• Reviews

    Review – I Refuse to Be Your Enemy! Volume 1

    If Langrisser or Fire Emblem were to receive a shoujo isekai treatment, Enemy! would be the result. The story follows the tale of Kiara, a teenager in a fantasy world with a rough noble upbringing who finds herself essentially purchased off of her stepmother by one Count Patriciel, who intends to use her to solidify his power. This scares her, however, because she has flashbacks of her previous life as a teenager in Japan who played the strategy game “Farzia: Kingdom at War” and recognized from this that her fate is to become something of a midboss, attempting to kill the main hero before dying herself. Naturally, she doesn’t wish…

  • Fiction

    Using the Occult for Information on Covid-19

    So why did I decide to summon the dead? On Twitter, there’s this thread about a Professor at some college or another who put out a long e-mail in regards to, I’m not kidding you here, discuss his talking to famous dead scientist Louis Pasteur about what the “Corona Virus” is, where it came from, and how to stop it. Because why trust mainstream media, scientists of today, or even living fringe theorists when one can just call upon a dead French guy whose greatest claim to fame might be the process of making milk safer to drink? The shared e-mail comes off as borderline racist and particularly Nationalist, talking…

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    Review – Level Up: Serials by Alexa Sommers

    It’s hard to fully judge author Alexa Sommers‘s Level Up franchise in their entirety, as only three of the planned five books (and potential spin-offs) have been released. That said, they’ve proven to be a very interesting take on the “college conquest” and harem genres, wedding geeky references and witty banter with steamy wish fulfillment and managing to do justice to both romance and smut. Disclaimer: the above advertisement is an affiliate link. Making a purchase from this link may financially benefit the website. Dillion Strands is a 20 year old college student learning Game Theory and taking other classes to pursue his interests in game design. He has a…

  • Reviews

    Review – Feline Good

    Lana Kole is a romance author who does a lot of her marketing through the TikTok app, which was an unusual approach in my opinion. I’ve read so many romance books in the last year it isn’t even funny, but it’s refreshing to come across a good one. Feline Good is a stand-alone reverse harem about three cats turned into men, and it’s not even surprisingly good – it’s a-mew-singly so. It does a great job of showcasing the author’s voice, and it’s pretty much what one would be shopping for in this genre even if its supernatural elements are more camp than grounded. Disclaimer: the above advertisement is an…

  • Life Update

    Nominated For Mystery Blogger Award 2020!

    Well this is a rare treat. I’ve been nominated by Geeknabe, also known in Leth’s Lounge as Nabe-Chan, for the 2020 Mystery Blogger Award! Apparently, this is a super secret award that only the rarest of the rare get! Or maybe it’s like a blog chain and it’s pretty common. I don’t care, no one ever nominates me for anything, so this was a really nice surprise. What is the Mystery Blogger Award? The Mystery Blogger Award was created by one Okoto Enigma. They created it “because there are a lot of amazing blogs out there that haven’t been discovered” and “most of these blogs deserve recognition.” Once nominated, there…

  • Reviews

    Review – Sleeping With Hitler’s Wife

    “Hello,” he said, in fluent German. This sentence was found within the first couple of pages of Gary L. M. Martin’s latest work, Sleeping With Hitler’s Wife, and set my expectations of the novel floor low. I did not expect this nearly 600 page book to be good. And it’s not. But it’s a spectacular train wreck that’ll keep you warm at night long after you’ve bleached your brain from reading it. This book is a thing. It’s the sort of train wreck where you record video and send to your friends so they can gasp in horror with you. It is a thing that must be experienced to fully…

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    Review – Secret of Epping Forest

    I made a mistake. I went on a book spending spree, buying books Amazon recommended to me with no consideration for if they were good or not, if they were even the type of book I’d care for or not. Most of these books were more or less reasonably priced. The one we’re gonna look at today is $10, written and self-published by a cosplayer and model named Bridget Kathleen Pueppke. It isn’t very good, as you’ll learn, and not even in a fun or damning way. Disclaimer: the above advertisement is an affiliate link. Making a purchase from this link may financially benefit the website. Before I get to…

  • Reviews

    Review – WIEDERGEBURT: Legend of the Reincarnated Warrior: Volume 1

    As a general rule, I enjoy Wuxia novels as a premise but not in practice. They tend to be poorly translated, never-ending, and redundant. Often, the world building is forsaken and the focus is on how the hero cultivates their power, which won’t matter too much because in a dozen or so more chapters they are just going to need to cultivate it further. So when Brandon Varnell announced he was going to be publishing the cultivation-inspired serial previously only available to his Patreon subscribers, I was cautiously optimistic. I enjoy Varnell’s works, even if at times they come off as heavily inspired by anime tropes. Could he pull off…

  • Reviews

    Review – Endless Fantasy Online

    The Light Novel and anime series Sword Art Online is far from the first work of fiction to have players stuck in some sort of game world, but boy if it hasn’t been the springing point for so many writers hoping to borrow the trope. The Young Adult Fantasy genre is no stranger to authors jumping on and imitating the trope. Endless Fantasy Online feels like another one of these. It straddles the line between “competent” and “redundant” and while the result is far from perfect it still manages to be enjoyable. Disclaimer: the above advertisement is an affiliate link. Making a purchase from this link may benefit the website.…