Some Things I Enjoy

The two most visited posts on this blog are my rants about my distaste for the Last Jedi and Sabetha Belacoros from the Gentleman Bastard sequence. By far.

While this amuses me, I’ve gone over my older, more positive posts, checked the data, and found that they barely generate any traffic. So I’ve decided, in my usual contrarian style, to write another positive post.

Today I talk about some things I actually like. In no particular order:

  • Tabletop RPGs in general, and White Wolf’s stuff in particular. I spent a good deal of time playing DnD 3e with friends. Then we dabbled in other systems, but only found our home after trying out Exalted. Larger than life heroes with tragic destinies happen to be a drug I can never get enough of. Which brings us to…
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen. Though I’m only three books in, I’m in love with this series. It has pretty much everything I enjoy. It’s smart, dark, and complex, though reading each of its doorstopper tomes can be quite an undertaking. One of my greatest ambitions is to create something of this magnitude.
  • Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Back in the early to late 2000s I used to love anime. But then the tropes solidified, the industry got a bit too stale for me, and I just kind of lost interest. But nothing ever gets stale in Jojo. This is pure, expressive, insane art, and I love it.
  • Devilman Crybaby. Speaking of anime, here’s a newer one. Another visually and creatively explosive work, and an excellent retelling of the old manga. This is an adrenaline-fueled shot of grim, dark, and insane, and I want to see more similar stuff.
  • Most of the work of Junji Ito. This man is a mad genius of body and cosmic horror, and a master of the page flip shock. Most everything he made, I’ve either read or reread, and never with regret.
  • League of Legends, with which I have an abusive, on-and-off relationship. Years have been lost to it, but I can’t seem to end this thing we’ve got going. Oh well.
  • Warframe, for the same reasons. I have to quit it every time I start writing a new book. The two cannot coexist in my life.
  • Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, as I’ve mentioned many times by now. I’ve recently replayed it, and it still holds up. Easily one of the most important pieces of media I’ve consumed during my formative years.
  • Nier Automata, or the work of Yoko Taro in general. I have so many words about this. I’m two games behind with my essays, I know. But those essays demand a good bit of energy, which I’d rather put in books or some other way of making myself better.
  • The Soulsborne games. Given that I am already playing life on Hard difficulty by virtue of where I live, I occasionally turn to videogames for some lighthearted fun. These never disappoint.
  • The Expanse. Or more specifically, the series. Love the characters, the setting, and the creative ways in which it frames some of its more unusual episodes (the one with the slingshot guy comes to mind). Haven’t touched the books sadly. Maybe will some day, but other things interest me more in that regard.
  • B-grade (and below) horror films. No matter how much I rage about modern blockbusters, I will always have a taste for good schlock like Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers or Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh. When given the choice, I  universally prefer the creative vision of a small group of madmen whose reach exceeds their grasp over corporate, committee-vomited drivel.

By no means an exhaustive list, just something off the top of my head. In the future I might make another, similar one.

Stay brutal in the meantime!
M. T. Miller

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Infinity War is Excellent

It is also a true return to form for Marvel movies, which have, for the last couple years or so, been little more than drivel.

Take the last four. Guardians Vol. 2. Spooderman. Thor: the 80s. Generic, derivative schlock. I think Black Panther might be the best out of the bunch, and that’s only due to it taking itself a bit more seriously. Still, it remains your average, forgettable action film.

I honestly didn’t think I’d end up praising Infinity War. This movie is not only dark as fuck, but it also deals out a whole lot of death! Yes! Yes!! YES!!! How many times can stakes get higher with everyone returning home safely, before it all becomes a pandering mockery? “Up until this point,” it turns out. Sure, they may end up reversing a lot of this, but for now I’ll just enjoy it while it lasts.

Other than the quantity of sweet death, I won’t spoil anything else. Everyone gets something to do, and it’s honestly impressive to see it all come together.

I enjoyed the mainstays most. Iron man, Cap, Thor, they dragged us into this universe, and they carry most of this film. I despised Spidey and nearly the whole Guardians crew (with the exception of Gamora and Nebula), with Star-Lord being nearly unbearable. Dr. Strange is an example of a newcomer doing a great job, while Hulk/Banner is an example of an oldtimer doing an especially cringy job. The rest were mostly adequate, but as said before, everyone got a slice of the cake.

Oh yeah, we’ve got an actual interesting villain for a change. I never liked Thanos in the comic books, but here he somehow manages to be both threatening and interesting. Great job.

See it. The more successful this film is, the more actual good films Marvel/Disney is going to make. Vote with your wallet and discourage infantile, derivative crap.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Unimportant Stuff

It’s that time again. The part of the month where you come here seeking information on my next release, and I waste your time by listing media that interests me. Goodie.

Because I am writing, I’ve gone back to playing smaller, shorter stuff. Binding of Isaac, in this case. It’s disgusting and disturbing so yes, I love it. This is something I never got to play as much as I wanted. Let’s fix that.

The new God of War looks incredible. Too bad I don’t have a PS4. Maybe I should spend another piece of my next book’s budget and buy one. Then I could enjoy not having the time to play it.

There’s this show called Bojack Horseman. It is an existential nightmare and I think everyone should see it. It’s on Netflix. Enjoy.

Speaking of existential nightmares, I do love myself some Lyf hax.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Fun, And Not As Much Fun

My thoughts on the new Tomb Raider film can best be described by this guy, who currently more or less acts as a gateway into my mind.

To combat this assault of by-the-numbers boredom, I have taken to playing something wacky. In this case, that something is the BlazBlue series. I’ve only played the first one back when it came out, and will now proceed to play through the rest of the series. An interesting, eccentric story with unusual characters. Shields the mind from the onslaught of Hollywood stagnation.

As far as writing goes, I’m still far too slow. Too much going on in real life makes it difficult to get a good writing streak. Nothing to do about that. I write when I can and try to stay somewhat sane and functional.

That’s about it. Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Reporting In

Still alive. I’ve been everywhere, done everything.

I hung out, traveled to see one of my favorite bands ever, Rhapsody, on their farewell tour. This was likely my last shot at seeing them, and I don’t regret blowing a piece of my budget on the event. Easily the best concert of my life.

A band I’ve never seen or heard before opened for them. It is called Beast in Black, and it is actually really, really good. I need to hear more of them.

Other than that, I’ve played and beaten Pyre. Supergiant Games keeps shooting up. Great narrative, great characters, great music. Easily recommended to everyone.

I’ve barely written anything in the last week. I must fix this. Life and experiences are nothing when compared to the big picture. Fame or death. All in. Balls deep. No mercy. Etc. Etc.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Moving Along

I’ve been traveling, socializing, consuming media, and everything else. This has overall been a strong week.

I’ve divorced Warframe. At least for now. I don’t see any more point to it.

I’m still writing, and at a decent speed too. Especially considering how much other stuff I’m doing. I must make this my best book so far. Then I must do the same with the next one. And the next one. Repeat until death.

I’ve finished The Last Wish, or the first Witcher book. It’s actually really good. The quality shines even through the horrid translation. Maybe I should learn Polish. That seems like the best possible use of my time right now.

I’ve also jumped on the Gibson bandwagon and read Neuromancer. It’s… okay. Not a fan of his prose and the cheap sex, but the ideas are top notch. Not sure if I’m going to finish this trilogy. Still, Molly is love, Molly is life.

That’s it for now. Time to get to work.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller