Bloodborne – Old Yharnam

I am have not been interested in Dark Souls.  As much as I have tried…the series has never gotten its “hooks” into like it has for so many others.  The medieval mythology and the more-defensive nature of the series never really piqued my interest, which is unusual because the setting and game mechanics seem as-if they would be right up my alley.

To note, I also (in the next room) have the collector’s edition of Demon’s Souls, which is an incredibly similar experience but somehow still cuts its own path and is not quite the same as its successor.  There is a “something” there that differentiates Demon Souls from the Dark Souls trilogy, that I have not quite been able to put my finger on and may warrant further discussion on social media, or perhaps a posting of its own?

I digress.  I may not enjoy what Dark Souls offers, but I do greatly enjoying the fast-paced, frenetic combat of both Bloodborne and its sister companion, Nioh.  I have regularly played both of those titles since they released and always find myself returning to them.  Blatantly, pointing out the difference in the combat mechanics and speed at which they are delivered normally would answer my above inquiry, but–even if it does in part–I still cannot wholly explain why I prefer Bloodborne and Nioh over the Dark Souls trilogy.  Under normal circumstances I would absolutely love a medieval set game and most-likely shy away from a Japanese-inspired setting akin to Nioh.

Like I mentioned, maybe this is a good place to stop and collect myself, and reconvene at a later date to better dissect the differences between these games and seriously get into the root cause.

Without further ado, I give you the ASInquisitor premiere of my ongoing Bloodborne series, while will be featured in rotation on Twitch and YouTube in what will be a long running series only releasing and streamed on the weekends!


Colleen Gleason’s “The Clockwork Scarab” had me at “Hello.”

The Clockwork ScarabI follow several blogs and subscribe to even more emailings & newsletters that specifically advertise book releases, galleys (eCopy or otherwise), and ARCs.  I get a ton of inside information and advanced copies for review, but rarely do I read a blurb or press packet and get that ‘I must have it’ feeling.

It happened.

One of the aforementioned (and most-popular) email blasts that I subscribe to is called “Shelf Awareness.”  They send me a core email and a digest twice daily, and they are always chocked full of interesting book releases and information.

One such email graced my inbox yesterday (and ‘yes’ I still use as my email client) and sported a truly awesome advertisement for a novel called, “The Clockwork Scarab” by Colleen Gleason  What immediately grabbed me was the advertisements plug, which reads as follows:

Evaline Stoker, Sister of Bram, & Mina Holmes, Niece of Sherlock

This concept is truly brilliant.  Combining one of the most popular characters and writers of the 20th century (Sherlock Holmes & Bram Stoker) in a singular supernatural novel is something that needs to happen more often.  I recall first hearing about the sequel to Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” by his great grand-nephew, Dacre Stoker, and only then has my intrigue been rivaled by my interest in “The Clockwork Scarab.”

Considering the similar nature and tone of the source materials along with all of the wonderful television adaptations of Sherlock Holmes and modernizations of “Dracula” it makes perfect sense for these two classics to converge.

I look forward to cracking into Gleason’s “The Clockwork Scarab”–  She had me at the proverbial “Hello.”

(SOURCE:  Colleen Gleason’s “The Clockwork Scarab” had me at “Hello.”)

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