By Fran Bushe

Did you know that? I didn’t. And if that sentence makes you feel relief that you’re not alone, then “My Broken Vagina” is the book is for you.

Fran Bushe is someone who never had great sex and eventually decided that she was going to fix that. The bulk of this book is her journey from frustrated teen to better-informed adult.

Her stories of irritating, and sometimes abusive, boyfriends are extremely honest and a little depressing. I knew a lot of men out there thought their penis was gods gift to… everyone. But wow, there really is…

By Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori

Tags: Translated Fiction, Japanese, novella

I first heard about convenience store woman from * emmie *, a book tuber, who pointed out the juxtaposition of the quotes on the book and the tone of the book itself.

If you find the version of the book with the cover above (the one with the soy sauce fish) book reviewers will tell you how hilarious it is, making it sound like an all-out comedy. But that’s not what this is at all. …

Because we all approach a big series like Wheel of Time or Malazan full of optimism, only for some of us to utterly fail like Icarus.

Photo by Cederic Vandenberghe on Unsplash

Every fantasy reader has at least one of the epic series on their TBR. Wheel of Time, Dark Tower, Stormlight Archive, A Song of Ice and Fire, Malazan. But how do you actually get through an entire series and keep your sanity?

Ride your excitement but prepare for the drop-off.

You’ve been hearing about these books for years and you’re finally going to read them all. You’ve bought a boxset and you’re ready to go. The excitement and determination you have might get you through the first 100 pages, maybe 200 fairly quickly. But when you start to feel like you’re slowing down, don’t worry.

It’s natural for…

Here’s everything I’ve been reading this month.

Dawnshard — Brandon Sanderson

Part of my journey through the Stormlight Archive, this novella sits between the third and fourth main entries. So before I could make a start on last year’s major fantasy release I had to get through this first.

Well, not had to. The novellas (there are two of them so far) are considered optional but if a reader is going to commit to multiple books that are all over 1,200 pages each, then they’re not going to think much to tag on a couple of novellas as well. At least I didn’t anyway.

The speed-running community has been playing OoT for over 2 decades now. (I’ll give a couple of minutes to get over the existential dread that has just been brought about in anyone over the age of 30)…

… We good? Cool.

Despite the challenges that came with old-school speed-running, such as the need to videotape your TV as proof, a community started to blossom. …

Let me know if this sounds familiar.

I used to read all the time as a kid, I’d get through books like nobody’s business. But these days I find it hard to find the time. I try to read when I go to bed but most days I’m just too tired.

It’s a fairly common statement. You don’t have the time you did as a kid or the passion of a teenager. There are lots of other things to occupy your time, like the big 3, Netflix, social media and gaming.

I was sad to realise it had happened to…

After spending nearly 15 hours in this world, with these characters, the final credits rolled, the song “What Will You Leave Behind” played and I… cried. And this wasn’t a normal “this piece of media is sad” crying, this was something else.

But I will come back to that.

Spritfarer has been labelled as a “cosy game about dying”. This is a game about death in a way that hasn’t quite been done before.

Yes, games, especially the cinematic ones, have killed characters before but this is typically done for a dramatic story beat or to wring out more raw…

We were more Nintendo kids growing up so my exposure to Final Fantasy didn’t happen properly until FF10. Since then I’ve had a go at the tent-pole releases (12, 13 and 15) and have a working knowledge of the popular ones. But going in to this FF7 demo, I basically knew nothing.

I knew there was a bit with a reactor at the start. I knew most main people in your party, their rough descriptions and that one of them dies. …

Congratulations to whoever made this tweet. You’ve made a take so bad a Twitter thread wasn’t enough to explain the myriad of ways you are wrong.

Unpopular opinion: therapists are for people who don’t have or are unable to establish a core group of honest friends so they’d rather pay for help dealing with their feelings. Friendship is give & take. Some people can’t give tho so they rather just pay to take.

They go on to add a couple of caveats but trust me the core idea of “you just need friends” doesn’t get amended. …

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For us English speakers we are incredibly spoiled when it comes to communicating in other countries. As the first or second language of so many places, it’s common to be spoken to in English as a tourist or to find English on signs and menus. But in Japan, it’s not quite as easy as that.

Spoken Language, a sprinkle of English

Japan is a very homogenous country, meaning that for 99% of the population Japanese is their first language. While some Japanese people may learn the odd English phrase, English is definitely not a part of day-to-day life.

(Although most Japanese people are also very humble…

Emma Ellinson-Mortiboy 🎏

Writer of the dystopian-fantasy novel The Darwin Solution, Social Media Exec, part-time streamer and LPer. #gaming #books #writing #tabletop

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