Final installment of the monthly “What has Lynn been up to?” post of the year 2014! :O I’ll see you again next year! For now, let’s just poke at what December has brought in terms of posting.
- Serial: A Promise Broken, 43
- The 2015 Sci-Fi Experience
- Monthly Goals November/December 2014
- Book Talk: The Second Mango
- Book News and a Hiatus Announcement
- Serial: A Promise Broken, 44
- Inking It Out 2015 Promo Post
- Book Talk: Demon Hunter and Baby
- Game Talk: Never Alone/Kisima Inŋitchuŋa
- Serial: A Promise Broken, 45
- Comments on those comments on VATMOSS
- Serial: A Promise Broken, 46
- Serial: A Promise Broken, 47
- Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episodes 11 & 12) ALL THE SPOILERS warning.
- Gaming Notes 2014
- 2014 Books by My Friends (and Myself)
- Favourite Reads of 2014
- 2014 in Writing
- Plans for 2015
Donegal Folk Tales by Joe Brennan: Alas, this book was brought low by the formatting and I not agreeing in the least. They’re about what you’d expect from the title, but I didn’t get on with the formatting. (I’m sorry. I’m a comma snob. I have flexibility when I’m reading for pleasure, but I’m still a comma snob.) I feel bad for the stories because I really did enjoy them. There were a couple of variants I’m pretty sure I hadn’t managed to encounter too. ^_^
Gaudete by Amy Rae Durreson: My thoughts to come in January. Sneak peek: This novella made it onto my ‘best of 2014’ list. Despite being a genre I ordinarily never read. (I’m a speculative fiction girl. It takes a lot to get me to like contemporary realistic fiction enough to finish it.) But this was adorable and gorgeous.
Kaleidoscope by various authors: It is a sad, sad thing when you’re reading an athology dedicated to showing diversity in YA and you spend every single story pleasantly surprised by the diversity in it. That’s not the anthology’s fault, of course, but the environment that anthology is published in. I really, really, really liked this anthology. Like all anthologies there were a couple of stories that didn’t work for me, but overall I was incredibly happy and impressed with them. ^_^ If you like YA fiction and diversity, this is well worth checking out.
Lightspeed 49: Women Destroy Science Fiction by various authors: My thoughts can be read in late January. For now, I shall leave you with this not-quite-a-spoiler: Eeeeee! SHINY.
Sisters of Icarus by Becca Lusher: Betareading was this, so… I’m shushing. I look forward to rereading it eventually, though. Becca’s decided to postpone the release for a while, but I know it’ll be worth the wait. ^_^
Under Nameless Stars by Christian Schoon: My thoughts are still percolating. I didn’t like it as much as the first book, largely because I didn’t much like Jules as a character, and because Zenn’s veterinary life takes an understandable backseat. (Also I wanted more Katie. *waves her Team Rikkaset flag*) I wouldn’t recommend reading this on its own nor with a large gap between this and the first book. It doesn’t stand alone well. It is, however, a fun space adventure story that didn’t quite go where I’d expected it to go. I’m just sad it’s a duology rather than something a bit longer because I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the universe at large. I hope to get my thoughts in order for a longer comment in January.
Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint: Yep. Still convincing my brain I need to finish this. (I adored what I read, but. Somehow I just can’t convince myself to pick it up again. It’s weird.)
Bravely Default Demo: It’s a game that I’ve been curious about for a while, so when I saw it had a demo I decided to give it a try. I enjoyed most of the demo, even though JRPGs aren’t really my thing. I’ve eventually bounced off all the ones I’ve tried. (It’s the random encounters, mostly.) It doesn’t tell you much about the storyline or the characters, which is a shame, but it does seem to showcase most all of the gameplay on offer and that’s what most people are after. All in all, I realise that I’m not the target market, but hopefully the fact that the demo manages to intrigue me enough to consider buying it at a reduced price to try anyway is helpful to people wavering. It’s got an interesting and versatile combat system that I quite enjoyed.
Dragon Age: Inquisition: It has finally stopped crashing every other cutscene. This game is pretty. Still not fond of the plot, although I give it kudos for switching gears so fast. Also, the companions. I’ve been having so much fun with the banter and conversations. Also, Dorian. And Krem. I REALLY WANT KREM IN MY PARTY. I suspect this one will take me forever to finish the first run of. I have thoughts and feels I have not the vocabulary for at the moment.
Catching Fire: I enjoyed this one! I’ve been very slow at watching the films, as you can see, but I did enjoy it. I’m not sure it worked the way I’d wanted it to since it felt like there were important bits missing, but I did like seeing it. (And apparently I still need to get used to films that end on cliff-hangers because trilogy.)
Mars Needs Moms: It’s a sweet idea and I enjoyed the (voice) acting, but it’s a predictable story and most of the developments only worked for me because That’s How The Story Goes. I was disappointed, even though I had pretty low expectations going into it. Still, it’s a film that I could see myself renting to watch with mum for Mother’s Day if I were a lot younger.
Sailor Moon Crystal: My thoughts are here. (ALL THE SPOILERS warning.)
Tron: Legacy: Eh. (Nope, apologies. That’s all I’ve got. Eh.) I was neither very impressed nor entertained. Maybe it would’ve helped if I’d seen the original first? I just spent most of the film going “And I should care because?..”