[Novel] The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon)

The Crying of Lot 49

Book

A psychedelic adventure with countless wacky characters that seeks to uncover an illegal underground post organization… when it’s not getting sidetracked by every single new weird thing on the road.

Positive: Negative:
Lively, entertaining prose
Overabundance of useless characters makes it hard to keep track of the important ones
Weird, almost psychedelic atmosphere
Keeps getting sidetracked and jumping all over the place making the plot hard to follow
Wacky, interesting, likable characters
The ending is kind of underwhelming
Immersing mystery driven plot
Good, fast pacing

[VN] Chaos; Head Love Chu Chu!

Chaos Head Love Chu Chu

I can’t believe I postponed checking this one out just because of the ridiculous title. What I expected to be just a random fanservice fandisc turned out to be a fitting epilogue to Chaos;Head main story that addresses pretty much every single issue I had with it and also offers some surprisingly good romance.

Chaos;Head isn’t complete without this and you simply have to play it if you enjoyed the original.

Positive:
Negative:
Quirky, 2chan inspired prose and dialogue
Doesn’t really offer a particularly riveting plot
Likable characters
I wish it was an eroge too 😦
Relatively good romance
Genuinely funny humor
Makes Chaos;Head complete

[Novel] The Man Who Folded Himself (David Gerrold)

The Man Who Folded Himself

Book2

A fascinating tale about time travel that actually focuses on various crazy phenomena of meeting yourself.

Positive:
Negative:
A very interesting premise
Basically, has just one character
A very unique approach to time travel stories
Focuses on but a single thing and would get repetitive if not for its short length
Engrossing plot
Good, thought-provoking story

[Game] Until Dawn

Until Dawn

Game

An interesting mix of telltale-like adventure and horror, though your decisions don’t have as much effect on the plot as you might think, even if they lead in saving the lives of characters.

Also, although Until Dawn starts pretty interesting the final reveal is silly enough to turn horror into comedy. That said, it’s still definitely a worthwhile if you’re a horror fan or just want to test the capabilities of your PS4.

Positive:
Negative:
Beautiful visuals
The plot turns kind of silly towards the end
Characters aren’t too bad
Quick time events can very easily upset your playthrough
The plot is pretty intriguing at first
Saving lives of characters doesn’t feel that rewarding when they’ve got no screen-time later anyway
Simplistic but fun adventure game-play
Doesn’t offer anything much to set itself apart in a significant way

[Novel] Paris Trout (Pete Dexter)

Paris Trout

Book

A thought-provoking story about justice and treatment of blacks in mid-twentieth century America.
Positive: Negative:
Interesting, profound characters Doesn’t stand out much from other works dealing in similar themes
Relatively engrossing plot
Enlightening on the period
Thought-provoking on humanity

[Nukige] Shoujo Minority

少女マイノリティ

Nukige

Shoujo Minority is one of those unfortunate cases where a nukige tries to focus more on the story than the actual porn. The nice art and above average plot still makes it a fairly pleasant experience, but you’ll have to sit through a lot of text in between the fun parts… and most of its scenes aren’t necessarily that titillating

Positive:
Negative:
Beautiful artwork
Too much plot distracts from the adult content
Interesting characters
Most ero scenes are average at best
Above average plot for a nukige

[Game] Nier

Nier Replicant

Game

An idiosyncratic action RPG that’s set in a world so weird it feels like an allegory for something.

Positive:
Negative:
Fantastic music
Characters feel a bit generic
Interesting, bizarre world that has a surprising amount of depth
Plot is a bit hard to follow
Interesting, unusual story… that only mostly kicks in second playthrough
Game-play gets a bit repetitive with waves of mob enemies
Good, memorable boss fights
Spells are way too overpowered