Author Archives: Alasdair

My Initial Thoughts on Frostpunk

By the skin of its teeth, New London had weathered the storm. In no small part this was not due to my leadership, but in spite of it. While I had build infrastructure and homes, I had neglected to fully … Continue reading

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Comedy Without Tears: The Death of Stalin

I must admit that I approached this movie with a great deal of trepidation. As someone with a serious interest in the history of the Soviet Union, I confess I have a touch of humorlessness on the subject. Rather than … Continue reading

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I Should Have Saved That Pun For This: The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Book One: Deus lo Vult

When I said I wanted to start reading alternate history stories again back in January, this wasn’t quite what I had in mind. About a month ago, I was browsing a small hole-in-the-wall forum and was intrigued by a few … Continue reading

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All Kawaii on the Western Front: Valkyria Chronicles Remastered

(As a prelude, I would like to sincerely apologize for that pun. It’s dreadful, even by my low standards.) Valkyria Chronicles, Sega’s critically acclaimed 2008 release, was a departure from my usual gaming habits. While I’ve played my fair share … Continue reading

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A Very Brief Note on 2017 and the Road Ahead

2017 was a very bad year for me. While my new drug regimen did improve my overall well-being, they also left me with sleep and anxiety issues that I have yet to fully overcome. I was also met with a … Continue reading

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The Girl In The Iceberg: Anna Kavan’s Ice

While the concept was based on dodgy science from the 1960s that was later disproven, I have a special place in my heart for stories about apocalyptic ice ages. A large part of it is simply due to my own … Continue reading

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Some Displeased Rambling on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

I have a very bad habit of impulsively buying things. It’s something I’m not very proud of doing, but it’s an irrational impulse that I’ve never been able to master. If I had to guess, I would say it is … Continue reading

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