Bookish Wednesday: Best of 2017

Hey all I’m back with a short post for this week’s Bookish Wednesday. It’s my Best of 2017!

Best Novel Overall: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. This should come as no surprise to anyone who reads this column frequently. I love Sanderson for his amazing works of fiction that are simply outstanding. Oathbringer is the third in the Stormlight Archives sub-series of the Cosmere mega-series, and covers so many amazing events that has huge impacts on the rest of the Cosmere potentially. So many interesting things happened in Oathbringer that when I was done with it a full week and half before it released for sale, thanks to Tor sending me a review copy, I was left with the realization that I had just made myself wait even longer than most people would have to wait for the next in the series. I’d call it a buzzkill to the emotional aftermath of finishing that book, but it wasn’t. I’m just excited to see what fellow 17th Shard members will dig up.

Best Debut Work: Morningwood, Book 01 in the Everybody Loves Large Chests series, by Neven Iliev. I mentioned it briefly in my post on this book, but I loved listening to this in audiobook form. Jeff Hays did an amazing job at narrating this book. I can’t wait for further entries in this series to come out in Audiobook format, so I can enjoy the various hijinks that will occur and the mayhem that follows.

That’s it for this week’s Bookish Wednesday.

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Movie Monday: Blazing Saddles

For my Inaugural Movie Monday post, I’m covering my favorite movie of all time. It’s Blazing Saddles!

Plot Synopsis: In the American frontier of 1874, construction on a new railroad will soon be going through Rock Ridge, a town inhabited exclusively by white people with the surname Johnson. The conniving attorney general Hedley Lamarr wants to force Rock Ridge’s residents to abandon their town, thereby lowering land prices. After he sends a gang of thugs, led by his flunky Taggart, to shoot the sheriff and trash the town, the townspeople demand that Governor William J. Le Petomane appoint a new sheriff to protect them. Lamarr persuades the dim-witted Le Petomane to appoint Bart, a black railroad worker who was about to be executed for starting a fight. A black sheriff, he reasons, will offend the townspeople, create chaos, and leave the town at his mercy.

Plot: First let me get this out of the way, this is purely a satire. I do not condone the usage of slurs or racial epithets. However the usage here in the film is to point out the obvious bigotry in the usage of such things. Okay with that out of the way, Blazing Saddles is absolutely not for children. However my Dad, who I love dearly and respect immensely, showed it to me when I was 8, so this film had a lot of influence on me growing up. If you ever thought I had a twisted sense humor, or my sense of morality was more than a bit askew, this film might be part of the reason. I always will love Mel Brooks films, because they are almost all funny with few, if any, really sad endings. Blazing Saddles is my favorite of the bunch and I love this film for it’s usage of comedy to show that bigotry is stupid.

Characters: The entire cast is just a mish-mash of comedy and side stitch inducing laughter. However my favorite might just be Gene Wilder as the Waco Kid. Or I just might like him as an actor the most. Either way I enjoyed the entire cast, even if we were obviously meant to hate certain characters, they were done in such a way that I really didn’t hate them too much.

Cinematography: This isn’t a Lucasfilm production, in fact the stage props are so blatant sometimes it’s hilarious. Okay you can stop pulling out pitchforks to gut me with, I couldn’t resist doing that.

Overall: If you’ve never watched Blazing Saddles, you need to stop whatever you’re doing (assuming your not at work or something like that) and go watch it right now. Like seriously, it’s one of my favorite movies of all time.

For those who like: Comedy, Great Plot, Laughing, Amazing Cast of Characters, Their sides aching from laughing so much, Excellent Cinematography, Not being able to breathe from lack of oxygen due to laughing so hard. (Are you sensing a pattern here?)

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all of that?

Anime Sunday: Losers of Fall 2017

Hey all for this week’s Anime Sunday I’m covering the less successful shows, in my opinion, of the last season. It’s my Losers of Fall 2017!

Juni Taisen: It was somewhat interesting, but frankly it was just too bloody with little to no reason about the why being explored. Sure there’s the Wish granted at the end, but I feel like there is just so much backstory of the actual Zodiac Wars that could’ve been explored that it was overshadowed by the incredibly messed up lives of the participants we got to see in flashbacks each episode.  This is possibly the closest series in this post to actually not being on it. That being said it seems like it was just an overly violent series for the sake of shock and awe. So that’s why I’m putting it on this list.

UQ Holder: I expected that it’d devolve into Fan Service-laden sequences frequently, although that is what Akamatsu is known for so maybe that’s not a surprise. But I just couldn’t enjoy the series all that much. Something was lacking compared to the original Negima Manga and just wasn’t conveyed through this Adaptation. That’s why I’m putting on this list.

Black Clover: Like I said in my impressions post of this series, it could just be called SCREAMING the Anime. This lack a lot of the charm that has been so prevalent in other series prior to this like Bleach (with it’s snappy musical soundtracks) or the emotional rollercoaster that is One Piece. Frankly this was a huge disappointment, and I’m probably not going to look into reading the original source material because of how off putting this adaptation was.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday. Did I miss a series that you felt deserved to be on it, or disagree with what I put in it? Leave your responses in the comments below!

Sensate Saturday: Otonari Complex by Nonomura Saku

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Otonari Complex by Nonomura Saku!

Plot Synopsis: Kuji Akira and Ninomiya Makoto have been neighbours and friends from childhood. Akira is handsome and Makoto is pretty.  Their feelings for each other are growing more complex just as they are finding themselves the focus of romantic interest of their friends and acquaintances…

Plot: The plot is pretty good. I’ve probably read a few series with similar if not exactly the same plot device as it’s core drive, but I can’t remember them right now (still sick and I’m writing this in advance due to holidays), however I enjoyed this quite a bit even if I think I may have read something similar before. Or I might not have, doesn’t matter to me, I enjoyed Otonari Complex quite a bit.

Characters: Akira and Makoto are our two leads and they are pretty awesome, but still wasn’t expecting that to occur. Either way I really enjoyed their characters. So I’ll probably end up reading this series in full one day. Once it’s fully completed probably.

Art: The art is very good, it’s comparable to Shueisha levels of work, if not meeting that standard.

Overall: A great read, definitely worth a shot.

For those who like: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, School Life, Interesting Plot, Great Lead Characters, Excellent Artwork.

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

TNT: Sevens Volume 04 by Mishima Yomu

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the fourth entry in Lyle’s Adventures! It’s Sevens Volume 04 by Mishima Yomu!

Plot Synopsis: Having undergone a second post Growth episode and become mr. lyle once more, Lyle Walt is now conquering the Arumsaas Labryinth without the use of his skills in order to become a better adventurer. What awaits him, other than his newly automaton companion awakened by a kiss….

Plot: This entry is pretty good, and really is upbeat compared to the last couple entries. That said it does have it’s lower moments, but for the most part it’s a fun ride. I won’t say much more about, because that’d go into spoilers.

Characters: We don’t get many new faces, but I’ll say I like Porter and Poyopoyo the most. You’ll understand once you read the volume.

Overall: A solid fourth entry, more upbeat than the past two entries.

Bookish Wednesday: Super Sales by William D. Arand

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering a book I really earlier this year. It’s Super Sales on Super Heroes by William D. Arand!

Plot Synopsis: In a world full of super powers, Felix has a pretty crappy one. He has the ability to modify any item he owns. To upgrade anything.  Sounds great on paper. Almost like a video game. Except that the amount of power it takes to actually change, modify, or upgrade anything worthwhile is beyond his abilities. With that in mind, Felix settled into a normal life. A normal job. His entire world changes when the city he lives in is taken over by a Super Villain. Becoming a country of one city. A city state. Surprisingly, not a whole lot changed. Politicians were still corrupt. Banks still held onto your money. And criminals still committed crime. Though the black market has become more readily available. And in that not so black market, Felix discovers he has a way to make his power useful after all, and grasps a hold of his chance with both hands.

Plot: The plot is pretty amazing and while I won’t spoil anything I will say that I’m looking forward to the sequel. However the main plot device of this is pretty awesome so congratulations to Mr. Arand. This is a novel by the author of the Selfless Hero Trilogy so if you enjoyed those books, you’ll love this one.

Characters: Felix is a pretty awesome lead character, in that he’s not a hero. He absolutely is not a good person. He’s not malicious or anything, but he’s not a saint either. He’s just a normal guy, with a slightly not normal power. The rest of the cast is also awesome, and I honestly can say that I might have even looked forward to eating a pancake after reading this book, and I really don’t enjoy pancakes all that much. Waffles sure, but pancakes no.

Overall: This book is a great read, and while it certainly isn’t meant for kids, older teens might get a laugh or two out of it.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Superheroes, Villains, Drama, Action, Excellent Plot, Stupendous Cast of Characters.

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

Sensate Saturday: Mikkakan no Koufuku by Miaki Sugaru

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Mikkakan no Koufuku, or Three Days of Happiness in English, by Miaki Sugaru!

Plot Synopsis:A twenty-year-old with little hope for the future discovers a shop that buys lifespan, time, and health. This is a story dealing with the ensuing consequences.

Plot: I’m not really a fan of this, it’s the typical “Deal with the Devil” stereotype and frankly I don’t think these stories really ever end happily. Plus if you’re going to sell your lifespan you’d do it for more than $1000 per year sold right?

Characters: Our main character, whose name I’ve completely forgotten since I read this first chapter ten minutes ago (Gimme a break, I’m still sick), isn’t really all that likeable. In fact I pretty much hate this kind of person. I’ve got a pretty depressing life myself, so when someone else just throws theirs away without really trying it sickens me. It’s the same sort of thing I hated about Unbound Deathlords for those who read my Wednesday columns.

Art: The art is okay, but frankly wasn’t enough to keep me reading this story.

Overall: If you can stomach these kinds of stories, I guess this might be interesting, but personally I just find them depressing and enraging.

For those who like: “Deals with the Devil” Plots, Romance (Or so the genre tags told me).

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above, or just depressing stories in general.