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Hey all, running late because of job hunt related stuff. Things are turning out pretty well just now. In any case, it’s time for dice. This set’s a little different from others I’ve reviewed because it’s from the Dice Envy subscription service and isn’t available for ordering yet. I lucked into a subscription before car issues ate my savings, so I’m planning on reviewing the monthly set until the subscription runs out. Enjoy!

Cyclone 1

The Dice Envy Cyclone Dice set is an interesting thing for me. I’ve never done much with metal dice before this set. Ease of use on getting other materials and all that. Now, something that’s just really cool for me is that the mold on these is split between the Sixteen Candles set and the Oathkeeper’s Armor set. It makes for a fantastic design clash. The difference in the blue of the Oathkeeper’s sides and the purple and teal of the Sixteen Candles sides works really well for that.

These dice are super heavy compared to acrylic or resin sets. It’s a nice difference and makes them feel much different. Admittedly that’s kind of an obvious thing to note, but it’s still pretty nice.

Cyclone 2

I do admit that the weight is part of why I haven’t tested these as much as I usually do. I don’t currently have a dice tray and didn’t want to risk damaging my table. Four of the points on the d8, in particular, are very pointy. They still seem to roll just fine, from what I tested they don’t seem to get hung up on numbers. The big exception to this is the d4, it was miscast, but Dice Envy is already aware of that and is replacing that dice with the next month’s set.

Overall, I’m quite happy with the Cyclone dice set. They’re something very different from anything else in my collection and, while I don’t have any particular plans for a character for them, I look forward to trying them out. Just for the niftiness of design and that I’ve enjoyed what testing I’ve been able to do with them enough to be planning for finding a dice tray, the Cyclone dice get a five out of five.

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I might be having trouble getting a book review done but dice? Dice are easy to talk about. This set is an interesting example, they aren’t on Dice Envy’s site on their own just yet. So I’ve been waiting to talk about them to see if they’d go up so I could grab the name for use here. Maybe in the next couple of weeks. In any case, enjoy!

Confection Dice 1

So, a lot of the dice I review here come from the Dice Envy Mystery Acrylic Dice bags, largely because of the affordability. I also just like the element of surprise that comes with them. Usually the sets that come in the mystery bags are already on their site. Not so with the Confection dice, that’s just the name I’ve been using for them because it feels like a good fit.

The layered effect is nifty, this is actually the first set I’ve gotten like that. It does pose an interesting issue, that the fully pink sides can be a little hard to read in bright light. Kind of the opposite of my usual problem with reading dice. The purple and layered sides don’t have this issue though.

Confection Dice 2

As usual with Dice Envy acrylic dice, this set rolls fine. No signs of them getting caught on numbers or anything like that. The paint job on the numbers is well done, with few to no thin spots.

This is a set of dice that, as soon as I saw them, I associated with both a character type and a specific character. From the pastel colors to the velvety shine these are so, so very much magical girl dice. Specifically, this set makes me think of the celestial warlock baker one of the players in my game group is running for our current campaign. So, of course that immediately makes me like them. Five out of five and can some one please make candy dice that look like this?

Fall Into Books 9/11

FIB-bookish-quote

I don’t know if this is what was meant by “bookish” quote, since it isn’t literary at all. But it’s from one of my absolute favorite parts of Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids.

“It stayed closed for the quantum time length before Andy swung it open again, but in that unnamable lapse everything beyond the door was gone. Struggling shapes and screams. Light and sound. Kerri and Andy and Tim found themselves peering into a flat black rectangle of darkness and interplanetary silence,

‘FUCK THIS,’ Andy spat at the intended end of the chapter, pulling out the flare gun from her pocket and shooting into the dark.”

That second bit, that space where Andy reacts so hard it alters the intended flow of the novel, exemplifies the sort of meta things that Cantero did with Meddling Kids that made me enjoy it as much as I did. I laughed so hard that I scared my cat. I reread it two or three times because it was just such a thing I’m not used to in novels but it works so, so well here.

 

So, I’m running super late this week. I’ve been sick for a good chunk of it, admittedly, but that’s still no good. I swear, we’re getting fall pollen and summer heat around here.

I should have a review for you all tomorrow. It’s about half way done now, so it’s just a matter of figuring out what I’m actually trying to say with it, getting that down, and polishing it a bit. Nothing big. Right?

That aside, I’m really excited to have won an advance copy of Amy Rose Capetta’s The Brilliant Death through BookishFirst. So that’s a review that’s going to be headed your way in the near future. I’ve read the first few chapters and look forward to seeing where it goes from there.

Beyond that, I’ve got something coming up next month that should be entertaining. A couple of things that should be entertaining if I play it right. That’s for then, though I’m hoping to pull some fun into what’s left of this month too.

Standard closer. If you like what I’m doing here feel free to leave a comment or a like. I thrive on encouragement. And, of course, if you really like what I’m doing you can feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi. Anything from the ko-fi fund is currently going towards a replacement video camera so that I can try getting the ball rolling on video ideas. In any case, have a great rest of the week!

Quick Note

This review is killing my ability to write anything, so it’s going to be later than it already is. I’m getting the words equivalent of cabin fever here, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get a bunch done once I’m done with this one.

Sorry for the delay all.

So, this is a little late going out, but my review for The Night Dahlia was meant to be part of a blog tour. Until now, I haven’t had the chance to post up where the other stops on the tour can be found, so I wanted to fix that. Check these out and enjoy!

The Night Dahlia cover

Mon. March 26  Books, Bones, & Buffy

Tues. March 27 From the Shadows

Wed. March 28  Just a World Away

Thurs. March 29 The Qwillery

Fri. March 30 Through Raspberry Colored Glasses

Mon. April 2 The BiblioSanctum

Tues. April 3 The Speculative Herald

Wed. April 4 Tympest Books

Thurs. April 5 Fantasy Book Critic

Fri. April 6 Horror Talk

This is late, but I have an excuse. I was stressed out Tuesday night because of Wednesday plans, those plans turned out well though so, I crashed afterward and was really glad that I’d already scheduled the review for the week. I’m still a little giddy shaky about it.

There’s a couple of blog tours coming up in the next couple months, that should be fun. I’m definitely looking forward to it at any rate.

Also, I am still going to post a review for Ghostbusters: Answer the Call #3, that got a little lost in the shuffle due to work stuff and life stuff and all that fun. It’ll be up some time early next week.

Also, also, this isn’t a standard thing for me but Humble Bundle has a book bundle going right now of Angry Robot fantasy/sci-fi novels. The base level nets you six books for as little as a dollar or you can get all the books  in the bundle for fifteen dollars. The bundle supports Worldbuilders, a self described geek non-profit seeking to help support humanitarian efforts world wide. You can find that bundle here. Or, if you want to check out Worldbuilders directly, that’s here too.

And, of course, if you like what I’m doing here leave a comment or a like or, if you so choose, support my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi. In any case, have a great weekend and enjoy!

Housekeeping 2/6/18

I don’t have a ton to talk about this week. I’ve finally gotten a planner for this year, so hopefully that’ll help me keep an handle on things here. Either way, I’m gonna keep things written down better this year. Probably.

Still trying to find words for those articles I wanted to write. At some point I’m either going to have to just sit down on my day off and do it or stop talking about them.  It’s one or the other and neither has happened yet.

The third Ghostbusters: Answer the Call comic comes out this week, I’m excited for that. We should be hitting the part of the story where the team over comes their fears and starts building a way to take out the bad guy. Really looking forward to seeing how that’s handled.

Standard stuff, if you enjoy what I’m doing leave a comment or, if you want to feed my caffeine adiction, you can buy me a Ko-Fi. That’s all for now, enjoy!

House Keeping 12/22/17

Hey all, no review this week. I didn’t get the book finished so, that’s fun. I’ll have it up next week.

Nothing big is coming up until the new year. I’m going to take the time between then and now to try and get things prepared.

Happy holidays!

So, I’m behind in a major way.

I’m having a serious hard time writing my review for Nanoshock. Every time I try I keep spinning out into talking about something semi-related but not actually a review of the book itself. There’s so much with it that I want to talk about and so much that I could say with this book in relations to other books I’ve reviewed in the last year. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve had a hard time writing a review because of how much I enjoyed a book. It’s exciting and I’m not entirely sure what to do with it. I actually want to write a whole lot more than just my review after having read Nanoshock, so that’s something for me to chew on a bit more.

That aside, we are headed into the holidays, so I’m a bit worried about getting more behind than I already am. Still working on that not being a problem, but working on something isn’t the finished thing. Which is, of course, something I’ve been struggling with quite a bit lately.

So, yeah, that’s it for now. I should have that review for you all this week. Should.

As always, comment if you have ideas or reactions and enjoy.