So I didn’t do anything particularly exciting since my last update, but I did play some new games! I did a free trial of Utomik, a game subscription program. It’s only $6.99 a month, and it has more games I want to try, so I’d like to go back at some point. (Just not right away because my head/eyes and arms really need a break.)
Darkside Detective and the sequel were great. Point-and-click mystery solving, pixel art, humor, and a super cute friendship!
I'm playing The Darkside Detective, and the friendship between McQueen and Dooley is honestly just as great as the humor and mystery solving ☺️ pic.twitter.com/AdLcZxx7dW
— Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight) (@KitTheNameless) March 15, 2022
I also enjoyed Song of Farca, another sorta point-and-click mystery solving game, but with a totally different, more serious vibe. It was cool.
I played a bit of Burly Men at Sea. The playthroughs are only about 15 minutes each. The game has such a cute and gorgeous art style!
Don't mind us, just taking some time off from adventuring to play with baby chicks 😁
— Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight) (@KitTheNameless) March 25, 2022
Fox and Flock was another quick one, based on a board game, but with a fun story twist to it.
I also tried out Calico, which can be a bit clunky and doesn’t have my favorite kind of graphics, but it was weird and cute with lots of animals to pet! I wouldn’t mind playing this some more since I haven’t seen everything.
I'm trying out @CalicoGame, and this game is so delightfully weird! I'm just wearing cats on my head, weightlifting polar bears, and having animal cult meetings in my bedroom 😁 pic.twitter.com/ZGHkKFYbg4
— Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight) (@KitTheNameless) March 26, 2022
I’ve also started listening to a few more podcasts. “Who Killed Avril Lavigne?” is hilarious and fun, and I’m loving the 2000s nostalgia and pop punk references and music. “My Dad Wrote a Porno,” which I know I’m late to start, is also hilarious, for entirely different reasons. I’ve also found a new YouTube channel and watched some Netflix shows… but I’ve talked enough and should save something in case I have nothing next month 😛
I don’t want to talk about what a mess the world is (I usually save that for Twitter and try to keep my blog more positive, which is why I last minute removed the paragraph that was sent out in the email if you subscribe that way), but I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping others safe and finding some good distractions from the stresses of life! ❤️
I won a giveaway from The Story Sanctuary! I got to choose a book from the banned book list. I chose Chainbreaker by Tara Sim because I love that series but didn’t own any copies of the books. Now I need to win a couple more giveaways so I can get the other two!
I’ve skipped a few posting days and keep falling behind on comments because I’ve been tired and brain foggy, but I’m still around and not purposely ignoring anyone!
Books I Received for Review:
Odder Still by D.N. Bryn, from the author. Frostfire by Sam Thorne & Lauren Ivey, from StoryOrigin. Hooked by A.C. Wise, from Edelweiss.
Books I Finished:
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Look at all the pretty covers! One of my standouts this month was a middle grade book (The Dragon Squisher), so that was surprising, and the other was Trailer Park Trickster.
Trailer Park Trickster by David R. Slayton – A sequel in a m/m urban fantasy series. Less action, but deeper characters and relationships. I liked it more than the first!
The Dragon Squisher by Scott McCormick – Kind of younger than what I normally read or listen to, but I really liked it! It had some serious, heavier sections, but overall it was silly and cute with high fantasy fun. Looking forward to more.
Ghosts of Manor House by Matt Powers – Another unusual read for me, since I don’t normally do horror. Turned out to not really be for me, but it was an interesting idea.
Hawk in the Rowan // Stag and the Ash // Adder and Willow // Eagle in the Hawthorn // Salmon and the Hazel // Wren and Oak by Sam Burns – I finished the Rowan Harbor Cycle series. They weren’t particularly memorable books for me, but they were nice reads. Never too stressful or difficult, problems were solved fairly easily, so they’re good for anyone looking for fairly light paranormal romance with HEAs in the end.
Frostfire by Sam Thorne & Lauren Ivey – This was definitely dark fantasy, but it was good, with queer rep that wasn’t focused on romance, and I’d like to continue the series.
Odder Still by D.N. Bryn – Not quite for me, and I’m not sure why, but an interesting underwater steampunk city with selkies and lots of great diversity and rep, including queer, POC, and disabled.
Pyre at the Eyreholme Trust by Lin Darrow – I felt like this was a bit too short to reach its full potential, but it was a fun 1920s-esque setting with interesting magic and a bit of action and romance.
Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie – I just couldn’t get super into this, though I still thought it was good, and then the author did a certain thing with the book that always annoys me. But possibly enjoyable for anyone who likes m/m romance, (fictional) politics, and space adventures.
The Alpha’s Son by Penny Jessup – I have a few complaints or things I’m not clear on yet, but I liked this YA UF/PNR and want to continue the series.
Prosper’s Demon by K.J. Parker – Not really for me, but an interesting take on demons.
The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd – I can summarize this in three words: Frankenstein, but worse. Lovely writing, but it really didn’t add or change or explore enough for me to recommend it, and it lacked the emotional connection of the original.
In Case You Missed It:
– I reviewed Dead Collections by Isaac Fellman, a slow-paced, introspective story about a very human trans vampire.
– I paired some more books and songs.
– I reviewed The Dragon Squisher by Scott McCormick, a fun and funny middle grade / YA high fantasy with sweet friendships.
– I reviewed Frostfire by Same Thorne & Lauren Ivey, a dark fantasy with demons, magic, and potential m/m romance.
– I shared some pretty black, white, and purple book covers.
– I reviewed The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon, a YA book about fae, witches, and a trans MC with a great voice.