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2014-10-18
Blog: Skallen.net v4.0!
Tags: web, upgrade
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Yay, the new look is here! Only took about a year from start to finish. The tag system, archive and comment functionality is not online yet tough.

I also have a huge backlog in opinions... It's going to take a while to get back in sync.

Edit:
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2013-07-29
Blog: Still here...
Tags: web, upgrade
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Yeah, still here, just slacking with updates. The opinion backlog is getting really long.

I'm currently working on a redesign of skallen.net. A little wider and cleaner, more suited for todays high-res screens smiley. Will be ready for next month.
2013-03-31
Blog: A new one again
New wallpaper:

Yes, it's purple bricks...
2013-02-13
Blog: Music Chart 2012
1 YUI 1509 9 (+8) +1038 plays
2 牧野由依 (Yui Makino) 1329 1 (-1) -337 plays
3 梶浦由記 (Yuki Kajiura) 982 2 (-1) -188 plays
4 志方あきこ (Akiko Shikata) 759 NEW
5 Machinae Supremacy 737 20 (+15) +433 plays
6 Ayreon 680 7 (+1) +124 plays
7 Lunatica 637 3 (-4) -19 plays
8 Symphony X 565 8 (-) +43 plays
9 Therion 533 11 (+2) +118 plays
10 Iron Maiden 528 5 (-5) -94 plays
11 Haken 506 10 (-1) +89 plays
12 Metallica 469 12 (-) +66 plays
13 大塚愛 (Ai Otsuka) 461 14 (+1) +85 plays
14 the brilliant green 451 4 (-10) -194 plays
15 Kalafina 444 6 (-9) -158 plays
16 植松伸夫 (Nobuo Uematsu) 437 19 (+3) +113 plays
17 KOTOKO 422 13 (-4) +24 plays
18 Blind Guardian 375 16 (-2) +12 plays
19 Arjen Anthony Lucassen 339 NEW
20 岩崎琢 (Taku Iwasaki) 289 22 (+2) +11 plays
21 May 287 NEW
22 m.o.v.e 276 21 (-1) -10 plays
23 Krypteria 269 NEW
24 Iced Earth 262 23 (-1) -15 plays
25 Allen-Lande 256 30 (+5) +44 plays
26 savage genius 248 24 (-2) -17 plays
27 Motörhead 244 NEW
28 Delain 242 18 (-10) -92 plays
29 Dido 241 32 (+3) +39 plays
30 Demians 232 25 (-5) -25 plays
31 Avantasia 227 15 (-16) -140 plays
32 In Flames 225 27 (-5) -5 plays
33 Tommy heavenly6 223 34 (+1) +27 plays
34 Samael 218 35 (+1) +24 plays
35 Genesis 206 26 (-9) -28 plays
36 妖精帝國 (Yousei Teikoku) 194 37 (+1) +10 plays
37 After Forever 188 40 (+3) +13 plays
38 Dark Tranquillity 185 47 (+9) +30 plays
39 Riverside 183 17 (-22) -161 plays
40 大島ミチル (Michiru Oshima) 177 36 (-4) -13 plays
41 Frank Zappa 176 NEW
42 Opeth 175 NEW
43 Unitopia 173 31 (-12) -35 plays
44 崎元仁 (Hitoshi Sakimoto) 167 NEW
45 Virgin Steele 165 29 (-16) -35 plays
46 Edenbridge 163 NEW
47 Choro Club Feat. Senoo 163 28 (-19) -80 plays
48 Tommy february6 163 41 (-7) -7 plays
49 Diablo Swing Orchestra 158 NEW
50 Demons & Wizards 156 39 (-11) -25 plays

Highest Chart Debut: 志方あきこ (Akiko Shikata), at position 4.
Highest Chart Climber: Machinae Supremacy, moving 15 spots up.

Biggest Chart Fall: Riverside, falling 22 spots down.
Biggest Chart Dropout: Star One, was on pos 33.

Yui Makino dethroned! A new YUI claims the number one spot!
2012-12-31
Blog: Happy New Year
2013 is the first year since 1987 where all digits are unique smiley
2012-11-30
Blog: Light Trails
Been experimenting a bit with night photography and light trails. Still learning, and most images are crap, but I managed to take at least some decent images, uploaded in the gallery. Here's one for the front page:

Blog Image
Opinion: Beyond the Shadows
2012-11-25
Category: books
Beyond the Shadows
9.0/10
Third and last book in 'The Night Angel'-trilogy. Everything comes together neatly in the end. Biggest problem for me was that everything was just a little bit too perfect. Kind of diminished the previous books a bit.
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Opinion: Katanagatari
2012-11-15
Category: anime
Katanagatari
8.5/10
Nice story, even if the ending was a bit weird. Unusual animation style.
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Opinion: John Carter
2012-11-13
Category: movies
John Carter
7.5/10
Okay sf/fantasy action movie.
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Opinion: Shadow's Edge
2012-11-10
Category: books
Shadow's Edge
9.0/10
Second book in 'The Night Angel'-trilogy. High pace, lots of action and a good story.
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Opinion: The Raid: Redemption
2012-11-03
Category: movies
The Raid: Redemption
6.5/10
Well, it got a lot of action, and action, and some more action. Not much of a story though, and no real characters either.
2012-10-31
Blog: 2012 Retrospection
Tags: nonsense
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Well, the year is not quite over yet... but not that much remaining and I've got nothing else to write about.

It started out great with expanding the opinion system with new features and even a new category. Also a new wallpaper. Then I got sidetracked by to much gaming and haven't really done anything more for the site since then. Still have a few wallpapers I'm working on but they aren't good enough yet. Maybe one more in 2012 as a Christmas present smiley

Russian IS-3, from World of Tanks

To liven up things a little I added a new 'World of Tanks'-gallery, and the screenshot above is one of the new images. Plan to add more as I play and get some cool scenes. Just played my 8000'th match, so you could say I'm pretty addicted smiley.

Also currently replaying Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2, one of the best computer RPGs ever. And it's still an awesome game!
Opinion: Rich man, Poor Woman
2012-10-23
Category: asiandrama
Rich man, Poor Woman
8.5/10
Pretty standard "class difference" plot, but well executed. Good pacing all throughout the series. Sometimes the tech stuff is a bit silly, but it's believable enough.
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Opinion: Mioka
2012-10-22
Category: asiandrama
Mioka
8.0/10
Good story but a little slower in the last part. Could probably have been cut down an episode or two in length.
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Opinion: Rise of a Digital Nation
2012-10-20
Category: music
Rise of a Digital Nation
8.5/10
This album feels a little bit faster than the previous (A View From the End of The World). At least half the songs are really good, and the rest are okay, but... the biggest problem is the albums is way to short, only 10 songs/43 minutes.
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Opinion: The way of shadows
2012-10-15
Category: books
The way of shadows
8.5/10
First book in 'The Night Angel'-trilogy. Really interesting assassin fantasy, and sets up the story really good for the next books in the series.
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Opinion: Guild Wars 2
2012-10-12
Category: games
Guild Wars 2
8.0/10
Another MMO, a few new ideas but eventually its just the same old mmo-recipe. I like their take on it, and since its not subscription-based, you can always come back to it later. A big part of the game seems to be PvP and thats not my thing...
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Opinion: Baldur's Gate
2012-10-11
Category: games
Baldur's Gate
9.0/10
The original and best? Even though its over 10 years old it still holds up well, with the help of the modding community. Awesome game, but BG2 is even better.
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Opinion: Space: Above and Beyond
2012-10-02
Category: tv
Space: Above and Beyond
7.5/10
An "older" sci-fi series, but still works okay. The CGI is outdated but not horrible. Ended way early with only one season though, so most plots are left unresolved...
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Opinion: Yuri Yuri
2012-09-30
Category: anime
Yuri Yuri
6.0/10
Kinda stupid plot, but fun at times.
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Opinion: Shiroi Haru
2012-09-27
Category: asiandrama
Shiroi Haru
9.5/10
Really good, but a bit random in the end, although it worked very well with the story.
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Opinion: Nichijou
2012-09-20
Category: anime
Nichijou
8.0/10
Really funny at times, but at other times, just plain weird or almost boring. No real plot just loose events. Unique art style, works well.
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Opinion: Hungry!
2012-09-15
Category: asiandrama
Hungry!
7.5/10
Okay, really tasty-looking food. The "evil" guy was overacting and was mostly looking silly.
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Opinion: Magerarenai Onna
2012-09-05
Category: asiandrama
Magerarenai Onna
7.5/10
Okay story, maybe a little slow in the beginning. Also a bit repetitive, the same few things happens every episode.
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2012-08-31
Blog: Frogger
Tags: game, photo
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Well, not much new since last time, but here's a picture of a frog at least:

Yes, this is a frog!

I've somewhat started working on a new game, this time work android. Not much to say about it yet... stay tuned.
Opinion: The Dark Knight Rises
2012-08-20
Category: movies
The Dark Knight Rises
8.5/10
Got some good parts and some less good parts. I really liked the ending though.
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Opinion: Ai no Uta
2012-08-19
Category: asiandrama
Ai no Uta
8.5/10
Pretty good but lost some momentum towards the end.
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Opinion: Hanayome to Papa
2012-08-16
Category: asiandrama
Hanayome to Papa
8.0/10
Fun story but it didn't really liked the ending. It wasn't bad, I just didn't like it.
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Opinion: Paradise Kiss
2012-08-15
Category: movies
Paradise Kiss
8.5/10
Pretty good. I've seen the anime adaptation before, and from what I remember, this version was better.
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Opinion: Renegade's Magic
2012-08-15
Category: books
Renegade's Magic
7.0/10
Third and final book in the 'Soldier Son' trilogy. 500 more pages of flipped out fat man magic (Yeah, really!). Spoiler ahead: And then suddenly the last 100 pages everything is back to normal and magically fixes itself...
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Opinion: Second Virgin
2012-08-10
Category: asiandrama
 Second Virgin
5.0/10
Started out okay but dragged on and was generally boring. The whole economy subplot felt stupid.
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Opinion: Koi ga Shitai x3
2012-08-06
Category: asiandrama
Koi ga Shitai x3
8.5/10
A bit of a slow-starter, but once the stories gets going is pretty good.
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Opinion: Prometheus
2012-08-02
Category: movies
Prometheus
7.0/10
A nice looking movie, but if you start looking at the actual plot... not so great.
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2012-07-30
Blog: Fail
Well, one month missing and nothing much to show, so just a short note to add all the new opinions in place.



Opinion: Manhattan Love Story
2012-07-30
Category: asiandrama
Manhattan Love Story
8.0/10
First few episodes was somewhat boring, then a few hilarious episodes, then an okay ending. Liked the music.
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Opinion: Forest Mage
2012-07-30
Category: books
Forest Mage
7.0/10
Book two in the 'Soldier Son' trilogy. Time to bring out the weirdness. Did not feel at all like the last book. Didn't quite go anything like I thought it would.
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Opinion: Shaman's Crossing
2012-07-28
Category: books
Shaman's Crossing
8.5/10
Book one in the 'Soldier Son' trilogy. Takes place in a new setting, not related to the farseer universe. A solid coming-of-age fantasy book.
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Opinion: Strawberry on the Shortcake
2012-07-27
Category: asiandrama
Strawberry on the Shortcake
7.0/10
Too slow, not that interesting story.
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Opinion: Shadow Puppets
2012-07-26
Category: books
Shadow Puppets
7.5/10
Continuation from 'Shadow of the Hegemon'. Very similar in style to the last book. Story advances somewhat but felt a little stupid at times.
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Opinion: Koi no Chikara
2012-07-24
Category: asiandrama
Koi no Chikara
9.5/10
Nice and really funny. Good actors, really looked like they enjoyed playing their parts. Solid story and good pace.
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Opinion: Shadow of the Hegemon
2012-07-24
Category: books
Shadow of the Hegemon
8.0/10
Continuation from 'Ender's Shadow'. This time not a giant leap to the future. This book deals with what happens after the victory against the buggers. Pretty good but Bean is a bit to much awesome at times.
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Opinion: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
2012-07-22
Category: games
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
9.0/10
A nice first person sneaker game (if you want to). Multiple ways to solve missions, by stealth or just killing everything, or a mix between them...
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Opinion: Ender's Shadow
2012-07-22
Category: books
Ender's Shadow
8.5/10
Alternative version of Ender's Game, told from another Bean's view.
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Opinion: Children of the Mind
2012-07-21
Category: books
Children of the Mind
7.5/10
Continuation from 'Xenocide'. This book was better than the last one. A very big power creep though, going from near-light-speed to teleportation. The ending resolved most stuff but some doors are left open.
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Opinion: Hanawake yon shimai
2012-07-20
Category: asiandrama
Hanawake yon shimai
7.5/10
Slow start but ended up okay. Suffers from the same thing as brother beat, the youngest sisters plot is the worst.
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Opinion: Xenocide
2012-07-18
Category: books
Xenocide
6.0/10
Continuation from 'Speaker for the dead'. Didn't like this book, too much about religion, and too much about Ender being super-dude.
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Opinion: Long Love Letter
2012-07-17
Category: asiandrama
Long Love Letter
5.0/10
Weird... Kinda cool story, but the pacing was horrible, sometimes way to slow, then stuff happens, then snail pace again. Too many pshychos. Bad special effects.
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Opinion: Speaker for the Dead
2012-07-15
Category: books
Speaker for the Dead
8.0/10
Continues Ender's story from after "Ender's Game". A good 'first contact' story about an alien race. Cliffhanger ending.
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Opinion: One Litre Of Tears
2012-07-15
Category: asiandrama
One Litre Of Tears
9.0/10
Very good, but a bit heavy on the monologues at times. And although they kind of make the main char look likes she ages, her siblings most definitely don't age... A slight annoyance.
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Opinion: Ender's Game
2012-07-12
Category: books
Ender's Game
8.5/10
The first book in a long series in the "enderverse". The book follows Ender Wiggin as he is trained to be humanity’s best general to fight aliens.
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Opinion: Papa to musume no nanokakan
2012-07-10
Category: asiandrama
Papa to musume no nanokakan
8.5/10
Really funny. but a bit lacking in depth. Mostly "standard" drama plots.
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Opinion: JIN 2
2012-07-06
Category: asiandrama
JIN 2
8.5/10
Continuation of the series JIN. Better then the first season, somehow it all felt a little more connected and less of one ep/one solutione type of series. Also explains a bit of why it all happened, and ended in a good way.
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Opinion: The Silver Mage
2012-07-02
Category: books
The Silver Mage
9.0/10
The last book in the 'Deverry cycle'. A new timeline story from before the founding of deverry. While interesting, it felt a little out of place to be in the last book. Doesn't really feel related to the main story...
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Opinion: Aishiteiru to Ittekure
2012-07-01
Category: asiandrama
Aishiteiru to Ittekure
6.5/10
Didnt like the characters. Story was okay.
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Opinion: The Shadow Isle
2012-06-28
Category: books
The Shadow Isle
9.0/10
Fourteenth book in the 'Deverry cycle'. A new race is introduced. Didn't quite like that they were put in this late, even though there had been some foreshadowing. Only main timeline so it flows well.
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Opinion: Juunen Saki mo Kimi ni Koishite
2012-06-28
Category: asiandrama
Juunen Saki mo Kimi ni Koishite
7.5/10
Silly premise, but it kind of works and is somewhat funny. It's a shorter series (6 eps) and that's a good thing, it would probably have been hard to stretch it any longer.
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Opinion: The Spirit Stone
2012-06-26
Category: books
The Spirit Stone
8.5/10
Thirteenth book in the 'Deverry cycle'. A new timeline story that explains a lot of earlier stuff as well as sets up some important things for the main story.
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Opinion: Civilization V: Gods & Kings
2012-06-26
Category: games
Civilization V: Gods & Kings
8.5/10
Expansion to Civ 5. Adds a bunch of new nations, as well as espionage, religion and a few new scenarios. The tech tree is somewhat reworked as well. All in all, a great expansion.
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Opinion: K-On!!
2012-06-25
Category: anime
K-On!!
7.5/10
Second season of K-On, mostly episodic with a loose overall plot. Mostly the same stuff as in season one, no real surprises.
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Opinion: Orange Days
2012-06-24
Category: asiandrama
Orange Days
10.0/10
Really good, and for once, a great ending with no random freak accident :). Only complaint is the first minute of the first episode. Skip the "future talking about what happens" and just get into the story instead!
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Opinion: The Gold Falcon
2012-06-23
Category: books
The Gold Falcon
9.5/10
Twelfth book in the 'Deverry cycle'. A new arc begins, some 30 years after the main story concluded in the previous arc. No timelines just main story. The two dead main characters from the first arc has reincarnated again! Best arc starter book.
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Opinion: The Fire Dragon
2012-06-20
Category: books
The Fire Dragon
9.0/10
Eleventh book in the 'Deverry cycle'. The timeline in the previous books are concluded (finally!). The current main story arc is concluded as well. Also dragons!
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Opinion: Ohitorisama
2012-06-20
Category: asiandrama
Ohitorisama
8.0/10
Okay, pretty funny. A bit weak at the end.
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Opinion: The Black Raven
2012-06-18
Category: books
The Black Raven
9.0/10
Tenth book in the 'Deverry cycle'. Continuation of the timeline in the previous book as well as some advancement in the main story.
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Opinion: Mitsu no Aji ~A Taste Of Honey~
2012-06-16
Category: asiandrama
Mitsu no Aji ~A Taste Of Honey~
9.0/10
Good all the way, good pace, never felt boring.
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Opinion: The Red Wyvern
2012-06-15
Category: books
The Red Wyvern
8.5/10
Ninth book in the 'Deverry cycle'. Beginning of a new arc. Mostly a long timeline story about the unification of deverry and the founding of the silver daggers. This timeline had been touched before in previous books.
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Opinion: Brother Beat
2012-06-13
Category: asiandrama
Brother Beat
8.5/10
Very good character interaction between the older two brothers and the mother, but the youngest brother was not so good, felt very tacked on.
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Opinion: Days of Air and Darkness
2012-06-12
Category: books
Days of Air and Darkness
9.0/10
Eighth book in the 'Deverry cycle'. One "timeline" story, but this one from the main story in the earlier arc (yes, it's complicated :)) so it feels a little more relevant. Also more or less finishes this arc.
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Opinion: Days of Blood and Fire
2012-06-10
Category: books
Days of Blood and Fire
9.0/10
Seventh book in the 'Deverry cycle'. Only the present timeline, very good, nice pacing and an enjoyable read.
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Opinion: Anego
2012-06-08
Category: asiandrama
Anego
8.5/10
Okay story and characters but the ending was a bit meh, and too open ended. Good pacing, easy to watch the whole series in a fast pace.
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Opinion: A Time of Omens
2012-06-05
Category: books
A Time of Omens
8.0/10
Sixth book in the 'Deverry cycle'. With the backstory more or less out of the way for the new main story, things are starting to move a little faster
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Opinion: Satorare
2012-06-05
Category: asiandrama
Satorare
8.0/10
Kind of a variation on "The Truman Show", where everyone is in on it, except the main character. A bit silly at times and somewhat episodic, but it was overall nice.
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Opinion: Tsuki no Koibito
2012-06-01
Category: asiandrama
Tsuki no Koibito
8.0/10
The plot somehow felt artifical, not quite natural. Good pacing though, 8 episodes seemed to be the right call (shorter than the average 10-11 eps), and a solid ending as well. Didn't like the soundtrack.
2012-05-31
Blog: Diablo walks the earth
Tags: books, gaming
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My level 30 wizardDiablo is back. Haven't finished the game yet (on normal), but my highest character is level 30 (wizard) and has just entered Act IV (last one). Still playing a lot of world of tanks though, so playtime is limited.

Also started to re-read the "Deverry Cycle" by Katherine Kerr. I've never finished it before, I was following it in swedish, but the publisher stopped after book 12, so it will be interesting to finally see how it ended.

Oh, and summer is kind of coming back, so I'm starting to dust off the golf clubs. Our local course hasn't opened yet though. I hope this will be a good golf year, would really like to lower my HCP a bit smiley