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video 2017-09-05 09:54

(Not book-related, and more dating sim with actual game elements than visual novel, but the trailer made me laugh so I thought I'd share. Looks like it's available for Windows and Mac at the moment.)

 

I started playing the free version over the weekend out of morbid curiosity, and it turned out to be way more entertaining than I expected. Everyone's horrible in their own unique way, but none of them are horrible in a puppy kicking kind of way.

 

There's Nate (uptight and expects everyone to be as good at everything as he is), Shiloh (enormous suck up), Everett (abrasive and can't think for himself), Bae (snarky and annoying), Pran (refuses to hold a conversation), and Jeremy (so very emo). And then there's the heroine, who doesn't care how annoying, frustrating, or difficult to like any of the guys are, because they're hot and there's maybe a chance she can date one of them. She flat out tells them this too - one of the things I'm loving about the game is that nearly all of the characters are completely aware of the things about themselves that put others off and don't try to hide those aspects. There are also a few fun non-dateable side characters. My favorites are Lynn, the school nurse who tries to force everybody to get along, and the little con artist/luck manipulator in the shopping district.

 

I've put about 5 hours in so far and still haven't finished my first playthrough. Future playthroughs might not be quite as much fun due to scene repetitions, but thankfully there's the usual "skip" button and one unusual feature the developer kindly included, an in-game spot where you can enter cheat codes. During my second playthrough, I plan on using the one that'll let me avoid having to constantly check and maintain my reputation with all the cliques, because one full playthrough of having to do that is enough.

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review 2017-08-26 19:03
Disappointing
The Dating Bender - Christina Julian

I love a good romantic comedy and I had high hopes for this one, but it fell flat for me. I didn't find Samantha at all likable. She has loads of Catholic guilt, but that doesn't prevent her from sleeping with someone else while she's still married, or from sleeping with a married man. Cheating in fiction doesn't offend me, it is fiction, after all, but the actions just don't work with her guilt. Between the bed hopping, drinking, and inability to control her gag reflex, she's also indecisive and seems to always be looking for something or someone better. The only person I had any empathy for in this story was Sheldon, Samantha's hapless husband. I get that he was out of touch with the marriage, but he did at least explain himself. The author falls back on slapstick and repetition a lot more than I cared for and in my opinion, vomiting just isn't funny past a certain age. There are also a lot of time jumps, making the story choppy. From reading the blurb, I felt like the story had great potential, but everything considered, it wasn't for me and I don't think I'll be reading future books from this author. 

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text 2017-08-05 21:16
Free today for Kindle
Dating the Undead (Undead Dating Service) - Juliet Lyons

I heard through Facebook that this novel is FREE today on Kindle.  It is in the U.S. but I am not sure about anywhere else (sorry).  Got some good reviews

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text 2017-08-05 17:26
Dating the Undead (Bite Nights Book 1) by Juliet Lyons Free!
Dating the Undead (Undead Dating Service) - Juliet Lyons

V-Date.com. It's the vampire dating site. And if you're a mortal who's getting a little too close to learning our secrets, I'm the guy who swoops in to make you forget. But don't worry: I only bite sometimes.

 

I was great at my job until I met Silver—sarcastic, sexy, spunky Silver. I can't bring myself to make her forget about our kind. About me. It's all I can do not to throw her down on the kitchen counter and have my way with her, fangs and all.

 

She says she's just looking for a good time, and I'm just the vampire to give it to her—over and over again. I went into this looking for a good tumble, but even I have to admit that things are changing between us. Good god, I want to hold her hand. In public.

 

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text 2017-08-01 14:53
Reading progress update: I've read 94 out of 234 pages.
Spider-Man: Death and Dating - Lee Weeks,Dan Slott,Roger Stern,Mark Waid

Spidey learns: never trust a Shocker; maybe you can trust a Jameson (who's not J. Jonah); rats are grosser in big bunches; Jackpot being a red-haired bombshell is just a coincidence.

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