REVIEW: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

This review is spoiler-free. Despite having a cinephile as a close friend, I don't see a lot of movies in an actual theater. Even discounting the last few years of shutdown, going to a theater was still fairly rare. It only happened when there was a film interesting enough to get one person riling everyone … Continue reading REVIEW: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

REVIEW: Origins of the Wheel of Time

Robert Jordan's megalithic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time, holds a special and complicated place within my heart, like it does for many modern writers of fantasy. It's a series which I love, but never dare recommend due to its length and inconsistent pacing. Michael Livingston's recent release, Origins of the Wheel of Time, is … Continue reading REVIEW: Origins of the Wheel of Time

REVIEW: Ruins of the Lost Realm

The thick red leatherbound second edition of The One Ring (TOR) roleplaying game enchanted me the moment I opened the Kickstarter reward. Reminiscent of the "Red Book of Westmarch" described in Tolkien's prologue to The Fellowship of the Ring, that volume's illustration, graphic design, and rules design together presented a game which said to me, … Continue reading REVIEW: Ruins of the Lost Realm

REVIEW: The Spiral

Disclaimer: The author of this work, Nikki DeKeuster, is one of my colleagues and friends. I was a beta reader for her connected novelette Red String. I was not solicited to review her debut novel. The finest compliment I can give to a work of fiction is my time. I bull-rushed through the back half … Continue reading REVIEW: The Spiral

2020 Reading List

During the 2019 holidays, I had a conversation with my sister about our reading habits. At this time I didn't feel like I read all that much. More than the average American, surely, but probably right around the "one book per month" goal she was considering. Consequently, I decided to spend time this year (2020) … Continue reading 2020 Reading List

Review — A Rough Guide to Glamour

The Jonstown Compendium—Chaosium's community content program for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha—has on offer a variety of fan-produced game supplements, all in digital formats. Until now! A Rough Guide to Glamour, from Nick Brooke, Chris Gidlow, and Mike Hagen, is the first release on the storefront available in hard copy, printed on demand. Consequently, this review will … Continue reading Review — A Rough Guide to Glamour

Binge-Streaming and the Mini-Series

With the rise and continued growth of services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon's Prime Video, the way in which many people consume stories has changed. Before these streaming services, film stories were presented for consumption in basically two ways: serially over television, or in a one- to three-hour block, as a movie. There were … Continue reading Binge-Streaming and the Mini-Series

Weekly Update – 8/30/17

Hello, Internet! My week's been swell. Got an absolute boatload of reading done (some of it not exactly on purpose), so it's obviously been a good time. I managed to get through both of my goals from last week - although they weren't particularly strenuous - and I heard back and was accepted to an … Continue reading Weekly Update – 8/30/17

Weekly Update – 7/12/17

Hello, Internet! Let's get to it, shall we? Writing I've been... middling productive, this week. I honestly haven't spent much time working on Rule (or any other piece, for that matter), and this upcoming week I'll be out of town for about 4 days, so it's unlikely that I'll be productive. Now, the good news is … Continue reading Weekly Update – 7/12/17

Review – The Shadow of What Was Lost (2016 Edition)

James Islington's debut novel, The Shadow of What Was Lost, begins as a deceptively stereotypical coming-of-age fantasy. However, it doesn't take long for the story to develop, and breathe fresh life into well-used tropes of the genre. Even with a slightly unsatisfying climax, I deeply enjoyed this book as a whole. It's a good fantasy, and a great adventure. 8/10.