Finding your feet, Cass Lennox

I am not a romantic person, nor I am really interested in anything sexual. Despite this fact, I sometimes like to read some more a less romantic romance. It gives me a glimpse of what it would be, being romantic. And I still don’t get it. Lucky for me, we live in a period where people love to talk about non-binary stuff, and the interesting romance stories multiplied considerably (’cause, really, I can’t stand any bland “woman falls in love with rich man” story anymore, even with BDSM and abusive relationship in it). When an acquaintance suggested some books centred around asexuality, I was thrilled. Let’s check this out ! was my immediate reaction, and off I go to buy Cass Lennox and her Toronto Connections.

More specifically, I decide to read Finding your feet, apparently the second book in the series, which I didn’t know at that moment. Not that it is particularly important, since there are separate stories with the same characters. I did buy the other ones after this, but didn’t get around to read them yet.

So then, here you go with a glimpse of the story and the cover, and let’s get on talking about what I liked and disliked. Also, spoilers ahead, beware.

While on holiday in Toronto, Evie Whitmore planned to sightsee and meet other asexuals, not audition for a dance competition. Now she’s representing Toronto’s newest queer dance studio, despite never having danced before. Not only does she have to spend hours learning her routine, she has to do it with one of the grumpiest men she’s ever met. Tyler turns out to be more than a dedicated dancer, though—he might be the kind of man who can sweep her off her feet, literally and figuratively.

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The Witness – a great and terrible game

[O gosh, I kinda let down this blog for almost a year, ’cause real life, you know. But hey, you know what, I had articles just waiting to get finished up, so here you go]

I have been looking forward to playing the Witness since the day it did come out. The price tag didn’t enable me to play it for a long time, until a friend gifted it to me for my birthday, yay! I love puzzle games. Give me a puzzle and I will be happy. I played a huge bunch of all those puzzle indie games that did come out almost ten years ago now (Braid being one of them), I’ve grown up with point and clicks (Monkey Island, Zork Nemesis) and I will never have enough Picross/Nonograms in my life. As such, I was really looking forward to the experience of The Witness.

But after having spent a lot of time with it and completed even the cave, I can say that I am really conflicted about it. I loved some parts of it. I loathed others. This article is not going to be spoiler free. Indeed I will mostly spoil everything there is to spoil. If you want to play it, consider not reading further on.

Basically, the Witness will drop you onto an island with more than 500 puzzles to explore. That is all you need to know. Oh wait, if you’re sensitive to motion sickness, you’d better think twice before buying it: this game had made all my friends terribly sick for hours.

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What Remains of Edith Finch

There was a time when I played a lot of video games. I even wrote reviews on a regular basis. I stopped for several reasons, but kept on playing, though not as much as before. Some reason being lack of time, but then again, when I do stumble upon a game that I believe compelling and interesting, I am still able to put hundreds of hours in it. It just doesn’t happen so much anymore, because my standards changed and I am not willing to pour my time in anything mindlessly.

That’s why I began to like short, story focused games. The Unfinished Swan was one of my first discoveries on that side, and it was a beautiful experience. So, when I heard that the same company did a new game, I jumped on it. No way I was going to miss that. What Remains of Edith Finch is released on PC and PS4, and it is a compelling interactive story that shows you how powerful video games can be in that regard if done well.

Steam gives following summary: What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state. As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she’s the last one in her family left alive.

Instead of a picture, let’s have a trailer:

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The Nightrunner Series

I am a slow person. I like to take my time. I’ve begun to read the Nightrunner series from Lynn Flewelling years ago, but I only finished the seventh book recently. This is not going to be a long article, I don’t have that much to say overall, but at least I can keep track of what I read and my opinions. I am a very forgetful person.

In the total of seven books (for the moment the end, unless Flewelling decides to continue) you follow the adventures of Seregil and Alec. The series is pretty diverse, from royal intrigues to bad necromancers wanting to rule the world, complete with magic, espionage, travelling, a lovely world building, and nice characters. Flewelling does an overall great job with her series

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