Anime Quick Reviews: Re-evaluating How Not To Summon a Demon Lord and Overlord

Housekeeping news: I routinely troll Jeff Hays of narratorial fame with requests for him to read explicitly bad books, known as "Cringe Theater".  And the cringe is strong in the series:  Troll: The First Three Books. Described by Jenny Nicholson as "The worst book ever written", it's chock-full of cringe at every moment, worse than… Continue reading Anime Quick Reviews: Re-evaluating How Not To Summon a Demon Lord and Overlord

The Escapist and criticism

I wrote about the art of criticism with the distinction between emotivism and criticism.  This one deals with criticism and politics. The impetus is the Escapist, which just came under new/old leadership.  One of their ex-employees left the company in 2011, and came back to it in 2017.  He wrote that when he came back,… Continue reading The Escapist and criticism

Geek Dad reviews “The Land” and Lazy Worldbuilding

This article starts off with this review: Geek Dad Reviews The Land I enjoyed the land a lot more than he did, but his review hits most of the same complaints that I had with it. Needless prompts and redundant information. Some of the later books give you the same information back to back to back.… Continue reading Geek Dad reviews “The Land” and Lazy Worldbuilding

Dungeon Lord: The Wraith’s Haunt by Hugo Huesca

Dungeon Lord (The Wraith's Haunt - A litRPG series Book 1) Tl;dr: 4.5 stars. Great setup to a new series with some caveats. This is not a dungeon core or monster core novel, and some of the initial setup doesn't have a direct payoff in this novel. Sub-genre: Creamy Action/Adventure LitRPG with small dungeon building.… Continue reading Dungeon Lord: The Wraith’s Haunt by Hugo Huesca

Apocalypse 2020, by James Witherspoon

I was given a copy of this book in advance, so my review may not be 100% accurate if he's changed anything. Tl;dr:  3.5 stars.  The book has potential, but it does take awhile to build up to see where things are going.  I.e. the game mechanics seem fairly dull at first, until you see… Continue reading Apocalypse 2020, by James Witherspoon