• Reviews

    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.…

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    Review: Demimondaine: aka The Ugly Truth About Catgirls

    Way behind on my reading quota for the year, so I figured I’d cheat a little and grab something short and potentially sweet. So when I saw that Zoe Miller, the critically acclaimed author of such books as The Visitor and A House Full of Secrets, was doing literotica, I had to grab it quickly before it disappeared. Except, as it turns out, Demimondaine was not written by that Zoe Miller. Apparently, this Zoe Miller is a Brooklyn based author with a cult following on Archive of Our Own and Literotica.com, with a focus on lesbian and non-binary couples. With this in mind, I buckled down to read a book…

  • Life Update

    Out of Twitter Gaol

    I was in Twitter Jail for 8 days and not a single one of you came to visit me. None of you put money on my commissary. Not going to lie, I’m a little upset. But I get it. You all have your own lives to take care of. No time to deal with a criminal like myself. Or maybe you didn’t know? There may have been a trial; I wasn’t there when it took place. According to the e-mail I got, apparently I was convicted of breaking Twitter’s terms of service by posting speech that was Hateful. For example, I told someone not to “fuck a hornet’s nest and…

  • Gaming

    Reach For the Stars. Sometimes Literally.

    In real life, things aren’t going to well. I work long hours, I try to keep my children together, I try to keep a house from falling apart, and I try to keep from letting the bills fall further behind. It is not an easy or a fulfilling life, to be sure. Maybe that’s why, in the bits of spare time I can salvage, I try to get lost in other endeavors. It’s probably this mentality that makes the “another world” genre of fantasy so popular right now – when one can’t make their world a better place, it makes sense to escape to one that already is. It’s rather…

  • Life Update

    Addressing Life Changes

    I have been with my current spouse since December 2011. I moved from Montana to Illinois to start a new life, ultimately with her. In February of this year, most of that comes to an end: she has sought out and aquired a job teaching English in Korea. This is one of those things I am resigned to. It is what she needs to be happy and better chase her best self. Even if I did not care for it (and in many ways I don’t) I can’t stop her from going. Frustratingly, I don’t even know when she will be back. She may be back in a year; she…

  • Journaling

    An Open Apology to Someone I’ve Wronged

    The last week has had me doing a lot of self-reflection, in no small part because of the changes happening in my life and in part because of some drastic family news. Sometimes, when one can’t act, it’s easy to reflect and wallow. I’m not in a mood to wallow much longer, but in that time there were a few things I’ve done that I didn’t care for and wished to make right. I want to be respectful by how I address this apology; on the one hand, I don’t want this to be a call-out post that brings more negative attention to the individual than I’ve already given them,…