[Novel] The Tragedy of X (Ellery Queen)

the tragedy of x

book

A competent but not exactly mind-blowing mystery novel about a man mysteriously killed in a packed bus in front of everyone’s eyes.

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Interesting, likable characters
Not exactly mind-blowing
A relatively clever mystery
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[Game] Iconoclasts

iconoclasts

game

A riveting adventure of a mechanic in a fascinating dystopian world on a very peculiar planet.

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Good, invigorating soundtrack
Outdated visuals
A thoroughly fascinating sci-fi mystery setting
Some of the plot is obfuscated by poorly written dialogue
Interesting, likable, relatively profound characters
Well thought-out, heavy-hitting story
Thought-provoking ending
Simple, but satisfying action-platformer game-play
Good boss fights

[Novel] The Old Wives’ Tale (Arnold Bennett)

the old wives' tale

book

A novel that narrates the entire lives of two very different sisters in late 19th century England and France.

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Sarcastic, thoroughly evocative prose that’s just a joy to read
Not the most original concept in the world
Interesting, likable, profound characters
Relatively engaging plot
Enlightening on late 19th century England and France
Thought-provoking on life

[Game] Minit

 

minit

game

Once you take the gimmick that allows you to advance your adventure only in one minute intervals, you’re left with a NES days Legend of Zelda clone that is both short and mostly unremarkable.

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An interesting premise where you have to complete objectives in one minute intervals
Painfully simple and unremarkable once you take the one minute gimmick away
Simple, but satisfying game-play

[Novel] Rite of Passage (Alexei Panshin)

rite of passage

book

The novel starts interesting by introducing a world of people living in spaceships and only descending to planets for a rite of passage to prove their survival skills, but the rest of the plot turns out to be a pretty generic coming of age story with more or a fantasy vibe than science-fiction.

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Interesting sci-fi setting
Predictable and dull plot
Likable, relatively profound characters
The story is nothing special
Thought-provoking about how deeply cultural differences can separate societies

[Novel] The Sheltering Sky (Paul Bowles)

the sheltering sky

book

A novel about a couple that bit a bit more than it could chew by figuring money was all they needed to survive in the alien culture of Morocco.

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Exotic setting
Predictable narrative
Interesting, profound characters
Never gets particularly exciting
A relatively engaging plot
Enlightening on Morocco culture in early 20th century
Thought-provoking on cultural disconnect