[Novel] The Magus (John Fowles)

The Magus

Book

A surreal adventure through a man’s growth to accept responsibility.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting, profound characters
A few parts can feel a bit slow on the pacing side
Surreal atmosphere
Exotic, fascinating location
Enthralling plot full of mysteries
Solid, well-written story
Thought-provoking on life and responsibility
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[Game] Into the Breach

Into the Breach

Game

An insanely addicting and satisfying turn-based strategy game that’s a bit bare-bones on the narrative and way too short for how good it is (I ended up beating the game with all teams because I just couldn’t let it end so soon).

Positive:
Negative:
Good atmospheric soundtrack
Bare-bones narrative
Fantastic, super addicting and super satisfying game-play
Too short

[Anime] Sangatsu no Lion

Sangatsu no Lion

Anime

Note: this impression is based on the first season of the show.

A shogi anime that’s more about its realistic, profound characters and fancy SHAFT animation than the actual sport. It has some stuff going for it, but the lack of clear goal and extremely slow pace bored the hell out of me.

Positive:
Negative:
Unique and artistic SHAFT animation
Dull plot
Realistic, profound characters
Extremely slow pace
Characters aren’t all that interesting
Fails to make shogi any interesting, or even explain it properly for that matter

[Game] Subnautica

Subnautica

Game

An survival game that focuses on underwater exploration that’s so freaking spooky it can double function as a horror game, especially in VR. It’s been a while since I was so bummed out by seeing a game end.

Positive:
Negative:
Beautiful underwater world design
The end-game vehicles become a chore to navigate
Fascinating, spooky setting full of mysteries
Achieving the ending feels more like busywork after you’ve explored everything
Effective, atmospheric music that pumps you up
Buggy VR support that can cause motion sickness
An absolute treat to explore
Surprisingly involving plot
Addicting survival game-play

 

[Novel] The Three-Body Problem (Cixin Liu)

Three Body Problem

Book

A fascinating extraterrestrial contact story that explores some deliciously thought-provoking scientific subjects and also offers insight into China’s history and culture.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting, likable characters
There are some slow parts around the middle that can get a bit boring
Engaging plot
Although telling a fairly self-consistent story, ends on a sequel bait
Thought-provoking scientific concepts
Enlightening on China’s history and culture

[Game] Metroid Prime

Metroid Prime

Game

Sometimes I wonder if my internet connects me to a parallel dimension where Nintendo games are different from the ones I’m playing, but my version of Metroid Prime was a fairly dull experience comprised mostly of backtracking and running in circles interspersed with some enjoyable boss fights here and there.

Positive:
Negative:
Relatively well-designed maps to explore
Dull colors and similar looking rooms make it too easy to get lost and miss things
Good boss fights
Tedious scanning mechanic obscures the story
Wii controls blow some fresh air on the FPS formula
A fairly slow and dull experience overall

[Novel] The Moviegoer

The Moviegoer

Book

A novel about a detached man who empathizes more with movies than his own life, which I thought I could relate to, but while I appreciated the characters, the novel failed to grip me from the beginning to the end.

Positive:
Negative:
Profound characters
Dull plot
Doesn’t really offer anything exceptional