April 2017 News

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This is the April 2017 edi­tion of the Gw­ern.net newslet­ter; pre­vi­ous, (). This is a sum­mary of the re­vi­sion-his­tory RSS feed, over­lap­ping with my & ; 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: