… there lived a writer and a witch.
But that is a story for a different time.
For now, hello, and welcome to my internet journal. Here, you will find my musings about Science Fiction & Fantasy, video games, and anything else that strikes my fancy.
The main purpose of this blog (ahem, internet journal) is to serve as my online portfolio since my last site went down, and as a place to post speculative fiction short story and book reviews. I don’t have a Patreon, or a Drip, or what-have-you, maybe one day, although I doubt it — all I’ve got is a love for good stories, an appreciation for the genre, and an innate discomfort when interacting with anyone who thinks it’s okay to tell people what they should (or shouldn’t) say.
Dan Vávra, the very talented writer / developer of Mafia and more recently Kingdom Come: Deliverance fame gave an interview to TechRaptor about Gamergate back in 2014, and my feelings on the matter mirror his to the letter:
I grew up during communism, when comics books were prohibited as capitalist decadent propaganda, western movies were censored, any book that could be in conflict with socialist ideology was prohibited and you went to jail for saying what you think. So I am allergic to any kind of censorship in the name of any ideology. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I would like to give all the ideologues a piece of advice – If you want something to be made, do it yourself. Everyone will be happy.
My reviews will rate stories and books on a scale of 1 to 5 Penguins, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best. Since only Sith deal in absolutes, I imagine it’ll be quite rare that a work would get either 1 or a 5, but in a universe where everything is a state of constant flux, nothing is a given.
Here is how the Penguins look like:
The reviews will be highly subjective, but I’ll try to avoid major spoilers unless I think that something’s absolutely not worth spending time on. I’ll also note why I chose to read & review a particular work.
That is all for now. If you’ve read this post, appreciate your time.
“Audere est facere,” like a football club used to say.