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2016-08-09 06:31 pm
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Some Tom Sharpe sex scenes

On request, here are some brief excerpts from a couple of Tom Sharpe books, namely the sex scenes (or almost-sex scenes). I think he writes this subject pretty well.

The first quote is from Ancestral Vices, because that's the better book.

In this, Walden Yapp is a university lecturer with strict socialist ethicial standards. Away from home, he finds himself lodging in the house of the well-endowed but married Mrs Rosie Coppettt, a lady of low intelligence. This causes him to fall into a rapid and severe moral crisis as he becomes infatuated with her.

Thanks to his Mother's high-minded neglect and his aunt's devotion to low-Church ethics, he regarded such affairs with Puritan contempt. )

The second extract is from The Gropes, a book that isn't Sharpe's best but has a rather touching sex scene in it. In this extract, Horace, an unpreposessing middle-aged man is on the run away from his wife with a suitcase of money which he has hidden from her. Up until this point, Horace's experiences have led him to believe that women aren't interested in sex apart from those few 'nymphomaniacs' one of whom he'd very much like to meet. In Barcelona in his hotel bar he encounters Elsie, a friendly middle-aged woman with her own story.

My old man was a bloody brute. Used to knock me about something horrible. My name's Elsie, by the way, and you are? )

By the way, it ends badly for both of these men, and exceedingly so. But not for Elsie, who gets one of the few happy endings I've ever read in a Sharpe novel.
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2016-08-08 07:43 pm

Books: Ancestral Vices by Tom Sharpe, The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar strongly reminded me of a Doctor Who script, in the best way possible. It's a hugely imaginative book set in an alternate reality Victorian London in which the royal family are all lizards and many of the characters are literary or historical figures. It could easily be a Who multi-parter from any of the series. There's lots of other Who nods as well - robots, whales, clockwork contraptions.

I've listened to a few Doctor Who radio plays and they didn't quite scratch the itch, but this definitely felt like a superior novelisation, albeit one without the Doctor himself. This was a nice surprise and I enjoyed my read.

The downside is that there were parts that were definitely unpolished, both in ways like unnecessary repeated word use, and also a general lack of pacing, tying up of plot points and character development. Also, heterosexual love interests aren't this writer's strong suit. The main character had a deal more chemistry with a random sailor he met on a boat than with his own girlfriend. The plot revolves around the main character's supposedly overwhelming love for his girlfriend, so this was a problem. Another issue was that the book is set in London but the writer doesn't seem to be fluent in British English, at least going by the jarring mistakes in some of the slang. The London scenes did lack a sense of authenticity. There are so many books that do London excellently, for instance Rivers of London, so this did stand out. Luckily the second half of the book takes place at sea and on a tropical island. Those scenes were much more vibrant and also pacier.

I'd definitely read the other books in this series (there are three of them) butt I'd hope they were a little more polished. This one still had unfulfilled potential. (7/10)

Ancestral Vices by Tom Sharpe is supposed to be one of his better ones and I'd agree. He's an intelligent writer and this book is a proper satire about the class system, the police, academia, the uncontrollable nature of lust and nearly anything else you can think of.

I didn't realise it at the time, but going by current Amazon reviews, I have a feeling that Sharpe's books became popular in a kind of Pub Landlord kind of way, in that most of the people who bought his books took his most satirical characters at 100% face value. For instance, there's a judge here who hates lesbians and feminists (as well as nearly everybody else) and has the most horrible things to say about them. "Oho!" say the reviews. "Sharpe's not very politically correct, not one for the feminists!"

I think Sharpe might actually be the second most feminist novelist I've ever read, after Charlotte Bronte. Fair play to him, that he managed to take money off both the anti-PC brigade at the same time as those on completely the opposite side of the spectrum. Alf Garnett from Death Do Us Part would be another example of this phenonemon, an angry gay-hating, xenophobic character who was supposed to be satire but became beloved by racists and homophobes. It's a long-running trait in British culture.

Anyway, Ancestral Vices is about a radically socialist university lecturer hired by a horrible old rich toff to write a book and dig up dirt on his family, so as to annoy his reams of relatives. Calamity ensues, involving mainly dwarves and dildos.

Surprisingly, there's a substantial section of the book which deals with persons of restricted growth, as the book also calls them. Less surprisingly, terrible things happen to them, because terrible things happen to everyone in a Sharpe novel. By the end of the book Sharpe does balance things nicely and have a wide variety of all kinds of characters, some good and bad, some with a tragic ending and some triumphant. It's a skill I've got to admire. Sharpe never picks on a minority without balancing it out in some way, even though his books never have happy endings.

This book would be even better if it had sharper pacing in the middle, where it slows a little. Also, some of the jokes fall flat because they're just too unbelieveable or reaching too hard for the lowest common denominator. But still it's got some amazing passages, and I can only admire the sharpness and sense of riotous freedom.

Here's a taster quote: "The Sergeant shook his head in disbelief. The notion that anyone could find anything remotely resembling carnal pleasure with an enormous turtle was even less appealing to think about than that fucking pig."

That's the first eight chapters kind of summed up, for better or worse. (8/10)

Currently reading: Sorceress of Darshiva by David Eddings. I'm enjoying the whole made-up fantasy history aspect of it, but I don't think the writer does women that well. His male characters are fun, though.
Also: The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass. This is my third attempt at reading this novel and surprisingly, I'm enjoying it this time.
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2016-07-23 12:34 pm

Book review: The Gropes by Tom Sharpe

Tom Sharpe novels are full of terrible people doing terrible things. I loved his books as a kid. When you're repeatedly instructed that adults are wise people who should be respected and obeyed, there's nothing more subversive than discovering a funny book about adults misbehaving in the most shocking of ways. As an adult, I already know that people can be appalling. It's actually kind of depressing and I don't want to be reminded of it so much.

One of Sharpe's earliest books, Porterhouse Blue, is still a very good satire about the British university system. Unfortunately, The Gropes is not a satire. It's barely even funny, and the characters are drawn too far from life to be a commentary on anything.

The whole book has rape as its premise. I think there were over a dozen rapes in the first chapter alone. It starts off with Vikings raping women, but soon settles into its main theme, which is generations of ugly Grope family women kidnapping and force-marrying men. If this book had been written by a women I'm pretty definite it would be labelled as "feminism gone mad". As an elderly male figure of the establishment, there's barely a murmur about in in the reviews. The funny thing is that Sharpe is probably a femininst of sorts. His women are allowed to be ugly or beautiful, stupid or clever, weak or strong, but they're always very definite personalities and they're always influential to the action.

The one explicit sex scene in the book is really good, a touching hook up between a middle-aged man and woman. I've noticed that comedy writers often do the best sex scenes.

Sharpe also has wonderful flow to his sentence stucture. This may be not such a great book, and it's really short and ends strangely, but he still hasn't lost his rhythm. (6/10)

Currently reading: Bookman by Lavie Tidhar, set in an alternate-reality London where lizards are the royal family. It's incredibly imaginative so far, but not so good on plot or pacing.
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2016-07-20 11:41 pm

Good books, bad books: Teen vampires, Irish myths, sci-fi journos, fantastic fantasy

Books I've read recently:

- Marked by Kristin & PC Cast
This was a profoundly terrible book. Not in its prose, which was fine enough. It was in its casual homophobia, its obsession with women being sluts, and complete lack of understanding of the concept of sexual consent. For instance, there was one early scene in which a girl forces oral sex on a boy, and the narrator is appalled because it's disgusting for him to be using her like that. Yes, really. The boy, who is repeatedly saying no, is the one who is using the girl. Disgusting! This same narrator seems to live in fear that she might accidentally do or say something slutty, wear slutty accessories, drink a glass of water that turns out to be a total slut... well, I might be embellishing with that last one. But she does have a severe and bizarre problem. I swear that "slutty" was the most common adjective in the book. Naturally, apart from the narrator, most of the female characters in the book are "sluts". One exception is the colourless female mentor figure whose interesting name raised my hopes for a second only to dash them. Another rare exception is the grandma, who is literally a magical native American. She can do magic. Yes. And her function is purely to tell the narrator how special she is. Of course.

Then we meet the gay best friend, and that's when I had to put the book down for good at about page 100. This guy is actually kinda cute, we're told, not like your usual "swishy girly-guy" gays, not like one of those. The sad thing is that you can tell that the authors are super pleased with themselves because they're being so progressive. (2/10)

- Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens (link to free ebook)
Now this is more like it. I can't believe I went my whole life without coming across this before. It's utterly beautiful. Sweeping, soaring prose. Funny, daring and unexpected plot twists. I can't do it justice, so here are some quotes:

"I became the king of the salmon, and, with my multitudes, I ranged on the tides of the world. Green and purple distances were under me: green and gold the sunlit regions above."

"A well-packed question carrries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell."

"Still, if you keep on driving a pig or a story they will get at last to where you wish them to go."

This collection of Irish fairy tales was first published in 1892 and lavishly illustrated by Arthur Rackham. I read the unillustrated version for reasons of file size. Now I want to buy a great big paper copy so I can re-read this over and over again and enjoy the drawings as well. The only slight negative were the first and last tales, which were a little dull. But the meat of the story, about Fionn Mac Cuil, was just fantastic. I'd never heard these tales told from quite this angle before. It felt like a lot of liberty had been taken with the originals and I loved it. (8/10)

- Southern Fire by Juliet E McKenna
And if I thought the last book was good, this one blew my socks off. I can't wait to read the sequels. This was an intelligent pageturner, and I can give few better compliments than that.

It's classic fantasy, the main character being a warlord of a tropical island, living a life of ease and political intrigue among his slaves and many wives until a brutal magical attack from the south changes his world. There is a second point of view character but they don't get introduced until much later on. However, they turn out to be the real star of the book, and the two main characters have fantastic chemistry even before they meet. I don't want to give too much away. Unfolding the many layers of this society and the characters in it gave me so much joy.

Let me count the ways that I love this book. Firstly, the writer really knows what she's doing. The more I got into the story the more apparent this was. It's been too long since I felt that, perhaps since the Hunger Games. The pacing is excellent and never at the expense of characterisation.

Next is the worldbuilding. I'm fascinated by fictional universes which include slavery/servitude (Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde is also another favourite of mine). In this book, it's the good guys that own the slaves. There's so much dramatic potential in that. The issue did go a tad unexplored, simply because there were no non-slavery modern-type cultures to contrast with. But the examination of the consequences of slavery was still interesting - for instance, in this culture, a nobleman is not even regarded as being of age until he owns his first slave (invariably a trained bodyguard). And these are the characters that the author wants us to sympathise with, the slave-owners. It takes persuasive writing to do that.

The descriptions of the people, food, islands and buildings are brilliant. There was never a single point in the book that felt awkward or confusing. The only one downside was the warlord's love of augury. Part of his duties to his people were to read the signs - in the stars, in entrails, in the flight of birds and so on. There were a lot of descriptions of this. It was in character, but I did end up speed reading through them.

Still, looking forward immensely to the next book. (9/10)

Sjambak by Jack Vance (link to free ebook)
A quick one to finish. Sjambak is a short sci-fi tale from the 1950s. A journalist goes in search of a big scoop on a backwater planet after he hears a tall tale about an impossible Headless Horseman in Space. I'm a big Jack Vance fan but this is one of his lesser novellas. However, it still has his trademark humour and expert pulpy storycraft.

Classic golden age sci-fi! Space adventures! Mysterious legends! It doesn't quite deliver like his best work does, but it's still an enjoyable way to pass a few hours. (7/10)
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2016-06-29 10:28 pm
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Ace Attorney Mini Bang sign ups until 3 July 2016

I'm not running it this year! Hooray! I enjoyed it at the time, but then I was very glad it was over.

This year, it's not a B I G BANG! It's a mini-bang. Which sounds delightful and definitely less noisy.

Sign ups are until 3 July, so there's still several days to sign up at
[community profile] aceattorneybigbang.
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2016-06-29 06:06 pm
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Some nice short books: Carmen by Merimee, Siddartha by Hesse

Why are most modern novels so long, or at least the printed ones? Is it to do with typesetting costs? That's one good thing about ebooks, they can be any length.

As a reader, I definitely prefer novels as opposed to short stories. But as a writer, to go from nothing to a full-length novel in one bound is a bit much.

According to the Wikipedia page about AO3, the archive hosts more very short works than long ones, but readers prefer the longer works. The average very short story received fewer than 150 hits, while novel-length works are more likely to receive around 1,500 hits.

Anyway, this week the books I read were all pretty short.

Carmen by Prosper Mérimée, is from 1845. Here's the link to the free Gutenberg ebook, an excellent translation by Lady Mary Lloyd. It's that translation that most impressed me. The writing was so clear and alive, and the local references so descriptive, especially for a book from so long ago. Carmen is just a fantastic character. Charismatic, amoral and intelligent, she runs rings around everyone else. It's this surprisingly modern depiction of an anti-heroine that lifts the story.

The first part of the story is rather dull, setting up how the narrator came to hear the tale of a bandit, and the last one is just writer's notes, but the three brief chapters inbetween are thrilling, about smuggling and Romani life in the Spanish hills. (8/10)

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse is also a shortish book, this time from 1922. (Link to the free Guterburg ebook). It's about the spiritual journey of the main character, Siddhartha, who not only shares a name with Buddha, but also meets him as a young man.

My first impression of the book was that it was unexpectedly homoerotic. The main relationship Siddhartha has is with his male best friend, Govinda, and we are both told of Govinda's love, and shown it as he follows the main character round like a puppy. Govinda drops out of the story for a while, but by the end Siddharta meets him again, providing the book's final, and almost shockingly sensual scene. However, all the sex in the book (and there's a lot of it) is firmly hetrosexual. It was even done quite well, which was a pleasant surprise.

Siddhartha is allowed to start off as a callow, rather stupid young man, and then grow up a little. That was the book's big plus point for me. He never really matures entirely, but he's definitely better at the end of the book than at the start, when he could be the encyclopedia illustration of an entitled, moping youth. I was never convinced of his conclusions, but he definitely worked hard for them. (7/10)

Currently reading: Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens - the prose is just great.
Also reading Marked by PC & Kristin Cast. A teen vampire novel, because I've never read one yet. Unfortunately, this one has some really dodgy ethics involving consent. Surprise surprise, I suppose. I'm hoping the protagonist will have some kind of character arc where she realises her mistake, but I'm not holding my breath.
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2016-06-21 11:32 pm
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Books: Maurice Leblanc, Dan Simmons

I finished two books this week, which is good going for me recently.

Arsene Lupin by Maurice Leblanc (the link takes you to the free ebook version on Gutenberg) is a collection of short stories about the eponymous gentleman thief and master of disguise. In these light, implausible tales, Lupin is an almost unstoppable force against the bumbling French police force, reducing the tension considerably.

In the final story, the cast is enhanced by the surprise appearance of a fictional character that most people will recognise, and which I won't spoil in case you decide to read this.

The collection is topped and tailed by Lupin's meeting with a potential love interest. This adds a much needed vulnerablility as he wrestles for seemingly the only time with his criminal career choice because it may put him in an unfavourable light with her. All in all, an amusing read. 7/10

Hyperion by Dan Simmons, on the other hand, is a longer book, a dense science fiction tale with many literary references and a lot of world building. The main structure is based on the Canterbury Tales, with seven travellers on a pilgramage telling their stories. I admired the ambition to the book. It truly is a tale spanning time and space. The action sequences are very well done, something I didn't expect given the careful use of language in the more philosophical passages.

However, the writer is kind of obsessed with breasts. I gave up counting how many times he used the word, or how many ways he described them. This was just an amusing oddity until the last tale of the book. Then it unfortunately became enough to outweigh most of the good stuff, especially as the author was so intent on telling us about some barely legal breasts, their colour, their weight, the shadows falling under them, about when they were wet, or in the sun - oh, and by the way, did he mention yet that these breasts were barely legal and belonged to a "childwoman"? Only a couple of times each page. Not to mention that this passage was supposed to be presented by that woman's grandson. The rest of that final tale was a similar mismash of absurdity and unbelieveable motivations. Not that the sex scenes in any of the other tales were much better. There was a sex scene told from a female character's point of view in which her greatest moment of transcendental ecstasy is when the man comes. Some writers just can't write sex, yet insist on doing it. 6/10 (for the ambition and worldbuilding, I won't be continuing with this series)

Currently reading: Carmen by Prosper Merimee, which shouldn't take me long. It's barely a pamphlet.
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2016-05-26 05:47 pm
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Books: Chabon, Gregory, Simmons

I finished The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, after a long gap during the middle of the book where I put it down. Up until the middle, I was sure it was going to join my favourite books list without a doubt, and when I eventually picked it up again I was still hoping that the story would make a recovery after the sudden and horrifically sad direction it took. Unfortunately, it did not, and the book ended on a long, miserable drawn-out and ultimately boring note, after starting with so much promise.

After that, I turned to The Cousins' War series of novels by Phillipa Gregory. Not something I had chosen for myself, these were a present. The books are set in Tudor times and I really appreciated that they were firmly told from the perspective of women. I was watching the new Hollow Crown series of Shakespeare history plays on the BBC at the same time, and it was fantastic to have the female characters from that more fleshed out, even if the versions of the stories were often at odds with each other. My main worry with the books was that they would be dull bonkbusters that stomped all over history. This was not really the case. A lot of research had obviously gone on, and characters were allowed to have genuine beliefs in witchcraft etc that seem ridiculous to modern eyes. The main failing, instead, was that the author seemed to have convinced herself that her version of history was the right one, in a similar way to a fanfic writer who convinces themselves that their version is more canon than the one by the original creators.

Another problem was that Gregory's prose can be very repetitive. She likes to remind us every single chapter who all the characters are and what relation they stand to each other, even when they are major characters like the husband of the narrator who we've known for ten chapters. Still, I was glad to have read this series. They've given me a genuinely new perspective on that time period.

Current reading: Hyperion by Dan Simmons. It's science fiction based on the structure of the Canterbury Tales, and so far it's ticking all the boxes of many of things I like: epic world-building, dense cultural references and weird non-human cultures.
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2016-04-07 11:43 pm

Delightful writing

I was just listening to Classic FM and they just called video game music "a delightful genre" and then they played some of the soundtrack from Everyone's Gone to the Rapture. I have not yet played that game, but I have listened to the music from it because it is indeed nice. I love this modern world we live in, filled with lovely things which can be found in many places.

I took a huge writing break last year after I failed spectacularly to finish my Big Bang fic, even though I'd even become a mod for that event just to make sure it took place. Didn't help that my laptop died partway through, either.

I've got a new writing machine now (actually a Windows tablet netbook, very nice and light and runs a lot less hot on the knees), and I've just joined a new writing challenge community, [community profile] fandomweekly, with the idea to try a few of the weekly challenges as a fun warm up for getting back into fiction.

I also downloaded Ren'Py, a visual novel maker, and I've been tinkering about with it. I have a few ideas and it's pretty exciting to have pictures and music accompany my words, although it means I have to write a little differently to make it fit the pacing, which is also interesting. The only thing I haven't figured out yet is how to turn my files into actual games that I can send people. For some reason, I've been putting off learning that last step. My Big Bang failure really burnt me. It took the fun out of my writing hobby for quite a while, but I'm starting to feel cheerful again about it.
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2015-12-21 08:08 am
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Surprised face

This little guy from Final Fantasy III has the cutest surprised face. That Scholar outfit of his is also adorable, especially when he attacks enemies by literally hitting them with his books.

But mainly this was just an excuse to (try to) copy Akihiko Yoshida's art style. I adore how he shades.
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2015-12-16 01:20 am
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I just like guys with airships, okay?

He's the coolest character in Final Fantasy III because within five minutes of meeting you he gives you his airship. He doesn't even get vexed when you totally trash it ten minutes later by ramming it into a mountain.

Bye bye beautiful airship. Folding canoe, you are not an adequate substitute so don't pretend that you are.
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2015-10-04 10:30 pm
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Landscape only version of the Ys art I did before. Finally finished this!

Technology rant )
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2015-09-18 11:31 am

Aviary Attorney

This looks... beautiful! And it's a real game, using historical illustrations and with a soundtrack by Saint-Saen!

Aviary Attorney video trailer:
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2015-09-18 10:31 am
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Free video games giveaway!

To celebrate the demise of my laptop hard drive, I'm giving away 22 games for Window, Mac and Linux!

Leave a comment here:

Either comment on the linked post above, or below here. If you don't have a DW account be sure to include your email address so I can send you your game key(s).
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2015-09-15 12:56 pm

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I want back to playing Final Fantasy XII at the weekend. I'm probably well over halfway through it now, and for me that means I've already played over 200 hours.

I'm kind of stuck on the side quests at the moment. I'm not enamoured of the side hunts, but at the same time it's unthinkable for me not to do them, especially in an RPG I'm loving so much.

Most of my enjoyment of the game right now comes from moving the camera so I can stare at Balthier's bum. That little grunt he does when he shoots his pistol (fnarr fnarr) is also something wonderful. I like to have him standing so he's just on my left, grunting hotly in my ear. Thank you, Balthier's voice actor.

It's just such a beautiful game in general, even though it's over a decade old. I love opening up new areas of the map and exploring the world.

I found an interesting site yesterday, It tells you how long various video games take to finish. Like I'd already guessed, I found that I take way more than twice the average time to play RPGs compared to most people. But surprisingly, I speed through puzzle games and the Ace Attorney ones. I had just assumed I was slow at all games since I like to be extremely thorough with them all.
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2015-09-04 01:05 pm
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Bravely Default and odd digital pricing.

I just read an interesting article about why digital copies of video games are often more expensive than physical copies, when by all logic they should be cheaper.

The article concludes with: "At some point, physical media will disappear, but gaming will probably be one of the very last holdouts at this pace."

It's odd to think of a future in which music, movies and books are mostly digital, but one in which video games of all things still have to be bought in a plastic box from a store, just to prop up retail pricing structures - even if all that's inside that physical box is a download code, which is something that already happens.

I finished a few games recently (Broken Sword and Children of Mana) and in a rare spirit of completionism went back to Bravely Default.

I loved this game so much at the start. How can such a fun game go so wrong? I've made it to chapter six now, after increasing disenchantment, and at last I have the final job asterisk. Woohoo! Kind of fun again! I can now be a conjuror! All jobs got!

Only now I find out that all the spells that the conjuror uses can only be found in chapter five, and I'm in chapter six now. So the conjuror is essentially useless to me unless I want to start a new playthrough after over 100 hours of this one.

It's little things like that which make the second half of this game such a frustration. I honestly had more fun in the demo. I played that through twice.

It's such a pity. The art is so entrancing in this game, the gameplay so well done and enjoyable, but the plot is such a thing of frustration. I have very little interest in the next game any more, and I couldn't have imagined feeling that way during the first 50 hours of gameplay.
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2015-09-01 07:57 pm

Ace Attorney 6 news... And HOT RYU!

It's been confirmed that the sixth game in the Ace Attorney series is going to be localised in the West. The game is still in development and not even released in Japan, so I'm guessing that means 2017.

AA6 gameplay will apparently be all about dead people and ghosts, which is something I hate in my entertainment and go out of my way to avoid.

Meanwhile, they don't seem to be localising The Great Ace Attorney, which looks much more my style. It's set in Victorian London and has steampunk Sherlock Holmes. Out of the two of them, I'd much rather play that one. I'd been avoiding spoilers for it, and now I just feel stupid for having bothered.

I'm grumpy about the whole thing. I hated most of AA5, the last main game in the series, but the release at nearly the same time of the side game Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright more than made up for that.

But now in 2017, whether I like it or not, I'm going to be pushed out of the fandom if the next main game truly revolves around dead people. I felt really happy in this fandom. I've got a couple more years in it anyway, but this news coincides with me not being able to write much fanfic at the moment for stupid RL reasons, so that just adds to it all.

It really is good news, just not for this particular fan of the series. That background artwork does look nice. Seems to be Tibet-inspired, or in that region. (Edit: apparently it's set in a country where they have prosecutors but no defending attorneys, and the art indicates Chinese-occupied Tibet, so that's quite strong social commentary for a video game.)

But here's another thing that's been happening - I love that Hot Ryu from Street Fighter 5 is a thing that is being widely reported. He has a hot beard! Hot yet gentle eyes! He astounds local sheep with his hot, manly nipples! This is important hot information!

They do have a point, though. Hot beards are good news.
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2015-08-22 11:19 am
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Art for Parallels

I can finally post the art I did for [community profile] parallelsfic!

It's Adol and Dogi from Ys, a game series I've fallen in love with. This art is also on AO3, with dozens of WIP drawings showing the stages of making it.
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2015-08-02 04:47 pm
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Hands gripping swords

Practising hands gripping swords, anime katana style, which is different than real life western fencing style which I drew before.
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2015-07-22 07:23 pm

I got Gumshoeasaur fic!

I got fic for a prompt I left at [community profile] areyougame!

Audience Participation by [personal profile] dagbok (G)
Gumshoe, Pearl, Maya, Phoenix
Prompt: mistaken identity - Everybody Walk the Dinosaur

Gumshoe gets to be a dinosaur. The fic is really funny! It cheered up my day yesterday so I made art to go along with it.

I just can't help seeing Gumshoe as Reptar, especially the scene when Pearl was telling him to lift his leg. In the fic, later on we find out he's actually another kind of dinosaur. Surprise twist!

This is the first art I've ever cel shaded. I even know the correct term for it now. I'm educating myself.