Welcome to Trope Check, what is either a one-off or a possible series, in which I examine how unique works of fiction deal with familiar tropes in fun, new, and exciting ways! #0. Play Catch-Up! If you're unfamiliar with the bloody brilliant 𝖕𝖎𝖊𝖈𝖊 𝖔𝖋 🅐🅡🅣 that is Adrian Tchaikovsky's SHARDS OF EARTH, you should first... Continue Reading →
Hi, everyone! In this week's book video, I'm looking at the third installment of Martha Wells's Murderbot Diaries, Rogue Protocol! https://youtu.be/OjHraoiVvd8 As always, I'd appreciate it if you like the video, subscribe to my channel and let me know what you think in the comments!
Hey, folks! I've got for you a new review about Jeff VanderMeer's Veniss Underground, a fascinating if somewhat flawed work. A lot happens across these two-hundred-and-fifty pages: a heartbreaking tale of separation and rediscovery, a descent into the underworld, a Biblical struggle between man and cruel god--all of it written with prose at once substantial... Continue Reading →
Previous - Hope Dies | Next After the spectacular defeat the rebels suffered at the hands of Darth Vader following Queen Trios' betrayal, our heroes are forced to scatter throughout the galaxy in search of safe haven. Luke, Leia, and Han are torn away from their friends and allies, even from the Millenium Falcon itself.... Continue Reading →
Heya folks! I've got a review of Martha Wells' second Murderbot Diaries novella, Artificial Condition. It's short and sweet, and the last video I'm doing with this setup. Brace yourselves, folks - I'm changing the ol' show up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu8_bduKVP0
Previous - The Ashes of Jedha/Mutiny at Mon Cala | Next - The Escape Ever since he took the reins with the seventh volume of this ongoing series, The Ashes of Jedha, GIllen has been building towards something - if the last panel of Mutiny at Mon Cala provided the answer to what, Hope Dies... Continue Reading →
Ursula K. Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven asks not only “Can we imagine the future?” but “What is the price for that future?” It's a brilliant work, revolving around the relationship between George Orr (who may or may not be a reference to George Orwell) and his psychiatrist, William Haber. Bend me your ear... Continue Reading →
https://youtu.be/G9DLOc-i2y4 Hiya folks. Today I've got a review of what is doubtless one of the finest sci-fi novels of 2021, already. Keep an eye out on the Hive for the text version tomorrow!
Hiya folks! I recently finished Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn on PC and I've been thinking about how the context of secondary information in it shifts as you play - in this video essay, I look to the ways in which Guerrilla's writing team has managed to craft one of the finest stories in gaming.... Continue Reading →
Previous || Next The good Doctor is back, and running for her life with her dearest pal, the homicidal protocol droid Triple-Zero. The two frenemies are in quite the bind--as soon as they grow further than 20 metres apart, the explosives implanted in their necks will arm, and go ka-BLOOEY! Grizzly, but what's a little... Continue Reading →