Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
I haven’t had much time to seek out and read new books for Down the Stacks lately, but I have managed to discover a small set of new webcomics that deserve a little bit more attention. As before, I’ll provide a link to each comic along with a synopsis and what I enjoy about the comic.
Monday, January 16, 2017
A belated Happy 2017 to you. We’re going to kick this year of Down the Stacks off with, big surprise, a Brandon Sanderson book. Specifically, I’m going to be reviewing a trilogy I should have done much sooner than this: the original Mistborn trilogy, also known as the The Final Empire or Mistborn era one. Mistborn was Sanderson’s second published novel, following the stand-alone Elantris (that’s also on my to-do list), and the one that helped make the whole Cosmere a viable publishing project.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Monday, January 2, 2017
It is Brandon Sanderson time once more here on Down the Stacks. This week’s selection is from the Cosmere, but in a much more general sense than any other book. Arcanum Unbounded is a new anthology collection that brings together a number of short Cosmere tales that have been previously published in many disparate places. It’s more than just a simple anthology though: this new Arcanum provides never before seen glimpses into the works of a significant player in the Cosmere’s background narrative.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
Many years ago, I was a regular player of browser-based Flash games through websites like Addicting Games, Newgrounds, and Kongregate. One of the games I especially enjoyed was a distance-launcher game called Burrito Bison. The premise was a bit goofy: the titular character was a Luchador whose normal day of shopping is interrupted when he’s kidnapped to a land of living gummy bears and thrown into a wrestling ring against candy-themed wrestlers. The gameplay was launching B.B. from the ring (ideally hitting the opponent for a speed bonus) to bounce off gummy bears to try and reach the portal home.
Some time later, the game creators, Juicy Beast, released a sequel where Burrito Bison returns to the candy world to retrieve his stolen wallet. I played both games to completion, found them to be highly enjoyable, and moved on with my life.
A few days ago, I was browsing the Google Play store on my phone and stumbled across a new entry in the Burrito Bison series, subtitled Launcha Libre. It’s an all-new game with the core mechanics adjusted for a touch screen and with additions like new characters and typical free-to-play elements.