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31  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VIII on 3DS on: May 14, 2015, 11:25:48 AM
Oh man! I love DQVIII! I was unsure I'd ever play it again because it was such a long commitment, but now I might have to do it. New characters and new content on top sounds great.

Damn you, Square Enix!
32  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 14, 2015, 10:17:34 AM
I finished Saga of Hrafnkel Frey's Godi. It was short, and kind of messed up. Essentially, the bad guy won, which was kind of alarming. The moral of the story seemed to be that you shouldn't strive to be more than you're not or you'll get burned and humiliated by those with better social standings. Well, okay.

The library got in a copy of Wheel of Time #6, so I'm reading that now.
33  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 12, 2015, 08:05:38 AM
Well, I finished reading Dune. I thought it was just okay. I can see why it is an important step forward for sci-fi as a genre, but it hasn't aged well. The narrative is disjointed and the dialogue is stiff and awkward. I thought most of the characters were interesting at the very least with Jessica being my favorite. Try as I might though I couldn't find myself caring about Paul. His character is just all over the place. I loved the ecological science aspect of it, the relationship between the humans on Arrakis and the sandworms, and even some of the Bene Gesserit stuff. I just found that a lot of Herbert's cool ideas were never expounded on, and instead were merely alluded to in the vaguest terms (and yes, I did read the appendices). Given two hundred more pages for Herbert to actually explain some of his ideas and tighten up the narrative, I think it could have been a really magnificent book.

I won't be reading the rest, sorry DR.

I'm moving onto the Saga of Hrafnkel Frey's Godi. It's a short saga so it should only take me a day or two. After that, assuming it's available at the library, I'll be reading Wheel of Time #6.
34  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 06, 2015, 10:47:11 AM
I saw Avengers last night. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though I think I prefer the first Avengers. I thought the action was better, the story was less convoluted and had fewer plot holes, and the characters still had their own development. I feel like this one was a logical progression of the characters and the storyline Marvel built up in the Phase 2 movies. However, I think it suffered somewhat as a result of the larger story that is still building.

I still did really enjoy the Hulk vs Iron Man fight that the trailer teased. That was my favorite part of the movie.
35  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 01, 2015, 08:36:56 PM
I'm just going to drop this here so I can say that just LOOKING at this info graphic is exhausting




For every movie that I am actually interested in seeing (The Neil Gaimon "Sandman" being the big one) There are at least 5 that make me shake my head in disgust. 

Super hero fatigue is a real thing. 

O hai thar DC. Bout time you showed up to copy Marvel's success (yet again). Couldn't wait five more years for Marvel's actors to start aging out before dropping your own glut of Superhero movies, could ya'?

Sony is still proceeding with Sinister Six and other Spider-Man projects even with the new agreement with Marvel? I guess they could squeeze them into the MCU still, but would they have the same continuity of the Amazing Spider-Man series? My guess is no, but it's still curious to me that they'd proceed with them.

And to be honest, that list looks exhausting.
36  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 01, 2015, 08:17:45 PM
I've done the same for books that I really like. Usually I read them in ebook first, and if I think I want to own a hardcopy then I get one. The Mistborn series being the prime example. I read the first in ebook first, and when I finished I bought the hardcovers for the rest of the series. Not wanting to lug them around on the subway, I borrowed the ebooks from the library and read them that way.
37  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 01, 2015, 01:20:50 PM
Go to the library...

Why don't people go to the library? 

He just died, so they know people are going to want to read his material, so they probably stocked up in anticipation.

I like the library a lot.  But when you're just missing the final book in the series, why not actually buy it and have the whole thing?  Also, I think of myself as someone who'll go back and re-read his favorite books, and that has an impact on the situation.

I too frequent the library, but I also work for a book publisher so I get a lot of books for free and can get significant discounts when buying others. Though I still prefer physical books, I've become particularly fond of ebook lending at libraries (which is how I've been reading Wheel of Time).
38  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 01, 2015, 11:42:27 AM
Dune, eh? Good luck with it.  I thought the first one was OK, but hated the second, so I stopped there.

Yeah, I've heard that the series was not very good after the first book, so I'm only going to read the first book in the series and leave it at that.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game that took you the longest time to finish on: April 30, 2015, 02:29:41 PM
Adventure of Link. Started playing it in 1990, finally finished it in 1999.

And sadly that isn't even the hardest game I've ever tried to play. Finishing the original NES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still eludes me to this day. I can get to the final level, but since all of the enemies there are boss level enemies I've never been able to make it to Shredder.
40  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 30, 2015, 11:55:13 AM
Wow, triple post score!

I finished reading The Martian. At first I didn't really like the narrator's voice, but it grew on me as I kept reading and even made me laugh a few times. It's an excellent book. The science was fascinating, and I had a hard time putting it down at points because I really wanted to know what would happen next. Definitely one I'd recommend.

I was going to read Wheel of Time #6 next, but I'm in the process of getting a new library card, so it will have to wait. Instead I picked up Dune. I've had it sitting on my shelf for a long time now, so I'm glad to finally get to it. I know it is a beloved sci-fi classic, but I actually know very little about it other than it takes place on a desert world. I'm looking forward to see why it is such an endearing book to so many.
41  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 29, 2015, 10:58:41 AM
I'm just surprised that Toriyama wants to do Dragon Ball of any kind again. He was so burned out after the original run of the manga that it sounded like he was done with DB for good. I know that he did the short Jaco tie-in series and the Bardock one-shot in the last few years, but I'm surprised he'd make the commitment to producing an anime. I guess it could work out better for him since he'll just be doing the story and and maybe some storyboards. And with the anime being independent of an ongoing manga series we'll at least be able to avoid filler (unless the practice of multiple episodes of powering up comes back, but I doubt that will happen).
42  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: April 28, 2015, 04:42:46 PM
http://gematsu.com/2015/04/mighty-no-9-release-date-set-physical-version-announced

Necroing this thread like Inafune is necroing Megaman to post a link to a set release date of Sept 15 (though in all honesty, even if its not Megaman, I still expecting the release date to Jump Jump, Slide Slide).

No! Not the stupid Jump Jump, Slide Slide reference! Anything but that level!

Well at least we have a firm date now. I'll be getting it on Wii U (most likely digitally) unless there is a compelling reason to buy a physical copy like extra content.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 27, 2015, 04:31:11 PM
I watched My Neighbors the Yamadas yesterday. It was a good, cute, fun romp. The animation was unique and I loved the moments where it would suddenly get serious and more realistic. I don't know that I'll own it or watch it again, but it was fun nonetheless.
44  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 27, 2015, 04:18:20 PM
Double post score!

I finished reading The Saga of the People of Laxardal over the weekend. It's my favorite of the sagas I've read so far. The characters were all so rich and complex, and the women played much more vital roles in this saga than they have in the others I've read so far.

I'm now read The Martian by Andy Weir. I'd heard good things about it, and I've loved the "real science sci-fi" that has cropped up in the last few years so I decided to check it out. I can't say I really like the narrative tone. It sometimes reads like the blog of a fifteen year old girl, but the science is actually really cool and spot on so it makes reading it worthwhile. It makes me think this is what Robinson Crusoe would have been like had it been in space.
45  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 24, 2015, 10:55:51 AM
My fiancee and I recently watched the first three episodes of Daredevil on Netflix. It's really good, and I like how they've tied it into the Marvel Universe and the reconstruction after the "event." I'm not as familiar with the Daredevil comics as I am with the other big Marvel heroes, but from what I've seen it looks like it works really well as a TV show. I like the characters, the plots, and the action, and I've enjoyed how they've told Matt Murdock's back story so far.

I'm a fan!
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