packetcat reads 2022 Week 25 – The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

Pages: 638
Purchased from: Kobo

I picked this book up because I saw it on sale on the front page of the Kobo store and I am glad I did. A fantastic tale of magical realism combined with dealing with the issues of mental health, parenting, trauma and just being a teenager. The author handles all these issues with the care they deserve and some of the scenes in this book definitely made cry.

Oh and also this book is a bit of a meta narrative about books, I won’t spoil further but it is very well done.

The New Vergecast Logo Sucks

The new Vergecast logo

So it’s cool that the Vergecast is getting a new two-a-week episode format, that’s actually great but man what the hell is up with that new logo? What is that blue background? I think its the worst shade of blue I’ve ever seen and blue is my favourite colour! It looks like its trying to bore a hole into my brain with it garish brightness.

What is that font? It looks atrocious, what did you do to that poor “g”? It looks like a “o” taking a shit. The “t” looks like it had its arms cut off. Just horrid. Let’s the talk about that “The” just hanging out above. Like somebody forgot about the fact that the podcast is actually called “The Vergecast” and quickly fingerpainted it on in yellow.

I can’t even enjoy the cool Vergecast references sitting in the middle because of all the other crap distracting me. Ugh.

packetcat reads 2022 Week 24 – Circe by Madeline Miller

Pages: 473
Purchased from: Kobo

Exactly twelve weeks after I read The Song of Achilles, I have come back to Madeline Miller for my Greek mythology fiction fix. And I am mildly disappointed. While this particular story is also very well written and there wasn’t anything I particularly disliked, it just wasn’t as fun to read as the The Song of Achilles. Circe being able to hold her own against the big leaguers of the Greek pantheon is wonderful, love me a nice underdog story.

All of that said, I am down to read more of Madeline Miller’s Greek mythology fiction work, she is quite good at it. Maybe some time next year though, I’ve had my fill for now.

Boring Bethesda

a screenshot from the Starfield official reveal video showing the “digipick” lockpicking minigame

What is that saying? “There is nothing new under the sun.” Well, Bethesda is out here proving that a hundred times over. A hundred star systems, a thousand planets, all of them with the dreadfully boring lockpicking system in them. But hey, this time we called it “Digipick”, isn’t that cool and futuristic?

For fuck’s sake. I don’t think Bethesda is capable of making something that is not Skyrim with a different coat of paint anymore. This time they don’t even have the lore and world of The Elder Scrolls universe to finger-paint with. Maybe the modding community will yet again bail them out of their creative bankruptcy.

There never was any Bethesda “magic”, just the one trick that they keep doing on the back of crunching developers.

I don’t want to climb that damn mountain Todd.

packetcat reads 2022 Week 23 – After Steve by Tripp Mickle

Pages: 540
Purchased from: Kobo

My second non-fiction of the year and I liked this one even more than the first one. A unique look at how Apple’s company culture slowly morphed after the death of Steve Jobs and what Jony Ive’s role was. It left me feeling a bit sad about the state of Apple now and since I was reading this during the same week as WWDC 2022 happened, I felt a lot of mixed feelings about the stuff that was announced there.

Especially the Continuity Camera which is quite possibly the least Jony Ive thing I’ve seen Apple announce in a while.