple of weeks ago. I enjoyed it, but not for the story, which I found to be pretty mediocre. What gave me the most enjoyment is actually the world GRRM has created. It's a fascinating world and I kept wanting to see more and more of it. I love the settings, the various peoples, and etc. I also found the characters interesting, if not entirely lovable. And even though I didn't care either way for the story, GRRM is pretty deft at handling multiple viewpoints and still progressing the story.

After finishing I read Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. It was blissfully short, and had some humor despite Steinbeck's usual seriousness. I really enjoyed it, especially after GoT. It was kind of a palate cleanser, as Dincrest calls them.

Now I'm reading Clash of Kings, but grad school is in full swing now and my time is limited, so it will probably take a while for me to get through it.

2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 21, 2016, 01:12:16 AM
Not that anyone really cares about Bleach anymore, but it finally ended this past week. The ending was just as bad as the series itself has been for years. I'll always remember everything up until about midway through the Aizen arc fondly, but that means that over half of the series' publication history has been downright bad. I'm glad it has finally been put out of its misery. And to think, I used to wish that the author would try Zombie Powder again after he finished Bleach. Definitely don't wish that anymore.
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 21, 2016, 12:58:20 AM
I'm about half way through the bad guy route of Infamous Second Son. Loving the splash damage even if I usually relate more to the good guy approach. I can't deny that not caring about the civilians makes the game much easier in terms of karmic levels.
4  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: August 12, 2016, 07:41:54 PM
I finished Calamity on the move. I thought it was good, but the climax and ending seemed kind of rushed. While I liked some of the plot twists, it didn't have any real answers as to what was going on in the world itself.

Like, where did Calamity exactly come from and why?

I heard his next YA series may have the ties to the Reckoners, so maybe there will be some answers there.

Anyway, I figured I had enough time before school starts to read Game of Thrones. So, that's what I'm reading now. Figured I'd see what all the fuss is about.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 12, 2016, 07:28:52 PM
I finished up the Hero route in inFamous Second Son. It was a fun game even if it didn't hold my attention as much as the original two games. I also was slightly disappointed by the fact that Sucker Punch didn't fix up the "busy work" side missions. All the story missions were great and fun and all, but the side missions just seemed tacked on to increase play time and give players a 100% opportunity. Despite the complaints, I got 100%.

I started again to go the inFamous route. More busy work.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: August 12, 2016, 07:23:02 PM
The first game is fun, but it begins to get repetitive later on. It has a decent story and everything, and great battles and jobs. The repetitiveness begins to get grating. They try to keep things interesting given the fact that you're going to fight all the bosses over and over again, but those battles just turn into cheap battles that require you to have specific parties set up and to use specific strategies. If you like grinding, and don't mind fighting the bosses over and over again, give it a shot. I believe the consensus has been that Bravely Second fixed the issues with the original, so that's good, but I haven't gotten to it myself yet.
7  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 21, 2016, 01:58:59 PM
I finished Firefight yesterday. While I thought Steelheart was just okay, I really enjoyed Firefight. I'm glad I gave it a chance. It wasn't knock your socks off by any means, and it relied on some tropes that I didn't like, but overall I thought it was pretty good.

After finishing I decided, what the heck, and started Calamity, the last book in the series. I'm reading the ebook and it doesn't have page numbers, but it says I'm about 30% into it.
8  Media / General Games / Re: Pokemon Go on: July 18, 2016, 11:43:46 AM
While I'm still enjoying it, the game literally throws dozens of the same Pokemon at you. I've caught almost twenty Pidgeys, ten Doduos, a large number of Rattatas, Weedles, and Catterpies. I understand some Pokemon are more common than others, but I rarely see anything else.

In other news, my first egg hatched and it was Pikachu! I just need Squirtle and then I'll have all the starters myself.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: July 18, 2016, 11:38:22 AM
Sheik has the water shield ability in HW that negates damage and is pretty effective. I always try to use Sheik for getting A-rank on missions in Adventure Mode whenever possible since the water shield makes it easy. She also is a good fighter all around.
10  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 13, 2016, 02:18:21 PM
I finished up Neverwhere. It was enjoyable, but my initial impression of it still stands. Gaiman has grown a lot as a writer since Neverwhere was initially published and it definitely shows. I just didn't feel like the antagonists and their motivations were ever explained, and the characters didn't seem to have as much depth as his characters in later novels. I did still like it though.

Since my days of recreational reading are numbered, I decided to keep things light. So I'm reading Firefight by Brandon Sanderson, the second book in his YA series The Reckoners. I read Steelheart last year and enjoyed it as it was a fun, light read. Nowhere near as complex as his other novels, but that's what I was looking for. I'll probably try and read Calamity next too so that I can say I'm done with this series.
11  Media / General Games / Re: Pokemon Go on: July 11, 2016, 10:31:13 AM
I threw the Pokeball at Metapod and somehow he got away. How is that possible? How does Metapod even move?
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 11, 2016, 10:26:42 AM
According to my save data, I'm about 75% through inFamous: Second Son. I absorbed the third power set over the weekend. While I really enjoy the powers, especially the Neon's dash that basically turns you into The Flash, they're all basically palette swaps of each other with a few minor differences (not to mention being palette swaps of Cole's powers in the first two inFamous games).

Also, I just made it to the True Hero karmic level, which allowed me to fully upgrade all of my powers.

I just need to finish clearing out two areas on the second island and then all of Seattle will be my turf.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 07, 2016, 04:46:07 PM
B-b-but.... everybody wants to be a cat....  T____T

I know right! That song made that movie for me. I thought it was just okay until that point, and then BLAM-O!! This awesome song comes out of nowhere. I love when they go crazy and break the floors and keep playing as they walk down the street on their damaged instruments.

And I personally find Fox and the Hound devastating. Maybe it's because my best friend from childhood and myself just couldn't see eye to eye any longer once we were thirteen or fourteen. I remember vividly the day our friendship ended. We never had any animosity toward one another and our parting wasn't a shout fest or anything; our interests and activities were just diverging too drastically and one day I just up and told him I was going home. Every time we've seen each other since it is just kind of awkward and weird. Even now.

On a similar note, I recently caught Disney's Robin Hood two days ago and holy crap, I did not recall it basically being The Dukes of Sherwood/Robin and the Hood. Yeah, that was pretty much where Disney entered into its Animation Dark Age.

To me, the 60s/70s was among the best eras of Disney animation, with films like Sword in the Stone; Jungle Book; the Rescuers; and of course, the aforementioned Robin Hood. ...A quick fact check tells me that I mostly enjoyed the films directed by Wolfgang Reitherman.

OTOH, Rescuers Down Under was better than Rescuers 1, I never really liked or cared for The Aristocats and I could take or leave The Fox and the Hound.

I'll second Sword in the Stone and The Jungle Book though. Those were good and alright respectfully.

I don't remember enough of RDW to stack it up against the original... Perhaps I should rent it soon (always looking for movies to watch with my son).
I agree with you on Aristocats. Near-total snoozefest, that one.
I personally wouldn't count F&H as part of that era. Different decade and director(s). It is rather ho-hum either way, though.
Speaking of 80s Disney, The Great Mouse Detective is severely underrated, IMO.
And yes. I do recall The Great Mouse Detective coming out after that period and being one of the better takes on the Sherlock Holmes formula in general.

Haven't seen it since I was a kid, but I completely agree. I remember being terrified of the rat at the end when he loses his shit and goes berserk.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: July 07, 2016, 12:36:10 PM
I've been enjoying Brave Exvius as well. I really like how the story, graphics, and battles really recall FF 1-6 a lot.

As far as the character collection goes, well, I just got Kain. I think I'm good.
15  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 07, 2016, 09:41:18 AM
I finished reading Abaddon's Gate a couple of days ago. While I thought the first two books in The Expanse were really good, this one was excellent. Great sci-fi on every level. The only thing that made me sad was no Bobbie because she was my favorite character in Caliban's War, but I did flip through the fourth book in the series, Cibola Burn, yesterday at B&N and it looks like she may be coming back!

Now I'm working on Neverwhere. I had plans to reads this book ages ago. In fact I think I was planning to read it around the time I started this thread, but just never got to it until now. I can tell this is Neil Gaiman's first solo novel. The sense of wonder that he does so effortlessly in his novels post-Neverwhere isn't present in Neverwhere. I can tell he's really trying, but it just isn't quite up to snuff of his other books so far. I am still enjoying it though and I'm about a third of the way through.
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