Orbiting a barren planetoid in a system full of nothing just past the edge of the frontier, The Last Outpost is just another refueling station. Strategically important, true, but on a routine stop you never expected to spend longer than a couple hours there, let alone a couple of days fighting for your life...
There are five epilogues, but some may be difficult to discover. Note that actions have consequences, but not always immediate ones. (And if you just need an End Game link, go play around with the probe.)
When the weather is fine, you've been coming to this grove to drink from the pool for centuries now. Today, you meet a stranger and hear a story that changes all that...
A fairy tale adventure.
Another Damn Wolf Story
I have no idea why I wrote this. All I can say in my defense is that it seemed like a good idea at the ti--wait no that's a lie, I said, repeatedly that this was stupid and shameful every time I mentioned working on it.
The truth is I needed to publish something before the end of the year and there is CLEARLY a burning need for wolf stories in the psyche of children using the internet. But then they write them badly, or make their wolves behave like clans of cats. So here is a simple straightfoward story of a young wolf leaving his pack in search of a better life. Maybe no one will ever feel the need to write another one now, or if nothing else maybe this will give them ideas for how to do it in slightly more minimum-standards-meeting ways.
Final conclusion however is that writing about some dumb animal with no agency is not something I'd recommend.
Don't Get Date Raped!
A short, educational piece. Please remain sensitive and respectful in the comment section. (I'd hate to have to report you to an admin for bullying me.)
(DO NOT READ if you're at all easily offended or lacking in a sense of humor. There's nothing graphic at all in here, but seriously, I still cannot stress it enough, this story is not for you.)
I don't really keep up with much of anything anymore, but I don't think they ever stopped making games with pixel art, and then there's games like Minecraft and Stardew Valley and Terraria etc that are ridiculously popular. (Assuming that's the thing you were surprised about.)
Like EYV said, this one is new. You can get it off the Google home page right now.
You can look up past Google Doodles too, usually they're dumb minigames you might spend five minutes with and never touch again. This one is charming as heck and insanely elaborate by their standards, obviously somebody really knew what they were doing here and had fun with it. I hope whatever intern this was can use this to launch a game dev career.
Sent was showing off screenshots and I thought he and Tim were lying to me, but no it actually is this elaborate top down Olympics themed RPG full of minigames and mythological Japanese furries. Not sure if/when I'll get a chance to actually play but it looks pretty cute and fun.
Be sure to join Green Team, kappas are the best of all options.
Glad to have you joining the club, you always seem so excited about everything!
We're aiming to wrap up this thread by the end of August and then let the new one run through September, but of course things can happen.
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Or something close to that anyway. I'm very tired.
Important detail is that := always means "change to", while without the colon it's just checking what the number is.
I know many of you are away and busy with other things, and a new thread appearing in the Reading Corner should be instantly noticeable anyway, but once you post you are on the list, forever.
All right, we've had a good break, but time to get the new thread off the ground.
Starting with ugilick's suggestion from the last thread, we have King Solomon's Mines, by Sir H. Rider Haggard.
To that I'd like to add additional options of Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, and The Lost World, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (No relation to Jurassic Park, but there are some dinos just the same....)
And for the kidz, since we think of the children here, we'll jump forward a few years to:
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (this one was published in 1912, but it takes place in the 1800s so it still counts, shut up)
According to wikipedia, King Solomon's Mines is considered to have kicked off the "lost world" genre, usually consisting of (then) modern explorers finding hidden civilizations fill of fabulous wealths that somehow slipped through the cracks, and there have been many many imitators that are still influencing fiction in major ways today. (Looking at you, Wakanda.)
Whichever you read, make sure to get the full unabridged version, and not one that's been edited or dumbed down for "modern readers". (The industry's code word for retards.)
Also, we're going to be doing these threads a bit differently now, since the old ones tended to get pretty messy, and make it difficult to search back for any particular book discussion when the threads went all over the place and anything could be anywhere.
I still like the idea of covering multiple books at a time, that way if somebody's not feeling one or the other they can still participate. And all if you have any other books on this theme that you want to recommend, go right ahead.
New thread will be launched in September, and we'll have the major contributors to this one decide on a new theme.
All these books are pretty old so it should be easy to find a free copy, but if you're having trouble with that just DM me.