The Use and Abuse of Tropes: Anime edition

So I've been watching animes recently and several of the shows, even the ones I like, fall under the use and abuse of tropes.  As a refresher, tropes are often literary shorthands for conveying a scene's idea.  An example is several shows have a newcomer who initially butts heads with an old military general, until… Continue reading The Use and Abuse of Tropes: Anime edition

Michael Scott-Earle getting banned, Jason Cipriano banned, and a new trademark kerfuffle

Tl;dr:  Sign this petition to get the two authors reinstated.  If you want to find out what's going on with Jason, see his blog post here and find out where to get his books. Anyway, the sad news is both authors have been terminated with Amazon for right now.  Fans are sending emails to jeff@amazon.com… Continue reading Michael Scott-Earle getting banned, Jason Cipriano banned, and a new trademark kerfuffle

Bathos and Bad Writing: Mass Effect Andromeda and Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This is a quick look at a problem that I have with some stories.  The problem is inappropriate bathos. Bathos is when a writer goes from a serious moment to a silly or stupid moment and vice versa. Quite a few works in Urban Fantasy tend to suffer from this, partially because of the Ur-Figure… Continue reading Bathos and Bad Writing: Mass Effect Andromeda and Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Orconomics/The Dark Profits Saga is a GameLit Masterpiece

There's a lot to enjoy about The Dark Profits Saga.  The cast features a rich and diverse group that acts as counterpoints to each other.  This is difficult in a book that a pretty large main cast, so whenever an author can pull it off, it's impressive and good to learn from. What's more impressive is… Continue reading Orconomics/The Dark Profits Saga is a GameLit Masterpiece

When to put the outside World in: Far Cry 5

In several of my articles, I've mentioned the perils of putting the outside World in the game.  Even though there are books which integrate both aspects well, there hasn't been a case where I could point my finger at something and say definitely, "This is where something is lacking because the author didn't talk about… Continue reading When to put the outside World in: Far Cry 5

A Review of Dominion of Blades and doing social issues in fiction

Tl;dr:  Four stars.  Hits all the marks, but suffers from pacing issues and some bloat in areas that undercut the novel.  Audio narration is on point, highly recommend listening to it. Long Review, Spoilers So, this is a review that isn't going to be so much about the book.  It's going to be the elephant… Continue reading A Review of Dominion of Blades and doing social issues in fiction

Short follow-up reviews: Delvers LLC 3, Viridian Gates 4, Ascend Online 3. Or 2. Because Canada

Some quick reviews and updates for series I've been following.  At a glance:  Delvers 3:  5 stars.  Viridian Gates 4: 4.5 stars, Ascend Online 3/2(?) 4.5 stars.  I'd heartily recommend getting the books and their predecessors, they're all fantastic. These are all quick reviews since I've already done the main reviews of these books before,… Continue reading Short follow-up reviews: Delvers LLC 3, Viridian Gates 4, Ascend Online 3. Or 2. Because Canada