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Impressions of: Gardens of the Moon

Friends are people you trust, people that try to be nice to you. Friends are not people that make you read a book that gives you a headache.

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Doesn’t it need a few more plants to be a garden?

A friend of mine told me to read this book, he said it was awesome, better than food, that I would either love or hate it (take note here dear readers, this last piece of information is a good indication that something might be iffy with what you are being “sold”).

But he was wrong, oh, so very wrong. I didn’t hate or love it; I just liked it, a 6/10. Now I don’t think it was a bad book, it had moments of brilliance, especially a character introduced later on, called Kruppe, he was fantastic. In fact, many of the characters in this book are interesting and fun to read about, even if we don’t get to know them enough to call them acquaintances. Then where is the problems/lack of excellence that makes it into a 6/10 instead of a 10/10?

There are four main problems in this book, according to me, the first is: What the heck is even happening?!

I am able to find the thread which is this book’s main plot (even though it took a while) fairly easily, but at the same time we get to know about 3-4 other bigger plots, that are on a world level, while the main plot of Gardens of the Moon is on a group/country level. Mostly group. Furthermore, there is the problem of characters acting all “YOLO” and doing whatever they please for seemingly no reason, but to be fair it isn’t very common.

The second problem: Where did that come from and stop pulling things from Uranus!?

When I read this book one of my most common thoughts was “where the hell did that/this come from?”. If I had a dollar for every time I thought that I would have at least 50$, which wouldn’t get me a ticket to the Bahamas, but the next town over and a change of scenery is always nice. However unserious that was this is a real problem I believe. The reader shouldn’t constantly feel like almost anything could jump out behind the next corner, at least not in this kind of book. Had it taken place in a surreal dream world, than by all means, throw crazy at me all the time, but this is a serious, albeit fictional, world with what I guess are strict rules.

Problem number three: Who was that again?

Okay, this one is also one of the strengths of the book and the world but when you are first introduced to this universe it is annoying beyond belief. What am I talking about, I’m talking about names. Everybody and their grandma have about 20+ names which the author decides to switch between now and then. Sometimes it’s used to great effect when you think it is a completely new character we’ve been following but is actually someone we know just going by a different alias. Alas, it can be cool and the world is kind of sort of built around this practice but it is irritating when you have to learn over 9000 names just to follow the basic happenings from one page to the next.

Fourth of the problems: I know nothing about this place!

Right from the outset I understood that this is a grand and complex world that the story will take place in. A bit too grand and complex one might say. This is the mother of all the problems, at least all the ones I have called out. As you read the book, the grandeur of the world slowly dawns on you and you see that there are bigger things at stake and far from every card has touched the table. Big and complex worlds are not bad in and of themselves, but when you as the reader are thrown right into them with little to no explanation it makes your brain fry. It’s overwhelming. Normally you as the reader have a mug that can be filled with new information. This mug can hold about 10-11 ounces of new information, and then you need to drink it and contemplate over it during a sunset in a rocking chair. Sometimes Gardens of the Moon gives you the right amount of information, sometimes it gives you a tsunami.

Even though I have problems with the book I still feel like I should give the next one a chance. However, if that one doesn’t get a good grip on me then I’m out here.

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Semi Random Blurt #04

It isn’t the size that matters, it’s the quality.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system let’s get serious. I’ve been thinking about the critique some games have gotten from the fact that their avarege play/completion time is short. Games that come to mind are “The Order 1886”, which was ridiculed for its 5 houres of play time. But I don’t really see the problem here. Why would should a game get a lower score just from being short? Well they don’t is the answere (I think at least (might be wrong)).

As I remember it, back in the middel of the 00s, many of the big action and FPS games that came out were often under 10 houres long. Most could be completed the same day you bought them. But as I also remember it, no one really seemed to point out this fact or care. So why did “everyone” go bananas when “The Order 1886” was only 5 hours? One of the reasons could be the price, that a game being sold for full price should at least be X hours long. But I don’t really think time has ever been the issue, it is rather the lack of enjoyment that is the problem. Had “The Order 1886″‘s 5 hours been mindblowingly good, no one would have cared, instead it would have been raised to the sky like Simba and been hailed as a beacon of light, that quality is always more important then quantity. However, we got neither and therfore everyone got pissed.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens second watching

Now the hype train has come to a stop and I believe the “no spoiler” period is over.

I have seen this movie twice, was it as good during the second watching. No, no it wasn’t but it was still an enjoyable ride. Would I still recommend people to go see it, defiantly, because it is a good adventure/action flick. But that’s ‘bout it.

I might sound a bit harsh, especially since my last post was a weird praising of the movie, which I don’t regret, because back then, it was truly magical. But as with all things, it calms down eventually.

“SPOILERS AHEAD”

If you’ve seen Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, than you has seen this movie. That is something being said by many critiques and while it is true, it is also “not true”. This movie is a stepping stone, a launch pad, from which the new trilogy shall bloom and grow.

So what do I mean by saying that the critiques are true but also not. Well the big story/plot points for this movie are the same as those in Star Wars Episode IV, the goo that binds it all together is not the same, and I think this is important to point out.

The plot is therefore kind of a letdown, since it is a “retelling”, but it is still way better than the prequels. However this creates some interesting character traits in the villain, Kylo Ren. He is a Darth Vader fan boy, and he wants to become a new “Darth Vader” therefore he mimics said person and that makes for a interesting villain. He wants to continue a legacy that failed, and at the same time, he wants be something of his own. I am really looking forward to seeing what they do with this character in the rest of the trilogy.

Next up! Finn, the “odd-ball”, “why odd-ball?” because he is a New Order defector. He was part of the “EVUHL EMPIRE” but after seeing some casual murdering of innocent civilians he decides to go with the good guys. Also, he falls in love with the new generations’ hero. Which is a new thingy-jingy.

The hero of the prequels (Anakin) did also have a love story, which leads to destruction and a imbalance in the force. So it will be interesting to see were this will be going, will Rey respond to Finns feelings, will that lead her down the path of the dark side?

Also our hero this time around is a woman, which I think is cool. Star Wars have been for the most part a sausage-party, with some exceptions. And the movie played did a fun thing with the fact. In one scene, when Rey (the hero) is attacked by some thugs Finn runs to her rescue but before he arrives she has already neutralized the threat.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this, but what I do know is that this film has laid out a good and solid foundation for the two upcoming movies.

Also, the movie is simply gorgeous; a few scenes are simply eye porn.

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Thoughts on things concerning play I think

The day before yesterday at a relatives birthday party I was speaking with a older second cousin. This cousin had her brought her children to celebratory gathering. They were 7 and 9 I believe and was playing on their Ipad a bit during the party. Anyway, this second cousin said that she thought it was funny that her children was playing with marbels. Just as she had done when she was a child. (I was about to write balls, which might have been fun, but then I decide to check for the correct translation)

The second cousin’s mother said that is was good that they were playing with marbles. Since she had also done so herself when young (so did I). But it got me thinking. Why was it that they thought it was so excellent to play with marbles?

Was it because the children had to be outside while doing it? Was it because they had saved their old marbel collections and and now the children could make sure that they were not gathering dust on some attic? Maybe it was because they, the grown ups, knew what marbels was and how to play with them so it created some kind of common connection between young and old?

I would guess it has a lot to do with the last one, naturally that is probably not the only reason, but I think it might be the main reason. Parents want to connect with their offspring and what better way than to do it through play? When playing, everyone becomes just another player, yes some might be more experienced players, but whilst playing you leave other rolles behinde. It is the same thing when I am playing cards with my grandmother. I do not think about our relation outside of the game while playing, neither is she. We just play and have a good time.

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