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Looking for a new author? Jonas Jonasson, brilliant writer.

07 August 2017 - 11:23 AM

Reading, it is a delightful summer pastime and there is nothing better on a cold winter day/evening than curling up with a good book.


 I have always read a lot. This past year I have discovered a new favourite author.

Jonas Jonasson, a writer from Sweden. Jonas has been a journalist, television producer, and media consultant. He decided to turn his talents to writing fiction. 


I cannot praise this author enough. He has written to date three books. Each book is very different and each a delight.


My first encounter with this amazing author's work was the book, 

The Hundred- Year -Old -Man Who Climbed Out A Window And Disappeared. The story starts out rather sane, a gentleman is about to celebrate his 100th birthday. He lives in a home for the elderly and he is not satisfied. So, he escapes. From the scene in the train station, I fell in love with this author's writing. The story is a wild ride that takes us on a journey that no-one who reads it will forget. We are taken into this old man's past to see what he did when he was younger, and this is where Jonas really shines, the memories are hilarious and my jaw dropped many times. At the same time, we follow along to see where this old man goes and what he gets up to. A fabulous read and a fantastic journey. 

I have bought three copies of this book to give to others to read, it is that amazing.


The second book I read by this author is The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden.


A story about one young woman who goes from a rough start in life to the highest places in society and the difference she made. An incredible journey. I highly recommend this book. It will have you cheering this young woman on.

I have bought two copies of this book to give to others to read. 


The third book Jonas has out is Hitman Anders And the Meaning Of It All. A great read, not my favorite of his books but well worth the time. Yes, it really is about a hitman and his journey in a zany story.


Jonas Jonasson is working on a fourth book. All his books are written in Swedish and then translated into English, so I have a wait ahead of me.



Give this author a try if you love to read and are looking for something new. Find the books at your library or sometimes a good used bookstore will have copies. They are books worth paying full price for if you can afford it. 

Yo-kai Watch 2(third game) Psychic Specters -this Fall.

07 August 2017 - 10:59 AM

Everyone knows about the new Pokemon games coming out in November 2017, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, but did you know there is a new Yo-kai Watch game coming out in Sept. 2017? Because who would not rather collect Yo-kai than Pokemon? I love both games actually, but Yo-kai are something special and very fun. 



Yo-kai are those little spirits, ghosts, demons in Japanese lore that can be helpful but, mostly they cause mischief. If you are having a bad day put it down to a Yo-kai being near you.


This new game, Psychic Specters is the third in the series of Yo-kai Wach 2. It is a single game that ties into the first two Bony Spirits/Fleshy Souls. It will take place in the same areas and it has the same time traveling from present to the past, as the other two games had. In this game, you will find out a bit more about how Yo-kai came to be and answers to more burning questions you may have had about Yo-kai.


There will be new Yo-kai and new trains, new areas, and new quests. 


Quests are a big part of Yo-kai Watch games, it is good to be helpful and often times people are having a hard time and need your help because of those prankster loving Yo-kai.


I love Yo-kai Watch games. They are fun, quirky, beautiful, and I love the battle system.


The battle system for Yo-kai Watch is not standard and not everyone has fallen in love with it. Some people think that you as the player are not taking charge and just watching your Yo-kai do their thing. The same could be said for Pokemon, you choose a Pokemon you choose to attack and you choose a move. Unless a game is real time battle you are always going to be watching your characters battle.


I find the pace fast and you have to be always watching to see when you can unleash your best moves when you need to heal or give a healing item and you have to spin that wheel as some Yo-kai are better at dealing with certain types of enemies. Many of the battles can be challenging. While this is all going on your are also trying to "catch" get a new Yo-kai to join you, and this is hit or miss, though there are things you can do to up the chances of befriending a Yo-kai.


 You have a maximum of 6 Yo-kai that you battle with. You can set up any Yo-kai that you want to use on a wheel, place them next to other Yo-kai of the same Tribe (Slippery Tribe, Eerie, Heartful, and so on)  to get a boost. Yo-kai have attitudes, much like Pokemon natures, and you can boost attitude or in some cases change it with special books you buy or find.


While in battle you can spin the wheel so that your top three are in combat, this gives you many combinations to select to be the most effective. The wheel battle system is fast and can be furious in a boss battle. The Yo-kai battle in auto mode, but there is a special attack that is a Soultimate move, when the Soultimate gauge is full you perform an action on the bottom 3DS screen with your stylus and your Soultimate move will be unleashed.


What new Yo-kai await Nate and what new stories will be told?


I am very excited to play this new addition to the Yo-kai Watch games. 


DQ 11 coming in 2018.

07 August 2017 - 09:49 AM

I am absolutely thrilled to learn of a new Dragon Quest game coming to the 3DS, and I believe Switch in 2018. Possibly late 2017, a set date is hard to come by until closer to the true release date. I wonder if a demo will be released. 




I think this game looks awesome on whichever system you would like to play it on. 


Dragon Quest games are some of my favourite games to play ever since I discovered them. 


This spring I finally finished both DQ 7 and 8, both very long games, and both very different.


DQ 7 was a very interesting game, frustrating for some that I talked to about it, but I loved it. You travel between the past and present to different locations via tablets, as you try to help those in the past and unlock/release new areas from an evil that has them locked away. There is a lot to remember in this game as you travel back and forth.


DQ 8 was more straightforward as you help a King who has been cursed. You can also do alchemy in this game, which keeps you collecting monster drops and buying items in order to have the best weapons. 


Both games had tons to do in them, and if you are a completionist, which I am not, then both these games can keep you busy for a long time.


Do you like DQ games? Are you planning on getting this one? Have you finished DQ 7 and/or 8?



RPG Maker FES-Player-Games that are worth playing.

06 August 2017 - 02:42 PM

The RPG Player is free to download on the 3DS, you can also download the DLC content for free, just go to download contents and the update will be there.


I have been playing free games since this came out and there are some good ones out there. I will list the completed games first, because who really wants to play a non-complete game. The games are limited in length but, there are some games I have played for over 5 hours so I think that is not too bad.


Complete games worth playing:


Coexistence-3121-creator Bizz. A space type game.


Apartment 412-39356-creator Aleph. A short mystery, solve puzzles, passwords.


Earth's Final Hour DX-187-creator A.Crossland. You have an hour to get what you need to save yourself, a fetch quest that is really zany and fun. Multiple ending scores. I got B. I love this game. A.Crossland makes great games.


Downfall FES-891-creator ƒJosh. His own original story creation. Puzzles, passwords. Good game.


13th Helloween-2388-creator-M. Burnside. A horror story with puzzles.


Unnatural Selection-187-creator A.Crossland. Excellent horror/mystery story, puzzles.


The Vampire Must Die-2388-creator M. Burnside. Horror, puzzles. He is a real life writer and he is working on the third game.


Return to the Skies-898-an RPG, short but sweet. Looks like there could be a sequel.



Not Complete-well worth a look.




Mother Nature by A. Crossland. This one will be quite long and he is working on it.


Universal Voyage by Bizz.


The Dark Ages.Reverse RPG, the main boss is on a quest. 


The Chrononaut by Space.


Biohazard-9373, zombies.  Not sure if complete as I keep getting killed by zombies. :o


Epic chicken quest-40286. Funny, unconventional RPG. Yes, you play as a chicken.


Knight of T.K.T.- 27827. RPG with some adult humour.


Bad Day-239-zombies.


RPG Island (Demoƒ) -5508. Different, you are playing an RPG, you are actually at an RPG festival, and within it are RPG portals. 


That is it for now. 


There are a lot of bad games, bad spelling, which does not bother me too much, and just bad glitches. 


I have been thinking about getting the RPG Maker Fes for fall or winter and create my own game, but I believe it is quite difficult to use as there are no tutorials. Perhaps by then, there will be a lot of help vids up on YouTube.