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Wasprider's Random Reviews

Discussion in 'General' started by wasprider, Jul 4, 2020.

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  1. Threadmarks: Succubus Lord by Eric Vall
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    I'll be reviewing various things. I'll start with a not so good book.

    Review of Succubus Lord (I) by Eric Vall

    This story is frustrating. The basics of the story is a hooker with a heart of gold played straight along with a hearty dose of super special protagonist. The sex scenes are sort of IKEA erotica, the girls spend more time sleeping in the back of the car than they do talking to him. His power is supposed to grow with his intimacy with them, but there seem to be something like four sex scenes and as mentioned, there isn't much intimacy.

    The author puts in some real effort with his latin and with his Ars Goetia research. And possibly some effort into the seven deadly sins, though he appears to be going by the current superficial definitions of the sins.

    His roomie is an immature jerk who starts engaging in less destructive and nasty stuff as he goes along. The roomie is also completely emasculated by his demon transformation.

    He put in real effort at the end of the story for the last fight. The succubi develop some actual independent characterization.

    The MC is poor and winds up with a small fortune. He demonstrates plenty of poor taste and horny/generous shop keepers. Which is cute, and probably appeals to the target audience.

    The target audience is almost definitely 15-25 year old males. And was probably serialized on some website, because the writing does improve. The last 20 pages of the book earned the second volume a skeptical try.

    This book is only worth it to me because I have Kindle Unlimited, I would not pay full price for this. If you are a Patreon I hope you enjoy it, and that he's hitting your kinks.
     
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  2. Threadmarks: The Chained Worlds Chroinicles Omnibus #1 by Daniel Ruth
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    The Chained Worlds Chroinicles Omnibus #1 by Daniel Ruth

    If you've read his fanfic, The Journey, this will seem familiar. He starts with Rifts and the rest of the Palladium Books worlds (not that I'm that familiar with them any more). From what I can see, Rifts, Heroes Unlimited, and Palladium Fantasy.

    He introduces everything you need to know. You don't need to know much about the background, though knowing some of it will make it funnier.

    The best part of his works are the casually and amusingly sociopathic characters. Almost all of the sociopaths are charming. He does sociopathic children quite well. And the authorities and friends are long suffering.

    The MC looks like a karma Houdini, but that's not the case. He's stuck with increasing amounts of responsibilities, and suffers a lot to get what he needs. He looks out for his friends, and keeps his eye on the prize, while letting things unimportant to him slide. Of course, what he considers important and what normal people may consider important are different, and they happily ignore his concerns as well.

    This is an easy and entertaining read. I read it on Kindle Unlimited, but I think it's worth its price. And I hope he gets around to finishing the story some day.

    It looks like it was written in Word and exported as a E-book, which left lots of formatting issues. It also needs an editing pass. If you can over look those issues, it's still fun.
     
  3. Threadmarks: Totally Spies Season 1
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    Totally Spies Season 1

    This cartoon action sitcom was a blast to watch. It is a cartoon Charlie's Angels (the TV series and the 2000 movie remake, not the 2019 movie remake). There are a bunch of references to Get Smart (the original TV series, which the Steve Carell 2008 movie pays homage to). And several callouts to to various action movies, I remember Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Tron, and Predator.

    The writers, animators, and voice actors probably had a lot of fun with this.

    Visually speaking, the girls are skinny California high school girls who spend a big chunk of time in body suits. And they spend a bunch of time falling and fallen over. There is actually a good diversity of regular outfits for the girls, and not badly chosen. The girls go to Beverly Hills High School and are delightfully and unabashedly shallow, and they are very rich. Their social lives suffer for their spying activities, but not too greatly, and they lose a lot of minor competitions in school life. The whole thing is really refreshing.

    There is a running gag of them being dropped into their secret organization's headquarters or out of planes.

    Clover is a blonde fashion and status obsessed girl in constant competition to get to the top of the social hill in terms of dates and adulation. Alex is dark skinned and dark haired, and I would guess enjoys sports. She hasn't really distinguished herself, but isn't as boy crazy as Clover, nor is she as smart as Sam, the last spy. Sam is a smart redhead who's at the top of her class in brains. Their school rival is Mandy, who is almost exactly like Clover except for her long dark hair, but a little more shallow and more willing to cheat.

    I'm guessing the primary target audience was 7 to 13 year old girls. And a guilty pleasure for high school girls and boys.

    The cultural insensitivity about what clothes are appropriate in public in various places is hilarious (Saudi Arabia and India), but it's all about dress up, so I'm only going to mention it in passing.

    This was a French crew who came up with it. And kudos to them.

    I watched on Amazon Video with Prime, so I don't know the price. But I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I will be watching the second season happily.
     
  4. Threadmarks: Succubus Lord 2 by Eric Vall
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    Succubus Lord 2 by Eric Vall

    This was much better. The pacing was better, the action was better, and sex was more interesting.

    Glad to have read this because he really hit a better stride. I’m fairly sure he publishes it chapter by chapter someplace with reasonable feedback.

    The author has a food fetish, which I can appreciate.

    That said, there is something going on with Todd (the stoner roommate turned imp). And one more girl has been added as an occasional visitor to the harem. Still wish fulfillment fantasy, and less bad than the first volume. The prices are sort of arbitrary, and it works better if you think of it as a game world.

    Still I’d only read this at $2 or less. And it goes for $5. I won’t be reading the rest until I’m bored, stressed, and horny, so maybe later. And I’ll only read it while I’ve got Kindle Unlimited.
     
  5. Threadmarks: Totally Spies Season 2
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    Totally Spies Season 2

    Mostly solid continuation of the first series.

    They made a bold choice with Alex, they chose to have her distinguishing characteristic be dumbness. They also added more athleticism to her character, but they made a mistake in not having her playing on teams or being proactive about being athletic. There is some good stuff where she does some winter sports, and enjoys roller skating.

    That said, there is a single, annoying recap/filler episode.

    There is some really good mocap (or more likely reference tracing) for the combat sequences, and it started pretty early in season 1.

    Also, a quick search for merchandise showed me character T-shirts, but almost none of the gadgets/toys. Which I think means they didn't get a toy company sponsorship.

    I got what I expected, and I enjoyed it.
     
  6. Threadmarks: Greyhound
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    Greyhound

    I am a shameless fan of naval fiction though I haven't actually read the Horatio Hornblower series (or Master and Commander), so take this review as coming from that point of view.

    This is a naval movie set in WW2, staring Tom Hanks, and with a screen play by Tom Hanks. It is a very good showing.

    Historically, it's based on a Fletcher class destroyer called Greyhound escorting a convoy across the Atlantic. The convoy is attacked by a wolf pack in the gap. It is a tense, fraught story. Several decisions are made, some are possibly mistakes, and the consequences seem to work out. The plot armor is flimsy, so you don't fully count on it.

    The book is based on the book The Good Shepard written by C. S. Forester (the author of Horatio Hornblower). Most of pacing, tension, and technical details come from the book.

    If you don't know what naval fiction is, and you want an introduction, this is a very good place to start.

    If you like it, go read the original by one of the grand daddies of naval fiction, The Good Shepard by C. S. Forester. He has inspired lots of authors and copiers, among other things, The Hunt for Red October.

    Refreshingly for a current day movie, the cast is approximately historically accurate.

    Watched it on Apple TV+, and I don't think it is available anyplace else for now. I hope it will be made available on other services within a few months.
     
  7. Threadmarks: Magic of Recluse by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
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    Magic of Recluse by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

    Yet another fantasy novel set with order versus chaos magic in a post apocalyptic world. Think Sword of Shannara or Wheel of Time.

    It is better implemented than Sword of Shannara, it is also 2 decades newer. It's not the Wheel of Time, and I haven't gone as far in, so I can't tell you if it stays more focused. (Preliminary looking at summaries of further books seems to indicate other characters will take protagonist status in other books.)

    Unlike the Wheel of Time or the Shannara series, this story only includes humans.

    That said, the story is a bildungsroman, and the protagonist actually finishes it and defeats the first major foe in the first book. He winds up as an extraordinary practitioner of his magic through superior insight. Despite all of his accomplishments, he still has problems with his confidence and suffers from imposter syndrome.

    It also has interesting takes on relationships. He gives up on a relationship where the girl was willing because he could not keep her safe. He gives up on another relationship because their personalities don't mesh even though he's had a crush on her for almost two years. And the person he does "settle" with wasn't his first choice, or even her first choice, but they are trying to make it work.

    For a multi-book set up, completing a character arc in a single book is a bold move, and I'm in awe.

    The writing is good, but not great. It didn't distract. I enjoyed it, and find it a refreshing change from a lot of the other similar stories.
     
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