• Anime,  Reviews

    Review – Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel And Dragon

    There’s a dated joke in poor taste by internet cartoonist Natalie Dee. On a blog post she states her intent to swap out a problematic epithet with a replacement: I am going to be replacing “retarded” with “rondo” from now on. I think that the word retarded is played out, and there is nothing more retarded than a Kia Rondo, so it seems to lend itself quite nicely. I know that Rondo in the sense of this anime’s title is actually a reference to music, but the term isn’t used properly there either, so forget it, let’s go for broke. I’m not sure why I decided to watch Cross Ange.…

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    Review – Escape to Candyland

    Some Instagram user once said “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” They were an idiot – the lights always go out for good eventually – but they always get lots of hearts on their statement, while reality gets no likes at all. A lot of us aren’t privileged enough to buy into fancy ideas of “some day.” We still find hope though, something to hold onto. That appears to be a running theme in the group of intertwined short stories and vignettes that are Yong Takahashi’s The Escape to Candyland. All of these stories tie in to Atlanta, Georgia in one way or another, with interspersed references and reoccurring background…

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    Review – Colony One

    Ever read a sci-fi book so good it makes you feel like it’s going to negatively impact the reviews you give for future books you read, or that you need to go back and lower past reviews you’ve written because other books simply can’t compare? Colony One, by author T. L. Ford, was that book for me. Despite it’s frankly unusual and forgettable cover with it’s strange lettering choice and come-hither blond woman on the front imposed over a picture of the earth, it’s actually a gritty tale of a woman who builds a company from scratch that ends up being a space station, backed by several crime organizations. Consider…

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    Review – Felicity Fell

    Amazon has an algorithm problem. When one thinks of lesbian erotica, they tend to think of two women sexually involved with each other. Who these stories are targeted may change depending on the author or the author’s skill but at their basic level that’s what’s expected on the tin: two ladies, totally enjoying each other. So why is it that searching for these types of stories on the Amazon marketplace gets an individual overwhelmed with DDlg stories, written by authors like Stella Andrews or Brianna Hale? Those have completely different target audiences! It is with this frustration in mind that author Shay Sands wrote the 63 page erotic short Felicity…

  • Gaming

    I Am Garbage at Shadowverse

    The last time I seriously played a collectible card game was Magic the Gathering – in the year 2000, when I was heavily into the Mercadian Masques set. I’ve picked up a few starter sets to play with friends now and again after the fact, but it was always dabbling and easily forgettable. My kids have a few Pokemon decks they’ve collected for the artwork, but none of them have ever really played the game. Digitally speaking, the idea of spending money on a card game is even harder to justify. Strangely, this has been less of an issue for a lot of the gacha style games I’ve played over…

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    Oh No I’m Old! State of The Blog and Moving Forward

    On August 14th, 1982, a teenager went into a small theater to watch The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, because this was the ’80s and what else were people going to watch? Apparently this woman laughed so hard she started having contractions and went into labor earlier than expected, and then had difficulty because the demon spawn inside of her had a head the size of an aircraft carrier. It’s me. I was that – no, I wasn’t the pregnant lady, I was the baby. In some ways, I still am the kid. It’s been 38 years. A lot has changed since then. The phone I carry in my pocket…

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    Review – Apocalypse Hero: A Dark Fantasy Gamelit

    Have you ever watched a friend pick up a game and try to play it with no knowledge of the mechanics or the world, but all the confidence in the world? That’s Dan Hanson, a former military man and “wage slave” who finds himself awoken from his hangover to a world where everything is Gamified. Armed with his steel core bat, a grudge towards his neighborhood, and more bravado than sense, Dan sets out less to save the day than to save himself. He’s been alerted to the fact a tournament is coming, and he has been chosen (against his will) to participate. Earth is being purged, and only the…

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    I Am Not Well

    There are people in this world that don’t have mental illness, which is weird to me. People who are normal and whose mind works properly, who aren’t burdened with knowing that when eugenics eventually gets adopted and only nonbroken people get to live I’ll be burned in the trashheap with the rest of the crazies. Probably alive, because who wants to waste money on killing crazy people, am I right? This post is going to discuss my decades of mental health, in a fairly sardonic way in hopes of sharing with others the types of struggles my mind deals with. It is not, at all, a guide to understanding certain…

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    I’ve Not Always Been An Ally

    I’ve been trying to do some self reflection lately. A lot of it isn’t good. I’m a flawed person. Anyone who knows me knows this. When they made me, they broke the mold. They beat the hell out of the moldmaker too. In that regard, I’m not really looking to fall on my sword here about how I was once this horrible person (or how I am a horrible person) and how I can change. I do, however, want to share two distinct stories. They show how I’ve come to the current head space I’m in, that is probably more liberal than some people would like. Not liberal enough for…

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    VS Review – Catgirl Doctor vs Dorm Room Cat-Girl

    Do you love catgirls? Then you’re going to love this special review, which pits two books together to show just where each one shines. In a way, they’re two good tastes that taste better together! I got the idea for this post after having just finished the second book we’re going to discuss. On my Twitter timeline, I see this post: Alright, folks!We gotta settle this! The best #OELN catgirl!Aiya vs Silva!@CSJames16 vs @BrandonBVarnell! May the battle begin! pic.twitter.com/5p0W4BAtKS — Ine Airlcana (@IneAirlcana) July 4, 2020 Well hot damn. Both of these books are solid. Both of these books approach the tropes and trappings of demi-humans with feline features in…