August 24, 2008

The Wheel of Time Series – On Audiobook!

Posted in Hobby, Video/Computer Games at 10:27 pm by Transmuter

For the last few months, Chiemi and I have been listening to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series on audiobook from Audible. We just finished Book 7, A Crown of Swords, and we are enjoying the series quite a lot. I have heard and read other people commenting that some of the books are overly long and verbose without enough plot development, but I disagree. I can’t say what I would have thought if I had been reading rather than listening to the books, but the audiobooks are fantastic.

The books are read by two people. Chapters that are written in a woman’s perspective are spoken by a female reader, while sections in a man’s perspective are read by a male reader. Both readers are very good, speaking clearly and in a tone that makes it easy to maintain interest and reading dialogue in the characters’ various accents. It’s also very convenient because we can listen to the books while doing other things (like playing World of Warcraft), or while traveling. We listened to a book while driving to and from Chiemi’s parents’ house in Wyoming, and it passed the time very well.

I don’t have a problem with Robert Jordan’s detail-oriented writing style; I feel that it actually makes the world more vivid in my imgination, as I can view the many settings and characters quite distinctly in my mind’s eye. I do take a minor issue with some passages, however. In some places Jordan decided to put a descriptive passage right in the middle of some other passage. For example, a character might be thinking something, and mid-thought a whole paragraph of nearly unrelated description is inserted. This makes it difficult to follow what is going on. Other than that sort of thing, I really enjoy the writing style.

Overall, I would highly recommend trying out the Wheel of Time audiobooks to anyone who is interested in epic fantasy literature.

World of Sand is not so much a game as it is a, well, sandbox. It’s a little flash program that lets you play with particles of sand, water, oil, and salt. You can place plant material that grows on contact with water, or make fire that burns the plant. Walls will block the flow of the particles, as will wax, though wax will burn. Oil will also burn. The namekuji (Japanese for slug) grows with water and shrinks with salt, though I usually turn it off completely, since it eats anything it contacts. The spout will generate water, and is eroded away by sand. If you’re confused, go check it out first, then come back after you get a feel for it. It’s good for passing the time.

August 17, 2008

General Updates

Posted in Family, Games, General, Hobby, Role-Playing Games, Video/Computer Games at 7:01 pm by Transmuter

Hello, it’s been a while since I last updated, so I’ll not post about a specific topic today. Instead, I will make an update about everything (that I can think of, anyway) that has been going on in my world recently.

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