Fiction Friday: Andromache And The Dragon

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Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Andromache and The Dragon by Brittany Pladek.

I desire a short story about dragons, don’t you? Of course you do. Today’s short story is Andromache and the Dragon by Brittany Pladek, narrated by Wilson Fowlie. You can find it here. Another wonderful dragon story with a message about wanting and desires. So, let’s begin. Continue reading “Fiction Friday: Andromache And The Dragon”

Playing With Imagination: Thoughts On Octopath Traveler

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Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about Octopath Traveler from Square Enix.

 

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Back in the 90s, Japanese RPGs ruled the gaming scene. Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Wild Arms, Secrets Of Mana, Romancing SaGa, Xenogears. Too many to list, but this was the decade where JRPG franchises thrived. Today, some still exist, but the western franchises are the true dominant ones now. Dragon Age, The Witcher, Pillars Of Eternity, Divinity, Warcraft, and others.
But one game came out for the Switch that is not only a hotly anticipated title but one that hits all that nostalgic notes. I’m talking about Octopath Traveler for Nintendo Switch. It’s not about octopi, I assure you. It’s about eight seemingly isolated heroes who unite for a common cause. Each has their own history and their own story, but you can play all eight characters.
Going through their story would take forever and I’ve been meaning to talk about it for a long time. So I’ll just go through the nitty-gritty and explain the finer details of the game. Continue reading “Playing With Imagination: Thoughts On Octopath Traveler”

Fiction Friday: The Gallian Revolt as Seen from the Sama-Sama Laundrobath

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Stories I’d Love To See More Of

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I’ve reviewed a few stories where I look at it and say “I wish I could see more of it.” So thinking about that, I want to discuss stories I’d love to see more of. This could be simple things like certain plot lines and talking points, while others are more abstract than that. So here are a few things I’d love to see more stories about. Doesn’t mean I expect people to write it literally this moment, but I do have certain tastes. So let’s get to it. Continue reading “Stories I’d Love To See More Of”

Fiction Friday: Abandonware

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Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, I review Abandonware by Genevieve Valentine.

Back to business. Video game business. Today’s short story is Abandonware, by Genevieve Valentine, as featured in Lightspeed Magazine. You can find it here.

Before we go on to the story itself, this came from Lightspeed, which is celebrating the wonderful landmark of 100 issues. That’s a lot for a short fiction magazine, and most don’t even go that far. There are still magazines from the 60s that are still active today, but I have to celebrate since I love this magazine a lot. Happy 100th Issue. Here’s to a hundred more)

Now then, let’s begin. Continue reading “Fiction Friday: Abandonware”

Fantastic Wonder: Languages And Speech In Fantasy (and Science Fiction)

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Fantastic Wonder is a series of Fantasy related posts where I discuss different aspects of the genre and the many tropes and plot lines associated with it. Today, I talk about languages and speech in speculative fiction.

Language is such a powerful ability. We construct words of random letters or symbols and they allow us to communicate. Whether it’s something as understandable as English, or something as complex as Chinese or Russian, language is a part of humanity for the longest time. It makes us unique in such an isolated galaxy.

But some of us don’t make stories set on earth. A majority of authors do, but for those in our genre, we tend to create our own world, our own ecosystem, and of course, unique cultures and races.

And with a unique race comes, you guessed it, languages. And the best part is that we’re not entirely bound to languages in our world. Of course there’s English, but for fantasy, this would equate to Common, or something similar. We have to know what they’re saying, regardless of language.

So I wanted to go over my thoughts on fantasy or interstellar language and how we can best incorporate it into stories. So, let’s begin. Continue reading “Fantastic Wonder: Languages And Speech In Fantasy (and Science Fiction)”

Fiction Friday – Presumed Dead, Part V

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Fiction Friday is a series where I talk about what I’ve been reading. Short Stories (and sometimes Novellas) are featured as in-between posts and the first Friday of the month will feature a new novel review. Today, we conclude our serialized review of Presumed Dead by Rick Kennett.

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At last, we’ve reached the end of Cy’s tale. We’ve gone through a wild ride, but it has to end at some point. There’s still more, but I’m ending the story here. Maybe in the future, I’ll review the entire thing, but for now, let’s see how this plays out. Continue reading “Fiction Friday – Presumed Dead, Part V”