Friday, August 2, 2013

Weekend Reads and I'm not reading...

I am reading this weekend -- rainy once more, of course, as I plan to head out on some day trips! -- but I have to admit, I've been consumed with a wonderful online text-based game called Fallen London

It's a kind of steampunk-y fantasy-ish premise -- a 19th-century London has been dragged into the Earth and all the residents with it, and now thrives in this weird alter-reality.  (I know it sounds crazy odd, but it's captivating!)

It's turn-based, which means it cuts you off after you do 10 things, and it takes about ten minutes to regain turns. 

What you can do and what happens to you is affected by the choices you make, and it's pretty detailed and complicated.  (I've seduced a jewel-thief and am searching for an heiress, I've kicked an addiction to honey, I'm scandalous due to my association with demons, but I'm an altruistic sucker when it comes to helping out people, etc. etc.)

It's easy enough to play -- you click through options -- and while it took me a few days to start to 'get' the world-building, the inventiveness, the Victorian-vibe, and the quirky and odd artistic elements have totally charmed me.  Plus, I love that it cuts me off!

When my turns run out, I do read.  Honest.  I'm still working on The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker and I've just started Mystery Girl by David Gordon.

What are you reading this weekend?  If you end up taking a look at Fallen London, let me know what you think!


  1. I've never participated in an online world -- well, outside of FB, which is a universe all its own. It sounds really fun, but also dangerous. I'd be glad it cut me off as well.

    I'm reading Bitter in the Mouth for my book club, and Dangerous Liasons for Back to the Classics. Have a great weekend!

  2. That damn honey addiction'll get you every time.

  3. Since the game's addictive, I'll probably stay away. I'm reading The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe.

  4. This sounds like fun. I'm going to give it a try!

  5. oops forgot to say I'm not sure what I'm reading next...I've got a few books in mind -- Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy and Journey to Portugal by Jose Saramago

  6. I've been reading The Thinking Woman's Guide for about two weeks now. I'm really enjoying it, but there's just something about it that doesn't allow for quick reading.

  7. This sounds awesome! Not that I need more things to distract me from work, but that's not going to stop me from checking it out, haha.