Re-start Tomorrow!

 

Hey all I’m back and I just wanted to give a short update on my plans.

You ARE starting tomorrow right?: Yep, that is what’s happening, and I promise that you’ll be seeing posts on both here and GiN starting tomorrow.

That being said I am doing posts every 4 days to ease myself back into writing, this is the longest hiatus I’ve gone through since I started writing, and while I really did need this break to get my head and life back to a semblance of normalcy, it’s going to take me a while to get back to daily posts. So my plan is for me to keep the posts to every 4 days through the summer, because I really don’t like the summer months due to all the heat and they stress me out enough usually without all the stuff I’ve been dealing with.

So once summer is over I should be back to doing daily posts, depending on the weather here in the Pacific Northwest that could be from early September to even late October. I’m hoping it’ll be earlier than later, but frankly the heat makes me incredibly lethargic.

Reviews will continue to be weekly things for the books, unless someone else gets a book review for GiN and needs to run it that week, and on a receipt basis for games. Heads up I’ve got a real blistering review of a game coming up in the next week or two and it’s not the one that’s launching tomorrow on GiN. Look forward to that, because it’s going to be a doozy and frankly I’ll be hoping people will comment on it as it’s got unusual “issues”….

1096 Days!

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Hey all I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled Retro Game Friday to write this instead. It’s been three years, or 1096 days, since I started writing daily without missing a single day. I’ve gone through deaths in my family, moving, getting sick for over a month, and various other forms of distraction for the past three years. I’ve had a blast writing and will continue to do so, but I wanted to state some of the new things that I’ve been doing in the past year.

Tor: Last year, shortly after my 2nd year of non stop writing, I received a group email with some of my fellow writers at GiN from Tor the big sci-fi/fantasy American publisher and I’ve since started doing reviews for them in addition to the reviews I’ve been doing with Audible. I alternate between the two formats, with occasional breaks for a indie author’s book. If you haven’t been looking at them I highly suggest you give them a read. I’ve been submitting them nearly weekly for the past year, so there is plenty of content for you to enjoy.

Video Game Reviews: I’ve been continuing to receive various video games to review, most of them indie games. Some of them have been great, most haven’t been. I also get some AAA games, like Destiny’s “expansions” and various JRPG/Anime related games. I hope to continue doing these, and you’ll be able to read them at gameindustry.com as well. Just so long as they don’t make me vomit like Coffin Dodgers did. Ugh…

That’s it for this post, next week it’ll be back to Retro Game Friday!

Manga Monday: Getbackers by Yuya Aoki

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This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a favorite series of mine. It’s Getbackers by Yuya Aoki!

Plot Synopsis:┬áThe series tells the story of Ginji Amano and Ban Mido, a pair of super powered individuals known as the “GetBackers”. The duo operates a freelance repossession service out of one of the seedier areas of Shinjuku, Tokyo. For a fee, they will recover any lost or stolen item for a client with “an almost 100% success rate”. The GetBackers’ job often leads them into bizarre and dangerous situations in order to “get back what shouldn’t be gone”. Their targets range from lost video games to misplaced components of an atomic bomb. The plot mostly revolves around their adventures, often complicated by the pair’s convoluted, individual pasts and a mysterious place known as the Infinity Fortress.

Plot: It starts off as a fun adventure and quickly becomes pretty serious. It’s a lot of fun to read though! I enjoyed this series quite a bit when I read it years ago. I’m getting an itch to read it again actually.

Characters: Gin and Ban are amazing leads, with great characters and a depth rarely seen in Shonen series. That’s not a bad thing as it set this series apart for me, making it a personal favorite of mine. The rest of the cast is just as deep and also quite fun. I particularly like the staff at the diner.

Art: It’s an older style, but it’s still quite good.

Overall: This is a must read, it’s a fun adventure from start to finish.

For those who like: Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork, Action, Urban Fantasy

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above