[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

[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.

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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

[Novel] Sacred Hunger (Barry Unsworth)

Sacred Hunger

Book

An interesting historical novel centered on British slave trade in the early days of colonized America.

I ended up being more interested in the setting than the actual characters or the plot though… which was sometimes pretty hard to follow as it jumped between a million different points of view.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting historical setting
So many characters and different POVs it’s easy to get lost
Enlightening on the early days of slave trade
The pacing can feel a bit slow at times