Category Archives: Uncollected Thoughts

The Underworld Inside Her Head – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Back in 2012, I was on a forum looking at a thread discussing the lackluster sales of Prototype 2, the somewhat disappointing sequel to one of my absolute favorite sandbox games. In the course of the discussion, one poster opined … Continue reading

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A Private Language of Modernist Mayhem: An Appreciation of Marcel Dzama

I haven’t talked about art as much as I’ve wanted to on this blog. Art is something I have a great appreciation for, but it’s an appreciation that I have found particularly difficult to translate into words. Most of my … Continue reading

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If I Wrote Book 4 of The Legend of Korra

(Fair warning before we begin: this is going to be an intensely nerdy post talking about The Legend of Korra, so if you haven’t watched the show, not much of it is going to make a lick of sense.) Today’s … Continue reading

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The USSR: A Personal Exploration

I have always deeply insecure about my writing. This is not unusual in the world of writers, but it has always been a particular source of frustration for me. Whenever I flip open a empty notebook or see the white … Continue reading

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Secondhand Manifestos: Quick Thoughts on Bruce Sterling’s Pirate Utopia

It appears to have accidentally turned into Jackboot Month here in the Dolmen. Today’s subject, Bruce Sterling’s 2016 novella Pirate Utopia, is something I literally found out about yesterday and spent a few hours reading cover to cover. I’ve never … Continue reading

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Hard to Be A (Fictional) God

After a long absence, I’ve made a return to reviewing for Strange Horizons with my latest piece, a discussion of City of Blades, the second book in what has become Robert Jackson Bennett’s The Divine Cities trilogy. Longtime readers of … Continue reading

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The Parts, But Not the Whole: Thoughts on Dishonored 2

Over the years, I’ve found that when I fall in love with some new show or movie or game, my passion burns like Icarus, a brief all-consuming flash followed by oblivion. Every once and a while, however, I find something … Continue reading

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