A short graphic novel that illustrates the story of Gunter and the original downfall that cursed his descendants to a life of seeking and bad fortunesA short graphic novel that illustrates the story of Gunter and the original downfall that cursed his descendants to a life of seeking and bad fortunes. The story was originally told in dream sequences and a journal within the Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father game in 1993. In the 2013 release of the 20th anniversary edition of the game, this graphic novel was included as part of it. The illustrations were suitably dark and the artwork commendable....more
A short story about a man who rented an apartment below a strange doctor and how this association ended with him frightful of cold air.
I feel like thA short story about a man who rented an apartment below a strange doctor and how this association ended with him frightful of cold air.
I feel like that I've come to expect much from Lovecraft so this story is a bit light on horror. Perhaps it's because the premise is no longer as imaginative or far out as it might have been decades ago.
But I still enjoyed the beautiful prose and the slow buildup to a strong twist of an ending....more
The second in a series of novellas written for the upcoming game Torment: Tides of the Numenera. This one features the Indigo Tide, which represents aThe second in a series of novellas written for the upcoming game Torment: Tides of the Numenera. This one features the Indigo Tide, which represents actions of equity, justice (not in a law/legal sense), compromise, and the greater good.
The plot follows a protagonist who knows not where he came from. And no, it's not a story about discovering where he came from, but rather about finding out what sort of person he is. A series of unfortunate incidents drove the survivors of a village to a desperate bid to look for aid from an unlikely source.
It is a short story that features several major characters all influenced by the same tide, but who are driven by different motivations and perspectives. It harps on "the greater good" and "what is one life against many" throughout (perhaps a bit too much) from equally valid views. There was a point in the story where I wasn't quite sure who's the real villain, and I think that was nice - it kept me from seeing the real twist, and a really nice way to end the whole "for the greater good" concept....more
This is the first of a series of novella for the upcoming Torment: Tides of Numenera game.
While the writing is enjoyable and the plot interesting, I cThis is the first of a series of novella for the upcoming Torment: Tides of Numenera game.
While the writing is enjoyable and the plot interesting, I can tell there's something that I'm missing to be able to fully understand the story as a whole. I managed to fill in some blanks by googling around but it would've been nice to have some questions answered within the novella itself.
I got the gist of what the story is trying to showcase - the Gold Tide. The tides are basically the alignment system in Numenera (the game). Tides attempt to classify actions irrespective of morality or intentions. The gold tide is about empathy, sacrifice, and charity. It encompasses false philanthropy as well as martyrdom - tides are not as simple as good vs. evil, but more about the actions and the end results.
So based on that, we have both the protagonist and the antagonist representing this tide differently - one presents the selfless side, the other, the selfish side. This message was delivered pretty well throughout the story. One was trying to save her people, wanting to keep them from repeating the same mistake over and over again. The other was also saving the same people, but came with a completely different reason. This group of people took refuge is a hostile environment, and soon found that they were not alone there, and things are not what they seemed.
I just didn't really get the ending, even after doing some reading. But I guess that's part of the theme of the Ninth World (setting for Numenera), where the numenera are just not meant to be properly understood....more
A short story told by an unnamed narrator about how his decision to take a shortcut would set him on an encounter with a creepy old man in a creepy olA short story told by an unnamed narrator about how his decision to take a shortcut would set him on an encounter with a creepy old man in a creepy old house. As is usual with Lovecraft's works, I love reading out loud the flowery prose. There's a certain degree of horror-movie kind of creepiness in this one. An old man, seemingly harmless save his weird circumstances, but getting that tingling sensation that there's something sinister just out of sight. Too bad the ending was left somewhat open-ended. It's probably meant to be "for your imagination", but I felt it was too abrupt. It kind of left me hanging when I was hoping for more....more
One of most original end-of-the-world scenarios is in this book. I have not read Mogworld, which many people seem to relate to when reviewing this oneOne of most original end-of-the-world scenarios is in this book. I have not read Mogworld, which many people seem to relate to when reviewing this one. Basically, a bunch of Brisbane residents woke up to find the city under a layer of organic-eating strawberry jam. I got a kick out of it as I've been to Brisbane a few times and I know exactly which streets the whole thing takes place in.
It starts off promising, carrying a humourous undertone like a comedy sitcom. The inital band of survivors are drawn from eccentric stereotypes. It's kind of charming in a silly way, but as story progresses,mthat charm starts to fade. I'm of the impression that the book doesn't know what it wants to be. Funny or serious? It just ended up neither. Yes, some of the jokes and references are genuinely funny, but I was hoping for more.
The characters start off endearing then they become a bit annoying. It's hard to emphatise with the protagonist when he's basically the resident fool and weirdo. There's really no character growth either, especially considering the apocalyptic event. It's just one steretypical personality after another. Granted, this wasn't meant to be a serious story, but it tried to be, so I can't help thinking of the lack of elements usually found in a more serious story.
The ending just comes barreling at you like a slasher film where the last few characters are killed off one after another. And given their not-very-likable personalities, it's hard to care. The finale feels unsatisfying, probably because I was hoping another character would be one of those who survived. But by then, I just wanted to finish the book and be done with it. All in all, it's a light read that starts off promising. It just unfortunately peters out before the end. I gave it an extra star for the novelty of the idea and some genuinely funny bits....more