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Quick Review: Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

Read it just to pick something from the Library’s poor environmental section, but the timing’s somewhat interesting, since the Plan’s target was 2020 and you can see how the situation worsened because very little was done. Many problems are correctly identified and in some ways we’re even worse off than anticipated. I particularly liked the […]

Quick Review: The Count of Monte Cristo

Yes, it‘s a classic, belonging to a different age… And showing once again why I stay away from them. What pretentious, convoluted, drawn out, pointless prose. What overly theatrical speech and behaviors. What obvious plots that all, as in the hero at first and the villains later, never suspect and unerringly fall for. For that […]

Quick Review: Planescape: Torment (2011 Novelization)

This really is a novelization, a lot of effort being made to go through the game as it’s played, going way beyond merely describing and attempting to make events flow more naturally. There is a lot of added writing, and much of it is actually really, really good, greatly improving an already great story. The […]

Quick Review: Free-Wrench Collection: Volume 1

Considering how short the included books, or at least the first two, are, I’m tempted to call Free-Wrench Collection: Volume 1 the real first book in the series, even if that makes the recapitulation at the start of Ichor Well rather tedious. Other than that, I still don’t like how such Kindle bundles work, the […]

Quick Review: Ichor Well

Note: The review refers to the edition included in Free-Wrench Collection: Volume 1. Somewhat to my surprise, Ichor Well is more like a proper book in terms of size, albeit at the low end of that range. The final chapter again delivers in terms of the action, while until then there’s space for more details […]