[Novel] The Dispossessed (Ursula K. Le Guin)

The Dispossesed

Book

An interesting study of pros and cons of utopian socialist and capitalistic regimes that unfortunately comes off a bit dull at times due to bland characters.

Positive:
Negative:
Fascinating setting
Bland characters
Thought-provoking on various regimes humans could abide to
Can be hard to follow when it keeps jumping between two timelines

Italy 2017 (Milan, Florence, Rome, Vatican)

ItalyI tend to meticulously log my expenses and as I was doing it for my upcoming USA trip I figured I might as well post the details of my relatively budget trip to Italy earlier this spring.


Milan (04/21 Fri) [105€]


11:00 – 12:00 Plane Lunch 8€
13:55 – 14:55 Bus 5€ (Malpensa Airport -> Milan)
15:00 – 16:00 Hotel – Milano 71 Apartments (5/5) 52€

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16:00 – 17:00 Food – Luini Panzerotti (3/5) + Cioccolati Italiani (4/5) 10€

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17:00 – 20:00 Sights (3/5)

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[Game] Salt and Sanctuary

Salt and Sanctuary

Game

I was afraid to get my expectations too high before going it, but darn, this game genuinely feels like a 2D Dark Souls.

Positive:
Negative:
Artistic visuals
Story is nearly impossible to follow
Dark, creepy atmosphere
Loads of missable NPCs
Exploring the world is loads of fun
Great, responsive game-play
Great boss fights
Challenging difficulty

[Novel] The Alienist (Caleb Carr)

The Alienist

Book

A fascinating murder thriller in the late 18th century New York.

Positive:
Negative:
Flowing, easy-to-digest prose
The story is nothing necessarily groundbreaking
Fascinating historical setting
Cool noir-like atmosphere
Interesting, likable characters
Engrossing plot with lots of twists
Thought-provoking on psychopathy

[VN] Silverio Trinity

シルヴァリオ トリニティ

A sequel to Silverio Vendetta that capitalizes a bit better on its interesting setting and is woven together tighter, but offers a less interesting cast of characters and even worse pacing.

Release: 2017 (light)
Writers: Kurashiki Tatsuya, Takahama Ryou, Morima Marimo
                    Aya/Gilbert – 3/5
                    Mistel/Dainsleif – 3/5
                    Rain/Kerberos – 3/5

                    True/Helios – 3/5
Japanese difficulty: V. Hard
English: Not Available
Ratings: VNDB (8.32); EGS (8.21)

Visual Novel

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[Game] Obduction

Obduction

Game

A worthy spiritual successor to Myst that shares both most of its strengths and weaknesses.

Positive:
Negative:
Beautiful visuals Lots of frustrating, tiresome puzzles
Cool, mysterious atmosphere Story is really hard to follow
Surroundings tell the story Not for those easily bored