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  1. I was first introduced to the series through Super Smash Bros Melee, and I liked Princess Zelda so much that my parents pre-ordered The Wind Waker for me. As a free gift, the pre-order came with the GameCube port of Ocarina of Time, plus the Master Quest version. So OoT was technically my first Zelda game, but TWW was the first one I experienced as it was released, being 7 years old at the time. My dad had to help me at several parts, but I’ve played it again a million times since then and I also got the HD Wii U version when it came out, so it’s one of my favorites.


    Using the Wind Waker constantly to change direction was also one of my biggest gripes too, but they fixed that in the HD one with the Swift Sail, which makes the wind go in whatever direction your ship is heading automatically. It made sailing easier and also made The Wind Wales actually stand out more, because I was finally just using it for important tasks and not just turning my boat around because I saw a cute looking island or I had forgotten something.


    Like you, the game also has some of my favorite enemy designs, particularly the Wizzrobe, because hearing that siren noise before seeing it was always a moment. I really love the Miniblins because hearing those shrieks of them coming out of nowhere low key freaks me out sometimes, and I love when a game is able to do that. I absolutely love the Darknuts too, in fact they’d be my favorite in the series if not for their Twilight Princess iteration. That Temple of Time Darknut fight is everything. The Wind Waker revealing their Jackal themed design also makes me wonder if they could one day presented as a normal race in a future game, similar to how the Zora often appear as enemies in earlier games.


    This review is really spot on for me. The Wind Waker isn’t my favorite, but it’s definitely up there as ONE of my favorites. Then again, I don’t have a solid ranking as it always changes depending on the day, with the one exception being Breath of the Wild and Twilight Princess occupying my top spots. One thing that The Wind Waker did that I would love to see again was the Nintendo Gallery. Imagine being able to make a collection of figures of every character, animal, and enemy in Breath of the Wild. I’m actually surprised that they didn’t do that, because purchasing those rare photos of the Blight Ganons and Calamity Ganon reminds me of buying the legendary pictographs from Lorenzo in The Wind Waker.


    I’m curious to know your thoughts on the follow up adult timeline games, because while not everyone was a fan of those, I personally love them and think they add to the timeline’s overall story beautifully.


    I can’t remember if I’ve recommended it to you before, but Hyrule Warriors is a must have, especially if you love The Wind Waker. It features Toon Link, Tetra, and Medli as playable characters along with Windfall Island/Dragon Roost Island/Forsaken Fortress and the Earth Temple/Wind Temple as stages (the islands and temples being combined into two different stages makes sense in the context of the game). The Wind Waker’s Phantom Ganon also appears as a boss in the game with the same Dead Man’s Volley strategy as he has in the mainline series.

  2. The snappening! Native Invader almost feels like a follow up to Scarlet’s Walk which is why it was one of my faves at first listen. I also felt the same way about Little Earthquakes being better than sunder the Pink for a long time but one day it just kinda hit me that I kinda prefer UTP. I still don’t know why FTCGH doesn’t get the same acclaim that BFP does but both touch on different topics, and both excel in said topics so honestly I’m not even mad. 


    Something @Skyline once pointed out to me is that stans who prefer her earlier work actually loved UP, so I’m glad to see someone else who doesn’t seem to gravitate towards one end of her discography. She definitely shifted her directions after Scarlet’s Walk but I love recent tori as much as I love older Tori.

  3. 11 hours ago, Not Dennis Reynolds said:

    I haven't seen the show and I like the movie, but I'm sure they're very different.


    This is the show?: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lost_World_(TV_series) I hadn't heard of it, but apparently it's based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel of the same name, which was definitely a big influence on Crichton when writing JP and was the namesake of his second novel, so they actually are sort of related.


    Yeah, me too. Like I said earlier, I love Coraline, and that's a bit of a twist on Alice in Wonderland. I actually found that movie pretty scary, and I was 13 when I saw it! I actually think it would be pretty terrifying to a younger kid - few things would be scarier than a slightly inverted version of your parent with evil intentions. And it's just vague enough about the Other Mother's origins to have that inherent mysterious creepiness.

    That’s it! It’s been over a decade since I watched it, but I would always watch it every morning before school. I had never known it was based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work, that’s pretty wild.


    Coraline is an all time fave of mine too. I also saw it in theaters, and I think I was 12 at the time? I sometimes watch videos theorizing on the film and its characters because there’s so many details you can miss or not even realize. I plan on reading the book eventually, which I’ve heard is even creepier, so I look forward to that.

  4. 2 minutes ago, Not Dennis Reynolds said:

    I haven't read any of Crichton's novels, actually (although I also own Prey), although I have seen many films he was involved with, meaning based directly on one of his novels or his original screenplay, so not counting some Jurassic sequels or Futureworld:


    The Andromeda Strain 



    Jurassic Park



    The Lost World: Jurassic Park




    I'd also be interested in reading the novels Congo and Sphere, of which the film adaptations were sort of maligned but I still like them. What did you think of The 13th Warrior?

    I want to watch the original Westworld film. Although the two aren’t related, your mention of The Lost World: Jurassic Park reminds me of a show I watched when I was little called The Lost World.


    I like The 13th Warrior a lot. We read and watched it during my junior year, and it was one of my favorites film and books we covered in high school. I found it pretty neat how it was a re-written version of the classic Beowulf. I enjoy when an older story is taken and new elements are added in to give a different perspective, Wicked being another example that I think was well done.

  5. 20 minutes ago, Not Dennis Reynolds said:

    It's a good book. From Wells I also really like The Sleeper Awakes, about a man who falls into a coma for about two hundred years and wakes up to find that due to compound interest, he's the wealthiest man on Earth and much of his money has been used to transform the world into a dystopia.


    I don't own that many books, mostly because my mom was a librarian for about a decade and I could just order whatever I wanted through the province's system, but with the books I have bought I'm sometimes the same way. I was reading The Fountainhead earlier this year and kinda fell off of it, not that I didn't like it (although Rand definitely has some glaring weaknesses as a writer), and I bought Jurassic Park a couple months ago but still haven't read it. Supposedly it's pretty different from the movie.


    Yeah, I don't get it either. Selective empathy, I suppose. Odd to demonstrate such thoughtfulness in that book and yet be hateful to many people who would identify with what he wrote for legitimate reasons.

    That sounds like a good one, I’ll have to look into it.


    Game of Thrones is what really spearheaded my getting back into reading. I haven’t read Jurassic Park, but I’ve read Michael Crichton’s Eaters of the Dead and seen the film based on it, The 13th Warrior. I also just recently finished the first season of Westworld, based on his film from the 80s, and really enjoyed it. I’m eager to watch season 2, but I don’t have HBO so I have to wait until December for the DVD release.

  6. 2 minutes ago, Not Dennis Reynolds said:

    Superficially, yeah, there is a similarity between the two races in both of those books, with one being very lazy and the other being savage, but I think with Wells it wasn't so much a race thing as it was a class thing. The Eloi are basically the elite, who don't have to do or work for anything, and the Morlocks are the underground race who do all the work for the Eloi, but they also devour them. I don't quite exactly recall Wells' physical descriptions of both races, but I don't think it was as egregious as Gullivar Jones. I think they're both sort of light-skinned, flaxen-haired beings, with the Morlocks being more outright albino and uglier.


    Yeah, I love a lot of the Cthulhu stuff, but Lovecraft was awfully racist even by the standards of his time, especially towards black and Jewish people. And yeah, Orson Scott Card is also astoundingly homophobic. Have you read Ender's Game? What's particularly weird about Card's views on gay people is that Ender is portrayed as a "Third" (in a society where only two children are allowed) and is bullied for it a lot, and we're obviously supposed to empathize with him, and it's not a huge stretch to draw a connection between Ender's experiences and that of a young LGBT person. 

    I recently purchased The Time Machine, so I’ll read it eventually. I have a bad habit of buying books and forgetting to read them, and I’m wanting to stop doing that and get caught back up.


    I haven’t read it, but that’s pretty strange. Surely he had to realize people would recognize the connection? Unless he was just that blindsided by his own views. It’s like when I watched Tyra interview one of the leaders of the Westboro Baptist Church and her daughters, and they said they enjoyed watching America’s Next Top Model. I just can’t fathom how these people think. orangu1 

  7. 21 minutes ago, Not Dennis Reynolds said:

    I like Neil Gaiman, particularly the film Coraline, Sandman is good too. I didn't know they were friends.


    Yeah, in LGJ there's basically two races, the Thither people and the Hither people, one being a race of quivering light-skinned wimps and the other a violent dark-skinned race. 


    H.P. Lovecraft was also extremely racist as I recall, although unlike many authors that didn't tend to be apparent in his main works too much (although he definitely wrote some awful letters and poems that demonstrated these views), at least to my recollection. But then again he tended to write about totally inhuman alien gods and monsters, so there wasn't much opportunity to make a fantasy race an obvious allegory for black people or anything like that...

    It was thought the character Delirium was based on Tori, though her creation actually pre-dates the two of them first meeting. They do bare a similar appearance though.


    That does sound pretty… shady. It also somewhat reminds me of the two races of humans in The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, but I have yet to read it so it’s possible the similarities end there. 


    It’s a shame some of these visionaries had these views. Especially because Cthulhu is such a sci-fi staple. That reminds me of how the author of Ender’s Game received backlash for his homophobic views to the point where the cast of the movie adaption had to say themselves that they don’t support said views.

  8. 1 hour ago, Not Dennis Reynolds said:

    A friend of mine likes the show American Gods, but I've neither seen it nor read the books.


    You might be interested to know of the book Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation, which came out before A Princess of Mars and is very, very similar, with a military man magically traveling to Mars and meeting a Martian princess. And of course, it's also pretty racist rip2 

    I haven’t seen the show either, but I own the first season so I wanna get into it. Plus, it’s Neil Gaiman, and I love Coraline, so I have high expectations. Not to mention his friendship with Tori Amos and the way they reference each other in their works so much.


    I’ll have to check into that. It’s amazing how such a colorful genre has had so many authors who have been so close minded. But I suppose they were a product of their time. sia3