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Someone much earlier mentioned 'The Amber Spyglass'. That's up there as one of my least favourite books of all time. I still quite like Pullman's newer stuff though.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 10, 2019, 09:53:49 AM »
I've been reading Patrick Kingsley's 'The New Odyssey' about the refugee crisis, and it's quite a harrowing and eye opening read. It's ridiculous how easily things could have been resolved if people were willing to set aside their differences rather than point fingers and kick the can down the road. It also provides yet another reason to hate President Sisi, because not only did he refuse to let Syrian refugees work in Egypt, he also tried to deport them back to Syria. I hope the current protests grow into something more and he goes the same way as Mubarak, but that's probably just wishful thinking.

Although, I felt the same way about Omar Al-Bashir, and he's now gone, so you never know.

I reached a boss in Dark Souls 3, I won't spoil which one, and hit a total brick wall. I spent a few hours grinding to a higher level and although I still couldn't beat him, I was doing a lot better. Then I found out the joystick on my controller was falling apart and I couldn't grip it properly. The joystick you use to direct your dodges.

So now I have to take a break while I wait for my new controller to arrive.

The great thing about living in the internet age is that unless the series is pretty obscure, you can look up the ending to a book without having to pay for it. So if you aren't really into a series but are curious as to how it ends, you don't have to keep on dragging yourself through it.

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Anime Favorites
« on: October 04, 2019, 08:55:09 PM »
I was at a party once where someone put on an episode of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. The entire episode was just a fight scene, but the combatants took a break after every move to explain what they were doing and how they were able to do it. It was amazing.

I bought a bunch of games lately and I've been trying out a few. Has anyone heard of that Devil May Cry reboot that came out a few years back that pretty much everyone hated?

That's what I'm trying out right now.

I finished Final Fantasy XV (The Royal Edition) a few days back and I loved it. It's going to be a long wait for volume one of the FF7 remake.

I also got hold of Greedfall, which is like a game from my dreams because a lot of the series I plan on writing are set in worlds based on the seventeenth century.

After many years I've started playing Skyrim again. And I am still not sure if this is actually a good game. There are a lot of things about it that are interesting and entertaining, but I can't shake the impression that it's just a pretty surface with no real substance below it. There is not really any gameplay. I am level 20 now and I am not feeling any difference to level 1. You keep getting new weapons and armor that have higher numbers on them, but there doesn't seem to be any difference. You can learn more spells to deal damage with other visual effects and to get further protection and healing, but combat is so easy that there doesn't seem to be any point to it. You can collect stuff, sell stuff, buy stuff, and make new stuff, but what is the point of any of that if the new stuff feels identical to the old stuff.

Someone told me that all enemies increase in power with you, but there are some that have a minimum power level and only start getting stronger once you have reached their power level. Which would mean that there are some areas of the world that you can only get through once you have reached higher levels. But I have not noticed any such places yet. So really, what is the point of anything.

I feel like the entire skill, magic, and equipment system could be removed from the game completely and it wouldn't  change the game at all. Now I do enjoy exploring new places in this world quite a bit, but it still feels like this game has no meat to it, and I can't see how people gush over it and play it for several hundred hours. I don't need games to be hard, but I think any halfway decent game has to challenge you to do a little bit of work to progress. This game doesn't. You can sleepwalk through the whole thing. And there isn't any meaningful story in the game either.

Skyrim is a game that has aged really badly. I sank hours into it is a child, but now I don't really have any intention of going back to it. The story is pretty bad, the combat is atrocious, the RPG elements are pretty badly thought out...

Skyrim was a groundbreaking game, but the games it influenced, like Breath of the Wild or the Witcher 3 all went on to do the same things so much better.

Of course, it's flaws are only made worse by Bethesda's total refusal to make the next game and let it die.

Writers' Corner / Re: "She said"
« on: September 27, 2019, 09:02:00 AM »

I've heard (quite a few times) that you're absolutely supposed to just use said. But that's usually from the same people who hate prologues and adverbs and omniscient POV and fun and basically all the joys of life soooo...

I'm with @Bender here. As a reader, I typically come across "said" overused and colorful variation *under-used* for my tastes at least. I've almost never seen variation overused.

I'm not a big fan of omniscient POVs and adverbs. Don't mind prologues though. A lot of people don't like them because they have a reputation for being used to dump exposition, but I hardly ever see that anymore.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: September 24, 2019, 09:03:43 PM »
Boris has repeatedly lied about various things and it hasn't hurt his career in the slightest. Him and Trump are going to get off scot-free like they always do. Though Trump probably will have an easier time of it than Boris. Boris is still answerable to parliament and the Party.

Writers' Corner / Re: "She said"
« on: September 22, 2019, 10:05:01 PM »
When I was in primary school the rule of never using 'said' on account of it being a boring word, was beaten into us. When I first started writing I would try to avoid using 'said' as a speech tag because of that.

When I was a bit older, a read a blog by an editor who argued that a writer should do the opposite, always use 'said' precisely because it blends into the background and you don't notice it. A speech tag shouldn't be integral to the prose, because it's jarring.

So now I pretty much always use 'said'.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Miscellaneous Musings about Books
« on: September 18, 2019, 01:37:45 PM »
I'm pretty excited to see what Joe does with this new trilogy. Quite a few of the ideas he mentioned in that article seem very interesting.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: September 18, 2019, 01:36:36 PM »
I went to Wales recently, and it was quite a surreal experience. Wales is far more linked to England than Scotland and Ireland, it's even part of the Kingdom of England (Which is why the Welsh dragon isn't on the Union flag), but they still have their own language, which has nothing at all in common with English and quite a lot of them still speak it. It was at once like being in a foreign country and being in the same country, if that makes sense.

General Discussion / Re: Pets
« on: September 16, 2019, 08:19:04 AM »
At my house right now, we have four cats and some chickens, although I wouldn't consider the chickens pets. In the past, we've had another cat, a dog and two pigs.

The dog was a labrador. He was greedier than both the pigs put together.


I think that depends on the book and the reader, though. I remembered being quite fascinated with Eragon the first time I've read it. For the love of me I wouldn't go back to re-read it again.

I did go back to re-read it again once. I knew it wouldn't hold up, but it still was far worse than I had expected. The book simply has no plot. Sure, things happen, but none of it is causally connected.

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