My sojurn in DA:I started with a head scratching glitch...after the cut scene of racing up the blasted hill by demon spiders and being touched by, uh, Andraste? you are supposed to (I came to find out) awake being interrogated by Cassandra. Instead, my character came to on the blasted hill! The world was completely… » 11/20/14 7:44pm Yesterday 7:44pm

Thank you for putting this here, or I would have had to. This, I think, is one of the more important works of the 20th century, in genre or out of it. I've read Book of the New Sun probably upwards of a dozen times (actually all 12 books of the Solar Cycle, which are all amazing). Nothing compares to it. It is truly a… » 10/21/14 2:43pm 10/21/14 2:43pm

The earliest book to totally change my outlook on life was, strangely enough, Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I was around 8 or 9, and once I found it, I read it once a day for a year or so. I don't even know if I can coherently say what it was about the book that touched me so deeply. I realize it is predicated on… » 9/24/14 9:20am 9/24/14 9:20am

I found this episode to be one of the best of the season. I was floored by the moment when Nora yells at her daughter for spilling the juice, sending her daughter into a tearful breakdown, only to hear the silence we all knew was coming descend, and see the orange juice dripping off of the table. I audibly gasped, and… » 8/25/14 1:38pm 8/25/14 1:38pm

The balance between 'every day delusion' and 'supernatural underpinnings' took a radical turn this week for me. When Dog Hunter was on his way out of the cabin, after Kevin 'saved' Patti from suffocation, he spoke to invisible voices in the identical way that Kevin's father did. Also, someone noted that there were… » 8/18/14 1:33pm 8/18/14 1:33pm

Yeah, all of that was fascinating. What I'm finding MOST fascinating about this is my own relationship to the growing 'mystery'. I count myself among those who have felt perpetually let down by "mystery box" shows, which create elaborate mythologies and mysteries and the blow it all over the wall in epic fail fashion.… » 8/11/14 2:33pm 8/11/14 2:33pm

Thanks for sharing this. It must make this film that much better having such an intimate connection with it. I'm really sorry you had to go through this. I have a nine year old son now, and the thought of him having to live through my wife or I dying of cancer is just horrific. » 8/04/14 12:04am 8/04/14 12:04am

Charlie Jane, you don't know how happy it makes me to read this review from you! I've been hearing good things, but this seals it. I can not WAIT to see this film. And then, to see it again with my kid. HolyJeezballs I don't think I've been this excited for a movie in a looooong time. » 8/01/14 9:09am 8/01/14 9:09am

Yeah. Maybe "bottomless" is a more apt term. It never ceases to reward me with new readings. New details emerge from it's basically holographic/fractalesque text every time I read it. As one of the reliable proselytizers for this series on this site, I'm glad to see it's inclusion. » 7/31/14 10:39am 7/31/14 10:39am

Finch is the last in the great Ambergris trilogy: City of Saints and Madmen (short stories which are basically world building); Shriek: and Afterword, and Finch. Like the Southern Reach trilogy, each reads completely differently than the others in style and voice, but all combine to create an undeniable masterwork. He… » 7/30/14 4:22pm 7/30/14 4:22pm