April 2017 News

This is the April 2017 edition of the Gwern.net newsletter⁠; previous, March 2017 (archives). This is a collation of links and summary of major changes, overlapping with my Changelog⁠; brought to you by my donors on Patreon⁠.

Writings

Media

Books

Nonfiction:

Fiction:

  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja (the long-running series comes to an end; having read it since ~2008, it’s surprising to reread the whole series and realize that in between all the humorous action drama like banditos riding raptors or surfing a robotic Dracula back from the Moon, was lurking a fairly complex & well-thought-out time-travel SF story with very long callbacks and a bittersweet ending, with writing that improves as much as the art does over its 2006–2017 run. In some respects, it’s a little dated—looking back, I recognize it as something of an artifact of the ’00s Western Internet culture in being part of a ninja fad along with ⁠, ⁠, etc—but I’m still impressed at how Hastings makes it all come together, suggesting either he planned it out much further back than I ever expected or is a master of retcons. It is not the greatest time-travel story ever, or greatest martial arts story, but I will always enjoy reading action with a brain. It is no surprise to me that I would enjoy Hasting’s later .)

Film/TV

Animated:

Live-action:

Music

Touhou:

Doujin: