Tonight in Dreampop Masterpieces: Yeule’s Coma

how could i forget you The latest from inimitable netlabel ZOOM LENS, Coma is the perfect EP to listen to with headphones on and the lights out. It’s tricky for me to try to describe music but I can describe how this makes me feel: like I’m floating in pitch-black water on a cloudless, yet starless… Read more »

The Obelisk Gate is a Good Sequel

I haven’t burned down a book in two to three days like I did N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate for a few years. I probably over-did it since I can only sort of remember most of the plot points, despite having finished it earlier this week. But that’s just how compelling the book is! Strong recommendation from… Read more »

Path of Exile is Great: Why that’s Bad.

I recently got back into Path of Exile with the big patch that released in early August. The game itself is a masterpiece of game design in a classic fashion: it takes a familiar format and twists, refines and adds to it. After a childhood literally spent growing up with Diablo and Diablo II, a… Read more »

The Fifth Season is Novel and Fantastic

How to categorize The Fifth Season? It’s fantasy, for sure, but it’s something unique to me too: it’s something like an environmental/geology fantasy. This was one of those ones I was up until 3 am to finish. And it’s only the first book in the series! The shifting perspectives (a whole third of the book is… Read more »

Divinity: Original Sin 2 – 10 Hour Guidepost

I am Fane, a living skeleton. I might be magic, but I also seem to come from a group of people called the Eternal so maybe this is just normal for them. (Except I’m the last one of my kind except for a few godlike apparitions floating about so maybe this isn’t normal?) Anyway. I… Read more »

The Black Company

After all but shunning fantasy genre novels for nearly a decade, I’ve been tentatively dipping my toes back in here and there. In my teenage years, fantasy novels were almost exclusively all I read. I remember bringing some five hundred page behemoth to English class and a fellow student chiding me for not reading the… Read more »

Breaking BoJack Down

i know you hate me, bea ~ BoJack Horseman has always been a show concerned mostly with the utter destruction of its characters. One definition of tragicomedy I’ve heard is that it’s a tragedy that ends with a final, unexpected twist towards happiness or hope, and while I think the series will end with that… Read more »

Fiona the Hippo

Fiona the Hippo is a prematurely-born hippo living in Cincinnati. Fiona the Hippo is the only good thing to happen in 2017. Fiona the Hippo is a being of pure light. As we continue our long descent into the darkness, Fiona is a spark of incredible beauty. Fiona the Hippo has her own TV show,… Read more »

Lushloss – Asking/Bearing

have you called your mother? ~ This record by Lushloss has got me good! One of my favorite tools musicians employ is altering vocals and Lushloss uses such a variety of vocal effects that it always stays interesting. Sometimes unintelligible and sometimes blissfully clear, the vocals shine. The interspersed recorded conversation with Mom is very… Read more »