Tag Archives: European history

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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(Repost) Entering a Radiant State, Part II

Originally posted on One Last Sketch:
Stalin, Stalin, wherefore art thou Stalin? Part I Alasdair: But even the Lodka cannot outrun Rizhin forever. As Lom searches the abandoned Lodka for Chazia’s secret archive, he is followed inside by Rizhin’s police…

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(Repost) Entering a Radiant State, Part I

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There is only the future At long last, we’re down to the last volume in Peter Higgins’ Wolfhound Empire trilogy, 2015’s Radiant State, and Alasdair Czyrnyj’s back for another round of discussion. Six years…

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(Repost) All that’s Left is Truth and Fear, Part II

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Part I Nukes are Kind of Magic Michal: Higgins is very clear that the introduction of nuclear weapons represents a cosmic-scale shift in humankind’s relationship with the supernatural. Up until this point, the citizens…

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(Repost) All that’s Left is Truth and Fear, Part I

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Amidst the Ruins As promised, I’m bringing back Alasdair Czyrnyj to continue our discussion of Peter Higgins’ Wolfhound Empire trilogy. This time, we’re taking on the middle volume, Truth and Fear. Truth and Fear…

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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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The Bard in Jackboots: Richard III (1995)

Like everyone in the English-speaking world, I had to read my share of Shakespeare during my formative years. I spent three years in high school with the Bard, making my way through Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth. I … Continue reading

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