Fragile Things, and the Wolf that Waits: Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods [Review]

“What if?” is key to this book of otherworldly terrors. The world of Through the Woods is of fairytale, of olden times when the dark was more unknown and more fearful, full of spirits and danger. Carroll’s characters go knowingly into danger, because they have no choice, or they find danger, incidentally, then have no power to ever escape it. By being smart and prepared they do not avoid their fate but delay it. Reason may allow you to live a life without fear, but by filling the darkness instead with terrors you acknowledge your mortality, and you prepare. Read More …

Egalitarian Blood and Guts – Rat Queens Vol 1: Sass and Sorcery [Review]

Rat Queens answers a longing for a simple, joyously bloody and reasonably diverse high fantasy action-adventure that allows escapism for a variety of readers, without constant reminders of our universe’s inequalities. Read More …

Melancholy Horror: A Review of Inio Asano’s Nijigahara Holograph

It is hard to summarize the plot of Nijigahara Holograph. The story takes place in alternate timelines, the distinctions between which are never clarified. Time hops and folds on itself and leaves you feeling jumbled, as though you’ve missed something important to bind the pieces together. Read More …

Love Your Handheld, Love Your Franchise – The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds

  Nintendo is a company built on a few essential video game formulas that have worked well enough, over and over again, for decades. Through the pop culture ubiquity of their franchises, Nintendo has defined the bare basics of what a “video game” is to Read More …