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  1. Comment on What are you reading these days? #22 in ~books

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    What is this craziness, I'm the first one to one of these threads. Something must be slightly wrong with the universe to let this happen today. Don't feel like I read all that much in the past 2...

    What is this craziness, I'm the first one to one of these threads. Something must be slightly wrong with the universe to let this happen today. Don't feel like I read all that much in the past 2 weeks, kinda waiting for my new tablet before diving into more books every week.

    Origins by Lindsay Buroker (Heritage of Power Book 3)

    This book did what I was looking for, nothing much has changed from the previous books in the series for me. Nice to see that the romance is finally starting to develop into something now at this point. Overall, perfectly find for what I'm looking for in a fun enjoyable read.

    Unraveled by Lindsay Buroker (Heritage of Power Book 4)

    This book I unfortunately didn't enjoy as much as the previous books in the series. It just felt like an odd departure from the previous books with this series and almost a side-story that wasn't explored enough. I feel like it tried to explore the mothers story more, but I just don't care about her story and the past.

    Also annoyed that by this point, Trip still doesn't seem to be improving a ton as a character really. I would have wanted him to become a better fighter by this point, or grow a bit more. Cause he has been really static I feel as a character compared to how much growth Rysha has experienced. Overall, a decrease from the previous books though I still enjoyed it enough.

    Gold Dragon by Lindsay Buroker (Heritage of Power Book 5)

    Well this is the last book in her Heritage of Power series, and while I enjoyed it a bunch and had fun reading it. Coming to an end I just feel disappointed that more didn't happen really.

    The Characters start off with my issues with the series. The growth seemed inconsistent and lacking for Trip. While Rysha on the other hand got a bunch of growth. Trip doesn't feel like he changed all that much; over the course of the books he learned to use his powers more and accept it, accept his heritage, and be a bit more aggresive in showing what he wants. Yet after all this, I don't think that he is that much different from book 1. Rysha got a bunch of character development by the final book in becoming much more powerful and assertive. The side characters are fun and enjoyable, heck Rysha's dragon I feel has more character development than Trip in the final 2 books.

    The world is fairly interesting, though I feel it doesn't really go to deep into anything. I guess it might be expected given this is technically a side story to a previous series. But I would have liked to see more development into the nobles and such.

    Overall for this final book, it didn't feel all that final to me at all. She has ended it but left a bunch of plot points open to expansion and unended. Even main plot points involving Trip and Rysha's romance is left open ended. I guess it feels like she wanted to move onto a different story, but give this one space to return to in the future if she felt like it.

    Villains By Necessity by Eve Forward

    Now this is the type of book I absolutely love. Despite any issues if done correctly I will almost always love it. And that is the good old DnD Story. It follows a pretty standard DnD style story setup, a campaign that you could find in any DnD group. Group of of odd characters come together to complete an epic quest to save the world.

    All of said characters are rather generic, not amazingly creative or trope breaking in any way. They all fall easily into their necessary jobs and mesh well together. Which makes this story a very enjoyable read to see all the characters talk and scheme together. Each character has a job to do on their quest and own motivations which keeps them together well.

    The quest itself is the reversal of the normal quest to save the world. This quest finds are hero's saving the world from essentially the previous hero's. As the previous hero's did a slightly too good of a job and now the world is in trouble of essentially being too safe and good. So the hero's set off to undo the goodness and revert the world back to the way it was meant to be. And it comes together so very well. Very quickly I came to love how creative I found parts of the story to be, most likely they have been done in the past many times but I found it new and interesting.

    The weakest point for me was the character transitions could be a bit confusing at times. You would switch between characters in between paragraphs, and jump between them all in the course of a page. This leads into my issue with following what was occurring at times. It got a bit confusing at times that left me rereading the previous couple pages to figure out exactly what I was missing. This becomes a major issue near the end of the book. It got worse I feel, with the characters quickly shifting from place to place without much time to stop and understand what was happening. Now this could have been a writing choice supposed to make you better connect with the characters, given what was happening at times would have anyone completed confused and dazed.

    Overall though I can say 100% that I recommend this book to read. It was a great journey with some great characters. In a genre that I find easy to understand, probably helped by my love of DnD and RPGs.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on What are you reading these days? #21 in ~books

    ThyMrMan Link
    Well as normal with me, almost entirely fiction, and not very deep fiction. Just nice fast easy to digest fiction that I can read in 3ish hours and not worry about forgetting what happened if I...

    Well as normal with me, almost entirely fiction, and not very deep fiction. Just nice fast easy to digest fiction that I can read in 3ish hours and not worry about forgetting what happened if I forget to pick up the book again for a month. Though I guess I did throw in a non-fiction this time I guess, always did love real life stories that seem stranger than fiction.

    Swing Shift by William D. Arand

    This was a nice enjoyable book to read, not too deep or complicated. Just a rather easy going book that has an interesting cast of characters. The mystery keeps on giving and doesn't stop changing and adapting throughout the book. My main issue with the book is personal, and not a issue with the book in general. It quickly becomes a harem with multiple characters hooking up with the main character. And personally I just don't like harems, guess I'm a tradionalist that likes single pairings.

    The Dungeon Traveler by Alston Sleet

    For me, this book felt really incomplete and cut short. Parts felt rushed and overlooked, then others got really detailed paragraphs about them. Honestly feels like this was supposed to be book 1 of many, not just the only book available. So by the end of the book I just felt disappointed that nothing more was coming or happening.

    Grammar and editing was all over the place throughout the book. Really needs a editor to come and do a detailed edit to help organize the book and make it flow better. But most important is to fix the grammar and spelling errors that are frequent. Alongside some paragraphs that I felt really needed to be reorganized cause they just felt like they kinda ran on for too long.

    Overall though, it was a decent book. Felt like I've read it a million times before on various web novel sites. It didn't do anything new or incredible, or even build on the reincarnated as a dungeon idea at all. Guess it was good enough to waste some time, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you really like the genre.

    Dragon Storm by Lindsay Buroker (Heritage of Power Book 1)

    Thus far I've only read one other series from Buroker, but from what I've seen from that series and this one. I really like her writing style and general stories. They aren't deep or meaningful, they are kinda just junk food style books that I can't help but keep reading. But I think what attracts me the most to them is the romance she writes, it is a kinda of nice relaxing romantic sub-plot that you just know will have a decent ending for the characters. And man am I a massive sucker for that style romantic sub-plot, it feels nice and refreshing.

    Revelations by Lindsay Buroker (Heritage of Power Book 2)

    Immediately after I finished the first book, I decided to grab the second book and finished it in a couple hours. More of the same, nice consistent plot and sub-plot progression. Quick and easy language that lets me chew through the books nice and quick. But also progressing the story nicely that doesn't feel like it wastes time on anything for too long. Need to read some of her other series, but if they all keep following the same basic themes, I think I will love all of them.

    Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar

    Nonfiction books normally aren't my favorite thing in the world to read, historical fiction sure. But normal nonfiction just doesn't interest me a ton. But once in awhile something pops up that just captures my interest completely, and I end up learning something new. I had heard about the Dyatlov Pass Incident in the pass through Youtube videos and a TV show, along with passing mentions in various media. But I never did look into it more seriously till this book.

    To start, I loved the way the book was set up and presented. With the Author jumping between the possible recreation of the event and the modern journey he was taking. It seemed to jump between times at just the right point that it never felt like it was dragging on or getting boring. Though I have to say that at times that it went back to the modern journey, I found myself wishing to go back to the possible trip the group took in the past. But beyond that personal feeling, it flowed well and presented a very good journey of discovery.

    Of discovery, the theory he presents in the end was new and something I had never heard of before. Now I haven't done a ton of research into air waves and certain sounds, but it definitely made me stop and consider the possibility with a very strong argument for the case being made. So I guess it accomplished it's goal to present a good case for the idea, and let me learn something new I had never heard of before.

    Overall I would recommend the book strongly, I haven't read any other books about the Dyatlov Pass Incident to see how they compare. But I feel like this was a very strong introduction and overview of what happened and how the hikers might have meet their demise.

  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? #20 in ~books

    ThyMrMan Link
    I always feel out of place in these discussions, so many people talking about some non-fiction or psychological books and all I'm doing here is reading normal old fiction. But here we go, with...

    I always feel out of place in these discussions, so many people talking about some non-fiction or psychological books and all I'm doing here is reading normal old fiction. But here we go, with mostly stuff I didn't like or overly enjoy.

    First I read the first 2 books in The Dresden Files, and decided to drop the series early. It just didn't do anything overly interesting and it felt kinda random and rambling. But I guess at least I gave it a try.

    Than I guess one of the best series I read was from what is definitely a newer less known series. Given they only have like 30 reviews on Amazon, but it is called the Ethereal Earth series by Josh Erikson. I don't feel like this did anything shocking or new or incredible, but it felt solid and enjoyable. Did enough to keep me coming back and wanting to continue reading. Going to keep following the Author to see the next book in the series and what more he writes.

    Other day decided to read a genre other than fantasy or scifi and read Cold Waters by Debbie Herbert. And man did this story start off really strong, sure it felt like it was gonna be kinda generic mystery. But it was a solid start that while I didn't think it was gonna do anything revolutionary, it would have been perfectly decent. But man oh man, did it just go off the rails by the end. She just couldn't resist giving more and more twists everything single chapter. Even with massive really unnecessary twist like 80% way through the book. By the end it just felt so complicated and confusing that I realized I had no chance to to figure out the mystery using context clues at all because of it.

    Also for the book I got about 50 pages into before dropping it and never looking back, Lord Foul's Bane from The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, #1 by Donaldson, Stephen R. I was looking to read something with an anti-hero character, normally like the idea of anti-hero's cause they feel different. And I can put up with anti-hero characters doing various evil things, but I draw the line with certain subjects. I just feel like I don't want to keep following this character if this is how it starts, specially since I know nothing happens to him since there are like a dozen more books in the series.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on What are you reading these days? #15 in ~books

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    Decided to give Brandon Sanderson another try after I was disappointed in Mistborn: The Final Empire, so I went ahead and read Steelheart. And overall I was just really disappointed once again,...

    Decided to give Brandon Sanderson another try after I was disappointed in Mistborn: The Final Empire, so I went ahead and read Steelheart. And overall I was just really disappointed once again, and hated how it ends.

    Overall I felt like I was reading Mistborn: The Final Empire again, with a very similar set up and plot. Just with difference characters and a different world. But that immediately put me off. And I was really excited when the major event with a character near the end. Thinking that finally this stupid romance that I don't care about at all is over with. Now he can grow as a character with this event, and become stronger from it. Also helps that I felt it was great he was putting forth that choices matter in this book, and serious consequences can occur. But alas, it was all essentially undone. Sure new info is released and questions raised, but it just doesn't matter much to me at that point. Guess this just makes it show that I just don't really like Brandon Sanderson, while lots of people like him I guess I just don't.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on What are you reading these days? #5 (Was: What are you reading this week?) in ~books

    ThyMrMan Link
    Decided to reread an old favorite of mine, The Artemis Fowl series. Loved the book series as a kid, and decided to see if I can still enjoy it 10-some years later. Found that I really enjoyed the...

    Decided to reread an old favorite of mine, The Artemis Fowl series. Loved the book series as a kid, and decided to see if I can still enjoy it 10-some years later. Found that I really enjoyed the first 3 books still, they were enjoyable in their own way. Short enough to be easily read in one sitting, and overall just a fast fun set of books to read.

    However I ended up hitting about book 4 and lost interest. Never read past about book 4 as a kid, so I was in new territory. But it really felt like he lost interest in doing the series. Felt like the writing went downhill, and the stories just got crazy and less interesting. Alongside the characters kinda loosing what had made them interesting in the beginning.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? in ~anime

    ThyMrMan Link
    Some of the memorable shows I watched. Cause I watched a bunch this week that did nothing for me at all, bunch of them were terribly average. Rec; man this show was great. Would recommend this how...

    Some of the memorable shows I watched. Cause I watched a bunch this week that did nothing for me at all, bunch of them were terribly average.
    Rec; man this show was great. Would recommend this how 1000%. Just a nice romance that feels really satisfying. Definitely give it a shot if you want a good solid romance.
    The Mystic Archives of Dantalian; This show has a bunch of potential, and really felt like it had second cour written all over it. So much build up and characters being introduced, but they never got to use it.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? in ~anime

    ThyMrMan Link
    Started the week with Mysterious Girlfriend x. Was a pretty decent romance, though I wish things went a bit farther. The show ended before the romance really went anywhere, which really makes me...

    Started the week with Mysterious Girlfriend x. Was a pretty decent romance, though I wish things went a bit farther. The show ended before the romance really went anywhere, which really makes me sad.

    Then watched Yuyushiki. This show didn't really do anything for me. Felt like it didn't do anything better or different from any of the other dozens of SoL shows I've watched. But was a decent SoL if that is all your looking for.

    Finished the week with Another. Really didn't like the show, started off good but hated the middle and the end. Seemed like they didn't know what to do with it halfway through and kinda just gave up.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? in ~anime

    ThyMrMan Link
    Personally I watched a bunch this week to finish up the Anilist August Watch Challenge. Starting off the week was Escaflowne. Which for the most part I really enjoyed, I feel like it did a really...

    Personally I watched a bunch this week to finish up the Anilist August Watch Challenge.

    Starting off the week was Escaflowne. Which for the most part I really enjoyed, I feel like it did a really good job keeping me intrigued throughout while the plot was decent. While I feel like it had some issues near the end, overall I enjoyed it a bunch. Though I did hate the ending, it was just so unsatisfying personally.

    Then I went ahead and watched Granblue Fantasy. This was a shock for me in how much I enjoyed watching it. It was just a really fun enjoyable fantasy show that kept each episode interesting. Alongside potential future romance building between the characters. Definitely a show to watch if you just want to have fun and enjoy watching something.

    Finishing off my week was Serial Experiments Lain. Man, oh man, I don't know where to start with this show. I enjoyed it, even though I don't really understand most of what I watched. I feel like plots got dropped and disappeared, but then again I don't consider any of them negatives since I think it fits into the larger story really well. Definitely is a show that I need to go back and rewatch someday in the future, that or watch/read and analysis of it.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Interest in a weekly discussion thread? in ~anime

    ThyMrMan Link
    I would most likely participate in a more casual or open ended discussion threads. I normally always have something to talk about with the shows I watch, and would love to give my thoughts on the...

    I would most likely participate in a more casual or open ended discussion threads. I normally always have something to talk about with the shows I watch, and would love to give my thoughts on the shows I'm watching every week. But I don't always feel like doing reviews, or even discussing in depth some shows that might just not grab me.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on How are you keeping track of anime? in ~anime

    ThyMrMan Link
    I've fully switched over to AniList for everything. MAL shutting down so many services, and still not bringing them back has just made me loose any interest in them. I also use Taiga to update...

    I've fully switched over to AniList for everything. MAL shutting down so many services, and still not bringing them back has just made me loose any interest in them. I also use Taiga to update AniList automatically as I watch them using MPC-HC.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Goodreads profile exchange in ~books

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    Didn't start tracking the books I've read until just the other year, so my list is mostly just things I happen to remember reading. And even unfortunately just haven't gotten around to really...

    Didn't start tracking the books I've read until just the other year, so my list is mostly just things I happen to remember reading. And even unfortunately just haven't gotten around to really reading anything recently. But Here it is if you want to look at it. Mostly read scifi and fantasy, but if something seems semi interesting I'll give it a go.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Intel Graphics teases first PC graphics card for 2020 in ~games

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    Will be really interested in where they take these cards, hope they release something for the high end gaming market. Nvidia has had dominance there for years since AMD just doesn't seem able to...

    Will be really interested in where they take these cards, hope they release something for the high end gaming market. Nvidia has had dominance there for years since AMD just doesn't seem able to come up with a good competitor.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on What is your experience with jailbreaking your e-reader? in ~books

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    I jumped down the rabbit hole of modifying my Nook for the same reason, but I just found something that worked decent enough. Wish a simple modification existed that put a Calibre sync option in...

    I jumped down the rabbit hole of modifying my Nook for the same reason, but I just found something that worked decent enough. Wish a simple modification existed that put a Calibre sync option in the settings menu, that would be amazing.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What is your experience with jailbreaking your e-reader? in ~books

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    I've spent quite a few hours messing around with software with my Nook Glowlight+. And after many tries, I've finally settled on a combination of software. First was getting rid of the Nook stuff,...

    I've spent quite a few hours messing around with software with my Nook Glowlight+. And after many tries, I've finally settled on a combination of software. First was getting rid of the Nook stuff, and going pure Android. First install is Button Savior which gives me the home and back button that is necessary for everything. Then installed the xposed and the N+ Toolkit to give me more control and options.

    Finally after trying numerous reading apps, I settled on an old favorite of mine FBReader. FBReader just happens to have a dedicated, if a bit old, version with an updated ui just for EInk displays. Which with a quick install of an extra plugin, gives me all the features I could hope for. I can sync book progress with other FBReader installations using Google Drive. Sync books from Calibre over wifi easily. And fully customize the way it works if I feel like it.

    Only complaint I have it with the book progress sync, it isn't the best and seems to be a bit temperamental. The documentation on it isn't amazing, but if I understand correct as long as the books have the same name, it should sync correctly. Unfortunately that isn't my luck, even if I put the same book on my phone and my Nook via Calibre and read 100 pages on my Nook, it doesn't sync with my phone. Instead it seems like it treats my books as separate entities, so instead I push a single copy from Calibre to my phone. Wait for it to sync to Google Drive and the FBReader network, then pull it off the FBReader network on my Nook.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Recommend a show based on a person's Anime List in ~anime

    ThyMrMan Link
    Always open for people to criticize my taste in anime, so here you go. Been watching anime for a couple years, so should be plenty for you to find issue with, and find something else for me to...

    Always open for people to criticize my taste in anime, so here you go. Been watching anime for a couple years, so should be plenty for you to find issue with, and find something else for me to watch. Trying to focus on the older stuff currently in order to see how things have changed.

  16. Comment on How did you guys find out about Tildes and how actively did you follow its development up until receiving an invite? in ~talk

    ThyMrMan Link
    Never heard about the website before until somebody on a Private Tracker mentioned they had some invites for the site. Did a couple minutes research and decided, why not? Always looking for Reddit...

    Never heard about the website before until somebody on a Private Tracker mentioned they had some invites for the site. Did a couple minutes research and decided, why not? Always looking for Reddit alternatives, though most of the projects I look at never end up going anywhere and die pretty quickly.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What are you reading? in ~books

    ThyMrMan Link
    Reading through the Fallen Empire Series by Lindsay Buroker, on Book 5 right now. Light scifi books with some romance, pretty fast and easy to read.

    Reading through the Fallen Empire Series by Lindsay Buroker, on Book 5 right now. Light scifi books with some romance, pretty fast and easy to read.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Stormland - E3 Announce Trailer (Oculus Rift Exclusive) in ~games

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    While I am excited to see more VR games, I wish they would stop with this Exclusive nonsense on PC. I shouldn't have to use 3rd party software to play games on my computer simply cause I bought a...

    While I am excited to see more VR games, I wish they would stop with this Exclusive nonsense on PC. I shouldn't have to use 3rd party software to play games on my computer simply cause I bought a different VR headset.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on It's almost the end of the week, how's your week been going so far? in ~talk

    ThyMrMan Link
    Managed to finish Deus Ex Human Revolution and started Deus Ex Mankind Divided, so I guess that is good. Still having no luck finding a decent entry level job in my area though, so guess that is...

    Managed to finish Deus Ex Human Revolution and started Deus Ex Mankind Divided, so I guess that is good. Still having no luck finding a decent entry level job in my area though, so guess that is terrible.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on Avalance Sweden Announces "Generation Zero" a game set in 1980's Sweden were Robots have Invaded. in ~games

    ThyMrMan Link
    Looking forward to learning the backstory and lore of this game, should be interesting.

    Looking forward to learning the backstory and lore of this game, should be interesting.

    1 vote